Depression and anxiety are emotional states that may occur together or at different times. They can be short and transitory, or extend for years and block progress. Often, depression relates to self-esteem and motivation, while anxiety relates to feelings of fear, dread, or general nervousness. Either condition can cause a person to feel stuck, hopeless, isolated, or unable to move forward. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — Petitions are available for the September 24 election of trustees at the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library. Four board seats are up for election:
Three seats for a three-year term (January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2019)
One seat for a one-year term (January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016)
Incumbents Steven Sharoff (three-year), Constance Keller (three-year) and Marvin Rappaport (one-year) are all seeking re-election.
Incumbent Terry Epstein (three-year) has indicated that she will not be seeking re-election. Read more
PORT JERVIS, NY — Saturday, August 15 is International Homeless Animal Day. On Saturday, August 8 The Hub, the public computer center at The Port Jervis Free Library, will host representatives of the Humane Society of Port Jervis/Deerpark from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon, who will share information with everyone considering adopting a homeless animal or volunteering to care for them. Read more
I drove in that nasty storm, thunder, lighting, flooding on Thursday to go visit Fr. Bill. As soon as I got inside the rain started to stop. Fr. Bill is going to therapy, getting stronger and holding his own. As we are sitting in his room he opened his drawer and showed me all the return addresses from the cards he got from all of you. He sends his love and thanks you for all the prayers and cards. As I left fathers it started raining again, took me two hours to get to Queens to be with my sister for her 62nd birthday. Read more
Over 2,000 people enjoyed themselves while browsing more than 70 craftsmen that filled Main Street last Saturday at Riverfest in hopes to find that special treasure. Riverfest has several unique qualities that have continued through the years. Vendors are chosen based on their original crafts, no manufactured products are permitted. A dog parade opens Riverfest and live musical entertainment fills the day. We also can’t forget the popular poster auction that happens only once a year at Riverfest. Read more
This harness race, with Ferris wheel in the background, was photographed at the Wayne County Fair for The River Reporter by Rob Holmstrup in August of 1993. According to the accompanying article, that year was the 100th anniversary of the presence of the ferris wheel at the fair. This year’s fair starts on Friday, August 7. See page 17. There’s still harness racing, and a Ferris wheel, along with other rides. Read more
HASBROUCK, NY — A new series of summer “Talks at The House,” set for every Wednesday evening in August at The Old Stone House of Hasbrouck, presents local area experts in fields such as raising chickens at home, classic photography and the joys of poetry. The discussions begin with a 7 p.m. presentation by a prominent community figure having expertise in each subject, followed by a Q-and-A session concluding around 9 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Read more
BEACH LAKE, PA — Tom Shutkin and Gloria Tabares will present the history and beliefs of Scientology, one of the most controversial new religious movements of the 20th century, on Sunday, August 9 at the Berlin Township Community Center. Their talk will be the basis for a more general conversation on how people see differences between a religion and a cult. A social time and refreshments will follow the program. For directions visit www.uduuf.org/directions.
Jean Dittmar recognized as a dedicated caregiver
LIBERTY, NY — Jean Dittmar of Liberty was recently surprised by her friends with a party and picnic, recognizing the years of dedicated and unconditional caregiving that she has provided for her husband Tom. Upon the recommendation of her friends and neighbors, two members from the Caring for Caregivers Committee also attended the occasion to honor Jean for her tireless efforts. Read more
BETHEL, NY — The Yasgur Road Reunion will welcome Strangers Helping Strangers (SHS), a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to run a food drive to help communities hosting music festivals, at the August 14 to 16 Woodstock Reunion at Yasgur’s Farm on Yasgur Road. The Sullivan County Federation for the Homeless will partner with SHS to distribute food collected at the reunion to those in need in Sullivan County. Read more
HAWLEY, PA — The 29th Pike-Wayne License Beverage Association Scholarship Golf Tournament has been set for Wednesday, August 19, at Cricket Hill Golf Club. The cost for the captain and crew tournament is $50 per person, which includes cart and green fees. Following the tournament, a buffet will be held at the Pines Tavern and prizes will be awarded. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — The next meeting of the Sullivan County Philatelic Society will be held on August 8, in the Ted Stroebele Recreation Center, 2 Jefferson St., at 1 p.m. A special DVD program will be featured, and the club will start getting ready for its upcoming stamp show on October 3.
There will be door prizes, give-aways and refreshments. The society is also looking for members to exhibit some of their collections. Anyone who wants to exhibit (besides members) should call 845/794-2586.
SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Anyone who provides informal care to an elderly family member or friend, enabling them to remain safely at home, can join other caregivers at three free monthly support groups offered in different areas of Sullivan County by Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC). All meetings offer educational materials and open discussion for informal caregivers to share concerns, thoughts and tips on caregiving.
In Callicoon, the Share the Caring group meets the first Wednesday of the month, 10 a.m. at Lander’s River Café. Read more
MILANVILLE, PA — The Wayne/Pike Farm Bureau will sponsor a Legislative Day/County Picnic at Wayne County Commissioner Brian Smith’s farm on Thursday, August 6 at 10:30 a.m. Commissioner Smith will provide a tour of his new facility, built after his barn fire in 2014.
Local legislative representatives will be on hand to answer questions about pending legislation and address the concerns of those in attendance. After lunch, Emily Montgomery will offer a tour of Calkins Creamery, where she will talk about her adventures in cheese-making. Read more
JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — The Jeffersonville Lions Club will host its annual charity horse show at Bridle Hill Farm on Saturday, August 1. Classes for all levels of horse and rider are on the schedule and numerous hunt-seat and western division championships are offered. All-day fees are offered for 4H and New York State Horse Council members with pre-registration. The show is pointed by the Tri Valley Horsemen’s Association, and Marshall and Sterling League classes are also on the prize list. The farm is on Hemmer Road outside Jeffersonville, and spectators are welcome. Read more
SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Poll workers are needed throughout Sullivan County to help conduct 2015 elections. If you are interested in working at the polls on Primary Day, Thursday, September 10 and/or Election Day, Tuesday, November 3, you must complete a 2.5-hour training session (for which you will be paid $25) and pass a certification exam. The board of elections will be conducting poll worker training classes on Tuesday, August 11; Wednesday, August 12; and Thursday, August 13. Classes are offered each morning from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon or from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Read more
BEACH LAKE, PA — Visiting minister Mary Tiebout will deliver a talk entitled “The Titan Brothers: Prometheus and Epimetheus” at the next meeting of the Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 10:15 am. on Sunday, August 2 at the Berlin Township Community Center. Stories from Greece and the Caucasus about thought, the creative and sometimes rebellious spirit, curiosity, and hope connect to questions about scientific exploration and respect for nature’s secrets. A social time and refreshments will follow the talk. For directions visit www.uduuf.org/directions.
HAWLEY, PA — Bob Beierle, editor of “Our Town” magazine, will be the guest speaker at the meeting of the Patriot Connectors on Thursday, August 13 in the Wallenpaupack High School auditorium, at 2552 U.S. Route 6. The group has a social hour at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting at 7 p.m. Read more
COCHECTON, NY — The Cochecton Preservation Society will meet on Tuesday, August 4, at 7:30 p.m. at the Erie Train Station on Route 97. There will be fun local history stories and refreshments, all free. Art Hassis will talk about Tom Quick. Andy White may come to read more of his dad’s, Bob White’s, letters. For more information call 845/932-8104.