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May 04, 2016
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Making jams and jellies

LIBERTY, NY — A workshop on preserving food using the hot-water-bath canning method to make jams and jellies is being offered on Saturday, April 18, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) will hold this canning class for beginners in its new Entrepreneurial and Teaching (EaT) Kitchen, located at the CCESC Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd.  Read more

Grief and dementia program

LIBERTY, NY — Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC)’s Caregiver Resource Center will host a Living with Grief® program for caregivers, professionals and the general public, produced by the Hospice Foundation of America (HFA), on Wednesday, April 22. This program, practical for all levels of professions, will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. at the CCESC Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd.  Read more

Narrowsburg News

Lately, the subject of the Main Street deck replacement is something talked about by many of us in Tusten. Inevitability part of the conversation becomes the cost associated with the work. If you are able to attend town board meetings, you will note that when the subject of money comes up the terms “reserve funds” and “unallocated funds” are often heard. Because these terms confused me at first, I thought I’d take this opportunity to explain them.  Read more

Did You Know?

Postmarked 1910, here is a picture of Center Lake in Cochecton Center. The Lackawaxen River had been dammed in order to provide water power for a tannery located in the near vicinity. The resulting lake provided recreation for the residents and the many boarders who frequented the area. The dam was washed away in the 1942 flood, which caused great damage in the surrounding areas.  Read more

Seniors teach second-graders about health

MONTICELLO, NY — The second-grade classes at George L. Cooke Elementary School recently had the opportunity to have four Monticello High School seniors come and teach them about nutrition and staying active, coinciding with the Common Core “Domain of the Human Body” that the second graders are studying. The high school seniors planned the lessons ahead of time with their health teacher, Ms. Alvarez, and the Athletics Director, Mr. Ryan.  Read more

Scientist who’s been in space to speak at Bernt Balchen Lodge

LACKAWAXEN, PA — Bernt Balchen Lodge, Sons of Norway, will meet on Sunday, April 19 at 2 p.m. at the Lackawaxen Firehouse, Route 590, with Dr. Greg Olsen as guest speaker. Olsen spent several years of his young life in nearby Rowland and attended school in Lackawaxen. The family eventually moved to New Jersey where he graduated from high school in Ridgefield Park, NJ, studied physics at Fairleigh Dickinson University and later, the University of Virginia, where he earned a Ph.D. in materials science. He is a scientist and entrepreneur who co-founded Sensors Unlimited in 1991.  Read more

Port enters ‘America’s Best Communities’

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Tri-State Chamber of Commerce has entered the “America’s Best Communities” (ABC) competition on behalf of the City of Port Jervis and the Town of Deerpark, and will serve as the lead applicant. The competition is a $10 million pool to be awarded to communities that present the best vision for economic revitalization and sustainable growth in their rural communities within Frontier Communication’s 27-state footprint.  Read more

Sullivan travel guide available

FERNDALE, NY — The Sullivan County Visitors Association’s (SCVA) 2015 Sullivan County Catskills Travel Guide is now available. The new edition features an updated, pull-out map and a comprehensive listing of county attractions, accommodations and restaurants. It has a chart showing which body of water to fish by what type of fish you want to catch. It organizes amenities and activities for outdoorsmen, ecotourists, agritourists, hunters and fishermen, foodies, music lovers and more.  Read more

DHP holds annual dinner

HAWLEY, PA — Join the Downtown Hawley Partnership (DHP) for its annual dinner and meeting on Wednesday, April 29 at 6 p.m. in the Great Hall at the Hawley United Methodist Church. DHP will be celebrating accomplishments such as the Benjamin Moore Main Street Matters program and other DHP streetscape improvements, the festivals and mixers, and the new businesses in town.  Read more

All-day Zen meditation

HONESDALE, PA — Two Rivers Zen Community (TRZC) will hold a zazenkai, a daylong retreat devoted to Zen meditation practice, on Sunday, May 3. Doors open at 7:45 and the first sitting begins at 8 a.m. Anyone who has practiced with Two Rivers or has experience with formal Zen practice elsewhere is welcome to attend.  Read more

‘Look Good, Feel Better’

HARRIS, NY — Catskill Regional Medical Center’s (CRMC) Cancer Support, in conjunction with the American Cancer Society, will host a free program called “Look Good, Feel Better” on Tuesday, April 21 at 3 p.m. The program will be held at CRMC, 68 Harris Bushville Rd., in boardroom A located on the second floor of the Ambulatory Services Building.  Read more

The right dog chow

There are so many different types of diets for us to choose from when we visit the grocery store. You can go find four different variations of any product you use on a daily basis. Choices such as gluten free, organic, produced in the USA only, natural and, of course, the traditional. If you have taken a stroll down the aisles of the pet store or local feed store, you will appreciate the exact same options for your dog. During that stroll you may encounter organic foods, natural products, organic, raw, frozen and traditional. It is easy to be overwhelmed with all the choices available.  Read more

Safe Haven plans assault awareness events

PIKE COUNTY, PA — Safe Haven of Pike County, Inc. plans a month-long local observance of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Among the events are “Dine Out for Dignity,” a fundraiser at The Grotto in Milford on Friday, April 10 at 6 p.m.; a candle lighting to honor victims of sexual assault at various houses of worship throughout Pike County on Sunday, April 13 (to include your house of worship in this event, ask clergy call 570/296-2827, ext.  Read more

Donations sought for tricky tray

MILFORD, PA — The Delaware Valley School’s Future Business Leaders of America Class and the Pike County Chamber of Commerce are looking for donations for its first annual tricky tray fundraiser, to be held on Saturday, April 25 at the Delaware Valley Middle School gym.  Read more

Kiwanis family walks to fight hunger

MOUNTAINDALE, NY — The Kiwanis Clubs of the Hudson River West Division will hold their fourth annual Kiwanis Walks for Hunger on Saturday, April 18. All food items collected in Sullivan County will be distributed to various food pantries and distribution centers within the county.  Read more

‘Keep Calm and Woman On’

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — SUNY Sullivan’s 19th annual Women’s Conference is set to take place on Saturday, April 11. This year’s theme is “Keep Calm and Woman On.” The keynote speaker will be Michele Balan. A finalist on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” Balan has appeared on the Joy Behar Show, Byron Allen’s “Comics Unleased” and the OUTlaugh festival on MTV. There will also be a full day of workshops on topics from jewelry making to cake decorating and from beauty tips to the latest fitness craze, Piloxing.  Read more

Growing Older Together meeting

BEACH LAKE, PA — A grassroots group focused on exploring ways to serve the needs the aging population in our community will host a meeting on Monday, April 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Berlin Township Community Center, 50 Milanville Rd. At this meeting, participants will investigate the possibilities of implementing the “Village” model in Wayne County, PA and Sullivan County, NY.  Read more

Knights hold tricky tray

MATAMORAS, PA — Knights of Columbus John Paul II Council 13935 of St. Patrick’s and St. Joseph’s will sponsor a tricky tray on April 11, at the Delaware Valley Elementary School gym, 244 Routes 6 and 209. Proceeds will fund a scholarship program and other local charities. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., with calling to start at 2 p.m. Admission is free; tickets cost $1 per sheet. There will be baskets, gift certificates, a kids’ table and an over-21 table. There will be door prizes, cash prizes and a 50/50. Call 845/672-3322.

Scholarships available for Sullivan women

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — The Professional Women of Sullivan County (PWSC) is offering 10 scholarships to Sullivan County women seeking education. Five scholarships in the amount of $500 will be awarded to women returning to education after several (or many) years away. Additionally, five scholarships in the amount of $500 will be awarded to five high school seniors pursuing higher education. PWSC is particularly looking for young women who excel academically, are well-rounded and are committed to community service and civic engagement.  Read more

Did You Know?

The scene of this 1923 picture is “up on the hill” as we called it in later years. These good friends are, from the left, Fred and Evelyn Rasmussen, J. Frank Behling, Ruth Marold and George Oellrich. They are pictured here in front of the first summer cottage that J. Frank Behling and Ruth Marold, built the year before they were married. Several more cottages were built on the hill, and in 1928 the construction of Peggy Runway Lodge was begun. It opened in 1929. The building burned in 1974.  Read more