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December 18, 2014
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Conservation District funds school educational projects

PIKE COUNTY, PA — The Pike County Conservation District recently awarded two $500 environmental education grants to Wallenpaupack and Delaware Valley School districts for projects to be completed this school year. Wallenpaupack Middle School will be using the funds to purchase supplies for their student garden project. Dingman-Delaware Elementary School will construct a shade structure to add to their outdoor classroom.  Read more

Wayne County Historical Society to hold Fall Dinner

HAWLEY, PA — The Wayne County Historical Society will hold its annual Fall Dinner on Saturday, November 1 at 5 p.m. at Lukan’s Farm Resort near Hawley. In addition to a meal, the activities for the evening include a gala silent auction with baskets and gift certificates. Shown in the photo are volunteers Sue Houck and Kay Stephenson with some of the baskets that will be sold at auction, and an original Howard Becker painting (dated 1954) which will also be auctioned on Saturday night.  Read more

Teen bloggers needed at the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library

MONTICELLO, NY — The Ethelbert B. (EB) Crawford Public Library is looking for teens who love reading and writing to be bloggers for the library’s Tumblr. They are looking for teens to write book reviews, poems, short stories, fan fiction, and anything else you can think of. If you are interested, attend the informational meeting on November 18 at 4:30 p.m. For more information, contact Joanna at 845/794-4660 ext. 8, or by email at jgoldfarb@rcls.org.

Join in the volunteer planting of spring bulbs

CALLICOON, NY — Volunteers will be planting spring bulbs on each of the first two Sundays in November at locations throughout the hamlet of Callicoon. The planting is scheduled by the Callicoon Business Association. Sullivan Renaissance is providing bulbs and planting instruction in order to promote the use of deer-resident bulbs and encourage volunteer participation through the fall.  Read more

Auxiliary plans 74th Mistletoe Ball

HONESDALE, PA — Wayne Memorial Hospital Auxiliary is planning a special evening for its 74th annual Mistletoe Ball on January 17 at the Waterfront at Ehrhardt’s in Tafton. “A Pink Tie Affair” will feature prizes for the most creative tie and the most creative accessory and offer 10 special raffle items. Proceeds will go toward the purchase of a mobile telecommunications van equipped with mammography and ultrasound systems. The van will improve access to mammography throughout the hospital’s service area.  Read more

Help save Dessin Animal Shelter

HONESDALE, PA — Petfinder has partnered with Pets Add Life to help more pets find homes. A total of $50,000 will be given away to three Petfinder member organizations. Between October 22 and November 19, you can vote for Dessin Animal Shelter once per day. If Dessin has the most votes they can win the money.  Read more

Local cookbook raises funds for victims of violence

PIKE COUNTY, PA — Safe Haven of Pike County has published its first cookbook, “A Taste of Pike County,” featuring a collection of recipes from the area’s restaurants and markets. All profits go directly to help the victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and serious crime in Pike County.
The cookbook includes recipes for everything from meat, poultry and vegetable dishes to a selection of soup and bread recipes, plus (of course) desserts and drinks.  Read more

Participants sought for Santa Parade fun

HONESDALE, PA — Participants are wanted for this year’s Santa Parade in Honesdale. The parade is scheduled for Friday, November 28 (rain date Saturday, November 29). Lineup will begin at 5 p.m. in the Top Notch parking area on Fourth Street and the parade will kick off at 6 p.m. The parade will end in Central Park and be immediately followed by the traditional tree lighting ceremony.  Read more

Western Sullivan Public Library Announces Saturday Movies @ Your Library

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — The Western Sullivan Public Library will be offering a monthly movie for children and their parents/caregivers. The films will be shown at the Jeffersonville branch on the first Saturday of the month, starting with Saturday November 1, and will include a G or PG rated movie suitable for the whole family. Movies start promptly at 10:30 a.m. A list of upcoming movies can be found at your local branch. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Popcorn will be provided. November’s movie is rated PG and runs 100 minutes.  Read more

Sponsors support PCPL’s first anniversary celebration

MATAMORAS, PA — The Pike County Public Library Board of Directors and Friends of the Library is inviting the public to attend the first anniversary celebration of the Dorothy E. Warner Building of the Pike County Public Library. The dinner dance will be held on Saturday, November 1 at the Best Western. Cocktails are from 6 to 7 p.m. with dinner and dancing from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m.  Read more

Increasing Spanish-speaking volunteers in beautification

LIBERTY, NY — Sullivan Renaissance has hired a bilingual consultant to study how to increase the participation of Spanish-speaking volunteers in Sullivan Renaissance’s beautification and community-development programs, and help cultivate gardening and horticultural skills within the Spanish speaking community. Araceli (Ari) Mir-Pontier of Barryville will develop recommendations for a program that integrates this outreach into Sullivan Renaissance.  Read more

Halloween candy buy-back program sends candy to troops

PORT JERVIS, NY — Local, family-owned practice, Aesthetic Family Dentistry, will host its second annual Halloween Candy Buy-back program on Monday, November 3 in their office, located at 155 East Main St. From 4 to 6 p.m., families can drop off their unwanted or excess candy at Aesthetic Family Dentistry. All those who donate will be entered into a raffle to win prizes, which will be announced at a later date.  Read more

Did You Know?

Seen here in the early 1900’s are two young women standing on what was the old town well. Located in the middle of the juncture of Main and Bridge streets, a slight indent in the road can still be noticed there.

Fenced and with a “Danger” sign overhead, the well had a bucket attached to a rope for access to the water. According to Ron Rasmussen, the water was of poor quality. The smaller sign cautioned drivers coming over the bridge about the speed limit. From the Ruth & J. Frank Behling Collection.  Read more

Narrowsburg News

On Sunday, October 19 approximately 50 people attended the annual meeting of the Tusten Historical Society. Grace Johansen, founder, and leader since the inception of the organization over 15 years ago, stepped down as president, passing the gavel to Marge Janowski, a lifetime resident of Tusten. Marge’s first order of official business was to pay tribute to Grace for her dedication to the society. Grace was presented with a clock as a token of appreciation for her many years of leadership.  Read more

CROP Hunger Walk raises money to fight hunger world wide

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — The Sullivan County CROP Hunger Walk was held on Sunday, October 5 in Jeffersonville. More than $4,500 was contributed by our neighbors and friends to support the hunger-fighting efforts of Church World Service, both here in Sullivan County and around the world. CROP Hunger Walks help support struggling families in the U.S. by providing up to 25% of what is raised by the local walk for food banks, soup kitchens, and community gardens. Although the physical walk is over, donations can still be made to support the Sullivan County CROP Hunger Walk online at www.cropwalk.org.

Habitat Enhancement Workshop Series

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne Conservation District will hold the second program in a series of workshops focusing on wildlife habitat enhancement. Wildlife food plots can provide opportunities to view wildlife or develop a healthier wildlife population if done properly.  Read more

Pike County Historical Society offers volunteer opportunities

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Historical Society and Columns Museum will offer a special program in order to attract new volunteers and docents on Saturday, November 8 from 2 to 4 p.m. The training session will provide applicants with the basic information needed to conduct tours of the facility or assist in daily operations, including research, genealogy and archival work. Volunteers can offer as little as three hours a month, or more, depending upon your availability.  Read more

A discussion with & for Sullivan County youth

LIBERTY, NY — Sullivan Renaissance invites Sullivan County youth to a discussion about opportunities to make a difference in their communities through internships, volunteerism and general engagement. The seminar will be held on Wednesday, November 5 at 7 p.m. at the CVI Center. Youth who are interested in volunteer or work opportunities are encouraged to attend. The program will begin with performances by Project:Identity participants Rebecca Budrock and Elizabeth Dos Santos.  Read more

Tri-State Chamber announces Tri-State Classic Race

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Tri-State Chamber will present its 19th annual Tri-State Classic Race on Sunday, October 26. The event includes 10k and 5k races, with the starting line on Jersey Avenue in Port Jervis and the finish line in Riverside Park, Port Jervis. This year, the registration will be held at Riverside Park, where the runners can enjoy music, water and get ready to run. A portion of the race proceeds will be donated in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month in October.  Read more

Alzheimer’s Association caregivers support group forms

LIBERTY, NY — An Alzheimer’s caregivers support group recently started in Sullivan County. It is sponsored by the Hudson Valley/Rockland/Westchester Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association in conjunction with Alzheimer’s Association volunteers and staff at Achieve Rehab & Nursing Facility in Liberty. The meetings are open to the public and are held on the first Tuesday of every month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the conference room at Achieve Rehab and Nursing Facility, 170 Lake St.  Read more