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Free program on coping with grief

LIBERTY, NY — A program on coping with grieving and significant loss will be offered on Wednesday, November 5. It will explore the ways that grief affects us physically, emotionally and spiritually. “Grief: What Helps when It Hurts” will be held at 4 p.m. by Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) Caregiver Resource Center at Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center. Light refreshments will be available.  Read more

Corn-shucking contest winners

HONESDALE, PA — A corn-shucking contest was held recently at the Greater Honesdale Partnership’s (GHP) Harvest and Heritage Days. In the back row are Kate Bryant, Honesdale National Bank (HNB), left; Joy Hollister, Krupa Wealth Management and GHP special events committee; and Emily Barton, HNB. Seated are Jess Lawson from Buffalo, NY, adult winner and Erin Duncan, from Lakeville, PA, children’s winner.

Lake Huntington News

My husband and I were out and about this Columbus Day weekend. On Friday night we were at the Forestburgh Tavern, where we saw the cast singing some of our favorite movie songs. Trent, who sang “Somewhere over the Rainbow,” sounded just like Many Patinkin—very talented. We enjoyed the great food made by Jill Pauda, and we had a really nice waiter, Brandon. We saw Gerta from Narrowsburg, Carol Montana and John from Narrowsburg Liquors. On Saturday, we drove down to Monroe to help out at the Anthony Strong fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Foundation. The effort raised almost $30,000.  Read more

Church holds fall fun festival

MILFORD, PA — Milford’s Long Meadow Chapel, a Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, holds its fifth annual Fall Fun Festival on Saturday, October 25 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. This is a free, family-friendly event. It will feature a bounce house, pumpkin patch, hayride, archery, face painting, jewelry making and other games for children. Refreshments include hot dogs, cotton candy, snow cones, popcorn, hot cocoa and freshly pressed apple cider. The church is located on 429 Long Meadow Rd. one mile north of the intersection of Route 739 and Milford Road.  Read more

Child care providers needed

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — If you stand for children and are inspired to assist them to learn and grown in a safe, comfortable environment, contact the Child Care Council for more information on how to start your own child-care business.

The Sullivan County Child Care Council, Inc has determined a high need for child care for the evening shift of care throughout Sullivan County. There is also a lack of infant care and providers who accept subsidy payments through the Working Parents Program in Sullivan County.  Read more

Rotary invests in hiking trail

MILFORD, PA — The Milford/Matamoras Chapter of Rotary International has committed $3,000 toward developing educational materials for a new hiking trail currently under development in the Milford Experimental Forest (MEF), Schocopee Road that is expected to open for education programs in Summer 2015. The funds will be used to augment an equal grant from the Pennsylvania Environmental Council and will expand the capacity to provide access and educational opportunities on the unique and historic piece of land.  Read more

Temple Shalom celebrates Simchat Torah

MONTICELLO, NY — At the start of each new year on the Jewish calendar, Jews start reading the Torah from the beginning. This means that the scroll must be rewound to the other end.

Temple Sholom of Monticello does it differently. The congregants unwind the entire scroll and check each section for signs of wear, which must be repaired to make the Torah scroll “kosher.”

Temple Sholom welcomes everyone to attend Simchat Torah services this Friday evening, October 17 at 7:30 p.m. to take part in this joyous and unusual ceremony. For further information, visit

JEMS cookbook benefits Jeffersonville beautification

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Jeffersonville Enhances More of Sullivan (JEMS) has compiled a cookbook titled “Tasteful JEMS,” which is now available for sale. Its 140 recipes, from appetizers to desserts, are tried and true, according to taste testers in the community. Each recipe includes the contributor’s name, so it’s easy to find the recipes of friends and loved ones.

Special features include an article by Kathy Welton titled, “When Hardy Settlers Decided to Stay;” it tells the history of Jeffersonville and includes many old photos of “the way life used to be.”  Read more

Volunteers wanted

HURLEYVILLE, NY — The Sullivan County Historical Society in Hurleyville (the Museum and Research Center) is looking for volunteers in many areas, especially genealogy. No specific skills are required but enthusiasm is a must. Two to four hours a week (or more) would be desirable. Call the museum or drop by for more information, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or Sunday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Call 845/434-8044.

Get approval for a 2015 grant before the year’s end

LIBERTY, NY — Sullivan Renaissance is accepting applications for early admission to its 2015 community beautification grant program. Organizations that are considering gardening projects next year can get an assessment and review from Sullivan Renaissance staff this fall.

Applicants will be notified before Thanksgiving whether they have been approved for a grant in the 2015 program. For groups that are unable to apply early, applications will still be accepted until March 18, 2015.  Read more

Did You Know?

This is a picture of the children attending the Atco School in 1940-41. A one-room school, it was located just across from Steep Hill Road on what is now Route 652 (was 106) about one-and-one-half miles from the Narrowsburg Bridge. Mr. Geist, the teacher at the time, taught all eight grades, shoveled the snow, swept the floors and kept the fires going in the wood stove. When the ice on the pond was safe, he sometimes took the kids skating in the afternoon. From the Grace L. Johansen collection.  Read more

Peck’s launches third annual food drive for local food pantries

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — From now through December 14, Peck’s Markets at all five locations in Sullivan County will collect food donations for local food pantries. Items needed include soup, tuna fish, peanut butter, jelly, pasta, tomato sauce, canned fruit, boxed rice, canned meat, macaroni and cheese and more.

At the end of the drive, Peck’s will match what was donated in food, last year matching over $700 in food donated by shoppers. You can also make a monetary donation at the register on behalf of the food pantry.  Read more

Tusten Historical Society holds local history gathering

NARROWSBURG, NY — The public is invited to the annual local history gathering of the Tusten Historical Society on Sunday, October 19, at 2 p.m. at Tusten Town Hall. On view for the first time will be the recently completed display panels on The Era of Aviation in Narrowsburg, replete with photo reproductions and text. Light refreshments will be provided.  Read more

Narrowsburg News

Autumn has continued to show off her colors, but the leaves fall rapidly now, and the sun falls early. The days certainly are getting shorter. It’s time to think more of indoor activities.

How about coming to the Tusten Historical Society’s annual meeting on Sunday, October 19 at 2 p.m. in town hall? Art Hassis will be the guest speaker, addressing the subject of private airplanes and the Narrowsburg airport. The meeting is free, open to the public, and light refreshment will be provided (see story below).  Read more

Tusten Volunteer Ambulance Service Celebrates 45th Anniversary

NARROWSBURG, NY — On Sunday, October 12, the Tusten Volunteer Ambulance Service (TVAS) celebrated 45 years of continuous service with a pig roast at Fireman’s Field. Pastor Don Beck, a founding member, recalls the first ambulance as one that had limited equipment. In comparison to today’s ambulances it “almost seemed like all we had on the ambulance was band aids,” he said. There have been a lot of changes in the TVAS over the years.  Read more

Zombie program for kids

MONTICELLO, NY — Kids ages eight through 11 are invited to a zombie program at the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library on October 23 at 6:15 p.m. Make zombies just in time for Halloween. Pick a figurine and make it into the ultimate zombie. Pick out their walking speed, how they became infected, and what they do in their new zombie life. Also practice your zombie walk, and maybe pick at a few brains.

Registration for this program is required, and space is limited. For more information and to register, call Joanna at 845/794-4660, ext. 8.

Trunk or treat at Nana’s House

ROCK HILL, NY — Nana’s House Child Care Center, Inc. will host a Trunk or Treat Event on Friday, October 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. Trunk or Treat is a Halloween event that is community sponsored. People gather and park their cars in a large parking lot. They open their trunks, or the backs of their vehicles, and decorate them. Then they pass out candy from their trunks. The event provides a safe family environment for trick-or-treaters. Decorations can include using pumpkins, spider webbing, spiders, brooms, bats, cauldrons and scary stuff. Activities are at a nominal cost.  Read more

Monticello Kiwanis Club installs 2014-2015 officers

MONTICELLO, NY — The Kiwanis Club of Monticello recently hosted its 69th annual installation dinner at the Blue Horizon Diner. Newly elected Lt. Governor Gerda Krogslund installed the following club officers for 2014-2015: president Jane Sorensen; first vice president Sheila Lashinsky; second vice president Deborah Kaplan, treasurer Janet Siano and secretary Kathy Garlick.

Legion of Honor Recipients were Robert Huebner for 35 years of service and Karen Linen and Linda Barriger for 25 years of service to Kiwanis Club of Monticello.  Read more

How to tell if your cat loves you

While it may be really easy to shower your cat with affection, sometimes you may find yourself wondering, does my cat love me? Cats are one of the more elusive household pets (some may even say cold-hearted), but really they are adorably cute, although sometimes they can be hard to read. Below are the signs that your cat really truly loves you.

1. Head butting  Read more

Rabies virus

Given the recent case of rabies in a young steer in Sullivan County, I felt that it was of benefit to the general public to share information regarding what rabies is and methods of preventing the spread of this deadly virus. Rabies is a devastating viral disease that affects mammals, domestic and wild. The virus is transmitted by the bite of an infected animal but can also be contracted via saliva alone. Once a person or an animal is bitten, the infected saliva allows the transmission of the virus to enter into the muscle of the victim.  Read more