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December 20, 2014
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REGION — The annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count will be held this year on December 20th. All are invited to join.

Civilian Conservation Corps reunion features a history in song

GREENTOWN, PA — Promised Land State Park will hold its annual Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) reunion on Saturday, August 20. All Civilian Conservation Corps members, their families and friends are invited to attend. The afternoon portion of the reunion is open to the general public.

The general public is welcome to attend afternoon programming which begins at 1:15 p.m. and includes a special presenter, Paula Purnell presenting “Celebrate Pennsylvania! A History through Story and Song.”  Read more

What lives in Lake Wallenpaupack?

LAKE WALLENPAUPACK, PA — Nick Spinelli, director of the Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management District, will lead a session on what live in Lake Wallenpaupack from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 9, at PPL’s Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center. Participants will collect samples from the lake and view them under microscopes in the water quality lab. For directions to the event, visit www.pplpreserves.com, click on “Lake Wallenpaupack,” then select “Directions.”  Read more

A walk in the wetlands

THOMPSON, PA — Stu Slocum, a retired biology teacher at Mountain View High School and a long-time member of the Florence Shelly Wetlands Preserve Stewardship Committee, will lead a nature walk focusing on aspects of stream ecology at the preserve on Sunday, August 7, from 2 to 4 p.m.  Read more

‘Peddler Pete’ recognized by WCHS

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Historical Society (WCHS) will present its “People Who Make a Difference in Wayne County Agriculture” award to Peter Wilken, also known as “Peddler Pete,” on Friday, August 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the J.B. Park Farm Museum at the Wayne County Fair. Pete Wilken has spent 50 years working for the Grange League Federation and later Agway, the first 10 years in a managerial position and 40 years (and counting) as a traveling salesman.  Read more

Sullivan Garden Tour

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Sullivan County’s third annual Garden Tour will take place on Saturday, July 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., followed by a private reception following the tour at the Bashakill Winery for ticket-holders.

This year, the gardens on view are located between Liberty and Wurtsboro. Tickets cost $25.

For details visit our June 30 story at tinyurl.com/3n3qzzu.

Native and invasive species

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — There will be a free public program about invasive species in the local area on Saturday, July 23 at 11 a.m. Learn to identify the top 10 priority invasive plants for the Catskills, as well as two of the most important forest pests for the state. Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership Coordinator Meredith Taylor will talk about some ways for you to get involved and help to stop the spread of invasive species in our region.  Read more

UDC hosts Family Raft Trip

BARRYVILLE, NY — The Upper Delaware Council (UDC) will hold its 23rd annual Family Raft Trip on Sunday, August 7. Reservations with advance payment are required by Monday, August 1.  Read more

Sullivan to hold first Sportsman’s & Outdoor expo

COCHECTON, NY — A Sportsman’s & Outdoor expo is scheduled for Friday, September 23 and Saturday, September 24 at the Villa Roma Resort & Conference Center from 2 to 8 p.m. on Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Booth prices have just been reduced. Email chamber@catskills.com or call 845/791-4200.

Sportsman’s raffle

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — The Loch Sheldrake Fire Department will hold its first annual Sportsman’s Raffle on Saturday, July 9 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Firemen’s Park on Route 52. The door prize will be a Browning X Bolt 300 Win Mag Stainless. Other prizes will include a Maverick Bolt 270 Blue Composite (package), Ruger 10/22 Birch Stock Blue Steel, Ruger 77 22 Hornet Walnut Blue and more. Chances cost $15. Call 845/434-3131.

R.E.S.C.U.E. awards scholarships

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne/Susquehanna Chapter of the environmental group R.E.S.C.U.E. has made a cash award of $100.00 to six graduating seniors, class of 2011 in the six school districts within Wayne/Susquehanna R.E.S.C.U.E. geographical boundaries.

Qualifications for the award include good citizenship, leadership in an environmental area, past interest in environmental projects and/or the possibility of a future career in an area that would benefit the environment.  Read more

Nature walks in the Florence Shelly Wetlands

THOMPSON, PA — The Florence Shelly Wetlands Preserve Stewardship Committee will sponsor a nature walk on Sunday, July 10, at 2 p.m. It will be an introduction to the preserve through its “Signs of Wildlife.”  Read more

Summer planting tips

LIBERTY, NY — Sullivan Renaissance will present a gardening workshop on “Essential Summer Planting and Maintenance Tips” for residents on Wednesday, July 6 at 7 p.m. in Cablevision Center. The workshop will address seasonal activities including container gardening, dead-heading, watering, pest control, staking and supporting plants, pruning shrubs and planting fall bulbs.  Read more

Sullivan garden tour to end at winery

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — The Third Annual Garden Tour of private gardens in Sullivan County, sponsored by SullivanArc and Sullivan Renaissance, will take place on Saturday, July 23. The eight to 10 gardens, located between Liberty and Wurtsboro, are open for visits between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Individuals can follow the route shown on the provided guide map or select their own. A wine and cheese reception for ticket holders and garden owners follows the tour at Bashakill Vineyards.  Read more

See Milford’s secret gardens

MILFORD, PA — The Milford Garden Club’s Secret Garden Tour will take place on July 9 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. There will be eight gardens on view this year. Featured gardens are located within easy driving distance of downtown Milford. The locations of the gardens are “secret” until the day of the tour.  Read more

Farmer’s market opens at Rock Hill

ROCK HILL, NY — The Rock Hill Business and Community Association will hold a ribbon cutting for the Rock Hill Farmer’s Market on Saturday, June 25 at 10:30 a.m. The market will be held every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Rock Hill Ambulance Corps property, 96 Lake Louise Marie Road, through October 8. Volunteer opportunities are still available. Visit www.rockhillfarmersmarket.com.

Birds at breakfast

LAKE ARIEL, PA — Lacawac Sanctuary will hold a program, “Birds at Breakfast,” on Saturday, June 18 at 8 a.m. It will be led by experts Dr. Meg Hatch, of Penn State, and Dr. Rob Smith, of The University of Scranton. The program will take place at the hour when birds are most active. Learn about how songbirds are captured and banded for study and about some of the research being conducted locally. See and meet some live birds “in the hand” while learning all about the different parental behaviors of some of our native Pocono bird residents. Visit www.lacawac.org.

PEEC holds programs in June

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) has a number of events planned over the coming weeks. A park history tour will be held on Saturday, June 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and will explore the park to find the many scenic and historic sites within the recreation area. The tour is free for members, and costs $15 for non-members. Bring a water bottle, lunch and a camera. Call to reserve a seat in the van. Carpooling encouraged.  Read more

Safe drinking water program, testing available

HAWLEY, PA — Penn State Extension in Pike County will conduct a Safe Drinking Water program on Wednesday, June 29 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the PPL Environmental Learning Center on Route 6. There is a registration fee of $7 per person or couple for handouts. Pre-registration, including payment, is required by June 24. Make checks payable to PSCE Program Account and mail to Penn State Extension, 514 Broad St., Milford, PA 18337.  Read more

Edible plant and mushroom tour

CALLICOON, NY — Learn to identify plants and mushrooms that can nourish and heal on an edible wild plant and medicinal herb tour led by local herbalist Nathaniel Whitmore, on Wednesday, June 8 at 6:30 p.m., meeting at the Good Earth Health Food Store on Lower Main Street. Topics covered will include how to harvest, preparation, best ways to preserve medicine, uses in folk medicine, uses and classification in traditional Chinese medicine, Native American uses, ecology, native and invasive plants, relationships between plants and mushrooms and more.  Read more

Perennial plant sale

MILFORD, PA — The Milford Garden Club will hold a perennial plant sale on Saturday, June 11, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the property of 108 W. Ann Street and Gooseberry Alley. The rain date is Sunday, June 12.

All the perennials being sold are donated by members of the club. The plants sold that day will come with instructions that suggest the best growing conditions.
All monies raised will be used for the beautifucation of Milford. Please come on out and support this fund raiser. For additional information, contact Nancy Eisenhauer at 570/296-2632.