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Looking Back

The octagon school house in White’s Valley, Mt. Pleasant Township, Wayne County, was restored by the Daughters of the American Revolution Wayne Chapter in 1931 and dedicated on September 13, 1932. Unfortunately, the school, one of at least four in the county, was destroyed by fire on October 17, 1935. The land was donated by Rufus H. Gager, and the school was built by the Mt. Pleasant school board.  Read more

SCVA holds photo contest

FERNDALE, NY — The Sullivan County Visitors Association (SCVA) has launched its second annual Fall into Fun Fall Foliage Photo Contest, in which visitors and residents are invited to submit their most autumn-centric photos from around the Sullivan County Catskills. Submissions are being accepted at  Read more

TLC for Young Children opens

LIBERTY, NY — On August 5, an open house/ribbon cutting was conducted for TLC for Young Children Preschool Center at 1903 Rte. 52. The event was coordinated by the Greater Liberty Chamber of Commerce. TLC’s founder Terri Gozza said that the center was created to enhance learning of three- to four-year-olds by encouraging learning and growth through play in an environment designed to strengthen your child’s muscles, build coordination, stretch his/her imagination and to learn in a way that is fun and enjoyable.  Read more

Scouts hold 5k

SHOHOLA, PA — The scouts of Shohola Boy Scout Troop 76 will hold their annual Shohola-Barryville Bridge 5k Run/Walk, on Saturday, October 17, at Rohman Park, in conjunction with the Shohola Township Park and Recreation Committee’s Pumpkins in the Park Festival. The event will not only be a run/walk, but will also feature a Kids’ K Fun Run, as well. The 5k run/walk will begin at 9:30 a.m., and the Kids’ K will begin at 11 a.m., which is the perfect segue into the Pumpkins in the Park Festival.  Read more

WSUL sponsors Coats for Kids

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — WSUL, together with Fidelis Care and NBDC Bank, is collecting new and clean, gently used coats and jackets to be distributed directly to local children. Coats of all shapes and sizes are welcome. The Coats for Kids drive is an easy way for you and your family to pass along coats and jackets that you no longer need. The need has never been greater, and it’s never been easier to make a difference in our community.  Read more

SASD leads sawmill tour

EQUINUNK, PA — Sullivan Alliance for Sustainable Development (SASD) will host an enhanced tour of the Joel Hill Sawmill, a post-Civil War, water-powered sawmill that operated from the 1860s to 1974, on Saturday, October 3 at 10 a.m. Explore the role of water power in shaping the timber industry and building modern America, see the mill’s waterfall and turbine up close and watch a demonstration of milling lumber.  Read more

Sneak peek at Crawford

MONTICELLO, NY — Those who are curious about what the new Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library will look like can join the Friends of the Library at the Sneak Peek on October 7 from 5 to 7 p.m. All you have to do to attend this wine and cheese reception is be a Friend of the Library in good standing.

Memberships range from $5 for students/seniors to $100 (or more!) for Golden Friends. Applications can be picked up at the library.  Read more

Members sought for library planning group

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — The Western Sullivan Public Library is looking for a few civic-minded people to help with future planning. Over the past few months the library has been conducting a comprehensive survey asking for library users and non-users alike to let the library know what they are doing well and where they could improve. It’s time to gather the data, analyze it, and then set the wheels in motion for the next five years.  Read more

Pike chamber seeks event hosts

PIKE COUNTY, PA — The Pike County Chamber of Commerce has networking event/card exchange opportunities available for October, November and December 2015, as well as early 2016.
Events are held at the sponsors’ places of business and can be used as a marketing opportunity to get customers in your door and make new connections. Some fun ideas could be a Halloween or pumpkin theme for October, a harvest theme for November or a holiday celebration for December.  Read more

Partnership announces awards

ROCK HILL, NY — The Sullivan County Partnership for Economic Development has named Dr. Gerard Galarneau, Catskill Regional Medical Center’s CEO and Chief Medical Officer, its 2015 Walter A. Rhulen Award recipient. The partnership will also recognize Roberta Byron-Lockwood, president of the Sullivan County Visitors Association, and Cathy Paty, president of the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce, as Distinguished Service Award winners. All will be honored at the Partnership’s annual meeting on October 8 at The Sullivan in Rock Hill.  Read more

Hamlin Rotary plans Safe Kids event

HAMLIN, PA — The Rotary Club of Hamlin, with the help of a district grant, will hold a Safe Kids Day on Saturday, September 26 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Evergreen School, Rte. 191. Each child visiting at least half of the safety tables will be able to enter his or her name for a chance to win a special prize. There will be free refreshments, fun activities and handouts for the children.  Read more

Taylor appointed innovation instigator

MONTICELLO, NY — The Monticello Central School District Board of Education recently approved the appointment of Dana Taylor as innovation instigator/supervisor of special programs. Taylor is taking on this role after having served as a speech therapist for the district for more than 20 years.  Read more

Donation to keep library open Sundays

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Public Library recently received an anonymous $5,000 donation in order to reopen the Milford branch on Sundays, between 12 noon and 4 p.m., for one full year. Beginning Sunday, October 3, the library’s Sunday schedule will return to its previous hours. In response, executive director Rose Chiocchi said, “We are extremely thankful to the donor and happy that we will be able to once again offer seven days of full service in our Milford location. We are still hopeful that the Dingman location will be able to restore some of its hours in the future.”  Read more

Lake Huntington News

I spent a very lovely Sunday afternoon with Fr. Bill watching the Giants football game; they had to lose in the last few minutes. Fr. Bill informed me that he has been in the friary for over a year. He is talking so much better, and he is able to walk to the nurses’ station with a walker and a physical therapist. He says hello and sends his love.  Read more

Looking Back

Famous for being the first locomotive to run on commercial track in the U. S., the Stourbridge Lion made its first run on August 8, 1829, in Honesdale, PA. Less well known is the Lion’s sister locomotive, the Agenoria, shown here. Both the Lion and the Agenoria, believed to be virtually identical examples of the “grasshopper” family of locomotives soon to become obsolete, were built at Foster Rastrick & Co., in Stourbridge, England.  Read more

Learn safe methods of fermentation

LIBERTY, NY — The public is invited to attend an educational workshop on safe home food preservation techniques for fermentation offered on Sunday, September 27 by Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC), from 1 to 3 p.m. in the shared-use Entrepreneurial and Teaching (EaT) Kitchen at its Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd.  Read more

Learn how to pair wine with chocolate

BETHANY, PA — Red, white or sparkling; sweet or dry? Dark or bitter chocolate, milk chocolate or white? Bethany Public Library will host an afternoon talk and tasting—“Pairing Wine with Chocolate”—on Sunday, October 4 at 4 p.m. upstairs from the library, located at 8 Court St.  Read more

Creative drama classes for children and teens

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — NACL Theatre will offer a Creative Drama Class for Children (grades one to six) and Teen Scene Study (ages 13 and up) at the theatre, 110 Highland Lake Rd., on Wednesdays starting September 29 and running until November 11. The schedule is as follows:
Creative Drama—Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m.
Teen Scene Study—Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m.  Read more

5k for Wounded Warriors

MILFORD, PA — There will be a 5k run/walk in Gold Key on Sunday, October 4, beginning at 9 a.m., to raise funds for the Wounded Warrior Project and a community swim team, the Gold Key Gators. The race will be around the lake at Gold Key. Register online at Race-day registration will begin at 8 a.m. and will cost $25 per person. Awards will be given to the top three runners and the top three walkers in each age group. There will also be a kids’ fun run beginning at 10:30 a.m. for children under eight, which is free.  Read more

Shelley’s Frankenstein at Unitarian meeting

BEACH LAKE, PA — Visiting minister Mary Tiebout will deliver a talk titled “Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein or the New Prometheus” at the meeting of the Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on Sunday, September 20 at 10:15 a.m. at the Berlin Township Community Center. Prometheus’s name means forethought, and the presentation will include thoughts about theology, technology and human nature. A social time and refreshments will follow the program. For directions visit