IBM donates $10,000 to the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley, and more

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Posted 6/30/21

Honesdale Rotary cleans up pavilion

HONESDALE, PA — The Fred Miller Pavilion on Main Street got a super-sprucing up on Saturday, June 12 from Honesdale Rotarians, their families, …

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IBM donates $10,000 to the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley, and more

What's going on in your community July 1 to 7

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Pictured are Dana Scott, standing left,, Warren Schloesser, Rory McGhie, James Hamill, Michelle Gilder, Laurie Harrington, Jim Mould, Stephen Moulton, Natasha Valerio, Alexander Valerio, bottom left, Cagney Hamill, Arianna Valerio and Aemilia Valerio.
Pictured are Dana Scott, standing left,, Warren Schloesser, Rory McGhie, James Hamill, Michelle Gilder, Laurie Harrington, Jim Mould, Stephen …

Honesdale Rotary cleans up pavilion

HONESDALE, PA — The Fred Miller Pavilion on Main Street got a super-sprucing up on Saturday, June 12 from Honesdale Rotarians, their families, Interact members from Honesdale High School and members of the youngest Rotary group, Early-act.

The Honesdale Rotary has taken on the pavilion as a cleanup-and-repaint project over the years. The spot, run by Honesdale Borough, is a popular venue for local events and, according to Rotary President Rory McGhie, “deserved a shining!”

The Greater Honesdale Partnership power-washed the building as preparation, and then the Rotary and friends went to work. Four hours and four gallons of paint later, the pavilion was clean again.

Built in 1987 with donations at the Park and Shop Lot, the pavilion was named in honor of Fred Miller, who worked for a utility company and was known widely for his charitable work, fire prevention activities and playing Santa Claus.

Local family establishes memorial scholarship fund, celebration of life

SULLIVAN AND ORANGE COUNTIES — The family of Devin Michael has established the Devin Michael Housman Memorial Scholarship Fund to provide a scholarship to an Orange or Sullivan County student who, like Devin, “displays artistic ability, perseverance, a passion for fashion design, drawing/animation, and/or the performing arts.”

To kick off the scholarship, Devin’s family is hosting a celebration of Devin’s life and contributions to the autism community on Saturday, July 3 at 3 p.m. For details, contact the family by emailing masten@hvc.rr.com. 

Bill Fleck writes, “Devin Michael Housman was smart, loving, caring and kind. He loved fashion, design, drawing, performing arts and ‘The Lion King.’ He also knew he was different. 

In 2001, Devin was diagnosed with autism. With the support of his parents, Yvonne and Jim, Devin eventually came to grips with his syndrome. ‘Mommy, I know I’m different,’ he’d tell Yvonne. ‘And that’s OK.’

In June of 2020, Devin became ill with a rare autoimmune disease and had to be  hospitalized. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, his family couldn’t be by his side… Devin unexpectedly passed away on June 6, aged only 22. Battling through shock—and attempting to come to grips with their loss—the Housman family determined to find a way to keep Devin’s light shining.”

Contributions to Devin’s scholarship fund can be made by check: CFOS Devin M. Housman Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 201, Rock Hill, NY 12775. 

Contributions can be made online at www.cfosny.org/our-funds/scholarships/devin-michael-housman-memorial-scholarship-fund.

SUNY Sullivan launches new childcare program

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — SUNY Sullivan is launching a new preschool program available now on campus to children of both students and staff. The Early Learning Center was created in partnership with the Healthy Kids Programs, which will oversee all aspects of the center’s operation. Enrollment is available for children from age 3 up to kindergarten age. Children may be enrolled either full or part time; childcare will be available during all on-campus class times. Space is limited so students and staff should reserve their space today.

Healthy Kids has operated high-quality and affordable childcare programs since 2003, in over 60 public schools and 19 counties. Early Learning Center classrooms offer a sensory area, reading area, art area, manipulative area, dramatic play area and more. 

For more information and to register, visit www.healthykidsprogramsearlylearning.com/sunysullivanregistration.

IBM donates $10,000 to the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley

HUDSON VALLEY, NY — The Food Bank of the Hudson Valley announced that IBM in the Mid-Hudson Valley has made a $10,000 donation to assist families facing hunger.  

IBM is celebrating its 80th anniversary of operations in Poughkeepsie this year, and the company and its employees have a history of generously supporting many worthy community organizations. According to data from the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, Feeding America, of which the Food Bank is a member, one in six Americans face food insecurity due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Food Bank of the Husdon Valley has 26 agencies in Sullivan County.

For more information, visit www.foodbankofhudsonvalley.org

Ethan Alexander
Ethan Alexander

FASNY scholarship awarded to Ethan Alexander, NY student and volunteer firefighter 

WURTSBORO, NY — The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) has awarded the 2021 FASNY Gerard J. Buckenmeyer Volunteer Scholarship to Ethan Alexander of the Summitville Volunteer Fire Department in Wurtsboro, NY. Alexander will receive a certificate and scholarship of $1,500 for his volunteer service in the community from John P. Farrell, FASNY president. 

“This scholarship will greatly help me to achieve my educational goals,” said Alexander. “The financial aid will help me to focus more on my courses this semester.” Alexander plans to attend Paul Smith’s College in upstate New York in the fall to study forestry, with a minor in wildland firefighting. 

Alexander is an active member of the fire service, following in his brothers’ and father’s footsteps. He is a member of the Ellenville High School Varsity Football and track and field teams. He enjoys fishing, hiking, hunting and kayaking. 

Alexander is one of 26 students chosen for this scholarship. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of an applicant’s volunteer service to his or her community, such as serving with a local fire department, scouting, church, school, work with senior citizens, fire prevention and other projects. 

For more information, visit www.fasny.com.

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