‘Barn at Night’ is ‘FARM-tastic', and more

What's going on in your community February 3 to 9

Posted 2/1/22

Rental boats wanted

CANNONSVILLE RESERVOIR REGION — Last year, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection noted an increase in people renting boats to float around on the four …

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‘Barn at Night’ is ‘FARM-tastic', and more

What's going on in your community February 3 to 9


Rental boats wanted

CANNONSVILLE RESERVOIR REGION — Last year, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection noted an increase in people renting boats to float around on the four Catskills reservoirs.

This rental program, administered with the Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC), provides easier boating access for visitors and local residents who do not own a boat.

The organization is currently looking for a business partner to offer pre-cleaned rental boats for Cannonsville, which does not have a business providing that service. Any business owner who would like to provide rental boats for Cannonsville Reservoir can contact Barbara Puglisi at CWC by email at puglisi@cwconline.org.

Parents for Parents support group has new schedule

MONTICELLO, NY — Parents who are raising children with autism or emotional, behavioral or learning challenges may face problems coping at the best of times. During a period of heightened anxiety, such as the world has been going through during a pandemic, the demands on parents and caregivers are greatly increased.

Action Toward Independence of Sullivan and Orange counties offers a free twice-monthly support group called Parents for Parents. It’s designed to help families cope and understand the challenges they face. The group meets from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, beginning on February 9.

The meetings are held at the office of Action Toward Independence in Monticello.

Program facilitators share their knowledge and personal experiences, providing support and learning opportunities to assist with the challenges of raising children with disabilities of all types.

During the gatherings, parents can share their own experiences, feelings and coping strategies, offering support to others as well as reducing stress and promoting self-empowerment for themselves, according to a press release from the organization.

Light refreshments will be served, and each get-together will include a discussion and an activity such as painting, crafting or a book discussion. There will be occasional guest speakers.

The group will meet in a safe and socially distanced manner. COVID-19 protocols will be observed and will include masks and capacity limits.

Safe, supervised child care will be available, and transportation can be arranged if necessary. If you are unable to attend in person, a Zoom option is available for those with a computer and internet access, and materials can be picked up in person before the meeting.

For more information about the Parents for Parents support group, contact the family peer advocate at Action Toward Independence. Call 845/794-4228 or email info@atitoday.org.

Ab Rutherford recognized for community service

WHITE MILLS, PA – Albert “Ab” Rutherford recently received the 2021 Honorable James Rutherford Outstanding Community Service Award from the Wayne County Bar Association (WCBA) and the Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary.

The award was presented at the sanctuary’s annual holiday party.

The award is named after Ab’s father. First granted in 1993 to its namesake, it was established to honor outstanding community leadership and service to the welfare of the entire Wayne County area. It is presented annually by the WCBA and the sanctuary to a person chosen on the basis of service to the community, whether for a specific activity at a given time or for service over an extended period of time.

After receiving the award, Ab spoke about the wonders of the Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary. He remembered Fred and Dorothy Suydam, pointing out that not many people around can say that.

A life-long resident of Honesdale, Ab Rutherford is a graduate of Honesdale High School, the University of Scranton and the Dickinson School of Law. He is a recently-retired fourth-generation attorney who practiced law for over 50 years in Honesdale in the family firm of Rutherford, Rutherford and Wood, which at various times over the past one hundred years has included his grandfather, his uncle, his father, his daughter and his wife, Sally.

He is a former mayor of Honesdale, a life member of the Wayne County Historical Society and is active in its speaker bureau. For several years Ab provided the historical commentary on the Stourbridge Line rail excursions and, in period costume, has portrayed notable personalities from the past such as Benjamin Franklin, David Wilmot and Horatio Allen.

He has written articles that have appeared as supplements to the Wayne County Historical Society’s quarterly newsletters, authored a biography of Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice George Washington Woodward, and published a book covering the early years of the Honesdale National Bank in commemoration of the bank’s 175th anniversary. Rutherford also acted as the U.S. research assistant to British railroad historian Raymond State in connection with State’s “The Pride and the Lion,” on the history of those two early locomotives imported from England by the Delaware and Hudson Canal Company in 1829.

His latest book, “A Wayne County Kaleidoscope,” a collection of historic articles and images, is available to purchase from the Wayne County Historical Society’s gift shop.

Ab and Sally have five children—Sarah, Wally, Jamie, Sherry and Bert—and many grandchildren.

‘Barn at Night’ is ‘FARM-tastic’

WAYNE AND PIKE COUNTIES — A book about a farm just before dawn in winter has been chosen as the FARM-tastic Book of 2022 by the Wayne/Pike Farm Bureau.

“Barn at Night” is written by Michelle Houts and illustrated by Jen Betton.

The book describes how a father and daughter care for their farm animals. The pair feed each different type of animal and find a surprise new arrival in the hay—all in rhyming verse.

As part of their mission to provide ag-accurate books to children, the Wayne/Pike Farm Bureau recently donated the book to all public libraries and elementary schools in Wayne County.

For more information about the Farm Bureau, visit https://pfb.com/wayne-pike/.

Wear red, understand women’s heart risk

REGION — The American Heart Association (AHA), the global volunteer organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke, is calling on women to wear red on Friday, February 4 as a part of the Association’s Go Red for Women® National Wear Red Day.

Go Red for Women this year is promoting easy opportunities for women to build healthy habits that work best for their life, giving them the best chance at life.  

According to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease remains the greatest health threat for women. Experts say the effects of COVID-19 are likely to influence cardiovascular health and mortality rates for many years.  

You can raise awareness about cardiovascular disease in women by wearing red on February 5. Another way to help is by making a donation to the American Heart Association at the website below.

The AHA is also launching the Check It! Challenge in February. This is a free blood pressure monitoring program that will run from February to May throughout the state of New York. Visit https://www.heart.org/CheckItNY.

Learn more about Go Red for Women and donate to the Heart Association at https://www.GoRedforWomen.org.

William Oefelein, left, and Richard Music pose with the newly donated 3D printer.
William Oefelein, left, and Richard Music pose with the newly donated 3D printer.

Kaiser Middle School given 3D printer

MONTICELLO, NY — Thanks to a generous donation, William Oefelein’s technology students at Kaiser Middle School will be able to print their creations a lot faster.

Richard Music, who used to work for 3D printer manufacturer Stratasys, donated a uPrint SE Plus to the technology class.

He used to maintain the school’s existing machines, and knew that it would be in good hands under Oefelein’s care, a spokeswoman for the district said.

“Mr. Oefelein has worked with these machines before, and he knows how to use them well,” Music said. “I knew the machine would be put to good use here.”

Oefelein’s work with his students in 3D printing and manufacturing has been recognized, and he is grateful and excited for the new addition, the spokeswoman said. The new printer will join the school’s three other machines.

“Usually, it takes about 24 hours to print a project,” Oefelein said. “The new printer will help increase capacity and our students will be able to do more in less time. I’m very grateful to Mr. Music for this donation.”

Reginald Charlot has joined the board of the Greater Pike Community Foundation.
Reginald Charlot has joined the board of the Greater Pike Community Foundation.
Luke Turano has joined the board of the Greater Pike Community Foundation.
Luke Turano has joined the board of the Greater Pike Community Foundation.

New directors join Greater Pike Community Foundation board

 MILFORD, PA — Two Pike County residents with extensive business and marketing experience have joined the board of the Greater Pike Community Foundation.

 Reginald Charlot is the managing director for tourism market development at NYC & Company. Luke Turano is an insurance professional and financial advisor with Turano Insurance and Financial.

In his role at NYC & Company, Charlot is responsible for advancing and overseeing travel trade relationships and activities throughout Australia, Canada, Europe, New Zealand, and the United States on behalf of the five boroughs of New York City. He has executed a series of global partnerships such as those with British Airways Holidays and Air France and led to city-to-city partnerships between New York City and Auckland and Milan.

 He is the former chair of the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGTLA) Foundation, the fundraising and research arm of IGLTA. Prior to joining NYC & Company in 2008, Charlot worked at Thai Airways, Air France, and Shoot Magazine.

Charlot and his husband, Dr. Tucker Woods, previously resided full-time in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, and were weekenders in Pike County. As of March 2020, they became full-time Dingman Township residents.

 Luke Turano, of Turano Insurance & Financial, has been an insurance professional and financial advisor since 2006. He took over the family operation in 2015, growing the business into a network of agencies.

Prior to joining the Greater Pike Community Foundation Board, Turano served on the Milford Borough Council and as a board member of the Milford Enhancement Committee, the Chamber of the Northern Poconos, the Pike County Chamber of Commerce and the Wayne Economic Development Corporation.

In 2016, Luke and his wife Krista purchased a home in the Borough of Milford and are raising their two daughters there.

Greater Pike helps individuals, families, and local businesses provide a permanent and personal way to give back to the community, according to their website.

For more information contact Jenni Hamill, executive director. Call her at 570/832-4686, email jennihamill@greaterpike.org or visit https://www.greaterpike.org. The group is on Facebook at GreaterPike.


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