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Women’s Circle celebrates Tu B’shevat

MONTICELLO, NY — The Chabad of Monticello Jewish Women’s Circle recently celebrated Tu B’shevat, which is the Jewish New Year of Fruit Trees. Chany Zajac, wife of Chabad Rabbi Simcha Zajac, spoke about the meaning and customs of the holiday. The women enjoyed making, and proudly displaying, beautiful “fruit flowers” made out of a variety of fruits placed on wooden skewers. They sang songs about the holiday accompanied by Lori Schneider on the guitar. For information about future events of the Chabad of Monticello, call 845/397-2404 or visit

Western Sullivan Public Library computer center programs for February

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — The Western Sullivan Public Library’s Public Computer Center (PCC) is running several events through January and February.  Read more

Five reasons to love chocolate

A friend of mine once told me, “Don’t trust anyone who doesn’t like chocolate.” Well, I wouldn’t take it that far, but I certainly feel an affinity with fellow chocolate lovers. And so here are just a few reasons to love chocolate.  Read more

Fermentation preservation

Most food cultures have a traditional way of preserving food that involves fermentation. Salting cabbage and letting it sit, submerged in its own juices in a cool, dark place, makes sauerkraut. Not only does fermentation preserve the sauerkraut, but the process also produces beneficial organisms that help with digestion and increase some vitamins. Specific yeasts added to grape juice convert its sugar and turn the drink to wine. Yogurt is the most popular fermented milk product in the world. Sourdough bread is made by fermenting dough, using naturally occurring yeasts and lactobacilli (lactic acid bacteria). Kombucha is a sweetened tea, fermented with a symbiotic community of bacteria and yeasts. These are just a few examples.  Read more

Consumers to meet local food producers at CSA Fair

LIBERTY, NY — Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Sullivan County will bring local food producers and consumers together for a Community Supported Agricultural (CSA) Fair on Sunday, February 16 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. This free event is open to the public for those who wish to source locally produced food and value-added products. It will be held at the Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd.  Read more

Artist returns to library to teach drawing workshop for teens

MONTICELLO, NY — The Friends of the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library will sponsor artist Danielle Barbour for a two-session storyboarding workshop on two Saturdays, February 1 and 8, with a snow date of Saturday, February 15. The workshop will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day.  Read more

Visions for a sustainable future: a climate change symposium

ELDRED, NY — Sullivan Alliance for Sustainable Development (SASD) is partnering with North American Cultural Laboratory (NACL) in Highland Lake, NY and with the Town of Highland on “The Weather Project,” a two-year exploration of all things relating to the weather: how it affects us and how we affect it.  Read more

Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program webinar training & luncheon

LIBERTY, NY — Farmers and farm market managers can attend a free webinar on how receive certification to accept WIC and Senior Citizens’ Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) checks at authorized farmers’ markets. This event, mandatory for farmers who want to accept these checks, will be offered on Tuesday, February 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center.  Read more

Sullivan West High School alumni give advice

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — On Wednesday, January 8, 18 alumni from the Sullivan West class of 2012 volunteered to meet with current high school juniors and seniors to discuss their post-high school experiences. Alumni not pictured are James Finn (SCCC), Kyle Flynn (Brockport, ROTC); E.J. Franskevicz (Western New England); Megan Haberli (Albany, Navy Reserves); Sarah Hubert (Alfred State); Kayla Moffett (Roscoe Nursing Home); Todd Roeder (Union); Sabryna Sanchez (Binghamton University); and Jeffrey Yeung (Purchase).  Read more

Sullivan County Chamber seeks Pride Awards nominations

MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce is once again honoring individuals as the “Pride” of their community. The 23rd annual Pride Awards Gala on Sunday, May 4 at the Villa Roma Resort will honor 19 individuals throughout Sullivan County for their community involvement and their contributions to the economic development in the county.  Read more

College internships available at Grey Towers

MILFORD, PA — Applications are currently being accepted for a number of different internships at Grey Towers National Historic Site. College students who are interested in natural resource conservation, history, art, gardening, landscape architecture, forestry, museum services and recreational or visitor services, such as tour guides, are encouraged to apply.  Read more

Students make bookmarks for residents at Achieve

LIBERTY, NY — Antonio Rodriguez, five years old, gives a bookmark to Roberta Grundt, president of the Resident Council at Achieve Rehab and Nursing Facility in Liberty. Rodriguez attends St. Peters Regional School in Liberty, and he and his classmates helped to color bookmarks for the residents at Achieve. Rodriguez said wants to be a doctor when he grows up.

‘The After Christmas Tree’

MILFORD, PA — After reading “The After Christmas Tree,” by Linda Tyler, the children of The Ann Street School decided to decorate an old Christmas tree with treats for the birds and wild animals so they will have enough food for the long winter ahead. The children made birdseed ornaments and Cheerios garlands. When they were finished, the old tree didn’t look so sad anymore. The Ann Street School is a non-profit, private, academic preschool providing pre-Kindergarten and preschool programs to the community for over 25 years.

Narrowsburg news

There are many people working for our town, some paid employees and some volunteers. Of note this time of year is the outstanding job our highway department is doing to keep our roads clear in the inclement weather. The highway department budget is the single largest line item for the town, yet Highway Superintendent Glenn Swenson watches our funds as if they were his own. Expenses are great and unpredictable since we are always at the mercy of Mother Nature—snow, ice, floods, winds, etc.  Read more

Did You Know?

Here is a picture of the Big Eddy, jammed with huge chunks of ice, circa 1919. My father is standing in the middle of the eddy, waist deep in the ice. The old bridge can be seen in the background, showing some of the buildings that were later removed to make room for the new bridge built in 1953. I remember a few January thaws in the 1940’s when the ice would go out. But then it would freeze up solid and not go out again until spring. From the Ruth & J. Frank Behling collection.

Paty named Chamber President/CEO

MONTICELLO, NY — Cathy Paty has been named the new president/CEO of the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce.  Read more

Conservancy accepting scholarship applications

REGION — The Delaware Highlands Conservancy is currently accepting applications from eligible high school seniors for the “Delaware Highlands Conservancy/Yeaman Scholarship” in the amount of $1,000. The scholarship has been awarded annually since 2004 to a student planning to pursue a field in environmental studies in college.  Read more

8th annual Blood Bowl

MONTICELLO, NY — On Thursday, January 23, Thunder 102 will partner with the American Red Cross to host the eigth annual Thunder 102 Blood Bowl blood drive from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Monticello Casino and Raceway.  Read more

Dime Bank donates $27,500 to the Wayne County Community Foundation

REGION — The Dime Bank contributed $27,500 to the Wayne County Community Foundation by way of the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program. Through the Wayne County Community Foundation, the EITC Program provides significant funding for enhanced academic programs for the three Wayne County School Districts. The program, which is administered by the PA Department of Economic and Community Development, provides a tax rebate program for participating businesses. The rebate can be used to promote academic opportunities for participating public school districts.  Read more

Koberlein Environmental acquires Sheeley’s Septic

HONESDALE, PA — Koberlein Environmental Services, a full-service environmental services company operating in Northeast Pennsylvania since 1960, has had a growing business base in Sullivan, Orange and Ulster counties, New York. Convinced that the companies share common values, as well as longterm success in meeting the needs of their customers, the owners of Sheeley’s Septic and Koberlein decided to combine the assets and resources of the two companies effective January 10, 2014.  Read more