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Pets’ fear of loud noises

The severe thunderstorms of last week and the numerous fireworks displays over this past holiday weekend provided a terrifying scenario for many dogs. With summer in full swing, we can expect more T-storms in our future and I’m sure in some areas more fireworks displays or neighborhood firecrackers going off. If fear of loud noises affects your dog, there are some things you can try to help calm and soothe your dog.  Read more

Dog days of summer

After the winter we just lived through, many of us have welcomed the warm weather with open arms. However, while humans have the ability to escape the heat and find ways to stay cool, it is important to keep our animals in mind, too. One of the most concerning situations is traveling with your pet. In a matter of just a few minutes the interior temperature of your car can exceed 150ºF, creating extremely dangerous conditions for your dog or cat. While you may think leaving the window open a small amount, or even all the way open may help dodge the heat, this is not be the case.  Read more

Renaissance interns at work

FERNDALE, NY — Sixteen Sullivan Renaissance interns have begun work in communities throughout Sullivan County to assist with the care of gardens and other public projects. From small planter boxes and established gardens to park enhancements and Main Street revitalization, these young people are working alongside community volunteers to make a difference in their communities.
The 2014 Sullivan Renaissance interns are:
• Hannah Bisland – Lumberland Parks and Recreation
• Celina Castellano – Woodbourne Action Committee
• Blake Costa – Liberty CDC  Read more

United Way names Bob Rosen Memorial Scholarship recipients

MONTICELLO, NY — Bradley Dreher of Roscoe and Melissa Symanski of Parksville were chosen to receive United Way of Sullivan County’s 2014 Bob Rosen Memorial Scholarship Awards. The scholarship winners each received a $500 check to help advance their educational goals. The scholarship is open to graduating students in all Sullivan County school districts and is awarded on the basis of a combination of GPA, extracurricular activities, community service, athletic participation, character references and a 500-word essay.  Read more

In support of J.J. Hanson

MONTICELLO, NY — There will be a benefit for J.J. Hanson on Wednesday, July 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Monticello Motor Club. Three hours of cocktails and gourmet light fare will be served.  Read more

Bilingual story times at the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library

MONTICELLO, NY — There will now be free bilingual story times at the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library. Toddlers to five-year-olds and their families can come to the library on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. for a Hebrew/English story time, and again on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. for a Spanish/English story time. Walk-ins will be welcome as space permits.  Read more

Grants presented from the Michael Bryant Memorial Fund

HONESDALE, PA — Recently, grants were presented from the Michael Bryant Memorial Fund in association with the Wayne County Community Foundation. This is the fourth year for these grants, which are targeted to assist disabled adults and children in Wayne County. Pictured are Emily Montgomery and Zach Bryant (Michael’s sister and brother), Kimberly Witt and her client, Cindy, of Wayne County Office of Behavioral and Developmental Programs. Also pictured are Jack and Alyse Montgomery.

Summer bus trip announced

REGION — Wayne Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and Sandy’s Travelers will sponsor a summer bus trip. A portion of the proceeds benefits the hospital.

A bus trip to opening day at the Little League World Series in Williamsport on August 14. The trip includes a tour of the World of Little League Museum, opening ceremonies and two Little League games. Reservations are due by August 1.

To make reservations or for more information, call Sandy Kline at 570/253-4931 or 570/352-4991, or email

Villa Roma bone marrow drive

CALLICOON, NY — The second annual Villa Roma bone marrow drive will be held on Friday and Saturday, July 11 to 12 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Villa Roma Resort located at 356 Villa Roma Rd. Event organizer Faith Metzinger said, “Our volunteers are ready, willing and able to help you through the process of being swabbed, which takes approximately two minutes. You’ll leave feeling like you did something wonderful.” At last year’s kick-off event, 190 individuals were swabbed. Metzinger added that she’s hoping to double or even triple that number, this year.

Northeast PA Audubon Society awards college scholarship

HONESDALE, PA — Every year the Northeast Pennsylvania Audubon Society (NEPAS) presents a $4,000 scholarship to a graduating senior who plans to pursue a career in an environmental field.

Kristin DeVilliers is this year’s scholarship winner. Daughter of David and Dawn DeVilliers, Kristin is a 2014 graduate of Delaware Valley High School in Milford and will be attending Unity College in Maine. She plans a double major in captive wildlife care and education and adventure education.

For more information visit

Writer/activist to explore topic of fascism

BEACH LAKE, PA — At 10:15 a.m. on Sunday, July 13 at the Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist service, local activist and writer Skip Mendler will lead an interactive discussion on the topic “If You Can Keep It: A Handy Guide to the Prevention and Early Detection of American Fascism.” His presentation, based on a forthcoming book of the same title, will explore the origins and meanings of the word “fascism,” the traits of fascist states, and practical strategies that citizens can use to counteract the development of fascism in the United States.  Read more

Narrowsburg News

Do you remember how, as a child, waiting 20 minutes seemed like waiting an eternity? Well that is what it felt like waiting for the fireworks to begin on July 4th. The sun was set, we were ready. The weather, which hadn’t been promising during the day, began to clear in the late afternoon and got better and better as the evening progressed. Then all of a sudden—boom! boom! boom! —the sounds announcing the commencement of the fabulous show were heard.  Read more

Did You Know?

These uniformed flag bearers are pictured just after rounding the corner at the Century Hotel. Local men, they were part of the 1953 Centennial Parade in Narrowsburg, NY. The Centennial celebration was a week-long event, including a Centennial Queen, a theatrical production about the founding of Tusten Township, prizes for the best costumes, the most outstanding beards, the best floats, etc. Can any of you good readers identify these men?  Read more

Screening of documentary “Miss Representation”

DAMASCUS, PA — There will be a screening of “Miss Representation,” an award-winning documentary by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, produced by Roco Films, which takes a close look at the misrepresentation of girls and women by the media. This free community event will be hosted by Damascus Manor United Methodist Church and presented by Melissa Rutledge on Friday, July 25 at 6 p.m.  Read more

Turtle Trot to benefit families with illness

KENOZA LAKE, NY — In memory of Doug Ackermann and Brenna Darling, two local people who lost their lives to cancer way too young, April Ackermann and the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan will host the Turtle Trot 10k walk or run starting at the Kenoza Lake firehouse on July 12 at 9 a.m. The cost is $25 on the day of the race.

All money raised will go to a family in Sullivan County impacted by a catastrophic illness. Donations are tax deductible. Contact April Ackermann at 845/701-905 with any questions.

Joel Hill Saw Mill begins new season

LOOKOUT, PA — The old Civil War era Joel Hill Saw Mill will rumble to life again on Saturday and Sunday, July 12 and 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for another season of tours and sawing demonstrations. The event is free, the labor provided by a dedicated group of volunteers who run the old mill.  Read more

Builders association hires new executive officer

HAWLEY, PA — The Wayne County Builders Association (WCBA) has hired Nicole Sanchez as the executive director. “It is my pleasure to accept the position of executive officer,” said Sanchez. “I would like to thank the board of directors for the opportunity to serve the Wayne County Builders Association. I have admired their accomplishments in the community and for our members. Now I am fortunate to be able to focus on the continued success of our association.”  Read more

New soap and candle business launched in Callicoon Center

CALLICOON CENTER, NY — Grosbeak Gardens LLC, a new handmade soap and candle company, has begun operation in Callicoon Center. The business is run by Bill Bakker and Stephen D’Agostino, homeowners in the village since 2005.  Read more

Orange Regional to host free seminar on hand problems

MIDDLETOWN, NY — Orange Regional Medical Center will host a free seminar, “Treatment for Hand and Arm Pain,” on Thursday, July 24 at 6 p.m. at Orange Regional’s conference center, 707 East Main St.
Dr. Samir Sodha will discuss diagnosis, treatment and prevention of common hand and arm problems as well as complex traumatic and arthritic conditions. For more information, or to register, visit or call the Orange Regional Health Connections at 1-888-321-ORMC (6762).

One room school goes hi-tech

HONESDALE, PA — For nearly eight decades the historic one-room Bethel School served students in all eight grades with one teacher who taught all subjects. But on Sunday, July 13 from 1 to 4 p.m. Bethel School will go “hi-tech” and host an open house featuring Pennsylvania History Jeopardy Games, courtesy of Valerie Dux supplying electrical power.  Read more