I still have my flip-flops and T-shirts on; loving this weather, but it would be nice to have a little snow for Christmas, like the kind that comes down and does not stick to the roads.
I had a very busy weekend. The Lake Huntington Red Hatters had their Christmas party at the Narrowsburg Inn on Sunday, December 13. Thank you to Nancy, Dee and Joey for a very nice time and yummy food. The ladies were giving me information to put into the column. God bless them. Read more
Horatio Allen, born in Schenectady, NY in 1802, was a civil engineer who worked on surveying the Delaware & Hudson (D&H) Canal. In 1828, the D&H asked him to purchase four locomotives in England to be used to replace stationary engines in use on the D&H Canal Co. gravity railroad, (which carried coal from Carbondale to Honesdale). Two of the locomotives arrived in Honesdale, PA, but only one, the Stourbridge Lion, was tested, on August 8, 1829. Read more
TYLER HILL, PA — Fair Hill Farm Riding Academy has a variety of Christmas trees available for sale to help raise funds for its horse-centered therapy program for children and adults with physical and cognitive challenges. All proceeds go to the program. The trees are from Maplehorst Farm in New York. The academy is located at 1046 Cochecton Turnpike opposite Tyler Hill Camp.
Visit Fair Hill Farm Riding Academy on Facebook, or call 570/224-0052.
Just got in from an overnight stay away with The Cochecton Youth Group at Aquatopia indoor water park. Had to be 85 degrees, was nice to wear shorts and a sleeveless shirt. I did not go into the pool, but I enjoyed watching the kids in the pool and on the slides. Looks like everyone had a great time. Thank you Sue for putting this event together for all of us. There will be a vacancy on the Cochecton Youth Commission Board during the 2016 year. Anyone interested should submit a letter of interest for the position, in writing, to: Cochecton Youth Commission P.O. Read more
On Saturday evening, December 5, the stars twinkled, the temperature was cool and a crowd of about 200 to 250 people gathered in front of The Union (aka the Narrowsburg School). The Christmas tree out front was all lit up for the arrival of the Santa Express and Santa’s special sled glided into Narrowsburg as planned. The sled arrived with lights ablaze, music playing and holiday favorite characters aloft. The Snow Queen sang to the crowd while Santa, the elves, Olaf and Rudolph circulated and visited the children. Read more
Coe Durland was born in Orange County, NY in 1832 and moved to Honesdale, PA in 1857. Soon after, the Civil War began, and like so many other young men he plunged into the Union effort, quickly organizing Company M, 17th Pennsylvania Cavalry, recruited for the most part in Salem Township, Wayne County. Durland was commissioned as captain of the new company, and he and his men distinguished themselves throughout the war, fighting in 55 engagements, including the battles of Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Cold Harbor, Five Forks and Appomattox. Read more
Bercze Travel Consultant opens doors
NARROWSBURG, NY — Lisa Bercze Sullivan County Travel Consultant recently opened its doors in Narrowsburg. Bercze, who grew up in Barryville, went to college and moved back to the area, has paired up with Amy’s Total Travel of Towanda, PA to bring travel assistance to Sullivan County. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — Donated toys filled the front of the county commissioners’ meeting room on December 3. Wayne County Sheriff Mark Steelman and five of his deputies displayed the results of the department’s “Cram the Cruiser Toy Drive.” Volunteer deputies in sheriff’s cars spent six hours in the parking lots at Honesdale’s Walmart, CVS and Kmart on November 27 collecting shoppers’ donations for the Wayne County Children’s Christmas Bureau. Read more
Rock Hill community visioning continues
ROCK HILL, NY — Residents and businesses in Rock Hill are invited to come out to the Rock Hill Business and Community Association’s (RHBCA) monthly meeting for a presentation and reporting on the Rock Hill Community Visioning Project on Wednesday, December 16 at 7 p.m. at the Rock Hill Firehouse, located at 61 Glen Wild Rd. Everyone interested in Rock Hill’s future is encouraged to attend. Read more
Mason jar cookie class at EaT Kitchen
LIBERTY, NY — An intergenerational opportunity to craft an easy and tasty gift of Mason jar cookies is offered on Friday, December 11. Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) will host this class from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Entrepreneurial and Teaching (EaT) Kitchen at its Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd. Read more
Wayne Memorial Hospital announces the following births:
Ethan George Carlile was born on October 31, 2015 to Sarah Oetzel-Carlile and Eric Carlile of Honesdale, PA. Maternal grandparents are Timothy and Marie Oetzel of Beach Lake, PA. Paternal grandparent is Mary Carlile of Honesdale, PA.
Baelfire James Roche was born on November 1, 2015 to Caitlyn and David Roche of Lake Ariel, PA. Maternal grandparents are James and Valerie Springsteen of Lake Ariel, PA. Paternal grandparents are Thomas and Bari Roche of Callicoon, NY. Read more
MILFORD, PA — GAIT Therapeutic Riding Center is offering a new program for heroes of all community services including veterans, EMTs, fire, safety and law enforcement personnel and their families. Instructor Nancy Van Wyk recently completed her certification in a PATH International Specialty Education course as Instructor Training for Equine Services for Heroes®. Read more
For many of us, the winter, with its celebrations of Christmas, Hanukkah, or Yule, is a fun time of year filled with parties, celebrations and social gatherings with family and friends. For many, it is also a time marked by sadness, anger, jealousy, loneliness, or anxiety. Perhaps foremost, it brings a combination of feelings, and this is perfectly normal. Read more
Monticello school holiday music schedule
REGION — Monticello Central School District’s Music and Performing Arts Department has planned the following events during the month of December:
December 4 and 5, high school drama, Hughs Auditorium (MHS) 7:30 p.m.
December 5 and 6, NYSSMA All-State Performances in Rochester NY. Performances throughout the day. Read more
I hope everyone had a happy and healthy Thanksgiving. I spent the holiday with my brother Teddy, who lives in Narrowsburg. Friday I went down to Queens to spend time with my sister and her family and my sister-in-law and her family. I also had my memorial tattoo for my husband worked on. Read more
Ruth McGinnis, born 1911 in Honesdale, PA, learned to shoot pool at her father’s billiard parlor on Main Street. An outstanding female athlete of her era, she was a billiards prodigy at an early age and a member of a high school women’s basketball team that won three state championships. Although she did not compete while she was a student at East Stroudsburg College, just before graduation she won the world championship in a tournament held in Philadelphia. McGinnis became a national celebrity when she defeated Olympic athlete Mildred “Babe” Didrickson. Read more
Ingredient swapping for health
PORT JERVIS, NY — Whipping up healthy recipes may be easier than you think. You can learn how to make simple ingredient substitutions to create healthy recipes that don’t sacrifice taste or enjoyment, at The Hub at the Port Jervis Public Library on Monday, December 7 from 5 to 6 p.m. Read more