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Therapeutic horse riding center seeks volunteers

MILFORD, PA — GAIT Therapeutic Riding Center is a Professional Association Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) Premier Accredited Facility. GAIT TRC’s usual training schedule for new volunteers is every first Saturday of each month. Due to a busy schedule, GAIT’s last scheduled volunteer training course for the year will be on Saturday, September 13 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. This will be the last volunteer training for new volunteers until next year, but they still need volunteers all year long.  Read more

Craft vendors, artists and food vendors sought

HONESDALE, PA — The Greater Honesdale Partnership (GHP) is looking for craft vendors, antique dealers, artists/artisans or a small specialty food cart (must fit easily on the sidewalk) for the upcoming “Harvest & Heritage Days.” This two-day event will be held on Honesdale’s Main Street on Saturday, October 11, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, October 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Read more

Presentation of research on school houses of Wayne County

EQUINUNK, PA — The Equinunk Historical Society will feature historian Mimi Steffen in a program about “School Houses of Northern Wayne County” on Saturday, September 13, at 1 p.m. Through 20 years of rigorous research and continuing study, she has compiled a program based on photographs of rural schools in Preston, Scott, Buckingham, and Manchester townships. She has also published several books relating to this subject. She is in the process of compiling a data base of teachers who taught in these rural schools.  Read more

Western Sullivan Public Library announces Teen Book Club

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Beginning October 2, the Western Sullivan Public Library will offer a brand new Teen Book Club. The theme for this year is “Fractured Fairytales” and the group will read and discuss novels that bring a modern twist to classic tales. Ages 12 and older are welcome.

The club meets at the Jeffersonville branch on the first Thursday of the month from 3 to 4 p.m.  Read more

Library offers survey on when to have fall storytimes

MONTICELLO, NY — The Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library offers two free early literacy storytimes throughout the year; one for toddlers and one for pre-schoolers. They will continue to offer these programs in the coming year, in addition to continuing the Spanish/English story time. However, they need your help deciding when to have them.  Read more

GHP offers third free business seminar of 2014

HONESDALE, PA — The Greater Honesdale Partnership (GHP), in conjunction with the University of Scranton, Small Business Development Center, will host “Become a Better Communicator” on Thursday, September 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Dime Bank’s Operations Center Training Room, 1210 Sunrise Ave. The Dime Bank is the sponsor for this seminar, which is free of charge and open to the public.  Read more

A new high school equivalency prep class starts

PORT JERVIS, NY — A TASC Preparation Class (GED) will begin September 22 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Community Room in the basement of the Port Jervis Free Library. This class meets Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from September 22 through January 21. New York’s GED test changed to the Test Assessing Secondary Education (TASC). If you passed sections of the GED exam from 2002 to the present, you might be able to get credit for those sections. Take this class to learn what the new test is all about, as well as prepare for it.  Read more

Free career counseling sessions at the library

MONTICELLO, NY — The Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library will offer Career Counseling Sessions on Tuesday, September 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Saturday, October 11 from 2 to 5 p.m.; and Thursday, October 23 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Free one-on-one individualized career coaching sessions are available. Job seekers will meet with a career coach to get help writing their resume and/or cover letters, exploring career options, developing effective strategies for their job searches, or preparing for job interviews. Each session will be one hour long.  Read more

Learn how to forage for mushrooms

PORT JERVIS, NY — Nathaniel Whitmore will present “Autumn Foraging for Mushrooms,” a part of the Backyard Series, at the Port Jervis Free Library on Thursday, September 18 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The program will be held in the Community Room.  Read more

Learn home canning in new Sullivan County EaT Kitchen

LIBERTY, NY — A workshop on home food preservation using the hot water bath method is being offered on Saturday, September 27 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) will hold this introductory class on the fundamentals of canning in its new Entrepreneurial & Teaching (EaT) Kitchen. The Eat Kitchen is located at the CCESC Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd.  Read more

Fiduciary workshop for non-profits

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Public Library and The Greater Pike Community Foundation will host a fiduciary workshop for board members and staff of not-for-profit organizations on Monday, September 22, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Pike County Public Library (PCPL), 119 East Harford St.  Read more

Did You Know?

Here, in August 1918, are folks waiting for the train at the Narrowsburg station.

In the right background is the Oakland Hotel, in business until 1926 when it burned to the ground. Hats for women were in vogue at the time, and here the two young gals hold their hats in hands.
From the Ruth & J. Frank Behling collection.

The Tusten Historical Society’s hours at the Western Sullivan Public Library, Tusten-Cochecton branch in Narrowsburg, are Mondays from 1 to 3 p.m., Fridays from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Lake Huntington News

I was at Heinle’s General Store last Sunday having a great breakfast made by Chef John and enjoying the company of Joy and Earl Bertsch, Betty Baker, Supervisor Gary Maas and Denise and Art Thompson of Narrowsburg. It’s so nice to be out and about in the community and have nice people to talk with.  Read more

Seminar to prevent youth violence and bullying

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Port Jervis Police Department and Port Jervis City-Wide Neighborhood Watch will host a seminar titled “Youth Violence & Bullying” on Thursday, September 18 at 7 p.m. at the Drew Methodist Church Hall. Members of the Port Jervis community will learn about the dangers of threatening behavior, such as bullying, both verbal and physical fighting, weapon use and aggression on social media.  Read more

Aerobic Walking: Changing Your Chemistry

HONESDALE, PA — Dr. Mort Malkin will present a lecture-demonstration on “Changing Your Chemistry” on Wednesday, September 17 at 6:30 p.m. The event will be held at Wayne Memorial Hospital in the second floor David Katz Conference Center.

Dr. Malkin, who has come to be known as “The Walk Doctor,” will define the term “aerobic” and list the few exercises that qualify as high-grade aerobic according to the definition. He will demonstrate how ordinary brisk walking can be turned into a strongly aerobic activity by changing form to employ the large muscles of the upper legs and mid-body.  Read more

Lake Huntington News

Tommy and I just got home from a few days away in Lake George for our 24th wedding anniversary. We went to a rodeo, and as I was watching the cowboys I got to wondering, what makes a cowboy a cowboy? So I walked over to this nice young man—about 25—and I asked him. I had to smack his arm with the first answer he gave me. Then he told me it is the way of life you live, how you dress and the ethics you follow. The guys who ride the bulls are nuts. (Many years ago, I rode the mechanical bull at Gilley’s bar and honky-tonk in Texas, and I got bucked off.  Read more

Ambulance Chronicles

[Editor’s note: The River Reporter welcomes a new feature by Sam Avrett to our monthly health section. Ambulance Chronicles will introduce our readers to the ambulance corps members who respond to medical emergencies in the Upper Delaware River region and the people who need their help in a crisis situation. We salute all of the men and women who volunteer for this important work in our local communities.]

Taking history  Read more

New Arrivals

Wayne Memorial Hospital announces the following births:

8/5/2014 — Henry Johan Thomas Badgley was born to Christina and Drew Badgley of Beach Lake, PA. Maternal grandparents are Frieda Sauacool of Honesdale, PA and Richard Schofield (deceased). Paternal grandparents are June and Henry Badgley of Honesdale, PA.

8/19/2014 — Luke Hogland was born to Melanie and Jeremy Hogland of Narrowsburg, NY. Maternal grandparents are Keith and Ann Buddenhagen of Narrowsburg, NY. Paternal grandmother is Glenda Harty of Narrowsburg, NY.

Catskill Regional Medical Center announces the following births:  Read more

Walking pneumonia and other lung conditions

There are many causes for pneumonia, which we often associate with the winter months. Certainly the presence of influenza in the fall through early spring will put a person at risk for developing a serious lung infection, especially for older adults and individuals with lung diseases. There are many things that can cause serious lung infections; these include bacteria, viruses, fungus, inhaled chemicals and food.  Read more

Out of the Darkness Walk raises awareness of suicide

GREENTOWN, PA — The fifth annual Pike and Wayne Community Out of the Darkness Walk for Suicide Awareness and Prevention will be held on Saturday, September 13 (rain or shine) at Promised Land State Park. More than 250 walkers participated in last year’s annual event. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the walk starting promptly at 9 a.m. Participants may walk in teams or as individuals. Dogs are welcome; however, they must be properly leashed.  Read more