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Vacation Bible school with a mission

DAMASCUS, PA — A vacation Bible school (VBS) themed “G-Force Adventure Park” will be held, beginning on July 13, at the Damascus Manor United Methodist Church, 1720 Cochecton Tpk. (Route 371), next to the Damascus Area School. This free school is Monday through Friday, from 5:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m., with a free picnic dinner for all attendees beginning at 5 p.m.  Read more

Birds and climate change at Unitarian Universalist meeting

BEACH LAKE, PA — Barbara Leo will give a presentation titled, “The Future of Birds and Climate Change,” based on recent analysis conducted by the National Audubon Society, at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday, July 12 at the Berlin Township Community Center. This topic is in keeping with the seventh Unitarian Universalist principle, “Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.”

Discussion and refreshments will follow the program. For directions visit

Evolution of Monticello’s Main Street

MONTICELLO, NY — County Historian John Conway will give a presentation, “From Brushland to Broadway: The Evolution of Monticello’s Main Street,” on Thursday, July 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library. Conway has been the official Sullivan County Historian since 1993, and has taught a class on Sullivan County History at SUNY-Sullivan since 1998. He is a popular lecturer and presenter and has written several books, dozens of magazine articles and more than 1,000 newspaper columns over the years.  Read more

‘Hats off to the Ladies’

BLOOMINGBURG, NY — Kathy Kreiter, Priscilla Bassett and Isabelle Rawich are honored at the Democratic Women of Sullivan County’s inaugural “Hats Off to the Ladies” Spring Fling fundraiser on June 14, 2015. Bassett is a lifelong devotee to the cause of peace and justice, and is a member of Sullivan County Peace and Justice, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, and head of the Senior Legislative Action Committee.  Read more

UDGLBT announces board changes

MILFORD, PA — The Upper Delaware GLBT (UDGLBT) Center Board of Directors has announced changes to its board effective in June of 2015.

Cary J. Giacalone, who joined the UDGLBT as secretary/treasurer and chair of the planning committee in 2012, has been elected executive director and president. He replaces Patty Tomaszewski, who has been executive director and president since the inception of the UDGLBT in 2009.  Read more

Local students on Albany dean’s list

ALBANY, NY — Two local students have been named to the University at Albany Dean’s List of Distinguished Students for Spring 2015. They are Lexi Reeves, of Narrowsburg; and Celia Garcia, of Woodbourne.

Win a Ford Fiesta at Bon Secours Golf Classic

PORT JERVIS, NY — This year’s hole-in-one prize at the Bon Secours Community Hospital Golf Classic is a brand new Ford Fiesta from Phil’s Ford. The event will be held on Monday, August 10, at the nearby High Point Golf Club, 342 Shore Dr. in Montague, NJ. Along with other valuable prizes, golfers also receive lunch, refreshments served throughout the day, giveaways, awards, prizes and at 5 p.m., a dinner reception with an open bar held at the Erie Trackside Manor. Lunch and registration is at 11 a.m. followed by a shotgun start at 12 noon.  Read more

Narrowsburg News

The Independence Day weekend was filled with festivities. The fireworks lit the sky on Friday night, July 3 and on Saturday, July 4, Mother Nature seemed to know exactly when to stop the rains so the Narrowsburg Fire Department parade could step-off in dry weather. This year there seemed to be a lot more floats in the parade: the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, the White Owl, the Honey Bee Festival and even a Christmas-in-July float, just to name a few. Viewers seemed to enjoy these new additions. Perhaps this will inspire some of you for a float next year.  Read more

Library holds Teen Tech Time

CALLICOON, NY — The Western Sullivan Public Library invites all area teens to the Delaware Free Branch in Callicoon to Teen Tech Time, from 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursdays starting July 9.
During Teen Tech Time, teens will have the opportunity to examine technology, dissect a computer, design a game, explore a possible career, or just have fun.

To register, or for more information, visit or call 845/887-4040.

Long Term Care Council meets

MONTICELLO, NY — The Long Term Care Council (LTCC) will meet on Wednesday, July 15 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. The LTCCis the advisory board for Sullivan NYCONNECTS, the single Point of Entry for information on long-term services and supports in Sullivan County. The meeting will take place in the Legislative Committee Room (second floor) in the Sullivan County Government Center. Meetings of the LTCC are open to the public, and all are welcome to attend. Call 845/807-0257.

Fallsburg Alumni Association reunion

WOODRIDGE, NY — The Fallsburg Alumni Association (FAA) will hold its 11th annual reunion and lunch buffet on Saturday, July 18 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Woodridge Municipal Hall, 2 Dairyland Rd. The FAA’s mission is to recognize and reward deserving graduating seniors. Receiving scholarships this year are Ashlyn Nardi, Allison Weiner, Ida Dumbaya, Nathaniel Payton and Nyasia Harris. Two other scholarships are awarded: the Sheryl Kalter Memorial Scholarship goes to Carly Leventoff and the Robynne Anderman-Pacheco goes to Kali Seastrand.  Read more

Crystal Run raises funds for arthritis

MIDDLETOWN, NY — Seen here are Crystal Run employees Lynn Haskin, left, Kristan Paladino, Tara Winchell, Marjorie Weidkam, Dr. Samir Sodha and daughter Niva, Eileen Hogan, Bonnie Ferraiolo and Ann Kelly at the 2015 Hudson Valley Walk to Cure Arthritis. Physicians and staff of Crystal Run Healthcare came together to fundraise for the walk, held on May 2 at Thomas Bull Memorial Park. Eleven employee teams raised a total of $10,359 in donations to benefit the walk.  Read more

Blood drive in Ellenville

ELLENVILLE, NY — The American Red Cross and Ellenville Regional Hospital will join together for a community blood drive on Wednesday July 8, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Ellenville Regional Hospital at 10 Healthy Way in Ellenville. The Red Cross blood drive will take place in a traveling donor center outside of the hospital in the parking lot.

Local blood donors are needed all year round to ensure the blood supply stays strong. Approximately every two seconds a patient in the United States needs blood.  Read more

Tournament to fight breast and prostate cancer

HAWLEY, PA — The Paupack Hills Women’s Golf Association will hold its 20th annual golf tournament to fight breast and prostate cancer on Monday, July 13, at the Paupack Hills Golf Club in Greentown. Last year’s event raised more than $16,000 for the National Breast Cancer Research Foundation and the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

The event will begin with a “Tee Off” cocktail party on Sunday, July 12, at Paupack Hills Golf and Country Club, hosted by Jim and Cathy Usher.  Read more

John Carey joins Middletown Medical

MIDDLETOWN, NY — Middletown Medical has announced the addition of Dr. John Carey, a highly-regarded fixture on the Orange County family medicine scene since 1980.

For close to 30 years, Dr. Carey operated a successful private practice in Goshen, and also was affiliated during this time with the now-closed Arden Hill Hospital, also in Goshen.

Board certified by the American Board of Family Practice, Dr. Carey is also a member of the American Academy of Family Practice and the Medical Society of Orange County.  Read more

Crystal Run to offer healthcare plans

MIDDLETOWN, NY — Crystal Run Healthcare, a provider of value-based care, is expanding to offer health coverage for those who work or live in Orange and Sullivan Counties. The newly launched Crystal Run Health Plans received New York State approval for its commercial Small Group Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) and an Exclusive Provider Organization (EPO) of health plans.  Read more

Ayurvedic Wellness Center coming

MONTICELLO, NY — Ground has been broken at the site of the planned Z Living/Veria Nature Cure & Ayurvedic Wellness Center at the former grounds of Kutsher’s Country Club.  Read more

Improving communication with your health providers

Advantages of better communication

Open and clear communication between you and your doctor is key to receiving the best quality of health care. It is the responsibility of the doctor or nurse to understand your healthcare concerns and explore symptoms that you may have. It is your responsibility to report in a clear and organized way what worries you and any symptoms you may be experiencing.

Choosing a new doctor  Read more

Delaware Bancshares Inc. announces dividend

WALTON, NY — The board of directors of Delaware Bancshares Inc., the holding company for National Bank of Delaware County, declared a $0.20 per common share dividend for the semi-annual period ending June 30. The dividend will be payable on July 10, 2015 to shareholders of record on June 30, 2015.

Delaware Bancshares Inc. has assets totaling $375 million with shareholder equity of approximately $21.2 million.
NBDC Bank serves its customers and communities through 12 retail banking centers it operates in Delaware and Sullivan Counties in New York State.  Read more

BOCES graduations

High school equivalency

MONTICELLO — The Adult & Continuing Education Program at Sullivan County BOCES held its high school equivalency graduation ceremony on Thursday, June 4, at the St John Street Education Center. The ceremony was filled with cheers, tears and smiles as each graduate stood in front of family, friends and staff members who have supported them through their educational journey. These 21 graduates have overcome many obstacles and roadblocks on their way to reaching this monumental goal.  Read more