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Homeless Animal Day at The Hub

PORT JERVIS, NY — Saturday, August 15 is International Homeless Animal Day. On Saturday, August 8 The Hub, the public computer center at The Port Jervis Free Library, will host representatives of the Humane Society of Port Jervis/Deerpark from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon, who will share information with everyone considering adopting a homeless animal or volunteering to care for them.  Read more

Lake Huntington News

I drove in that nasty storm, thunder, lighting, flooding on Thursday to go visit Fr. Bill. As soon as I got inside the rain started to stop. Fr. Bill is going to therapy, getting stronger and holding his own. As we are sitting in his room he opened his drawer and showed me all the return addresses from the cards he got from all of you. He sends his love and thanks you for all the prayers and cards. As I left fathers it started raining again, took me two hours to get to Queens to be with my sister for her 62nd birthday.  Read more

Narrowsburg News

Over 2,000 people enjoyed themselves while browsing more than 70 craftsmen that filled Main Street last Saturday at Riverfest in hopes to find that special treasure. Riverfest has several unique qualities that have continued through the years. Vendors are chosen based on their original crafts, no manufactured products are permitted. A dog parade opens Riverfest and live musical entertainment fills the day. We also can’t forget the popular poster auction that happens only once a year at Riverfest.  Read more

Did You Know?

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

‘Talks at the House’

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

Scientology discussion at Unitarian meeting

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

Community Achievers

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

A helping hand at Yasgur Road Reunion

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

Golf tournament set for August 19

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

Philatelic Society meets

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.

Caregiver support groups

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

Wayne/Pike Farm Bureau plans farm tour

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

Lions hold charity horse show

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

Poll workers sought

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

‘Promethus and Epimetheus’

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

Beierle speaks at Patriot meeting

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 Preservation meets

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.

Free healthy eating seminar

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 or 845/439-5507.

Lake Huntington News

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

Did You Know?

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.