Gardening with Tusten Heritage, a little library and more

What's going on in your community, June 23-29

Posted 12/31/69

Growing strong at the Tusten Heritage Community Garden

NARROWSBURG, NY — Experienced and beginning gardeners alike are invited to join the Tusten Heritage Community Garden.Raised beds of …

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Gardening with Tusten Heritage, a little library and more

What's going on in your community, June 23-29


Growing strong at the Tusten Heritage Community Garden

NARROWSBURG, NY — Experienced and beginning gardeners alike are invited to join the Tusten Heritage Community Garden.
Raised beds of four feet by eight feet are available for a suggested donation of $100 for one bed or $150 for two beds.
Volunteer and work share options are available.
Garden plots are protected in a deer-fenced area. Donations help sustain the infrastructure maintenance of the garden. Tools, soil supplements, free events and workshops are provided.
The Tusten Heritage Community Garden is an edible landscape project, designed to create a public green space centered on education and community engagement.
You can also sponsor a plot for a community group.
The garden is located on DeMauro Lane, behind the library.
For more information, email or find them at

UDC seeks nominations for 34th annual River Valley Awards

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Upper Delaware Council (UDC) will accept public nominations through Friday, July 29 for its 34th annual awards ceremony, to be held on Sunday, September 18.
The categories are the Distinguished Service Award, the Robin M. Daniels Memorial Lifesaving Award, the Community Service Award, the Cultural Achievement Award, the Recreation Achievement Award, the Outstanding Community Achievement Award, the Partnership Award, the Volunteer Award and Awards of Recognition.
“These awards are intended to honor the contributions that individuals, organizations, communities and government agencies have made to enhancing the quality of life or protecting the resources in the Upper Delaware River region,” said UDC Executive Director Laurie Ramie. “We would like the entire river community to be involved in the nomination process.”
The award proposals can take any written form. The UDC asked for supporting information and a full contact for the nominee.
Nominations should be submitted by mail to the UDC at PO Box 192, 211 Bridge St., Narrowsburg, NY 12764, by fax to 845/252-3359, or emailed to
Nominations will be evaluated by a UDC subcommittee. The list of honorees will be announced in early August.
For more information, call 845/252-3022 or email

A little library at the Zane Grey Museum

LACKAWAXEN, PA — Looking for a Zane Grey book? Maybe something else takes your fancy?
A “Little Free Library” is in place at the Zane Grey Museum.
It was created in partnership with the nonprofit group Little Free Library, which focuses on “building community, inspiring readers and expanding book access for all through a global network of volunteer-led Little Free Libraries.”
Western novelist Zane Grey started his writing career in Lackawaxen, finding solitude and inspiration for his early writing while fishing on the Delaware and Lackawaxen Rivers.
To kick off the opening of the Little Free Library, the library will be stocked with many of Grey’s books, including “Riders of the Purple Sage,” plus a variety of children’s books generously donated by Highlights and the Hawley Library. There are also adult and teen novels and books, all connected to Upper Delaware’s natural and cultural stories.
The idea is to “take a book, leave a book.”
If you are interested in borrowing a book, visit the library at 135 Scenic Dr.
Once you have finished the book, you can return it there or to another little free library near you. A registry can be found at

Nominations wanted for ‘Do 6’ awards

ROUTE 6 CORRIDOR, PA — The Route 6 Alliance wants to recognize six innovators, movers and initiatives along the corridor that made a difference in 2021.
They are now taking nominations for the 12th annual “Do 6” awards to be presented at the annual meeting in September in Mansfield.
The awards are presented to individuals, businesses or organizations that have undertaken outstanding efforts that give new meaning to “Do 6” by supporting and implementing sustainable tourism development along the PA Route 6 heritage corridor. The award winners should exemplify the mission of the PA Route 6 Alliance to protect, preserve and promote the scenic, cultural, historical and recreational resources in the northern tier.
The awards are presented in the areas of Heritage Partnerships, Leadership, Heritage Community of the Year, Heritage Tourism (projects or events), Artisan of the Year and Lifetime Achievement.
Nominations can be submitted by anyone along the PA Route 6 corridor and are due by Friday, July 15.
Nomination forms and category descriptions are available at Winners will be notified prior to the meeting. For more information, call the PA Route 6 Alliance at 814/435-7706.

Freeswick is Officer of the Year

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Commissioners recognized Jonathan Freeswick as Correctional Officer of the Year for 2021 during their June 1 meeting.
A proclamation was issued in May for National Correctional Officers and Employees Week.
“I am extremely proud of Officer Freeswick. He has performed his duties in an outstanding manner, demonstrating extraordinary levels of correctional professionalism, job proficiency and dedication to duty with exemplary diligence,” said Craig Lowe, warden of the Pike County Correctional Facility.
Officer Freeswick has served Pike County since 2009.

Ten students step up to middle school

LIBERTY, NY — On June 2, the elementary program at Sullivan BOCES held a stepping-up ceremony for 10 sixth-grade students, celebrating the kids’ promotion to the middle school program at the Rubin Pollack Education Center. Administrators, staff and parents attended the celebration.
“I am so proud of our students. This event was not only a celebratory one, but also a learning experience, as it was the first ‘graduation’ many of the students have participated in,” said Patti Sonnenschein, interim principal of the elementary program.
Congratulations were bestowed on Alyiah Andrews, Christopher Colon, Cadence Doherty, Dorian Keillor, Seann Koskey, Hunter Matthews, Zaniyah McKaney-Roberts, Evan Miller, James Smith Jr. and Paul Tsoucalas.

Thank you, essential workers

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — The Kiwanis Clubs of Callicoon, Monticello, Roscoe and Woodridge have joined together to thank essential workers for their service.
They paid tribute to healthcare workers, educators, law enforcement officers, firefighters, EMS personnel, postal workers, county workers, store associates and all the other essential workers. Kiwanis members distributed flyers and cards throughout the county, thanking these individuals for their outstanding service during the COVID pandemic.
In addition, they expressed their gratitude with an ad in local publications and on a billboard on Route 17, donated by Robert Green Chevrolet.

Tusten Heritage Community Garden, Upper Delaware Council, River Valley Awards, Little Free Library, Zane Grey Museum, Jonathan Freeswick, Sullivan County BOCES, Kiwanis Clubs


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