BEACH LAKE, PA — Sue Lory will give a presentation titled “Explorations into the Value of Solitude” at the meeting of the Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday, August 16. For 12 years, Lory taught writing at Ithaca College, and for 17 years she was a clinical social worker with a private practice of psychotherapy. Her talk will be a synthesis of her own professional and personal experiences and the ideas of noted psychologists, anthropologists and philosophers, both religious and secular. Discussion will follow. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — Sullivan County Historian John Conway presents the 2015 Minnie Feldman Memorial Lecture, titled “Revolution – Revolution: The 1760s to the 1960s; Heritage Tourism in the County,” on Thursday, August 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library. Conway has been the official Sullivan County Historian since 1993, and had 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
BARRYVILLE, NY — Vendors of arts, crafts and food are sought for Pumpkin Fest, to take place on Saturday, October 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 3351 Rte. 97. The new location is behind the Carriage House, with river views. The festival features a bake-off, costumes (pets, kids and adults), pie-eating contest, pumpkin decorating, scarecrows and more. Call 845/557-4247 or visit BarryvilleNY.com
JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — The Western Sullivan Public Library (WSPL) has begun planning for the future. The library would like to get as many people involved as possible in order to create a strategic plan that will help them best serve their communities. The easiest way to be a part of this planning process is to take part in the library’s Community Assessment Survey. The survey is available on the library’s facebook page, the library’s website www.wsplonline.org, at each of the three branches of WSPL, and at library programs and events throughout the summer. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — A reunion is being planned for those in Narrowsburg Central School classes graduating 1961 and prior.
The event is scheduled for Friday, September 11, at Central House in Beach Lake, PA. A social time will begin at 3:30 p.m., with hors d’oeuvres poolside, and dinner buffet at 5:30 p.m. in the Carriage House. A reunion has been held every two years since 2005, presenting an opportunity to stay in touch with former schoolmates. Read more
SULLIVAN COUNTY — The Long Term Care Council, the advisory board for SULLIVAN NYCONNECTS, the single point of entry for information on long-term services and supports in Sullivan County, will meet next on Wednesday, August 19, from 3 to 4 :30 p.m. in the Legislative Committee Room (2nd floor) in the Sullivan County Government Center. Meetings of the Long Term Care Council are open to the public and all are welcome to attend. Call 845/807-0257.
HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne/Pike Farm Bureau will hold a policy development meeting on Monday, August 17 at 7 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce Building, 32 Commercial St. The purpose of the meeting is to gather suggestions of things that should be changed in regard to the everyday workings of life in a rural community. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — From comfort food and hearty entrees, to family-held recipes, appetizers and desserts, members of the Wayne County Fair Board have put together a unique cookbook. Wayne County Fair’s “Sharing Our Best Cookbook” includes over 300 recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation.
“Over the years we have shared recipes or brought family favorite dishes to events and local celebrations and decided that it was time to put them down in writing for future generations,” said Diane Mott, treasurer of the fair board. Read more
HURLEYVILLE, NY — The Columbia Hill Neighborhood Alliance (CHNA) will host the first “What the Hill” Friend-Raiser at the Hurleyville Firehouse on Sunday, August 23 at 11 a.m.
The community celebration will feature information on the history of Columbia Hill and environmental issues related to the responsible development of Columbia Hill. There will be live entertainment and activities for kids of all ages. Read more
ELLENVILLE, NY — Ellenville Regional Hospital hosted the grand opening of its new building, which connects the hospital with the Ellenville Family Health Center located next door to the hospital, on July 22. Steven L. Kelley, president and CEO of Ellenville Regional Hospital, hosted the event. An invocation and remarks were presented by Rev. Julius Collins, Chairman, Ellenville Regional Hospital Board of Trustees. Keynote speakers were Mike Hein, Ulster County Executive, and the honoree Neil S. Calman, MD. Read more
Depression and anxiety are emotional states that may occur together or at different times. They can be short and transitory, or extend for years and block progress. Often, depression relates to self-esteem and motivation, while anxiety relates to feelings of fear, dread, or general nervousness. Either condition can cause a person to feel stuck, hopeless, isolated, or unable to move forward. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — Petitions are available for the September 24 election of trustees at the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library. Four board seats are up for election:
Three seats for a three-year term (January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2019)
One seat for a one-year term (January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016)
Incumbents Steven Sharoff (three-year), Constance Keller (three-year) and Marvin Rappaport (one-year) are all seeking re-election.
Incumbent Terry Epstein (three-year) has indicated that she will not be seeking re-election. Read more
PORT JERVIS, NY — Saturday, August 15 is International Homeless Animal Day. On Saturday, August 8 The Hub, the public computer center at The Port Jervis Free Library, will host representatives of the Humane Society of Port Jervis/Deerpark from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon, who will share information with everyone considering adopting a homeless animal or volunteering to care for them. Read more
I drove in that nasty storm, thunder, lighting, flooding on Thursday to go visit Fr. Bill. As soon as I got inside the rain started to stop. Fr. Bill is going to therapy, getting stronger and holding his own. As we are sitting in his room he opened his drawer and showed me all the return addresses from the cards he got from all of you. He sends his love and thanks you for all the prayers and cards. As I left fathers it started raining again, took me two hours to get to Queens to be with my sister for her 62nd birthday. Read more
Over 2,000 people enjoyed themselves while browsing more than 70 craftsmen that filled Main Street last Saturday at Riverfest in hopes to find that special treasure. Riverfest has several unique qualities that have continued through the years. Vendors are chosen based on their original crafts, no manufactured products are permitted. A dog parade opens Riverfest and live musical entertainment fills the day. We also can’t forget the popular poster auction that happens only once a year at Riverfest. Read more
This harness race, with Ferris wheel in the background, was photographed at the Wayne County Fair for The River Reporter by Rob Holmstrup in August of 1993. According to the accompanying article, that year was the 100th anniversary of the presence of the ferris wheel at the fair. This year’s fair starts on Friday, August 7. See page 17. There’s still harness racing, and a Ferris wheel, along with other rides. Read more
HASBROUCK, NY — A new series of summer “Talks at The House,” set for every Wednesday evening in August at The Old Stone House of Hasbrouck, presents local area experts in fields such as raising chickens at home, classic photography and the joys of poetry. The discussions begin with a 7 p.m. presentation by a prominent community figure having expertise in each subject, followed by a Q-and-A session concluding around 9 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Read more
BEACH LAKE, PA — Tom Shutkin and Gloria Tabares will present the history and beliefs of Scientology, one of the most controversial new religious movements of the 20th century, on Sunday, August 9 at the Berlin Township Community Center. Their talk will be the basis for a more general conversation on how people see differences between a religion and a cult. A social time and refreshments will follow the program. For directions visit www.uduuf.org/directions.