MONTICELLO, NY — Join DIY artist Ramona Jan, in creating a blank journal from discarded hardcover library books from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library on Thursday, April 23. Old books will be taken apart and the back and front covers freshened up using paint, stencils, paper layering and more. New blank pages will be added to your up-cycled journal, and two or more binding techniques will be demonstrated. A $3 per person materials fee is due upon registration. All materials provided. This program is intended for adults and teens. Read more
GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — Learning and Sharing Genealogy will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 3 at the Time and the Valleys Museum on State Route 55. Both beginning and advanced genealogists are invited to bring their family information and join the museum’s genealogy researchers for an afternoon. They will learn about topics such as searching church and cemetery records, dating photos and postcards, using local and state government records and finding reliable websites. Special guests from the Daughters of the American Revolution and local historical societies will be present. Read more
LIBERTY, NY— A day-long pesticide re-certification training opportunity for conventional and organic farmers will take place on Wednesday, May 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Sullivan County will host this program at its Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd. Participants will earn New York State Department of Environmental Conservation pesticide re-certification credits for NY 1a, 21, 22, 23 and PA 00, PC, 01, 02, 03, 18. Lunch will be provided. Read more
LIBERTY, NY — A free online web seminar for informal family caregivers entitled Living at Home with Arthritis is offered on Wednesday, May 6 by Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County’s (CCESC) Caregiver Resource Program from 1 to 2 p.m. at its Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd. Read more
MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Chamber of Commerce Business Education Seminar Series will begin with a seminar titled, “What’s Your Plan?” on Tuesday, April 28 rom 5:30 to 7 p.m. Learn about business plans and pick an option that works for you. In this session you will begin to construct the pieces of the plan or update what you already have. This session is for anyone seeking clarity on the direction of his or her business. The seminar is free for Pike County Chamber members and $20 for non-members. RSVP to 570/296-8700 no later than April 24.
MONTICELLO, NY — Combined Energy Services (CES), a local, family-owned regional energy supplier, recently provided a $1,000 heating fuel credit to Bethlehem Temple Church.
“Bethlehem Temple Church has been a CES fuel customer for more than 40 years,” said Mike Taylor, co-owner at Combined Energy Services. “We felt it was extremely important to help the church during this record cold winter, as they are not only a loyal customer, but also a staple in our community that enhances the quality of life by providing spiritual connections for so many.” Read more
KAUNEONGA LAKE, NY — Hudson River HealthCare, in collaboration with the Sullivan County Office for the Aging, will offer Healthy Choices, a free six-week program for adults and caregivers dealing with any ongoing health condition such as diabetes, pain, arthritis, memory loss, depression or high blood pressure. Read more
BEACH LAKE, PA — Visiting minister Mary Tiebout will lead a service entitled “Earth to Earthlings” at the Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship meeting at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday, April 19 at the Berlin Township Community Center. A recently revived journal that records one man’s brief soul encounter with the earth is a reminder to us that what became religious in most cultures was initially about a people’s relationship to place. A social time and refreshments will follow the program. For directions see www.uduuf.org/directions.
LIBERTY, NY — Homeowners and renters can learn to reduce energy consumption and lower energy bills at a Save Energy, Save Dollars workshop on Wednesday, April 22. This EmPower New York class is being offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County at 6 p.m. at the Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd.
Participants who attend this free event will learn about reducing energy bills by following some low-cost and no-cost energy conservation methods. Each person will receive three compact fluorescent light bulbs at no cost to them. Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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