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December 15, 2011

Rural schools or Wayne County
HONESDALE, PA — “The Rural Schools of Wayne County,” by Mimi Steffen is the story of the history of public education in the county up through the era of the one-room school. The book reflects years of the author’s research as well as the complete text of “One Room Schools of Wayne County” by J. B. Park. Up until now, a single copy of the Park book, housed in the Wayne County Historical Society’s Research Library, was the only source of individual township maps of school locations and other valuable information. Ms. Steffen gleaned data from surviving teachers’ and government reports, as well as interviews with teachers and pupils, to present a timeline of the history of education in Wayne County, a list of currently known schools, an appendix and an index. The book costs $25 plus sales tax and is available at the historical society located at 810 Main Street and online at

Steffen is a retired teacher, former trustee of the Wayne County Historical Society and author of the “Remembering Rural Schools” column in the society’s quarterly newsletter.

Award-winning audio book

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Mom’s Choice Awards has named the audio book, “The Indigo Wizard’s Awakening Tales,” among the best in family-friendly media, products and services for 2011. The stories are allegories for children ages five through 12 and are set in a magical glen where talking animals and a wise wizard experience many adventures together. Along the way, they learn respect for self, others and the environment as well as empathy, kindness and the value of cooperation.

Livingston Manor-based composer Ann Krupski created the original orchestral score and produced this two-CD audio book. Kazzrie Jaxen, jazz pianist and singer, a resident of Callicoon, is featured as the reader of the tales. Dana Duke of Big Twig Studio in Roscoe was the sound engineer and co-producer. The audio book is based on a manuscript by Paula Matthew, CSJ, of Windsor, NY.

The audio book is available at Duke Pottery in Roscoe, Morgan Outdoors and The Wildlife Gift Shop in Livingston Manor and through Visit www.annk

Pike Paramedics lottery calendar

MILFORD, PA — Pike County Advanced Life Support (PCALS) lottery calendars offer a chance to win money every day throughout the coming year. Over $15,000 in prizes will be distributed throughout 2012.