SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — The Sullivan County Volunteer Firefighters Association (SCVFA) held its annual memorial service on May 4 at the county’s government center. The service included several prayers (including the firemen’s prayer), a memorial message delivered by SCVFA Chaplain Rev. Donald Beck, a roll call of names of departed members, family presentations, the laying of a memorial wreath and an honor guard. Pictured here are Pastor Beck, vice president of the Narrowsburg Fire Company, and Maggie Beck, also a member of the Narrowsburg company. Read more
Narrowsburg, we have a problem! We are overwhelmed with feral cats. Many of you are aware of this situation and don’t like it one bit.
Here are some staggering statistics. According to the webpage of “Solano Feral Cat,” the average female has 1.4 liter per year, with 3.5 live births or 4.9 kittens per year. Not so bad you are thinking. Well this equates to one pair of breeding cats and their offspring producing 420,000 cats in seven years. Now that’s a problem. Read more
Shown here on a postcard dated 1920, this dam in Cochecton Center was built by Stevens Brothers, owners of a tannery. It created a 50-acre lake and provided water power for the tannery. In the spring of 1942 after torrential rains, the dam breached and Tannery Pond was no more. 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.
LIBERTY, NY — The Liberty Community Development Corporation’s (CDC) Touch-a-Truck event is returning to the White Sulphur Springs Firemen’s Park on Shore Road (off State Route 52) on Saturday, May 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is the second annual of these community events that encourage kids of all ages to get up close and personal with equipment usually only observed from a safe distance: the vehicles and apparatuses of first responders, U.S. Armed Forces, construction and landscaping companies, farmers, utilities and other specialty trades and service providers. Read more
REGION — It is time to think about stocking your pond with bass and minnows. The Sullivan County Soil and Water Conservation District is holding its annual bass and minnow fish-stocking program. If your pond seems to have excessive vegetation, you may want to consider grass carp. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — “Fizz, Boom, READ!” is the theme of the summer reading program at the Wayne County Public Library. Children will explore the world of science through stories, songs, games and other activities. Experiments, robots, nature explorations and GROSSology will be filling the library. The 2014 summer reading program is free and open to children of all ages. Read more
ELDRED, NY — People to People Student Ambassador Program is reaching out to Sullivan County students currently in grades 8 to 11 (rising 9th to 12th grades) who are interested in being a student ambassador in South Africa. The delegation is inviting local students to attend an informational meeting at Eldred Jr./Sr. High School on Monday, May 19 at 6:45 p.m. The program office is sending their representative from Spokane, WA to talk to students who are interested in this rare opportunity. The meeting will last about one hour. Read more
What is “kitten season” you ask? It is the time of year when the warmer weather and longer days send un-spayed female cats into their heat cycle. Once the heat cycle begins, a female cat will become very affectionate and vocal in an effort to attract a mate. This behavior will bring the male cats a runnin’ from near and far to answer her call. A female cat can go into her first heat as young as five months of age and from early spring until fall she can go into heat every three weeks if she is not bred. Read more
Do you have or are working on a degree in videography, media, or a related field, or are you retired from the field and still have the passion for film? How would you like to spend a summer working for the National Park Service on the beautiful Upper Delaware River, while doing what you love? If so then Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River is looking is for you. Read more
LIBERTY, NY — The “Up Your Alley” bowling team of Cathy McKay, left, Jen Cronk, Kim Mckay and Katerina Cronk recently won first place in the Thursday Night Women’s Bowling League at the Liberty Bowl. The team, sponsored by Cronk’s Electronics, was one of nine teams. As a few teams are leaving this year, the league hopes to gain some new ones before the league convenes again in the fall. The team pictured here will be sponsored by Benji and Jakes in the 2014-15 season.
PIKE COUNTY, PA — Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy, the Pinchot Institute for Conservation and the Pike-Monroe Woodland Owners Group for a free forest restoration workshop on Saturday, May 10 at Grey Towers National Historic Site and the Milford Experimental Forest, a privately owned research forest. Learn how to improve the health of your forest. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — Luzerne County Community College will offer courses for the summer session in Honesdale. Registration for courses in Honesdale will be held at Honesdale High School on Tuesday, May 13, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Classes begin on Wednesday, May 28 and end on Monday, August 4. Final exams will be held from Tuesday, August 5 through Monday, August 11. The class scheduled to be offered in Honesdale is psychology. For more information, call LCCC at 800/377-LCCC, extension 3828 or email email@example.com.
JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — The Upper Delaware Chapter of Trout Unlimited and Jeff Bank have together sponsored Trout in the Classroom at Sullivan West Elementary School. On May 15, fifth-grade students will be celebrating Trout Release Day, with a number of events. The release day will take place at the junction of Route 52 and North Branch Road in Jeffersonville, where owner Jim Hughson has generously donated the use of the park. The property runs along Callicoon Creek and is maintained in memory of his daughter Lauren, a great lover of the outdoors. Read more
MATAMORAS, PA — The Tri-State Chamber of Commerce will hold the 24th annual spring banquet on Saturday, May 17 at the Best Western Inn at Hunt’s Landing from 5:30 to 10 p.m. The chamber invites everyone to join it for this celebration of businesses and volunteers in the tri-state area. Dinner, dancing, silent auction, awards and honors will be part of this evening. Read more
REGION — Fifteen Democratic women from Sullivan County attended the organizational Executive Committee meeting of the Democratic Women of Sullivan County (DWSC) in Hurleyville on Tuesday evening. The committee elected their slate of officers as follows: president, Donna Schick (Neversink); vice president, Andrea Reynosa (Tusten); secretary, Joan Stoddard (Liberty); treasurer, Debra Gabriel (Bethel). The DWSC General Membership will hold a kick-off meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 29 in Hurleyville with guest speaker Pat O’Dwyer, president of the New York State Democratic Women. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — Caregivers or individuals with illnesses who may need help now or in the future can connect with local health and support agencies at a free educational opportunity in May. Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County’s Caregiver Resource Center will offer Because We Care, a health information fair and forum, on Thursday, May 15 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Ted Stroebele Recreation Center. Coffee, light refreshments and door prizes will be provided. Read more
LIBERTY, NY — The New Hope Community (NHC) Foundation will host its fourth annual Wallace Berkowitz Cup on Monday, May 19 at Grossinger’s. Proceeds will benefit the NHC Foundation. This year’s event begins at 9:30 a.m. with golfer registration and a continental breakfast. The cup will tee off in a shotgun format at 10:30 a.m. Lunch will be served at the turn, before teams wrap up the second nine and return to the clubhouse for the 4 p.m. reception. Read more
FALLSBURG, NY — On Sunday, June 1, Tarry Brae Golf Course in South Fallsburg will be the site of the 30th annual Alan Steingart Memorial Golf Tournament. The Fallsburg Lions Club welcomes golfers and sponsors. The cost for a player is $95, $85 for Town of Fallsburg Golf members. Included in the price are gifts, a lunch prior to shotgun start at 1 p.m., refreshments on the course, and an awards dinner. Robert Green Auto and Truck Dealerships are sponsoring a hole-in-one car. To register, call Cindy Perlmutter at 845/434-4321. Read more
CALLICOON, NY — Foodstock, a fundraiser for WJFF, will be held on Saturday, May 10 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Villa Roma. Foodstock brings local food vendors, farmers and other artisans together to provide free samples and sell their wares.
Tickets cost $20 with wine and $15 without. Call 845/482-4141 to reserve tickets.