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Sullivan County volunteer firefighters install new officers

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY —Former Narrowsburg Fire Chief Craig Burkle stepped down as president of the Sullivan County Volunteer Firefighters Association (SCVFA) on Friday, June 13, and Peter Maltese (Kauneonga Lake, assistant chief) was installed as the new president along with other 2014 officers: Ralph Hornbeck, first vice president (Neversink); William Clark, second vice president (White Sulphur Springs); Michael Hoyt, third vice president (Rock Hill); Joe Mellan, treasurer (Highland Lake); Chet Smith, recording secretary (Rock Hill); Jillian Smith, financial secretary (Kauneonga Lake); Bill Lat  Read more

Third-grade imaginations show creativity

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MONTICELLO, NY — Diane Hartman’s third grade class, from Monticello’s G.L. Cooke Elementary School has been reading “Peter Pan” and other stories involving the imagination. They recently read the book “Not-A-Box” by Antoinette Portis. This book is about a little boy that takes a cardboard box and imagines it to be something different. So each student took a plain, cardboard box and used their imagination to make it something different. The students really enjoyed using their imagination to make their own cardboard creation.

All aboard for Cub Scouts

SHOHOLA, PA — The Cub Scouts from the Milford Pack 71 celebrated their Step Up ceremony on June 7 at Rohman Park in Shohola. Step Up is the time when each of the scouts in the pack moves up to the next rank for the coming year. The Pack, parents and families are very proud of their scouts. Boys in Kindergarten to fifth grade interested in joining Cub Scouts can call 570/296-6315 or email for more information on Pack 71.

Winner announced for Delaware Highlands Conservancy/Yeaman Scholarship

Hawley, PA and Bethel, NY — On June 13, the Delaware Highlands Conservancy awarded its annual Delaware Highlands Conservancy/Yeaman Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to Kristen DeVilliers, a 2014 graduate of Delaware Valley High School. The scholarship has been awarded annually since 2004 to a student planning to pursue a field in environmental studies in college.  Read more

New brew system at Roscoe NY Beer Co.

ROSCOE, NY — More beer will be flowing out of Roscoe this summer. In addition to its flagship beer, Trout Town™ American Amber Ale, Roscoe NY Beer Co. will begin distributing new styles of beer throughout the area. The installation of the new brewing system in early May has allowed for production of new brews on a larger scale. Kegs of the new beer will be sold to local bars and restaurants, and customers will be able to purchase growler fills at the company’s Rockland Road retail store. Michigan-based Psycho Brew, LLC is manufacturing and installing the new five-barrel system.  Read more

Rolling V Bus Corp. donates fly fishing equipment to local school district

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — Rolling V Bus Corp., a passenger transportation company based in the Catskills region, recently donated fly-fishing equipment to the Livingston Manor School District to help teach children about this Sullivan County pastime.
“Fly fishing remains a great part of the history of recreation in Sullivan County and particularly in Livingston Manor and Roscoe. We want to make sure it becomes an important part of our future,” said Rolling V President Phil Vallone.  Read more

Health system introduces new leadership

MIDDLETOWN, NY — The Greater Hudson Valley Health System (GHVHS), comprised of Catskill Regional Medical Center and Orange Regional Medical Center, recently added three people to its leadership.
Janet Connery has joined the GHVHS Human Resources Leadership Team as director of Labor and Employee Relations. Eugene Heppes joined GHVHS as director of Infrastructure and Corporate Information Security Officer. Kathleen Thornton joined GHVHS as director of Applications, Clinical Focus.  Read more

Local business supports children to attend camp

CLARYVILLE, NY — In 2013, Frost Valley YMCA unveiled a new sponsorship program, which allowed local businesses to support families and help send children to the camp. This year, Frost Valley continues this program with a premiere sponsorship from the Blue Hill Lodge & Café, which gave $5,000 to support local families.  Read more

Honesdale’s fireworks celebration seeks donations

HONESDLAE, PA — Honesdale’s 2014 fireworks celebration will take place on Thursday evening, July 3, with a rain date of Sunday, July 6. Once again, the Greater Honesdale Partnership (GHP) plans on providing a display of fireworks.

The cost of providing this show has increased over the years and is quite costly. The GHP is seeking donations. Every contribution helps and all are greatly appreciated. No contribution is too small. “Major Sponsors” ($500 or more) will be acknowledged in the GHP advertising about this event if donations are received by June 18.  Read more

Fundraiser to benefit Sullivan County organizations

GLEN WILD, NY — Catskill Promotions will hold a jewelry auction to help raise funds for two organizations in Sullivan County, the Federation for the Homeless and United Way of Sullivan County.
This joint fundraiser will be held at BHR (Bernie’s) in Rock Hill on Thursday, June 26. BHR is a co-sponsor of the event.  Read more

GHP seeks vendors, antique dealers, artists and artisans

HONESDALE, PA — The Greater Honesdale Partnership (GHP) is looking for people who want to have an exciting weekend in July. Are you a talented craft vendor, antique dealer, artist/artisan, or unique food vendor? The GHP invites you to participate in its upcoming Honesdale Goes Hollywood 54th Sidewalk Sales. The theme is Hollywood and the event, which is sponsored by The Dime Bank, will be held on Honesdale’s Main Street on Friday, July 18, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, July 19, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Read more

SUNY Sullivan Foundation announces golf tournament

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — Grossinger’s Country Club in Liberty will be the site of the SUNY Sullivan Foundation’s “Start of Something Great” 15th annual golf tournament, Tuesday, June 24. The annual event will raise money to support the foundation’s student scholarship program.

Registration and lunch are at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. This year’s golf tournament sponsor is Jeff Bank. Co-chairing the event are longtime friends and supporters of the college, Robert Ernst and Jared Kaufman.  Read more

ORMC offers lung cancer support group

MIDDLETOWN, NY — Orange Regional Medical Center will begin offering a lung cancer support group on June 26. The group will meet the fourth Thursday of each month from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Orange Regional Medical Center’s Outpatient Conference Room, 707 East Main St.  Read more

Scholarships for college-bound Renaissance volunteers

LIBERTY, NY — Volunteers who help with 2014 Sullivan Renaissance projects are eligible to apply for two different college scholarships. Applications for both programs, full details and requirements are available at  Read more

Wayne County Fair entry forms available online

HONESDALE, PA — The 2014 Wayne County Fair has published its updated Premium Book, and it is available at on the homepage under “additional news.” Anyone planning to exhibit, show, or enter a major contest at the fair must pre-register and pay the listed entry fees. The many departments in which one can enter exhibits, plus rules, instructions and basic information are in PDF formats and can be downloaded and printed out from the fair’s website. All entry and registration forms must be postmarked by the given deadline listed for each department.  Read more

Lake Huntington News

I was sitting in Angelina’s on the Hill when Evan Padua came in—a guy I knew as a kid. I worked with his mother, Jill. Evan was trying to talk me into going fishing with him on his tour boat on the Delaware River. Ha ha! Just try to picture that—me getting my big butt into a fishing boat, not to mention putting a worm on a hook. Evan assured me that I would do fine in his boat and he would take care of the bait. An afternoon fishing on the Delaware does sound nice. Email and let me know if you go out fishing.  Read more

Did You Know?

This is a picture of a station wagon of the 1950s/1960s with its sporty wooden panels. As you can see, this belonged to Peggy Runway Lodge, located on Route 652 a short distance past the PA boat access. The Lodge was burned down in 1979 and a private dwelling now occupies the space. Many guests were picked up in this wagon at the Narrowsburg Erie Railroad Station and brought to the Lodge for their vacation. From the Ruth & J. Frank Behling collection.  Read more

Sullivan realtors lobby in Albany

ALBANY, NY — Realtors from the Sullivan County Board of Realtors (SCBR) recently traveled to the state capitol for an event called Lobby Day to meet with Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther and Jessica Cherry, legal counsel from Sen. John Bonacic’s office. They discussed ways of keeping the dream of home ownership alive. Topics addressed included keeping closing costs down for homeowners, ensuring that FHA loans are affordable for buyers and the installation of fire sprinklers in new home construction. They also discussed the matter of proposed casinos in Sullivan County.  Read more

Pike family needs help after father killed in accident

PIKE COUNTY, PA — There’s a time-honored tradition among country people that when a neighbor needs help, the community rallies around. This week in Pike County, a community effort has been launched to help the family of Tom Biasi, who died in a car accident on Wednesday, May 28, when an oncoming vehicle swerved into his lane hitting him head-on. Tom had diabetes and so was denied life insurance. His wife, Melissa, and three daughters Savannah (11), Morganne (6), and Tabitha (8), need help to cover funeral costs, burial costs and to establish a fund for the girls.  Read more

Dog obedience classes begin

SHOHOLA, PA — A new session of classes will begin with orientation on Monday, July 7 at 7 p.m. at the Tri-State Dog Obedience Club (TSDOC) facility at Shohola Business Center. The club offers a wide variety of classes held days and evenings Monday to Friday. Registration prior to orientation is recommended. For a schedule of classes and an application form visit or call 570/296-5594 and leave a message with your address.