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Step up to help Columns

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

MHS students named to all-state music festival

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.

Small business award nominations open

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

Community Curriculum November 25

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

Second graders receive story books from Kiwanis Club of Monticello

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 gets new website

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

SUNY Sullivan wins culinary cookoff

CANANDAIGUA, NY — A SUNY Sullivan chef instructor and four of his students won a cookoff at the New York Beef Council’s Farm to Fork two-day event recently. Six culinary schools, Monroe Community College, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Erie Community College, SUNY Sullivan County Community College, Westchester Community College and Finger Lakes Community College toured Noblehurst Dairy Farms in Pavilion, NY and Provitello Veal Farm in Elba, NY. Then, on the afternoon of Day 2, students were challenged to create veal sliders with a “gastropub” theme.  Read more

Organizational News November 19

America Recycles book swap

HONESDALE, PA — A free community book swap will be offered on America Recycles Day, Saturday, November 21 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wayne County’s Park Street Complex cafeteria, located at 648 Park St.  Read more

Looking Back

The Scranton Branch of the New York, Ontario & Western (O&W) Railway was completed in 1890 and changed the lives of farmers in Northern Wayne County. Pictured is a crew as it attempts to raise an O&W engine that hit a snow bank and went off the rails near Orson, PA. Although the railroad’s primary purpose was to transport coal from Scranton to Cadosia, NY (near Hancock), it also provided a way for dairy farmers to get their products to market, and the transition from subsistence farming to dairy farming was rapid.  Read more

Lake Huntington News

Tommy’s sister’s husband, Mike, is dying and I was down in Queens for the last four days to sit with her. My sister-in-law’s name is Eileen. She will have lost her oldest brother and husband within months. So sad—life is so short. Tommy was 66 and Mike is 67; so young. On the way back upstate I had such a strong urge to go sit with Friar Bill. He is only 10 minutes off of Interstate 87. We sat and watched football, and he had me laughing, telling me stories. He is very happy to report that after 10 months and failing six throat swallow tests, he finally passed.  Read more

Community Curriculum November 19

Energy workshops can help reduce winter utility costs

LIBERTY, NY — Homeowners and renters can learn to reduce energy consumption and lower energy bills at a Save Energy, Save Dollars workshop on Tuesday, November 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. This EmPower New York class is being offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County at its Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center.  Read more

Seldin offers animal communication workshops

NARROWSBURG, NY — Brenda Seldin will offer a beginners’ animal communication workshop on Saturday, November 21 and an advanced workshop on Sunday, November 22. Seldin has been an animal communicator for 12 years, and says she has “helped over 500 people connect to their innate ability to communicate with animals telepathically.” Describing the beginners workshop, her website says, “Learn to communicate with both living animals and animals that have passed on. Participants will have the opportunity for many practice sessions with each other’s pets.”  Read more

Lymphoma in dogs

Animals experience many of the same diseases that humans are diagnosed with, and quite often the treatments are exactly the same. This past month I have had a number of those experiences. While considering what to write about, I also noted that November is Pet Cancer Awareness Month. Given this patient’s unique experience, I thought it would be a perfect story to share.  Read more

Narrowsburg News

It just seems so unfair that here we are in the midst of a fabulous fall season with lingering colors on the mountainsides, balmy, almost warm weather, and holiday catalogs are already beginning to make an appearance in our mailboxes. At the same time, TV programing has begun the “Christmas Countdown.” If you are over 50 years of age you are probably saying, “Didn’t we just have Christmas recently?”  Read more

Looking Back

Rev. John Julius Doherty, D.D., was born on November 20, 1820 at Dungrood Castle, a small estate owned by his father in Vale Sharlow, County Tipperary, Ireland. He came to America in 1836, taught in a series of public schools in New York and began to study law. He became seriously ill with typhus and while recovering changed from law to theology and became a priest. He was assigned to St. John the Evangelist parish in Honesdale, PA in 1855.  Read more

Community Curriculum November 15

Social media workshop

HAWLEY, PA — The Downtown Hawley Partnership will hold “Facebook 101,” a social media workshop for business owners. Learn how to create social media profiles to grow your business, attract more customers to your storefront or website, and integrate social media with your other promotional campaigns. Join the marketing committee of the Downtown Hawley Partnership on Monday, November 16 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Undercroft at the Settlers Inn. The workshop is free for DHP members and costs $10 for non-members.  Read more

Shopping Cart Challenge benefits food pantry

NARROWSBURG, NY - Catskill Hudson Bank (CHB) will be taking the Shopping Cart Challenge at Pete’s Market on Monday, November 9 at 9 a.m. One lucky CHB employee (voted by CHB customers) will run around the store collecting as many groceries as they can in a three-minute period. All groceries will be donated to the Narrowsburg Ecumenical Food Pantry.

Oldfield joins Crystal Run at Rock Hill

ROCK HILL, NY — Crystal Run Healthcare announces the addition of Kate Oldfield, certified physician assistant to the practice. She will be seeing patients in Rock Hill.

Oldfield earned her Master of Science in physician assistant studies from Le Moyne College in Syracuse. She is a board certified physician assistant in urgent care.

Visit www.crystalrunhealthcare.com, follow it on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook, or call 845/703-6999.

Birth Announcements

Wayne Memorial Hospital announces the following births:
Logan Joseph Budd was born on September 20, 2015 to Ann Marie Knoll and Daniel Bidd of Lackawaxen, PA. Maternal grandparents are Mike and Lisa Knoll of Lackawaxen, PA. Paternal grandparents are Adelle and David Budd of Dingmans Ferry, PA.
Audrey Summer Landmesser was born on September 25, 2015 to Renae and Timothy Landmesser of Lords Valley, PA. Maternal grandparent is John Reinfurt of Beach Lake, PA. Paternal grandparents are Dennis and Jo-Ann Landmesser of Hallstead, PA.  Read more