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October 24, 2014
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Volunteers raise funds for new town hall refrigerator

NARROWSBURG, NY — Joined by volunteers, Debbie Reimer, far right, manager of Catskill Hudson Bank in Narrowsburg, hands over a check for $500 to Narrowsburg Chamber of Commerce President Jane Luchsinger for the purchase of a new a commercial-grade refrigerator for the Tusten Town Hall.  Read more

Did You Know?

This is an ad that appeared in the local newspaper in 1935. Bowling was a very popular sport at the time. And during the Depression it was a rather inexpensive form of entertainment. A champion bowler, Mrs. McCutcheon came to Peggy Runway Lodge to give instructions and exhibitions. The Lodge had four bowling allies when it opened in 1929 and held contests and special events to attract customers. From the Ruth & J. Frank Behling collections.  Read more

Lake Huntington News

My husband and I were out and about for dinner at the Chinese restaurant in Peck’s Plaza on Friday night, and this lady comes up to me and asks me if I am Eileen Hennessy. I say, “Yes,” and she says, “I read your column all the time. I enjoy it.” Thanks to Ellen Bay and John Dzwonar for your kind words. After our food came, and as we were eating, Shannon from Lauren’s Laundry Basket and Danielle McFadden from Peck’s came in to say hello, and they helped us eat the large amount of food we ordered.  Read more

Lake Huntington News

I just got home from a five-day vacation in Florida with my two best friends that I hung out with as a kid in Queens. Katie and I have been friends for 50 years. Paula and I lived on the same block, and I was her babysitter, so we have been friends about 40 years. Back in the day, we were known as the Three Musketeers. This vacation was more like the Three Stooges. We rented a pontoon boat and went out in the gulf to watch dolphins. I was driving and we were in very shallow water so I asked Paula to take over. I went and sat in the front of the boat.  Read more

There is no health without mental health; The vision to see and then to make wise choices

Last week, during Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Month, the White House held a briefing to discuss mental health priorities in 2014. The phrase “mental health” appears frequently in the mass media, perhaps most often in a negative connotation. However, it is useful to view mental health in a more positive perspective, more than merely the absence of a mental illness.  Read more

Ambulance Chronicles

[Editor’s note: The River Reporter welcomes a new feature by Sam Avrett to our monthly health section. Ambulance Chronicles will introduce our readers to the ambulance corps members who respond to medical emergencies in the Upper Delaware River region and the people who need their help in a crisis situation. We salute all of the men and women who volunteer for this important work in our local communities.]

My 911 radio mocks me. People sometimes think that volunteering on an ambulance corps is about blood and glory. So not true.  Read more

New Arrivals

Wayne Memorial Hospital announces the following births:
9/1/14 — Ryder Jace Frisbie was born to Nichole and Jason Frisbie of Kenoza Lake, NY. Maternal grandparents are Debbie Dunning and the late Charles VanAmburgh of Truth or Consequences, NM. Paternal grandparents are Barbara Frisbie and the late Ronald Frisbie of Kenoza Lake, NY.
9/3/14 — Lance Alan Ropke was born to Candace Ropke and Scott Ropke Jr. of Beach Lake, PA. Maternal grandparents are Dan and Carol Bortree of Honesdale, PA. Paternal grandparents are Scott and Pam Ropke of Narrowsburg, NY.  Read more

Arts for Sullivan Decentralization Grant Opportunities

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Arts for Sullivan Decentralization (DEC) grant applications are now available for cultural programming in Sullivan County during 2015. The grants are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts, and administered locally by the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA), the Arts Council of Sullivan County.  Read more

Part two of Pinterest class

PORT JERVIS, NY — The class “Pinterest and Paper Crafting: Make Your Own Holiday Cards or Decorations” will be held at the Port Jervis Free Library on Tuesday, October 7 from 6 to 7:45 p.m. This is the second of a three-part series, and participants must have taken the first class.

In this session you will use the inspiration you discovered in class one to create Halloween or Thanksgiving greeting cards or decorations. The next session is on October 28. The presenter is Anna Seniw. Pre-register by calling 845/772-7586, or by email at thehub@portjervislibrary.org.

Science on Tap next event: The Science of a Healthy Forest

HONESDALE, PA — A group of local environmental organizations has launched a new series called “Science on Tap” to share information about scientific topics in a casual setting. For each event, an expert in a particular field leads a discussion at a different restaurant location. The next session, “The Science of a Healthy Forest” will be on Thursday, October 16 at KCPepper Bar and Grill, 182 Ski Run Rd. The expert will be consulting forester Paul Kowalczyk, owner of Pocono Forest & Wildlife Service of Hawley, who manages 100,000+ acres in Pennsylvania and New York.  Read more

Guest lecture: ‘Dinosaur CSI: Who or What Murdered the Dinosaurs?’

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — SUNY Sullivan will present a guest lecture to explore what could have been responsible for the disappearance of the dinosaurs. Ralph E. Taggart, Ph.D, of Michigan State University (MSU), will speak in SUNY Sullivan’s Seelig Theatre on Tuesday, October 7, at 12:30 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public.  Read more

Workshop on growing micro-greens with Master Gardeners

LIBERTY, NY — Micro-greens are young, nutritious seedlings of edible vegetables and herbs that are harvested and eaten in less than 14 days. A workshop on growing micro-greens at home will be offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) on Thursday, October 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Participants can join CCESC Master Gardener volunteer Jackie Saunders at the Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center, 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd.  Read more

New director for Bethany Public Library

BETHANY, PA — Bethany Public Library has welcomed a new director. Erin Carpenter of Lakeville holds a graduate degree in library science and worked in libraries in New York State for seven years. She and her family have lived in Pennsylvania for the last five years. Finding her dream job at the Bethany Library is like “finding a home,” she said.

Carpenter already has weeded through the 6,000-item collection to update the library’s catalog and has begun ordering new books and DVDs.” I’ve been asking every patron who comes in what they want to see in our collection,” she said.  Read more

Did You Know?

Pictured here on a sunny afternoon is the old Tusten Settlement Church, the only building still standing of what was a thriving community in the mid-1800s.

Tusten’s economy was tied heavily to the lumbering and quarrying business and had, at its peak, a saw mill, a grist mill, two stores, a tavern, a school and the Baptist Church, shown here. The lumbering and quarry businesses began to decline and with it the community. By 1920 it was no longer the prosperous place of its past. From the Grace L. Johansen collection.  Read more

Narrowsburg News

Happy anniversary, Tusten Volunteer Ambulance Service! For 45 years Tusten residents have had the luxury of a volunteer ambulance service. The Tusten Volunteer Ambulance Service will be celebrating this milestone anniversary with an appreciation dinner, “Pig Roast,” for all past and present members on Sunday, October 12 at 1 p.m. under the pavilion on Fireman’s Field. RSVP at 845/252.3336.  Read more

97 Bar & Grill grand opening and ribbon cutting

POND EDDY, NY — Join the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Lumberland to celebrate the grand opening of the 97 Bar & Grill, 1758 State Route 97, on Sunday, October 5 from 12 noon to 2 p.m. (ribbon cutting at 12:30 p.m.).

Visit the newly renovated bar and restaurant (formerly known as Nolan’s), located across from the Pond Eddy Bridge. Enjoy lunch under the sun and a dinner under the stars with outdoor seating. Lunch and drink specials are available at the ribbon cutting and grand opening.

For more information contact Cathy at 845/791-4200 or email chamber@catskills.com.

Dorflinger Gift Shop sets annual sale

WHITE MILLS, PA — The annual end-of-season sale at the Dorflinger Glass Museum gift shop will begin October 1 and go until its winter closing on November 30. Items in the shop are 20% off.  Read more

Public forum on facilities plan for Eldred schools

ELDRED, NY — The Eldred Central School District Board of Education will host a public forum to discuss the need, size and scope of the Five Year Capital Facilities Plan for the Eldred schools. The public hearing will take place on Thursday, October 2 at GRM Elementary School beginning at 6:15 p.m. A meeting of the Board of Education will follow.  Read more

Scarecrow Decorating Contest underway

HONESDALE, PA — The Greater Honesdale Partnership recently announced that its ninth annual Scarecrow Decorating Contest is now officially underway. Participating businesses were asked to create a scarecrow that represented their business and give it a name. Thirty-six businesses rose to the challenge. Each scarecrow is required to have some characteristics of a traditional scarecrow, such as hay protruding from the neck or sleeves. People can view these fall-time creations from now until October 14 at participating businesses in Honesdale.

Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Service

BEACH LAKE, PA — Mary Tiebout will present a program called “Stars” on Sunday, October 5 at 10:15 a.m. at the Berlin Township Community Center. A conversation between a professor and a student and selected poems by Robert Frost will lead us to thoughts about the dimensions of the universe and the measure of our lives.
Join the Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship for this one-hour service, which will be followed by a social time with light refreshments. For directions see www.uduuf.org/directions.