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Book talk on ‘The Bully Pulpit’ at the library

MONTICELLO, NY — Career educator Tony Nappo will speak on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s most recent book, “The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism,” at the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library Tuesday, July 22 at 7 p.m.

Goodwin has written numerous books including “The Fitzgeralds & the Kennedys” and “Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream.” She has received numerous awards including the Pulitzer Prize in history, the Harold Washington Literary Award, the Ambassador Book Award, the Lincoln Prize and the Book Prize for American History.  Read more

Becker named Wayne County Historian

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County commissioners at their meeting on Thursday, July 10 appointed Peter W. Becker as the Wayne County Historian, a position made vacant with the passing of Richard Eldred earlier this year. Becker was named to the post on the recommendation of the Wayne County Historical Society (WCHS) by a resolution of the WCHS Board of Directors.  Read more

Did You Know?

This is a picture of Carl and “Toots” Wieland with their daughter getting a close look at the steam engine, circa 1950, at the Narrowsburg Erie Railroad Station. Carl was a plumber here in the area, and Toots was the telephone operator before the dial system was introduced to the town. Toots was the one we called to find out where the fire was, because the operator knew who called it in. This photo is from the Ruth & Frank Behling collection.  Read more

Liberty High School Class of 1964 reunion

LIBERTY, NY — The Liberty Central High School Class of 1964 will celebrate its 50th class reunion on October 24 to 26. Three days of sharing time together and visiting interesting locations will be included as part of the weekend agenda. Classmates are asked to call Ellen Noecker at 845/292-5410.

Ferndale and Narrowsburg residents graduate from Albany

ALBANY, NY — Two local students completed degree requirements at the 170th annual University at Albany Spring Commencement ceremonies May 16-18. Approximately 2,116 students participated in the undergraduate commencement ceremony May 18 on the Entry Plaza lawn at the main campus. Another 999 students received master’s degrees, doctoral degrees and graduate certificates at the graduate commencement ceremony May 17 at the SEFCU Arena, also on UAlbany’s main campus.  Read more

Lake Huntington News

I had a great few days away with my husband for his birthday. We spent it in Old Saybrook, CT. What a fabulous place. We went on a steam engine train ride up the Connecticut River and then took a steamboat back down the river. The next day we went on a two-hour brunch jazz cruise. What a fun time and good food. If you like trains and boats, this is the place to go. However, on the way home, I made a big mistake, which I will never do again; I went into the Wal-Mart in Monticello to get milk and soda. OMG, the place was a zoo. Next time if the parking lot is packed, I will keep going.  Read more

Summer schedule heats up at Old Stone House

HASBROUCK, NY — This month begins the season of ballet classes for kids at the Old Stone House of Hasbrouck. Ballet classes start Saturday, July 19 and are from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., and continue on the five subsequent Saturdays. A second class series is tentatively scheduled for Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m., when both kids and adults can study ballet together. Students work at their own pace and follow classic ballet discipline including floor exercises, barre and center-work, and across-floor practice.  Read more

Literacy classes for adults

WHITE LAKE, NY — Literacy Volunteers and Sullivan County BOCES are working together to offer basic literacy classes at the Bethel Literacy Center located in the former Duggan Elementary School in White Lake.  Read more

The Lodge at Woodloch earns top destination spa award

HAWLEY, PA — It was recently announced (and will be in the magazine’s August issue) that The Lodge at Woodloch is third in the destination spa category in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards, selected by readers choice. This is the fourth year in a row The Lodge has made the list.  Read more

Pets’ fear of loud noises

The severe thunderstorms of last week and the numerous fireworks displays over this past holiday weekend provided a terrifying scenario for many dogs. With summer in full swing, we can expect more T-storms in our future and I’m sure in some areas more fireworks displays or neighborhood firecrackers going off. If fear of loud noises affects your dog, there are some things you can try to help calm and soothe your dog.  Read more

Dog days of summer

After the winter we just lived through, many of us have welcomed the warm weather with open arms. However, while humans have the ability to escape the heat and find ways to stay cool, it is important to keep our animals in mind, too. One of the most concerning situations is traveling with your pet. In a matter of just a few minutes the interior temperature of your car can exceed 150ºF, creating extremely dangerous conditions for your dog or cat. While you may think leaving the window open a small amount, or even all the way open may help dodge the heat, this is not be the case.  Read more

Renaissance interns at work

FERNDALE, NY — Sixteen Sullivan Renaissance interns have begun work in communities throughout Sullivan County to assist with the care of gardens and other public projects. From small planter boxes and established gardens to park enhancements and Main Street revitalization, these young people are working alongside community volunteers to make a difference in their communities.
The 2014 Sullivan Renaissance interns are:
• Hannah Bisland – Lumberland Parks and Recreation
• Celina Castellano – Woodbourne Action Committee
• Blake Costa – Liberty CDC  Read more

United Way names Bob Rosen Memorial Scholarship recipients

MONTICELLO, NY — Bradley Dreher of Roscoe and Melissa Symanski of Parksville were chosen to receive United Way of Sullivan County’s 2014 Bob Rosen Memorial Scholarship Awards. The scholarship winners each received a $500 check to help advance their educational goals. The scholarship is open to graduating students in all Sullivan County school districts and is awarded on the basis of a combination of GPA, extracurricular activities, community service, athletic participation, character references and a 500-word essay.  Read more

In support of J.J. Hanson

MONTICELLO, NY — There will be a benefit for J.J. Hanson on Wednesday, July 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Monticello Motor Club. Three hours of cocktails and gourmet light fare will be served.  Read more

Bilingual story times at the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library

MONTICELLO, NY — There will now be free bilingual story times at the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library. Toddlers to five-year-olds and their families can come to the library on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. for a Hebrew/English story time, and again on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. for a Spanish/English story time. Walk-ins will be welcome as space permits.  Read more

Grants presented from the Michael Bryant Memorial Fund

HONESDALE, PA — Recently, grants were presented from the Michael Bryant Memorial Fund in association with the Wayne County Community Foundation. This is the fourth year for these grants, which are targeted to assist disabled adults and children in Wayne County. Pictured are Emily Montgomery and Zach Bryant (Michael’s sister and brother), Kimberly Witt and her client, Cindy, of Wayne County Office of Behavioral and Developmental Programs. Also pictured are Jack and Alyse Montgomery.

Summer bus trip announced

REGION — Wayne Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and Sandy’s Travelers will sponsor a summer bus trip. A portion of the proceeds benefits the hospital.

A bus trip to opening day at the Little League World Series in Williamsport on August 14. The trip includes a tour of the World of Little League Museum, opening ceremonies and two Little League games. Reservations are due by August 1.

To make reservations or for more information, call Sandy Kline at 570/253-4931 or 570/352-4991, or email sandystravelers@gmail.com.

Villa Roma bone marrow drive

CALLICOON, NY — The second annual Villa Roma bone marrow drive will be held on Friday and Saturday, July 11 to 12 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Villa Roma Resort located at 356 Villa Roma Rd. Event organizer Faith Metzinger said, “Our volunteers are ready, willing and able to help you through the process of being swabbed, which takes approximately two minutes. You’ll leave feeling like you did something wonderful.” At last year’s kick-off event, 190 individuals were swabbed. Metzinger added that she’s hoping to double or even triple that number, this year.

Northeast PA Audubon Society awards college scholarship

HONESDALE, PA — Every year the Northeast Pennsylvania Audubon Society (NEPAS) presents a $4,000 scholarship to a graduating senior who plans to pursue a career in an environmental field.

Kristin DeVilliers is this year’s scholarship winner. Daughter of David and Dawn DeVilliers, Kristin is a 2014 graduate of Delaware Valley High School in Milford and will be attending Unity College in Maine. She plans a double major in captive wildlife care and education and adventure education.

For more information visit www.AudubonFestival.com.

Writer/activist to explore topic of fascism

BEACH LAKE, PA — At 10:15 a.m. on Sunday, July 13 at the Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist service, local activist and writer Skip Mendler will lead an interactive discussion on the topic “If You Can Keep It: A Handy Guide to the Prevention and Early Detection of American Fascism.” His presentation, based on a forthcoming book of the same title, will explore the origins and meanings of the word “fascism,” the traits of fascist states, and practical strategies that citizens can use to counteract the development of fascism in the United States.  Read more