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
ORANGE AND SULLIVAN COUNTIES, NY — This holiday season, employees of Crystal Run Healthcare (CRH) brought comfort and nourishment to those in need by providing over 50 Thanksgiving-themed baskets. Crystal Run employees across more than 30 offices created baskets filled with holiday dinner essentials including table cloths, centerpieces and gift cards; non-perishable food items such as canned goods, dry goods and mixes; and fresh fruits, vegetables and turkeys. 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
MONTICELLO, NY — There will be a ribbon cutting for the new office location of Hudson Valley DKI at 534-544 Broadway. The office will be open for visitors starting at 11:30 a.m. for refreshments. The ribbon cutting, co-sponsored by the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce, will take place promptly at 12 noon. Read more
LIBERTY, NY — The Class Act Clinic at the Career and Technical Education Center is open to the public.
Hours of operation are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 12 noon to 2 p.m. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call 845/295-4171. Read more
PORT JERVIS, NY — The Tri-State Chamber of Commerce has named Jane Drake and Nancy Vocci as Parade Grand Marshals for the 44th annual Rick Drew Holiday Parade, to be held on Sunday, December 6. Drake and Vocci are being honored for their contributions to the Matamoras Recreation Advisory Board (RAB) since its inception in 1967. Their contributions through the RAB include improvements to Airport Park, which comprises Veteran’s Memorial Park & Recreation Center, Firefly Field, Dog Park, the summer recreation program and the Splash Pad. Read more
Last week was very hard for me, my brother-in-law Mike died on Monday, November 18. I told my sister-in-law that I was really very sad that her husband died but most of my tears are going to be for missing Tommy. So Tommy’s sister lost him and her husband in eight months, we are going to have to be strong through the holidays. When the bag piper played Danny Boy not a dry eye in the house. The after party was at the same bar Tommy’s was in, typical Irish wake, lots of drinking and laughing telling stories. Read more
There is no denying it; the holidays are here. Decorations have begun to show at our local stores, and the annual Art in Sixes event at DVAA is a great success. There was a record number of artists, over 100, and a record number of their artworks are for sale. This is a great way to purchase a unique gift for the difficult one on your list, or a way to add to your own collection. Or you can just stop by and enjoy the beautiful array of small works of art created by local artists. Read more
Today the tiny town of Sherman in Scott Township, Wayne County, PA, is best known as the birthplace of the Fresh Air Fund. Originally named New Baltimore by its first storekeeper, Hallock Early, in 1854, it was renamed in honor of the famed Civil War general William Tecumseh Sherman when the first post office was opened in 1876. New Baltimore/Sherman was a center of the forest-related industries in Wayne County—lumbering, tanneries and acid factories. In 1877, Rev. Read more
MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Historical Society and Museum need some help to cover the cost for the repair of the bluestone steps that grace the front of their building on Broad Street.
“The steps have been deteriorating quite rapidly over the last few years, and we fear another snow-filled winter will be detrimental,” said Lori Strelecki, museum director. The cost of the project, which is being undertaken by Annunziata Masonry, is close to $9,000. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — Monticello High School (MHS) seniors Austin-Michael Komatz, Rebecca Bass, Allison Linen and Isabel Lopez-Diaz have been recognized for musical excellence and named to the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) All-State music ensemble performance at the annual Winter Festival held in Rochester, December 3 through 6. Komatz, a student of Monticello Choral teacher Marissa Jurow,will perform in the Mixed Chorus. Bass and Lopez-Diaz also students of Jurow, will perform in the Women’s Chorus. Linen, a student of Andrew Verdino, will perform in the Symphonic Band.
NEW YORK — The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) New York District Office (NYDO) is now accepting nominations online for its 2016 National Small Business Week Awards, including its annual Small Business Person of the Year award. Eligible counties include Orange and Sullivan. Read more
Raising service dogs
LIBERTY, NY — Youth and their families can learn the basics of raising a puppy to be a service dog at a class on Tuesday, December 8, at Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd. from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The event is a 4-H Youth Development program. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — Second grade students at the Kenneth L. Rutherford Elementary School were thrilled to gather in the auditorium recently to receive story books presented to them by the Kiwanis Club of Monticello on the themes of friendship and anti-bullying. Pictured in the back row are Monticello Kiwanis members Ellen Nesin, left, Martha Johnson, Doris Motl, Sheila Lashinsky and Jane Sorensen; front row, students Matteo Vrancich, left, Shanyse Santos, Javin Snowden, Ly’Nette Wilson, Jonathan Roebuck, Eymi Ramirez Rodriguez and Hannah Bell.
HAWLEY, PA — The Downtown Hawley Partnership (DHP) has announced the launch of a brand-new, redesigned, mobile-friendly website for the community. At www.VisitHawleyPA.com, website visitors will find an easy-to-use resource with information about opportunities to explore, shop, dine and stay in Hawley; other services and programs in town; and all the details about seasonal community festivals. Read more