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CATS media campaign drives increased interest in Catskills tourism

KINGSTON, NY — Following a year-long media campaign highlighting Delaware, Greene, Sullivan and Ulster counties as a tourist destination, the regionwide Catskill Association for Tourism Services (CATS) has announced dramatic increases to the organization’s overall web activity.  Read more

Dine and then ride in comfort to Bethel Woods

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — CD Trips will launch a new service for patrons of Bethel Woods Pavilion Concerts in partnership with four Sullivan County restaurants. The Park Dine & Ride (PD&R) package is available to concert goers who dine at Crust Italian Eatery in Rock Hill, Dutch’s Tavern in Rock Hill, Cracolici’s on the Green in Liberty or White Sulphur Spring Inn in White Sulphur Springs.  Read more

New nursery and greenhouse in Equinunk

EQUINUNK, PA — Chapel Mountain Nursery is flourishing in Equinunk. Located next to Braman Methodist Church on Braman Road, the greenhouse and soon to be antique shop are owned by Peter Grunn and his partner Paul Wetzel. They sell plants that can thrive in the area, from hanging baskets, herbs and vegetable plants and many varieties of perennials, trees and shrubs.  Read more

SUNY Sullivan to hold 50th commencement

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — Sullivan County Community College (SUNY Sullivan) will hold its 50th annual commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 17 at 1 p.m. in the Paul Gerry Fieldhouse. Approximately 248 students are expected to graduate. The class speakers will be Rachelle Walker and April White.  Read more

Artists choose their bears

SANDYSTON, NJ — The annual Black Bear Film Festival (BBFF) in Milford, PA wouldn’t be complete without gloriously painted and decorated bear sculptures created by local and regional artists. Last Saturday at artist Ricky Boscarino’s Sandyston home, 11 artists picked up their plain black bears, which they will turn into original works of art this summer. In August, the finished bears will go on display at local businesses, and during the film festival (October 17 through 19), they will be sold in a silent-auction fundraiser.  Read more

Grey Towers May programs; Tours, garden walk, Audubon lecture

MILFORD, PA — The gardens at Grey Towers National Historic Site are awakening from their winter slumber, drawing visitors to the historic mansion for a number of public programs offered in May. The estate entrance is at 122 Old Owego Tpk.  Read more

Trout Unlimited teaches fly casting at West Point

WEST POINT, NY — Trout Unlimited volunteers give thousands of hours every year in a wide variety of efforts to promote our cold water fisheries. Here, Val Reinhardt of the Upper Delaware Chapter of Trout Unlimited instructs a cadet at West Point Camporee (www.usma.edu/scoutmasters/sitepages/camporee.aspx). More than 7,000 Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts were guests at West Point on the weekend of May 3, and more than 200 of them experienced fly casting for the first time.

Firearms store opens in Bethel

BETHEL, NY — American Sportsman Firearms, LLC officially opened on May 3 with several Sullivan County and Bethel dignitaries present. The retail store is located at 141 Fairweather Rd. in Swan Lake and is owned by Patrick Rotondo. The store has everything for the outdoor sportsman and avid shooter, specializing in handguns, long guns, all kinds of ammo and hunting supplies, target supplies, holsters, scopes, knives and bow supplies. You can buy, sell and trade. Always call before coming, 845/798-0365.

Brain health and nutrition class to offer tips on healthy aging

LIBERTY, NY — A free educational program to address how diet impacts brain health will be offered on Tuesday, May 27. Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Sullivan County’s Caregiver Resource Center will hold a “Brain Health & Nutrition” class to offer tips on healthy aging with a demonstration and sampling of healthy food included. This event will occur from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the new Entrepreneurial and Teaching Kitchen of the Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center.  Read more

Crime prevention seminar in Port Jervis

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Port Jervis Police Department (PJPD) and Port Jervis Citywide Neighborhood Watch will host a crime prevention seminar titled “Keeping Our Community Safe” on Thursday, May 15 at 7 p.m. at the Drew United Methodist Church. This will be just one of three seminars organized by the PJPD Neighborhood Watch for the community.  Read more

CCE offers workshops to Save Energy, Save Dollars

LIBERTY, NY — Homeowners and renters can learn to reduce energy consumption and lower energy bills at a free Save Energy, Save Dollars workshop on Tuesday, May 20. This EmPower New York class is being offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County at 5:30 p.m. at the Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center.  Read more

Learn to plant for pollinators: Free workshop

KAUNEONGA LAKE, NY — Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy, Sullivan Renaissance, and a Sullivan County Master Gardener for a free workshop on Saturday, May 31 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the conservancy’s New York office at 120 Segar and Rosenberg Road. Learn how to convert lawn to meadow and to create pollinator gardens using native plants favored by butterflies and bees.  Read more

Living Well: Chronic Disease Self-Management Program

HONESDALE, PA — Wayne County Area Agency on Aging will present a free six-week program at the Honesdale Senior Center on Fridays from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. from May 23 to June 27.  Read more

Memorial service for deceased firefighters

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — The Sullivan County Volunteer Firefighters Association (SCVFA) held its annual memorial service on May 4 at the county’s government center. The service included several prayers (including the firemen’s prayer), a memorial message delivered by SCVFA Chaplain Rev. Donald Beck, a roll call of names of departed members, family presentations, the laying of a memorial wreath and an honor guard. Pictured here are Pastor Beck, vice president of the Narrowsburg Fire Company, and Maggie Beck, also a member of the Narrowsburg company.  Read more

Narrowsburg News

Narrowsburg, we have a problem! We are overwhelmed with feral cats. Many of you are aware of this situation and don’t like it one bit.

Here are some staggering statistics. According to the webpage of “Solano Feral Cat,” the average female has 1.4 liter per year, with 3.5 live births or 4.9 kittens per year. Not so bad you are thinking. Well this equates to one pair of breeding cats and their offspring producing 420,000 cats in seven years. Now that’s a problem.  Read more

Did You Know?

Shown here on a postcard dated 1920, this dam in Cochecton Center was built by Stevens Brothers, owners of a tannery. It created a 50-acre lake and provided water power for the tannery. In the spring of 1942 after torrential rains, the dam breached and Tannery Pond was no more. From the collection of the Tusten Historical Society.

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.

Liberty CDC brings Touch-a-Truck event

LIBERTY, NY — The Liberty Community Development Corporation’s (CDC) Touch-a-Truck event is returning to the White Sulphur Springs Firemen’s Park on Shore Road (off State Route 52) on Saturday, May 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is the second annual of these community events that encourage kids of all ages to get up close and personal with equipment usually only observed from a safe distance: the vehicles and apparatuses of first responders, U.S. Armed Forces, construction and landscaping companies, farmers, utilities and other specialty trades and service providers.  Read more

District bass & minnow stocking program

REGION — It is time to think about stocking your pond with bass and minnows. The Sullivan County Soil and Water Conservation District is holding its annual bass and minnow fish-stocking program. If your pond seems to have excessive vegetation, you may want to consider grass carp.  Read more

Summer reading program for kids

HONESDALE, PA — “Fizz, Boom, READ!” is the theme of the summer reading program at the Wayne County Public Library. Children will explore the world of science through stories, songs, games and other activities. Experiments, robots, nature explorations and GROSSology will be filling the library. The 2014 summer reading program is free and open to children of all ages.  Read more

People to People looking for student ambassadors

ELDRED, NY — People to People Student Ambassador Program is reaching out to Sullivan County students currently in grades 8 to 11 (rising 9th to 12th grades) who are interested in being a student ambassador in South Africa. The delegation is inviting local students to attend an informational meeting at Eldred Jr./Sr. High School on Monday, May 19 at 6:45 p.m. The program office is sending their representative from Spokane, WA to talk to students who are interested in this rare opportunity. The meeting will last about one hour.  Read more