Christmas and Hanukkah, 2014 are nearly just a memory. All the preparation, the activities associated, and the spirit have ended yet one more time, but really why should the spirit end? Yes, we need something to make the holidays special, but that should be the activities, special meals, out-of-the-ordinary gift giving. But spirit is something that doesn’t have to be extinguished because the holidays have passed. Simple smiles go a long way when passing even strangers in the halls of your workplace or shopping in Peck’s. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — Jessica Ashcraft and Joanna Dutcher’s second grade class at the George L. Cooke Elementary school had the rare opportunity to have their writings published in a book. A company, Student Treasures Publishing, contacted the teachers and offered them an opportunity for the students to write a story and have it published as a book. The students brainstormed book ideas and then voted. They wrote about fun activities to do on a snow day and titled the book “Snow Day Fun.” Each student had his or her own part of the story and all created their own illustrations. Read more
WAYNE COUNTY, PA — Edward Howell, Wayne County coroner, celebrated his 26th birthday on Monday, December 15. He didn’t spend his birthday eating cake. Coroner Howell and his wife, the former Anna Rennekamp welcomed the birth of the first child on this extra special day. Read more
LACKAWAXEN, PA — The new officers for the Lackawaxen Township Volunteer Fire Department for 2015 were sworn in at an induction ceremony on December 12. Seen here, they are Richard Van de Velde, trustee, left; Ben Solowitz, treasurer; Diane Van de Velde, secretary; Richard Krotcha, chief; William Thompson, vice president; and Robert Cocchi, president. At the extreme right is Pike County Commissioner Richard Caridi, conducting the ceremony.
BEACH LAKE, PA — At 10:15 a.m. on Sunday, December 28 at the Berlin Township Community Center the Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalists will have a time of reflection, as Susan Lory leads a meditation on loving kindness. All are welcome to join the Upper Delaware Unitarian Fellowship and stay afterward for a social time and refreshments. For directions, visit www.uduuf.org/directions.
HONESDALE, PA — If you’re interested in serving on your school board, borough council or township board, you can learn how to do it at a Penn State Extension workshop titled “Toss your Hat in the Ring” at the Wayne County extension office at 648 Park St. on Thursday, January 29, 2015 from 7 to 9 p.m. The workshop includes an overview of Pennsylvania local government and the responsibilities of a various offices, instructions on how to run, and a panel of local officials who will talk about why they decided to run for office and some of their experiences since they were elected. Read more
WESTERN SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — The Western Sullivan Public Library has announced the addition of Ancestry.com Library Edition for genealogical research to its online resources. Ancestry.com Library Edition is, “an unprecedented online collection of individuals from North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, and more,” according to Proquest, the parent company of Ancestry.com Library Edition. The Library Edition version of Ancestry.com is accessible in-house only at all three branches of the library either through a wireless device or one of the library’s computers. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — Following the Christmas-tree-making workshop held earlier this month at the art studio of Phil Jacobi, 146 Humphrey Rd., there are still trees and materials left. Jacobi is leaving his studio space available to any who wish to take part in the creation of a take-home tree from now until Christmas. Call 845/252-7217.
This winter scene shows a group of ice skaters gathering together on Lake Huntington, NY. Mr. Maas, a well know photographer who lived right on the banks of the lake, would often start a bonfire. That was a signal for an ice skating party. People would get on their skates, bring some marshmallows, and there would be gathering well into the night. Read more
LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — In anticipation of the upcoming decision on casino gaming in New York, two of Sullivan County’s major employer organizations, the Sullivan County Visitors Association (SCVA) and the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce (SCCC), have been awarded a State University of New York Community College Workforce Development Grant that will bring Disney Institute training to the county. Read more
NARROWSBURG — This month the Upper Delaware Council’s (UDC) three committees will each meet on Tuesday, December 16, at the UDC office. There will be no committee meetings on the typical fourth Tuesday of the month due to a revised holiday schedule.
The Project Review Committee begins at 6:30 p.m. The agenda includes the UDC resource specialist’s monthly discussion items report, Technical Assistance Grant (TAG) program administrative updates and discussion of old and new business. Read more
I just got off the phone with Fr. Bill. He sounds great, but does not think he will be home for Christmas. He is scheduled for some tests and is going in for a bladder operation. He asked me to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy, blessed New Year. Keep him in your prayers, as he is praying for all of you. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — An informational meeting on Sullivan County’s new Microenterprise Assistance Program (MAP), designed to assist owners of small businesses in Sullivan County and people looking to start a business here, has been moved from December 9 to Thursday, December 18 at 6 p.m. at the government center. Read more
CALLICOON, NY — Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce representative Carl Santos, far right, and Sullivan County Legislator Cindy Geiger, far left, joined New York State Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther and guests as Ellany Gable cut the ribbon celebrating the grand re-opening of Callicoon’s Honey Hill Pottery. Gable has now joined forces with potter Franco Lo Pinto (fourth from left) who is “thrilled to be in the Upper Delaware River region,” where he “looks forward to becoming an active member of the arts community.” For hours of operation visit www.facebook.com/Honey-Hill-Pottery.
HONESDALE, PA — Apple Day Spa & Hair Restoration Salon recently held a Spa-A-Thon to benefit Dessin Animal Shelter. Here, Dessin Shelter staff member Faith Bronson, left, is seen with adoptable dog Stella, and Apple Day staff members Karen Houschultz, Linda Pontonsky, Brittany Taninies, Betty Newport, Jessica Junkett and Dessin board member Sarah Simons with an adoptable Camden. The event raised $400 for the local shelter. Apple Day staff members donated their time and offered different services such as manicures, pedicures, facials and massages for 25% off.
FERNDALE, NY — The Animal Hospital of Sullivan County (AHOSC) has been accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and once again passed their rigid standards and guidelines of the esteemed veterinary industry association. Unlike human hospitals, not all animal hospitals are required to be accredited by the AAHA or other industry groups. AAHA evaluates practices of its hospitals on over 900 very high standards. Only 3,400 hospitals this year have earned the AAHA-accredited designation out of over 27,000-plus in the United States—about 1 out of 9 nationwide. Read more
BETHEL, NY — The Dancing Cat Saloon will present Folk Fest for Felines (& Dogs) at the Catskill Distilling Company on Route 17B on Saturday, December 14, starting at 1 p.m. There will be musical entertainment, with members of the Sullivan County Songwriters Circle leading off. Other musicians will include Jon Naberezny, Kenneth McNally, Janet Burgan, Ken Somerville, Stacy Cohen and more. There will be a book signing/sale of the just released “Adventures of Kabuki” by Jane Felber-Strauss. Read more
During the holidays, pet parents and house guests appear to not be able to resist the temptation of the alluring look from the family cat or dog as they gaze at your leftovers. All too often people try justifying to themselves the benign effects of feeding that last piece of turkey, dressing, oven-roasted vegetable, or cranberry sauce. Contrary to public belief, even the smallest amount of table food can cause serious illness. Read more
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present a roundtable discussion of visual artists to discuss how materials in many different mediums can affect health and the environment. The discussion, led by Kalika Stern, the Society for Folk Arts Preservation; Robin Dintiman, sculptor; and Nancy Wells, artist, will take place at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main St. on December 13 at 2 p.m. Read more