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For Pike County Hands of Hope, helping the homeless is an act of love

MILFORD, PA — On the Saturday night before Christmas, two dozen people gathered for a candlelight vigil in front of the Pike County Courthouse to commemorate National Homeless Person’s Memorial Day. The group was there to show their concern and support for the area’s homeless and to remember those who have died homeless. The event was organized by Pike County Hands of Hope (PCHOH), a local organization that is “dedicated to providing compassion and hope to homeless or near-homeless families and individuals by meeting their basic and urgent needs of food, clothing and shelter.”  Read more

Twenty years of bald eagles breeding along the Upper Delaware River

My interest in birds was casual when I was younger, but got a boost in the late ‘70s when I returned to the U.S. from military service and started flying small aircraft over our region's scenic Upper Delaware River Region as a way to unwind.  Read more

New Year’s Eve speakeasy party; a Roaring (Twenties) good time of dinner and dancing

HAWLEY, PA — The idea of the Roaring Twenties evokes images of jazz bands; flappers with bobbed hair; couples dancing the Charleston, the Foxtrot and the Black Bottom; Art Deco design; Prohibition booze and speakeasies. Next Tuesday evening, a recreated speakeasy will take over the restaurant and lounge at Glass_wine.bar.kitchen in Hawley’s Silk Mill, as a crowd of revelers rolls back the clock to the 1920s before ringing in the New Year.  Read more

Telling stories, preserving traditions

[Laura Moran is a librarian at the Western Sullivan Public Library, where she oversees the library’s oral history project and offers training to people interested in learning how to conduct oral-history interviews. The next training session will be held on Wednesday, December 18 at 4:30 p.m. at the Jeffersonville Branch at 19 Center St., Jeffersonville. For Moran, recorded oral histories are collaborations among the interviewer, the interviewee and a third, yet-to-be-determined person of the future who will one day listen to the recording.  Read more

A chorus of all ages performs 37th annual winter concert

WOODBOURNE, NY — Director Kevin Giroux says it will “pep people up for the holiday season.” The Sullivan County Community Chorus will present its 37th annual “Winter Concert” on Sunday, December 15 at 2 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 6317 Rte. 42 in Woodbourne. The chorus, under the direction of Giroux with accompanist Keira Weyant, will present an exciting holiday program featuring “The Unknown Treasures of Christmas” including Daniel Pinkham’s “Christmas Cantata.” The performance will also feature pieces accompanied by brass choir and string quintet.  Read more

Let it be Christmas

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — It’s December, and holiday music is filling the air throughout Wayne County, thanks to a number of church and community-based musical groups who spend months rehearsing for this time of year.  Read more

Remembering glory days in the Catskills; A new cookbook celebrates the Vegetarian Hotel

THE CATSKILLS — In the heyday of Catskills resorts, Woodridge, NY was a thriving village in the Town of Fallsburg, where nearly a dozen hotels attracted summer clientele and weekenders from the big city. One of those resorts was the Vegetarian Hotel, catering to health-minded, mostly Jewish guests, who were seeking something more unassuming than the glitz and glamour and the non-stop pace of activities at places like The Concord and Kutschers.  Read more

Growing community; One email at a time

vir•tu•al (adjective):

(1) Very close to being something without actually being it

(2) Existing or occurring on computers or on the Internet

[www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/virtual]  Read more

The season of giving all year round

HONESDALE AREA, PA — Gloria Frechen got the idea to start the Community Service Center in the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Church because she was inspired by the saint Dorcas, or Tabitha, referenced in the Book of Acts (9:36–42) in the New Testament. Dorcas made clothes for the poor. Frechen gives clothes to people who need them, and gives in other ways, too, including rent money, food and household supplies. So it comes as no surprise when, during my visit to the SDA Community Center, a woman who was there picking up clothes called Frechen an angel.  Read more

Remembering fallen soldiers

For 47 years Dennis Baker, a retired commander from the U.S. Navy who grew up in Cochecton, NY, had a story hiding inside him. Now he is telling it in a novel titled “Restless Hearts.” It is a narrative that is befitting to be told as we near Veterans Day, November 11. It asks the question: What if fallen soldiers could go home?  Read more