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Delaware Highlands Conservancy announces monarch butterfly program

LIBERTY, NY — Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy, Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC), and naturalist Ed Wesely for a free monarch butterfly program at the CCESC office in Liberty on Saturday, August 23 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

For 20 years, Ed Wesely and Barbara Yeaman rescued Monarch butterfly eggs and caterpillars from threatened habitats, reared and then released them. With the help of local school children, they nurtured and released over 6,000 adult monarchs.  Read more

Mandated on-the-job training for security course offered

MONTICELLO, NY — The Adult and Continuing Education Program at Sullivan BOCES is offering the mandated on-the-job security guard training on August 9 and 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the St. John Street Education Center. The cost of the course is $185.  Read more

Western Sullivan Public Library announces ‘how-to’ writer’s series

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — The Western Sullivan Public Library is announcing a series of “how-to” writer’s presentations covering topics such as self-publishing and memoir writing. Louis Alexander, author of “Echoes from a Small Country Town,” will present memoir writing on Tuesday, August 12 at the Delaware Free branch in Callicoon at 6 p.m. Local author Myron Gittell will discuss how to self publish on Wednesday, September 10 at the Tusten-Cochecton branch in Narrowsburg at 6:30 p.m.  Read more

185th anniversary of the running of the Stourbridge Lion

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Historical Society will mark the 185th anniversary of the running of the Stourbridge Lion locomotive this Friday, August 8 with an open house at its museum located at 810 Main St. Admission will be free all day. Light refreshments will be served. At 4:30 p.m. Ab Rutherford will give a talk about the Stourbridge Lion as part of the historical society’s weekly summertime Plain Speaking Series. He will recount that famous trial run and answer questions about the history of the “Iron Lion,” the first steam engine to run on tracks in the Western Hemisphere.  Read more

Wayne County to count homeless population

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — Volunteers are needed for a summertime count of homeless individuals in Wayne County. The so-called “point-in-time count” will be conducted on Thursday, August 21 between 4:30 and 8:30 p.m. This is a bi-annual event in which volunteers spread throughout the community seeking out those who are homeless to obtain statistical information to be entered into a federal database that prioritizes funding for housing related monies.  Read more

Grey Towers collects 381 items for food pantry

MILFORD, PA — The Grey Towers Heritage Association and the U.S. Forest Service collected 514 pounds of non-perishable food (381 items) from visitors who attended the annual ice cream social and free open house at Grey Towers on July 4. The annual event is a re-creation of the ice cream socials hosted by Pennsylvania Gov. Gifford Pinchot when he lived at Grey Towers. The organizations sponsor this event and donate the food items to the Ecumenical Food Pantry in Milford.

Twin Cedar’s hosts Adopt-A-Grandparent Day

SHOHOLA, PA — Twin Cedar’s hosted a program for children from the Seventh Day Adventist Reform Movement in Shohola. The children spent time talking one-on-one with selected seniors from the assisted living community and then returned the following day to resume group activities with their new friends at Adopt-A-Grandparent for the Day. All took pictures and then decorated photo frames to be left behind with the seniors as a token of the special day.

Wayne County Community Foundation presents scholarships

HONESDALE, PA — Celebrating its 20th year, the Wayne County Community Foundation (WCCF) recently held its annual reception to award scholarships to deserving Wayne County graduating seniors. In total, the foundation, along with its scholarship partners, presented 40 scholarships of $1,000 each this year. Shown in the lefthand photo (above) are Kuni Holbert of the scholarship committee, front row, left; winners Micalea Rhone, Kelsey Russo and Allyson Wittenbrader. In the back row are winners Justin Bates, left, and Aaron Whitmore and Paul Meagherof the scholarship committee.  Read more

Professional Women of Sullivan County installation, awards ceremony

ROCK HILL, NY — The Professional Women of Sullivan County (PWSC) recently installed new officers and awarded scholarships on May 21 at Bernie’s Holiday Restaurant. New officers include president, Adrianna Mayson-Greco; vice president, Amy Colon; treasurer, Donna Mulvey; co-secretaries, Carol McKay and Martha Grill; and corresponding secretary, Debbie MorelliSpeer.  Read more

Discussion on parent engagement in Monticello

MONTICELLO, NY — Community leaders, parents, teachers and administrators attended a roundtable discussion regarding parent engagement at the George L. Cooke Elementary School in Monticello on Monday, July 21. New York State Education Department (NYSED) Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch and Board of Regents member Josephine Finn facilitated the discussion. Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther was also in attendance. The discussion explored how school districts, community organizations and parents can work together to help close the achievement gap among students.  Read more

Leadership Wayne collects large donation for food pantry

HONESDALE, PA — The Leadership Wayne Class of 2014 spent the month of May promoting the Wayne County Food Pantry with The Pantry Project. The idea was to raise awareness that there are many families in Wayne County in need of assistance and to boost collections at off-peak times of the year when pantries often run short. The group met with Wayne County Food Pantry Director Kathleen Terry to find out how they could help.  Read more

Golfers raise $22 thousand for New Hope Community

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — New Hope Community (NHC) welcomed many of its supporters and friends to the historic Big G golf course at Grossinger’s Country Club in Liberty on May 19 for the fourth annual Wallace Berkowitz Cup.  Read more

Wayne Library Alliance conducting online survey

REGION — From August 1 to August 22 the Wayne Library Alliance will conduct an online survey to find out how its patrons use the library’s computers and Internet connection and how this service has made a positive impact on their lives. This information will help the library improve its technology services and communicate the value of providing free access to computers and the Internet within the community. The impact survey is anonymous, available in English and Spanish, and takes 10 to 15 minutes to complete.  Read more

Tour the Old Stone Jail, special invite to law enforcement

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Historical Society and the county commissioners invite you to tour the Old Stone Jail on Saturday, August 2 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. They extend a special invitation to the law enforcement community of Wayne County and beyond. If you are (or were) a sheriff, police, correctional, or probation officer, lawyer, U.S. marshal, or any other federal, state, or county law enforcement officer, they would like to meet you and show you around the jail that was built in 1858. Don’t worry; you won’t have to work the whole shift. Stop by and share your stories.

Kiwanis Club gives scholarships to outstanding students

WOODRIDGE, NY — The Woodridge Kiwanis Club held its annual scholarship dinner at the Woodridge Family Restaurant, where five $1,000 scholarships were given to seniors from the Fallsburg Central School District.  Read more

Pinstripe Golf Classic at Woodloch Springs

HAWLEY, PA — For the sixth year, the Country Club at Woodloch Springs will host its annual Pinstripes Golf Classic on August 6 with a shotgun start beginning at 12 noon. The tournament is an 18-hole scramble featuring an amateur foursome plus one current Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders player or coach. All proceeds will go to benefit the Cody Miley Memorial Art Scholarship Fund that has been established for Cody Miley, the 17-year-old son of Railriders manager David Miley, who died in a car accident in 2008.  Read more

Common Waters Partnership receives grant to help build a thriving economy

HAWLEY, PA — The Common Waters Partnership has been awarded a $6,000 grant from the Appalachian Gateway Communities Initiative for the Upper Delaware River region to implement a plan supporting economic development through arts, culture, heritage and natural resources.  Read more

Blue Ridge Camp girls make signs for Wayne senior centers

HONESDALE, PA — The three Wayne County senior centers held their annual picnic on Friday, July 11. The week before, campers from Blue Ridge Camp spent hours at the Honesdale Senior Center painting signs for the picnic. Every year Camp Blue Ridge does several community service projects for the community.

Did You Know?

Seen here, circa 1940, are two smiling faces: good friends Kate Dexter Sullivan and Jeanie Slater Rutz. They are in the midst of skating on Little Lake Erie pond, a very popular winter sport at the time. The houses in the background are on Grove Street. Photo donated by Kate Dexter Sullivan.

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.

Lake Huntington News

What a busy weekend! On Saturday, I worked the tag sale at the Cochecton Center Community Center and then went to see Kenny Rogers. Boy, did he look old. But he can still sing, and he was very funny telling jokes. It was a great time at Bethel Woods. On Sunday, I worked the tag sale again and then spent a nice afternoon at Riverfest in Narrowsburg, NY. It was well attended but very hot. Tony Staffieri was a very entertaining auctioneer. Great job, Tony! The DVAA would like to thank everyone who came out and made Riverfest a great success once again.  Read more