What's going on in your community November 11 to 17
SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — From the Big Apple Crunch to Harvest Fest, Sullivan County students learned about farms with the help of Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE), Sullivan Renaissance, and other organizations.
On October 21, Tri-Valley, Livingston Manor, Sullivan West and Roscoe school districts participated in the Big Apple Crunch challenge. At 2 p.m., students bit into their New York State-grown apples. Students also learned about different varieties and how to cook with apples.
Sullivan West hosted its first Farm to School Harvest Fest event on October 28, bringing together local farmers, nonprofits, and Future Farmers of America (FFA) to give elementary school students local winter squash and chocolate milk. Students also learned about livestock, courtesy of 4-H staff, and talked to farmers and food service providers about where their food comes from and why nutrition is important.
Vegetables can taste good too. Sullivan Renaissance and the SNAP-Ed program taught students about the produce grown in the Catskills Edible Garden and how to create healthy and nutritious meals using seasonal ingredients.
Sullivan County farmers Alan Dirie and Glenn and Anne Halloran from Halloran Farms; Earl Myers, Dawn, Pete and Rianne Erlwein from Myers Century Farms and Eugene Thalmann from Sprouting Dreams Farm donated supplies and time for the month’s events.
Farm to School is a nationwide effort to bring local food into school systems, with a focus on cooking from scratch and procurement from neighboring farms. It’s all about how farms strengthen the local economy. By supporting local farmers and distributors, schools help keep and recirculate dollars in the local economy. The purchase of New York State products contributes to the New York State tax base, which in turn funds New York State public schools.
To learn more, visit https://www.sullivancce.org/food-nutrition/farm-to-school-program.
WESTERN SULLIVAN — Let the autumn sun showcase your creativity in the library’s latest Take & Make kit. The Fall Suncatcher kit includes a plastic suncatcher for kids to color.
Kits are free for children under 10 years of age, and are available for contactless pick-up at each branch while supplies last.
Sign up at https://www.wsplonline.org by Sunday, November 14, so your kit will be ready.
On Wednesday, November 17, the Jeffersonville branch will hold a teen craft/game night starting at 4:30 p.m. The PlayStation will be set up, along with the board games. The craft station will feature DIY pie-spiced candles.
The program is supervised by an adult but is meant for teens aged 13 and up. Masks must be worn.
Register at https://www.wsplonline.org.
LIBERTY, NY — A special service and Thanksgiving dinner to honor Sullivan County veterans will take place at Lighthouse Ministries in Liberty on Sunday, November 21 beginning at 3 p.m.
All are welcome, but those interested need to RSVP by Saturday, November 13.
For more information or to join, call 845/747-9137 or 845/985-7026.
MILFORD, PA — Start your holiday shopping early in Milford. The Milford United Methodist Church is holding its annual craft and bake sale on Friday, November 12 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, November 13 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, November 14 from 12 noon to 2 p.m.
Masks are requested. For more information, contact the church at 570/296-6124.
EQUINUNK, PA — The media warns us about shortages and shipping delays, expected to put a damper on holiday shopping. The Equinunk Historical Society suggests an alternative, but it’s almost the last weekend to try it.
This summer, volunteers at the Calder Shop, the historical society’s gift shop, decided to hold a weekly “Porch Sale” so that visitors could shop outside and have fun while safely perusing the ever-changing merchandise from the shop. The next-to-the-last sale will take place on November 13.
The hours are still in the works, so contact the historical society at 570/224-6722 to learn more.
MILFORD, PA — If you’re having trouble paying the mortgage, there may be help for you.
The Pike County commissioners have established a new mortgage assistance program for low- to moderate-income homeowners. Eligible applicants will receive up to three months of assistance with mortgage payments.
To be eligible for the program, homeowners must reside in Pike County, be behind in mortgage payments due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and have income less than 80 percent of the area median—up to $63,100 for a family of four.
Through a separate program, the county also has funding available to assist renters and landlords.
Interested homeowners can call Stephanie Everson, human services housing coordinator, at 570/832-0156 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Apply at https://www.pikeforward.com.
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