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Seed-saving workshop with ‘The Dirt Diva’

LIBERTY, NY — The public is invited to learn techniques for seed saving at a Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) Master Gardener workshop on Tuesday, September 9 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center, 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd.  Read more

Delaware Highlands Conservancy community picnic

BETHEL, NY — The Delaware Highlands Conservancy (DHC) will hold its annual Thank-You Picnic on September 6 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. at the organization’s Bethel office. The event is free for members and friends, and those considering joining the organization.  Read more

Scouts earn railroading badge

PIKE COUNTY, PA — Boy Scouts from both Shohola Troop #76 and Matamoras Troop #77 participated in a railroading merit badge program held recently at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania in Lancaster County. The day-long workshop featured various railroad–themed activities that included hands-on interactions with museum artifacts, a G-scale railroad simulation, a railroad technology and car tour, and multiple demonstrations. The Scouts also had an opportunity to ride on the Strasburg Railroad.  Read more

Senior citizens expo set

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — PA Assembly representatives Mike Peifer (R-Monroe/Pike/Wayne) and Rosemary M. Brown (R-Monroe/Pike) invite area senior citizens and their families to a free senior citizens expo on Thursday, September 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Dingman Township Fire Hall, 680 Log Tavern Rd., Milford (off Route 739).  Read more

Bethany plans art and antique auction

BETHANY, PA — The Bethany Collective, which was formed to support the beautification and preservation of the historic Bethany community, is seeking donations of art and antiques for a fundraising auction to be held on Saturday, September 20 in the bandshell on the Bethany green.

“We’re looking for art work, gift certificates, antiques, and collectibles,” said Chris Peroni, organizer of the event. “People can either donate or offer items on consignment.”  Read more

Literacy Volunteers launch capital campaign

MONTICELLO, NY — Literacy Volunteers of Sullivan County is launching a capital fundraising campaign to upgrade the energy efficiency at its Literacy Center at 63 North St. in Monticello. Located in the former Social Security Administration building that was built in the early 1980s, the center has recently installed insulation as a first step. The next step is to replace the building’s original heating and air conditioning system. Because this work is expensive, the organization is asking for the community’s help.  Read more

Church to hold ‘Big August Campout’

NORTH BRANCH, NY — On Friday, August 29, beginning at 5 p.m., Grace Lutheran Church of North Branch will hold its Big August Campout on the back lawn behind the church at 999 County Rte. 95. This is a free event for teen and pre-teen youth and their families.

“Youth and their families may bring tents, trailers or RVs to set up on the lawn, parking lot or driveway,” said Rev. Dr. Norm David, pastor and host of the campout.”  Read more

Choralaires seek singers for Christmas concerts

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — The popular community chorus, The Wayne Choralaires, begins rehearsals for the 2014 Christmas concert series on Wednesday, September 3 from 8:30 to 10 p.m. in the Wesley Room of the Central United Methodist Church in Honesdale. Rehearsals will be held every Wednesday until the first concert on Sunday, November 30. All voice parts are needed, and there will be a number of solo opportunities. Being able to read music is not required.  Read more

Annual Scandinavian craft fair slated

LACKAWAXEN, PA — Sons of Norway Bernt Balchen Lodge #3-566 will hold its annual Scandinavian craft fair on Saturday, September 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Central Volunteer Firehouse, 574 Westcolang Rd. in Lackawaxen (Bohemia) just off Route 590 near Woodloch Pines. Admission is free.  Read more

Community to support childhood cancer research

ELDRED, NY — On Sunday, September 7, volunteers of all ages from across the U.S. will participate in the fifth annual Human Line of Hope. Participating teams will gather together while each person holds a letter, spelling out the name or phrase of their choice while standing in line. Messages can spell out the names of loved ones lost to cancer or words of inspiration. Each letter requires a donation, with all proceeds benefitting the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-driven and donor-centered charity dedicated to funding childhood cancer research.  Read more

Fall story times at your library

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Beginning September 9, the Western Sullivan Public Library will offer a new morning story time schedule for children and their parents/caregivers. There will be two one-hour pre-school story times and one half-hour toddler story time per week.

Pre-school Story Time (ages 3 to 6 years): Jeffersonville, Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m. from September 9 to October 14; Narrowsburg, Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m. from September 10 to October 15. There will be stories, rhymes, songs, crafts and more.  Read more

Communications seminar for businesses

HONESDALE, PA — The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) based at the University of Scranton will present a free business seminar designed to enhance participants’ communications skills. The two-hour session, to be held on Thursday, September 25 beginning at 7 p.m., will he held at The Dime Bank’s operations center, 120 Sunrise Ave.  Read more

Did You Know?

This picture isn’t so old, taken August 2006, but it is, or will become a bit of history. This shows the dismantled lighthouse that Art Peck had just removed from the new island left in the Delaware River’s Big Eddy by a hurricane in the spring of 2006. Inspired by his wry sense of humor, Art had built and then erected the lighthouse on the island, a bit of land that had arched far out into the Eddy. Because of safety issues, it had to be taken back down. But it sure lightened the impact of the hurricane and made for a great many laughs. My granddaughter Katie joined me in the picture.  Read more

Volunteer Family Council welcomes Shandalee Music Festival

LIBERTY, NY — Residents, registrants and employees of the Sullivan County Adult Care Center welcomed 18-year old pianist Anna Han in a special Shandelee Music Festival outreach concert at the Liberty facility on Friday, August 15. She performed works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Avner Dorman and Frederich Chopin.  Read more

Lake Huntington News

I did it—the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. I was nominated by Jeff Gombita, manager at Peck’s Market in Narrowsburg, NY. I did my challenge in memory of my childhood friend’s father, Eddie Smizer. I went to a family party on Saturday with my five-gallon bucket and a bag of ice. So, I sit in a chair, my sister is videotaping, my cousin is taking pictures while her daughter Amanda is doing the dumping. I thought the anticipation was going to be worse than the actual act of getting wet.  Read more

Tips and tools to preserve scenic views

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — Planning and zoning board members, local officials and community volunteers are invited to attend a planning seminar on “Preserving Scenic Views.” It will take place on Wednesday, September 3 at 7 p.m. in the Cochecton Town Hall, 74 Smales Rd.  Read more

Healthy Choices course offered in Sullivan County

MONTICELLO, NY — HRHCare (Hudson River HealthCare), a nonprofit, federally-qualified healthcare system offering a range of medical services for underserved areas throughout the Hudson Valley and Long Island, is teaming with the Sullivan County NYConnects to present a free six week Healthy Choices program, starting September 8.

The workshops will be held between 1 and 3:30 p.m. on Monday afternoons at 2 Jefferson St., Room 2. The dates are September 8, 15, 22 and 29, and October 6 and 20.  Read more

Farmers can earn pesticide credits at free field day

COCHECTON, NY — A free educational Corn Plot Field Day for producers will be offered on Monday, September 8 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. by Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC). The day includes lunch. The site and demonstration plot are located near Cochecton Mills on My Place Road.  Read more

Learn the basics of making jams and jellies

LIBERTY, NY — On Saturday, September 13 Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County offers a workshop titled Learn the Basics: Jams & Jellies at the Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center, 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd. from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The class, taught by master food preservers, will be held in the Entrepreneurial and Teaching (EaT) Kitchen. The cost is $25 per person.

Learn how to prepare jams, jellies and preserves at home by determining the proper amounts of fruit, pectin, acid and sugar. Class members will take home samples.  Read more

Habitat house reveals solar installation

WAYMART, PA — Thanks to a partnership between Wayne County Habitat for Humanity and the organization SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support), a Habitat house in Waymart now boasts a clean solar thermal energy system.

“Keeping energy costs down, and maximizing energy efficiency helps Habitat families succeed in their home ownership,” said SEEDS Executive Director Jocelyn Cramer.

A guided tour of how the system was installed and how it works was presented last week at a press event.  Read more