NORTH BRANCH, NY — Cindy Gieger, now the county legislator for all of Delaware, Fremont, Callicoon, and part of Liberty in Sullivan County, is being honored this Friday evening, December 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. at The Old North Branch Inn (869 N Branch Hortonville Rd.)
Gieger’s constituents and residents of Sullivan County will get together to honor Cindy for her many accomplishments and to let her know how much they appreciate her leadership and service to her community. Read more
LIBERTY, NY— The public is invited to attend the 100th annual meeting of Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) on Thursday, December 11. The free event will be held at 7 p.m. in the Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd. Light refreshments will be available. Read more
REGION — The Delaware Highlands Mushroom Society (DHMS) is looking for volunteers to help expand its online presence.
The club focuses particularly in the edible and medicinal species that grow wild or can be cultivated in our area, and is a member club of the Northeast Mycological Federation. Read more
LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — New Hope Community has announced the appointment of Karen Russell as its new assistant executive director. The appointment comes as Russell is about to reach her 20-year anniversary with the agency, during which time she has expertly balanced adherence to policy with person-centered compassion to help New Hope develop and maintain its standing and reputation with the state, public and its families as an agency of integrity. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — Wayne Memorial Hospital will host its annual holiday bake sale and New to You boutique on December 4, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the David Katz Conference Center at Wayne Memorial Hospital, Honesdale, and December 5, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the hospital’s Conference Room 3.
A large variety of homemade cookies and breads will be available, while the boutique will offer gently-used holiday decorations. Cookies and breads also will be sold in the hospital’s gift shop, at The Other Shop in Honesdale and The Other Shop 2 in Hawley. Read more
JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — The Friends of the Western Sullivan Public Library will hold their annual holiday book sale at the Jeffersonville branch from Saturday, December 13 through Saturday, December 20. Books are offered at bargain-basement prices and the proceeds help to support all three branches of the Western Sullivan Public Library system. All proceeds from the sale go right back into the libraries to support their services to the various communities of western Sullivan County. The Jeffersonville Branch is located at 19 Center Street and is open every day except Sunday and Monday.
HONESDALE, PA — The emergency shelter, “Warmth in the Night” will open its doors officially on Monday, December 1 from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. at Grace Episcopal Church in Honesdale. The shelter will be open on those nights when the temperature and/or wind-chill drops below zero degrees (F). Volunteers from the church and community will staff the shelter. They are working with the local emergency crews, borough police and other agencies to provide safety for community residents. There will be a shower facility available this year. Read more
MILANVILLE, PA — The Milanville General Store will surprise eight-month-old Addison and his family with Christmas gifts. Addison was born with a rare condition called glucose-galactose malabsorption. This condition has affected his digestion and has caused him to go through many tests and weeks in the hospital. Read more
BEACH LAKE, PA — The Beach Lake United Methodist Church (BLUMC) First Place 4 Health Ministry will hold a wrapping paper collection through the beginning of December for the Wayne County Children’s Christmas Bureau. Full or partial rolls or packages will be accepted. Donations can be brought to the church on Sunday mornings or to the church office Tuesday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. by Tuesday, December 2. Read more
WAYNE COUNTY, PA — The Honesdale Area Pantry will be held behind the Tri County Beverage Building on Route 6, 214 Willow Avenue in Honesdale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Tuesday, December 9. For an emergency need contact a social services agency.
The Damascus Area Pantry will be held at the Damascus Township Building from 1 to 3 p.m., on Thursday, December 18. For an emergency need call 570/224-4217 or 570/224-4189. Read more
HANCOCK, NY — A study of ambient methane levels in ground-level air in the Town of Hancock has been completed by Gas Safety Inc., and will be presented to the public on Wednesday, December 3 at 7 p.m. in the Hancock Town Hall, 661 West Main St. Presenters will be Gas Safety president Bob Ackley and Bryce Payne, PhD, Gas Safety’s director of science and technology. The study is sponsored by Damascus Citizens for Sustainability. Read more
LIBERTY, NY — Open to youth ages five and above, the annual Winter Workshops of Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC)’s 4-H Youth Development program is an opportunity for families to get crafty before the holiday season. On Saturday, December 6, participants can enjoy 10 stations of make-and-take activities including a community service project. This program will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. at the CCESC Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center. The snow date for this program is Sunday, December 7. Read more
LIBERTY, NY — Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) and Sullivan County Division of Planning and Environmental Management will present a farm funding program on Monday, December 8 from 1 to 3 p.m., at the CCESC Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center. Participants will learn to develop their agricultural businesses. Read more
LIBERTY, NY — Guiding Eyes for the Blind, known around the globe as one of the foremost guide dog schools, has announced the opening of its newest puppy raising region in Sullivan County. The nonprofit is inviting residents to open their homes to raise a future guide dog puppy. An open house will be held on Monday, December 8 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Liberty Senior Center. Read more
HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — NACL Theatre is currently developing a touring version of The Weather Project play and invites additional performers to join the community ensemble. The play will begin a county-wide and regional tour in May 2015.
The Weather Project is a spectacular all-ages outdoor performance about climate change directed by Tannis Kowalchuk, artistic director of NACL Theatre in Highland Lake. The play was developed with NASA scientist Elaine Matthews, in collaboration with The Town of Highland and a host of community groups. Read more
This postcard sent in 1913 is the colorful, artistic type sent in the early 1900’s. The greetings were fun to send and fun to receive. I take this special time to give thanks for all the good wishes and blessings extended me this year. Thank you all. I hope everyone finds something for which to be grateful. Happy Thanksgiving! The postcard is from the collection of Ruth Behling.
The Tusten Historical Society’s hours at the Western Sullivan Public Library, Tusten-Cochecton branch in Narrowsburg, are Mondays from 1 to 3 p.m., Fridays from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
There’s no denying it. From now until the ball drops on January 1, we are in the midst of the 2014 holiday season. Watch as Main Street lights up, making the season bright, a tradition of many years. Isn’t that what the holidays are about? Tradition. From the first bite of the turkey to Auld Lang Syne, those of us who are fortunate follow tradition with family and friends. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — The relationship between Catskill Regional Medical Center and Combined Energy Services (CES) continues to grow every year with the Sullivan County energy supplier’s yearly donation to support digital mammography services. This year, CES donated $4,000 to the cause. Read more
REGION — The Foster Grandparent Program of Westchester Community Opportunity Program, Inc. is expanding its outreach efforts and is interested in attracting additional volunteers. This program provides assistance to children with special and exceptional needs in an academic setting. The Foster Grandparent volunteers serve one-on-one as tutors and mentors to young people throughout the six counties of Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Sullivan, Ulster and Orange. Read more