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November 22, 2014
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Free summer reading program at E.B. Crawford Public Library

MONTICELLO, NY — The annual summer reading program at the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library is right around the corner. This year, the theme for kids is “Fizz Boom Read,” and “Spark a Reaction” for teens.

Every week, the library will have Hebrew and Spanish story times, family read-alouds, weekly science experiments, craft times and book clubs. Teens can join the Steampunk and Sci-Fi book clubs, Teen Advisory Group, be part of the team for the Minecraft Challenge, and sign up for filmmaking and media arts programs.  Read more

Greenhouse & high tunnel series offered at Cornell Extension

LIBERTY, NY — An educational program series for people interested in extending the summer growing season by using a greenhouse or high tunnel will start on July 10, offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) at the Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center, 64 Ferndale Loomis Rd.

In 2014, CCESC partnered with Sullivan BOCES with support from Sullivan Renaissance to build a greenhouse and high tunnel on site with the goal of actively engaging the community in agriculture through education.  Read more

Relaxing fitness classes for the summer

MONTICELLO, NY — This July, the Adult & Continuing Education Program at Sullivan BOCES will offer two fitness classes. All classes are held at St. John Street Education Center in Monticello.

Tai Chi Chuan classes will start on July 2 and run through August 20 on Wednesdays from 1 to 2 p.m. The cost of the class is $65. Tai Chi Chuan has been recognized for thousands of years as both a method of self-cultivation and an unsurpassed form of self-defense. It is gentle and easy to do. It can help calm the emotions, focus the mind, and strengthen the immune system.  Read more

Families have opportunity to interact with scientists at BioBlitz

TUSTEN, NY — The second annual Upper Delaware BioBlitz will take place on Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, June 29. During this weekend event biologists and volunteers will collect and identify as many living things as possible within 24 hours—from 12 noon on Saturday to 12 noon on Sunday—on a demarcated parcel of about 500 acres within the Ten Mile River Scout Camp in the Town of Tusten, Sullivan County.  Read more

Western Sullivan Public Library announces new logo contest

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — The Western Sullivan Public Library (WSPL) is launching a new website this September and needs a new logo to go with it. WSPL is asking artists to submit a new, original design that represents the three branches of the library—Delaware Free Branch in Callicoon, Jeffersonville Branch and the Tusten-Cochecton Branch in Narrowsburg—by August 15.  Read more

Wayne/Pike Adult Literacy Program receives grant

HONESDALE, PA — The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded the Wayne/Pike Adult Literacy Program (WPALP) a $ 3,500 grant to support adult literacy. WPALP is the only free tutoring service for adult residents of Wayne and Pike counties.  Read more

Attic Treasures seeks consignors

HONESDALE, PA — The public is invited to consign items for the Attic Treasures consignment shop sponsored by Wayne Memorial Hospital Auxiliary at the 52nd annual Wayne County Antiques Show on July 12 and 13.

Consignors can bring items such as jewelry, glassware and small pieces of furniture to Wayne Highlands Middle School, 482 Grove St., on Friday, July 11, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Consignors receive 80% of the sale price and the auxiliary keeps 20% to benefit the hospital. For information, call co-chairperson Martha Bergesen at 570/253-5502.  Read more

Skodas lauded for their many years of community service

REGION — Sen. Bonacic and his wife, Pat Bonacic, recently congratulated Gerald and Rosemary Skoda on Sunday, June 1, at the United Way champagne brunch. The Skodas were honored for their many years of service to the Sullivan County community through their work with United Way and other organizations. They have given not only their time and energies, but also tons of vegetables from their farm to various charities. Sen. Bonacic presented them with a New York State Senate resolution in recognition of their lifetime of work.

Black Bear Film Festival welcomes new board members

Milford, PA — The Black Bear Film Festival recently appointed four new members to its board of directors. The new members are local residents, film enthusiasts and active participants in community organizations, and have been dedicated film festival volunteers in previous years. The 15th annual Black Bear Film Festival will take place this fall, October 17 through 19.  Read more

Pike County Bar Association donates to Marley’s Mission

HAWLEY, PA — Pike County Bar Association members presented a donation of $1,500 to Marley’s Mission at a benefit held at Settler’s Inn, Hawley on June 7. Marley’s Mission provides equine therapy free of charge to children and their families who have suffered trauma where traditional counseling and therapy measures have ended.

Dinner co-chair Kelly Gaughan praised Marley’s Mission, stating that, “Equine-assisted psychotherapy provided at Marley’s Mission has shown positive results in children by increasing confidence and reducing anxiety.”  Read more

Honesdale salutes independents prior to Independence Day

HONESDALE, PA — Honesdale Mayor Jack Bishop proclaimed the week of June 29 through July 5 as “Independents Week,” a time to salute and support locally owned independent businesses, because they “give back to the community in goods, services, time, and talent” and because “the health of Honesdale’s economy depends on our support of businesses owned by our friends and neighbors.” The Greater Honesdale Partnership offers these reasons to support local businesses: They help create jobs and strengthen the local economy; they build relationships and give back to the community, shape our town’s chara  Read more

Did You Know?

Pictured here are Steven Meyer, left, and Howard Rutz working in the blacksmith shop at Fort Delaware in Narrowsburg, NY, circa the 1970s. Steven’s mom, Mildred, tells me that she made his shirt in the authentic Colonial style of the era. My grandson, Leif Johansen, works as a blacksmith there at this time and he loves it!
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.

Lake Huntington News

What a great weekend I had! Saturday was my 40th reunion from grammar school, St. Gregory’s the Great in Bellerose NY. The school has a 10-day festival each year, so we decided to meet at the beer truck. Twenty-two of us showed up out of about 100. (There were three classes with 30 something kids in each.) Some came FROM as far away as Florida, Delaware and Virginia, and we all had a great time.  Read more

Narrowsburg News

A strange occurrence happened on Main Street on Sunday, June 22. A six-year-old girl was tugging at her mother’s hand, looking, almost frantically, for something. I happened to be sitting on the bench in front of the Signatures Gift shop at Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) and asked if I could help. The mother looked at me, a bit bewildered, and said they were looking for the place her daughter had been the day before when she was out with her father. “Where was that?” I inquired. The young girl sheepishly replied something about flowers.  Read more

River safety with the National Park Service

NARROWSBURG, NY — Learn how to prevent an accident when you’re on the river this summer and get some hands-on experience. On Sunday, June 29 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., a National Park Service Ranger will be providing a safety lesson at the Narrowsburg river access on the Delaware River, behind the Tusten-Cochecton Branch of the Western Sullivan Public Library. Be prepared to practice in the river. All ages are welcome; under 18 years old must have a parent or guardian present. Materials will be provided by Lander’s River Trips.  Read more

Michael Bryant Memorial Fund presents grant

HONESDALE, PA — Grants from the Michael Bryant Memorial Fund were recently presented to deserving local individuals and organizations. This is the fourth year the awards are being made. One of this year’s recipients is Alex Jachens. Pictured are Emily Montgomery, left, and Zach Bryant (Michael’s sister and brother), Jachens, and Jack and Alyse Montgomery.

Sullivan County volunteer firefighters install new officers

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY —Former Narrowsburg Fire Chief Craig Burkle stepped down as president of the Sullivan County Volunteer Firefighters Association (SCVFA) on Friday, June 13, and Peter Maltese (Kauneonga Lake, assistant chief) was installed as the new president along with other 2014 officers: Ralph Hornbeck, first vice president (Neversink); William Clark, second vice president (White Sulphur Springs); Michael Hoyt, third vice president (Rock Hill); Joe Mellan, treasurer (Highland Lake); Chet Smith, recording secretary (Rock Hill); Jillian Smith, financial secretary (Kauneonga Lake); Bill Lat  Read more

Third-grade imaginations show creativity

Contributed photo

MONTICELLO, NY — Diane Hartman’s third grade class, from Monticello’s G.L. Cooke Elementary School has been reading “Peter Pan” and other stories involving the imagination. They recently read the book “Not-A-Box” by Antoinette Portis. This book is about a little boy that takes a cardboard box and imagines it to be something different. So each student took a plain, cardboard box and used their imagination to make it something different. The students really enjoyed using their imagination to make their own cardboard creation.

All aboard for Cub Scouts

SHOHOLA, PA — The Cub Scouts from the Milford Pack 71 celebrated their Step Up ceremony on June 7 at Rohman Park in Shohola. Step Up is the time when each of the scouts in the pack moves up to the next rank for the coming year. The Pack, parents and families are very proud of their scouts. Boys in Kindergarten to fifth grade interested in joining Cub Scouts can call 570/296-6315 or email dingbr@ptd.net for more information on Pack 71.

Winner announced for Delaware Highlands Conservancy/Yeaman Scholarship

Hawley, PA and Bethel, NY — On June 13, the Delaware Highlands Conservancy awarded its annual Delaware Highlands Conservancy/Yeaman Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to Kristen DeVilliers, a 2014 graduate of Delaware Valley High School. The scholarship has been awarded annually since 2004 to a student planning to pursue a field in environmental studies in college.  Read more