This harness race, with Ferris wheel in the background, was photographed at the Wayne County Fair for The River Reporter by Rob Holmstrup in August of 1993. According to the accompanying article, that year was the 100th anniversary of the presence of the ferris wheel at the fair. This year’s fair starts on Friday, August 7. See page 17. There’s still harness racing, and a Ferris wheel, along with other rides. Read more
HASBROUCK, NY — A new series of summer “Talks at The House,” set for every Wednesday evening in August at The Old Stone House of Hasbrouck, presents local area experts in fields such as raising chickens at home, classic photography and the joys of poetry. The discussions begin with a 7 p.m. presentation by a prominent community figure having expertise in each subject, followed by a Q-and-A session concluding around 9 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Read more
BEACH LAKE, PA — Tom Shutkin and Gloria Tabares will present the history and beliefs of Scientology, one of the most controversial new religious movements of the 20th century, on Sunday, August 9 at the Berlin Township Community Center. Their talk will be the basis for a more general conversation on how people see differences between a religion and a cult. A social time and refreshments will follow the program. For directions visit www.uduuf.org/directions.
Jean Dittmar recognized as a dedicated caregiver
LIBERTY, NY — Jean Dittmar of Liberty was recently surprised by her friends with a party and picnic, recognizing the years of dedicated and unconditional caregiving that she has provided for her husband Tom. Upon the recommendation of her friends and neighbors, two members from the Caring for Caregivers Committee also attended the occasion to honor Jean for her tireless efforts. Read more
BETHEL, NY — The Yasgur Road Reunion will welcome Strangers Helping Strangers (SHS), a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to run a food drive to help communities hosting music festivals, at the August 14 to 16 Woodstock Reunion at Yasgur’s Farm on Yasgur Road. The Sullivan County Federation for the Homeless will partner with SHS to distribute food collected at the reunion to those in need in Sullivan County. Read more
HAWLEY, PA — The 29th Pike-Wayne License Beverage Association Scholarship Golf Tournament has been set for Wednesday, August 19, at Cricket Hill Golf Club. The cost for the captain and crew tournament is $50 per person, which includes cart and green fees. Following the tournament, a buffet will be held at the Pines Tavern and prizes will be awarded. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — The next meeting of the Sullivan County Philatelic Society will be held on August 8, in the Ted Stroebele Recreation Center, 2 Jefferson St., at 1 p.m. A special DVD program will be featured, and the club will start getting ready for its upcoming stamp show on October 3.
There will be door prizes, give-aways and refreshments. The society is also looking for members to exhibit some of their collections. Anyone who wants to exhibit (besides members) should call 845/794-2586.
SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Anyone who provides informal care to an elderly family member or friend, enabling them to remain safely at home, can join other caregivers at three free monthly support groups offered in different areas of Sullivan County by Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC). All meetings offer educational materials and open discussion for informal caregivers to share concerns, thoughts and tips on caregiving.
In Callicoon, the Share the Caring group meets the first Wednesday of the month, 10 a.m. at Lander’s River Café. Read more
MILANVILLE, PA — The Wayne/Pike Farm Bureau will sponsor a Legislative Day/County Picnic at Wayne County Commissioner Brian Smith’s farm on Thursday, August 6 at 10:30 a.m. Commissioner Smith will provide a tour of his new facility, built after his barn fire in 2014.
Local legislative representatives will be on hand to answer questions about pending legislation and address the concerns of those in attendance. After lunch, Emily Montgomery will offer a tour of Calkins Creamery, where she will talk about her adventures in cheese-making. Read more
JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — The Jeffersonville Lions Club will host its annual charity horse show at Bridle Hill Farm on Saturday, August 1. Classes for all levels of horse and rider are on the schedule and numerous hunt-seat and western division championships are offered. All-day fees are offered for 4H and New York State Horse Council members with pre-registration. The show is pointed by the Tri Valley Horsemen’s Association, and Marshall and Sterling League classes are also on the prize list. The farm is on Hemmer Road outside Jeffersonville, and spectators are welcome. Read more
SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Poll workers are needed throughout Sullivan County to help conduct 2015 elections. If you are interested in working at the polls on Primary Day, Thursday, September 10 and/or Election Day, Tuesday, November 3, you must complete a 2.5-hour training session (for which you will be paid $25) and pass a certification exam. The board of elections will be conducting poll worker training classes on Tuesday, August 11; Wednesday, August 12; and Thursday, August 13. Classes are offered each morning from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon or from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Read more
BEACH LAKE, PA — Visiting minister Mary Tiebout will deliver a talk entitled “The Titan Brothers: Prometheus and Epimetheus” at the next meeting of the Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 10:15 am. on Sunday, August 2 at the Berlin Township Community Center. Stories from Greece and the Caucasus about thought, the creative and sometimes rebellious spirit, curiosity, and hope connect to questions about scientific exploration and respect for nature’s secrets. A social time and refreshments will follow the talk. For directions visit www.uduuf.org/directions.
HAWLEY, PA — Bob Beierle, editor of “Our Town” magazine, will be the guest speaker at the meeting of the Patriot Connectors on Thursday, August 13 in the Wallenpaupack High School auditorium, at 2552 U.S. Route 6. The group has a social hour at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting at 7 p.m. Read more
COCHECTON, NY — The Cochecton Preservation Society will meet on Tuesday, August 4, at 7:30 p.m. at the Erie Train Station on Route 97. There will be fun local history stories and refreshments, all free. Art Hassis will talk about Tom Quick. Andy White may come to read more of his dad’s, Bob White’s, letters. For more information call 845/932-8104.
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Catskill Regional Medical Group (CRMG) will present a free, healthy summer eating seminar with guest speaker Shelly Dehaan, registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator, on Thursday, July 30, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Catskill Regional Medical Group office located at 36 Pearl St., next to the community garden.
Get light and healthy meal ideas and tour the edible and educational garden. There will be refreshments and raffle prizes. RSVP to Molly Marquand, garden volunteer, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 845/439-5507.
What a busy weekend out and about in the community! I do not think you can say there is nothing to do. There are so many street fairs, pancake breakfasts, chicken barbeques and farmers’ markets, not to mention all the family and friends’ parties. If you have the time, you should go out and support your community. You will have a great time, meet people and have fun. Read more
Pictured here in front of Stranahan’s house on Lake Street in Narrowsburg, NY, circa 1945, are from the left: Anita Stranahan Foster, Glenn Herald, unidentified man in uniform, Margaret Wickman Wilkerson and Esther Wickman Nagy.
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.
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Members of the Livingston Manor Rotary Club gathered recently for a pig roast dinner and awards ceremony in celebration of deserving youth. Rotary Youth Leadership Awards students, seen here, are Jake Budd, standing left, Chris DeBartolo, Nicholas Estabrook and Dylan Smith. Sitting are Dakota Rogers, left, Jeremy Johanamen and Kailee Gorr. The Rotary also awarded one college scholarship to Jacob Hathaway, a graduating senior from Livingston Manor Central School.
MILFORD, PA — Ruth Randone portrays Mary Todd Lincoln in period costume, much to the delight of the residents from Twin Cedars Senior Living and their guests. The performance was presented on July 3 by the Pike County Historical Society. The play looks in on Mary Todd in the latter years of her life. It was followed by a social at which guests were served a slice of delicious almond cake, Mary Todd’s favorite recipe.
MILFORD, PA — The Laurel Villa Country Inn & Restaurant, a Milford tradition since 1876, has returned under its previous ownership. Three years ago innkeeper Janice Halsted and Chef Carl Muhlhauser turned the Laurel Villa over to new owner Ken Pisciotta, who re-named it the River Rock Inn, but it closed last winter. Read more