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Navigating health care reform for farmers and independent workers

LIBERTY, NY — Farmers and the general public are invited to attend a free workshop, Navigating Health Care Reform, offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) on Friday, November 14. Nicole Tapia, a bilingual health care navigator will present this educational opportunity for anyone confused about health care and the Affordable Care Act. The class will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center.  Read more

Ambulance Chronicles


Call 911 and radios sing in your town. A call for help, a call to convene. Tones ring, volunteers come, help is given, things are set right. Over and over, every day.

The cycle of work is said to be an honorable thing. Whitman sang its praise in the time of Senators Fremont and Roscoe. Before the Civil War, the anthem was to occupy the occupations, be neither master nor servant, be all equal in our work.  Read more

Treatment of animal bites

There is no accurate data about the number of animal bites that occur each year other than emergency-room visits (approximately 320,000 a year). There are 70 million pet dogs and 74 million pet cats in the U.S., and there are an estimated three to six million animal bites per year, approximately 80 to 90% are from dogs, five to 15% are from cats, and two to five percent are from rodents, with the balance from other small animals (e.g. rabbits, ferrets), farm animals, monkeys, reptiles and others.  Read more

Historian recounts ghost tales

NARROWSBURG, NY — Sullivan County historian John Conway had the audience in the palm of his hand last weekend, as he regaled the crowd with stories about reputed ghost stories throughout the county. Stories from the Revolutionary War mixed with tales from more recent times entertained folks at the Tusten-Cochecton branch of the Western Sullivan Library, and Conway encouraged folks to dig deeper into some of the spooky stories, which included the Hex Murder Ghost that some claim can still be seen on the Old Stone Arch Bridge crossing Callicoon Creek.  Read more

Free seminar on Aspergers

HONESDALE, PA — “Aspergers 101,” a free seminar, will be held on Saturday, November 8 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Mariposa Center in the Holmes Building, 61 Commercial St. Basic information will be provided, such as: What is it? Who has it and who doesn’t? Can it be mixed with other symptons? Can it be cured? How do I get help? What can families do? The seminar is presented by licensed professional counselor Susan Thompson. Pre-registration is required, by calling 570/352-4997.  Read more

Talk on the Hudson Valley in the Ice Age

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — Mastodon bones have turned up in Greenville and many still lie beneath ponds and swamps in that region. Today, rich farmland in the Wallkill Valley has yielded the remains of many ice age mammals. Learn about these and more at the talk “Hudson Valley in the Ice Age” by Robert and Johanna Titus on Sunday, November 9 at 2 p.m. at the Time and the Valleys Museum.  Read more

Hunger and homelessness seminar

PORT JERVIS, NY — Port Jervis Police Department and Port Jervis City-Wide Neighborhood Watch will host a seminar focused on hunger and homelessness in the community on Thursday, November 6 at 7 p.m. at the Drew Methodist Church Hall. Residents of Port Jervis will be informed about the two social problems, hunger and homelessness, that affect not only our community, but communities and cities nationwide.  Read more

Did You Know?

Pictured here on October 26, 1914 is the Kinnie family, gathered to celebrate the 60th wedding anniversary of Rhoda and Wm. James Kinnie. Standing second from the left is Wm. James Kinnie with his wife seated on the far left in the front seat.

From the collection of the Tusten Historical Society. 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.

River Market marks one-year anniversary

BARRYVILLE, NY — Celebrating one year under new ownership, the River Market will offer a customer appreciation day on November 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be prizes to be won, free samples of food and more. Among the store owners’ proudest achievements is a rewards program, which gives loyal customers five points for any purchase; since its inception the program has given away more than 200 items or products to these patrons.  Read more

Lake Huntington News

I am glad to report that my husband is doing much better, and he is in the V.A. hospital. He was having trouble with his oxygen levels, but we got that taken care of and he should be home soon.

Fr. Bill is still in Holy Name Friary; he’s had three strokes and a heart attack, but he is holding his own and is still looking to come back to us. They both would like to thank you for your prayers. And you can keep them coming; there’s no such thing as too many prayers.  Read more

Paul Williams to speak at Patriot Connectors meeting

HAWLEY, PA — The Patriot Connectors will meet Thursday, November 13 in the library of the Wallenpaupack High School from 7 to 9 p.m. The featured speaker will be author, scholar and historian Dr. Paul Williams. Social time starts at 6:30 p.m. A lending library, free materials and petitions are available.

Williams is the author of such books as “Crescent Moon Rising: The Islamic Transformation of America,” “The Day of Islam: The Annihilation of America and the Western World,” “The Dunces of Doomsday, The Al Qaeda Connection,” “Osama’s Revenge: The Next 9/11” and many other books.  Read more

Autism Awareness Conference slated

LIBERTY, NY — Sullivan County residents interested in learning about resources available to local families with children on the autism spectrum are invited to attend the Autism Awareness Conference Day on November 8. The Sullivan County BOCES and the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) will host the conference at the Rubin Pollack Education Center in the Special Education Cafeteria from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Read more

Feed-A-Friend Campaign starts in Wayne County

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — The WNEP Feed-A-Friend campaign has begun. Now in its 30th year, WNEP-TV, Pepsi-Cola and the community have collected and distributed food to needy families in many local communities. All of the money and food collected in Wayne County stays in Wayne County to help support local food pantries. Donation bottles, sponsored by Pepsi, and barrels marked “Feed-A-Friend,” will be on display throughout November for non-perishable items.  Read more

Fellowship Fair at St. Paul’s in Narrowsburg

NARROWSBURG, NY — The annual Fellowship Fair to benefit St. Paul’s Lutheran Church will be held Saturday, November 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parish hall, 31 Erie Ave. St. Paul’s Women’s Group sponsors the event.

Lunch will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., offering hot beef on a bun, homemade soups and desserts. Tables will display baked goods, Rada cutlery, crafts and various white elephant surprises.  Read more

Barbara Durbak to be honored with community service award

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — The SYDA Foundation announced that Barbara Durbak of Woodbourn. has been selected as the recipient of the 2014 SYDA Foundation Community Service Award. The award includes a monetary gift of $5,000. The award will be presented to Durbak on Thursday, November 20 at 2 p.m., at the monthly meeting of the Sullivan County Legislature at the Sullivan County government center in Monticello. The public is invited.  Read more

Free Thanksgiving meal in Monticello

MONTICELLO, NY — The Food Pantry Committee of the Monticello Interfaith Council is planning a free community Thanksgiving Meal on Saturday, November 22 and is asking for contributions from area groups and individuals. The meal will be held between 12 noon and 4 p.m. in the cafeteria of the Monticello High School.

“We are driven to meet a need in our community and bring people together,” says Janet Veale, Food Pantry Committee member. “We are aiming to provide a warm meal in an inviting setting for at least 500 people. But we can’t do it without assistance.”  Read more

Conservation District funds school educational projects

PIKE COUNTY, PA — The Pike County Conservation District recently awarded two $500 environmental education grants to Wallenpaupack and Delaware Valley School districts for projects to be completed this school year. Wallenpaupack Middle School will be using the funds to purchase supplies for their student garden project. Dingman-Delaware Elementary School will construct a shade structure to add to their outdoor classroom.  Read more

Wayne County Historical Society to hold Fall Dinner

HAWLEY, PA — The Wayne County Historical Society will hold its annual Fall Dinner on Saturday, November 1 at 5 p.m. at Lukan’s Farm Resort near Hawley. In addition to a meal, the activities for the evening include a gala silent auction with baskets and gift certificates. Shown in the photo are volunteers Sue Houck and Kay Stephenson with some of the baskets that will be sold at auction, and an original Howard Becker painting (dated 1954) which will also be auctioned on Saturday night.  Read more

Teen bloggers needed at the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library

MONTICELLO, NY — The Ethelbert B. (EB) Crawford Public Library is looking for teens who love reading and writing to be bloggers for the library’s Tumblr. They are looking for teens to write book reviews, poems, short stories, fan fiction, and anything else you can think of. If you are interested, attend the informational meeting on November 18 at 4:30 p.m. For more information, contact Joanna at 845/794-4660 ext. 8, or by email at

Join in the volunteer planting of spring bulbs

CALLICOON, NY — Volunteers will be planting spring bulbs on each of the first two Sundays in November at locations throughout the hamlet of Callicoon. The planting is scheduled by the Callicoon Business Association. Sullivan Renaissance is providing bulbs and planting instruction in order to promote the use of deer-resident bulbs and encourage volunteer participation through the fall.  Read more