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Narrowsburg News

The week of Sunday, August 9 was filled with great highs and deep lows. Learning, on August 9, of Grace Johansen’s passing was certainly the lowest point of the week. It was because of Grace that we enjoy a library in our town and the Tusten Historical Society (THS). She had a certain unending positive energy that wanted to create, and do, do, do when it came to programming for the THS. She is solely responsible for obtaining New York State Board of Education recognition of the THS as a New York State Historical Society, no small feat.  Read more

All-day zen meditation

HONESDALE, PA — Two Rivers Zen Community (TRZC) will hold a zazenkai, a daylong retreat devoted to zen meditation practice, on Sunday, August 30. Doors open at 7:45 a.m. and the first sitting begins at 8 a.m.  Read more

Roundtable to discuss Sullivan County economy

HURLEYVILLE, NY — The Sullivan County Historical Society will hold a roundtable discussion of Sullivan County’s economy at the Sullivan County Museum on Sunday, August 23 at 2 p.m. It is part of a continuing exhibit, “The Concord Remembered.” The exhibit tells the story of what was once one of the world’s foremost resort hotels. Though the Concord no longer exists, the property is being reborn into the Montreign Resort Casino at Adelaar.  Read more

Community Achievers

SUNY Sullivan’s Riegal honored with teaching excellence award

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP),, has announced that Diane Riegal, an associate professor at SUNY Sullivan, has received the 2015 ACBSP International Teaching Excellence Award.  Read more

Pain in your canine companion

In recent years, pain management has become a greater concern of pet owners as well as veterinarians. Even looking back 10 years, pain management was not a topic of conversation for veterinarians or pet owners. Today, that is a much different circumstance.  Read more

Golf outing raises record amount for Dessin

HONESDALE, PA — The annual Dakota Williams Memorial Golf Outing was held on July 11 at the Cricket Hill Golf Course. On Friday, July 31, the proceeds of the outing were presented to the Dessin Animal Shelter by the Williams family, in memory of their beloved daughter and sister Dakota Williams, who was a true animal lover and friend of the Dessin Animal Shelter.

This was the fifth annual outing, and with the loyal participation of friends and sponsors, it raised over $8,000, a record amount.  Read more

Volunteers make a big difference with cat population

PORT JERVIS, NY — Two weeks ago, a few people who have been volunteering at the Humane Society of Port Jervis/Deerpark and with the feral cat Trap Neuter Release (TNR) program teamed up for 30 minutes to place calls to a national hotline that distributes $25 spay/neuter vouchers for cats using local clinics.  Read more

Fifty years and more at the Grange

MONTICELLO, NY — The Monticello Grange #1357 recently celebrated two of its members, Master Earl Lilley and past secretary/treasurer Anna Benson, for their several decades of uninterrupted membership and service to the organization. Lilley, left, was awarded a 50-year membership pin and a Golden Sheaf Certificate for those who have devoted a half century of service to the Order of Patrons of Husbandry in recognition of 50 years of continuous Grange membership. He has served in the office of Master since June 2011, when then Master Nellie Culligan stepped down from office.  Read more

History Day at Ten Mile River

NARROWSBURG, NY — Local history was on display at Ten Mile River History Day, July 25 at the Ten Mile River Scout Camps.  Read more

Women’s literary magazine looks for boost

REGION — Clever Girl Magazine is a new literary journal that will showcase short stories and artwork submitted by women throughout our region and beyond. Female writers are encouraged to submit their stories to The magazine just launched a Kickstarter campaign which will run until August 22, listed under “Clever Girl Magazine. Visit

‘Backpack Fundraiser’

MIDDLETOWN, NY — Middletown Medical is conducting a “Backpack Fundraiser” this month to benefit children in need throughout the local school districts. Now through August 21, you can drop off school supplies of any kind, as well as new or gently used backpacks, at Middletown Medical locations including Monticello (Sullivan Internal Medicine Group, 518 Broadway), Liberty (Liberty Medical Group, 111 Sullivan Ave., Ferndale), Port Jervis (River Valley Family Medical Services, 209 New Ball St.) and Wurtsboro (Wurtsboro Medical Associates, 2930 State Rte. 209).  Read more

Vendors sought for African Journey event

LIBERTY, NY — The Sullivan County Million Man March Community Action Group and The Committee of Sisters will present the “African Journey in the Park” on Saturday, August 22 from 12 noon to 5 p.m. at the Liberty Music and Art Pavilion at Lapolt Park on North Main Street. There will be musical guests, poets and speakers. Vendors are sought; call 845/807-8452 or 423-1357.

Lackawanna College among the most affordable

SCRANTON, PA — Lackawanna College has been ranked among the top 50 most affordable small colleges for hospitality administration and management for 2015 by The website is a leading online authority regarding the best degree programs to pursue to find success in the hospitality industry.  Read more

New literacy tutor training

MONTICELLO, NY — Literacy Volunteers of Sullivan County is offering tutor training beginning Thursday, September 17, continuing for five more consecutive Thursdays except for September 24, which is Yom Kippur.

Each training session is three hours long, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and the training is held in the Literacy Center located on 63 North St. Once a tutor is trained, that tutor is matched one-to-one with an adult student. The tutor-student pair meets for approximately two hours a week.  Read more

Exploring solitude

BEACH LAKE, PA — Sue Lory will give a presentation titled “Explorations into the Value of Solitude” at the meeting of the Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday, August 16. For 12 years, Lory taught writing at Ithaca College, and for 17 years she was a clinical social worker with a private practice of psychotherapy. Her talk will be a synthesis of her own professional and personal experiences and the ideas of noted psychologists, anthropologists and philosophers, both religious and secular. Discussion will follow.  Read more

‘Revolution to Revolution’

MONTICELLO, NY — Sullivan County Historian John Conway presents the 2015 Minnie Feldman Memorial Lecture, titled “Revolution – Revolution: The 1760s to the 1960s; Heritage Tourism in the County,” on Thursday, August 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library. Conway has been the official Sullivan County Historian since 1993, and had taught a class on Sullivan County history at SUNY Sullivan since 1998. He is a popular lecturer and presenter and has written several books, dozens of magazine articles and more than 1,000 newspaper columns over the years.  Read more

Pumpkin Fest calls for vendors

BARRYVILLE, NY — Vendors of arts, crafts and food are sought for Pumpkin Fest, to take place on Saturday, October 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 3351 Rte. 97. The new location is behind the Carriage House, with river views. The festival features a bake-off, costumes (pets, kids and adults), pie-eating contest, pumpkin decorating, scarecrows and more. Call 845/557-4247 or visit

Participate in library assessment

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — The Western Sullivan Public Library (WSPL) has begun planning for the future. The library would like to get as many people involved as possible in order to create a strategic plan that will help them best serve their communities. The easiest way to be a part of this planning process is to take part in the library’s Community Assessment Survey. The survey is available on the library’s facebook page, the library’s website, at each of the three branches of WSPL, and at library programs and events throughout the summer.  Read more

Narrowsburg Central School reunion to be held

NARROWSBURG, NY — A reunion is being planned for those in Narrowsburg Central School classes graduating 1961 and prior.

The event is scheduled for Friday, September 11, at Central House in Beach Lake, PA. A social time will begin at 3:30 p.m., with hors d’oeuvres poolside, and dinner buffet at 5:30 p.m. in the Carriage House. A reunion has been held every two years since 2005, presenting an opportunity to stay in touch with former schoolmates.  Read more

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.