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Dentistry practice holds grand reopening

PORT JERVIS, NY — After an eight-month long renovation and office expansion, Aesthetic Family Dentistry will host an open house to celebrate the grand reopening of its new building on Friday, December 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. at 155 E. Main St. Light refreshments and cocktails will be provided.

The practice will also officially announce new programs and services during the open house, such as an in-house dental savings plan, and dental cleaning services to non-patients, available without an exam or x-rays. Visit or call 845/610-6732.

Birth Announcements

Wayne Memorial Hospital announces the following births:
11/7/2104 — Jordyn Elizabeth LaBelle was born to Jessica LaBelle and John Andrew LaBelle Sr. of White Mills, PA. Maternal grandparents are Elizabeth and Dennis Carney of Lake Ariel, PA. Paternal grandparents are John and Jodi LaBelle of Greeley, PA.
11/15/2014 — Jack Elliot Gallager was born to Melissa and Robert Gallager of Beach Lake, PA. Maternal grandparents are Diane Vitale of Lafayette, NJ and Eugene Clyne of Franklin, NJ. Paternal grandparents are Robert and Marian Gallager of Summerville, SC.


Four centuries ago, the Elizabethan writer Thomas Dekker accurately called sleep “the golden chain that ties health and our bodies together.”  Read more

The lectures of William James

BEACH LAKE, PA — John Dzwonar will summarize the lectures and highlight major points and themes in William James’ “The Varieties of Religious Experience” on Sunday, December 7 at 10:15 a.m. at the Berlin Township Community Center, at a meeting of the Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. The lectures were delivered in Edinburgh in 1902 by James, a philosopher and psychologist from the pragmatist tradition, sometimes referred to as the father of American psychology. John Dzwonar, a psychotherapist with a background in Gestalt and trauma, works in New York City.  Read more

Holiday table arrangement

LIBERTY, NY — A unique opportunity to hand craft table arrangements will be offered on Tuesday, December 9 by Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC)’s Master Gardener Volunteer Program. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., participants will receive instruction on designing their own table arrangements at the CCESC Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd.  Read more

Rare church records donated to WCHS

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — Records of Wayne County’s earliest settlers from the First Baptist Church of Damscus have been donated to the Wayne County Historical Society (WCHS).  Read more

Headed for nationals

WAKE FOREST, NC — Eleven-year-old Nikolett Albrechtovics of Washingtonville, NY, coached by Tim Covington of Shohola, PA, has won the 2015 Eastern Juvenile Championships, qualifying her for the U.S. National Figure Skating Championships in Greensboro, NC on January 17, 2015. She is seen here at center. A resident of Washingtonville, NY, Nikolett trains six days a week with coach Covington. She begin skating four-and-a-half years ago and has quickly risen to the top of her division. She recently obtained the difficult double axel jump and currently has two in her program.

Did You Know?

[Grace Johansen had technical difficulties getting us this week’s “Did You Know.” We fill in for her with a photo and information from a column titled “Grace Johansen’s homespun holidays,” about Johansen’s childhood Christmases, written by Sandy Long for the December 7, 2006 River Reporter.]  Read more

Wayne County develops its brand: ‘Wayne County… Naturally’

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — “Wayne County… Naturally,” a new marketing brand launched in 2014, has been promoting the community and business assets of Pennsylvania’s most northeast county as a great place to explore, create and recreate. Starting the marketing campaign was a collaborative effort coordinated by Wayne Economic Development Corporation (WEDCO), making it the first time that tourism and business development groups in the county have marketed together.  Read more

Lake Huntington News

Once again, just got off the phone with Father Bill. He said to say hi to everyone. Father Bill says he has no control over when he can get out; it is up to all the doctors and the insurance company. He sounds great and he was telling me that he can do 20 minutes on the rowing machine. You go, Father Bill!  Read more

Creamworks Creamery honored as ‘Innovator of the year’

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — Chuck and Amy Theobald of Creamworks Creamery, located at Riverside Farm in Creamton, were named Innovators of the Year by the Wayne Economic Development Corporation (WEDCO) at its annual awards luncheon recently.  Read more

Pot luck to celebrate Gieger

NORTH BRANCH, NY — Cindy Gieger, now the county legislator for all of Delaware, Fremont, Callicoon, and part of Liberty in Sullivan County, is being honored this Friday evening, December 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. at The Old North Branch Inn (869 N Branch Hortonville Rd.)

Gieger’s constituents and residents of Sullivan County will get together to honor Cindy for her many accomplishments and to let her know how much they appreciate her leadership and service to her community.  Read more

Co-op holds 100th meeting

LIBERTY, NY— The public is invited to attend the 100th annual meeting of Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) on Thursday, December 11. The free event will be held at 7 p.m. in the Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd. Light refreshments will be available.  Read more

Mushroom club seeks volunteers

REGION — The Delaware Highlands Mushroom Society (DHMS) is looking for volunteers to help expand its online presence.

The club focuses particularly in the edible and medicinal species that grow wild or can be cultivated in our area, and is a member club of the Northeast Mycological Federation.  Read more

New Hope appoints new director

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — New Hope Community has announced the appointment of Karen Russell as its new assistant executive director. The appointment comes as Russell is about to reach her 20-year anniversary with the agency, during which time she has expertly balanced adherence to policy with person-centered compassion to help New Hope develop and maintain its standing and reputation with the state, public and its families as an agency of integrity.  Read more

Holiday bake sale and boutique at Wayne Memorial

HONESDALE, PA — Wayne Memorial Hospital will host its annual holiday bake sale and New to You boutique on December 4, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the David Katz Conference Center at Wayne Memorial Hospital, Honesdale, and December 5, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the hospital’s Conference Room 3.

A large variety of homemade cookies and breads will be available, while the boutique will offer gently-used holiday decorations. Cookies and breads also will be sold in the hospital’s gift shop, at The Other Shop in Honesdale and The Other Shop 2 in Hawley.  Read more

Holiday book sale to benefit libraries

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — The Friends of the Western Sullivan Public Library will hold their annual holiday book sale at the Jeffersonville branch from Saturday, December 13 through Saturday, December 20. Books are offered at bargain-basement prices and the proceeds help to support all three branches of the Western Sullivan Public Library system. All proceeds from the sale go right back into the libraries to support their services to the various communities of western Sullivan County. The Jeffersonville Branch is located at 19 Center Street and is open every day except Sunday and Monday.

Emergency shelter to open for fifth year

HONESDALE, PA — The emergency shelter, “Warmth in the Night” will open its doors officially on Monday, December 1 from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. at Grace Episcopal Church in Honesdale. The shelter will be open on those nights when the temperature and/or wind-chill drops below zero degrees (F). Volunteers from the church and community will staff the shelter. They are working with the local emergency crews, borough police and other agencies to provide safety for community residents. There will be a shower facility available this year.  Read more

Milanville General Store collecting Christmas gifts for baby with rare condition

MILANVILLE, PA — The Milanville General Store will surprise eight-month-old Addison and his family with Christmas gifts. Addison was born with a rare condition called glucose-galactose malabsorption. This condition has affected his digestion and has caused him to go through many tests and weeks in the hospital.  Read more

Wrapping paper collection at church

BEACH LAKE, PA — The Beach Lake United Methodist Church (BLUMC) First Place 4 Health Ministry will hold a wrapping paper collection through the beginning of December for the Wayne County Children’s Christmas Bureau. Full or partial rolls or packages will be accepted. Donations can be brought to the church on Sunday mornings or to the church office Tuesday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. by Tuesday, December 2.  Read more