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April 30, 2016
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REGION — The Catskill Nordic Ski Club’s informal, guided cross-country skiing sessions will continue in late January through mid-March. All trips start at 1 p.m. The leaders may choose to reschedule, to change the location, or to hold a hike instead of a skiing event depending on conditions, so it is advisable to call the leaders ahead of time to get the most up-to-date information (see phone numbers below). The leaders are prepared to help and encourage new skiers, and can provide directions to the meeting place for each event.


Grants available for organic dairy farmers

NEW YORK STATE — Consultation grant funding is now made available for organic dairy producers in New York State through the partnership of the New York Organic Dairy Program (NYODP) and the New York Farm Viability Institute. According to an announcement by Cornell University, producers who participate in the Cornell Organic Dairy Farm Business Summary (DFBS) program can select a project for immediate attention through a modified Dairy Profit Team approach.  Read more

Pruss honored by maple producers

BETHANY, PA — Sugarmaker David Hauenstein III poses with Ed Pruss at the annual meeting of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Maple Producers Association, held Saturday, January 30, at the Bethany United Methodist Church. Pruss, retiring from 37 years as a Penn State Extension agent, was recognized for his years of service to the local maple industry. The artwork on the bucket is the creation of Aldenville artist Larry Wildenstein.

Fruit and vegetable farmers can get insurance

SYRACUSE, NY — Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) is a risk-management tool offered by the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA). NAP provides financial assistance to producers of noninsurable crops when low yields, loss of inventory, or prevented planting occur due to natural disasters. “The 2014 Farm Bill expanded the NAP program and made it a great tool for New York producers to manage their risk,” said James Barber, the New York State Executive Director of FSA.  Read more

Be a weatherperson at Lacawac

LAKE ARIEL, PA — Would you like to know about measuring weather? Wind and temperature are two parameters recorded by scientists called meteorologists. Lacawac Sanctuary will offer a workshop exploring some key components to measuring weather on Saturday, February 20 from 1 to 3 p.m. Pre-register to receive a supply list of recycled materials for creating your own measuring tools to take home and record the weather in your backyard. The workshop is open to families with children eight and up, and Scouts looking to earn the merit badge. The registration deadline is Thursday, February 18.  Read more

USDA expands microloans

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin offering farm ownership microloans, creating a new financing avenue for farmers to buy and improve property. These microloans will be especially helpful to beginning or underserved farmers, U.S. veterans looking for a career in farming, and those who have small and mid-sized farming operations.  Read more

Backyard bird-watching workshop

LAKE ARIEL, PA — What birds are chirping in your backyard? Using a bird feeder is an aid to our feathery friends and can be more entertaining than watching television! Join the Northeast PA Audubon Society at Lacawac Sanctuary on Saturday, February 6, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon for this free workshop.  Read more

Ice fishing contest in Hurleyville

HURLEYVILLE, NY — The Hurleyville Fire Department, in cooperation with the Town of Fallsburg Youth Commission, will hold its 28th annual ice fishing contest on Saturday, February 13, on Morningside Lake off of Brickman Road from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration will take place the day of the contest at the lake, and costs $5 for adults and is free for those 15 years old and under.

The annual Super Raffle will be held the same day. You can win one of two 32-inch flat-screen TVs, a woven cloth hammock and other prizes.  Read more

Seed-starting class

LIBERTY, NY — New and seasoned gardeners alike can take advantage of a winter series of horticulture classes offered in the new year that begins with a seed-saving workshop on Thursday, January 21. Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC)’s Master Gardener Volunteer program will host this class from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at its Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center at 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd.  Read more

NYCDEP announces art contest

REGION — New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP) Commissioner Emily Lloyd has announced the 30th annual Water Resources Art and Poetry Contest.

Second through 12-grade students attending public, independent, charter, or parochial schools and/or home-schooled in New York City and in the East and West of Hudson watersheds are invited to create original art and compose poetry that reflects an appreciation for our shared water resources.  Read more

Lunch & Learn: Cattle breeding and synchronization workshop

LIBERTY, NY — The latest developments in cattle breeding and synchronization will be highlighted at the cattle breeding and synchronization workshop set for Monday, January 11, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) will offer this class at its Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd. Lunch will be provided, sponsored by Catskill Veterinary Services.  Read more

Congressional vote supports land conservation

HAWLEY, PA AND BETHEL, NY — Delaware Highlands Conservancy (DHC), an accredited land trust working to protect lands and waters throughout the Upper Delaware River region, is praising a bipartisan congressional vote that makes permanent a federal tax incentive supporting land conservation.  Read more

January at PEEC

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) has a variety of events planned for January. Pre-registration is requested unless otherwise noted.
There will be cross-country skiing on Sunday, January 3, 17, 24 and 31 from 1 to 3 p.m. and Saturday, January 23 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, for a fee of $20 for adults and $10 for children. Enjoy the winter woods with beginner ski lessons. Learn the basics of cross-country skiing and practice on an old logging road loop. You decide how many loops to ski.  Read more

Summer internships available at Lacawac

LAKE ARIEL, PA — From now until mid February is the ideal time for students to apply for internships and research positions at Lacawac Sanctuary Field Station. Among the many opportunities this summer at Lacawac are:

Ecological Education and Research Assistant. Mid-May through early August. Complimentary housing.

Marketing and Communications Intern. Mid-May through early August. Complimentary housing.

Field Station Educator. Mid-May through early August. Complimentary housing.  Read more

NPS Boat Launch at Kittatinny Point reopens

BUSHKILL, PA — Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Superintendent John J. Donahue has announced that construction on the motorboat launch at Kittatinny Point has been finished and the launch is now open to the public.

“Completing this project allows boaters access to the deepest section of the river within the park, right in the heart of the Delaware Water Gap, something they have not been able to do for about 10 years,” explained Donahue. “And with the warm weather we’ve been having, anglers can still get in some fishing this season.”  Read more

CCE lists Christmas tree farms

LIBERTY, NY — Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Sullivan County has once again released its annual list of local tree farms in Sullivan County that provide live trees for Christmas. All offer the option to cut your own tree, with some offering the option to pick your own or purchase pre-cut trees.

“Cutting down your own Christmas tree only adds to the magic of the holiday season,” said Sullivan County Visitors Association President Robert Byron-Lockwood. “Additionally, it helps support our local agricultural businesses by purchasing a tree grown with love right here in Sullivan County.”  Read more

Coaches’ pick: All-county cross-country teams

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — For the first time in several years, Sullivan County school coaches from Sullivan West, Eldred, Tri-Valley, Liberty and Monticello have selected Sullivan County All-County cross-country teams. Three teams were named: first, second and honorable mention. Choices were based on athletes’ performance throughout the season, with an emphasis on the league and sectional meets.

Andrew Coddington, T-V Fr. Sarah Grodin, Mont Fr.
Hunter Flynn, SW Sr. Sidney Johnson, Mont Sr.
Ayden Gann, SW Jr. Camryn Johnson, Mont Sr.  Read more

Take a hike on Rails to Trails in Fallsburg

TOWN OF FALLSBURG, NY — There will be a walk on the Fallsburg O&W Rails to Trails on Saturday, December 19 at 11 a.m. The walk will start in Woodridge and end at the Neversink River. Those interested in taking the walk should meet at the gazebo in Veterans’ Park in the village. This leg of the Rails to Trails is about two miles long, and the hike will be round trip. Those who would like to arrange for pick-up at the river can leave their cars at the Neversink Trailhead.

Walkers should dress appropriately for cold weather and possibly a wet trail.

Join Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count

WHITE MILLS, PA — The annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count will take place on Saturday, December 19. This will be the 116th year that this historic international count takes place.  Read more

Lunch and a tour of Lacawac

LAKE ARIEL, PA — There will be a nature hike and tour of Lacawac Sanctuary on Sunday, December 13 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Lacawac boasts a natural lake in near-pristine condition amid a rich, second-growth forest, which surrounds the historic 1903 Watres Lodge. It’s a biological research station and educational nature preserve with rental spaces and lodging opportunities for diverse groups. Reserve your seat for lunch at the Coulter Visitor’s Center and join the Lacwac naturalist for the tour.  Read more

Ag commissioner to speak at CCESC meeting

LIBERTY, NY — The public is invited to attend the 101st annual meeting of Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) on Thursday, December 17. This free event will be held at 7 p.m. in the Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd.. Richard Ball, commissioner of New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, will address the state of agriculture in New York and discuss the balance of diverse agriculture interests that exist in Sullivan County.  Read more