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Did You Know?

Here is an early picture of the Hawk’s Nest. It was the first section of the road that later was named Route 97. The road was not built in one continuous span, but rather in sporadic sections. It was finally completed from Port Jervis to Hancock, some 70 miles, in 1939. A grand parade of automobiles, starting at Port Jervis and culminating in Hancock, celebrated the event with speeches at many towns. A dinner in Hancock marked the end of the historic day. An annual celebration continued for several years and was dubbed “Rte. 97 Day.”

Master Gardener volunteers win national grant

LIBERTY, NY — Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Sullivan County Master Gardeners were selected as one of 50 award winners from a pool of more than 3,000 applicants for the 2013 Subaru Healthy Sprouts Garden Grants administered by the National Gardening Association and funded by Subaru of America. The Sullivan County Master Gardener program is one of only 47 to receive a $500 award package. CCE was delighted to accept this opportunity to support garden education through its Master Gardener program.  Read more

Genealogy Research Day in memory of Noel McCullough

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Historical Society will offer a free day of genealogy research at its library, located in the Columns Museum, in loving memory of the recently passed, long-time volunteer Noel McCullough. The museum’s research and genealogy library will be open and staffed to assist visitors in their Pike County ancestry search on Saturday, March 15 from 12 noon to 4 p.m., free of charge.  Read more

Birth Announcements

Wayne Memorial Hospital announces the following birth:

February 14, 2014 — Dean William Lauersen was born to Megan Massa and Korey Lauersen of Honesdale, PA. Maternal grandparents are Cindy and Randy Kovaleski of Honesdale, PA. Paternal grandparents are Denise and Steve Deveau of Cochecton, NY.

Catskill Regional Medical Center announces the following births:

February 12, 2014 — Zackary Camren McGrath was born to Maureen McGrath of Barryville, NY.

February 21, 2014 — Aubrey Rose Troxel was born to Allison and Jason Troxel of Glen Spey, NY.

Myths and facts surrounding vaccines (Part I)

Thanks to vaccines, many diseases that used to afflict mankind have been eliminated or significantly reduced. Unfortunately, there are many myths surrounding vaccines that discourage people from getting vaccinated.  Read more

What is naturopathic medicine?

As a naturopathic doctor (ND), I practice as a naturopathic consultant in Northeast Pennsylvania. Naturopathic medicine is mentioned more frequently these days along with other buzzwords, such as holistic, alternative and complementary medicine. But what does this really mean and how can it complement conventional treatment that you receive from your primary care physician?  Read more

Pheasant-raising class offered with CCE

LIBERTY, NY — The public and anyone participating in the Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) Day-Old Pheasant Raise & Release programs will have the opportunity to learn about rearing pheasants and releasing them into the wild at a “Raising Pheasants 101” class on Tuesday, March 11 from 6 to 8 p.m.  Read more

Workshop on protecting our drinking water

LORDS VALLEY, PA — The Pocono Source Water Collaborative will sponsor “Protect Your Own Drinking Water: Our Most Important Resource” to educate the residents of Pike County about the importance of clean drinking water.  Read more

Making chutney: a tasty food preservation workshop

LIBERTY, NY — A hands-on workshop exploring the traditions of making chutney is offered on Saturday, March 15 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The class, given by Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County’s Master Food Preservation program, will be held at the Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center.  Read more

SEEDS announces next free forum: Heating your hot water efficiently

HONESDALE, PA — One of the biggest energy users can be your water heater. A forum on Tuesday, March 18 will address smart choices when it comes to hot water systems. All are welcome to attend this free forum at the Park Street Complex at 7 p.m. The forum is sponsored by the local non-profit group SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education & Development Support).  Read more

Obedience club hosts seminar

SHOHOLA, PA — With the goal of helping pet owners take the health and well being of their dog to the next level, Tri-State Dog Obedience Club will hold a holistic animal acupressure and aromatherapy seminar with certified holistic animal practitioner Kristy Boki on Saturday, March 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Read more

Planting by the moon: A talk on biodynamics

HONESDALE, PA — Two farmers from Dyberry Township, Roger Hill of Treeline Farms and Lawrence Braun of The Anthill Farm, will explain how biodynamics treats farms holistically—each farm a unique living organism that invites nature back to the farm. Their free talk, sponsored by local members of the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture, will be held on Saturday, March 8 at the Wayne County Library, 1406 N. Main St. at 10:30 a.m.  Read more

Narrowsburg News

Warning: Be careful what you wish for….  Read more

Did You Know?

This 1922 post card states at the bottom “The Dam, Cochecton Center, N.Y.” At one time a tannery was located here. The dam was built to provide the vast amounts of water needed both for water power and the large cauldrons used to boil the hemlock bark to make the tannic acid that was used to tan the leather. Built by Stevens Brothers, owners of the tannery, the dam created a lake of about 50 acres. It also was a form of recreation with boating and fishing enjoyed by residents and “boarders,” as tourists were called in the early ‘20s and ‘30s.  Read more

PPL Blue Ribbon Grant supports Wayne County marketing

HONESDALE, PA, — Wayne Economic Development Corporation (WEDCO) is taking its marketing message to new audiences with a grant from PPL Utilities. WEDCO used a $5,000 grant from PPL’s Blue Ribbon Marketing Program to assist in the purchase of trade show display material and a construction video camera.  Read more

Century 21 Geba Realty receives Quality Service Award

BARRYVILLE, NY — Century 21 Geba Realty recently announced the winners of the 2013 Quality Service Award. Century 21 Real Estate LLC became the first nationally franchised real estate organization to contact clients nationwide to gauge customer satisfaction. Based on the national survey, annual Quality Service Awards are presented to those agents and offices that consistently provide high levels of service to their customers.  Read more

World Day of Prayer held locally

BEACH LAKE, PA — People in more than 170 countries and regions will celebrate the World Day of Prayer (WDP) on Friday, March 7. A local service will be jointly led by the women of Beach Lake United Methodist Church and St. Bernard’s Roman Catholic Church on Friday, March 7 at Beach Lake United Methodist Church, 7 Milanville Rd. A covered dish dinner begins at 6 p.m. with an ecumenical service to follow immediately after.  Read more

Vendors/sponsors wanted for Community Expo & Job Fair

MILFORD, PA — The Women in Business Committee of the Pike County Chamber of Commerce will host a Community Expo & Job Fair on Saturday, April 5 at Delaware Valley School. There is free admission to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Attendees can visit the many vendors representing various businesses, civic and non-profit organizations, restaurants, artisans and more. Food and refreshments will be available to purchase.  Read more

Ithaca mayor to give keynote at Sullivan Renaissance annual conference

FERNDALE, NY — Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick will deliver the keynote address at Sullivan Renaissance’s annual Conference, Local Market & Expo on Saturday, March 8 at the CVI Center. The theme is “Revitalizing Sullivan County: the Difference Is You.”  Read more

Patricia Claiborne accepts position as CCE interim director

LIBERTY, NY — The Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Sullivan County has announced the appointment of Patricia Claiborne of Middletown as interim executive director (ED). Claiborne is currently the interim ED for Cornell Cooperative Extension Rockland County. After having served 37 years in previous positions as an educator, program leader, and ED for Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County, she retired in 2010.  Read more