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Long Term Care Council meets

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.

Farm bureau seeks input

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

Wayne County Fair offers cookbook

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

Vendors sought for ‘What the Hill’ fundraiser

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

Lake Huntington News

Last week I was out and about at the GS Plumbing annual picnic down at Landers Campground hangar and had the pleasure to meet up with Jim Crowley’s mom Helen and his sister Cathy. They are in from Arizona visiting for a few months. Hope you ladies enjoy your stay.  Read more

Ellenville hospital opens new building

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

CRMG welcomes Roman

HARRIS, NY — Catskill Regional Medical Group has announced that that Lauren S. Roman, MD has joined their staff as a board-certified family medicine physician servicing both the Callicoon and Livingston Manor medical offices of Catskill Regional Medical Group.  Read more

Getting un-stuck from depression or anxiety

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

Library trustee petitions available

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

Homeless Animal Day at The Hub

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

Lake Huntington News

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

Narrowsburg News

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

Did You Know?

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

‘Talks at the House’

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

Scientology discussion at Unitarian meeting

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

Community Achievers

Jean Dittmar recognized as a dedicated caregiver

LIBERTY, NY — Jean Dittmar of Liberty was recently surprised by her friends with a party and picnic, recognizing the years of dedicated and unconditional caregiving that she has provided for her husband Tom. Upon the recommendation of her friends and neighbors, two members from the Caring for Caregivers Committee also attended the occasion to honor Jean for her tireless efforts.  Read more

A helping hand at Yasgur Road Reunion

BETHEL, NY — The Yasgur Road Reunion will welcome Strangers Helping Strangers (SHS), a non­profit organization whose purpose is to run a food drive to help communities hosting music festivals, at the August 14 to 16 Woodstock Reunion at Yasgur’s Farm on Yasgur Road. The Sullivan County Federation for the Homeless will partner with SHS to distribute food collected at the reunion to those in need in Sullivan County.  Read more

Golf tournament set for August 19

HAWLEY, PA — The 29th Pike-Wayne License Beverage Association Scholarship Golf Tournament has been set for Wednesday, August 19, at Cricket Hill Golf Club. The cost for the captain and crew tournament is $50 per person, which includes cart and green fees. Following the tournament, a buffet will be held at the Pines Tavern and prizes will be awarded.  Read more

Philatelic Society meets

MONTICELLO, NY — The next meeting of the Sullivan County Philatelic Society will be held on August 8, in the Ted Stroebele Recreation Center, 2 Jefferson St., at 1 p.m. A special DVD program will be featured, and the club will start getting ready for its upcoming stamp show on October 3.

There will be door prizes, give-aways and refreshments. The society is also looking for members to exhibit some of their collections. Anyone who wants to exhibit (besides members) should call 845/794-2586.

Caregiver support groups

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Anyone who provides informal care to an elderly family member or friend, enabling them to remain safely at home, can join other caregivers at three free monthly support groups offered in different areas of Sullivan County by Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC). All meetings offer educational materials and open discussion for informal caregivers to share concerns, thoughts and tips on caregiving.

In Callicoon, the Share the Caring group meets the first Wednesday of the month, 10 a.m. at Lander’s River Café.  Read more