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October 02, 2014
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Fundraiser for Dessin: Save Our Shelter

HONESDALE, PA — The Dessin Animal Shelter will hold a “Save Our Shelter” fundraiser on Sunday, September 28 from 12 noon to 6 p.m. at The KCPepper Bar and Grille at Lake Wanoka Resort, 182 Ski Run Rd. There are hiking trails, a pet-friendly splash park, full-service cash bar, DJ, raffles and arcade. Tickets cost $35 for all-you-can-eat buffet. Purchase tickets at Dessin Animal Shelter or at Cat’s Pajamas. All proceeds benefit the Dessin Animal Shelter. For more information, call 570/253-4037.

Lecture on the American farm icon: The scythe

EQUINUNK, PA — The Equinunk Historical Society will welcome noted speaker Professor Barbara M. Schaedler, retired landscape architect and certified lecturer for the Federated Garden Clubs of America, for a presentation entitled “The Scythe–A Mowing Tool Everyone Should Know,” on Saturday, September 20 at 1 p.m.  Read more

Grant-writing workshop at Pike library

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Public Library and The Greater Pike Community Foundation will host a grant-writing workshop for not-for-profits on Tuesday, October 7 at The Pike County Public Library, 119 East Harford St., 8 a.m. The four-hour workshop will be conducted by Kurt R. Bauman, MBA, executive director of the Nonprofit & Community Assistance Center, and division manager, Community Services, NEPA Alliance.  Read more

Did You Know?

Here, pictured in August of 1919, is a group of fellows in the swimwear attire of the day, posing on a homemade spring board reaching out over the Delaware River just up above the Narrowsburg Bridge. From the Ruth & J. Frank Behling collection.

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.

Learn to play the harmonica

PORT JERVIS, NY — Learn to play the harmonica at the Port Jervis Free Library on Saturday, September 20 from12:45 to 2:30 p.m. This is a step-by-step “Learn How to Play the Harmonica” program for beginners with master harmonicist Patti Gessner.  Read more

Two-day orchard management workshop

LIBERTY, NY — Farmers, orchardists and home gardeners are invited to attend a two-day Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) workshop on Orchard Management and Production on October 3 and 4. The workshops include a tour of local orchards. Lunch is available.  Read more

Narrowsburg News

As the weather cools, most of us put thoughts of our gardens on a back burner, yet the Narrowsburg Beautification Group (NBG) has been meeting to decide on its 2015 grant request from Sullivan Renaissance. An early application process, which they hope to make, specifies an October 15 deadline. You will recall the NBG won the Showing of Flowers award of $5,000 and they received completion funding for 2014, together totaling $5,250. Now that is a great start for next year.  Read more

Buses depart river valley for People’s Climate March

REGION—On Sunday, September 21, tens of thousands of people will gather in Manhattan, New York City for what organizers hope will be the largest public event ever to demand that world leaders take action now to address climate change. Called the People’s Climate March, it is timed to coincide with Climate Summit 2104, which convenes at the United Nations the next day, Monday, September 22.

On Sunday morning several buses will depart the Upper Delaware River region headed for the march. Signing up in advance is required and in most cases, so is paying for the bus ticket in advance.  Read more

Sandy Long selected for inaugural Artist-in-Residence Program

LURAY, VIRGINIA — Shenandoah National Park recently announced Pennsylvania-based photographer Sandy Long as the artist selected for the park’s inaugural Artist-in-Residence program. “We are very excited to debut the Artist-in-Residence program in Shenandoah. This program is a great avenue that will allow artists to discover, reveal, and share Shenandoah’s wonderful natural and cultural resources with new audiences,” said Superintendent Jim Northup.  Read more

Cancer in pets

According to the American Cancer Society, nearly 13 million Americans are diagnosed with cancer each year, and so it’s no surprise that most of us have known someone who’s suffered from this difficult and often deadly disease. Many pet owners, too, have faced this disease, with an estimated six million cases diagnosed annually in cats and dogs, as reported by the National Cancer Institute. In fact, pets can suffer from the exact same types of cancers as we humans.  Read more

Join Cub Scouting in Sullivan County

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — For those interested in learning about Cub Scouting in Sullivan County there are a few events coming up. Cub Scouting is a year-round family- and home-centered program that develops ethical decision-making skills for boys in the first through fifth grade (or who are seven to 10 years old).

• Cub Scout Pack 106 in Jeffersonville meets at the First Presbyterian Church at 6:30 p.m.; their first meeting is on September 11. For more information contact Edward Hanslmaier, Cub Master, at 845/482-4055.  Read more

St. Paul’s celebrates Oktoberfest

Narrowsburg, NY — St. Paul’s Lutheran Church will hold a bratwurst dinner on Saturday, September 20. The Oktoberfest menu for the evening will include freshly-grilled bratwurst, homemade German potato salad and sauerkraut, applesauce, bread, dessert and beverages. Tickets cost $10 for adults and all take-outs, $7 for children six to 12 years of age. Children five and under are admitted free. The dinner will be served from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the church at 31 Erie Ave.  Read more

A new name for Sullivan County’s #1 morning show

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Listeners who tune in to Sullivan County’s #1-rated morning show on Thunder 102, will hear a slight change beginning Tuesday, September 2. Long known as “Ciliberto and Friends,” the show will change its name that day to “Ciliberto & Semerano.”

Thunder 102 broadcasts from its studio at the Colonial Square Mall in Liberty, NY. The name change reflects the continued and ever-increasing popularity of Michelle Semerano, who joined the program five ago.  Read more

Picnic planned for region’s dairy farmers

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Holstein Club will host its Dairyman’s Picnic for all dairy farmers and agribusinessmen in Wayne, Pike, Monroe and Susquehanna counties in Pennsylvania and Sullivan, Delaware and Orange counties in New York on Saturday, September 20 beginning at 12:30 p.m. at John Wetmore’s Auction Center, 39 Happy Hollow Ln., Honesdale. Guest speakers will be Ken Raney from the Pennsylvania Holstein Association and Tim Rogers from Select Sires. A covered dish and a donated item for auction will cover the entry fee. A benefit auction will also be held.  Read more

Therapeutic horse riding center seeks volunteers

MILFORD, PA — GAIT Therapeutic Riding Center is a Professional Association Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) Premier Accredited Facility. GAIT TRC’s usual training schedule for new volunteers is every first Saturday of each month. Due to a busy schedule, GAIT’s last scheduled volunteer training course for the year will be on Saturday, September 13 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. This will be the last volunteer training for new volunteers until next year, but they still need volunteers all year long.  Read more

Craft vendors, artists and food vendors sought

HONESDALE, PA — The Greater Honesdale Partnership (GHP) is looking for craft vendors, antique dealers, artists/artisans or a small specialty food cart (must fit easily on the sidewalk) for the upcoming “Harvest & Heritage Days.” This two-day event will be held on Honesdale’s Main Street on Saturday, October 11, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, October 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Read more

Presentation of research on school houses of Wayne County

EQUINUNK, PA — The Equinunk Historical Society will feature historian Mimi Steffen in a program about “School Houses of Northern Wayne County” on Saturday, September 13, at 1 p.m. Through 20 years of rigorous research and continuing study, she has compiled a program based on photographs of rural schools in Preston, Scott, Buckingham, and Manchester townships. She has also published several books relating to this subject. She is in the process of compiling a data base of teachers who taught in these rural schools.  Read more

Western Sullivan Public Library announces Teen Book Club

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Beginning October 2, the Western Sullivan Public Library will offer a brand new Teen Book Club. The theme for this year is “Fractured Fairytales” and the group will read and discuss novels that bring a modern twist to classic tales. Ages 12 and older are welcome.

The club meets at the Jeffersonville branch on the first Thursday of the month from 3 to 4 p.m.  Read more

Library offers survey on when to have fall storytimes

MONTICELLO, NY — The Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library offers two free early literacy storytimes throughout the year; one for toddlers and one for pre-schoolers. They will continue to offer these programs in the coming year, in addition to continuing the Spanish/English story time. However, they need your help deciding when to have them.  Read more

GHP offers third free business seminar of 2014

HONESDALE, PA — The Greater Honesdale Partnership (GHP), in conjunction with the University of Scranton, Small Business Development Center, will host “Become a Better Communicator” on Thursday, September 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Dime Bank’s Operations Center Training Room, 1210 Sunrise Ave. The Dime Bank is the sponsor for this seminar, which is free of charge and open to the public.  Read more