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Stormwater management training

LIBERTY, NY — The Sullivan County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold a training seminar for Stormwater Erosion & Sedement Control Management. This seminar is directed toward contractors and developers who will be disturbing one acre of soil or more. It will be held on March 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Building at 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd. The cost of attending the training is $50 per person and pre-registration is recommended as space is limited. Photo ID is required.  Read more

Transition Honesdale to present winter film series

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — Transition Honesdale will host a winter film series in February, March and April, with screenings in Honesdale and Beach Lake. This year’s theme will be food, focusing on how to make a diet of local foods, how to raise a lot of food in a small space, and how to address the staggering issue of hunger in the United States.  Read more

Physical inactivity and the brain

[Editor’s note: This is a rewrite of a couple of articles about the potential costs to our health from physical inactivity.]

In the summer of 2012, the British medical journal, Lancet, published a study that indicated the lack of physical activity is as deadly as smoking. The study also indicated that as many as one third of adults don’t get enough physical activity, a problem now so bad it should be treated as a global health crisis, according to the researchers.  Read more

Orange Regional Children’s Emergency Department celebrates opening

MIDDLETOWN, NY — On Monday, January 20, Orange Regional Medical Center held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate the opening of its Children’s Emergency Department. Hospital staff, board members, physicians and community members were in attendance as Scott Batulis, Orange Regional’s President and CEO, spoke about the need for a separate treatment area set apart from the adult patients currently seen in the hospital’s main emergency department. The department opened its doors on Wednesday, January 22, and is now officially open to the community.  Read more

February is Children’s Dental Health Month

HURLEYVILLE, NY — PRASAD Children’s Dental Health Program (CDHP) will celebrate February as National Children’s Dental Health Month by raising awareness of the importance of oral health.  Read more

Free community health seminar

ROCK HILL, NY — Crystal Run Healthcare will present a community health seminar titled “Getting Tomorrow’s Healthcare Today” at its Rock Hill office, 61 Emerald Place, on Thursday, February 13. The seminar will outline how to get better health, while saving time and money. It is free and open to the public.  Read more

Birth Announcements

Wayne Memorial Hospital announces the following births:

December 4, 2013 — Bailey Noel Glielmi was born to Stacie Blaut-Glielmi and Nicholas Glielmi of Pine Bush, NY. Maternal grandparents are Clarence and Elaine Blaut Jr. of Barryville, NY. Paternal grandparents are Paul and Nancy Glielmi of Bullville, NY.
December 11, 2013 — Eden Joy Derrick was born to Emily and John Derrick of Honesdale, PA. Maternal grandparents are Jack Rumain and Kerry and Bruce Thompson of Honesdale, PA. Paternal grandparents are Bob and Trudy Derrick of Beach Lake, PA.  Read more

Crystal Run Healthcare opens new medical office and urgent care in Newburgh

NEWBURGH, NY — Crystal Run Healthcare recently opened its newest multi-specialty medical office and Urgent Care to serve the Newburgh area, located at 59 Route 32, Suite 100, in New Windsor (Devitt’s Medical Center).  Read more

Health effects of a sedentary lifestyle

During this time of year, many of us struggle with controlling our weight because we’re not able to be as active due to winter weather. Our well intentioned New Year’s resolutions about dieting, renewing our gym membership and eating better have faded in our memory, and there are the standard jokes about becoming a “coach potato.” What are often not discussed are the significant health problems that can develop from living a sedentary lifestyle—at work and at home.  Read more

Pike County 200th anniversary commemorative rifles offered

MILFORD, PA — Rocky Mountain Firearms, in conjunction with the Pike County Historical Society, is releasing a special edition rifle to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Pike County, Pennsylvania. These collectable firearms and family heirlooms will be built on collector-grade Henry .22 caliber rifles. There will be 25 Blued Henry rifles and 25 Henry Golden Boy rifles available, and all will be individually numbered.  Read more

Celebrate World Day of Social Justice at Fauchere

MILFORD, PA — On Thursday, February 20, the Hotel Fauchere, in cooperation with the Columns Museum, will offer a special dinner and program in honor of World Day of Social Justice, as declared by the United Nations in 2007. Following a dinner inspired by cuisine from various countries, Tamara Singer will show a presentation on indigenous tribes. Singer is an explorer and photographer who lived among the tribes of Irian Jaya, Myanmar, Ethiopia and others.  Read more

Boys and Girls Club hosts Giving Tree party

NEW YORK, NY — The Town of Wallkill Boys and Girls Club’s (BGC) 2013 “Giving Tree” gift drive was held recently in New York City. Hundreds of volunteers donated, collected, wrapped and distributed gifts to more than 500 children in five counties during the holiday season.  Read more

Become a Bethel Woods volunteer

BETHEL, NY — On Saturday, February 22 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Event Gallery, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts will be hosting a volunteer open house to offer an inside look at the volunteer operations of the not-for-profit cultural organization. The afternoon, part of an overall new volunteer recruitment initiative, will include museum tours, presentations, and the opportunity to talk with current volunteers and staff members about the many different opportunities available.  Read more

Learn how to make maple syrup in your own backyard

PORT JERIVS, NY — The Hub at The Port Jervis Free Library will present a program for beginners who want to experiment with producing maple syrup from the trees in their own yard on Saturday, February 8 at 10 a.m. The program will be presented by environmental educator and teacher in the Port Jervis School District, Scott Reichert.  Read more

4-H holds International Night

LIBERTY, NY — The public is invited to an evening of culture-inspired youth displays and performances representing diverse profiles from around the world. The 4-H Youth Development program of Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County will be celebrating its 26th annual International Night on Friday, February 7 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. This free program will be held at the Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center.  Read more

Unitarians present: Transitions

BEACH LAKE, PA — On Sunday, February 9 at 10:15 a.m. Beverly Sterner will share the joyful experience she had with her mother throughout the stages of Alzheimer’s disease and in her final days before passing. Her story, “Conversations with Momma,” was first printed in The River Reporter in January of 1988. The presentation will be held at the Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at the Berlin Township Community Center. Refreshments and a social time will follow the program.

Agri-business tax workshop

LIBERTY, NY — Agricultural businesses are subject to a variety of ag-specific tax laws, deductions, and special requirements. An Agri-business Tax Workshop will be offered on Wednesday, February 12 by Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Sullivan County. The event will take place from 3 to 5:30 p.m. at the Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center.  Read more

Explore a career in nursing

LIBERTY, NY — On Thursday, February 6 and Wednesday, March 5, the Sullivan County BOCES Career and Technical Education Center will host two information sessions on the BOCES LPN (Licensed Practical Nursing) program. Potential students can choose to attend either date from 1 to 2 p.m. or 6 to 7 p.m. in the Eugene D. Nesin Theatre/Auditorium at the St. John Street Education Center. In the event of inclement weather, snow dates are scheduled for February 13 and March 12.  Read more

Webinar for caregivers on senior nutrition

LIBERTY, NY — A free webinar focusing on steps caregivers can take to help older adults to develop better nutrition and eating habits will be offered on Wednesday, February 12. This opportunity, hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County’s Caregiver Resource Center, will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center. Coffee will be served.  Read more

First SEEDS forums of 2014 to discuss heating your home

HONESDALE, PA — SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education & Development Support) will present its first forum of 2014 on Tuesday, February 18. The topic will be “Heating Your Home Efficiently.” A second forum, called “Heating Your Water Efficiently,” will be on Tuesday, March 18, discussing the many options for creating domestic hot water. Both will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Park Street Complex, 648 Park St. All are welcome to attend.  Read more