Mamakating farmer's market opens, WMH rededicated to veterans

Posted 6/10/20

WMH rededicated to veterans

HONESDALE, PA — Wayne Memorial Hospital (WMH) rededicated its healthcare facility in honor of all area veterans. The event was part of Wayne Memorial’s …

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Mamakating farmer's market opens, WMH rededicated to veterans


WMH rededicated to veterans

HONESDALE, PA — Wayne Memorial Hospital (WMH) rededicated its healthcare facility in honor of all area veterans. The event was part of Wayne Memorial’s year-long Centennial Celebration. The plaque, now mounted at the hospital’s Main Entrance reads, “The foundation of this hospital was built upon the commitment of these veterans to freedom and democracy for all, for which this community is eternally grateful.”

Damascus Historical Society update

DAMASCUS, PA — Due to the current COVID-19 threat The Damascus Historical Society has canceled all of its programs at the Damascus Community Center. 

However, as long as Wayne County is in the green phase, the historical building next to the Damascus Elementary School will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. each Saturday from June 27 through Septem-ber 19 or by appointment. 

For more information or to make an appointment, call 570/729-7981.

Daughter carries on ‘Michelle’s Mission’ 

HONESDALE, PA — Kaitlyn Callan, of Carbondale, PA, believes in “Michelle’s Mission,” a project started by her mother, a cancer patient, to help other patients like herself. “About six months before she passed in September of last year, my mother started collecting items for patients undergoing chemotherapy for the first time, because she knew what that was like and she wanted to help, to let them know they weren’t alone,” Callan said. To date, Callan has delivered more than 320 first-time chemo bags, including 50 to Wayne Memorial Hospital.  The bags are filled with donated items such as lozenges, blankets, socks, puzzle books, a baseball cap for men, hand sanitizer, a bottle-holder koozie and, most importantly, sunscreen. 

Michelle Callan lost her life to advanced melanoma, a type of skin cancer. “I want to make her proud, keep her memory alive,” Callan said. How long will she continue the mission? “I promised her forever,” she said.

Mamakating farmers’ market opens

MAMAKATING, NY — Mamakating Local Development Corp. will again sponsor the Mamakating Farmers Market held on the Mamakating Town Hall lawn located at 2948 Rte 209. The spacious lawn will allow for proper social distancing. The market opened for the season on June 5; it will continue each Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. until September.

Masks and social distancing are required. Bring your own mask and follow the instructions of the market volunteers. 

For more information, email or call Fred Harding at 845/820-2932.

GHP Board Treasurer Alfred D. Beck announces retirement

HONESDALE, PA — Alfred D. Beck has been a certified public accountant in the Commonwealth of PA since 1988. He was Greater Honesdale Partnership’s (GHP) Treasurer for nine years. A statement from GHP reads, “Al’s organizational skills, professionalism and kindness created an environment at GHP that was an enjoyable place to work in.  He is a testament to the charitable mindset of the Wayne County Community… We want to thank Al and Robin for extending compassion and flexibility to their community and treating everyone like a friend. You will always have a home with us.”

Hudson Valley Gives raises half a million 

MONTGOMERY, NY — In a year of crisis and uncertainty, Hudson Valley Gives had its most successful campaign in the history of the online initiative. After the pandemic struck, the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan (CFOS) considered canceling the fifth annual event. However, nonprofits in the region urged CFOS to move forward with the online day of giving on May 20 since budgets were stretched thinner than ever and traditional fundraising events were canceled. 

More than $500,000 was raised through this year’s Hudson Valley Gives initiative, the most in a single year since the collaborative, online fundraiser began five years ago. Most of the more than $500,000 raised was donated online over a 24-hour period on Wednesday, May 20 to support 145 nonprofit organizations throughout the Hudson Valley.

The event’s success exceeded this year’s fundraising goal and saw a 25 percent increase in donations over last year. So far this year, 3,638 donors have given to support charities. When combined with giving totals from years past, charitable giving through Hudson Valley Gives now stands at $1,496,353.

The participating nonprofit organizations that raised the most this year were Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum, SUNY Orange Foundation, and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh.

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