I had a great few days away with my husband for his birthday. We spent it in Old Saybrook, CT. What a fabulous place. We went on a steam engine train ride up the Connecticut River and then took a steamboat back down the river. The next day we went on a two-hour brunch jazz cruise. What a fun time and good food. If you like trains and boats, this is the place to go. However, on the way home, I made a big mistake, which I will never do again; I went into the Wal-Mart in Monticello to get milk and soda. OMG, the place was a zoo. Next time if the parking lot is packed, I will keep going. Read more
HASBROUCK, NY — This month begins the season of ballet classes for kids at the Old Stone House of Hasbrouck. Ballet classes start Saturday, July 19 and are from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., and continue on the five subsequent Saturdays. A second class series is tentatively scheduled for Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m., when both kids and adults can study ballet together. Students work at their own pace and follow classic ballet discipline including floor exercises, barre and center-work, and across-floor practice. Read more
HAWLEY, PA — It was recently announced (and will be in the magazine’s August issue) that The Lodge at Woodloch is third in the destination spa category in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards, selected by readers choice. This is the fourth year in a row The Lodge has made the list. Read more
The severe thunderstorms of last week and the numerous fireworks displays over this past holiday weekend provided a terrifying scenario for many dogs. With summer in full swing, we can expect more T-storms in our future and I’m sure in some areas more fireworks displays or neighborhood firecrackers going off. If fear of loud noises affects your dog, there are some things you can try to help calm and soothe your dog. Read more
After the winter we just lived through, many of us have welcomed the warm weather with open arms. However, while humans have the ability to escape the heat and find ways to stay cool, it is important to keep our animals in mind, too. One of the most concerning situations is traveling with your pet. In a matter of just a few minutes the interior temperature of your car can exceed 150ºF, creating extremely dangerous conditions for your dog or cat. While you may think leaving the window open a small amount, or even all the way open may help dodge the heat, this is not be the case. Read more
FERNDALE, NY — Sixteen Sullivan Renaissance interns have begun work in communities throughout Sullivan County to assist with the care of gardens and other public projects. From small planter boxes and established gardens to park enhancements and Main Street revitalization, these young people are working alongside community volunteers to make a difference in their communities.
The 2014 Sullivan Renaissance interns are:
• Hannah Bisland – Lumberland Parks and Recreation
• Celina Castellano – Woodbourne Action Committee
• Blake Costa – Liberty CDC Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — Bradley Dreher of Roscoe and Melissa Symanski of Parksville were chosen to receive United Way of Sullivan County’s 2014 Bob Rosen Memorial Scholarship Awards. The scholarship winners each received a $500 check to help advance their educational goals. The scholarship is open to graduating students in all Sullivan County school districts and is awarded on the basis of a combination of GPA, extracurricular activities, community service, athletic participation, character references and a 500-word essay. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — There will now be free bilingual story times at the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library. Toddlers to five-year-olds and their families can come to the library on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. for a Hebrew/English story time, and again on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. for a Spanish/English story time. Walk-ins will be welcome as space permits. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — Recently, grants were presented from the Michael Bryant Memorial Fund in association with the Wayne County Community Foundation. This is the fourth year for these grants, which are targeted to assist disabled adults and children in Wayne County. Pictured are Emily Montgomery and Zach Bryant (Michael’s sister and brother), Kimberly Witt and her client, Cindy, of Wayne County Office of Behavioral and Developmental Programs. Also pictured are Jack and Alyse Montgomery.
REGION — Wayne Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and Sandy’s Travelers will sponsor a summer bus trip. A portion of the proceeds benefits the hospital.
A bus trip to opening day at the Little League World Series in Williamsport on August 14. The trip includes a tour of the World of Little League Museum, opening ceremonies and two Little League games. Reservations are due by August 1.
To make reservations or for more information, call Sandy Kline at 570/253-4931 or 570/352-4991, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CALLICOON, NY — The second annual Villa Roma bone marrow drive will be held on Friday and Saturday, July 11 to 12 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Villa Roma Resort located at 356 Villa Roma Rd. Event organizer Faith Metzinger said, “Our volunteers are ready, willing and able to help you through the process of being swabbed, which takes approximately two minutes. You’ll leave feeling like you did something wonderful.” At last year’s kick-off event, 190 individuals were swabbed. Metzinger added that she’s hoping to double or even triple that number, this year.
HONESDALE, PA — Every year the Northeast Pennsylvania Audubon Society (NEPAS) presents a $4,000 scholarship to a graduating senior who plans to pursue a career in an environmental field.
Kristin DeVilliers is this year’s scholarship winner. Daughter of David and Dawn DeVilliers, Kristin is a 2014 graduate of Delaware Valley High School in Milford and will be attending Unity College in Maine. She plans a double major in captive wildlife care and education and adventure education.
For more information visit www.AudubonFestival.com.
BEACH LAKE, PA — At 10:15 a.m. on Sunday, July 13 at the Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist service, local activist and writer Skip Mendler will lead an interactive discussion on the topic “If You Can Keep It: A Handy Guide to the Prevention and Early Detection of American Fascism.” His presentation, based on a forthcoming book of the same title, will explore the origins and meanings of the word “fascism,” the traits of fascist states, and practical strategies that citizens can use to counteract the development of fascism in the United States. Read more
Do you remember how, as a child, waiting 20 minutes seemed like waiting an eternity? Well that is what it felt like waiting for the fireworks to begin on July 4th. The sun was set, we were ready. The weather, which hadn’t been promising during the day, began to clear in the late afternoon and got better and better as the evening progressed. Then all of a sudden—boom! boom! boom! —the sounds announcing the commencement of the fabulous show were heard. Read more
These uniformed flag bearers are pictured just after rounding the corner at the Century Hotel. Local men, they were part of the 1953 Centennial Parade in Narrowsburg, NY. The Centennial celebration was a week-long event, including a Centennial Queen, a theatrical production about the founding of Tusten Township, prizes for the best costumes, the most outstanding beards, the best floats, etc. Can any of you good readers identify these men? Read more
DAMASCUS, PA — There will be a screening of “Miss Representation,” an award-winning documentary by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, produced by Roco Films, which takes a close look at the misrepresentation of girls and women by the media. This free community event will be hosted by Damascus Manor United Methodist Church and presented by Melissa Rutledge on Friday, July 25 at 6 p.m. Read more
KENOZA LAKE, NY — In memory of Doug Ackermann and Brenna Darling, two local people who lost their lives to cancer way too young, April Ackermann and the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan will host the Turtle Trot 10k walk or run starting at the Kenoza Lake firehouse on July 12 at 9 a.m. The cost is $25 on the day of the race.
All money raised will go to a family in Sullivan County impacted by a catastrophic illness. Donations are tax deductible. Contact April Ackermann at 845/701-905 with any questions.
LOOKOUT, PA — The old Civil War era Joel Hill Saw Mill will rumble to life again on Saturday and Sunday, July 12 and 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for another season of tours and sawing demonstrations. The event is free, the labor provided by a dedicated group of volunteers who run the old mill. Read more