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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, 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

Kate Krempasky joins Honesdale Surgical Associates

HONESDALE, PA — Honesdale Surgical Associates, a specialty practice of Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers (WMCHC) offering general and vascular surgery, has welcomed certified physician assistant Kate Krempasky to its staff.  Read more

Health system wants feedback

SULLIVAN and ORANGE COUNTIES, NY — Catskill Regional Medical Center and Orange Regional Medical Center want to get feedback from residents about what they think of the health of our community. To collect information, a health assessment survey has been set up online at (Sullivan County) and (Orange County). The questions in the survey are designed to determine the key health issues in the community. Everyone who takes the survey is eligible to win a $50 gift card.  Read more

Preparing for cold weather

Now that October is over and we are moving into the colder time of year, this is a good time to think about how to stay healthy during the winter months. It’s important to know about this year’s flu and pneumococcal (pneumonia) vaccine recommendations and ways we can prevent the spread of viral infections at home and at work.

What is the benefit of getting a flu shot if you are healthy or perhaps have never had the flu?  Read more

Brucher named dedicated caregiver

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Carol Brucher of Jeffersonville was surprised by her friends this August who wanted to recognize her help as an informal caregiver in the community. Carol was nominated by her friend and co-worker Kathy Werlau, and was given a small afternoon party to thank her for her “helping hands.”  Read more

Participants sought for holiday parade

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Tri-State Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Rick Drew Holiday Parade on Sunday, December 6, and is seeking animal groups, organizations, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, music groups, fire companies, police groups, civic groups and businesses to participate in the parade. We welcome your group to march, have a float or vehicle, show off your pets, play music and show your holiday spirit and have a chance to win one of 14 trophies that will be awarded after the parade.  Read more

Stamp & Hobby Show

MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County Philatelic Society will hold its 43rd annual Stamp & Hobby Show at the Ted Streobele Recreation Center on Saturday, November 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. There will be hourly prize drawings, stamp dealers, coin dealers, door prizes and free parking.

RSVP to this opportunity

HONESDALE, PA — Growing Older Together (GOT) will host a presentation by Caryn Mathews, project director of Sullivan County’s Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), on Tuesday, November 10 at 3 p.m. at the Wayne County Office on Aging, 323 10th St.  Read more

WPWA obtains distance-learning tech

HAWLEY, PA — With the support of The Foundation for Rural Service and the South Canaan Telephone Company, Wayne Pike Workforce Alliance (WPWA) has purchased the technology necessary to begin development of a distance learning network. Transportation is a key inhibitor for residents to access educational opportunities and WPWA is creating the network to facilitate the offering of both post-secondary and other training opportunities that can be streamed to its Hawley location.  Read more

Windows 10 workshop

NARROWSBURG, NY — A workshop on Windows 10 will be offered on Friday, November 13 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Tusten-Cochecton Branch of the Western Sullivan Public Library. Registration is required. Programs without five people pre-registered may be cancelled. Visit us online at, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @westernsullivan, email, or call 845/252-3360 for more information.