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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

The Wayne County Food Pantry Program announces the December schedule

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — The Honesdale Area Pantry will be held behind the Tri County Beverage Building on Route 6, 214 Willow Avenue in Honesdale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Tuesday, December 9. For an emergency need contact a social services agency.

The Damascus Area Pantry will be held at the Damascus Township Building from 1 to 3 p.m., on Thursday, December 18. For an emergency need call 570/224-4217 or 570/224-4189.  Read more

Jeff Bank is going tobacco-free

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Jeff Bank announced that starting January 1, 2015, all branch locations owned by the bank will be tobacco-free. They are implementing this initiative to improve the health and quality of life of their employees and the community.  Read more

Hancock methane level study

HANCOCK, NY — A study of ambient methane levels in ground-level air in the Town of Hancock has been completed by Gas Safety Inc., and will be presented to the public on Wednesday, December 3 at 7 p.m. in the Hancock Town Hall, 661 West Main St. Presenters will be Gas Safety president Bob Ackley and Bryce Payne, PhD, Gas Safety’s director of science and technology. The study is sponsored by Damascus Citizens for Sustainability.  Read more

Youth winter workshops

LIBERTY, NY — Open to youth ages five and above, the annual Winter Workshops of Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC)’s 4-H Youth Development program is an opportunity for families to get crafty before the holiday season. On Saturday, December 6, participants can enjoy 10 stations of make-and-take activities including a community service project. This program will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. at the CCESC Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center. The snow date for this program is Sunday, December 7.  Read more

Fund and develop your farm or agricultural business

LIBERTY, NY — Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) and Sullivan County Division of Planning and Environmental Management will present a farm funding program on Monday, December 8 from 1 to 3 p.m., at the CCESC Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center. Participants will learn to develop their agricultural businesses.  Read more

Guiding Eyes for the Blind opens Sullivan County region

LIBERTY, NY — Guiding Eyes for the Blind, known around the globe as one of the foremost guide dog schools, has announced the opening of its newest puppy raising region in Sullivan County. The nonprofit is inviting residents to open their homes to raise a future guide dog puppy. An open house will be held on Monday, December 8 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Liberty Senior Center.  Read more

Seeking performers for The Weather Project

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — NACL Theatre is currently developing a touring version of The Weather Project play and invites additional performers to join the community ensemble. The play will begin a county-wide and regional tour in May 2015.

The Weather Project is a spectacular all-ages outdoor performance about climate change directed by Tannis Kowalchuk, artistic director of NACL Theatre in Highland Lake. The play was developed with NASA scientist Elaine Matthews, in collaboration with The Town of Highland and a host of community groups.  Read more

Did You Know?

This postcard sent in 1913 is the colorful, artistic type sent in the early 1900’s. The greetings were fun to send and fun to receive. I take this special time to give thanks for all the good wishes and blessings extended me this year. Thank you all. I hope everyone finds something for which to be grateful. Happy Thanksgiving! The postcard is from the collection of Ruth Behling.
The Tusten Historical Society’s hours at the Western Sullivan Public Library, Tusten-Cochecton branch in Narrowsburg, are Mondays from 1 to 3 p.m., Fridays from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.