Jeff Hiller retires from GHP, second graders' dreams and more

What's going on in your community January 21-27

Posted 1/21/21

What's going on in your community January 21-27

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Jeff Hiller retires from GHP, second graders' dreams and more

What's going on in your community January 21-27


Wayne Woodlands long-term care residents, staff vaccinated

WAYMART, PA — With their approval and their families’ knowledge, most of the 70 residents of Wayne Woodlands Manor received a COVID-19 vaccine on January 12, as did many staff members, from CVS pharmacy personnel. Long-term care communities have been especially hard hit by the pandemic, prompting the CDC and the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) to schedule them in the very first, Phase 1a, category for vaccinations.

Wayne Woodlands, like other nursing homes, has limited all group activities including dining-room services. Except for a few months, visitation has been suspended since last spring. To date, no residents have tested positive for COVID-19.

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Second graders have a dream…

MONTICELLO, NY — In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, students in Barbara Bitjeman’s second-grade class at the George L. Cooke Elementary School took part in a special project. 

First, students read an article about Dr. King, where they learned about his legacy. Afterward, they were invited to think of three dreams for their world, their community and themselves. They wrote these three dreams down on paper clouds, drew a portrait in the middle and assembled a hanging craft. When they were all finished creating their dream clouds, the class then discussed their dreams for the future and how they can peacefully advocate for their dreams to come true—just like Dr. King.

AOH contributes to Sullivan BOCES efforts to help families  

LIBERTY, NY — The Sullivan County Chapter of the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) recently donated $500 to Sullivan BOCES to support its school community programs that help families during the year. Tri-Valley Central School District Superintendent and AOH member Michael Williams presented the donation on behalf of the AOH to Sullivan BOCES Executive Principal for the Elementary Program Megan Becker. 

According to Becker, BOCES will use this money to help fund the school’s backpack food program and purchase needed winter clothing for families who may need a little help. 

Jeff Hiller retires from GHP Board

HONESDALE, PA — After decades of faithful service, Jeff Hiller has announced his retirement from the Greater Honesdale Partnership (GHP) Board of Directors. Much of his time with GHP has been as the board president. But after a year of unknowns and trials, he is choosing to spend his free time with his family, especially his two grandchildren. 

A statement from the GHP board reads, “During his tenure, he managed to help bring exciting events to Honesdale boosting the economy and community spirit. He positively impacted Honesdale with initiatives like new crosswalks, adding QR codes to buildings for visitor tours, hanging banners and holiday decorations, providing guided tours, planning downtown events, and warmly welcoming visitors. He is an example of community spirit and kindness.”


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