LAOH scholarships awarded, Rev. Banuchi to speak and more

What's going on in our communities, June 16-22

Posted 12/31/69

Rev. Banuchi to minister at Lighthouse

LIBERTY, NY — Rev. Bill Banuchi from the New York Christian Coalition will minister at Lighthouse Ministries Church on Sunday, July 3 at 10:30 a.m. and …

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LAOH scholarships awarded, Rev. Banuchi to speak and more

What's going on in our communities, June 16-22


Rev. Banuchi to minister at Lighthouse

LIBERTY, NY — Rev. Bill Banuchi from the New York Christian Coalition will minister at Lighthouse Ministries Church on Sunday, July 3 at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.
There is no charge.
The church is located at 23 Triangle Rd.Admission is free. For further details, call 845/747-9137.

Habitat mural comes to life

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne Conservation District and the Northeast Pennsylvania Audubon Society teamed up to bring the habitat mural in the conservation district office in Honesdale to life, virtually speaking.
An open house is scheduled for Friday, June 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the conservation district office.
The two organizations produced videos about the densely populated mural, which was created between 2013 and 2017 by Katharine Dodge and Helena Guindon.
The large painting depicts a wide array of Wayne County flora and fauna in summer, autumn, winter and spring. Various items of taxidermy and props give the mural a three-dimensional quality.
Accompanied by the sounds of the forest, streams and creatures, the tour identifies and provides some basic information about the trees and plants, and much more.
Virtual tours of all the seasonal sections of the habitat mural are available at Habitat-Mural-Virtual-Tours.

LAOH scholarship winners announced

WURTSBORO, NY — Josie A. Galeas Iraheta, of Fallsburg High School, and Emily Petramale, of the Chester Academy, were awarded $250 scholarships by the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians (LAOH), St. Ita Division 6,
The Division sponsored two $250 scholarships for high school students in Sullivan and Orange counties; one for a student going on to college and the other for a student going into a vocational or technical field.
The students received their scholarships at the LAOH awards ceremony and annual Irish tea held at the American Legion Hall.
The Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians is a nonprofit group of Irish-American Catholic women focused charitable works and promoting their culture and heritage.
For more information on the LAOH, visit the group’s Facebook page at LAOH Division 6 of Orange County, NY.

Eldred welcomes new principal

ELDRED, NY — Come Friday, July 1, Michael Conklin will take the reins at Eldred Junior-Senior High School.
He replaces Traci Ferreira, who will be the district’s new superintendent.
Conklin attended Mount Saint Mary College and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history. He holds a master’s degree from New York Institute of Technology in instructional technology, and another from Long Island University in educational leadership.
Conklin has been the co-principal/assistant principal at Valley Central High School for four years. He spent six years as a special education teacher and classroom teacher with the Florida Union Free School District in Florida, NY.
He currently lives in Warwick with his wife, Kaitlyn, and their three children.

Owen Anderson receives DHC scholarship

BEACH LAKE, PA — The Delaware Highlands Conservancy has awarded the annual Vanessa Joy VanGorder Memorial Scholarship for $2,000 to Owen Anderson, a 2022 graduate of Eldred Junior-Senior High School.
The scholarship was established in 2015 in honor of Vanessa, who passed away on December 25, 2014. A recent graduate from West Chester University with a degree in education, Vanessa was passionate about the outdoors and loved exploring the region with her friends and family. The conservancy established this scholarship in Vanessa’s memory and to honor her dream of becoming an educator.
Anderson will attend SUNY Cobleskill in the landscape development program, and then finish his degree in landscape architecture at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse.
In high school, Owen was student council president and a National Honor Society member. As a landscape architect, Owen hopes to “let [his] creativity run wild and construct uniquely beautiful landscapes for all people to enjoy,” he said.
Donations help the conservancy inspire youth and encourage careers in natural science and education. To donate, visit or mail to 571 Perkins Pond Rd, Beach Lake, PA 18405.
To learn more about the conservancy, call 570/226-3164 or 845/583-1010, or visit

Finn, My Brother’s Keeper members tour BOCES

LIBERTY, NY — Josephine Finn, vice-chancellor of the state Board of Regents, and students from My Brother’s Keeper in the Monticello School District recently toured several Career and Tech (CTE) programs at Sullivan BOCES.
They were exploring the available options for high school juniors. During the tour, the group participated in activities tied to the various CTE courses.
The New York State My Brother’s Keeper initiative seeks to change the narrative for boys and young men of color—and all students—by closing and eliminating the opportunity gaps they face and helping the students reach their full potential.
For more information about My Brother’s Keeper, visit

New director of veterans’ affairs in Pike

MILFORD, PA ― The Pike County commissioners welcomed Jesiah Schrader as the new director of veterans’ affairs on May 9. The position had been vacant since December 30, 2021.
In the interim, administrators in the Lackawanna, Franklin and Monroe veterans’ affairs offices assisted Pike veterans.
Schrader previously served as the deputy director of veterans’ affairs in Monroe County, PA for seven years.
He is also an Iraq War veteran, who has served in the United States Army active duty and the Pennsylvania National Guard.
Commissioner chairman Matthew Osterberg said, “We have among the highest percentage in the state of veterans residing in Pike County. This is an extremely
important position, and we are pleased to have a qualified individual such as Jesiah leading this office.”
Schrader thanked Pike veterans for their patience. “I want to assure you that I will be working to reestablish Pike County Veterans’ Affairs office.”
For additional information on the Pike County Veterans Affairs Office or the services it provides, contact Jesiah Schrader, director of veterans affairs, at or call 570/296-3563, ext. 1205.

Pocono Fox Trot benefits Parkinson’s research

MILFORD, PA — The seventh annual Pocono Fox Trot, hosted by the Tri-State Parkinson’s Project, is set for Saturday, June 18, rain or shine.
It takes place at the Ann Street Park, with registration starting at 8:30 a.m. and opening ceremonies at 9:45 a.m.
The event features a 5K run, a one-mile community walk and a resource fair. The 5K kicks off at 10 a.m.
This year’s theme is titled “Back to the Future, Where Parkinson’s Doesn’t Exist.”
Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative neurological disease with no cure and no way to stop the progression of the disease. Medications only make the symptoms easier to live with.
The annual event benefits the Michael J. Fox Foundation and the Tri-State Parkinson’s Project. It has raised more than $207,000 to date.
Special guests for the event will be members of the DeLorean Mid-Atlantic Car Club.
The cost for the event is $35.
Pre-registration is required. Visit

Pocono Fox Trot, Jesiah Schrader, My Brother's Keeper, Owen Anderson, Delaware Highlands Conservancy, Eldred Junior-Senior High School, Michael Conklin, Wayne Conservation District, Lighthouse Ministries


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