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Milanville General Store collecting Christmas gifts for baby with rare condition

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

Wrapping paper collection at church

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

The Wayne County Food Pantry Program announces the December schedule

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

Jeff Bank is going tobacco-free

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Jeff Bank announced that starting January 1, 2015, all branch locations owned by the bank will be tobacco-free. They are implementing this initiative to improve the health and quality of life of their employees and the community.  Read more

Hancock methane level study

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

Youth winter workshops

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

Fund and develop your farm or agricultural business

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

Guiding Eyes for the Blind opens Sullivan County region

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

Seeking performers for The Weather Project

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

Did You Know?

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.

Narrowsburg News

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

Catskill Regional Medical Center and Combined Energy Services team up to fight breast cancer

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

Seniors can sign up to volunteer with special needs children

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

Runners needed for charitable 5k race

MATAMORAS, PA — Runners needed for the annual Kris Kringle 5k race and fun walk on Saturday, December 13 at Matamoras Airport Park. Start time is 9 a.m. Registration is $20 if postmarked on or before December 1 ($25 day of race 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.). First 100 to register will receive a long-sleeved T-shirt.
This event is sponsored by The Knights of Columbus Council #13935 to benefit the Children’s Disabilities Development Center and other local charities. For complete details, call or e-mail Bill Gaa (chairman) at 570/445 9551 or email wdg2001@gmail.com.

WCHS Holiday Open House

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Historical Society’s annual Holiday Open House will be held on Saturday, November 29, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Main Museum, 810 Main St. There will be live music, a cash raffle, holiday shopping, holiday refreshments and the drawing for a Jennie Brownscombe framed print. Several authors with recent books related to Wayne County history will also be on hand.  Read more

Christmas trees for special causes

ELDRED, NY — The holidays come alive this year at the Corner Piazza located at the four corners in Eldred starting November 29. They will showcase four special Christmas trees decorated and lighted appropriately to their theme. Each tree will be assigned a cause to its branches. The causes they will help are animal shelters, food and homeless shelters, troops and veterans, and fight against cancer.  Read more

Woodloch Resort hosts 7th annual ‘A Night for the Cure’

HAWLEY, PA — On Sunday, October 19, Woodloch Pines Resort hosted its seventh annual A Night for the Cure. The event benefited the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation as part of BK Hope Cures, an organization established by Bob Kiesendahl (BK), co-owner of Woodloch Resort and a leukemia survivor, whose mission is to raise awareness and funds in the fight against cancer. The evening was attended by over 400 people this year.  Read more

Fun will abound at Highlights Holiday Open House

HONESDALE, PA — Highlights for Children will hold its Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Highlights editorial offices at 803 Church Street.

“For 23 years now, we’ve opened our doors to the community in the spirit of the holiday season,” said Highlights Editor in Chief Christine French Cully. “We’re delighted that our open house has become a cherished part of so many families’ holiday celebrations, and we look forward to hosting our friends and neighbors.”  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). Line-up 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

Calkins Creamery holds holiday open house

HONESDALE, PA — Calkins Creamery will host a holiday preview open house on Saturday, November 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Guests will find recipe tastings made with Calkins Creamery cheese, ideas for Thanksgiving Day tables. All open house visitors will receive a Georgic dip give-away, as a customer appreciation thank you gift. Creamworks Creamery’s farm fresh milk and ice cream also will be available for sample and purchase at the event.  Read more