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What's going on in arts, leisure and the community, January 27 to February 2

Posted 1/26/22

Over the Rainbow offers bereavement music therapy

MONTICELLO, NY — The diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, or any other form of dementia, in a loved one brings with it an immediate onset …

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Eagle Watch bus tours scheduled for February and more

What's going on in arts, leisure and the community, January 27 to February 2


Over the Rainbow offers bereavement music therapy

MONTICELLO, NY — The diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, or any other form of dementia, in a loved one brings with it an immediate onset of a unique sort of grief.To help care partners whose loved one has passed on in expressing their grief in a supportive atmosphere, Action Toward Independence (ATI) and Melinda’s Music are offering a free music therapy group called Over the Rainbow.

Melinda Marks Burgard and Action Toward Independence will offer Over the Rainbow, a virtual music therapy bereavement group for care partners of those who lost someone to Alzheimer’s Disease or another form of dementia. The group starts on February 1.
Melinda Marks Burgard and Action Toward Independence will offer Over the Rainbow, a virtual music therapy bereavement group for care partners of …

The group will meet virtually on Zoom the first Tuesday of every month beginning on February 1 at 1:30 p.m.

Formal music training is not necessary, but a love of music will be very helpful. Musical activities and other interaction will be offered. A computer, internet hookup and computer camera are required.

Melinda Marks Burgard has been practicing clinical music therapy for over 30 years. In her work with ATI, she will offer a variety of music therapy programs. Over the Rainbow was created to assist care partners with support and aid in the grieving process.

For more information and to register for Over the Rainbow, contact the family peer advocate at Action Toward Independence at 845/794-4228 or email info@atitoday.org.

Jeffersonville clothing drive kicks off

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — It’s frigid! Help everyone stay warm by donating old and new winter clothing (especially socks and gloves) to the First Presbyterian Church’s Ark Thrift Store on Main Street in Jeffersonville.

Jessica Schwalb, a college freshman home on winter break, has organized the drive.

She is also collecting brand-new clothes with tags to aid the families affected by the recent Bronx fire, through the Westchester County government employees’ donation drive. There are drop-off sites at the Jeffersonville Bake Shop and at St. George’s Church and the First Presbyterian Church in Jeffersonville.

The clothing drive will run until March 10.  

For more information, email crepes4change@gmail.com.

Record Museum exhibit is open

NARROWSBURG, NY — “The Record Museum: Moved by Music,” according to a news release, is a celebration of the record album and a tribute to the physical and tangible elements of a visceral, non-visual art form.

The exhibit features a curated selection of pieces from Record Museum founder John Philip Hamilton’s traveling collection of musical artifacts and ephemera and original works by local artists. It is co-curated by Krystal Grow.

The artists featured include Nick Clemente, Laurie Guzda, John Philip Hamilton, Jay Hostetler, Jeanette Moses and Andi Sumpter.

“The Record Museum: Moved by Music” will be on display through March 22.

For more information, call the Narrowsburg Union at 845/252-3100.

What can you and Sullivan Renaissance do?

LIBERTY, NY — Do you have an idea for a project for your community? Is there a spot in your town that could use some sprucing? Are you interested in volunteer and internship opportunities?

Sullivan Renaissance will hold a grant workshop at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, February 2 on Zoom to explore these topics and more. Community organizations, churches, schools and businesses interested in the program can attend, learn about grant resources and meet with program staff.

In addition to grants, internships for youth between the ages of 16 and 20, scholarships, volunteer outreach and more topics will be covered.

Pre-registration for this event, which is free of charge, is requested at https://www.sullivanrenaissance.org/ or by calling the office at 845/295-2445. Event details can also be found on the Sullivan Renaissance Facebook page.

UDC February 3 meeting, sexual harassment training

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Upper Delaware Council (UDC) will host a video presentation on “Sexual Harassment Prevention Training for UDC Representatives and Alternates”, beginning at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 3, via Zoom.

The meeting to follow will include status reports from the Delaware River Basin Commission, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, National Park Service, and the UDC executive director; discussion of old and new business; and public comment.

All UDC meetings are open to the public. For further information on how to participate, call 845/252-3022 or email ashley@upperdelawarecouncil.org.

Check https://www.upperdelawarecouncil.org or the UDC social media pages for any meeting updates.

Broadband will make many things possible.
Broadband will make many things possible.

Donation helps speed along broadband initiative

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — Tired of glacially slow internet in Wayne County?

Thanks to the William H. Chatlos Charitable Gift Fund, Kelly Lewis, a broadband specialist, was hired to help secure accessible and affordable high-speed internet.

It’s the result of a joint venture between the county commissioners, the Chatlos Charitable Gift Fund and the Wayne County Community Foundation.

More funds are available through the CARES Act, the American Recovery Plan Act and more, all focused on improving rural broadband connectivity.

To contribute to the project, donate to the Wayne Tomorrow! Fund. Mail checks to 214 Ninth St., Honesdale, PA 18431, and write “Wayne Tomorrow! Fund” on the memo line.

For more information on the County’s broadband plans, visit https://www.waynetomorrow.com/320/Broadband-Internet-Service.

NYSUT endorses politicians

NEW YORK STATE — The New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) today endorsed U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, Gov. Kathy Hochul, Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin, Attorney General Letitia James and Comptroller Tom DiNapoli for re-election.

All have demonstrated support for teachers, working people in general and organized labor, the union said.

NYSUT represents 600,000 members in education, human services and health care.

‘What’s for dinner?’ Feeding help for the hungry horde

REGION — Are you bored with the same old, same old at mealtime? Are the kids complaining?

For meal-planning inspiration, says a spokesperson from Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE), check out the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) at your local cooperative extension office.

You’ll find new healthy recipes and research-based information to help you decide what’s for dinner tonight.

Since 1969, EFNEP has used a community-based, relationship-driven, interactive educational approach to tackle economic, obesity and food insecurity challenges. In New York, EFNEP is administered through Cornell University and delivered by Cornell Cooperative Extension on the county level.

Programs teach residents about nutrition, health, food safety, community and economic vitality and agricultural sustainability.  

For information about the many food-related programs available:

In Sullivan County, visit the Cornell Cooperative site at http://sullivancce.org/food-nutrition or call 845/292-6180.

In Pike County, PA, visit the Penn State Extension Facebook page at PSUExtensionPikeCounty or call 570/832-2800.

In Wayne County, PA, visit the Penn State Extension Facebook page at PSUExtensionWayneCounty or call 570/253-5970 ext.4110.

Cooking healthy food at Cornell Cooperative

MIDDLETOWN, NY — You don’t have to be rich or have tons of spare time to exercise and eat healthily.

On Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m., beginning February 15, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Orange County (CCE) will offer a free six-week nutrition workshop series.

The classes will be held in person at CCE on Seward Avenue in Middletown and are geared toward income-eligible parents and caregivers raising children.

Each session lasts one hour.

Classes will end on April 5. Extra days have been blocked in for snow days and make-up classes.

COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed, including wearing masks.

What’s it about? You’ll learn how to get more active physically, learn about food safety and food security and improve behavior around food.

Pre-registration is required. Call Annemarie Stephens at 845/344-1234 ext. 273 to register. If you have questions, email her at as488@cornell.edu.

For more information, visit https:www.CCEOrangeCounty.org/events.

New board members, chair at New Hope Community

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — New Hope Community has appointed a new board chair and three new board members.

Robert Dinerstein, a law professor and founder/director of the Disability Rights Law Clinic at the American University Washington College of Law, will be the new chair of the board. Garnet Health—Catskills CEO Jonathan Schiller; SUNY Sullivan president Jay Quaintance and Terry Grafmuller, member of the Sullivan County Chamber Foundation board and Liberty Rotary are the new board members.

Schiller, Quaintance and Grafmuller began their first two-year term effective January 1 and can serve a maximum of six years.  

New Hope Community cares for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and “actively advocates for individual choice in a person’s efforts to live, work and participate fully in his or her community,” a spokesperson said.

“We are excited to welcome such a strong group of new board leadership, and I look forward to their diverse expertise and insight each of them brings to our important work at New Hope Community,” said Chief Executive Officer Debbie McGinness.

Are you a veteran in Pike? Get claim info here

MILFORD, PA ― The Pike County Veterans Affairs Office helps veterans with their federal, state and county benefits.

A new director is being hired, but in the meantime, Pike County veterans with open claims or new claims should contact the Pennsylvania Veterans Department of Military and Veterans Affairs at 800/547-2838 or the Lackawanna County Department of Veterans Affairs at 570/963-6778.

The previous director of the Pike County Veterans Affairs office, Brian Evichin, resigned effective December 30, 2021 and is no longer a representative of Pike County.

Total recall

Aldi is voluntarily recalling Pure Being Cat and Dog Advent Calendars due to a potential choking hazard.

After receiving a small number of customer complaints and a discussion with the supplier, Aldi removed the products from its stores.

Both products are packaged in 5.15-ounce boxes.

If customers have products affected by the voluntary recall, they should discard them or return them to their local store for a full refund.

Total recall II

World Health Products, LLC, has issued an allergy recall on its Jetfuel Diuretic supplement due to undeclared milk. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk could run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactions if they consume the product.

The recall has been initiated because the medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) oil powder among the ingredients contains an undeclared milk allergen. GAT Sport Jetfuel Diuretic was distributed through the GAT Sport online store, on Amazon and throughout the nation in its retail stores.  

The recalled products have the following lot code and expiration date information:

90-count bottle, lot code number 2003610, expires May 2023

90-count bottle, lot code number 2003609, expires June 2023

The lot code and expiration date are located on the bottom of the container, in the bottom center of the panel.

Mohawk chief Joseph Brant led his Volunteers through New York State during the American Revolution.
Mohawk chief Joseph Brant led his Volunteers through New York State during the American Revolution.
Joseph Brant, Mohawk chief and Loyalist.
Joseph Brant, Mohawk chief and Loyalist.

Joseph Brant and the American Revolution

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Historical Society will host Frank Salvati for a lecture on Joseph Brant and his soldiers, to be held on Saturday, February 5 at 4 p.m.in the Foundation Room at the Columns Museum.  

Salvati will explain who the men of Brant’s Volunteers were, why they turned on their friends and neighbors, and why they were so loyal to the Mohawk chief. The lecturer will also discuss misconceptions regarding Brant himself.  

Light refreshments will be served.  A $5 donation is suggested.

For more information, call the historical society at 570/296-8126.

New children’s book on accepting differences

CARBONDALE, PA — Carbondale author Nichole Laub, a registered nurse and mother of a child with autism, has published “A Butterfly Called Bennie,” featuring a world of bugs with differences. The book is published by Pittsburgh-based Dorrance Publishing, retails for $23 (an ebook is available for $18) and is available for purchase through Dorrance’s online bookstore at https://bookstore.dorrancepublishing.com/a-butterfly-called-bennie/.

Eagle Watch bus tours scheduled for February

REGION — Come watch eagles from inside a warm bus.

The Delaware Highlands Conservancy (DHC) has scheduled its February Eagle Watch bus tours for Saturday, February 5 and Saturday, February 12.

The trips begin at 10 a.m. at the Delaware Highlands Conservancy’s Van Scott Nature Reserve in Beach Lake, PA, and end at 2 p.m.

The DHC asks that participants dress warmly in layers and wear waterproof boots. They should bring binoculars, a camera and snacks.

Snow dates for the trips are the Sundays immediately following the original date. Refunds are not provided if reservations are canceled.

Tickets cost $15 for conservancy members and $25 for non-members.

Seats on trips are limited and advance reservations are required. To reserve a space, visit https://www.DelawareHighlands.org/events or call 570/226-3164.

Annual coyote hunt scheduled

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — The Grahamsville Rod and Gun Club is organizing its 14th annual coyote hunt, sponsored by the Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs of Sullivan County, NY. The hunt is scheduled for February 4, 5 and 6. If interested in participating, you must register before 7 p.m. on January 31; the registration must be postmarked by January 29.

A $2,000 grand prize will be awarded to the hunter with the heaviest coyote weighed. For registration forms or questions call Linda Doughrey in Jeffersonville at 845/798-7992 or John at 845/292-8375.

Archive: stories from storage

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Arts Alliance’s Main Street Gallery has scheduled six shows that explore an artist’s concept of past, present and future. The first exhibition, “Archive: Stories from Storage,” opens on March 4.

Sometimes, the arts alliance says, artwork that has been put away has gained importance or added meaning over time. Artists are encouraged to submit work that has been set aside and then rediscovered, reimagined and reworked.

Submit up to three images by February 11.

For more information, visit https://waynecountyartsalliance.org/.

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