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Ten Mile camp gets new learning center

NARROWSBURG, NY — Thanks to a $500,000 gift from New York Jets owner Woody Johnson, seen at the right rear in the photo, Ten Mile River Scout Reservation will be able to provide new science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)-related merit badges and program activities to Scouts in many contemporary subjects, including environmental awareness and sustainability. The donation will go toward funding the construction of the Billy and Keith Johnson Scout Program Center.  Read more

Library offers community survey

SULLIVAN COUNTY — The Western Sullivan Public Library has just released its Community Assessment Survey. We kindly ask members of our community to fill out this brief survey so that the library can better assist you. All surveys must be completed by September 30.

Everyone who completes this survey can choose to be entered for a prize. You can take the survey at your local branch or virtually by visiting

Tavern Group names scholarship winners

HAWLEY, PA — The Pike-Wayne License Beverage Association (PWLBA) named three graduating seniors as recipients of the 2015 scholarship awards, with each student receiving $1,000.  Read more

Bake sale to benefit sick four-month-old

CALLICOON, NY — There will be a bake sale and raffle on Saturday, July 25 at the Callicoon Country Fair to benefit Liana Immel and her family. On April 1, four-month-old Liana aspirated, causing her to go into cardiac arrest and leading to brain injury. She was placed on a feeding tube and suffered some vision loss. During treatment she was placed in a rehab facility to work on improving brain function, but after developing a high fever, Liana was admitted back into the hospital and surgery was done to remove fluid in her brain.  Read more

Firehouse book sale

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — The annual Jeffersonville Firehouse Book Sale will be held Thursday through Saturday, August 13, 14 and 15, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. A special members-only pre-sale for Friends of the Western Public Library (FOL) will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, August 12. If you’re not already a member of the FOL, new “Friends” will be welcome to join at that time.

Thousands of used and new books will be available for rock-bottom prices. All proceeds go right back into supporting our three library branches in Jeffersonville, Callicoon, and Narrowsburg.

Vote on a library logo

MONTICELLO, NY — The Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library aims to have a library logo in place for its move to the new library in the fall. Working with Monticello Central School District high school art teacher Brenda Sywalski and the students in her graphic design class, the field was narrowed down to three logos created by students Brandi Moore, McKaela Bunce and Jonathan Fox. To see the logos and to vote, visit the library’s home page and click the logo link or come into the library to see the logos on display and vote in person. The deadline is July 31.

Mick’s Buzz-off nets big donation

HONESDALE, PA — Mick’s Barber Shop recently disbursed a check for $4,200 to the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute (NRCI) for its Buzz-Off Cancer 2015 event. For the event, participants agreed to have their hair sheared off at Mick’s, and gathered donations from friends and associates for doing so. Seen here are Bridget Gilligan of Mick’s Barber Shop, left; Liza Walton of Mick’s Barber Shop; Tiffany Kominski, “buzzee” who had the highest single donation, at $378.  Read more

Cochecton Dems name slate

TOWN OF COCHECTON, NY — Legislator Scott Samuelson congratulated the nominated candidates at the Cochecton Democrats’ Caucus held July 10. Candidates for the November 3 election are incumbent Larry Richardson for town council; Joan Glase for town council and incumbent Eileen Hennessy for tax collector.

Lander named to dean’s list

ALFRED, NY — Richard D. Lander, a resident of Narrowsburg, NY, was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2015 semester at Alfred University. He is a junior in the Inamori School of Engineering. Students must earn at least a 3.5 grade point average to qualify for dean’s list.

A graduate of Sullivan West High School, Lander is the son of Richard and Lisa Lander of Narrowsburg, NY.

Lake Huntington News

What a weekend; I was up in Oneonta at my oldest friend's father's wedding. Katie and I have been friends since we were five years old. She moved on to my block and was riding her bicycle in front of my house. I went up to her and asked her to be my friend; 50 years later we are the best of friends, more like sisters. The groom was 75 and the bride 70 and the priest told them you were both lucky enough to have long loving marriages, both widowed and you found love again; you are blessed.  Read more

Narrowsburg News

One can’t help but notice how beautiful the flowers look all along Main Street. It is such a pleasure to walk into the post office, sit on the deck or stroll down the street and come to the Mews. Don’t forget to round the corner at Gerard’s River Grill or walk across the street to Tusten Veterans Park. This beauty has all been made possible as a result of donations from the merchants and the dedicated work and funding of the Narrowsburg Beautification Group (NBG).  Read more

Did You Know?

The back of this postcard reads: “Members of the staff wear authentic garments of the pioneer period at Fort Delaware. The flintlock firearms carried by the men date from the Revolutionary period. These people show you how early settlers lived 200 years ago. The staff, from the left: Tommy Barnes, Sue Flora, Jerry Jones, Jim Burbank, founder and builder of the Fort, and Blanch Jones.”  Read more

Concord remembered

HURLEYVILLE, NY — As once presented at The Concord, Steve Alden, noted hypnotherapist, will give a presentation titled “Stress and Pain Control Through the Use of Hypnosis” on Wednesday, July 29 at 2 p.m. Part of the Sullivan County Museum’s “The Concord Remembered” exhibit. Visit or call 845/434-8044.

A sense of wonder

BEACH LAKE, PA — Jim Sanders will present readings and reflections on what it means to have a sense of wonder, how to cultivate and nurture it in our adulthood, and how it relates to spirituality at the meeting of the Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on Sunday, July 26 at 10:15 a.m. at the Berlin Township Community Center in Beach Lake, PA. A social time and refreshments will follow the program. For directions visit

Free diabetes seminar

HARRIS, NY — Catskill Regional Medical Center (CRMC), together with the A1C Champions Program of Sanofi U.S., will be providing a free, one-hour educational program on diabetes management and treatment on July 30 at 3 p.m. in the second-floor boardroom at CRMC.  Read more

Upcoming summer cruises

Villa Capri Cruisers Car Club Inc.

July 18, Greentown, PA. John’s Italian Restaurant Car/Truck Show, 5 to 9 p.m. Route 507, Exit 20, I 84. Contact Nick 570/676-9830.

August 2, Honesdale, PA. Crankers Museum of Mechanical Marvels Cruise & Open House, 12 noon to 5 p.m. Route 247 N., 1012 Creamton Dr. Call 570/253-0545.

August 4, Port Jervis, NY. Cruizinport, 5 to 9 p.m. Rain date August 11.

August 5, Waymart, PA. Ladore Lodge Car Show, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Ladore Lodge/Convention Ctr., 398 South St. Contact Barbara 570/488-6129.  Read more

AC or windows down: secrets to better summer fuel economy

REGION — Summer is peak travel season for most Americans. Those hoping to spend less on fuel and more on fun can find ways to stretch their travel budgets with better vehicle care and use.
One hotly (pun intended) debated topic during summer driving season is whether it is more fuel efficient to use the air conditioner (AC) or roll down the windows and catch the breeze to stay cool.  Read more

Beauty on wheels in Equinunk

EQUINUNK, PA — On June 20, the Equinunk Historical Society held its 16th annual car show. Despite less than ideal weather, over 120 vehicles made their way to the show.

Four Special Recognition Awards were presented. They went to Joe Kooistra from Honesdale, PA for his 1957 Chevy Belair, an old-school “gasser;” Don Karcher from Starlight, PA for his 1933 Dodge coupe; Mike Novatnak from Hawley, PA for his 1962 Chevy Impala convertible, a frame-off restoration with a 409 engine and four-speed; and Joe Griffin from Walton, NY for his 1934 Ford pickup.  Read more

SEEDS hires students for energy assessment

HONESDALE, PA — SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support) has hired three area students who will be learning about energy efficiency, and helping residents of Wayne and Pike Counties save money on their energy costs. (From left to right, they are Kyle McDermott, Michael “Jake” Burkhardt and Alexandra “Ally” Mosomillo).  Read more

Foster elected to Penn State advisory board

MILFORD, PA — Katrina Foster, founder of KKPR Marketing & Public Relations, has been elected to the Penn State Worthington Scranton Campus Advisory Board of Directors. Foster sits among 35 other elected members for a three-year term to help advance higher education’s role in local areas and develop a better understanding of community needs.  Read more