Last week was very hard for me, my brother-in-law Mike died on Monday, November 18. I told my sister-in-law that I was really very sad that her husband died but most of my tears are going to be for missing Tommy. So Tommy’s sister lost him and her husband in eight months, we are going to have to be strong through the holidays. When the bag piper played Danny Boy not a dry eye in the house. The after party was at the same bar Tommy’s was in, typical Irish wake, lots of drinking and laughing telling stories. Read more
There is no denying it; the holidays are here. Decorations have begun to show at our local stores, and the annual Art in Sixes event at DVAA is a great success. There was a record number of artists, over 100, and a record number of their artworks are for sale. This is a great way to purchase a unique gift for the difficult one on your list, or a way to add to your own collection. Or you can just stop by and enjoy the beautiful array of small works of art created by local artists. Read more
Today the tiny town of Sherman in Scott Township, Wayne County, PA, is best known as the birthplace of the Fresh Air Fund. Originally named New Baltimore by its first storekeeper, Hallock Early, in 1854, it was renamed in honor of the famed Civil War general William Tecumseh Sherman when the first post office was opened in 1876. New Baltimore/Sherman was a center of the forest-related industries in Wayne County—lumbering, tanneries and acid factories. In 1877, Rev. Read more
MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Historical Society and Museum need some help to cover the cost for the repair of the bluestone steps that grace the front of their building on Broad Street.
“The steps have been deteriorating quite rapidly over the last few years, and we fear another snow-filled winter will be detrimental,” said Lori Strelecki, museum director. The cost of the project, which is being undertaken by Annunziata Masonry, is close to $9,000. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — Monticello High School (MHS) seniors Austin-Michael Komatz, Rebecca Bass, Allison Linen and Isabel Lopez-Diaz have been recognized for musical excellence and named to the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) All-State music ensemble performance at the annual Winter Festival held in Rochester, December 3 through 6. Komatz, a student of Monticello Choral teacher Marissa Jurow,will perform in the Mixed Chorus. Bass and Lopez-Diaz also students of Jurow, will perform in the Women’s Chorus. Linen, a student of Andrew Verdino, will perform in the Symphonic Band.
NEW YORK — The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) New York District Office (NYDO) is now accepting nominations online for its 2016 National Small Business Week Awards, including its annual Small Business Person of the Year award. Eligible counties include Orange and Sullivan. Read more
Raising service dogs
LIBERTY, NY — Youth and their families can learn the basics of raising a puppy to be a service dog at a class on Tuesday, December 8, at Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd. from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The event is a 4-H Youth Development program. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — Second grade students at the Kenneth L. Rutherford Elementary School were thrilled to gather in the auditorium recently to receive story books presented to them by the Kiwanis Club of Monticello on the themes of friendship and anti-bullying. Pictured in the back row are Monticello Kiwanis members Ellen Nesin, left, Martha Johnson, Doris Motl, Sheila Lashinsky and Jane Sorensen; front row, students Matteo Vrancich, left, Shanyse Santos, Javin Snowden, Ly’Nette Wilson, Jonathan Roebuck, Eymi Ramirez Rodriguez and Hannah Bell.
HAWLEY, PA — The Downtown Hawley Partnership (DHP) has announced the launch of a brand-new, redesigned, mobile-friendly website for the community. At www.VisitHawleyPA.com, website visitors will find an easy-to-use resource with information about opportunities to explore, shop, dine and stay in Hawley; other services and programs in town; and all the details about seasonal community festivals. Read more
CANANDAIGUA, NY — A SUNY Sullivan chef instructor and four of his students won a cookoff at the New York Beef Council’s Farm to Fork two-day event recently. Six culinary schools, Monroe Community College, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Erie Community College, SUNY Sullivan County Community College, Westchester Community College and Finger Lakes Community College toured Noblehurst Dairy Farms in Pavilion, NY and Provitello Veal Farm in Elba, NY. Then, on the afternoon of Day 2, students were challenged to create veal sliders with a “gastropub” theme. Read more
The Scranton Branch of the New York, Ontario & Western (O&W) Railway was completed in 1890 and changed the lives of farmers in Northern Wayne County. Pictured is a crew as it attempts to raise an O&W engine that hit a snow bank and went off the rails near Orson, PA. Although the railroad’s primary purpose was to transport coal from Scranton to Cadosia, NY (near Hancock), it also provided a way for dairy farmers to get their products to market, and the transition from subsistence farming to dairy farming was rapid. Read more
Tommy’s sister’s husband, Mike, is dying and I was down in Queens for the last four days to sit with her. My sister-in-law’s name is Eileen. She will have lost her oldest brother and husband within months. So sad—life is so short. Tommy was 66 and Mike is 67; so young. On the way back upstate I had such a strong urge to go sit with Friar Bill. He is only 10 minutes off of Interstate 87. We sat and watched football, and he had me laughing, telling me stories. He is very happy to report that after 10 months and failing six throat swallow tests, he finally passed. Read more
Energy workshops can help reduce winter utility costs
LIBERTY, NY — Homeowners and renters can learn to reduce energy consumption and lower energy bills at a Save Energy, Save Dollars workshop on Tuesday, November 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. This EmPower New York class is being offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County at its Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — Brenda Seldin will offer a beginners’ animal communication workshop on Saturday, November 21 and an advanced workshop on Sunday, November 22. Seldin has been an animal communicator for 12 years, and says she has “helped over 500 people connect to their innate ability to communicate with animals telepathically.” Describing the beginners workshop, her website says, “Learn to communicate with both living animals and animals that have passed on. Participants will have the opportunity for many practice sessions with each other’s pets.” Read more
Animals experience many of the same diseases that humans are diagnosed with, and quite often the treatments are exactly the same. This past month I have had a number of those experiences. While considering what to write about, I also noted that November is Pet Cancer Awareness Month. Given this patient’s unique experience, I thought it would be a perfect story to share. Read more
It just seems so unfair that here we are in the midst of a fabulous fall season with lingering colors on the mountainsides, balmy, almost warm weather, and holiday catalogs are already beginning to make an appearance in our mailboxes. At the same time, TV programing has begun the “Christmas Countdown.” If you are over 50 years of age you are probably saying, “Didn’t we just have Christmas recently?” Read more
Rev. John Julius Doherty, D.D., was born on November 20, 1820 at Dungrood Castle, a small estate owned by his father in Vale Sharlow, County Tipperary, Ireland. He came to America in 1836, taught in a series of public schools in New York and began to study law. He became seriously ill with typhus and while recovering changed from law to theology and became a priest. He was assigned to St. John the Evangelist parish in Honesdale, PA in 1855. Read more
Social media workshop
HAWLEY, PA — The Downtown Hawley Partnership will hold “Facebook 101,” a social media workshop for business owners. Learn how to create social media profiles to grow your business, attract more customers to your storefront or website, and integrate social media with your other promotional campaigns. Join the marketing committee of the Downtown Hawley Partnership on Monday, November 16 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Undercroft at the Settlers Inn. The workshop is free for DHP members and costs $10 for non-members. Read more