LIBERTY, NY — Teachers from Tri-Valley, Fallsburg, and Liberty school districts are invited to attend a free professional development opportunity on Thursday, April 24. Sullivan County school teachers in the NYC Watershed can receive a free training on stream and watershed education offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Sullivan County. This event will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Conservation District (WCCD) will host a series of workshops on completing your Manure Management Manual. Three flexible two-hour sessions are scheduled at the county’s Park Street Complex, 648 Park St. on April 17 at 7 p.m., May 14 at 7 p.m. and May 17 at 9 .a.m. Attendees will receive a comprehensive infopak. Attendees should be able to complete their manual that day or at home. A presentation on PA Onestop also will be given. Light refreshments will be served. Read more
MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Public Defender’s Office recently welcomed attorney Kelly Gaughan as an assistant public defender. She has over 15 years of courtroom experience in the areas of family and criminal law. Gaughan will be handling the criminal matters that occur within the jurisdiction of Magisterial District Court Judge Alan Cooper.
Gaughan adds her part-time position with the public defender’s office to her practice at the law offices of Levy, Stieh and Gaughan, P.C. Gaughan has been a partner and vice president of the firm since 2003.
BETHEL, NY — The harsh winter has forced the Bethel Motor Speedway (BMS) to postpone its scheduled preseason practice, originally slated for Saturday, April 12, to the following Saturday, April 19.
“With significant snowfalls and a slow warm-up, there is still snow on the property,” stated BMS Business Operations Manager Tracy Chirico. “We believe that our racers and fans deserve a quality experience when we swing open the gates, so we feel it is in everyone’s best interests to postpone practice.” Read more
MILFORD, PA — Davis R. Chant, founder of the area’s largest independent real estate firm, recently welcomed Paul M. Boos as a new addition to the highly qualified and experienced Chant team of real estate professionals serving the needs of buyers and sellers in the Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey areas. Read more
ELDRED, NY — Charles Petersheim, Hudson Valley designer, builder, and realtor of traditional homes in the Catskill Mountains, has been selected by Country Living Magazine to build its 2014 House of the Year. The 1,500 square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bathroom house, located in Rhinebeck, will be showcased during the annual Country Living Fair this June. The magazine will also publish a 10-page spread of the home in its September issue, featuring a profile on Petersheim and Catskill Farms. Read more
Calling themselves the three musketeers, here from the left are Kate Dexter, Jeanne Slater and Ginny Kille. Kate writes, “We three town girls spent lots of time together.” Pictured circa 1940, it was a time before much television or I-phones and texting, a time when more time was spent outside. Thanks to Kate Dexter Sullivan for donating the picture.
SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — The deadline to submit photographs for the Jeff Bank 2015 Calendar Photo Contest is Friday, April 18 at 6 p.m. Organized by the Catskill Art Society (CAS), the theme is the Four Seasons of Nature and Landscapes in Sullivan County, NY. Photographers can submit up to four color images, preferably depicting each of the four seasons. All entries must include a completed application form, available at all Jeff Bank branches, or online at www.jeffbank.com, or by contacting email@example.com. The entry fee is $5.
REGION — National Library Week is April 13 to 19, a time to remind the public about the contributions libraries, librarians and library workers make to their communities every day. The Ramapo Catskill Library System (RCLS) and its member libraries during National Library Week are celebrating the valuable contribution of libraries and librarians in schools, universities and public libraries. Read more
CALICOON, NY — An interest group is forming at the Western Sullivan Public Library for those who study genealogy and those who wish to. The initial meeting is planned for April 15 at 6 p.m. at the Delaware Free Branch in Callicoon. The needs and experience level of attendees will determine the course of the program. Read more
BEACH LAKE, PA — Zen Buddhism is a non-dogmatic, experiential, practice-oriented discipline. On Sunday, April 13 at 10:15 a.m., Rev. Seiso Paul Cooper will introduce the practice of “shikantaza” (just sitting meditation) and discuss Zen’s basic principles at the Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship meeting at the Berlin Township Community Center. Rev. Seiso is co-founder, director and head teacher of the Two Rivers Zen Community in Honesdale. He is an ordained Zen priest and a meditation master. Seiso is also a practicing psychoanalyst and an award-winning author and poet. Read more
HAWLEY, PA — The Jewish holiday of Passover, observing the Biblical story of the exodus from Egypt and the freeing of the Hebrew slaves and also celebrating the coming of spring, will begin on the evening of Monday, April 14, corresponding to the Hebrew date of the 15th day of the month of Nisan. This year, the Congregation Beth Israel will observe the Seder meal at the Settlers Inn, conducted by Rabbi Allan Smith, on the second night of Passover, Tuesday, April 15. Anyone interested in attending should call Nina Lassley at 570/253-7820. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — The Transition Honesdale Community Garden is seeking new garden members for its fourth growing season. Ten raised-bed garden plots are available in two sizes—4 by 8 feet and 4 by 16 feet. The garden is on the grounds at Ellen Memorial Health Care Center on Golf Hill Road. Both experienced and beginning gardeners are invited to apply. Read more
HARRIS, NY — Catskill Regional Medical Center (CRMC) recently opened its primary care practice. At the ribbon cutting, hospital staff and community members were in attendance as CRMC Board of Directors Chair Darrell Supak, CEO Dr. Gerard Galarneau and the CRMC Medical Group Medical Director Dr. Bruce Ellsweig spoke of the crucial need for primary care services in Sullivan County. Read more
Wayne Memorial Hospital announces the following births:
2/28/14 — Katelyn Mae Moyer was born to Amanda and Jason Moyer of Equinunk, PA.
3/2/14 — Charlee Janette ZuHone was born to Ashley Nober and Kevin ZuHone of Beach Lake, PA. Maternal grandparent is Holly Nober of Beach Lake, PA. Paternal grandparents are Kevin D. ZuHone and Ellie Mudge of Binghmaton, NY.
3/21/14 — Mason Anthony Bravo was born to Jeanne Choffo and Chris Bravo of Milford, PA. Maternal grandparents are Joseph and Barbara Choffo of Beach Lake, PA. Paternal grandparent is Joan Bravo of Harrison, NJ. Read more
MIDDLETOWN, NY — Orange Regional Medical Center (ORMC) will host an outpatient services health fair on Saturday, April 5 at the Galleria at Crystal Run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be free blood pressure checks, diabetes and breast cancer risk assessments, cardiac screenings, Reiki therapy sessions and more. Volunteers, staff and medical experts from various departments at ORMC will meet and greet the public, offer educational information and provide resources for various healthcare services. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne Memorial Hospital Auxiliary’s 73rd annual Gala Ball on January 18 raised more than $25,000. Co-chairwoman Martha Wilson said the record amount was the result of strong support from the medical and business communities, as well as countless individuals, including the 193 people who attended the dinner-dance at Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Resort on Lake Wallenpaupack. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — When it came to promoting flu prevention, the staff of Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers (WMCHC) didn’t simply encourage patients to roll up their sleeves. They led by example. Nearly 100% of the organization’s 140 physicians, nurses, medical assistants, front office and administrative staff were vaccinated themselves. Their efforts earned them state recognition from the PA Immunization Education Program, which awarded WMCHC a Certificate of Excellence from the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC). Read more
The development of vaccines represents the biggest achievement in the battle against infectious diseases during the last century. Unfortunately, there are many myths surrounding vaccines that discourage people from getting vaccinated. This is the second of a two-part series that explores common myths and important facts about vaccines. Read more