Donations fund STEM in Pike, Fallsburg senior earns scholarship and more

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Posted 6/16/22

Greater Pike donations help students

MILFORD, PA — The Greater Pike Community Foundation announced donations from area banks and businesses that will help students from pre-K through high …

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Donations fund STEM in Pike, Fallsburg senior earns scholarship and more

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Greater Pike donations help students

MILFORD, PA — The Greater Pike Community Foundation announced donations from area banks and businesses that will help students from pre-K through high school.
Delaware Valley School District students will get a leg up in science and technology this year thanks to donations from Weis Markets, the Dime Bank and the Honesdale National Bank.
Families of pre-K students will receive tuition assistance with donations from the Dime Bank and Highmark Blue Cross, Blue Shield.
The donations were made to Greater Pike through a Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development program that offers tax credits for educational program support, specifically for Greater Pike’s approved pre-K scholarship program and for the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) educational programs at Delaware Valley School District.
For more information about Greater Pike, call Jenni Hamill, executive director, at 570/832-4686 or email her at

Fallsburg senior earns Salon memorial scholarship

FALLSBURG, NY — Kyle Tremper, a graduating senior at Fallsburg High School, has been named the 2022 recipient of the Marion and Philip Salon Memorial Scholarship Award.
The son of Cheryl and Aaron Tremper of Woodridge, NY, he will receive $1,000 toward his first year of post-secondary studies. He plans to attend SUNY New Paltz this fall.
He was selected as the scholarship recipient for his perseverance in overcoming a serious medical condition in his family that required him to assume many additional responsibilities, according to a press release. He now ranks ninth in his graduating class, has played varsity sports at Fallsburg High School, served as editor of the Comet Chronicles student newspaper, was Leo’s Club president and was treasurer for the Interact Club.
“Learning and doing these tasks has helped me prepare for my own adulthood, where people need to keep many balls in motion while juggling the obligations of work, school, family and home,” he wrote in his personal essay for the scholarship.
The scholarship is in memory of two lifelong Hurleyville residents. It is given to graduating seniors at Fallsburg Central School who have made a serious commitment to service in ways that benefit the community and its citizens or have overcome a significant personal challenge.
The annual Salon scholarship is funded by the children and relatives of Marion and Phil Salon, whose two children, Shep and Rebecca, graduated from Fallsburg Central High School in the 1960s. The Salons owned and operated a bungalow colony and Salon’s Corners, a convenience store, over a 40-year period. Phil Salon served for 24 years on the Fallsburg school board.

Alumni inducted into Monti Hall of Distinction

MONTICELLO, NY — Six Monticello High School alumni joined the district’s Hall of Distinction this month.
The inductees for the 2021 Hall of Distinction are Dr. Todd Cellini, Monticello class of 1997; Judge Mark Meddaugh, class of 1971; Henry “Hank” Good, class of 1972; Cynthia MacAdam Gilmour, class of 1980; Warren “Buddy” Goldsmith, class of 1959; and Seth Rausch, class of 1996.
Biographies of each inductee can be read on the Monticello website,
The Hall of Distinction honors highly successful Monticello alumni, former board of education members and former employees who have achieved distinction, outstanding accomplishments or made significant contributions within their school, family, career, community and/or personal lives, according to a news release.
It was established during the 2012-2013 school year and is located in the lobby outside of the Arnold Packer Hughs Auditorium in Monticello High School.

Making college possible

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — To encourage college enrollment after high school and improve the personal and community and economic well-being of Sullivan County residents, the Sullivan County Legislature voted in April to approve funding for a new tuition-free scholarship program at SUNY Sullivan.
The Sullivan Promise scholarship will cover the cost of tuition and fees to Sullivan County 2022 high school graduates for one year of full-time study in a degree program at SUNY Sullivan.
“While everyone knows that a college degree can open new doors to careers and lifetime earnings, it is also closely linked to important health and societal benefits,” said SUNY Sullivan president Jay Quaintance.
“Keeping our young talent in their home county has long been a fervent hope of parents, teachers and community leaders,” said Josh Potosek, county manager. “This scholarship program will make that goal far easier to achieve and will benefit the college and the county as well.”
The legislature supported it unanimously.
The scholarship is also offered to GED students and homeschoolers.
In its resolution, the legislature stated that tuition is often a barrier that prevents students from enrolling in college; that one in 10 people who have student loans continue to owe on those loans for over 10 years; prolonged debt can often delay or prevent people from buying a home or starting a business; individuals who complete an associate’s degree earn on average one-third more money over their lifetime than individuals with only a high school diploma; and states and counties that have established tuition-free community college programs have seen substantial increases in community college enrollment and completion, along with decreased student loan debt.
“This is not a giveaway—it’s a promise, like the name of the program,” said Sullivan County legislature chairman Rob Doherty. It holds the promise of retaining our young people into adulthood, into leadership, into volunteerism, into raising the next generation with the hope we gave them. It’s the promise of a future.”
There is a two-year residency requirement and recipients must maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA while enrolled at the college. For more information on the Sullivan Promise Scholarship and eligibility, visit or call 845/730-3113.

Come P. L. A. Y. at Bethel Woods

BETHEL, NY — Bethel Woods’ Peace. Love. Arts. You. (P. L. A. Y.) program invites children to explore the creative arts at the historic festival site of the 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Fair.
Classes begin Monday, June 27.
Led by Bethel Woods teaching artists and special guests, history, art, music and the environment will be used to ignite kids’ creative imaginations. There will be plenty of time outdoors as well as socially-distant access to the Museum’s collections and special exhibitions.
For a list of classes, visit
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Here’s the summer 2022 class list:
P.L.A.Y. Movement
A dance-intensive class designed to empower, energize and inspire youth to find their own voices through creative movement.
Ages 10-15
Two-week class begins Monday, June 27.
P.L.A.Y. Theater
Students will be introduced to theater history, acting, characterization and improvisation through scene work and theater games.
Ages 10-15
Two-week class begins Monday, June 27.
P.L.A.Y. Rock Camp
There’s an emphasis on classic rock work under the guidance of skilled musicians, helping kids form the ultimate rock band.
Ages 10-15
Two-week class begins Monday, July 11 or Monday, August 8.
P.L.A.Y. Fine Art
Led by professional teaching artists, students will be introduced to the foundations of drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, design, crafts, photography, video, film-making and architecture.
Ages 10-15
Two-week class begins Monday, July 25.
P.L.A.Y. All Day
This introductory program explores art, storytelling, music, nature and movement that inspire creativity. For ages 4 through 6.
Session 1: July 5-8
Session 2: July 11-15
Session 3: July 18-22
Session 4: July 25-29
Session 5: August 1-5
Session 6: August 8-12
Session 7: August 15-19
P.L.A.Y. All Day
There’s no better place to learn about art than at the site of Woodstock. Imagination will be hard at work in this play-based introduction to the creative process. No previous experience required. We welcome artists of all abilities! For ages 7 through 9.
Session 1: Games, Games, Games, July 5-8
Session 2: Art in Architecture, July 11-15
Session 3: Little Woodstock, July 18-22
Session 4: Theater, July 25-29
Session 5: Music, August 1-5
Session 6: EcoART!, August 8-12
Session 7: Art in Science, August 15-19
Funding for P.L.A.Y. has been provided by Nellie and Robert Gipson of the Tianaderrah Foundation, the John N. Blackman Sr. Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. Additional funding has been provided by Bethel Woods Center for the Arts members and donors. View a copy of our annual report or visit our website for a more comprehensive list of supporters.

Top students in 2022 recognized

LIBERTY, NY — On May 24, Sullivan BOCES held the 37th annual Academic Achievement Celebration, honoring the county’s top students of the class of 2022. School superintendents, principals, board presidents and Sen. Mike Martucci were in attendance.
Students were presented with a certificate of achievement and a notebook, compliments of the Rolling V Bus Corporation.
Martucci congratulated the students on their outstanding academic achievement, shared advice and encouraged the students to be flexible and adapt to change.
“Always keep your eyes open to opportunities. When you position yourself well, opportunity will come,” he said.
Dr. Robert Dufour, district superintendent, referenced Winston Churchill’s definition of success. “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”
Success, he said, is not about what you have or achieve, but how you live. “It’s about experiencing that event, then moving on cheerfully.” It’s not that you don’t ever fail. It’s getting back up that matters.
This year’s top students include:
Eldred: Kaitlyn Potter and AnnMarie Davis.
Fallsburg: Nabiha Shah Jahan, Jonathan Espinoza and Martiza Rivas.
Liberty: Katrina Blais, Abigail Kelly, Logan Keaveney and Melana Quick-Lepke.
Livingston Manor: Uriel Cortes-Hidalgo and Osei Helper.
Monticello: William Weiss, Joey Hundeland, Jacob Kaplan, Max Baum, Owen Bassett, Nathaniel Kenny, Gabriella Vieria, Yaseen Elsayed, Liza Mitchell and Daniel Aguila.
Roscoe: Rebecca Stickle and Annabelle Creamer.
Sullivan West: Dylan Sager, Sofia Seidl, Karl Swanson and Samantha Everett.
Tri-Valley: Robert Denman, Benjamin Smith and Vanya Khodakovski.

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