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Marge Chapman turns 103

BETHANY, PA — On March 7 Marge Chapman celebrated her 103rd birthday. Marge has been a resident at Bethany Village Senior Living Community for over 8 years. Even at 103, she is still very active physically and mentally. Every Friday morning Marge shares a reading and some humorous stories with the other residents. She is a fascinating person to sit and listen to. Her gratitude for life is infectious. Marge is amazed at the changes she has witnessed in over a century.

Transition Honesdale continues film series

HONESDALE, PA — Transition Honesdale, a locally-based group that promotes community building and sustainable living practices, will continue its winter film series with film screenings in Honesdale and Beach Lake in March.  Read more

Three finalists to vie for Nonprofit Innovation Award

MONTICELLO, NY — The Awards Committee for the 2014 Nonprofit Leadership Summit announced that it has narrowed the field of applicants seeking the second annual Nonprofit Innovation Award to three finalists.  Read more

Narrowsburg News

As the snow gradually melts from our lawns and the temperatures slowly rise to a tolerable range, we begin to see more and more residents out and about. This was surely the case on Sunday as folks came out to the St. Patrick’s pancake/French toast breakfast co-sponsored by the Narrowsburg Chamber of Commerce and the Catskill Hudson Bank. A special addition to this breakfast was the “topping” table with fresh strawberries, bananas, freshly whipped cream, chocolate chips, apples, etc. The children and adults seemed to enjoy topping their pancakes and/or French toast with delights.  Read more

Did You Know?

Pictured here in a snowy February 1940, we are looking toward the river bridge from the railroad overpass. On the right is Stranahan’s store, then the Mike Pries building (now housing the weaver and the jewelry shops), then the Gebbart building (it burned in 1945 and the bank was then built). The Gutheil’s private home was torn down to make way for the post office, built in 1967. The dark shape behind the tree is the Arlington Hotel with the Decker building at the very end. On the left is a gas station owned and run by Stranahan’s Store (can you believe Narrowsburg sold gas?).  Read more

Milanville Store collecting items for soldiers

MILANVILLE, PA — The Milanville General Store will be collecting items to fill Easter baskets, which they will deliver to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. Items needed are clothing (black, gray and navy blue only), sweatshirts, plain cotton T-shirts (not white), white socks, boxers/briefs, food, gift cards, toiletries, books, puzzle books and entertainment. For more information call 570/729-8390.

‘Go Orange Day’ in the spirit of Rachel’s Challenge

HONESDALE, PA — Like these students at Stourbridge Lakeside Elementary school, who created a sea of orange last September in support of Rachel’s Challenge, local organizers of the initiative invited all members of the community to “go orange” on March 20, the first day of spring, as a reminder that a little kindness can go a long way. Local businesses, government agencies and non-profit organizations planned to display bright orange fliers in their establishments, while challenging customers and staff to perform an act of kindness on Thursday.

Literacy volunteers to receive tutor training

MONTICELLO, NY — The Literacy Volunteers of Sullivan County will have tutor training on six consecutive Wednesdays: March 26, April 2, April 9, April 16, April 23 and April 30 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The training will take place at The Literacy Center, 63 North St.  Read more

Pike County’s Bicentennial celebration scheduled

MILFORD, PA — On March 26, Pike County will turn 200 years old. To mark the occasion, a grand celebration is being held that day at Woodloch Resort in Lakawaxen Twp.  Read more

Home firearm safety course offered

MONTICELLO, NY — The Adult and Continuing Education Program at Sullivan BOCES is offering a Home Firearm Safety Course on Saturdays at the Kauneonga Lake Fire Hall from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The cost of the class is $65. The course will run on March 29, April 26, May 17 and June 14.  Read more

Photo restoration class in Port Jervis

PORT JERVIS, NY — A photo restoration class will be held on Monday, March 24 from 10 to 11:45 a.m. in the community room at the Port Jervis Free Library. Learn how to use Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X5 to refurbish, preserve and protect your photos. We all have old photos lying around in drawers and in photo albums, or new photos we would like to improve. Learn how to preserve those old photos by removing scratches and tears. Bring your photos back to life or make them more exciting by enhancing the color and adjusting the quality.  Read more

Sustainable cooking from scratch at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — The Cooperage Project will hold a Pasta & Ricotta class as part of Sustainable Cooking from Scratch on Monday, March 24 with from 6 to 9 p.m. The class will focus on low-cost, high-nutrition home cooking and is ideal for any level of home cook who wants to elevate their skills.  Read more

The scent of spring

It’s been a long, cold, snowy winter, but now spring is in the air, and as the days get longer and the warm air melts the snow, many of the creatures that have remained hidden over the winter are making their presence known. Hungry from their long winter’s nap, skunks and porcupines are now actively searching for easy food sources such as compost piles and trash cans.  Read more

The lost toy

All young animals get into trouble; it doesn’t matter if it’s a dog, a cat, a parrot, a goat, or a calf. With their naturally curious nature, they like to investigate, and this often leads them to get into trouble, including eating things they shouldn’t. Some of the typical things that animals will ingest include clothing, strings, ropes, bones, rocks and toys. By luck, if an animal ingests a foreign object, they may pass it without complication. However, there is also the unfortunate chance when the ingested item can cause a complete obstruction.  Read more

Register now for the annual Children’s LEGO® Building Contest

WAYMART, PA — Children ages five through 12 can test their building skills at the ninth annual Children’s LEGO Contest during the free Wayne County Builders Association (WCBA) Home and Garden Festival. The contest will be held Sunday, April 27 at Ladore Camp & Conference Center. Contestant sign-in begins Sunday at 9:30 a.m.; the contest runs from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

Two age groups are eligible: five to eight year olds and nine to 12 year olds. Pre-registration is required. Prizes will be awarded in each age category.  Read more

Delaware Valley Opera to hold summer intensive

REGION — The Delaware Valley Opera (DVO) and New York Opera Studio are looking for a small group of talented and serious singers interested in a workshop/summer program focused on personal artistry and performance. It will take place from June 7 to 15 in New York City.  Read more

The Honesdale area Ministerium announces new officers

HONESDALE, PA — At a recent meeting local church pastors elected new officers for the Honesdale Area Ministerium. Rev. Kenneth Buckwalter, pastor of St. John Lutheran Church, was named president; Fr. Gregory Reichlen, of St. John/St. Mary Magdalene Roman Catholic Parish is the new vice president; Pastor Marge Allgeier of White Mills United Methodist Church remains as secretary; Fr. Edward Erb, Grace Episcopal Church, was named treasurer; and Clyde Kreider of First Presbyterian Church acts as assistant treasurer.  Read more

Auxiliary ball breaks fundraising record

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne Memorial Hospital Auxiliary’s 73rd annual Gala Ball on January 18 raised more than $25,000. Co-chairwoman Martha Wilson said the record amount was the result of strong support from the medical and business communities, as well as countless individuals, including the 193 people who attended the dinner-dance at Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Resort on Lake Wallenpaupack.  Read more

Ashley and Sierra Fund to award $10,000 in scholarships

MONTICELLO, NY — The Ashley and Sierra Memorial Scholarship is available to graduating seniors at Monticello High School who exhibit well-rounded scholarship and vocational aptitude geared to the service of others and the ever-changing needs of society.  Read more

Shohola Scoutmaster and Boy Scout Troop recognized

SHOHOLA, PA — Shohola Boy Scout Troop #76 Scoutmaster Herb Rinkel was recently recognized at a Hudson Valley Council Roundtable meeting where he was presented with the “Unit Leader of Merit” award for dedicated service, responsible leadership, and for providing an opportunity for young people to grow.  Read more