BEACH LAKE, PA — John Dzwonar will summarize the lectures and highlight major points and themes in William James’ “The Varieties of Religious Experience” on Sunday, December 7 at 10:15 a.m. at the Berlin Township Community Center, at a meeting of the Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. The lectures were delivered in Edinburgh in 1902 by James, a philosopher and psychologist from the pragmatist tradition, sometimes referred to as the father of American psychology. John Dzwonar, a psychotherapist with a background in Gestalt and trauma, works in New York City. Read more
LIBERTY, NY — A unique opportunity to hand craft table arrangements will be offered on Tuesday, December 9 by Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC)’s Master Gardener Volunteer Program. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., participants will receive instruction on designing their own table arrangements at the CCESC Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd. Read more
WAKE FOREST, NC — Eleven-year-old Nikolett Albrechtovics of Washingtonville, NY, coached by Tim Covington of Shohola, PA, has won the 2015 Eastern Juvenile Championships, qualifying her for the U.S. National Figure Skating Championships in Greensboro, NC on January 17, 2015. She is seen here at center. A resident of Washingtonville, NY, Nikolett trains six days a week with coach Covington. She begin skating four-and-a-half years ago and has quickly risen to the top of her division. She recently obtained the difficult double axel jump and currently has two in her program.
[Grace Johansen had technical difficulties getting us this week’s “Did You Know.” We fill in for her with a photo and information from a column titled “Grace Johansen’s homespun holidays,” about Johansen’s childhood Christmases, written by Sandy Long for the December 7, 2006 River Reporter.] Read more
WAYNE COUNTY, PA — “Wayne County… Naturally,” a new marketing brand launched in 2014, has been promoting the community and business assets of Pennsylvania’s most northeast county as a great place to explore, create and recreate. Starting the marketing campaign was a collaborative effort coordinated by Wayne Economic Development Corporation (WEDCO), making it the first time that tourism and business development groups in the county have marketed together. Read more
Once again, just got off the phone with Father Bill. He said to say hi to everyone. Father Bill says he has no control over when he can get out; it is up to all the doctors and the insurance company. He sounds great and he was telling me that he can do 20 minutes on the rowing machine. You go, Father Bill! Read more
WAYNE COUNTY, PA — Chuck and Amy Theobald of Creamworks Creamery, located at Riverside Farm in Creamton, were named Innovators of the Year by the Wayne Economic Development Corporation (WEDCO) at its annual awards luncheon recently. Read more
NORTH BRANCH, NY — Cindy Gieger, now the county legislator for all of Delaware, Fremont, Callicoon, and part of Liberty in Sullivan County, is being honored this Friday evening, December 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. at The Old North Branch Inn (869 N Branch Hortonville Rd.)
Gieger’s constituents and residents of Sullivan County will get together to honor Cindy for her many accomplishments and to let her know how much they appreciate her leadership and service to her community. Read more
LIBERTY, NY— The public is invited to attend the 100th annual meeting of Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) on Thursday, December 11. The free event will be held at 7 p.m. in the Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd. Light refreshments will be available. Read more
REGION — The Delaware Highlands Mushroom Society (DHMS) is looking for volunteers to help expand its online presence.
The club focuses particularly in the edible and medicinal species that grow wild or can be cultivated in our area, and is a member club of the Northeast Mycological Federation. Read more
LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — New Hope Community has announced the appointment of Karen Russell as its new assistant executive director. The appointment comes as Russell is about to reach her 20-year anniversary with the agency, during which time she has expertly balanced adherence to policy with person-centered compassion to help New Hope develop and maintain its standing and reputation with the state, public and its families as an agency of integrity. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — Wayne Memorial Hospital will host its annual holiday bake sale and New to You boutique on December 4, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the David Katz Conference Center at Wayne Memorial Hospital, Honesdale, and December 5, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the hospital’s Conference Room 3.
A large variety of homemade cookies and breads will be available, while the boutique will offer gently-used holiday decorations. Cookies and breads also will be sold in the hospital’s gift shop, at The Other Shop in Honesdale and The Other Shop 2 in Hawley. Read more
JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — The Friends of the Western Sullivan Public Library will hold their annual holiday book sale at the Jeffersonville branch from Saturday, December 13 through Saturday, December 20. Books are offered at bargain-basement prices and the proceeds help to support all three branches of the Western Sullivan Public Library system. All proceeds from the sale go right back into the libraries to support their services to the various communities of western Sullivan County. The Jeffersonville Branch is located at 19 Center Street and is open every day except Sunday and Monday.
HONESDALE, PA — The emergency shelter, “Warmth in the Night” will open its doors officially on Monday, December 1 from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. at Grace Episcopal Church in Honesdale. The shelter will be open on those nights when the temperature and/or wind-chill drops below zero degrees (F). Volunteers from the church and community will staff the shelter. They are working with the local emergency crews, borough police and other agencies to provide safety for community residents. There will be a shower facility available this year. Read more
MILANVILLE, PA — The Milanville General Store will surprise eight-month-old Addison and his family with Christmas gifts. Addison was born with a rare condition called glucose-galactose malabsorption. This condition has affected his digestion and has caused him to go through many tests and weeks in the hospital. Read more
BEACH LAKE, PA — The Beach Lake United Methodist Church (BLUMC) First Place 4 Health Ministry will hold a wrapping paper collection through the beginning of December for the Wayne County Children’s Christmas Bureau. Full or partial rolls or packages will be accepted. Donations can be brought to the church on Sunday mornings or to the church office Tuesday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. by Tuesday, December 2. Read more
WAYNE COUNTY, PA — The Honesdale Area Pantry will be held behind the Tri County Beverage Building on Route 6, 214 Willow Avenue in Honesdale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Tuesday, December 9. For an emergency need contact a social services agency.
The Damascus Area Pantry will be held at the Damascus Township Building from 1 to 3 p.m., on Thursday, December 18. For an emergency need call 570/224-4217 or 570/224-4189. Read more