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December 19, 2014
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Ancestry.com available at the library

WESTERN SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — The Western Sullivan Public Library has announced the addition of Ancestry.com Library Edition for genealogical research to its online resources. Ancestry.com Library Edition is, “an unprecedented online collection of individuals from North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, and more,” according to Proquest, the parent company of Ancestry.com Library Edition. The Library Edition version of Ancestry.com is accessible in-house only at all three branches of the library either through a wireless device or one of the library’s computers.  Read more

Christmas tree workshop extended

NARROWSBURG, NY — Following the Christmas-tree-making workshop held earlier this month at the art studio of Phil Jacobi, 146 Humphrey Rd., there are still trees and materials left. Jacobi is leaving his studio space available to any who wish to take part in the creation of a take-home tree from now until Christmas. Call 845/252-7217.

Sullivan tourism organizations get Disney training

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — In anticipation of the upcoming decision on casino gaming in New York, two of Sullivan County’s major employer organizations, the Sullivan County Visitors Association (SCVA) and the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce (SCCC), have been awarded a State University of New York Community College Workforce Development Grant that will bring Disney Institute training to the county.  Read more

Holiday schedule for UDC meetings

NARROWSBURG — This month the Upper Delaware Council’s (UDC) three committees will each meet on Tuesday, December 16, at the UDC office. There will be no committee meetings on the typical fourth Tuesday of the month due to a revised holiday schedule.

The Project Review Committee begins at 6:30 p.m. The agenda includes the UDC resource specialist’s monthly discussion items report, Technical Assistance Grant (TAG) program administrative updates and discussion of old and new business.  Read more

Small business assistance meeting rescheduled

MONTICELLO, NY — An informational meeting on Sullivan County’s new Microenterprise Assistance Program (MAP), designed to assist owners of small businesses in Sullivan County and people looking to start a business here, has been moved from December 9 to Thursday, December 18 at 6 p.m. at the government center.  Read more

Honey Hill cuts ribbon

CALLICOON, NY — Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce representative Carl Santos, far right, and Sullivan County Legislator Cindy Geiger, far left, joined New York State Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther and guests as Ellany Gable cut the ribbon celebrating the grand re-opening of Callicoon’s Honey Hill Pottery. Gable has now joined forces with potter Franco Lo Pinto (fourth from left) who is “thrilled to be in the Upper Delaware River region,” where he “looks forward to becoming an active member of the arts community.” For hours of operation visit www.facebook.com/Honey-Hill-Pottery.

Carlucci new manager of The Sullivan

ROCK HILL, NY — The Sullivan Hotel recently welcomed Tony Carlucci, a Monticello native, as the hotel’s general manager. Carlucci will be responsible for continuing to foster and cultivate the vision of the hotel created by the Resnick Group.  Read more

Spa-A-Thon raises money for local shelter

HONESDALE, PA — Apple Day Spa & Hair Restoration Salon recently held a Spa-A-Thon to benefit Dessin Animal Shelter. Here, Dessin Shelter staff member Faith Bronson, left, is seen with adoptable dog Stella, and Apple Day staff members Karen Houschultz, Linda Pontonsky, Brittany Taninies, Betty Newport, Jessica Junkett and Dessin board member Sarah Simons with an adoptable Camden. The event raised $400 for the local shelter. Apple Day staff members donated their time and offered different services such as manicures, pedicures, facials and massages for 25% off.

Animal hospital receives accreditation

FERNDALE, NY — The Animal Hospital of Sullivan County (AHOSC) has been accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and once again passed their rigid standards and guidelines of the esteemed veterinary industry association. Unlike human hospitals, not all animal hospitals are required to be accredited by the AAHA or other industry groups. AAHA evaluates practices of its hospitals on over 900 very high standards. Only 3,400 hospitals this year have earned the AAHA-accredited designation out of over 27,000-plus in the United States—about 1 out of 9 nationwide.  Read more

Folk Fest for Felines

BETHEL, NY — The Dancing Cat Saloon will present Folk Fest for Felines (& Dogs) at the Catskill Distilling Company on Route 17B on Saturday, December 14, starting at 1 p.m. There will be musical entertainment, with members of the Sullivan County Songwriters Circle leading off. Other musicians will include Jon Naberezny, Kenneth McNally, Janet Burgan, Ken Somerville, Stacy Cohen and more. There will be a book signing/sale of the just released “Adventures of Kabuki” by Jane Felber-Strauss.  Read more

Holiday plate cleaners

During the holidays, pet parents and house guests appear to not be able to resist the temptation of the alluring look from the family cat or dog as they gaze at your leftovers. All too often people try justifying to themselves the benign effects of feeding that last piece of turkey, dressing, oven-roasted vegetable, or cranberry sauce. Contrary to public belief, even the smallest amount of table food can cause serious illness.  Read more

CAS holds arts safety forum

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present a roundtable discussion of visual artists to discuss how materials in many different mediums can affect health and the environment. The discussion, led by Kalika Stern, the Society for Folk Arts Preservation; Robin Dintiman, sculptor; and Nancy Wells, artist, will take place at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main St. on December 13 at 2 p.m.  Read more

Did You Know?

In the spring of 1948, the Narrowsburg Airport, Malcolm Dexter’s business venture, was in full swing with many area residents learning to fly. It was located where Lander’s campground now is, and Mr. Dexter had built hangers, hired an instructor and offered training to acquire a pilot’s license. Here, waiting for a spin in Dexter’s Navion are, left to right, Shirley Reith, Jeanne Slater, Charlotte Hamje and Kate Dexter, Malcolm’s daughter. Dexter’s tragic death in July of 1948 led to the slow demise of the business.  Read more

PCHS’s Lincoln Flag to be part of national exhibit

WASHINGTON, DC — Pike County Historical Society’s Lincoln Flag, normally housed at the Columns Museum in Milford, PA, will be part of an exhibit in Washington, DC next year. The Ford’s Theatre Society has announced that the hallmark museum exhibition, Silent Witnesses: Artifacts of the Lincoln Assassination, will be held at the Center for Education and Leadership (514 Tenth Street, NW), from March 23 to May 25, 2015. The exhibition will coincide with the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s assassination and death on April 14 and 15, 2015.  Read more

Divine Finds offers antiques, clothing, consignments

HONESDALE, PA — Consignments, clothing, collectibles, jewelry and antiques are just some of the things you’ll find at a new store in Honesdale: Divine Finds. Located next to the Trackside Grill in Honesdale, 742 Main St., the new store opened its doors on Black Friday.

Divine Finds has something for everybody on your gift list, from old-fashioned wooden lures for your favorite fisherman, tools to help Dad with his “Honey Do List,” furniture and antiques that remind you of Gram’s.  Read more

Roscoe Beer partners with distributors

ROSCOE, NY — The Roscoe NY Beer Co.(RNYBC), creators of the Trout Town™ Hand Crafted Beer brand, have teamed up with local, family-owned and operated Dutchess Beer Distributors and Dana Distributors to put the Trout Town Hand Crafted Beers into stores, restaurants, bars and beverage centers throughout the Hudson Valley.

“These relationships fit well with the mission of the Roscoe NY Beer Co., which is to support the local economy by providing good products and good opportunities for all involved with the organization,” said RNYBC Marketing Director Shannon “Birdie” Feeney.  Read more

Free mammograms

MIDDLETOWN, NY — Orange Regional Medical Center’s (ORMC) Ray Moody, MD Breast Center and Orange Regional Medical Group will offer free mammograms on Saturday, December 6, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.. at the Orange Regional Medical Pavilion, 75 Crystal Run Rd. Pre-registration is required. The event is open to women without insurance who are currently not experiencing breast problems, are over 40 years of age and have not had a mammogram through this program within the last year. Women who have had a mammogram within one year and are now experiencing breast problems may still meet requirements.  Read more

Dentistry practice holds grand reopening

PORT JERVIS, NY — After an eight-month long renovation and office expansion, Aesthetic Family Dentistry will host an open house to celebrate the grand reopening of its new building on Friday, December 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. at 155 E. Main St. Light refreshments and cocktails will be provided.

The practice will also officially announce new programs and services during the open house, such as an in-house dental savings plan, and dental cleaning services to non-patients, available without an exam or x-rays. Visit www.AestheticFamilySmiles.com or call 845/610-6732.

Birth Announcements

Wayne Memorial Hospital announces the following births:
11/7/2104 — Jordyn Elizabeth LaBelle was born to Jessica LaBelle and John Andrew LaBelle Sr. of White Mills, PA. Maternal grandparents are Elizabeth and Dennis Carney of Lake Ariel, PA. Paternal grandparents are John and Jodi LaBelle of Greeley, PA.
11/15/2014 — Jack Elliot Gallager was born to Melissa and Robert Gallager of Beach Lake, PA. Maternal grandparents are Diane Vitale of Lafayette, NJ and Eugene Clyne of Franklin, NJ. Paternal grandparents are Robert and Marian Gallager of Summerville, SC.