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Looking Back January 5, 2016

Joel G. Hill, born in Otsego County, NY in 1845, moved with his parents at the age of three to Equinunk in Wayne County, PA. He was educated in the local schools and in 1864 enlisted in the 50th New York Engineers. He was present at Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomatox Court House. After the war, Joel Hill returned to Wayne County and over the years became one of the area’s leading citizens. In 1873, he married Mary Jane Flynn of Manchester Township and had three children.  Read more

Pantry toys delight local kids

NARROWSBURG, NY — Joanne Letendre poses with gifts collected by the Narrowsburg Ecumenical Food Pantry. Letendre supervised the toy drive, which helped over 50 local children. She said, “Thank you to Pete’s Market, St. Francis Church, Our Lady of the Lake Church, St.  Read more

Warming hearts and hands at Cooke

MONTICELLO, NY — The George L. Cooke Elementary School has reached out to inspire others with its “Warm Hearts and Hands” program. The children have been very active this year in the student council with a variety of projects to reach out and help others. The project for December was to collect new scarves, hats, gloves and mittens for families in need across the Monticello Central School District. The students have collected over 100 items.  Read more

A Mediterranean Ladies Night Out

PORT JERVIS, NY — Bon Secours Community Hospital hosted another in the series of Ladies Night Out dinner lectures on health issues on Monday evening, December 7 at the Erie Trackside Manor. Approximately 125 guests attended the event. The topic was “Mediterranean Diet for the Holidays,” a PowerPoint presentation and cooking demonstration by representatives of Morrison Healthcare at Bon Secours Community Hospital under the direction of clinical nutrition manager Elaine Ridley, RD, CDN.  Read more

Valentine cabaret auditions

HURLEYVILLE, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop will hold auditions for its Valentine cabaret on Saturday, January 2 and Sunday, January 3, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sullivan County Museum. The cabaret will take place on February 12 and 13 at 8 p.m. and February 14 at 2 p.m.

Please have the sheet music for at least two songs. This year’s theme is “Love Songs and Not-Such-Love Songs.” If you have questions about the auditions, call 845/798-4971.  Read more

Organizational News December 31

Hope Farm to be established at SUNY Sullivan

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — On Monday, December 21, administrators from both SUNY Sullivan and New Hope Community signed a memorandum of understanding to establish Hope Farm on the college campus. The signing took place at the Paul and Harold Gold Founder’s Hall at SUNY Sullivan.  Read more

Looking Back December 31

Born in Otsego County, NY in 1806, Alanson Blood arrived in Honesdale, PA in 1828 with his brother Nelson and immediately set up in business as a cabinetmaker, making both furniture and coffins. Blood married Chloe Stone, also of Otsego County, and Nelson married her sister. Soon after his arrival in Honesdale, Alanson Blood became active in establishing the Presbyterian church, and in 1840 he petitioned the council to purchase the borough’s first fire engine. In 1829, Alanson built a house on Upper Front (Main) Street, where he lived the rest of his life.  Read more

Lake Huntington News December 31

I hope you all enjoyed your Christmas. I was down in Queens with my sister and her family. We spent a few days in the city. She did not let us stop for one minute; we walked and walked and sweated, it was so hot and muggy. On Christmas Eve we watched ice skating; it was puddle skating.

We saw “The Lion King,” we went to see a Welsh children’s Christmas play (all poetry)—been there, never need to do that
again.  Read more

Community Curriculum December 31

‘Winter Reflections’ at Universalist meeting

BEACH LAKE, PA — Pat Sanders will lead a service centered on reflections on the poem “Winter,” by Greta Crosby, at the meeting of the Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on Sunday, January 3 at 10:15 a.m. at the Berlin Township Community Center. Sanders will discuss the poem as a metaphor for the possibilities that open to us again and again throughout the years of our lives, if only we will slow down long enough to experience the season. She will also tie this theme in with the winter solstice.  Read more

Making a joyful noise at Cooke elementary

MONTICELLO, NY — On December 18, George L. Cooke Elementary School’s family and friends gathered to watch and listen to Kindergarten through grade-five students, under the aegis of music teacher Dawn Clayton, perform their annual winter concert. Kindergarten students sang “Cancion de la Navidad” and “This Little Light of Mine,” as well as a scarf dance.  Read more

Verderber named to President’s List

DAMASCUS, PA — Kimberly Verderber has been named to the President’s List at Lackawanna College for the past semester. Kimberly is the daughter of Michael and Nina Verderber of Damascus, and she will be attending Luzerne County Community College in the spring semester for a nursing degree.  Read more

Dixon gets excellence award at Wayne

HONESDALE, PA — Lewis J. Critelli, president and chief executive officer of Wayne Bank, right, recently presented Kayla Dixon with Wayne Bank’s Presidential Award for Excellence. This award is presented to Wayne Bank employees who show exceptional levels of dedication and service in their positions with the bank.  Read more

Promotions at Wayne Bank

HONESDALE, PA — There have been several promotions at Wayne Bank, just in time for the new year. Bonnie Taylor has been promoted to assistant trust officer, and Nancy A. Hart and Ryan French have been promoted to senior vice president.  Read more

Narrowsburg News December 24

As the year comes to a close, we are thankful for many things, as we continue to live Narrowsburg. At the very least, we should take a moment to thank two individuals who served us well. Norman Meyer leaves his position of town councilman. He has served for four years and addressed the issues with sincerity and often expressed deep passion as he offered his guidance. Thank you, Norm.  Read more

Looking Back December 24

Jane Brownscombe, born in Texas Township near Honesdale in 1850, became famous as Jennie Augusta Brownscombe, talented painter and independent woman. Her father, William Brownscombe, was an immigrant from England, and her mother, Elvira Kennedy, a Mayflower descendant. After William’s death, Jennie taught school and created book and magazine illustrations.  Read more

Community Curriculum December 24

Grow your business in 2016

HAWLEY, PA — Three Northeast Pennsylvania marketing experts will present “How Will You Grow Your Business in 2016?” on January 6, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Wayne Pike Workforce Alliance, 92 Main St. (behind the Sunoco).
How will you get more people, or the right people, to know about your business? Have you created a strategic marketing plan? Do you have a marketing budget? Tim Sohn, Laurie Guzda and David Good will address these questions.
Class participants will learn how to:
• Determine an appropriate marketing budget;  Read more

Organizational News December 24

Alzheimer caregiver support group

LIBERTY, NY — There will be a meeting of the Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group on Tuesday, January 5, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Achieve Rehab & Nursing Facility, 170 Lake St. It is open to all caregivers/family members of people with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias.

The group provides an opportunity to meet and develop a mutual support system among people who really understand what they are going through. Refreshments served. For further information contact Vanessa Lescano at 845/866-3247.  Read more

Organizational News December 17

Wayne /Pike Suicide Prevention to reorganize  Read more

Lake Huntington News December 17

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

Looking Back December 17

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