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Discuss ‘On the Road’ at Crawford

MONTICELLO, NY — Retired public library director Alan Barrish will lead a discussion of Jack Kerouac’s “‘On the Road’ and all things ‘Beat’” at the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library on Monday, July 20 at 7:15 p.m. One of the main characters in “On the Road” is Sal Paradise, a young innocent, who joins the slightly crazed Dean Moriarty on a breathless, exuberant ride back and forth across the United States. Their hedonistic search for release or fulfillment through drink, sex, drugs and jazz becomes an exploration of personal freedom, a test of the limits of the American dream.  Read more

Learn to make your own cheese

COCHECTON CENTER, NY — Apple Pond Farm & Renewable Energy Education Center will hold a repeat of its hands-on ricotta cheesemaking course on Saturday, July 18 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Reservations cost $40.

Learn the basics of cheese making, including a chance to milk a goat. Find out how to make cheese in your own kitchen, with local goat or cow milk, or what you buy at the supermarket.

There will be samples of local cheese to taste and suggestions for creative ways to serve the cheese you make. Email

Reduce your energy carbon footprint and costs

LIBERTY, NY — Homeowners and renters can learn to reduce energy consumption and lower energy bills at a Save Energy, Save Dollars workshop on Wednesday, July 22. This EmPower New York class is being offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County at 6 p.m. at the Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd.

Participants who attend this free event will learn about reducing energy bills by following some low-cost and no-cost energy conservation methods. Each person will receive three compact fluorescent light bulbs at no cost to them.  Read more

Expanding Medicare talk at SLAC meeting

MONTICELLO, NY — The Senior Legislative Action Committee of Sullivan County (SLAC) will hold its July meeting on Friday, July 26, 10 a.m. at the Ted Stroebele Neighborhood Facility, 2 Jefferson St. (across from the Government Center). The featured speaker will be Michael Burgess, past director of the New York State Office for the Aging, who will join in celebrating Medicare’s 50th anniversary, and give an update on current efforts to expand both Medicare and Social Security.

SLAC is affiliated with NY Statewide Senior Action Council. For more information call 845/807-0241 or 985-7901.

Penny social to benefit Tusten ambulance

NARROWSBURG, NY — There will be a penny social and silent art auction on Saturday, July 18 at the Tusten Town Hall. Doors open at 12 noon, and calling begins at 1:30 p.m. The net proceeds will benefit the Tusten Volunteer Ambulance Service and New York Power Authority (NYPA) Fire Victims Fund.

Business group at the library

CALLICOON, NY — The Western Sullivan Public Library runs a business group that provides businesspeople the opportunity to meet like-minded professionals, share ideas with the team, determine discussion topics, and explore the technical skills necessary to grow and manage more effectively. The business group meets every Wednesday at the Delaware Free Branch in Callicoon on alternate weeks from 10:15 a.m. to 12 noon, or from 5 to 7 p.m. Check with the library for specific times each week.  Read more

Port Jervis Humane Society sets up building fund

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Port Jervis Humane Society, which has served the surrounding communities without government help or grants since 1959, is in what it describes as “a dire state of disrepair!”

To remedy the situation, it has established a building fund to help repair facilities from the indoor kennels and the outside dog runs to the cat cages and kitten housing.

You can donate to the building fund online by visiting!the-building-fund/c1jnk. Every penny you provide will go entirely to the repair and renovation of the humane society’s facilities.

Farm Bureau donates to Dessin

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne/Pike Farm Bureau donated $150 to the Dessin Animal Shelter. The money was collected by a 50/50 drawing at the spring dinner and donated back to Dessin by the winner, Tim Jaggers. Pictured are Joyce Carson, left, and Karl Eisenhauer, of the farm bureau; Casey Ferranti, Katrina Weisel and Faith Bronson, Dessin staff members, and Daisy Lou, a lovable two-year-old who is available for adoption.

Dessin offers low-cost cat neuters

HONESDALE, PA — Dessin Animal Shelter has a continuing program offering neuters and rabies vaccines on the second Thursday of every month for feral and barn cats only. Sponosored by Dr. Emily Bold, DVM. The program costs $35, and includes both the vaccine and the neuter. All cats will be ear tipped.

For more information contact the shelter at 570/253-4037.

A toe-tapping good time to benefit abused animals

BEACH LAKE, PA — Billy’s New Hope Barn will present an afternoon of good food, good friends and good music to benefit the animals at the barn on Sunday, July 26 at 1 p.m. in the Beach Lake Fire Hall on Route 652. Recording artist Nikki Briar will provide music for listening as well as getting your feet tapping and for joining your friends in line dancing. Be the lucky winner of a basket raffle. A lunch buffet will be provided by The Red Schoolhouse Restaurant. Tickets cost $22 in advance and $25 at the door (children six and under are admitted free).  Read more

Dietitian Guiser on new senior center menus

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — The Wayne County Area Agency on Aging has welcomed Lynn Guiser, MS, RD/LD, dietitian, to its staff. Guiser has been revising all of the agency’s menus to include new, creative and healthier meal options for the Wayne County Senior Centers and for those who receive their meals at home.  Read more

Spirit Quest Expo

NARROWSBURG, NY — There will be a Spirit Quest Expo on Sunday, July 12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Tusten Town Hall (lower level), 210 Bridge St.  Read more

Block printing at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — Heather Hogan-Spencer of The Bodhi Tree Art School and Studio will teach “DIY: Block Printing,” part of a Do-it-Yourself workshop series presented by The Cooperage Project, on Thursday, July 9 from 7 to 9 p.m.  Read more

All about glass

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Historical Society’s Plain Speaking Summer Series will feature Hank Loftus, the curator of the Dorflinger Glass Museum in White Mills, presenting “Glass: A Most Remarkable Material,” at 5 p.m. on Friday, July 10 at 810 Main St. Made of sand, alkali and high heat, glass has been used by mankind for over 3,500 years, starting with beautiful luxury items prized by the Egyptian pharaohs. The presentation is free. Visit or call 570/253-3240.

Vacation Bible school with a mission

DAMASCUS, PA — A vacation Bible school (VBS) themed “G-Force Adventure Park” will be held, beginning on July 13, at the Damascus Manor United Methodist Church, 1720 Cochecton Tpk. (Route 371), next to the Damascus Area School. This free school is Monday through Friday, from 5:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m., with a free picnic dinner for all attendees beginning at 5 p.m.  Read more

Birds and climate change at Unitarian Universalist meeting

BEACH LAKE, PA — Barbara Leo will give a presentation titled, “The Future of Birds and Climate Change,” based on recent analysis conducted by the National Audubon Society, at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday, July 12 at the Berlin Township Community Center. This topic is in keeping with the seventh Unitarian Universalist principle, “Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.”

Discussion and refreshments will follow the program. For directions visit

Evolution of Monticello’s Main Street

MONTICELLO, NY — County Historian John Conway will give a presentation, “From Brushland to Broadway: The Evolution of Monticello’s Main Street,” on Thursday, July 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library. Conway has been the official Sullivan County Historian since 1993, and has taught a class on Sullivan County History at SUNY-Sullivan since 1998. He is a popular lecturer and presenter and has written several books, dozens of magazine articles and more than 1,000 newspaper columns over the years.  Read more

‘Hats off to the Ladies’

BLOOMINGBURG, NY — Kathy Kreiter, Priscilla Bassett and Isabelle Rawich are honored at the Democratic Women of Sullivan County’s inaugural “Hats Off to the Ladies” Spring Fling fundraiser on June 14, 2015. Bassett is a lifelong devotee to the cause of peace and justice, and is a member of Sullivan County Peace and Justice, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, and head of the Senior Legislative Action Committee.  Read more

UDGLBT announces board changes

MILFORD, PA — The Upper Delaware GLBT (UDGLBT) Center Board of Directors has announced changes to its board effective in June of 2015.

Cary J. Giacalone, who joined the UDGLBT as secretary/treasurer and chair of the planning committee in 2012, has been elected executive director and president. He replaces Patty Tomaszewski, who has been executive director and president since the inception of the UDGLBT in 2009.  Read more

Local students on Albany dean’s list

ALBANY, NY — Two local students have been named to the University at Albany Dean’s List of Distinguished Students for Spring 2015. They are Lexi Reeves, of Narrowsburg; and Celia Garcia, of Woodbourne.