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.
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
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
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
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
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
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 www.fallsburgcsd.net For more information call Eileen Kalter at 845/434-5371 or email email@example.com.
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
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 www.lackawanna.edu 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.
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
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
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
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, 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, 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
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.
HONESDALE, PA — Members of Honesdale’s VFW Post 531, its Ladies Auxiliary, and American Legion Post 889, held a ceremony in Central Park on June 6, to remember the brave men and women of the armed forces and the great sacrifices made in the name of American freedom. VFW Sr. Vice Commander Phil Sheehan said, “We do these ceremonies so we can pay respect to our fallen comrades and also to our military forces of today. Read more
PORT JERVIS, NY — The Public Computer Center (The Hub) at the Port Jervis Free Library will partner with the Master Gardener’s of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Orange County to offer four free programs in June and July. These programs are designed for those interested in using their own backyard garden to grow herbs or attract a wide variety of butterflies, landscape with cacti and succulents, and learn to preserve herbs, fruits and vegetables. Read more
SAUGERTIES, NY — Local project Catskill Made revealed its second collection of six works by Kingston-based designer Crystal Moore. Moore creates high-quality leather and canvas accessories including weekender bags, messenger bags, clutches and everyday purses.
Inspired by the products of generations past, Moore’s work is built to last. She describes her style as “utilitarian meets fashion,” and she hand-dyes the leather and hand-waxes the canvas using her own special blend of oils and waxes, specifically formulated to allow the pieces to “get a little rough.” Read more