MONTICELLO, NY — Caregivers, seniors and the public are invited to attend a free Elder Law Forum on Thursday, July 10, from 1 to 3 p.m. offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County’s Caregiver Resource Center. The forum will share the knowledge and expertise of four esteemed attorneys on various aspects of estate planning. Presenting will be Frances Clemente, Esq., Stefanie A. Sovak, Esq., Steven N. Mogel, Esq. and Richard Zirt, Esq. Read more
COCHECTON, NY — After 15 years of service, Dottie Schlegel has retired as secretary of the Cochecton Preservation Society (CPS). In a recent meeting the following new officers and directors were named: Joe Manaseri, president; Pamela DeMan, vice president; Larry Richardson, treasurer; Peggy Richardson, secretary; and Obbie Fuller, Robert DeMan and George Blaso as directors for two-year terms. Following the evening’s program, “The One and Only Blackout in Cochecton and Sullivan County,” presented by Art Hassis, CPS members joined in celebrating Schlegel’s many years as secretary. Read more
HAWLEY, PA AND BETHEL, NY —The Delaware Highlands Conservancy’s (DHC) Green Lodging Partnership has welcomed two new partners: Villa Roma Resort in Callicoon, NY and the Roebling Inn on the Delaware in Lackawaxen, PA, bringing to the number to 12 local lodgings that have asked their guests to join them in the long-term protection of our quality of life. Guests pay a $2 donation with each lodging reservation, which is contributed directly to the DHC to support its conservation mission to protect the natural assets that bring tourists to the Upper Delaware River region. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County Partnership for Economic Development has joined forces with the Sullivan County Visitors Association, the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce, and the Sullivan County Industrial Development Agency to jointly host a networking mixer designed to unite Sullivan County’s business community. The Sullivan United Mixer will be held on Tuesday, July 15, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Monticello Motor Club, 37 Cantrell Rd. Read more
HAWLEY, PA — From now through August 26, The Settlers Inn and Ledges Hotel are thanking teachers for their hard work and dedication by offering a special discount on Mondays and Tuesdays as part of BedandBreakfast.com’s® “Travel for Teachers” program. Both lodging facilities invite teachers to take advantage of a special deal that includes a one- or two-night stay in a standard contemporary room, two coffee mugs with a $15 voucher for Cocoon Coffee House, and a full country breakfast. Read more
LIBERTY, NY — In celebration of its 100-year anniversary, Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) has launched an ambitious Centennial Capital Campaign to raise $1 million toward various special projects and initiatives.
Thousands of letters will be mailed to homes of individuals, businesses and organizations around the county urging them to join the campaign by making a contribution of $100 or more. CCESC has a number of sponsorship levels to which donors can commit direct support for the capital campaign, scholarships and new programming. Read more
Happy graduation to all 2014 graduates! What great weather you had. I was down in Queens at my niece’s graduation party. She now has her MA degree as a marriage and family therapist. Her party was in the bar where I met my husband Tommy. These drunken Irishmen came in after a game of golf, and they were hanging all over us, loving and kissing us and saying how much they miss my husband and me. It’s so funny how you do not see someone for over 10 years, and when you do it’s like you never left. What great memories. Read more
MILFORD, PA — A visit to Milford on any given Sunday has been enriched by the addition of the Milford Farmers’ Market, located in the courtyard of the River Rock Inn. Your senses will come alive as soon as you pass under the wisteria growing above the arbor gate at the entrance to the market, nestled under the shade trees at Second and Ann streets. The first things you will notice are the pleasant sounds of live music, played each week by local musicians who help set a “homegrown” stage for this event. Read more
CALLICOON, NY — On Wednesdays, July 9 through July 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. the Western Sullivan Public Library will host a series of website design workshops at the Delaware Free Branch in Callicoon. Workshops will begin with the basics of Word Press, a web-design, template-based tool, and will work through the process of creating a professional website with graphics, subpages, and a modern design. By the end, participants will have built a website. Visit the library on Facebook, Twitter, or at www.WSPLonline.org or call 845.887-4040 for more information or to register.
HONESDALE, PA — The Plain Speaking Summer Series is back at the Wayne County Historical Society, located at 810 Main St. Plain Speaking is a summer series of informal talks on Wayne County history by local individuals who have spent years studying their topics. Although the subjects may be serious, the mood is intended to be light. No presentation will take more than an hour and some will be shorter. The talks will take place each Friday afternoon from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room at the Museum. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — The annual summer reading program at the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library is right around the corner. This year, the theme for kids is “Fizz Boom Read,” and “Spark a Reaction” for teens.
Every week, the library will have Hebrew and Spanish story times, family read-alouds, weekly science experiments, craft times and book clubs. Teens can join the Steampunk and Sci-Fi book clubs, Teen Advisory Group, be part of the team for the Minecraft Challenge, and sign up for filmmaking and media arts programs. Read more
LIBERTY, NY — An educational program series for people interested in extending the summer growing season by using a greenhouse or high tunnel will start on July 10, offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) at the Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center, 64 Ferndale Loomis Rd.
In 2014, CCESC partnered with Sullivan BOCES with support from Sullivan Renaissance to build a greenhouse and high tunnel on site with the goal of actively engaging the community in agriculture through education. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — This July, the Adult & Continuing Education Program at Sullivan BOCES will offer two fitness classes. All classes are held at St. John Street Education Center in Monticello.
Tai Chi Chuan classes will start on July 2 and run through August 20 on Wednesdays from 1 to 2 p.m. The cost of the class is $65. Tai Chi Chuan has been recognized for thousands of years as both a method of self-cultivation and an unsurpassed form of self-defense. It is gentle and easy to do. It can help calm the emotions, focus the mind, and strengthen the immune system. Read more
TUSTEN, NY — The second annual Upper Delaware BioBlitz will take place on Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, June 29. During this weekend event biologists and volunteers will collect and identify as many living things as possible within 24 hours—from 12 noon on Saturday to 12 noon on Sunday—on a demarcated parcel of about 500 acres within the Ten Mile River Scout Camp in the Town of Tusten, Sullivan County. Read more
JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — The Western Sullivan Public Library (WSPL) is launching a new website this September and needs a new logo to go with it. WSPL is asking artists to submit a new, original design that represents the three branches of the library—Delaware Free Branch in Callicoon, Jeffersonville Branch and the Tusten-Cochecton Branch in Narrowsburg—by August 15. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded the Wayne/Pike Adult Literacy Program (WPALP) a $ 3,500 grant to support adult literacy. WPALP is the only free tutoring service for adult residents of Wayne and Pike counties. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — The public is invited to consign items for the Attic Treasures consignment shop sponsored by Wayne Memorial Hospital Auxiliary at the 52nd annual Wayne County Antiques Show on July 12 and 13.
Consignors can bring items such as jewelry, glassware and small pieces of furniture to Wayne Highlands Middle School, 482 Grove St., on Friday, July 11, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Consignors receive 80% of the sale price and the auxiliary keeps 20% to benefit the hospital. For information, call co-chairperson Martha Bergesen at 570/253-5502. Read more
REGION — Sen. Bonacic and his wife, Pat Bonacic, recently congratulated Gerald and Rosemary Skoda on Sunday, June 1, at the United Way champagne brunch. The Skodas were honored for their many years of service to the Sullivan County community through their work with United Way and other organizations. They have given not only their time and energies, but also tons of vegetables from their farm to various charities. Sen. Bonacic presented them with a New York State Senate resolution in recognition of their lifetime of work.
Milford, PA — The Black Bear Film Festival recently appointed four new members to its board of directors. The new members are local residents, film enthusiasts and active participants in community organizations, and have been dedicated film festival volunteers in previous years. The 15th annual Black Bear Film Festival will take place this fall, October 17 through 19. Read more
HAWLEY, PA — Pike County Bar Association members presented a donation of $1,500 to Marley’s Mission at a benefit held at Settler’s Inn, Hawley on June 7. Marley’s Mission provides equine therapy free of charge to children and their families who have suffered trauma where traditional counseling and therapy measures have ended.
Dinner co-chair Kelly Gaughan praised Marley’s Mission, stating that, “Equine-assisted psychotherapy provided at Marley’s Mission has shown positive results in children by increasing confidence and reducing anxiety.” Read more