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August 27, 2016
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Looking Back

In 1858, the only public cemetery in the Honesdale area was what is often called the “Old Methodist” cemetery because it was located above the site of the first Methodist church. Actually, the site belonged then and now to the borough. The inhabitants of the town felt that a more attractive cemetery should be provided for the community and in 1859 organized the Honesdale Cemetery Company. The site’s natural beauty was in keeping with the ideas of the day.  Read more

Tusten Historical holds meeting

NARROWSBURG, NY — The public is invited to attend the annual local history gathering of Tusten Historical Society at 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 25 at the Tusten Town Hall on Bridge Street. Ingrid Peters of the National Park Service will speak on the life of Zane Grey, prolific novelist, and the Zane Grey Museum located in his former home at Lackawaxen, PA. In 1989 the Park Service purchased the museum, which is included in the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River designation because of Zane Grey’s association with the Delaware River and its effect upon the budding writer.  Read more

Historic Preservation Awards

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Historical Society will honor four inspirational projects with Historic Preservation Awards at a reception in the main museum at 810 Main St. from 5 until 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 24. A short presentation on each of the award-winning projects will be given and the awards will be presented. Light refreshments will be provided. The event is free and open to the public.  Read more

Give our vets a break

HAWLEY, PA — Wasylyk Karate Schools of Honesdale, Hawley and Newfoundland have put their “fists” together to organize a board-break-a-thon fund drive to benefit local veterans on October 24 at the Wallenpaupack Area High School, starting at 10 a.m. Funds are being raised to support local veterans by getting sponsors to donate $5 for each of their board breaks or $20 dollars for a Gold board break.

Admission is by donation, and 100% of your donations go to local veterans programs.

Corporate sponsorship levels are $100 for bronze, $250 for silver, $500 for gold and $1,000 for platinum.  Read more

Christmas Bureau schedule

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — The Wayne County Children’s Christmas Bureau has scheduled sign-up dates for its seasonal program, which assists low-income county families by purchasing gifts for their children for Christmas. They are Wednesday, October 28 from 4 to 6 p.m. and Thursday, October 29 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Chamber of Commerce Community Room.  Read more

School holds clothing drive

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — The Sullivan West Student Council is sponsoring a clothing drive fundraiser at the high school in Lake Huntington until November 4. A dumpster donated by Thompson’s Sanitation is next to the visitors’ parking circle in the front of the building for your convenience in dropping off bags. Acceptable items include clothing, sheets, comforters, quilts, blankets, shoes, pocketbooks, backpacks, belts, hats, gloves, scarves, ties, baby toys and accessories, hard toys and bikes. For more information, call 845/932-8401, ext. 1101.

High tunnel pest management

LIBERTY, NY — The public is invited to take advantage of a free educational session on Pest Management for High Tunnels on Thursday, October 22 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m in. the high tunnel and greenhouse structures at its Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd.  Read more

Learn Halloween FX makeup

HONESDALE, PA — Local makeup artist Regina Cahill will teach “DIY: Halloween FX Makeup” on Tuesday, October 20, from 7 to 9 p.m. at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St. The class is part of the Do-it-Yourself workshop series presented by The Cooperage Project.  Read more

Talk on altruism

BEACH LAKE, PA — Carol Rocklin will present a talk entitled “The Heart Has Its Reasons: An Exploration of Altruism.” at 10:15 a.m. at the Berlin Township Community Center She will focus on what moves people to do for others, even when their own safety is threatened.

The program will be followed at noon by the Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship’s annual Bud Rue Walk for Social Justice. After the walk a potluck meal will be provided for all participants by the fellowship. For directions, see www.

Grants for the arts

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Decentralization (DEC) grant applications are now available for cultural programming in Sullivan County during 2016. The grants are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts, and administered locally by the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA), the Arts Council of Sullivan County.  Read more

Looking Back

Dr. Otis Avery (1808-1904), at one time America’s oldest practicing dentist, was a remarkable man. As one writer commented, “He invented his own occupation,” crafting his own tools and becoming a skilled dentist before the first school of dentistry in America was founded in 1839. Until he settled in Honesdale, PA for good, Dr. Avery saw patients in hotel rooms over an area that stretched from Honesdale to Utica, NY. In addition to his dental instruments and prize-winning false teeth, Dr. Avery invented a sewing machine that was considered a worthy competitor to Singer.  Read more

Narrowsburg News

The weekend the Honey Bee Festival seemed to attract a swarm of people to Narrowsburg for the activities. The festival was just the excuse so many tourists needed to visit, while enjoying the colors Mother Nature provided. Speaking of colors, lots of black-and-yellow striped honey bees of all ages were spotted throughout town.  Read more

Bauman named NYSMA president

NIAGARA FALLS, NY — Former NYSMA President Dennis Quinn, left, passes the gavel to Liberty Town Justice Harold J. Bauman. Bauman was sworn in by Lt. Gov. Kathleen Hochulas, president of the New York State Magistrates Association (NYSMA), at its annual conference in Niagara Falls on September 29. The organization is dedicated to making the judicial system more accessible and fair to the citizens of New York. Bauman has been a member of NYSMA since 2003 and has previously served as a director, treasurer, vice president and president-elect.  Read more

Delaware Township Ambulance Corps assists with Papal visit

Members of the Delaware Township Volunteer Ambulance Corps returned home on Monday, September 28 from assisting with providing emergency medical services in the City of Philadelphia during the World Meeting of Families, specifically the visit to the city by Pope Francis. The crew answered 911 calls and assisted at first aid stations and treatment centers throughout the city .Seen here are members John Hawkins, left, Kyle Wright, David Spalding and Brandon Thorngren.

The Delaware Township Volunteer Ambulance Corps is always looking for volunteers. Call 570/828-2345.

Meet the candidates in Bethel

KAUNEONGA LAKE, NY — The Democratic Women of Sullivan County and the Town of Bethel Democratic Committee will sponsor a Fall Fling on Thursday, October 22 at 6 p.m. at Sorella’s Pizzeria and Restaurant, 3562 State Rte. 55. It will be a meet-and-greet night with the Sullivan County Democratic candidates for public office. In addition, there will be a Halloween hat contest, judged by Town of Bethel Supervisor Daniel Sturm. Attendees are also encouraged to come in costume. Admission costs $15 and includes hors d’oeuvres and dessert. A cash bar will be available. Call 845/985-7783.

Knights of Columbus hold recruitment day

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Knights of Columbus Council 4478 will hold a recruitment day at the parish of St. Francis Xavier Church on Sunday, October 18. There will be a mass at Our Lady of the Lake at 8:30 a.m. and a mass at St. Francis Xavier at 11:15 a.m.

District Deputy Dan Kamble will be there to speak about all the work the Knights of Columbus do. They are looking to have new members join so they can help out the parish. If intersted, call Grand Knight Teddy Laffin at 845/252-3630.

Senior Safety Day

MONTICELLO, NY — Senior safety is an ongoing theme for the Sullivan County TRIAD collaboration, with a continued effort to prevent elder abuse and maintain the quality and integrity of senior life. TRIAD, a partnership among senior citizens, law enforcement and senior support agencies, announces the sixth annual Senior Safety Day on Wednesday, October 21. There will be a free event from 8:30 am. to 2 p.m. in the Ted Stroebel Recreation Center on 10 Jefferson St. There will be a public forum at 9 a.m., followed by guest speakers’ programs on domestic violence and elder abuse.  Read more

Library sets up food-pantry drop box

EQUINUNK, PA — Patrons of the Manchester Community Library have set up a large drop box to collect donations of food items and cash for the Equinunk Food Pantry, which is stressed due to lagging food donations and a shortage of funds. All food donations are welcome and encouraged. Library volunteers will deliver the items to the collection location. Donated items should be unopened and within the recommended dates for consumption.  Read more

Fall festival at library open house

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Join us at the Jeffersonville Branch of the Western Sullivan Public Library on Saturday, October 24 to celebrate fall and to show appreciation to the Friends of the Western Sullivan Public Library and others who have made the library a success. From 10 a.m. to 12 noon there will be fall-themed activities and refreshments for all. Visit, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @westernsullivan or call 845/482-4350.

Bud Rue Walk for Social Justice

BEACH LAKE, PA — The Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship’s (UDUUF) Bud Rue Walk for Social Justice will be held this year on October 18, stepping off from the Berlin Township Community Center at 12 noon. The walk was started in 1993 by the late Bud Rue, and has now raised a total of $70,000.

Prior to the walk, there will be a service at 10:15 a.m. to which all are invited. Carol Rocklin will present a talk on altruism, focusing on why people help others even at the risk to their own lives.  Read more