Posted 12/31/69

 The Hardenbergh Patent and its role in history

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — A Denning History Afternoon and Talk will be held on Saturday, October 22 at 1:30 p.m. at the Time and the Valleys …

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 The Hardenbergh Patent and its role in history

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — A Denning History Afternoon and Talk will be held on Saturday, October 22 at 1:30 p.m. at the Time and the Valleys Museum.
Archivist and trustee Lynn Priebe will present a program titled “The Great Hardenbergh Patent.”
She will detail the origin of the patent, the colorful historical characters associated with it, and the impact it has had on our region.
The Hardenbergh Patent influenced the history of the Catskill Mountain region. When the patent was granted in 1708, it was common to give land in large tracts to owners who promised to bring settlers. The patent owners were heroes and anti-heroes, shaping that history, and the Hardenberghs were no different. A Hardenbergh rescued state records during the American Revolution, a Hardenbergh was part of the early days of the Anti-Rent Wars, a Hardenbergh designed some of the buildings in New York City, and a Hardenbergh was instrumental in the creation of the Catskill Park.
Admission to the program is free and includes admission to the museum exhibitions.
The museum is located at 332 Main St. on State Rte. 55.
For more information, call 845/985-7700, email, or visit

Sidle, Kolesar and more take honors at DHC photo contest

MILFORD, PA — Through this past summer, the Delaware Highlands Conservancy held its fifth annual juried photo contest, titled “Confluence: Land, Water, Wildlife.”
The winners have been named, and an opening reception will be held on Saturday, November 12 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the ARTery Gallery.
The winners are as follows:
Van Scott Nature Reserve category—the winner is Jeffrey Sidle, and the runners-up are Claire Shickora and Sarah Hine.
Wildlife category—the winner is Peter Kolesar, and the runners-up are Stephen Hansen and Jeffrey Sidle.
Landscape category—the winner is Laurie Lobbregt, and the runners-up are Tracy Harris and Daniel Pilz.
Water category—the winner is Roger Gottlieb, and the runners-up are Sarah Hine and Stephen Hansen.
Macro category—the winner is William Brown, and the runners-up are Lynda Asprinio and Kathe Williams.
Youth category—the winner is Anna Brown; and the runners-up are Owen Doyle, Aidan Hague, Reilly Hague, Mckayleigh Lokuta, Giada Mancuso and Kallista Straut.
People’s Choice—the winner is Eileen Chorba, and the Conservancy Staff Pick is John Butler.
The winning photographs will be displayed at the gallery, along with work created by ARTery member artists, from Thursday, November 10 to Monday, December 5. The works can also be found on the Delaware Highlands Conservancy Facebook page at DelawareHighlandsConservancy.
The contest invited local photographers to capture striking nature photos from the Upper Delaware River region in five categories.
The ARTery Gallery is located at 210 Broad St.
For more information, call 570-/226-3164, 845/583-1010, or visit

Floral abundance at the flower show

MILFORD, PA — The Milford Garden Club, in coordination with District II/III of the Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania and the National Garden Clubs, will hold a standard flower show on Friday, October 21 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and on Saturday, October 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Church Hall, 111 High St.
The theme of the show, “Remember the Ladies,” was chosen to honor all past and present members of the club.
There is no charge to attend.
For more information, visit

Halloween magic

FOREST CITY, PA — As part of Halloween on Main, Damian the Magician will present a 50-minute magic show, featuring classic magic. Audiences can participate.
The show takes place at 6:15 p.m. on Wednesday, October 26 at the Forest City Area Historical Society, located on the corner of Main and Dundaff Streets on Route 247.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit

Cleanup day for Action Toward Independence

MONTICELLO, NY — Whether you’re a high-school student in need of community service credits, or you just want to help out, register for Action Toward Independence’s storage and clean-up day.
The volunteering opportunity takes place on Saturday, November 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. But registration ends on Friday, October 21.
Help take inventory, clear and clean shelves, remove garbage, pack and assist with other tasks.
Lunch will be served.
Register by calling 845/794-4228. You can also email

‘Beetlejuice’ and ‘Scream’ at the Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — The Cooperage Project will screen two horror movie classics—one for kids and one for adults—in celebration of the spooky month.
On Friday, October 21, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., the Wayne County Prevention Task Force will host the kids’ movie night with a showing of “Beetlejuice,” directed by Tim Burton. Kids in sixth through eighth grade are invited to dress in Halloween costumes. Refreshments will be provided.
On Monday, October 31, from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., the Cooperage will host a movie night for adults, with a showing of “Scream,” directed by Wes Craven. Arrive in costume. Dinner and refreshments will be served at the in-house Red Door Cafe.
Tickets cost $10 and can be purchased at
Both movies will be shown at the Cooperage, located at 1030 Main St.
For more information, call 570/253-2020 or email

Try some wine at the Hawley Public Library

HAWLEY, PA — The Hawley Public Library will host its first-ever Mystery Wine Tasting on Saturday, October 22 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The library is located at 103 Main Ave.
Participants can sample five types of wine, each with two different price points. Labels are hidden from view. Once the tasting is completed, the labels will be revealed and participants will learn which price point their palate preferred.
Light snacks will be provided and a 50/50 raffle will also be held.
The cost is $30 per person, and proceeds will benefit the library.
Sign up at the library or visit

The state of mental health in NEPA

SCRANTON, PA — Do you struggle with mental illness? Do you know someone who suffers from mental health problems?
A live panel discussion will be held at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine on Thursday, October 27 at 7 p.m. Titled “Mind Over Matter: The State of Mental Health in NEPA,” the event is sponsored by public television station WVIA.
Moderator Tracey Matisak and a panel of regional mental health experts will discuss the state of mental health in NEPA based on a critical-needs assessment.
People coping with mental health challenges will share their stories, and listeners can find out where to get help.
The Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine is located at 525 Pine St.
There is no charge for admission. Register at

Recognizing NY’s school boards

NEW YORK STATE — The New York State School Boards Association issued a proclamation, naming the week of October 17 to 21 School Board Recognition Week.
Sullivan BOCES and all school districts across Sullivan County will mark the week, honoring local board members for their commitment to Sullivan County and its children.
“School board members give the community members in all our districts a voice in education decision-making. Even though we make a special effort to show our appreciation in October, their contribution is a year-round commitment,” said Robert Dufour, district superintendent at Sullivan BOCES in a press release.
For more information, visit

YAC mini-grants available

ONLINE — The Wayne County Community Foundation (WCCF) is accepting applications for 2022’s Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) mini-grants.
Mini-grants of up to $1,000 are available for qualifying projects or programs that will benefit elementary- and secondary-age students in Wayne County schools or in community groups.
This year, the WCCF is awarding $6,000.
What can be funded? Proposals for special classroom projects planned by students, such as student newspapers, special sports, arts-related projects and other community-related projects. These grants are intended for student groups, not individuals.
Applications are due Monday, October 31 and can be found at
For more information, email

Home and land in art

MILFORD, PA — The ARTery Gallery is exhibiting the work of member artists Marie Liu and Randall FitzGerald in a project titled “Home-Land.”
It will be in place until Monday, November 7.
Marie Liu, the gallery’s current director, has been painting images inspired by Milford and the Poconos since 2009. One of the subjects she said she is drawn to is the Lenape, the original people of the Delaware River region.
The result is a painting of Nora Thompson Dean, Touching Leaves Woman, a Lenape educator.
Dean, a press release from the gallery noted, endeavored to preserve her people’s language, culture and knowledge of their homeland through her work.
Randall FitzGerald, an ecologist, has been photographing and painting for over 50 years. He said in the press release that he has always endeavored to combine his artistic and scientific pursuits. His love for nature permeates his artistic life, and what he creates reflects the intimacy he enjoys with the natural world.
His current work is dominated by rural landscapes, seascapes and bird life, with a flair for romanticism. As a woodworker and ardent environmentalist, he makes all his own frames with recycled materials. Each piece of art is custom framed with these repurposed materials, cut and stained or painted to enhance each unique work of art.
The ARTery Gallery is located at 210 Broad St.
For more information, call 570/409-1234.

Learn about native wildflower seeds

MONTICELLO, NY — Local naturalist Pamela Golben will present a workshop on native wildflowers at the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library on Thursday, October 27 at 6 p.m.
Participants can learn the basics about collecting, storing and planting seeds from native wildflowers. They will identify six different native plants and learn about the benefits the plants provide to the local ecosystem. Seed-sowing techniques for native seeds will be demonstrated.
Golben is an environmental educator and the owner of Golben Farms, a small nursery specializing in native plants. She is also the senior educator at the Mamakating Environmental Education Center.
The program will be held in the Robert D. Norris community room.
Registration is required. Visit and click on Adult Calendar.
Masking and social distancing are strongly recommended.
For more information, call the library at 845/794-4660.

Poetry reading at the ARTery Gallery

MILFORD, PA — The borough’s first poet laureate, Chuck O’Neil, will hold a reading on Friday, October 21 at 7 p.m.
Recently, O’Neil read at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Memorial Day, and appeared with Chief Daniel StrongWalker Thomas at the Milford Theater for a Lenape homecoming event.
A resident of Milford since 1982, O’Neil’s poems are described by an ARTery Gallery press release as rich with local imagery, “speaking beyond a particular place to what it means to be human, alive in the world.”
“Our town is steeped in the arts,” said gallery director Marie Liu, “and with such a variety of festivals and events [held in the town], it seemed to me that poetry should also be featured in our community.”
There is no charge to attend the reading. O’Neil’s books will be available for purchase, cash or check only. All proceeds will be donated to the Greater Pike Community Foundation.
For more information, visit

Preservers of history receive awards

ROSCOE, NY — People in Sullivan County care deeply about history. And this year, the Sullivan County Historical Society will honor all 19 of the county’s organizations devoted to historical preservation.
The awards will be presented at the society’s annual meeting and awards dinner on Sunday, October 23 at 3 p.m. at the Rockland House.
Each year, the Sullivan County Historical Society presents individuals or groups with History Maker or History Preserver awards.
In 1972, chairman Milton Levine and the Sullivan County Board of Supervisors were instrumental in acquiring the Sullivan County Museum, Art and Cultural Center as the historical society’s residence.
Since 2022 marks the golden anniversary of the historical society’s residence in Hurleyville, the historical society’s board has chosen to recognize the efforts of all the museums and historical societies in the county.
The 2022 History Preserver award recipients are:
Frederick A. Cook Society
Time and the Valleys Museum
Roscoe O & W Railway Museum
Cochecton Preservation Society
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Ten Mile River Scout Museum
Basket Historical Society
Mamakating Environmental Education Center
Liberty Museum and Art Center
The Delaware Company
Fort Delaware
Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum
Mamakating Historical Society
Delaware & Hudson Canal Linear Park
Town of Lumberland Museum
Catskill Art Society
Tusten Historical Society
The Sullivan County Department of Parks and Recreation
Following the dinner and awards presentation, there will be a live performance by 2021 History Maker award recipient Mickey Barnett.
For more information, or to attend the ceremony, call 845/434-8044 or email

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