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February 14, 2016
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Cultural grants available

NARROWSBURG, NY — Sullivan County nonprofit arts and community groups are encouraged to apply for the 2015 Sullivan County Arts & Heritage Grants program, administered through the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA). The grants assist nonprofit organizations to present or produce cultural programming in Sullivan County. Sullivan Arts & Heritage grants fund programs, projects and services that focus on visual, performing, literary, media or folk arts; local or ethnic culture; architecture; or environmental arts. The application deadline is Friday, April 24 at 4 p.m.  Read more

‘Growing Older Together’

BEACH LAKE, PA — The Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will sponsor a community meeting, “Growing Older Together,” at the Berlin Township Community Center on Monday, March 16 from 3 to 5 p.m. The focus is on improving the services or living arrangements for older people in Wayne and Pike counties in Pennsylvania and Sullivan County in New York.  Read more

Become a school board member

LIBERTY, NY — The Sullivan County School Boards Association will host a free orientation for community residents interested in becoming a local school board member. The workshop will take place on March 23 at Sullivan County BOCES Administration Building from 7 to 9 p.m., in conference room one.  Read more

Book & brew club at The Hub

PORT JERVIS, NY — The public computer center (The Hub) at the Port Jervis Free Library has created a new club for the residents of Port Jervis and the surrounding Tri-State Area, The Hub Book and Brew Review. The club will meet for the first time on Wednesday, March 18, under the guidance of Kate Gessner and Taylor Sauschuck. Each month through the spring, the group will read a book and then meet at a specified restaurant or pub on a Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. to discuss the book, and enjoy the food and beverage.  Read more

Volunteer victim advocates wanted

PIKE COUNTY, PA — Safe Haven of Pike County, Inc. will offer a training opportunity for volunteers to become victim advocates for our agency. Victim advocates help survivors of traumatic victimization on their road to recovery and healing by providing them with direct emotional support, information on the criminal justice system, resources in the community and crisis counseling.  Read more

Lake Huntington News

By the time you get to read my column, four days will have have passed from the time I wrote it.

My husband has a massive blood infection; all of his skin that was burnt from the radiation is infected with cellulitis. He is holding his own, but has gained 14 pounds of fluid. His lungs are full, and he has to have them sucked out. (I have to leave the room when they do this, or they will be cleaning up after me.) Tuesday, March 10 was two years since my mother went to heaven. It’s been a tough week, but ya have to keep going one day at a time.  Read more

Did You Know?

This picture, circa 1950, was used in an advertisement for the plumbing business of Charles J. Dexter. The building housed his business and his home. In order to accommodate the access to the new Narrowsburg bridge built in 1953, the building was dismantled. The building materials were used to build the house now located at the juncture of Kirk Road and Route 97, across from the Jeff Bank. The road signs seen here on the left stood where the old town well had been. They were removed for the new entrance to the bridge, as well. From the Tusten Historical Society collection.  Read more

Learn to make bread by hand

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — Experience the ancient process of making freshly baked yeast-risen bread at the free workshop “Bread Making by Hand,” on Sunday, March 22 at 2 p.m. at the Time and the Valleys Museum on St. Rt. 55.

Participants will explore traditional and contemporary ingredients, techniques and methods for white, whole grain and gluten-free breads. Sample different breads and receive a booklet with both old and new time-tested recipes. Please register by Friday, March 20 by calling 845/985-7700.  Read more

Rolling V promotes Reebe

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — Rolling V Bus Corp., a Sullivan County-based passenger transportation company, announced the promotion of Chris Reebe to the position of maintenance director.

A Rolling V employee for more than 12 years, Reebe will now oversee the day-to-day safety and maintenance operations for all Rolling V operations, headquartered in South Fallsburg.

“The oversight of the department is now in Chris’ hands, and we are confident that he is the right person for the job,” said Rolling V Bus Corp. President Phil Vallone.  Read more

Shawnee Inn goes green

UPPER DELAWARE REGION — The Delaware Highlands Conservancy welcomes the Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort to the Green Lodging Partnership, an initiative that allows visitors to our region to invest in land conservation through a voluntary $2-per-stay donation at participating lodgings.  Read more

Senior co-housing discussed

BEACH LAKE, PA — Barbara Leo and the Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will host a discussion on cohousing at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday, March 15 at the Berlin Township Community Center. The discussion will reference two essays in the book “Aging in Community,” edited by Janice M. Blanchard: “Senior Cohousing: Taking Charge of the Rest of Your Life” (pages 69-77) and “Life in Takoma Village Cohousing” (pages 95-97). Stay for conversation and refreshments after the program. For directions, see

Monticello Kiwanis family has a heart

MONTICELLO, NY — Members of the Monticello Kiwanis Club, High School Key Club and Middle School Builders Club participated in the 2015 WSUL/WVOS Heart-A-Thon on Valentine’s Day and collected $1,000 to benefit Catskill Regional Medical Center cardiac unit. A total of over $80,000 was raised that day.  Read more

Some can still apply for ACA

NEW YORK STATE — Individuals can still enroll in a 2015 New York State Health Marketplace plan and get health insurance coverage this year through the programs below:  Read more

Understanding the new insurance system

Starting in 2013, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) became the new way that individuals and employers can purchase health care coverage through exchanges. This is complex piece of legislation, and there has been much confusion and at times misrepresentations in launching this program. This article will attempt to give you an overview of how your insurance rates are calculated with the various health care exchanges.  Read more

‘What Humanists Believe’

BEACH LAKE, PA — Heidi Finkelberg will share Dr. Joe Chuman’s talk, “What Humanists Believe” for the Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on Sunday, March 8 at 10:15 a.m. at the Berlin Township Community Center. Dr. Chuman has a degree in philosophy and a doctorate in comparative religions. He has been the leader of the Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County, NJ since 1974, This will be an opportunity to reflect on how these Humanist beliefs intersect, enhance and contrast with Unitarian Universalist principles. The presentation will be followed by discussion and refreshments.  Read more

Stormwater training

LIBERTY, NY — The Sullivan County Soil & Water Conservation District will present “Stormwater Erosion & Sedement Control Management” on March 19, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Building at 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd. The seminar is directed toward contractors and developers who will be disturbing soil of one acre or more. The cost of attending is $50 per person, and pre-registration is recommended as space is limited. Call 845/292-6552, or visit

Update on opioids in Sullivan County

MONTICELLO, NY — Dr. Carlos Holden from Catskill Regional Medical Center (CRMC) will speak at the Sullivan County Public Safety and Law Enforcement Committee meeting on March 5 at 9:15 a.m. in the Legislative Committee Room on the second floor of the Sullivan County Government Center, 100 North St.

Holden, medical director of the emergency room at CRMC will give a presentation on the opioid drug situation in Sullivan County, titled “One Year Later,” a follow-up on a presentation he gave last year to the legislators.  Read more

Patriot Connectors meet

HAWLEY, PA — Pastor Sean Moon will address the Patriot Connectors on March 12 at the Wallenpaupack High School Library at a forum where he will discuss the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Social hour starts at 6:30 p.m. with the meeting taking place at 7 p.m., starting with the Pledge of Allegiance. If there is inclement weather and the school is closed, there will be no Patriot Connector meeting.  Read more

Narrowsburg News

This crazy, cold winter that has most of us feeling cabin fever has not dampened the spirit of the Tusten Youth Commission. It started the year in January with two trips, first to the movies, and then a swimming trip to Woodloch Springs. Imagine what a treat it would have been when you were a child to be able to go swimming in the middle of winter. Most of us probably remember winter activities that took us outside: building a snowman, ice skating, sleigh riding, etc.  Read more

Did You Know?

Pictured here at the Narrowsburg Airport in 1947 is the Piper Cub belonging to J. Frank Behling. Flying was very popular at the time, with many residents taking lessons from Bill Tyson, the instructor hired by Malcolm Dexter, the owner. Dexter had purchased the property and started the business he named “Resort Flying Service, Narrowsburg Airport.” The business thrived until Dexter’s tragic death in 1948. From the collection of the Tusten Historical Society.  Read more