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Posted 6/16/21

The Chamber of the Northern Poconos announces Leadership Northern Poconos 2022

 WAYNE and PIKE COUNTIES, PA — The Chamber of the Northern Poconos has announced that Leadership Northern …

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The Chamber of the Northern Poconos announces Leadership Northern Poconos 2022

 WAYNE and PIKE COUNTIES, PA — The Chamber of the Northern Poconos has announced that Leadership Northern Poconos is accepting applications for the Class of 2022. This program began in 2002 and was formerly known as Leadership Wayne. The deadline is Wednesday, August 4.

The purpose of Leadership Northern Poconos is to educate a group of potential leaders residing and/or employed in Wayne or Pike County regarding all aspects of the community.  The aim of the program is to give individuals a better understanding of the community’s strengths and weaknesses. The Leadership Northern Poconos program begins its first class on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 and will continue for 10 months finishing up in June 2022. Classes will meet the third Wednesday of each month at various locations throughout Wayne and Pike Counties. Participants will be expected to attend a minimum of eight sessions to be considered graduates. 

Participants of the Class of 2022 will volunteer with a local nonprofit organization to assist with a specific project or program. All nonprofit organizations in Wayne or Pike County that  need volunteers to assist with a project or program should contact Debbie Gillette, Chamber of the Northern Poconos COO, at 570/253-1960 or for more details.

Sullivan 180 offers suicide prevention training for law enforcement and emergency service professionals

ONLINE — On Monday, June 21 from 6 to 8 p.m., Sullivan 180 is offering a virtual training in suicide prevention, specifically designed for law enforcement and emergency service professionals. The participants will be trained to be QPR Gatekeepers, teaching suicide prevention warning signs and QPR’s three life-saving skills: Question, Persuade, and Refer.

Sullivan County has the highest suicide mortality rate in the Hudson Valley and this training, specially focused for law enforcement and emergency service professionals, offers learning opportunities for those who are especially likely to come into contact with individuals who are in crisis or suicidal. 

For more information and to register, visit or email

DVH visitation now less restrictive

WALTON, NY — As of June 14, visiting hours at United Health Services Delaware Valley Hospital will be from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and two visitors will be allowed at a time. Visitors must still be screened at the ER walk-in entrance, wear a mask and stay in the patient’s room during their entire visit. 

In the emergency department, one visitor will be allowed once the patient has been settled in a room.  

Visitors must be 12 or older. Anyone with fever, sore throat or other possible COVID-19 symptoms will not be permitted to visit.

UDC announces availability of litter clean-up kits

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Upper Delaware Council (UDC) has announced the availability of 12 litter clean-up kits that will be available for volunteers to borrow free of charge year-round. UDC was awarded a 2021 Sullivan Renaissance Healthy Community Initiatives Grant of $500 to support the initiative.

Designed for use by two people, each kit will contain a five-gallon bucket, trash grabber tools, contractor trash bags, neon safety vests, work gloves, face masks, a travel-sized first aid kit, litter clean-up safety tips and a visitor Information map and guide for the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River. Hard hats and additional supplies are also available upon request.

For more information, visit 

To rent or reserve one of UDC’s Litter Clean-up Kits, call 845/252-3022, email, or stop by the office at 211 Bridge St.

PRASAD makes a move

LIBERTY, NY — The Philanthropic Relief, Altruistic Service and Development (PRASAD) Project and PRASAD Children’s Dental Health Program has moved to 25 Sullivan Ave. as of June 14. 

The PRASAD Project is a global charitable organization committed to uplifting the lives of economically disadvantaged people around the globe. 

The new office space will enable staff to carry out PRASAD’s humanitarian work in a more spacious and efficient environment.

During the summer, PRASAD’s mobile dental clinic will continue to provide dental services at the new address. Plentiful parking for visitors will be available.

Although PRASAD’s new office address is 25 Sullivan Ave. in Liberty, the phone number remains the same: 845/434-0376. The mailing address is also the same: P.O. Box 576, Ferndale, NY 12734.

For more information visit

NEPA gives for GAIT 

MILFORD, PA — GAIT Therapeutic Riding Center was one of more than 200 nonprofit organizations partaking in NEPA Gives, a 24-hour giving event administered by the Scranton Area Foundation supporting service organizations in northeastern Pennsylvania. GAIT has announced that its very grateful to all those who donated to help it reach our goal. NEPA Gives has been an important source of funds for GAIT’s programs. In 2021, GAIT held two training workshops, “Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning (ESHML).” There were 20 participants developing the finesse needed in working with horses to ensure that clients’ goals in mental health or education programs are met.

There will be another ESHML workshop at the end of September. 

For more information, call 570/409-1140 or email

DEC releases final deer management plan

NEW YORK — New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos released the state’s final deer management plan. The plan is the product of public input, expert review and sound science that will improve the management of white-tailed deer across NYS. In addition, to enact several management recommendations included in the plan, DEC issued proposed regulations that are available for public comment until Sunday, August 8.

The plan, available at, outlines strategies to manage deer populations across a range of abundance levels and diverse deer-related impacts in rural, urban and suburban areas. 

For more information, visit

To submit public comment, email (use “Big Game Hunting Rules” in the subject line).

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