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'Wayne County Grown' set to launch

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — A new network and online hub—Wayne County Grown (WCG)—will soon become available to those interested in seeing sustainable agriculture thrive in the region. The initiative aims to integrate regional farms, markets, businesses and sustainability organizations with individuals, schools and communities in Wayne County and the Northeast region.  Read more

The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance: Back to the future

NARROWSBURG, NY — As a faithful supporter of the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA), I’m looking forward to celebrating the 35th Anniversary Gala with like-minded folks on Sunday, October 9 (see sidebar). Sifting through the mounds of articles already written about the organization since it’s inception in 1976, I searched for information not readily available.  Read more

Literacy Volunteers of Sullivan County: The gift that keeps on giving

jonathanfox@riverreporter.com

MONTICELLO, NY — It’s easy to take basic skills that we learn in school for granted, and I assumed that if I had mastered those skills at an early age, others must have as well. Shortly after moving to the Catskills, I became aware of some startling statistics, including the fact that there are thousands of adults in this country struggling with the ability to read and write. Determined to become a part of the solution, I perused the local papers and discovered the Literacy Volunteers of Sullivan County (LVSC).  Read more

Learning from one another: Transition Honesdale builds community through sharing skills

HONESDALE, PA — When Hurricane Irene hit the area, even though it put people in the dark for a while, it also woke up a lot of people.

What are we going to do without electricity? Without refrigeration? Without water for washing and flushing toilets? Without food from the supermarket?

These are some of the questions asked during the storm. Were any of them answered?

Answering questions like this is the concern of a local group called Transition Honesdale which is initiating a major new program called “SkillShare.”  Read more

Zen Buddhist center opens in Honesdale

A wonderfully funny cartoon appeared in The New Yorker magazine a few years ago. It showed two monks fully clothed in their habits, sitting in a cross-legged position of meditation. One monk was an old man, prune-faced and annoyed, and the other was a puzzled callow youth. Under the cartoon was the following caption: “What do you mean ‘what happens next!’ This is it.”  Read more

September 11, 2001: The day the earth stood still

On September 11, 2001 life as we know it changed forever. At 9:59 EST, the unthinkable occurred when Al Qaeda-affiliated hijackers flew two jets into the World Trade Center towers. The approaching 10th anniversary of the event has stirred up a flood of memories for millions worldwide. For many of us, it has become an opportunity to work through this experience by sharing those memories with one another. Here is mine.  Read more

Healing, hope and horses heading to Lake Ariel

BEACH LAKE, PA — The past year has proven to be a positive one for a special non-profit organization that brings together humans, horses and hope, in a program that provides healing for all involved.

Currently located on a farm in Beach Lake that Hope Hill Ministry (HHM) has been leasing, the young organization and its founder, Keely Ehrhardt, have achieved a milestone and will be relocating to a permanent home on a 12-acre farm in Lake Ariel.  Read more

Monticello’s Slam Allen: Soulworking Man

MONTICELLO, NY — In 1926, composer Ray Henderson sat with lyricists Buddy G. DeSylva and Lew Brown to pen what was destined to be a classic: “The Birth of the Blues,” which went on to be a major hit for Cab Calloway, Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. among others.  Read more

Luxton Lake unveils monument

NARROWSBURG, NY — The public is invited to attend a ceremony on Saturday, August 20 at 1 p.m. at the Luxton Lake Community Property, 95 Luxton Lake Road, to unveil a new community monument. Music will be provided by local musician Jimmy Smith and special guest singer, songwriter and recording artist Halley Hiatt, as well as other local musicians and entertainers.  Read more

Farmstock attracts the curious

KENOZA LAKE, NY — There are 12 farms listed on the Farmstock Working Farms tour in Sullivan County this year. That’s up from eight last year when the tour was initiated by the newly formed Sullivan County Farm Network.

The goal of the tour is to help support the local farming community while expanding agriculture and local food in the county. Along with that, according to the organization’s website, the aim is “to strengthen communication between those who grow food with those who consume it.”  Read more