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Reverse mortgage program rescheduled

HAMLIN, PA — The presentation on reverse mortgages previously scheduled for the Hamlin Senior Center on February 6 (see our January 15 issue) has been rescheduled. Speaker Katrina F. Boyer, consumer outreach liaison for the PA Department of Banking and Securities, will now speak in Hamlin on Friday, May 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 12 noon. The center is located at the Salem Township building on Route 590, 570/689-3766. For more information visit

Elephant expert to speak at meeting

MONTICELLO, NY — Richard Chiger, elephant expert, will be presenting a different kind of program at the Catskill Exotic Bird Club on Thursday, February 12 at 7 p.m. at 20 Crystal St. The talk will be about elephants and what is happening to them today in our world, including the horrors of the ivory trade and its effect on the extant populations of wild elephants. The talk will also focus on the conditions of captive elephants with emphasis on the ones that Chiger has known personally, where they live, how they live and what can be done to make their lives better.  Read more

‘Starting Fresh in the Face of Uncertainty’

BEACH LAKE, PA — As the world spins relentlessly out of our control, is there solace and are there steps we can take to bolster our faith in and hope for the world? Weaving together stories of her ministerial internship year, songs, ritual and an introduction to process theology, Laurie Stuart will lead a service, “Starting Fresh in the Face of Uncertainty,” at a meeting of the Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at 10:15 a.m. at the Berlin Township Community Center. All are welcome to come, and stay after the program for conversation and refreshments.  Read more

Lake Huntington News

The doctors told me Tommy is doing well and he has two weeks left of radiation and chemo therapy, and they are going to keep him for an extra week to make sure he is OK. Then in six weeks a repeat PET scan and hope to God nothing is there.  Read more

Learn to make homemade, healthy pet treats

LIBERTY, NY — Anyone looking to take control over what the family pet is eating, avoid unhealthy additives and tailor treats to a pet’s preferences is encouraged to attend a workshop on how to safely and successfully make pet treats at home presented by Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC)’s Master Food Preservation program. The class will be held on Saturday, February 21, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the new Entrepreneurial and Teaching (EaT) Kitchen in its Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd.  Read more

Did You Know?

Dressed in the swim attire of the day, this group is gathered here in the waters of Lake Huntington, NY. Addressed to someone in Brooklyn and postmarked August 9, 1914, the card reads: “This is some lively place,” signed Anna. There were many hotels and guest houses in Lake Huntington during that era and it probably was, indeed, a lively place.  Read more

Catskill Lutherans begin Lent

The congregations of the Catskill Area Lutheran Churches (CALC) invite the public to their events as Christians around the world begin the season of Lent. Lent is the period before Easter when Christians contemplate the events that led to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
Liberty, NY — St. Paul’s Lutheran Church,
24 Chestnut St., 845/292-4626
Ash Wednesday service: February 18, 7 p.m.
Tuesday adult Lenten service, meal, study on communion: February 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 5 p.m.
Palm/Passion Sunday service: March 29, 9 a.m.
Maundy Thursday service: April 2, 7 p.m.  Read more

Alzheimer’s support group meets

LIBERTY, NY — The Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group will meet on Tuesday, March 3, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Achieve Rehab & Nursing Facility, 170 Lake St. The guest speaker will be Bonnie Lewis, RN, Community Educator of Cornell Cooperative Extension, who will discuss issues relating to “Caring for You, Caring for Me.”

The meetings are open to the public, to all caregivers/family members of people with Alzheimer’s disease or related disorders.

For more information contact Vanessa Lescano at 845/292-4200, ext. 3402.

Long Term Care Council

MONTICELLO, NY — The Long Term Care Council will meet on Wednesday, February 18 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the legislative committee room at the Sullivan County Government Center, 100 North St.

The council is the advisory board for Sullivan NYCONNECTS, the single point of entry for information on long-term services and supports in Sullivan County. Meetings are open to the public and all are welcome to attend. Call 845/807-0257.

Safe Haven project to help protect children

PIKE COUNTY, PA — Thanks to a $36,286 grant funded by the PA Commission on Crime & Delinquency, Safe Haven of Pike County will add a new staff position, a Multi-Disciplinary Investigative Team (MDIT) coordinator, in the coming weeks. This position will coordinate the activities of those professionals who investigate child abuse in Pike County. According to the model set of standards for Pennsylvania’s Multidisciplinary Investigative Teams, successful MDITs:

• Promote the safety and best interest of the child; 

• Minimize the trauma experienced by the child; 
  Read more

Birth Announcements

Wayne Memorial Hospital announces the following births:

12/26/14 — Adam James Herron was born to Veronica Umbarila and Adam Herron of Greeley, PA. Maternal grandparents are Ana and Josa Umbarila. Paternal grandparent is Joann Herron.

1/18/15 — Dominic Michael Cilino was born to Brooke Swingle and Anthony Cilino of Hawley, PA. Maternal grandparents are Catherine Morris and Michael Swingle of White Mills, PA. Paternal grandparent is Theresa Cilino of Beach Lake, PA.

Catskill Regional Medical Center announces the following births:  Read more

Valentine’s Day Heart-a-Thon

REGION — The Grover Hermann Hospital Auxiliary will participate in the February 14 Valentine’s Day Heart-a-Thon. On that day, pledges from anyone who calls 845/796-1212 between 9 and 10 a.m. on the morning of February 14 will benefit the Grover Hermann Hospital/Catskill Regional Medical Center.

If you will not be able to call in during that time period, you can call auxiliary president Dottie Schlegel at 845/932-8487 ahead of time to make your pledge. The auxiliary is hoping to raise enough money to purchase a portable ultrasound machine, an important diagnostic instrument.

Free Valentine’s whole body wellness clinic

BEACH LAKE, PA — The Beach Lake Wellness Center will hold a free Valentine’s Whole Body Wellness Clinic on Sunday, February 15, from 1 to 4 p.m.

The center will provide an afternoon of pampering for mind, body and spirit, offering chair massage, Reiki, acupuncture information and a 20-minute Shibashi class (a tai chi and qigong combination).  Read more

Hospital-to-home class for caregivers

LIBERTY, NY — Caregivers, seniors, and anyone concerned about an aging individual are invited to a free, informative program on Hospital-to-Home Preparation for seniors on Wednesday, February 11 from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd. Refreshments will be provided.  Read more

Greater Hudson promotes Salvatore

MIDDLETOWN, NY — The Greater Hudson Valley Health System (GHVHS), comprised of Catskill Regional Medical Center and Orange Regional Medical Center, has announced the promotion of Frank Salvatore Jr., RRT, MBA, FAARC to administrator of ancillary services.  Read more

Caregivers’ support group

HONESDALE, PA — Wayne County Area Agency on Aging welcomes you to join with other caregivers at the monthly meeting of the Caregiver’s Support Group, which will be held at the Earl J. Simons Senior Center, 323 10th St., on Wednesday, February 11 from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

The group meeting is informal, but informational. The counselors are experienced and understanding. Sharing experiences, ideas, situations, solutions and frustrations can help you and others who attend. Consider this as time for you to bolster your emotional and physical well-being.  Read more

Advocating for Medicaid and Medicare reform

At a time when much is said about a need for increased access to behavioral health care, legislative reforms are a challenge. Some who have attempted to reform Medicaid and Medicare have included Congressman Chris Gibson at a federal level and Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther, who chairs the Assembly Mental Health Committee in Albany. But the problem is not resolved.  Read more

Narrowsburg News

In the cold month of January, history repeated itself as Peck’s Market again became a family-run business, now under the name of Pete’s and operated by the Patel family. Some of you may remember when Art and Beth Peck opened our local market in 1963 right on Main Street and subsequently moved to the current location on Kirk Road in 1975. Time marches on, and the new owners of Peck’s Plaza come to us with 20 years of experience, live in Sullivan County, and are ready to provide a full range of groceries, meat, dairy and delicatessen delights.  Read more

Did You Know?

Pictured here, circa 1960, are eight local residents who were among the early volunteers at Fort Delaware. They appeared here at Monticello Raceway, perhaps as a way of advertising the Fort. The two men at either end were officials at the raceway, but were unidentified. The volunteers are Dot Batchler, left, George Drollinger, Myrtle Nober, M.O. Conklin, Peggy Burbank, Nike Dale, Ethel Vannatta and Charles Nolan. From the Tusten Historical Society collection.

Rolling V receives EPA emissions-reduction grant

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — Rolling V Bus Corp. will upgrade a number of its vehicles after receiving a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

In accepting the $60,000 in grant funds through the National Clean Diesel Campaign, Rolling V has agreed to retire some of the older and less eco-friendly buses in its fleet and replace them with newer, highly fuel-efficient vehicles that conform to the latest emissions standards, set by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  Read more