Scout museum hosts photo show and more

What's going on in your community, April 21 to 27

Posted 12/31/69

Scout museum hosts photo show

BEAR MOUNTAIN, NY — Before Narrowsburg’s famed Ten Mile River Scout camp opened, there were the Kanohwahke Scout camps. Nearly 75 people at the Bear …

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Scout museum hosts photo show and more

What's going on in your community, April 21 to 27


Scout museum hosts photo show

BEAR MOUNTAIN, NY — Before Narrowsburg’s famed Ten Mile River Scout camp opened, there were the Kanohwahke Scout camps.
Nearly 75 people at the Bear Mountain Inn marked the opening of the Ten Mile River Scout Museum’s photo show about the camps. The show took place during the Bear Mountain Conclave and was curated by the Ten Mile River Scout Museum and the Ten Mile River Alumni Association.
The show featured photos from the Kanohwahke Scout camps at Bear Mountain State Park. New York City Scouts attended summer camp there before Ten Mile River opened in 1928.
Museum chairman Michael Drillinger, Alumni Association chairman Johannes Knoops and museum treasurer David Malatzky addressed the audience. Attendees hiked to the campsites, which included the former Camp Aquehonga and Camp Ranachqua.
Local historian Sue Scher led a discussion about the camp and local history.
The photos will be on permanent display in the lobby of the Bear Mountain Inn.
For information about the Ten Mile River Scout Museum, visit

Join your local fire department

MONTICELLO, NY — Do you have what it takes to be one of Sullivan County’s bravest? Can you find the time to make a difference?
The Sullivan County Recruitment and Retention Task Force invites you to any one of a number of RECRUIT NY open houses on Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24.
“Our recruitment effort, ‘Join Sullivan Fire,’ is moving forward with a lot of positive energy, and we’re looking for more people to take part,” said Sullivan County fire coordinator John Hauschild. “Local volunteer fire departments are in need of scene support personnel, interior firefighters, fire police, auxiliary members, apparatus operators and much more.”
So Sullivan County fire departments will host open houses next weekend for anyone interested in the fire service, equipment and/or volunteering.
Callicoon Fire Department—Saturday, April 23, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 9305 Rte. 97.
Callicoon Center Fire Department—Sunday, April 24, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 1669 Gulf Rd.
Fallsburg Fire Department—Sunday, April 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 10 Railroad Plaza.
Grahamsville Fire Department—Saturday, April 23, 12 noon to 3 p.m., 205 Main St.
Highland Lake Fire Department—Saturday, April 23, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 144 Highland Lake Rd.
Hurleyville Fire Department—Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., 166 Main St.
Kenoza Lake Fire Department—Saturday, April 23, 12 noon to 4 p.m., 485 Old Taylor Rd.
Woodridge Fire Department—Sunday, April 24, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 2 Dairyland Rd.
For more information, email, or find it on social media at joinsullivanfire.

‘Baby Steps’ library program helps at-risk moms

HONESDALE, PA — One good deed leads to another.
After finding out about a Wayne Memorial healthcare team connecting addicted moms and babies to helpful services, Betty Lawson, Wayne County children’s librarian, reached out to offer another beneficial service, this one to encourage bonding and early literacy.
She created “Baby Steps,” a tote bag of gifts, coupons, board books and information for new moms.
Wayne Memorial’s social workers and providers at Women’s Health Care (WHC) worked with the library on distribution.
“A lot of [at risk moms] don’t have role models,” said Geri Buckwalter, Healthy Beginnings care coordinator at WHC.
“Many of them don’t have the support, knowledge, or resources to be their child’s first teacher,” said Kara Poremba, women’s health practice manager.
The Baby Steps tote, which also includes educational toys, T-shirts for the mom and baby and handmade blankets, was funded by a United Way grant and supplemented with community donations.
“When we asked, the response was tremendous,” said Lawson. “Several women hand-made all the baby blankets, another made these adorable tags. The artwork on the bag and shirts was created by the graphic designer at Platform Industries in Honesdale. “Highlights for Children” donated magazines.
“Too often, struggling young parents feel judged and dismissed by society,” she continued. “They think no one believes they can succeed. Research shows positive outcomes stem from strong relationships that celebrate and empower. Libraries are already committed to lifelong learning, and early literacy is our superpower.”
Learn more about what the library can do for you at
For more information about WHC services, visit Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers at

Monti Elks install new officers

MONTICELLO, NY — Monticello Elks Lodge #1544 has installed a new slate of officers.
Past state president Phil Conaty presided over the ceremony.
The Elk of the Year is John Greenhill, and the Officer of the Year is Inner Guard Elisabeth Bringle.
The Monticello Lodge has 307 members.
The lodge supports local veterans, Scouts, Little League and the Federation for the Homeless. It also provides coats and gloves for elementary school children.

The officers are as follows:

Exalted ruler—Ronni Yakin-Scannell, who is also a past exalted ruler (PER). 

Leading knight—Brian Bock

Loyal knight—Maggie Sheerer

Lecturing knight—Renee Vandermark

Esquire—Ryan Walker

Inner guard—Elisabeth Bringle

Tiler—David Welsch

Treasurer—Sue Mapledoram

Secretary and past district deputy (PDD)—Jim Gerrard II

Chaplain and PER—Bob Linzer


Past state president (PSP)—Phil Conaty

PER—Rich Hugel

PER—Julie LiGreci

PDD—Jim Sheerer

PER—Mike Brennan. 

Drinks to go is back

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Jamie Schmeiser calls the Chamber a uniting force for business.
It also helps move legislation and budget items at the state level.
“Our supporting advocacy efforts helped bring back drinks-to-go in New York and secured this measure for another three years,” she said in a statement.
Gov. Hochul signed the New York state budget, which reestablished the ability of New York restaurants, bars and taverns to serve cocktails-to-go, effective immediately.
In June 2021, the state ended a 15-month period when restaurants and bars were allowed to serve take-out drinks. That kept hospitality going during the pandemic, and after the emergency regulation ended, those businesses have been pushing hard to make the rule permanent. Liquor stores have reportedly been pushing back.
As recently as March, the state assembly and senate had not included it in their budgets. The law is on the books through 2025.
For more information contact Jaime Schmeiser at 845/791-4200 ext. 4 or email

Fill out a survey, share your opinion about Wayne County

HONESDALE, PA — What do you love about Wayne County? What needs improvement? Wayne Tomorrow! wants to know how to make Wayne County a more livable and inclusive community.
To figure that out, they need your ideas and feedback.
Share your opinion and fill out a survey, which is available online through Tuesday, May 10.
Paper copies are available at your local library or senior center.
The results will be presented at a public forum.
Find the survey at
For more information, visit or call 570/493-0080.

Farm Bureau promotes ag literacy

WAYNE AND PIKE COUNTIES — Ag Literacy Week, a program sponsored by the PA Farm Bureau, was observed throughout the state recently.
In Wayne and Pike counties, approximately 90 classrooms of kindergarten through second-grade students took part.
Volunteers from several local agriculture organizations read “My Family’s Soybean Farm.” Written by Katie Olthoff and with illustrations by Joe Hox, the book details the day-to-day activities on a soybean farm. The story highlights how plants grow, the nutrients they need and the methods by which they are harvested.
The volunteer readers donated a book to each classroom so the story can be enjoyed again and again.
For more information about the Wayne/Pike Farm Bureau, visit
To learn more about Ag Literacy Week, visit Ag Literacy Week.

Community Living, Ten Mile River Scout Museum, fire departments, Wayne County Public Library, Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers, Baby Steps, Monticello Elks, Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce, survey, Wayne/Pike Farm Bureau


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