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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.

Composting & container gardens

PLEASANT MOUNT, PA — On Wednesday, June 25 at 6 p.m. the Pleasant Mount Public Library will host a gardening class with design teacher and Master Gardener instructor Jan-Marie Traynor. Traynor will explain the ABC’s of composting and container gardening. Attendees are asked to bring a pot or container five inches in diameter for a hands-on planting experience. Plants and soil will be provided. A $5 donation is requested. Refreshments and a social time will follow the class.

Quilting for beginners

PLEASANT MOUNT, PA — The Pleasant Mount Quilting Guild is offering a beginners’ class called Quilting 101. Participants will make a simple table runner designed to teach basic quilting techniques. Classes will run three Thursday nights from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Pleasant Mount Public Library, 385 Great Bend Tpk.

The first class, held on June 26, will cover an introduction to quilting, fabric cutting and making a nine patch. The second class will be held July 10 and covers quilting your piece. At the final class on July 17, quilters will learn how to bind their piece.  Read more

4-H Vet Science Series for youth

LIBERTY, NY — All youth 13 years of age and up, with an interest in veterinary science, can engage in the 4-H Youth Development Veterinary Science program series beginning this summer. Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Sullivan County’s 4-H Youth Development program is offering this program on Tuesdays, July 8, July 22 and August 5, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center.  Read more

Boys & Girls Club kids entertain Dharma

LIBERTY, NY — Dharma the Wonder Dog and The River Reporter’s Jonathan Charles Fox visited Liberty Elementary School’s Boys & Girls Club after-school program recently to sign pawtographs and teach the kids about service dogs and proper doggy etiquette. Afterwards, program leader Melissa Antizzo wrote this lovely note, which Dharma has pinned to her bulletin board, right next to her signed photo of Lassie: “Thank you again for today!… The children did understand just how great she is and how smart she is when it comes to alerting you.… The kids were so happy they got your pawtograph.  Read more

First aid can save your pet’s life

One Thursday morning a few weeks ago in Nose Work class, student Pauline Imbro Allen and her 3.5 pound Yorkshire Terrier, Twiggy were doing a container search. In Nose Work classes, the dogs are taught to search out a target odor, in this case, birch, and to alert the handler where the odor is. Twiggy indicated the correct container, and Pauline proceeded to reward Twiggy with a small piece of chicken. Suddenly it became apparent that Twiggy was choking. Within minutes the little dog was limp, unresponsive and her tongue and lips and gums were blue.  Read more

Pets with seizures

Seizures in any creature can be very frightening for bystanders. A seizure is any degree of involuntary muscle and nerve activity. Seizure activity is organized in three categories: generalized, partial and psychomotor seizures. Generalized is the most common type of seizure in animals, where the entire body is typically ridged and can even have episodes of rapid relaxation and rigidity, called tonic clonic motion. A partial seizure is typically isolated to a single portion of the body such as the face; however, these can then progress to generalized seizures.  Read more

Alumni reunion moved to Woodridge

FALLSBURG, NY — The Fallsburg Alumni Association will hold its 10th annual All Alumni Reunion and Buffet Luncheon on Saturday, July 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Woodridge Municipal Hall in Woodridge. The location was changed due to capital projects at the Fallsburg school buildings. Admission to the reunion is a $13 donation for one person or $25 for two, and can be paid at the door. Advance reservations are advised and appreciated. Register at For more information call Eileen Kalter at 845/434-5371 or email

BOCES holds Adult High School Equivalency Graduation Ceremony

MONTICELLO, NY — The Adult & Continuing Education Program at Sullivan County BOCES held its High School Equivalency Graduation Ceremony on Thursday, May 29, at the St John Street Education Center in Monticello. The ceremony was filled with cheers, tears, and smiles as each graduate stood in front of family, friends, and staff members who have supported them through their educational journey. These 15 graduates have overcome many obstacles and roadblocks on their way to reaching this goal.  Read more

Lackawanna College accepting applications for fall 2014

HAWLEY, PA — The Lackawanna College Lake Region Center is now accepting applications for the fall 2014 semester. Prospective students can visit the third floor of the Hawley Silk Mill, or visit to learn about the admissions process.
Registration for current Lackawanna College students is also underway. Students should call 570/226-4625 to schedule an appointment with an advisor.

Fall semester day, evening and online classes begin on Tuesday, September 2. New students are encouraged to begin the enrollment process immediately.

Jeans for Troops Day

MONTICELLO, NY — In honor of Memorial Day, the George L. Cooke Elementary School joined in a national movement called the GI Go Fund: Where Veterans Move Forward. They teamed up with over 500,000 participants across the United States to show appreciation and support for troops past and present. The Cooke School Spirit Committee, co-chaired by art teacher Amy Garrett and music teacher Dawn Clayton, contacted Sgt. Joe Pace and the project that began in April grew to great proportions.  Read more

Wallenpaupack student named as Pennsylvania SADD Student of the Year

HAWLEY, PA — Gianni Iona, a student at Wallenpaupack Area High School, was named the 2014-2015 Pennsylvannia Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Student of the Year. Pennsylvania SADD is a statewide school-based, peer-to-peer prevention, education and activism organization. Chosen from a statewide pool of highly qualified applicants, he will begin his term on June 30.  Read more

Tanya Duryea named director of pupil personnel services

MONTICELLO, NY — Tanya Duryea has been appointed director of pupil personnel services for the Monticello Central School District. She will supervise the operation of the district’s student services including special education teachers, teaching assistant and teacher aides, as well as school counselors, psychologists, speech/language, OT/PT, health services and social workers. Duryea has been working in the education field since 1997.  Read more

Career & Tech students inducted into National Honor Society

LIBERTY, NY — The Board of Cooperative Educational Services announced that 32 Career and Technical Education students were inducted into the National Vocational Technical Honor Society.
The honor society only inducts a select group of individuals into its society each year. Part of the induction process is to go through an extensive referral and interview process in order to be considered for this honor. This year 10% of Career and Tech population made it into this distinct group.  Read more

Monticello High School moves graduation to Bethel Woods

MONTICELLO, NY — A later-than-usual end to the 2013-14 school year has caused Monticello High School Commencement Exercises to be moved to Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on June 29 at 1 p.m. The ceremony is traditionally held at the Sullivan County Community College Paul Gerry Fieldhouse.

“It is unfortunate that we cannot hold graduation at the college this year, but we look forward to working with them again and continuing our successful partnership,” said District Superintendent Daniel A. Teplesky. “We are grateful to Bethel Woods for being so accommodating in our time of need.”  Read more

Honesdale students learn about gardening

HONESDALE, PA — Ninth through 12th grade students in Gretchen Wydeen’s Foods & Fitness class at Honesdale High School planted a garden this spring, which they share with Gene Biscontini’s science class. The seeds, which were paid for by Penn State’s Wayne County Master Gardeners, were started indoors in baby food jars. The students planted strawberries, corn, sweet peppers, tomatoes and several herbs.  Read more

Gold medal winners at Special Olympics

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — The New Hope Community basketball team brought home a gold medal after an undefeated run during the New York State Games Special Olympics held last weekend at SUNY Buffalo. The team, seen here at a pep rally before it boarded the bus for Buffalo, is coached by Kiera Browne, New Hope Community’s coordinator of athletics. Congratulations to all.

DV student awarded Park Scholar Distinction

MILFORD, PA — Jeremy Block, a student at Delaware Valley High School (DVHS) has been recognized as a distinguished Park Scholar by the Ithaca College Roy H. Park School of Communications for the incoming freshman class of 2018.  Read more