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Prepare for the Zombie Apocalypse at the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library

MONTICELLO, NY — Are you prepared for a zombie apocalypse? You might keep up with “The Walking Dead” and have “Zombieland” memorized, but you may not have all the supplies you need. On July 10 at 6:15 p.m., teens can come to the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library to build their zombie apocalypse survival kits, and brush up on their survival skills. Work in teams of three to complete challenges. The more challenges you successfully complete, the more prepared you will be when the dead rise up.  Read more

Wayne Co. Historical Society honors founder of farm museum

HONESDALE, PA — Joseph B. Park, 1896-1970, has been selected as the 2014 winner of the award “People Who Make a Difference in Wayne County Agriculture,” the first time the Wayne County Historical Society has given the award posthumously. The J. B. Park Farm Museum, located at the Wayne County fairgrounds, was named after Park and is visited by thousands each year during fair week.  Read more

Delaware Company presents two new awards

NARROWSBURG, NY — The board of directors of The Delaware Company recently announced the first recipients of two new recognition awards that will be presented annually by the group in the future. The awards were presented at the Fort Delaware Museum of Colonial History during The Delaware Company’s recent architectural/historical bus tour.  Read more

A Midsummer Night’s Soirée, a community event

MILFORD, PA — Celebrating its crystal anniversary, the Black Bear Film Festival will host a party highlighting great film and filmmakers at High Point Golf Club, 342 Lake Shore South, Montague, NJ on August 2 to raise money for the growing film festival. The evening will include guest appearances by VIPs from the independent film industry, food by area restaurants, sushi prepared by the golf club’s master sushi chef, a live six-piece band from New York City, and dancing on the patio.  Read more

JAKES Day in Matamoras

MATAMORAS, PA — The local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) will hold its JAKES Day event at the Matamoras Rod and Gun Club on Sunday, July 13 from 1 to 4 p.m. The club is located on Gun Club Drive off of Cummins Hill Road at 120 Gun Club Rd.

JAKES, which stands for Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship, is dedicated to informing, educating and involving youth in wildlife conservation and the wise stewardship of natural resources.  Read more

Train your pooch

MONTICELLO, NY — The Adult & Continuing Education Program at Sullivan BOCES is now accepting students for its Dog Obedience Course starting on July 15. The course will run on Tuesdays, from 6 to 7 p.m.

Dogs must be over four months old with proof of rabies and canine distemper shots. The first session will run from 6 to 8 p.m. and will include a demonstration so do not bring your dog to the first session. After the first session, participants will be required to purchase a suitable collar and a leash that is appropriate for the individual dog. List dog’s name, breed and age.  Read more

Children can learn to play the pennywhistle

REGION — Don Castellow will teach a pennywhistle workshop for beginners this summer for ages nine to 12 at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) in Narrowsburg, NY and at the Delaware Youth Center (DYC) in Callicoon NY.

The pennywhistle is a member of the flute family and is a fun and easy instrument to learn. No previous experience or musical training is required. During the workshop, students will learn to read music and play tunes on the pennywhistle.  Read more

Security guard pre-assignment training course

MONTICELLO, NY — The Adult and Continuing Education Program at Sullivan BOCES will offer an eight-hour Pre-Assignment Security Guard Training course on July 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the St. John Street Education Center. The cost of the course is $80.

This course will satisfy the minimum criteria recommended by the New York State Security Guard Advisory Council and leads to a training certificate required for employment as a security guard.  Read more

SEEDS presents forum on high performance, passive and zero net-energy homes

HONESDALE, PA — The local non-profit group Sustainable Energy Education & Development Support (SEEDS) will host a free presentation on how to design, model and construct high performance, super-insulated, zero net-energy homes on Tuesday, July 15 at the Park Street Complex from 7 to 9 p.m.  Read more

Programs at Port Jervis Library

PORT JERVIS, NY — This July, the Port Jervis Free Library in partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Orange County will hold two free sessions in its continuing summer Backyard Series.

“Introduction to Food Preservation, “presented by Master Food Preserver James Thomas, will meet on Thursday, July 10 from 6:30 to -8 p.m. The class will cover food safety, equipment, canning basics, high-acid and low-acid canning, preserving jams and jellies, pickling, freezing foods, as well as drying foods and herbs.  Read more

CCE offers Elder Law Forum for Estate Planning

MONTICELLO, NY — Caregivers, seniors and the public are invited to attend a free Elder Law Forum on Thursday, July 10, from 1 to 3 p.m. offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County’s Caregiver Resource Center. The forum will share the knowledge and expertise of four esteemed attorneys on various aspects of estate planning. Presenting will be Frances Clemente, Esq., Stefanie A. Sovak, Esq., Steven N. Mogel, Esq. and Richard Zirt, Esq.  Read more

Schlegel feted for years of service to Cochecton Preservation Society

COCHECTON, NY — After 15 years of service, Dottie Schlegel has retired as secretary of the Cochecton Preservation Society (CPS). In a recent meeting the following new officers and directors were named: Joe Manaseri, president; Pamela DeMan, vice president; Larry Richardson, treasurer; Peggy Richardson, secretary; and Obbie Fuller, Robert DeMan and George Blaso as directors for two-year terms. Following the evening’s program, “The One and Only Blackout in Cochecton and Sullivan County,” presented by Art Hassis, CPS members joined in celebrating Schlegel’s many years as secretary.  Read more

Green Lodging Partnership welcomes two new partners

HAWLEY, PA AND BETHEL, NY —The Delaware Highlands Conservancy’s (DHC) Green Lodging Partnership has welcomed two new partners: Villa Roma Resort in Callicoon, NY and the Roebling Inn on the Delaware in Lackawaxen, PA, bringing to the number to 12 local lodgings that have asked their guests to join them in the long-term protection of our quality of life. Guests pay a $2 donation with each lodging reservation, which is contributed directly to the DHC to support its conservation mission to protect the natural assets that bring tourists to the Upper Delaware River region.  Read more

Mixer to connect business community of Sullivan County

MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County Partnership for Economic Development has joined forces with the Sullivan County Visitors Association, the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce, and the Sullivan County Industrial Development Agency to jointly host a networking mixer designed to unite Sullivan County’s business community. The Sullivan United Mixer will be held on Tuesday, July 15, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Monticello Motor Club, 37 Cantrell Rd.  Read more

The Settlers Inn, Ledges Hotel offer special deal for teachers

HAWLEY, PA — From now through August 26, The Settlers Inn and Ledges Hotel are thanking teachers for their hard work and dedication by offering a special discount on Mondays and Tuesdays as part of’s® “Travel for Teachers” program. Both lodging facilities invite teachers to take advantage of a special deal that includes a one- or two-night stay in a standard contemporary room, two coffee mugs with a $15 voucher for Cocoon Coffee House, and a full country breakfast.  Read more

Cornell Cooperative Extension $1M campaign benefits the community

LIBERTY, NY — In celebration of its 100-year anniversary, Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) has launched an ambitious Centennial Capital Campaign to raise $1 million toward various special projects and initiatives.

Thousands of letters will be mailed to homes of individuals, businesses and organizations around the county urging them to join the campaign by making a contribution of $100 or more. CCESC has a number of sponsorship levels to which donors can commit direct support for the capital campaign, scholarships and new programming.  Read more

Lake Huntington News

Happy graduation to all 2014 graduates! What great weather you had. I was down in Queens at my niece’s graduation party. She now has her MA degree as a marriage and family therapist. Her party was in the bar where I met my husband Tommy. These drunken Irishmen came in after a game of golf, and they were hanging all over us, loving and kissing us and saying how much they miss my husband and me. It’s so funny how you do not see someone for over 10 years, and when you do it’s like you never left. What great memories.  Read more

A farmers’ market is born in Milford

MILFORD, PA — A visit to Milford on any given Sunday has been enriched by the addition of the Milford Farmers’ Market, located in the courtyard of the River Rock Inn. Your senses will come alive as soon as you pass under the wisteria growing above the arbor gate at the entrance to the market, nestled under the shade trees at Second and Ann streets. The first things you will notice are the pleasant sounds of live music, played each week by local musicians who help set a “homegrown” stage for this event.  Read more

Library announces website design series

CALLICOON, NY — On Wednesdays, July 9 through July 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. the Western Sullivan Public Library will host a series of website design workshops at the Delaware Free Branch in Callicoon. Workshops will begin with the basics of Word Press, a web-design, template-based tool, and will work through the process of creating a professional website with graphics, subpages, and a modern design. By the end, participants will have built a website. Visit the library on Facebook, Twitter, or at or call 845.887-4040 for more information or to register.

Summer series on local history

HONESDALE, PA — The Plain Speaking Summer Series is back at the Wayne County Historical Society, located at 810 Main St. Plain Speaking is a summer series of informal talks on Wayne County history by local individuals who have spent years studying their topics. Although the subjects may be serious, the mood is intended to be light. No presentation will take more than an hour and some will be shorter. The talks will take place each Friday afternoon from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room at the Museum.  Read more