LIBERTY, NY — Youth over the age of eight and their families are invited on an after-school Earth Day adventure in the forest. Trailkeeper.org will offer “Treasures on Turtle Trail” for families on Tuesday, April 22 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in celebration of Earth Day. It will be held at Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Sullivan County’s Turtle Spring Nature Trail. Participants will begin the journey by meeting in the CCE Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center building for a brief overview of the activity. Read more
HAWLEY, PA — The Downtown Hawley Partnership in cooperation with PPL Wallenpaupack Learning Center, Delaware Highlands Conservancy, AMSkier, Pike County Conservation District, Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau Visitor Center, Harmony Presents and Woodloch will hold the first annual Hawley Earthfest the weekend of April 25 to 27. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — “What do you do to relieve stress?” asked psychiatrist Rashesh Dholakia while addressing a group of seniors at the Robert J. Drake Senior Community Center in Hawley. Answers ranging from “shop,” “eat” and “spending time with grandchildren” ranked among the most popular during an educational discussion on depression in the elderly. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — On Saturday, April 5 the Battle of the Books team from the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library, The Novel Bunch, competed in the second annual Sullivan County Battle of the Books and came in first place. Team members Gabriel Megna and Britany Clark battled their way through three rounds of close competition. Read more
SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Sullivan County’s Department of Community Services (DCS) is mandated by law to develop and plan for services that meet the behavioral and health needs of the community. Under DCS’s auspices, SCADAS (Sullivan County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services) provides an outpatient chemical addictions clinic.
According to DCS Director Joseph Tudora, the number of clients at SCADAS is fairly steady, but “we are certainly seeing more opiate addiction.” Read more
[Paul Matwiow, LMHC, CASAC is a therapist and addiction specialist in private practice with an office in Callicoon, NY. Many of his clients face problems directly or indirectly related to issues of addiction from alcohol to other substances.]
The River Reporter (TRR): How powerful is addiction? Why is it so hard to overcome?
ROCK HILL, NY — Nana’s House is a not-for-profit childcare center in Sullivan County. On Saturday, April 26 they will host a silent auction at Bernie’s Holiday Restaurant from 6 to 10 p.m. It will be an evening of food, entertainment and friendly competition. There are over 70 items from local and national companies including gift certificates, vacation packages and more. Read more
WAYMART, PA — The Wayne County Builders Association (WCBA) will host a free two-day electronic recycling event, to help divert electronic equipment from landfills where they may contaminate soil and water, at the 2014 Home & Garden Festival Electronics Recycling event at Ladore Camp & Conference Center. Read more
MILFORD, PA — Commercial food establishments and non-profit organizations with proper certifications are encouraged to apply for an opportunity to provide refreshments at the annual Festival of Wood at Grey Towers National Historic Site. All food vendors must meet required health and safety guidelines. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — The Greater Honesdale Partnership (GHP) is looking for craft vendors, antique dealers and artists/artisans for its upcoming Celebrate May. The one-day event will be held on Honesdale’s Main Street on Saturday, May 24, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Read more
WAYNE COUNTY, PA — Transition Honesdale will conclude its winter film series this April with two screenings of the documentary “A Place at the Table” in Honesdale and Beach Lake. This film brings to the fore the issue of hunger in our country, where over 50 million Americans and more than one in four children don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Read more
BETHEL, NY — On March 27, a packed crowd of leaders from the region’s not-for-profit sector filled the Event Gallery at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts as the Fourth Annual Nonprofit Leadership Summit got underway. They came to hear from key leaders in the nonprofit world about ideas for best practices and innovation, as well as to learn how new government regulations could impact their organizations. Read more
REGION — The Wayne/Pike Farm Bureau announced its 2014 Safety Poster and Essay Contest. This year’s theme is “Safer, Smarter on the Farm.” Four categories are available for entry. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — Combined Energy Services (CES), a regional energy supplier, continues to help the Sullivan County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) keep its homeless dogs and cats protected and warm during the toughest winter months with its annual heating fuel donation.
In March, CES presented manager Debbie Dittert and president Dana Hawk-Heimbach of the SPCA with a $2,500 propane gas credit. Throughout the winter months, the SPCA struggles to heat its kennel due to lack of proper insulation in the aging cinderblock building. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — Paula Ralston Nenish, vice president and compliance officer at The Dime Bank, was recently appointed Community Reinvestment Act Officer. Ralston Nenish, who joined The Dime Bank in May 2013, is responsible for the direction and oversight of the bank’s compliance management system including developing the compliance plan that covers compliance administration, monitoring, training, board reporting and complaint resolution. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — The public will be able to grab a bite from one of Honesdale’s popular eateries in a new place, Wayne Health Pharmacy and Medical Equipment in the Stourbridge Professional Complex at Maple Avenue and Route 6. Camp Umpy’s Bagels & Stuff will now offer sandwiches, wraps and salads at the retail outlet. Read more
WAYNE COUNTY — The Wayne County Office on Aging is sponsoring the AARP Driver Safety Program. There will be several eight-hour sessions, taught by a volunteer instructor. Those completing the course will be given a certificate that is valid for three years. There will also be a four-hour classroom refresher course that is designed for drivers 50 and older. Read more
LIBERTY, NY — Feral swine, also known as feral pigs or wild boars, have become a nuisance in New York along with many other states in the U.S. The term feral swine can be given to any domestic pig that escapes or is released, a wild boar native to Eurasia, or cross-breeds between the two. An informational session offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County, as part of the Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership (CRISP), will take place on Tuesday, April 22, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Gerald J. Skoda Education Center. Read more
CALLICOON, NY — The Western Sullivan Public Library will offer a series of career counseling workshops sponsored by the Ramapo Catskill Library System and the New York State Library’s Adult Literacy grant program. The workshops will be held at the Delaware Free Branch in Callicoon. Read more