What's going on in your community December 3-9
WAYNE COUNTY, PA — Despite being unable to meet in person, Tri-Gal 4-H Club members are remaining active in the community. From late August to early November, members collected more than 60 coats for a new community service project called “Coats 4-Kids,” which were all donated to Wayne County Children and Youth. In October, nearly 16 pounds of collected Halloween candy was sent to Operation Gratitude and distributed to soldiers and first responders. On November 23, the club provided a complete Thanksgiving dinner basket to a local family who recently lost a loved one.
For the month of December, the club is sponsoring an Angel Family through the Damascus Manor United Methodist Church; collecting restaurant gift cards to McDonald’s, Abe’s Hot Dogs, Moe’s and Taco Bell for the VA Hospital program called Take Out-In; and preparing holiday cards and pictures for Ellen Memorial, Bethany Village, VA Hospital in Wilkes-Barre and St. Francis Commons residents.
For more information on how to become a 4-H member or volunteer, contact the Penn State Extension Office in Honesdale at 570/253-5970 ext. 4110.
NARROWSBURG, NY — The Upper Delaware Council (UDC) is ushering in a new era of public outreach with recently-launched social media accounts and a refreshed website.
UDC staff worked with Creative Director Dorene Warner of W Design in Barryville, NY to update its website over the summer. Since many of the updates improve back-end and editing functionality, the website doesn’t look very different. However, several new sections, including Project Review and Staff pages, were added. Features to improve accessibility in line with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) have also been added.
UDC has also created Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn accounts to reach additional audiences and promote projects activities to the public. The pages have also been used to educate the public about the Upper Delaware’s remarkable resources and history, utilizing thematic hashtags like #MarkerMonday to feature historic markers along the river.
For more information and to stay connected, visit www.upperdelawarecouncil.org or follow the UDC @upperdelawarecouncil on Facebook and Instagram.
LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — During the recent health crisis, dedicated farm workers at Hope Farm have remained socially distanced while tending the land and harvesting much-needed organic, locally sourced produce to keep many local residents fed. Located on the college campus of SUNY Sullivan, the farm is a collaborative effort with SUNY and New Hope Community, a nearby human services organization serving adults who have intellectual and other developmental disabilities.
Through New Hope’s Day Habilitation Without Walls (WOW) program and its Supported Employment Program, men and women focus on their abilities and put in a rewarding day’s work at the farm. Crops harvested are also picked up at the farm weekly by New Hope’s 42 residences and its main campus Community Bistro and contributes to many healthy and delicious meals.
For more information, visit www.newhopecommunity.org.
HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne Memorial Hospital Auxiliary’s 2020 Love Lites ceremony will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, December 7 at the hospital, located at 601 Park St. Lights will be lit on trees outside the main entrance, each one symbolically honoring or remembering a loved one. The community is invited to participate in the program by filling out a coupon and sending in a suggested donation of $5 for each loved one named. The coupon can be found at the hospital information desk in the main lobby or on the hospital’s website at www.wmh.org.
The outdoor ceremony will include a blessing of the Memory Book, which contains the names of loved ones, as well as live music performed by members of the St. Tikhon’s Seminary Choir and the Honesdale High School Chorus. Grab-and-go refreshments will be offered following the ceremony.
The Memory Book will be on display in the hospital lobby until January 8, 2021. It will also be posted on the hospital’s website.
Coupons can be mailed to Kathie Carlson at 33 Tennis Club Circle, Lakeville, PA, 18438. For more information, contact Katie at 570/226-8115 or Danielle at 570/470-1841.
SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Are you looking for all those outdoor Christmas displays this season? There is a comprehensive list being prepared for Sullivan County; this is a call to anyone who has a display at a residence or business that is open for the public to drive by.
Rita Sheehan, Bethel town clerk and resident, came up with the idea, eventually creating a Facebook Page to share the locations for everyone to enjoy.
If you have a display you would like to register for this free listing, email firstname.lastname@example.org for details. You can also sign-up at the online registration form posted on the Facebook page “2020 Sullivan County Area Christmas Displays.”
The deadline to register is Saturday, December 5.
NEW YORK — Rep. Antonio Delgado announced his Holiday Cards for Heroes program for the 2020 holiday season. Residents from the 19th Congressional District are invited to create holiday cards for active-duty service members and health care workers. Congressman Delgado’s office will share the holiday greetings with local heroes who have worked hard to keep us safe this year. Cards will be accepted through Tuesday, December 15.
Holiday cards should be placed in an envelope, addressed to the Congressman’s Kingston office at 256 Clinton Ave., Kingston, New York 12401.
For more information, call the Kingston Office at 845/443-2930.
MILFORD, PA — Carbon, Monroe, Pike Drug and Alcohol Commission; the Pike County Substance Abuse Task Force; Hope for Pike; and the Pike County Sherriff’s Office will hold a free NARCAN Drive-Through Event and Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, December 5 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon behind the Pike County Administration Building, located at 506 Broad St.
The public is invited to drive up to receive info bags including NARCAN kits, DisposeRX bags, informational materials for help with substance abuse and other community resources. Waivers must be signed regarding how to obtain training in administering NARCAN.
There will also be a drug take-back container where the public can drop off prescriptions, patches, over-the-counter meds, vitamins, samples and pet meds. All medication should be taken out of prescription packaging and placed in sealed and unmarked bags. Items not accepted include hydrogen peroxide, inhalers, aerosol cans, thermometers, oils, lotions, liquids and medications from businesses or clinics.
For more information, contact the Carbon, Monroe, Pike Drug and Alcohol Commission at 570/296-1054.