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Literacy volunteers provide new classes

MONTICELLO, NY — Survival Spanish is being offered at The Literacy Center, 63 North St. beginning Monday, April 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. The class is held Mondays and Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m. for eight consecutive weeks. The cost is $130 per person for 32 hours of instruction.  Read more

Ticks and dogs

Well, it looks like spring has finally sprung, and after this long, cold winter I for one am glad and am looking forward to getting out and doing some hiking with the dogs. Each season has its own potential dangers for dogs that are out and about, and with the warming up of the earth comes the awakening of the ticks. Once the ground thaws, ticks emerge in search of warm-blooded animals for their next meal. Oftentimes, that meal is our dog and even possibly us. Ugh!  Read more

Voting now open to name SUNY Sullivan as climate leader

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — SUNY Sullivan is a finalist in the 2014 Second Nature Climate Leadership Awards annual competition. Voting is now open to name the college as the most innovative climate leader in higher education. Voters can go to After viewing SUNY Sullivan’s video, voters should click on the box “Do you think this helps move the planet forward?” Voters are able to view the video and vote daily through April 15.  Read more

Local historical societies celebrate tri-state area’s rich history

MILFORD, PA — Several local historical groups joined together to hold a grand exhibition of historical artifacts and photographs related to the tri-state area. Participants are the Matamoras-Westfall Historical Society, Minisink Valley Historical Society, Town of Deerpark Museum, Montague Association for the Restoration of Community History (MARCH), and Pike County Historical Society.

The exhibition will be held at Riverview Inn, 400 Shay Lane, in Westfall on the weekend of April 12 and 13. The event is made possible through a grant received from Orange and Rockland Utilities.  Read more

Sullivan County Chamber announces Pride Awards

MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce will honor 19 individuals as the “Pride” of their community at the 23rd annual Pride Awards Gala on Sunday, May 4 at the Villa Roma Resort.  Read more

Parents learn about Common Core educational changes

FALLSBURG, NY — The second of three town hall forums between Fallsburg Central School District (FCSD) administrators and staff to discuss Common Core educational curriculum changes with parents will be held on Wednesday, April 23 at 6:30 p.m. in Hurleyville at the firehouse on Main Street. Community members are invited to hear about the major changes of the Common Core curriculum, developed by the New York State Department of Education, and its impact on students. Staff that is directly involved in implementing new classroom materials and methods will participate.  Read more

Monticello Board of Education extends superintendent search

MONTICELLO, NY — The Monticello Board of Education announced that they are extending the timeline for applicants to apply for the position of superintendent of schools. The new deadline for submissions is April 30.  Read more

Sullivan BOCES hosts animal science program open house

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — High school juniors and seniors can hear about receiving hands-on training working with animals while preparing for college and a career at an Animal Science Open House on Tuesday, April 29, from 4 to 7 p.m., to be held at Stone Wall Farms on Callicoon Center Road. Parents and students in grades 10 and 11 are invited to learn about the numerous opportunities the Animal Science Program provides.  Read more

Stream & watershed professional development opportunity for teachers

LIBERTY, NY — Teachers from Tri-Valley, Fallsburg, and Liberty school districts are invited to attend a free professional development opportunity on Thursday, April 24. Sullivan County school teachers in the NYC Watershed can receive a free training on stream and watershed education offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Sullivan County. This event will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center.  Read more

Workshops help meet PA manure management manual requirements

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Conservation District (WCCD) will host a series of workshops on completing your Manure Management Manual. Three flexible two-hour sessions are scheduled at the county’s Park Street Complex, 648 Park St. on April 17 at 7 p.m., May 14 at 7 p.m. and May 17 at 9 .a.m. Attendees will receive a comprehensive infopak. Attendees should be able to complete their manual that day or at home. A presentation on PA Onestop also will be given. Light refreshments will be served.  Read more

Public defender’s office welcomes attorney Kelly A. Gaughan

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Public Defender’s Office recently welcomed attorney Kelly Gaughan as an assistant public defender. She has over 15 years of courtroom experience in the areas of family and criminal law. Gaughan will be handling the criminal matters that occur within the jurisdiction of Magisterial District Court Judge Alan Cooper.

Gaughan adds her part-time position with the public defender’s office to her practice at the law offices of Levy, Stieh and Gaughan, P.C. Gaughan has been a partner and vice president of the firm since 2003.

Speedway postpones pre-season practice

BETHEL, NY — The harsh winter has forced the Bethel Motor Speedway (BMS) to postpone its scheduled preseason practice, originally slated for Saturday, April 12, to the following Saturday, April 19.
“With significant snowfalls and a slow warm-up, there is still snow on the property,” stated BMS Business Operations Manager Tracy Chirico. “We believe that our racers and fans deserve a quality experience when we swing open the gates, so we feel it is in everyone’s best interests to postpone practice.”  Read more

Paul M. Boos joins Davis R. Chant Realtors

MILFORD, PA — Davis R. Chant, founder of the area’s largest independent real estate firm, recently welcomed Paul M. Boos as a new addition to the highly qualified and experienced Chant team of real estate professionals serving the needs of buyers and sellers in the Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey areas.  Read more

Catskill Farms builds showcase home for Country Living Magazine

ELDRED, NY — Charles Petersheim, Hudson Valley designer, builder, and realtor of traditional homes in the Catskill Mountains, has been selected by Country Living Magazine to build its 2014 House of the Year. The 1,500 square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bathroom house, located in Rhinebeck, will be showcased during the annual Country Living Fair this June. The magazine will also publish a 10-page spread of the home in its September issue, featuring a profile on Petersheim and Catskill Farms.  Read more

Did You Know?

Calling themselves the three musketeers, here from the left are Kate Dexter, Jeanne Slater and Ginny Kille. Kate writes, “We three town girls spent lots of time together.” Pictured circa 1940, it was a time before much television or I-phones and texting, a time when more time was spent outside. Thanks to Kate Dexter Sullivan for donating the picture.

Last call in photo contest for Jeff Bank’s 2015 calendar

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — The deadline to submit photographs for the Jeff Bank 2015 Calendar Photo Contest is Friday, April 18 at 6 p.m. Organized by the Catskill Art Society (CAS), the theme is the Four Seasons of Nature and Landscapes in Sullivan County, NY. Photographers can submit up to four color images, preferably depicting each of the four seasons. All entries must include a completed application form, available at all Jeff Bank branches, or online at, or by contacting The entry fee is $5.

Local libraries celebrate National Library Week

REGION — National Library Week is April 13 to 19, a time to remind the public about the contributions libraries, librarians and library workers make to their communities every day. The Ramapo Catskill Library System (RCLS) and its member libraries during National Library Week are celebrating the valuable contribution of libraries and librarians in schools, universities and public libraries.  Read more

‘It’s all relative’ genealogy group forming

CALICOON, NY — An interest group is forming at the Western Sullivan Public Library for those who study genealogy and those who wish to. The initial meeting is planned for April 15 at 6 p.m. at the Delaware Free Branch in Callicoon. The needs and experience level of attendees will determine the course of the program.  Read more

Fellowship to hear about Zen Buddhism

BEACH LAKE, PA — Zen Buddhism is a non-dogmatic, experiential, practice-oriented discipline. On Sunday, April 13 at 10:15 a.m., Rev. Seiso Paul Cooper will introduce the practice of “shikantaza” (just sitting meditation) and discuss Zen’s basic principles at the Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship meeting at the Berlin Township Community Center. Rev. Seiso is co-founder, director and head teacher of the Two Rivers Zen Community in Honesdale. He is an ordained Zen priest and a meditation master. Seiso is also a practicing psychoanalyst and an award-winning author and poet.  Read more

Congregation Beth Israel celebrates Passover

HAWLEY, PA — The Jewish holiday of Passover, observing the Biblical story of the exodus from Egypt and the freeing of the Hebrew slaves and also celebrating the coming of spring, will begin on the evening of Monday, April 14, corresponding to the Hebrew date of the 15th day of the month of Nisan. This year, the Congregation Beth Israel will observe the Seder meal at the Settlers Inn, conducted by Rabbi Allan Smith, on the second night of Passover, Tuesday, April 15. Anyone interested in attending should call Nina Lassley at 570/253-7820.  Read more