Surviving the holidays, Thanksgiving meal program and more

What's going on in your community November 19-25

Posted 11/19/20

Kiwanis work to ensure local veterans are appreciated

MONTICELLO, NY – The Sullivan County Veterans Service Agency gratefully accepted more than 100 handmade greeting cards on November 5 …

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Surviving the holidays, Thanksgiving meal program and more

What's going on in your community November 19-25


Kiwanis work to ensure local veterans are appreciated

MONTICELLO, NY – The Sullivan County Veterans Service Agency gratefully accepted more than 100 handmade greeting cards on November 5 from the Monticello and Woodridge Kiwanis clubs, the Woodridge Kiwanis’ Builders Club and the Aktion Club of Sullivan County (comprised of members from ARC Sullivan/Orange, the Center for Discovery and New Hope Community).

The cards are being distributed to local veterans at Castle Point and Stratton VA medical centers, along with Achieve and the Care Center at Sunset Lake, both in Liberty.

For more information about (or to join) a local Kiwanis Club, contact Marvin at 845/701-1655 or Sue at 845/434-8052.

Familiar faces take on new roles at DVAA

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) has announced the addition of two new members to its staff. As DVAA’s Grants Coordinator, Laura E. J. Moran will be managing DVAA’s regrant programs and related technical assistance offerings, as well as student scholarship opportunities. DVAA’s year-round exhibitions, which include solo and group exhibitions and the annual Art in Sixes, will be overseen by Krissy Smith who will be succeeding long-time gallery director Rocky Pinciotti. Pinciotti will be helping Smith with the 2020 Art in Sixes, an annual tradition at DVAA that Pinciotti launched back in 2005, before retiring on Saturday, November 21.

Sullivan Renaissance awards six scholarships

LIBERTY, NY — The Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan Counties awarded six Sullivan Renaissance scholarships to volunteers who made a significant contribution to a Sullivan Renaissance project this past summer. The following individuals will receive scholarships for the spring 2021 semester: Nathaniel DePaul, Andrew Lumalcuri, Morgan Mitchell, Jesse Ouimet, Henry James Peters and Maggie Russell. Additionally, Nichole Connal was awarded a Sullivan Renaissance scholarship from the SUNY Sullivan Foundation.

Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development initiative of the Gerry Foundation. For more information, visit or

Vigil honoring lives lost to pandemic, injustices held in Honesdale’s Central Park

HONESDALE, PA — On November 12, luminaries lit sidewalks in Central Park. The message of the event was to remember, grieve and honor lives lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic, racial injustices, LGBTQ+ injustices and domestic violence. The local chapter of Creating Change for the People was responsible for organizing the event. 

In the weeks leading up to the vigil, 
volunteers made signs and gathered luminaries to be displayed around the park. The result was a welcoming atmosphere that allowed individuals to pass through safely. 

Approximately 200 luminaries were visible, and dozens of handwritten signs were arranged on display. The signs had many different messages, from personal notes to loved ones to statistical data on coronavirus cases to instances of racial injustices and LGTQ+ violence. 

Creating Change for the People believes the future of our community should be determined by the people. Its mission is to empower oppressed populations through education and systemic growth by creating inclusive community outreach programs. For more information, email

D.A.V. supports Thanksgiving meal program

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Chapter 114 of the Disabled American Veterans presented a $250 check to help support Thanksgiving Together, a year-round program that distributes food and will present a free Takeout Only Traditional Thanksgiving Meal on Thanksgiving Day this year, with pickup outside of Grace Episcopal Church, 827 Church St. 

Advance reservations are required and are due by Saturday, November 20. Email or call 570/241-2684. The meal is free although donations are accepted for this program that has been operating for about four decades.

UDC towns clean up river and shoreline

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Upper Delaware Council (UDC) is invested in keeping the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River and its banks pristine through its 2020 River & Shoreline Clean-up Grants. Since initiating the grant program in 2014, the UDC has awarded $31,932.81 cumulatively to participating member municipalities. This year’s tally was $4,998.47.

The Town of Deerpark focused its efforts on the Hawk’s Nest area of the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway New York State Route 97, performing three garbage sweeps along a 2.9-mile section after Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day. The Town of Lumberland contracted with Ann Steimle of Glen Spey to collect trash every other week throughout the summer along the town’s river banks from Camp Tel-Yehudah to the Mongaup River Access at the Deerpark border for $1,100.

For more information, visit

Harness Museum & Historic Track receive $6,000 from Monti-Goshen USHWA

MONTICELLO, NY — Continuing a tradition that has endured for more than half a century, the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association made its annual donations to the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame and to the neighboring Goshen Historic Track. 

The practice of raising money and donating funds to Historic Track and the Hall of Fame began in the mid-1970s with Monticello Raceway publicity icon, John Manzi, and has continued ever since.

Fortunately, due to the generosity of the chapter’s past sponsors and advertisers, the writers were still able to give $3,000 each to the Harness Museum and to Goshen Historic Track, two separate and distinct entities which share the same hallowed ground and a united mission to preserve, protect and promote harness racing.

Surviving the holidays: grief support 

HONESDALE, PA — A free support group designed to help people cope with the grieving process will be offered at Wayne Memorial Hospital. The six-week session will provide support and focus on grief as a normal part of an individual’s transition through life. The sessions will be held Monday evenings from 6 to 7 p.m. from November 23 through December 28 in The David Katz Conference Room on the second floor of the hospital.

Acknowledging that grief is a very individual process, the support group will encourage participants to explore their own solutions to the challenges of living without their loved ones and dealing with the many changes that follow a loss. The support group will be facilitated by Rev. Edward K. Erb and Anna Walsh. No one will be required to share. Participants are not required to attend every session and may enter or exit at any time.

Participants are asked to register at For more information, email

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