Labar named Wayne County Library trustee of the year and more

What's going on in your community October 15-21

Posted 10/14/20

Sullivan 180 announces new director

FERNDALE, NY — On October 5, Sullivan 180 announced that Amanda Langseder has been named director of the nonprofit devoted to turning around the health …

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Labar named Wayne County Library trustee of the year and more

What's going on in your community October 15-21


Sullivan 180 announces new director

FERNDALE, NY — On October 5, Sullivan 180 announced that Amanda Langseder has been named director of the nonprofit devoted to turning around the health and well-being of Sullivan County with an inclusive approach uniting the entire community. Langseder brings extensive experience in public health and a wealth of knowledge from almost two decades of work across Sullivan County, including leadership roles at Garnet Health and Sullivan County Public Health. 

To coincide with Langseder’s arrival, Sullivan 180 has launched a newly-redesigned website at, streamlining the visitor experience and reorganizing the layout of information about Sullivan 180’s programs and initiatives.

Wayne County Community Foundation names Ben Franklin Service Award recipients

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — The Wayne County Community Foundation Board of Directors has selected Fred and Mary Murray for its highest recognition, the Ben Franklin Community Service Award. The award is accompanied by a grant of $1,000 from the Foundation’s Ben Franklin Fund. This gift will be given to a charity of the Murrays’ choosing.

The selection was made in recognition of their lifelong service to the community. Mary Lou Murray joined the board of Habitat for Humanity where she served for 12 years and received the Golden Hammer award in 2013. Mary currently serves as treasurer with the Honesdale Emergency Pantry. Fred has been volunteering since the 1970s with the Honesdale Jay-Cees, starting shortly after his release from the military. He has worked on various community projects and consistently has been involved with the Wayne County Historical Society volunteering at the Old Stone Jail and other tours and activities. He has also helped lead the Pocono Mountain Visitors Bureau  Ambassador Tour with Kim Erickson. Most recently, Fred has been on a team of six community members to rebuild the Spencer Steam Tractor.

For more information and to make a donation, visit or send a check to 214 9th Street Honesdale, PA 18431 with “Ben Franklin Service Award” in the memo line.

Liberty Chamber of Commerce awarding additional COVID relief

LIBERTY, NY — In an effort to assist businesses through the pandemic, the Greater Liberty Chamber of Commerce offered a round of business relief grants. It was able to award nearly $10,000 to local businesses in their time of need. Chamber member Phil Vallone reached out after the first round of grants to offer additional assistance to our local businesses. Together with a generous matching donation of $5,000 from Phil Vallone, the Greater Liberty Chamber of Commerce will be awarding an additional $10,000 in grants to struggling businesses in the Town of Liberty.

For more information and to download an application, visit, call 845/292-9797 or email

Louis Labar of the Wayne County Public Library named Trustee of the Year

MECHANICSBURG, PA — Each year, the Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA) honors the service of its members, as well as those community volunteers, who go above and beyond the call of duty to support the work of libraries throughout the commonwealth. On October 1 the 2020 Trustee of the Year was awarded to Louis Labar of the Wayne County Public Library (WCPL).

Labar served on the WCPL’s Board of Trustees for nine years. Concurrently, Labar was a representative to the Wayne Library Authority Board. He applied for and was appointed to the Governor’s Advisory Council for Library Development and has held this important position since October 2010. There are very few trustees who have been dedicated enough to serve on three library boards at the same time, but that is exactly what Louis did and part of why his work is so worthy of recognition. One of Louis’ most notable efforts was his work with the Wayne Library Alliance, a federated library system, after they lost a dedicated library tax.  

For more information, visit

Tusten Youth Group to celebrate Halloween

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Tusten Youth Group will be hosting a socially distant Trunk or Treat and movie night at the park. 

Trunk or Treat begins at 5 p.m. on 2nd Avenue, continues onto 4th Avenue and ends at the park. The path will be one-way only with trunks spaced six feet apart. The road will be closed to traffic.

The group is still looking for trunks; there will be a prize awarded for best decorated trunk. 

Movie screenings will take place in the park. “Hotel Transylvania” will begin at 6:30 and “Hocus Pocus” will begin at 8 p.m. Spaces for groups will be pre-marked. Attendees are asked to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. 

The event is weather permitting. All attendees must wear a mask.

For more information, and to provide your own decorated trunk, visit, call 845/798-2317 or email

Emergency care in 30 minutes or less 

PORT JERVIS, NY — Bon Secours Community Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), pledges to see its patients in the Emergency Department (ED) within 30 minutes of check in or less. The 30-Minute Pledge applies 24/7 to all patients.

For more information, visit

Gunther announces funds awarded to local libraries

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther has released a statement regarding the awarding of funds to local libraries in Sullivan County. 

The Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library has been granted $56,500, provided through Gunther’s office. Monies awarded through the state budget include an additional $24,161 to restore the original brick facade on Broadway and add additional security cameras. The Jeffersonville Branch of the Western Sullivan Public Library has been awarded $20,849 to upgrade the lower level HVAC system and replace the hot water heater.

“Libraries are an important part of the foundation of our communities and have become even more important as a place of refuge during these uncertain times,” said Assemblywoman Gunther. “This money will ensure that our libraries can continue to serve the community and to continue providing excellent programing.”

Observing Domestic Violence Awareness Month

NEWBURGH, NY — Fearless! Hudson Valley, Inc. is observing National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October with virtual events to promote healthy relationships. 

In 2019, Fearless! advocates answered 7,968 hotline calls, provided 9,421 sessions of supportive counseling, created 5,110 individual safety plans, 5,419 nights of safety through our shelter and provided 24,845 advocacy services.

A complete list of the agency’s awareness programs is available at If you or someone you know may need help, call the Fearless! 24-hour hotline at 845/562-5340.

Medicare 101

ONLINE — On Saturday, October 17 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, join the Sunshine Hall Free Library in its webinar about the basics of Medicare. Participants will learn about eligibility, how and when to enroll, when you can make changes and the many options that are available. The webinar will be presented by James Farnham, MS, MBA, Licensed Agent.

For more information and to register, visit, call 845/557-6258 or email

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