WAYNE COUNTY, PA — Log rolling, a brand new event, will be added this year to the 31st Woodsmen’s Competition on Saturday, August 2 at 2 p.m. during the Wayne County Fair. Chainsaw tree felling, axe throwing, two-person crosscut, Jack and Jill crosscut, skill tree felling, and five classes of chain sawing, including one class for ladies only, will be featured. Competitors from Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and beyond can win trophies and prize money for finishing in first, second or third places. The registration deadline is Friday, July 18. Read more
JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — The Jeffersonville Lions Club will host its annual charity horse show at Bridle Hill Farm on Saturday, July 26. Classes for all levels of horse and rider are on the schedule, and new for this year are classes for standardbred horses. English, hunter and Western divisions are on the prize list.
All-day fees are offered for 4H and New York State Horse Council members. The farm is on Hemmer Road outside of Jeffersonville and spectators are welcome. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — The saying “History repeats itself” is one that is becoming all too familiar as the Wayne County Historical Society finds itself once again in the position of conducting a search for an executive director. The position is open for the second time in less than a year for the same reason. The current director will be leaving the area to accompany a spouse on a career opportunity. Read more
JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — This summer two book sales will be held to benefit the Western Sullivan Public Library (WSPL), the annual Firehouse Book Sale and the Callicoon Street Fair Book Sale. The Street Fair Book Sale will be held on Saturday, July 26 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the parking lot behind the library in Callicoon. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — Career educator Tony Nappo will speak on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s most recent book, “The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism,” at the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library Tuesday, July 22 at 7 p.m.
Goodwin has written numerous books including “The Fitzgeralds & the Kennedys” and “Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream.” She has received numerous awards including the Pulitzer Prize in history, the Harold Washington Literary Award, the Ambassador Book Award, the Lincoln Prize and the Book Prize for American History. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County commissioners at their meeting on Thursday, July 10 appointed Peter W. Becker as the Wayne County Historian, a position made vacant with the passing of Richard Eldred earlier this year. Becker was named to the post on the recommendation of the Wayne County Historical Society (WCHS) by a resolution of the WCHS Board of Directors. Read more
This is a picture of Carl and “Toots” Wieland with their daughter getting a close look at the steam engine, circa 1950, at the Narrowsburg Erie Railroad Station. Carl was a plumber here in the area, and Toots was the telephone operator before the dial system was introduced to the town. Toots was the one we called to find out where the fire was, because the operator knew who called it in. This photo is from the Ruth & Frank Behling collection. Read more
LIBERTY, NY — The Liberty Central High School Class of 1964 will celebrate its 50th class reunion on October 24 to 26. Three days of sharing time together and visiting interesting locations will be included as part of the weekend agenda. Classmates are asked to call Ellen Noecker at 845/292-5410.
ALBANY, NY — Two local students completed degree requirements at the 170th annual University at Albany Spring Commencement ceremonies May 16-18. Approximately 2,116 students participated in the undergraduate commencement ceremony May 18 on the Entry Plaza lawn at the main campus. Another 999 students received master’s degrees, doctoral degrees and graduate certificates at the graduate commencement ceremony May 17 at the SEFCU Arena, also on UAlbany’s main campus. Read more
I had a great few days away with my husband for his birthday. We spent it in Old Saybrook, CT. What a fabulous place. We went on a steam engine train ride up the Connecticut River and then took a steamboat back down the river. The next day we went on a two-hour brunch jazz cruise. What a fun time and good food. If you like trains and boats, this is the place to go. However, on the way home, I made a big mistake, which I will never do again; I went into the Wal-Mart in Monticello to get milk and soda. OMG, the place was a zoo. Next time if the parking lot is packed, I will keep going. Read more
HASBROUCK, NY — This month begins the season of ballet classes for kids at the Old Stone House of Hasbrouck. Ballet classes start Saturday, July 19 and are from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., and continue on the five subsequent Saturdays. A second class series is tentatively scheduled for Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m., when both kids and adults can study ballet together. Students work at their own pace and follow classic ballet discipline including floor exercises, barre and center-work, and across-floor practice. Read more
HAWLEY, PA — It was recently announced (and will be in the magazine’s August issue) that The Lodge at Woodloch is third in the destination spa category in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards, selected by readers choice. This is the fourth year in a row The Lodge has made the list. Read more
The severe thunderstorms of last week and the numerous fireworks displays over this past holiday weekend provided a terrifying scenario for many dogs. With summer in full swing, we can expect more T-storms in our future and I’m sure in some areas more fireworks displays or neighborhood firecrackers going off. If fear of loud noises affects your dog, there are some things you can try to help calm and soothe your dog. Read more
After the winter we just lived through, many of us have welcomed the warm weather with open arms. However, while humans have the ability to escape the heat and find ways to stay cool, it is important to keep our animals in mind, too. One of the most concerning situations is traveling with your pet. In a matter of just a few minutes the interior temperature of your car can exceed 150ºF, creating extremely dangerous conditions for your dog or cat. While you may think leaving the window open a small amount, or even all the way open may help dodge the heat, this is not be the case. Read more
FERNDALE, NY — Sixteen Sullivan Renaissance interns have begun work in communities throughout Sullivan County to assist with the care of gardens and other public projects. From small planter boxes and established gardens to park enhancements and Main Street revitalization, these young people are working alongside community volunteers to make a difference in their communities.
The 2014 Sullivan Renaissance interns are:
• Hannah Bisland – Lumberland Parks and Recreation
• Celina Castellano – Woodbourne Action Committee
• Blake Costa – Liberty CDC Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — Bradley Dreher of Roscoe and Melissa Symanski of Parksville were chosen to receive United Way of Sullivan County’s 2014 Bob Rosen Memorial Scholarship Awards. The scholarship winners each received a $500 check to help advance their educational goals. The scholarship is open to graduating students in all Sullivan County school districts and is awarded on the basis of a combination of GPA, extracurricular activities, community service, athletic participation, character references and a 500-word essay. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — There will now be free bilingual story times at the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library. Toddlers to five-year-olds and their families can come to the library on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. for a Hebrew/English story time, and again on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. for a Spanish/English story time. Walk-ins will be welcome as space permits. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — Recently, grants were presented from the Michael Bryant Memorial Fund in association with the Wayne County Community Foundation. This is the fourth year for these grants, which are targeted to assist disabled adults and children in Wayne County. Pictured are Emily Montgomery and Zach Bryant (Michael’s sister and brother), Kimberly Witt and her client, Cindy, of Wayne County Office of Behavioral and Developmental Programs. Also pictured are Jack and Alyse Montgomery.