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REGION — On Thursday, October 30, the Northeast Pennsylvania Environmental Partners awarded their 24th annual environmental partnership awards. The Women and Their Woods initiative, led by the Delaware Highlands Conservancy (DHC) with Penn State Renewable Natural Resources Extension, and funding support from the U.S. Forest Service at Grey Towers National Historic Site in Milford, PA, was the recipient of an Environmental Partnership Award.

‘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

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 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

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

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.

Volunteers needed at Promised Land

GREENTOWN, PA — Promised Land State Park invites all interested conservation volunteers to attend a volunteer meeting on Friday, June 10 at 5:30 p.m. in the Park Office Conference Room. No pre-registration is necessary.
Volunteer jobs include campground host, docent at the Masker Museum for 2012, assisting with nature arts and crafts, assisting with the family fishing program, researching park history, monitoring nesting eagles and more.
Email or call 570/676-0567.

Go on a secret garden tour

HONESDALE, PA — Tickets are now on sale for the Wayne County Historical Society’s annual Secret Garden Tour, scheduled for Sunday, June 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ticket buyers receive driving directions from the historical society to 10 gardens, but they can be visited in any order during those hours.
Tickets cost $15 and are available at the Wayne County Historical Society, 810 Main St., Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through June 25, and on June 26 until 12 noon. Email or call 570/253-3240.

It’s pond stocking time

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — The Sullivan County Soil & Water Conservation District is holding its annual bass and minnow fish stocking program. If your pond seems to have excessive vegetation, you also may want to consider grass carp or barley straw.

If you are interested in stocking your pond with largemouth bass, fathead minnows or grass carp, and/or purchasing barley straw, call 845/292-6552, ext. 101 and request that an order form with a price list be mailed to you. The district wil accept orders until Friday, June 17.