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Lake Huntington News

I spent the weekend down in the Bronx with Tommy. It is great that they let me stay in a "hoptel": a hotel room in a hospital; and it's free. So when Tommy gets too tired and wants to sleep, I can go to my room and relax and read. Tommy loved giving boxes of chocolate out to all the nurses and aids (male and female), he is so liked there. Thank God his spirits are good.

I called to speak to Fr. Bill who is back in Holy Name Friary, 2 Morris Rd., Ringwood, NJ 07456, but he could not talk on the phone. He is having a very hard time speaking and he really needs your prayers.  Read more

Importance of skin health in pets

A lustrous fur coat is a very important indicator of the health status of a pet. Pets with a dry, flaking, or an unkempt coat are indicators of underlying health conditions. Such conditions include thyroid disease, Cushing’s disease, liver or kidney disease, or nutritional disorders. One of the main ways your family veterinarian assesses the health of your dog or cat is by ooking at the conditions of his/her coat and skin.  Read more

St. Peter’s to hold chili cook-off

PORT JERVIS, NY — St. Peter’s Church in Port Jervis will hold its third annual chili cook-off on Saturday, March 7, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church, located at 31 West Main St. Both chili cooks and tasters are needed for the cook-off. Voting will end at 1 p.m. and awards will be given at 1:30 p.m.  Read more

Pre-school fun at Sunshine Hall

ELDRED, NY — Pre-schoolers enjoy a snow-painting session at Eldred’s Sunshine Hall Library. Every other Thursday morning, the library offers pre-schoolers a library story time from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. The hour includes stories, songs, finger plays, and arts and crafts. The next session is on Thursday, February 12. For more information or to register call 845/557-6258.

Sons of Norway celebrate Osteyee’s 100th

BOHEMIA, PA — The Bernt Balchen Lodge #3-566 of the Sons of Norway, located at the Central Volunteer Fire Department Hall, Westcolong Road off Route 590, will honor one of its long-time members on February 21. Her name is Margaret Louise Anderson Osteyee. Born in Duluth, MN to Norwegian immigrant parents, she is not only a long-time member of Sons of Norway, but also served our country during World War II.  Read more

Courses at Temple Sholom

MONTICELLO, NY — The second semester of our successful Sholom Jewish University for adults will begin the week of March 2 and run through May. Each course consists of 10 classes.

All classes are open to the community. The cost to temple members is $36 per course per semester and is $54 to non-members. Temple Shalom is located at 5 Dillon Rd.

Discovering Judaism – Tuesdays 12 noon-1:15 p.m. or 3:15-4:30 p.m.  Read more

Reverse mortgage program rescheduled

HAMLIN, PA — The presentation on reverse mortgages previously scheduled for the Hamlin Senior Center on February 6 (see our January 15 issue) has been rescheduled. Speaker Katrina F. Boyer, consumer outreach liaison for the PA Department of Banking and Securities, will now speak in Hamlin on Friday, May 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 12 noon. The center is located at the Salem Township building on Route 590, 570/689-3766. For more information visit

Elephant expert to speak at meeting

MONTICELLO, NY — Richard Chiger, elephant expert, will be presenting a different kind of program at the Catskill Exotic Bird Club on Thursday, February 12 at 7 p.m. at 20 Crystal St. The talk will be about elephants and what is happening to them today in our world, including the horrors of the ivory trade and its effect on the extant populations of wild elephants. The talk will also focus on the conditions of captive elephants with emphasis on the ones that Chiger has known personally, where they live, how they live and what can be done to make their lives better.  Read more

‘Starting Fresh in the Face of Uncertainty’

BEACH LAKE, PA — As the world spins relentlessly out of our control, is there solace and are there steps we can take to bolster our faith in and hope for the world? Weaving together stories of her ministerial internship year, songs, ritual and an introduction to process theology, Laurie Stuart will lead a service, “Starting Fresh in the Face of Uncertainty,” at a meeting of the Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at 10:15 a.m. at the Berlin Township Community Center. All are welcome to come, and stay after the program for conversation and refreshments.  Read more

Lake Huntington News

The doctors told me Tommy is doing well and he has two weeks left of radiation and chemo therapy, and they are going to keep him for an extra week to make sure he is OK. Then in six weeks a repeat PET scan and hope to God nothing is there.  Read more

Learn to make homemade, healthy pet treats

LIBERTY, NY — Anyone looking to take control over what the family pet is eating, avoid unhealthy additives and tailor treats to a pet’s preferences is encouraged to attend a workshop on how to safely and successfully make pet treats at home presented by Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC)’s Master Food Preservation program. The class will be held on Saturday, February 21, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the new Entrepreneurial and Teaching (EaT) Kitchen in its Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd.  Read more

Did You Know?

Dressed in the swim attire of the day, this group is gathered here in the waters of Lake Huntington, NY. Addressed to someone in Brooklyn and postmarked August 9, 1914, the card reads: “This is some lively place,” signed Anna. There were many hotels and guest houses in Lake Huntington during that era and it probably was, indeed, a lively place.  Read more

Catskill Lutherans begin Lent

The congregations of the Catskill Area Lutheran Churches (CALC) invite the public to their events as Christians around the world begin the season of Lent. Lent is the period before Easter when Christians contemplate the events that led to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
Liberty, NY — St. Paul’s Lutheran Church,
24 Chestnut St., 845/292-4626
Ash Wednesday service: February 18, 7 p.m.
Tuesday adult Lenten service, meal, study on communion: February 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 5 p.m.
Palm/Passion Sunday service: March 29, 9 a.m.
Maundy Thursday service: April 2, 7 p.m.  Read more

Alzheimer’s support group meets

LIBERTY, NY — The Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group will meet on Tuesday, March 3, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Achieve Rehab & Nursing Facility, 170 Lake St. The guest speaker will be Bonnie Lewis, RN, Community Educator of Cornell Cooperative Extension, who will discuss issues relating to “Caring for You, Caring for Me.”

The meetings are open to the public, to all caregivers/family members of people with Alzheimer’s disease or related disorders.

For more information contact Vanessa Lescano at 845/292-4200, ext. 3402.

Long Term Care Council

MONTICELLO, NY — The Long Term Care Council will meet on Wednesday, February 18 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the legislative committee room at the Sullivan County Government Center, 100 North St.

The council is the advisory board for Sullivan NYCONNECTS, the single point of entry for information on long-term services and supports in Sullivan County. Meetings are open to the public and all are welcome to attend. Call 845/807-0257.

Safe Haven project to help protect children

PIKE COUNTY, PA — Thanks to a $36,286 grant funded by the PA Commission on Crime & Delinquency, Safe Haven of Pike County will add a new staff position, a Multi-Disciplinary Investigative Team (MDIT) coordinator, in the coming weeks. This position will coordinate the activities of those professionals who investigate child abuse in Pike County. According to the model set of standards for Pennsylvania’s Multidisciplinary Investigative Teams, successful MDITs:

• Promote the safety and best interest of the child; 

• Minimize the trauma experienced by the child; 
  Read more

Birth Announcements

Wayne Memorial Hospital announces the following births:

12/26/14 — Adam James Herron was born to Veronica Umbarila and Adam Herron of Greeley, PA. Maternal grandparents are Ana and Josa Umbarila. Paternal grandparent is Joann Herron.

1/18/15 — Dominic Michael Cilino was born to Brooke Swingle and Anthony Cilino of Hawley, PA. Maternal grandparents are Catherine Morris and Michael Swingle of White Mills, PA. Paternal grandparent is Theresa Cilino of Beach Lake, PA.

Catskill Regional Medical Center announces the following births:  Read more

Valentine’s Day Heart-a-Thon

REGION — The Grover Hermann Hospital Auxiliary will participate in the February 14 Valentine’s Day Heart-a-Thon. On that day, pledges from anyone who calls 845/796-1212 between 9 and 10 a.m. on the morning of February 14 will benefit the Grover Hermann Hospital/Catskill Regional Medical Center.

If you will not be able to call in during that time period, you can call auxiliary president Dottie Schlegel at 845/932-8487 ahead of time to make your pledge. The auxiliary is hoping to raise enough money to purchase a portable ultrasound machine, an important diagnostic instrument.

Free Valentine’s whole body wellness clinic

BEACH LAKE, PA — The Beach Lake Wellness Center will hold a free Valentine’s Whole Body Wellness Clinic on Sunday, February 15, from 1 to 4 p.m.

The center will provide an afternoon of pampering for mind, body and spirit, offering chair massage, Reiki, acupuncture information and a 20-minute Shibashi class (a tai chi and qigong combination).  Read more

Hospital-to-home class for caregivers

LIBERTY, NY — Caregivers, seniors, and anyone concerned about an aging individual are invited to a free, informative program on Hospital-to-Home Preparation for seniors on Wednesday, February 11 from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd. Refreshments will be provided.  Read more