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November 2014

Difficult appointment, easy choice

On October 8, 2014 the Town of Callicoon lost a dear friend and town clerk of 23 years, Janet Brahm, who lost her courageous battle with cancer. To all who knew her, Janet was a warm, friendly, hard-working individual who absolutely loved her job and was recognized by fellow town clerks as one of the best in New York State.  Read more

How we kept Thanksgiving at Oldtown

The pie is an English institution, which, planted on American soil, forthwith ran rampant and burst forth into an untold variety of genera and species. Not merely the old traditional mince pie, but a thousand strictly American seedlings from that main stock, evinced the power of American housewives to adapt old institutions to new uses.  Read more

In Memorium: Raymond Rocklin, August 18, 1922 – November 19, 2014

[Sculptor Raymond Rocklin, a resident of Beach Lake, PA, was a prominent artist in the Abstract Expressionist art movement that began in the United States in the late 1940s. His works can be found in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of Modern Art, Temple Israel in St. Louis, MO, Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, and in many private collections.

His wife of 64 years, Carol Rocklin, remembered him at a memorial gathering in Honesdale on Sunday, November 23.]  Read more

Sustaining local agriculture: Supporting young and beginning farmers

Probably you’ve seen the American Farmland Trust bumper sticker with the warning, “No Farms/No Food,” or its corollary, “Yes Farms/Yes Food,” which puts a more positive and constructive spin on the idea.  Read more

Jeff Bank is going tobacco-free

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Jeff Bank announced that starting January 1, 2015, all branch locations owned by the bank will be tobacco-free. They are implementing this initiative to improve the health and quality of life of their employees and the community.  Read more

Hancock methane level study

HANCOCK, NY — A study of ambient methane levels in ground-level air in the Town of Hancock has been completed by Gas Safety Inc., and will be presented to the public on Wednesday, December 3 at 7 p.m. in the Hancock Town Hall, 661 West Main St. Presenters will be Gas Safety president Bob Ackley and Bryce Payne, PhD, Gas Safety’s director of science and technology. The study is sponsored by Damascus Citizens for Sustainability.  Read more

Youth winter workshops

LIBERTY, NY — Open to youth ages five and above, the annual Winter Workshops of Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC)’s 4-H Youth Development program is an opportunity for families to get crafty before the holiday season. On Saturday, December 6, participants can enjoy 10 stations of make-and-take activities including a community service project. This program will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. at the CCESC Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center. The snow date for this program is Sunday, December 7.  Read more

Fund and develop your farm or agricultural business

LIBERTY, NY — Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) and Sullivan County Division of Planning and Environmental Management will present a farm funding program on Monday, December 8 from 1 to 3 p.m., at the CCESC Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center. Participants will learn to develop their agricultural businesses.  Read more

Guiding Eyes for the Blind opens Sullivan County region

LIBERTY, NY — Guiding Eyes for the Blind, known around the globe as one of the foremost guide dog schools, has announced the opening of its newest puppy raising region in Sullivan County. The nonprofit is inviting residents to open their homes to raise a future guide dog puppy. An open house will be held on Monday, December 8 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Liberty Senior Center.  Read more

Seeking performers for The Weather Project

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — NACL Theatre is currently developing a touring version of The Weather Project play and invites additional performers to join the community ensemble. The play will begin a county-wide and regional tour in May 2015.

The Weather Project is a spectacular all-ages outdoor performance about climate change directed by Tannis Kowalchuk, artistic director of NACL Theatre in Highland Lake. The play was developed with NASA scientist Elaine Matthews, in collaboration with The Town of Highland and a host of community groups.  Read more