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September 19, 2014
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Pike County residents urged to sign up for alert system

PIKE COUNTY, PA — The Eastern Pike Regional Police Department is urging Pike County residents to sign up for the free emergency alert system Nixle. Members that have signed up for the notification system will receive up-to-date notifications via text, web and email regarding public safety, instructions on weather emergencies, road closings and natural and man-made disasters occurring within Pike County.  Read more

Parent University in Monticello

MONTICELLO, NY — Monticello Central School District (CSD) will host a free back-to-school barbeque on Saturday, September 27 at 1 p.m. at de Hoyos Memorial Park to launch Parent University, a district-wide initiative designed to enhance student achievement through the support of family and community. All Monticello students and their families are invited to attend.  Read more

Western Sullivan Public Library at the Jeff Jamboree

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — The Western Sullivan Public Library will be at the Jeff Jamboree on Saturday, September 20. Stop by its booth on Main Street in Jeffersonville between 12 noon and 5 p.m. to see its new logo. Staff from the Public Computer Center (PCC) will also be there to show everyone its new website and offer any computer help. Join them for children’s games and story time with Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther on the steps of the Presbyterian Church at 12:30. All ages are welcome to participate.  Read more

Business Group meets at the Western Sullivan Public Library

CALLICOON, NY — The Western Sullivan Public Library (WSPL) has formed a business group that meets weekly at the Delaware Free branch from 10 a.m. to 12 noon to talk about using technology to assist local businesses in managing and marketing more effectively.  Read more

Congregation to celebrate the Jewish New Year

HONESDALE, PA — Honesdale’s Congregation Beth Israel will mark the Jewish calendar’s High Holy Days beginning with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, on Wednesday, September 24 at 8 p.m. and continue on September 25 at 10 a.m. Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, will begin with the Kol Nidre service on October 3 at 8 p.m. and will continue on October 4 at 10 a.m. The congregation will also observe Shabbat Shuva on Friday night, September 26 at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome to join.  Read more

Child passenger safety seat event and health fair

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — Sullivan County Child Passenger Seat program will conduct a child safety seat check-up event on Friday, September 19 at the Loch Sheldrake Firehouse. There will also be a health fair inside the fire hall. Certified child passenger safety technicians will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. by appointment, to check car seats for proper installation and advise parents and caregivers on how to choose the right car seats and install them properly in their vehicles.  Read more

Las Vegas-themed fundraiser for Wayne historical society

BEACH LAKE, PA — The Wayne County Historical Society hosts “Let it Ride” on Saturday, September 27 at the Beach Lake Firehouse on Route 652 to raise funds for the society. “Let it Ride” will feature Las Vegas equipment and professional dealers. Unlike Las Vegas, “Lion Loot” will be used for play and then converted into chances to win prizes. Games include roulette, black jack, Texas Hold’em, craps, and the Wayne County Steeplechase.  Read more

Fundraiser for Dessin: Save Our Shelter

HONESDALE, PA — The Dessin Animal Shelter will hold a “Save Our Shelter” fundraiser on Sunday, September 28 from 12 noon to 6 p.m. at The KCPepper Bar and Grille at Lake Wanoka Resort, 182 Ski Run Rd. There are hiking trails, a pet-friendly splash park, full-service cash bar, DJ, raffles and arcade. Tickets cost $35 for all-you-can-eat buffet. Purchase tickets at Dessin Animal Shelter or at Cat’s Pajamas. All proceeds benefit the Dessin Animal Shelter. For more information, call 570/253-4037.

Lecture on the American farm icon: The scythe

EQUINUNK, PA — The Equinunk Historical Society will welcome noted speaker Professor Barbara M. Schaedler, retired landscape architect and certified lecturer for the Federated Garden Clubs of America, for a presentation entitled “The Scythe–A Mowing Tool Everyone Should Know,” on Saturday, September 20 at 1 p.m.  Read more

Grant-writing workshop at Pike library

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Public Library and The Greater Pike Community Foundation will host a grant-writing workshop for not-for-profits on Tuesday, October 7 at The Pike County Public Library, 119 East Harford St., 8 a.m. The four-hour workshop will be conducted by Kurt R. Bauman, MBA, executive director of the Nonprofit & Community Assistance Center, and division manager, Community Services, NEPA Alliance.  Read more

Learn to play the harmonica

PORT JERVIS, NY — Learn to play the harmonica at the Port Jervis Free Library on Saturday, September 20 from12:45 to 2:30 p.m. This is a step-by-step “Learn How to Play the Harmonica” program for beginners with master harmonicist Patti Gessner.  Read more

Two-day orchard management workshop

LIBERTY, NY — Farmers, orchardists and home gardeners are invited to attend a two-day Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) workshop on Orchard Management and Production on October 3 and 4. The workshops include a tour of local orchards. Lunch is available.  Read more

Narrowsburg News

As the weather cools, most of us put thoughts of our gardens on a back burner, yet the Narrowsburg Beautification Group (NBG) has been meeting to decide on its 2015 grant request from Sullivan Renaissance. An early application process, which they hope to make, specifies an October 15 deadline. You will recall the NBG won the Showing of Flowers award of $5,000 and they received completion funding for 2014, together totaling $5,250. Now that is a great start for next year.  Read more

Buses depart river valley for People’s Climate March

REGION—On Sunday, September 21, tens of thousands of people will gather in Manhattan, New York City for what organizers hope will be the largest public event ever to demand that world leaders take action now to address climate change. Called the People’s Climate March, it is timed to coincide with Climate Summit 2104, which convenes at the United Nations the next day, Monday, September 22.

On Sunday morning several buses will depart the Upper Delaware River region headed for the march. Signing up in advance is required and in most cases, so is paying for the bus ticket in advance.  Read more

Sandy Long selected for inaugural Artist-in-Residence Program

LURAY, VIRGINIA — Shenandoah National Park recently announced Pennsylvania-based photographer Sandy Long as the artist selected for the park’s inaugural Artist-in-Residence program. “We are very excited to debut the Artist-in-Residence program in Shenandoah. This program is a great avenue that will allow artists to discover, reveal, and share Shenandoah’s wonderful natural and cultural resources with new audiences,” said Superintendent Jim Northup.  Read more

Cancer in pets

According to the American Cancer Society, nearly 13 million Americans are diagnosed with cancer each year, and so it’s no surprise that most of us have known someone who’s suffered from this difficult and often deadly disease. Many pet owners, too, have faced this disease, with an estimated six million cases diagnosed annually in cats and dogs, as reported by the National Cancer Institute. In fact, pets can suffer from the exact same types of cancers as we humans.  Read more

Join Cub Scouting in Sullivan County

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — For those interested in learning about Cub Scouting in Sullivan County there are a few events coming up. Cub Scouting is a year-round family- and home-centered program that develops ethical decision-making skills for boys in the first through fifth grade (or who are seven to 10 years old).

• Cub Scout Pack 106 in Jeffersonville meets at the First Presbyterian Church at 6:30 p.m.; their first meeting is on September 11. For more information contact Edward Hanslmaier, Cub Master, at 845/482-4055.  Read more

St. Paul’s celebrates Oktoberfest

Narrowsburg, NY — St. Paul’s Lutheran Church will hold a bratwurst dinner on Saturday, September 20. The Oktoberfest menu for the evening will include freshly-grilled bratwurst, homemade German potato salad and sauerkraut, applesauce, bread, dessert and beverages. Tickets cost $10 for adults and all take-outs, $7 for children six to 12 years of age. Children five and under are admitted free. The dinner will be served from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the church at 31 Erie Ave.  Read more

A new name for Sullivan County’s #1 morning show

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Listeners who tune in to Sullivan County’s #1-rated morning show on Thunder 102, will hear a slight change beginning Tuesday, September 2. Long known as “Ciliberto and Friends,” the show will change its name that day to “Ciliberto & Semerano.”

Thunder 102 broadcasts from its studio at the Colonial Square Mall in Liberty, NY. The name change reflects the continued and ever-increasing popularity of Michelle Semerano, who joined the program five ago.  Read more

Picnic planned for region’s dairy farmers

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Holstein Club will host its Dairyman’s Picnic for all dairy farmers and agribusinessmen in Wayne, Pike, Monroe and Susquehanna counties in Pennsylvania and Sullivan, Delaware and Orange counties in New York on Saturday, September 20 beginning at 12:30 p.m. at John Wetmore’s Auction Center, 39 Happy Hollow Ln., Honesdale. Guest speakers will be Ken Raney from the Pennsylvania Holstein Association and Tim Rogers from Select Sires. A covered dish and a donated item for auction will cover the entry fee. A benefit auction will also be held.  Read more