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December 2015

Winter bird whereabouts

Watching birds in winter can really lift one’s spirits, as they somehow survive conditions that most humans couldn’t withstand. Their colorful plumage and spirited antics inspire our devotion to do what we can to help them thrive. In ongoing efforts to improve our knowledge of these feathered miracles, several counts take place. Audubon’s 116th Christmas Bird Count is underway now and continues until January 5, 2016 (www.audubon.org/conserva tion/science/christmas-bird-count).  Read more

Congressional vote supports land conservation

HAWLEY, PA AND BETHEL, NY — Delaware Highlands Conservancy (DHC), an accredited land trust working to protect lands and waters throughout the Upper Delaware River region, is praising a bipartisan congressional vote that makes permanent a federal tax incentive supporting land conservation.  Read more

January at PEEC

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) has a variety of events planned for January. Pre-registration is requested unless otherwise noted.
There will be cross-country skiing on Sunday, January 3, 17, 24 and 31 from 1 to 3 p.m. and Saturday, January 23 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, for a fee of $20 for adults and $10 for children. Enjoy the winter woods with beginner ski lessons. Learn the basics of cross-country skiing and practice on an old logging road loop. You decide how many loops to ski.  Read more

Pantry toys delight local kids

NARROWSBURG, NY — Joanne Letendre poses with gifts collected by the Narrowsburg Ecumenical Food Pantry. Letendre supervised the toy drive, which helped over 50 local children. She said, “Thank you to Pete’s Market, St. Francis Church, Our Lady of the Lake Church, St.  Read more

Warming hearts and hands at Cooke

MONTICELLO, NY — The George L. Cooke Elementary School has reached out to inspire others with its “Warm Hearts and Hands” program. The children have been very active this year in the student council with a variety of projects to reach out and help others. The project for December was to collect new scarves, hats, gloves and mittens for families in need across the Monticello Central School District. The students have collected over 100 items.  Read more

May the force be with you

I’d like to personally thank George Lucas, J.J. Abrams and the entire cast and crew of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” for making my holiday a little brighter. Fear not—no spoilers here, but I’m grateful that my doctor gave me the go-ahead to get out of bed and be among people, without fear of infecting an entire theater full of fans, in order that I might carry on a long-standing tradition of seeing a movie on Christmas Day. And, by choosing “Star Wars,” I feel like a kid again.  Read more

Billy Joel back-up Preston returns to Hawley

HAWLEY, PA — Wade Preston of “Movin’ Out!,” the Broadway show, and Billy Joel’s back-up, will be featured by Harmony Presents at the Hawley Silk Mill on Saturday, January 2 at 8 p.m., delivering a show filled with Billy Joel’s most popular tunes as well as his own original compositions.  Read more

Celebrate New Year’s on Walnut Mountain

LIBERTY, NY — The public is invited to join the fourth annual New Year’s Hike/Snowshoe at Walnut Mountain on Friday, January 1 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Participants choose the outing that fits their level: a relaxed hike along wide, graded carriage roads or an intermediate hike that includes single-track mountain bike trails to the summit.

Participants will receive a Walnut Mountain packet from Liberty Parks & Recreation with a trail map and historical facts about Walnut Mountain, including its history as a ski slope.  Read more

Grodin headlines Laugh Tour

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Marion Grodin, seen on “The View,” will be the headliner when The Laugh Tour visits The Arnold House at 829 Shandelee Rd. on Saturday, January 2 at 8 p.m. The emcee will be Rich Kiamco.  Read more

A Mediterranean Ladies Night Out

PORT JERVIS, NY — Bon Secours Community Hospital hosted another in the series of Ladies Night Out dinner lectures on health issues on Monday evening, December 7 at the Erie Trackside Manor. Approximately 125 guests attended the event. The topic was “Mediterranean Diet for the Holidays,” a PowerPoint presentation and cooking demonstration by representatives of Morrison Healthcare at Bon Secours Community Hospital under the direction of clinical nutrition manager Elaine Ridley, RD, CDN.  Read more