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September 21, 2014
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Pond and lake management workshop

HAWLEY, PA — Regardless of its origin or intended use, management of a pond or lake may present the individual landowner or community organization with many complex and difficult management decisions. To assist private pond owners and lake-based communities with making informed and sound management decisions, a workshop will be held at the PPL Environmental Learning Center, Route 6 in Hawley on Saturday, May 3 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Participants will receive an overview of lake and pond ecology and management. Topics to be addressed include monitoring, aquatic plant control, restoration issues and wildlife issues. The cost is $25 per person and includes continental breakfast and informational materials.  Read more

Did You Know?

Pictured here circa 1945 are great chunks of ice left on what was the tennis court at Peggy Runway Lodge, located on Route 652 (then Route 106). The gal standing by the ice was a guest at the Lodge. The house in the background was built by E. O. Barnes, one of the owners of the Narrowsburg Lumber Company. Some years ago the river usually stayed frozen for the entire winter, so as the river rose with the spring thaw, great chunks of ice would be deposited along the banks.  Read more

Hay & Forage Education Pasture Walk with CCE Orange, Sullivan & Ulster

PINE BUSH, NY — Seasoned farmers or beginners can gain knowledge at a hands-on Hay and Forage Education Pasture Walk offered on Saturday, May 3 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This partnered program with Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster counties will be held at Richard Blazeski Farm on Sinsbaugh Road in Pine Bush.  Read more

Grant writing courses offered at BOCES

MONTICELLO, NY — The Adult and Continuing Education Program at Sullivan BOCES will offer grant writing courses. Classes are held on Tuesdays at the St. John Street Education Center from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The fee for each class is $35.  Read more

Lake Huntington News

It is Easter Sunday and I am in London, England, and I just came back from a great wedding in Cheltenham. My cousin Martin was the groom; his great-grandmother and my great-grandfather were brother and sister. Thomas and his sister Anne left Ireland as teenagers in the late 1800s and went to England. Anne stayed in England and Thomas came to America and married my great-grandmother Bridget, who had my grandmother Maryanne, who had my mother Anne, who had me. If you think about it, everyone is probably related—Anne and Thomas had other brothers and sisters, and they had kids who had kids.  Read more

Career help sessions

MONTICELLO, NY — The Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library will hold career counseling sessions on Wednesday, April 30 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.; Thursday, May 29 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon; and Saturday, June 21 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.  Read more

Aging, medicine and alcohol

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — During the month of May the PrimeTime Health Wayne County senior center presentations will be on prescription drug safety. Dates and locations for presentations are May 1 at Northern Wayne Fire Company (Crosstown Hwy., Lakewood); May 7 at Honesdale Senior Center (323 Tenth St.; 570/253-4262); May 8 at Hamlin Senior Center (Rt 590, Township Building; 570/689-3766); and May 12 at Hawley Senior Center (Bingham Park; 570/226-4209). This program will be presented by Charlotte Myers, certified prevention specialist from the Wayne County Drug & Alcohol Commission.  Read more

‘Technology Tuesdays: Robotic milking dairies’

REGION — The Pocono District of Penn State Extension will hold a “Technology Tuesdays: Robotic Milking Edition: Cow Behavior in a Robotic Milking Dairy” free online workshop designed for dairy producers, their employees and advisers on April 29 from 8:30 to 10 a.m.  Read more

How you can go solar—for free

GLEN SPEY, NY — An informational workshop on solar power will be held on Saturday, May 3 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Homestead School, 428 Hollow Rd.  Read more

Trailkeeper and CCE celebrate Earth Day with family scavenger hunt

LIBERTY, NY — Youth over the age of eight and their families are invited on an after-school Earth Day adventure in the forest. Trailkeeper.org will offer “Treasures on Turtle Trail” for families on Tuesday, April 22 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in celebration of Earth Day. It will be held at Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Sullivan County’s Turtle Spring Nature Trail. Participants will begin the journey by meeting in the CCE Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center building for a brief overview of the activity.  Read more

First annual Hawley Earthfest

HAWLEY, PA — The Downtown Hawley Partnership in cooperation with PPL Wallenpaupack Learning Center, Delaware Highlands Conservancy, AMSkier, Pike County Conservation District, Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau Visitor Center, Harmony Presents and Woodloch will hold the first annual Hawley Earthfest the weekend of April 25 to 27.  Read more

Belle Reve resident celebrates 103rd birthday

MILFORD, PA — Belle Reve resident Sarah Dunn is living life to the fullest. She turned 103 years old on April 2, and the Belle Reve community and staff members were there to help celebrate.  Read more

Behavioral health professionals discuss depression with seniors

HONESDALE, PA — “What do you do to relieve stress?” asked psychiatrist Rashesh Dholakia while addressing a group of seniors at the Robert J. Drake Senior Community Center in Hawley. Answers ranging from “shop,” “eat” and “spending time with grandchildren” ranked among the most popular during an educational discussion on depression in the elderly.  Read more

Crawford team wins Battle of the Books

MONTICELLO, NY — On Saturday, April 5 the Battle of the Books team from the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library, The Novel Bunch, competed in the second annual Sullivan County Battle of the Books and came in first place. Team members Gabriel Megna and Britany Clark battled their way through three rounds of close competition.  Read more

Getting help for addiction: Where to turn

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Sullivan County’s Department of Community Services (DCS) is mandated by law to develop and plan for services that meet the behavioral and health needs of the community. Under DCS’s auspices, SCADAS (Sullivan County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services) provides an outpatient chemical addictions clinic.

According to DCS Director Joseph Tudora, the number of clients at SCADAS is fairly steady, but “we are certainly seeing more opiate addiction.”  Read more

Getting help for addiction: Understanding the problem

[Paul Matwiow, LMHC, CASAC is a therapist and addiction specialist in private practice with an office in Callicoon, NY. Many of his clients face problems directly or indirectly related to issues of addiction from alcohol to other substances.]

The River Reporter (TRR):
How powerful is addiction? Why is it so hard to overcome?
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Nana’s House silent auction and reception

ROCK HILL, NY — Nana’s House is a not-for-profit childcare center in Sullivan County. On Saturday, April 26 they will host a silent auction at Bernie’s Holiday Restaurant from 6 to 10 p.m. It will be an evening of food, entertainment and friendly competition. There are over 70 items from local and national companies including gift certificates, vacation packages and more.  Read more

Electronics recycling event at Home & Garden Festival

WAYMART, PA — The Wayne County Builders Association (WCBA) will host a free two-day electronic recycling event, to help divert electronic equipment from landfills where they may contaminate soil and water, at the 2014 Home & Garden Festival Electronics Recycling event at Ladore Camp & Conference Center.  Read more

Food vendors sought for Grey Towers Festival of Wood

MILFORD, PA — Commercial food establishments and non-profit organizations with proper certifications are encouraged to apply for an opportunity to provide refreshments at the annual Festival of Wood at Grey Towers National Historic Site. All food vendors must meet required health and safety guidelines.  Read more

Honesdale seeks vendors for spring fair

HONESDALE, PA — The Greater Honesdale Partnership (GHP) is looking for craft vendors, antique dealers and artists/artisans for its upcoming Celebrate May. The one-day event will be held on Honesdale’s Main Street on Saturday, May 24, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Read more