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Basket raffle for school-related professionals at Sullivan West

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Tuesday, November 18 is School Related Professional (SRP) Day, established to recognize all that SRPs do and to show appreciation for them. The SRPs of Sullivan West are the accounting clerks, building and grounds workers, building maintenance mechanics, cleaners, cooks, food servers, latch-key child-care attendants, school instructional multi-media technicians, secretaries, a sign language interpreter, teachers’ aides and teaching assistants.  Read more

Catskill Distilling Company wins “best of” award

NEW YORK CITY, NY — The Village Voice “Best of Awards” has named Catskill Distilling Company the best local distillery in New York in 2014. The Voice reported the award this way: “Across the street from the Woodstock Festival grounds sits Catskill Distilling Company, where you can find some of the best spirits in the state. Owner Dr. Monte Sachs, a practicing horse veterinarian, is devoted to craft and innovation, and he developed an accelerated-maturation house that stimulates the flavor compounds and speeds the aging process for his whiskeys.  Read more

The Paint Parade celebrates its grand opening

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Chamber of Commerce recently celebrated the grand opening of its newest member The Paint Parade. This family-owned and operated business by the Horna family moved to the Milford area this past summer from Long Island, NY.  Read more

Van Gorders’ opens new location in Milford

MILFORD, PA — Long-time Pike County Chamber member Van Gorders’ Furniture recently opened a new showroom in Milford to complement its locations at Lake Wallenpaupack and Honesdale. The Milford showroom at 321 Water St. features a Sealy Mattress Gallery and a selection of traditional brands along with unique rustic and lodge furnishings, which are a Van Gorders’ specialty.  Read more

Comic book store opens in Port Jervis

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Tri-State Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony during the grand opening weekend on October 4 for Haven for Heroes, located at 62 Front St. Members of the Chamber, Port Jervis Community Development Agency and residents of the community all joined in.  Read more

Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office promotes three members

MONTICELLO, NY — Sheriff Mike Schiff congratulates three members of the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division who were recently promoted. From left to right are, Sheriff Schiff, Corporal Dale Niemann, Sergeant Blake Starner, and Lieutenant Luis Alvarez.

Narrowsburg News

For as long as most people can remember, a special star has lit up the sky of Narrowsburg during the holiday season. It was originally erected by the Narrowsburg Chamber of Commerce approximately 60 years ago. Years later, likely in the late 1960s or ‘70s, a new pole was set, and the placement of the star changed slightly. Ed Gettel was responsible for the new rigging and cross-beam replacement, which lasted many years. Also at about that time, the Tusten Lions Club became the volunteers who maintained the star, so that each year the sky shone bright with our own special star.  Read more

Did You Know?

Anna Ness and son are pictured here in 1944 with a view looking south across Crystal Lake Road (CR 26 in Sullivan County) from the driveway entrance that led to the house. Beyond the road sits a building where much of the horse-drawn farm equipment was kept. In the hollow behind the building once stood the Ness Sawmill which was destroyed by fire in 1904. From the Tusten Historical Society’s collection.  Read more

Only two grant-writing workshops left

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — There are two dates remaining in a series of six grant-writing seminars sponsored by the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA), based in Narrowsburg. Artists and non-profit cultural groups based in Sullivan County that wish to create, produce, or present cultural programming in Sullivan County are eligible to apply for 2015 “decentralization grants” administered by the DVAA. The seminars provide hands-on information for crafting an effective grant narrative, making a budget, and networking with other artists and cultural groups.  Read more

Firearm safety course

MONTICELLO, NY — The Adult and Continuing Education Program at Sullivan BOCES is offering a Home Firearm Safety Course on November 15 at the Kauneonga Lake Fire Hall from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The cost of the class is $65. The next class will be on December 20.  Read more

Green training workshop for teachers and others

MILFORD, PA — Teachers, students, school support staff and education partners in the tri-state region are invited to attend a free workshop on December 2 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Grey Towers National Historic Site. Project Learning Tree’s (PLT) GreenSchools! is a nationwide environmental service learning program that helps improve students’ academic performance in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) subjects, while providing a blueprint for creating more green and healthy learning environments for students.  Read more

Growing older together

BEACH LAKE, PA — The Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship warmly invites you to the first of a series of programs dedicated to growing older together in community. Carol Rocklin, Beverly Sterner and Ginny Nordstrom will lead this sesssion, exploring ways to support one another as our needs change with age.

The program will be held at 10:15 a.m. at the Berlin Township Community Center in Beach Lake on Sunday, November 9. A social time and light refreshments follow. For further information, call 570/448-3174. For directions, visit

Wayne Memorial Hospital announces the following births:

9/21/14 — Joseph Jayden Burton was born to Michelle Burton of Beach Lake, PA. Maternal grandparents are Joseph and Karen Burton of Beach Lake, PA.
9/29/14 — Sayre Morgenstern III was born to Jennifer Morgenstern and Sayre Morgenstern II of Beach Lake, PA. Maternal grandparents are Garry and Sherry Freiermuth. Paternal grandparents are Henry and Althea Morgenstern.  Read more

Navigating health care reform for farmers and independent workers

LIBERTY, NY — Farmers and the general public are invited to attend a free workshop, Navigating Health Care Reform, offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) on Friday, November 14. Nicole Tapia, a bilingual health care navigator will present this educational opportunity for anyone confused about health care and the Affordable Care Act. The class will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center.  Read more

Ambulance Chronicles


Call 911 and radios sing in your town. A call for help, a call to convene. Tones ring, volunteers come, help is given, things are set right. Over and over, every day.

The cycle of work is said to be an honorable thing. Whitman sang its praise in the time of Senators Fremont and Roscoe. Before the Civil War, the anthem was to occupy the occupations, be neither master nor servant, be all equal in our work.  Read more

Treatment of animal bites

There is no accurate data about the number of animal bites that occur each year other than emergency-room visits (approximately 320,000 a year). There are 70 million pet dogs and 74 million pet cats in the U.S., and there are an estimated three to six million animal bites per year, approximately 80 to 90% are from dogs, five to 15% are from cats, and two to five percent are from rodents, with the balance from other small animals (e.g. rabbits, ferrets), farm animals, monkeys, reptiles and others.  Read more

Historian recounts ghost tales

NARROWSBURG, NY — Sullivan County historian John Conway had the audience in the palm of his hand last weekend, as he regaled the crowd with stories about reputed ghost stories throughout the county. Stories from the Revolutionary War mixed with tales from more recent times entertained folks at the Tusten-Cochecton branch of the Western Sullivan Library, and Conway encouraged folks to dig deeper into some of the spooky stories, which included the Hex Murder Ghost that some claim can still be seen on the Old Stone Arch Bridge crossing Callicoon Creek.  Read more

Free seminar on Aspergers

HONESDALE, PA — “Aspergers 101,” a free seminar, will be held on Saturday, November 8 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Mariposa Center in the Holmes Building, 61 Commercial St. Basic information will be provided, such as: What is it? Who has it and who doesn’t? Can it be mixed with other symptons? Can it be cured? How do I get help? What can families do? The seminar is presented by licensed professional counselor Susan Thompson. Pre-registration is required, by calling 570/352-4997.  Read more

Talk on the Hudson Valley in the Ice Age

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — Mastodon bones have turned up in Greenville and many still lie beneath ponds and swamps in that region. Today, rich farmland in the Wallkill Valley has yielded the remains of many ice age mammals. Learn about these and more at the talk “Hudson Valley in the Ice Age” by Robert and Johanna Titus on Sunday, November 9 at 2 p.m. at the Time and the Valleys Museum.  Read more

Hunger and homelessness seminar

PORT JERVIS, NY — Port Jervis Police Department and Port Jervis City-Wide Neighborhood Watch will host a seminar focused on hunger and homelessness in the community on Thursday, November 6 at 7 p.m. at the Drew Methodist Church Hall. Residents of Port Jervis will be informed about the two social problems, hunger and homelessness, that affect not only our community, but communities and cities nationwide.  Read more