BEACH LAKE, PA — The Upper Delaware Universalist Unitarian Fellowship will convene at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday, January 4 at the Berlin Township Community Center to hear Pat Sanders lead a service focusing on the book “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” by surgeon Atul Gawande. The book calls for a change in the philosophy of health care, so that members of the medical profession might “enable well-being” rather than just health and survival. There will be a social time and refreshments following the service. For directions visit www.uduuf.org/directions.
MONTICELLO, NY — The first meeting of the Sullivan County Philatelic Society in 2015 will take place on Saturday, January 3 at 1 p.m. at the Ted Stroebele Recreation Center at 2 Jefferson St.
There will be a special trading session in which everyone brings an envelope of 25 stamps to trade with others. Each envelope will be put in the grab bag and then picked out. There will also be a 10-lot auction. The meeting is open to all.
NARROWSBURG, NY — The Upper Delaware Council (UDC) will hold its annual meeting, including election of officers for 2015, on Thursday, January 8, at the UDC office located at 211 Bridge St. beginning at 7 p.m. This meeting is one week later than the normal first Thursday of the month. Read more
CALLICOON, NY — Catskill Citizens for Sustainability will hold a “Congratulations, It’s Ban” party on Sunday, January 4 at Kristal Bowl in Callicoon from 3 to 6 p.m. to celebrate the recent announcement that horizontal hydrofracking will be banned in the State of New York. Event information can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/730989383636687.
Back in 1999, I worked in Pete’s Pub, and one night these two guys were sitting at a table waiting for me to take their order. I looked at this one guy and he looked at me, and he said “I know you from somewhere,” and I said, “I know you, too.” Before the night was over, I remembered where I knew him from: I worked 20 years doing microfilming, and he was the bigwig in Astoria Federal Bank in Lake Success, NY for whom I was converting mortgages. I came back to him and gave him his bill and said, “You are Steve Miss.” We had a good laugh. He owned a hunting camp in Cochecton Center. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — The E.B. Crawford Public Library will host a Teen Maker program on Friday, January 9 at 4 p.m. Design and decorate your own mug using markers. There will be a Teen Advisory Group meeting on Wednesday, January 14 at 6 p.m. Earn community service and be an important part of the library. Read more
LIBERTY, NY — A web seminar titled “Caring for the Entire Senior: Mind, Body, and Soul,” will be offered on Wednesday, January 7, for caregivers and anyone concerned about an aging senior. It will be held at 1 p.m. by Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC)’s Caregiver Resource Center at the Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd. It is free of charge and light refreshments will be provided. Read more
ROCK HILL, NY — Selected applicants of the Pat Kennedy Memorial Scholarship (PKMS) can receive up to $5,000 to apply toward their child-care program costs for one year while attending Nana’s House Child Care Center, Inc., a non-profit child care center located in Rock Hill. Read more
LIBERTY, NY — A class on wild mushroom identification will be offered on Tuesday, January 13, by Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) Master Gardener Volunteer program from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the CCESC Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd.
Nathaniel Whitmore, of Delaware Highlands Mushroom Society, will help participants to develop an understanding of the basics of mushroom identification, including the various categories of mushrooms, mushroom anatomy and other relevant information. Read more
HAWLEY, PA — The Patriot Connectors will host Wayne County District Attorney Janine Edwards as their speaker Thursday, January 8 at 7 p.m. at the Wallenpaupack High School Library. Edwards was elected into office on January 3, 2012 as the first female DA for Wayne County. The group will open early with an informal gathering at 6:30 for a social meet and greet. There is a lending library of informative and interesting books and DVDs, free magazines and literature, and petitions concerning current issues. This gathering meets on the second Thursday of each month year-round. Read more
WESTERN SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — The Western Sullivan Public Library will host a series of programs especially suited to the New Year.
New Year’s Resolution #1: “Clean Up the Clutter and Sell It Online” will be on Saturday, January 10 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Tusten-Cochecton branch in Narrowsburg. Sell your unwanted gifts, gift cards and unneeded stuff online.
New Year’s Resolution #2: “Find Lost Relatives with Ancestry.com” will be on Thursday, January 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Jeffersonville branch. Please use the rear entrance, because the library closes at 5 p.m. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — Sullivan Renaissance awarded a 2014 Environmental Initiatives Grant of $300 to the Upper Delaware Council, Inc. (UDC) to enable the non-profit organization to print copies of its recently updated Design Handbook for the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River. Read more
MILFORD, PA — The Lincoln Flag of the Pike County Historical Society (PCHS), stained with the blood of President Abraham Lincoln, is headed to The Ford’s Theater Society’s museum to be part of the Ford’s Theatre Society’s hallmark museum exhibition, Silent Witnesses: Artifacts of the Lincoln Assassination. The exhibit, which will run from March 23 to May 25, 2015, will return a priceless collection of items that were in the theatre or carried by Abraham Lincoln the night of his assassination to the Center for Education and Leadership,514 Tenth Street, NW, Washington DC. Read more
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society is currently accepting artist proposals for its 2016 exhibition season, for its flagship space spanning three main galleries. Proposals will be welcomed from now through the deadline of February 1, 2015. All proposals are reviewed by an outside jury panel of independent curators that changes each year. All work will be considered for solo and group shows at the recommendation of the jury panel. CAS will notify all applicants by the end of April. Read more
MILFORD, PA — Bill Dauer, acting director of Grey Towers, left, signs a memorandum of understanding with President Fred Guendel of the Grey Towers Heritage Association at an event honoring the volunteers who donate their time to the national historic site. The memorandum formalizes the relationship between the two organizations and will assist in the already strong and productive partnership. Visit www.greytowers.org or www.fs.fed.us/gt.
HAWLEY, PA — After a successful debut in 2014, the second annual AuthorFest at the Hawley Silk Mill will expand its hours and program. On Saturday, February 14, 2015, the Silk Mill doors will open for two workshops of interest to budding authors as well as the general public. Lindsay Barrett George, an award-winning author/illustrator of children’s books and White Mills resident, will moderate the panels of authors discussing the mechanics of book publishing. Read more
Christmas and Hanukkah, 2014 are nearly just a memory. All the preparation, the activities associated, and the spirit have ended yet one more time, but really why should the spirit end? Yes, we need something to make the holidays special, but that should be the activities, special meals, out-of-the-ordinary gift giving. But spirit is something that doesn’t have to be extinguished because the holidays have passed. Simple smiles go a long way when passing even strangers in the halls of your workplace or shopping in Peck’s. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — Jessica Ashcraft and Joanna Dutcher’s second grade class at the George L. Cooke Elementary school had the rare opportunity to have their writings published in a book. A company, Student Treasures Publishing, contacted the teachers and offered them an opportunity for the students to write a story and have it published as a book. The students brainstormed book ideas and then voted. They wrote about fun activities to do on a snow day and titled the book “Snow Day Fun.” Each student had his or her own part of the story and all created their own illustrations. Read more
WAYNE COUNTY, PA — Edward Howell, Wayne County coroner, celebrated his 26th birthday on Monday, December 15. He didn’t spend his birthday eating cake. Coroner Howell and his wife, the former Anna Rennekamp welcomed the birth of the first child on this extra special day. Read more