The value of the Upper Delaware and more

What's new in arts, leisure and the community, November 4 to 10

Posted 11/3/21

What's new in arts, leisure and the community, November 4 to 10

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The value of the Upper Delaware and more

What's new in arts, leisure and the community, November 4 to 10


The value of the Upper Delaware

UPPER DELAWARE — The Upper Delaware has always been underfunded by New York, according to a coalition of groups trying to change that situation.

The League of Conservation Voters, the Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed, the Friends of the Upper Delaware River, NYenvironcom, and the Upper Delaware Council are spearheading an effort to raise awareness about the need for state funding.

The region draws tourists with its rafting, hiking, fishing and hunting opportunities, which generate $3.5 billion annually, according to a statement.

While the Upper Delaware River watershed is relatively healthy and clean, there are increasing threats to this ecosystem, including accelerated erosion and sedimentation of local streams, development pressures, climate change, invasive species and flooding. State funding is needed to ensure its protection.

A petition has been organized. It can be found at

New arts center growing in Parksville

PARKSVILLE, NY — The plan is to build a community through the arts. And in the process, they’re saving a historic building.

The turn-of-the-century Tefereth Israel Anshei synagogue is being renovated into the Parksville Arts Center. Ultimately, organizers say, it will become a creative outlet for music, arts and cinema, giving people another reason to visit Parksville.

As anyone who has renovated a century-old building knows, there are many things needed and much work to do. Arts center organizers are fundraising, and people can donate here:

For more information, visit

Getting students into STEAM

HONESDALE, PA —  Workforce Alliance, a community education council, is holding online presentations focused on science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) careers. The presentations start online at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 9.

The event will begin with a keynote by Nat Lyckowski Global Neurodiversity IBM Business Resource Group Co-chair. Johnson College will host hands-on breakout sessions that involve ozobots, 3D printers, a circuit playground and Little Bites.

Registration is open to grades 6-12.

For more information, contact youth coordinator Jacilyn Fritsch at 570/390-7613 ext. 708 or

Greater Honesdale Partnership gathers November 9  

HONESDALE, PA — Since 1999, the Greater Honesdale Partnership (GHP) has had its annual meeting the first week of November, with members providing appetizers and drinks. However, this year’s meeting will consist of dinner, drinks, and dessert held on Tuesday, November 9, at Tick Tocks in Honesdale.  Cocktails are at 5 p.m. and dinner is from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Outgoing GHP president Brian Wilkin will receive the Horatio Allen award. Wayne Memorial Hospital will receive the inaugural Outstanding Community Achievement award in recognition of the staffs’ tireless work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tickets are $45 per person; if you are interested in purchasing a ticket, email For more information, visit

The joy of words and poetry

ELDRED, NY — Come play with words with a poet.

On Saturday, November 6, Sullivan County Poet Laureate Eric Baylin will hold a poetry wordplay workshop at the Highland Senior Center on Route 55 in Eldred.

The program is for people of all ages. It begins at 11 a.m.

For more information and to register, contact the Sunshine Hall Free Library at 845/557-6258.

New state website targets vaccine misinformation

ALBANY, NY — A new website, launched by Gov. Kathy Hochul’s administration, is aimed at dispelling misinformation and conspiracy theories about the COVID-19 vaccine.

The site includes downloadable toolkits to counter misinformation found online. It explains how the vaccine works as well as covers concerns around pregnancy, side effects, safety and speed of the vaccine.

“With more than 86 percent of New York adults having received at least one dose, we have made tremendous progress in getting people vaccinated—but there is still more work to do,” Hochul said. “Misinformation is harmful and dangerous, especially to New Yorkers who remain hesitant about getting vaccinated, and we are fighting it on all fronts to ensure people know the real story about the vaccines: that they are safe, effective, and free. I urge all New Yorkers to actively take a role in helping their communities get the vax facts—so everyone can make an informed decision to protect themselves from this dangerous virus.”

Visit the site at

Surveys available for recreation plan

UPPER DELAWARE — The Friends of the Upper Delaware River, with funding from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, among other sources, is developing a voluntary recreational plan for the Upper Delaware River tailwaters region.

The hope is to balance landowner concerns with recreational needs.

The region covered includes the towns of Colchester, Deposit and Hancock in Delaware County, NY, and the townships of Buckingham, Manchester and Scott in Wayne County, PA.

The plan, organizers say, will address river access, taking into account tourism, environmental sensitivity, water quality and flooding.

It might also be useful for other communities looking for funding for improvements, restoration, and other initiatives.

As a way to gauge interest and concern, two surveys have been developed: one for landowners and one for those who use the area for recreation. The surveys can be found at

The deadline is 5 p.m. on November 8. For more information, visit the Friends of the Upper Delaware at

The historical society will honor veteran Everett Hawley on November 6.
The historical society will honor veteran Everett Hawley on November 6.

Veteran honored at Equinunk Historical Society

EQUINUNK, PA — The Equinunk Historical Society will honor veteran Everett Hawley in a program on Saturday, November 6, at 1 p.m.  

Hawley was a member of the National Guard in the 1950s. On September 11, 1950, during a heavy fog, he was traveling with his unit for training prior to deployment to Korea when a fast Pennsylvania Railroad passenger train plowed into the rear of the standing troop train in Ohio. In the wreck, 33 young men lost their lives, according to Ohio State Highway Patrol records. Hawley will be traveling from his home in the South to be with attendees.

The historical society is located at 1972 Pine Mill Rd. in the center of Equinunk.  Museum doors open at noon. The Calder Gift Shop will also be open for holiday shopping. For information call 570/224-6722 and leave a message.

Learn more about SUNY Sullivan's arts programs on Saturday, November 6.
Learn more about SUNY Sullivan's arts programs on Saturday, November 6.

Admissions open house at SUNY Sullivan

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — SUNY Sullivan is hosting an admissions open house from 12 noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 6. Prospective students can learn more about the available programs, tour the campus and possibly gain instant acceptance for the Spring 2022 semester.

Creative Arts Day is a free event for creatively inclined current and prospective students and their families to learn more about creative arts programs and related study opportunities at SUNY Sullivan. It will include presentations from SUNY Sullivan’s computer graphics/graphic design, media arts, and theater arts programs; a guided tour of campus will take place at 2 p.m. and light refreshments will be served.

In addition, prospective students who bring a valid high school transcript could be instantly accepted by the college for the Spring 2022 semester.

Registration for Creative Arts Day is requested but not required. For more information and to register, visit

Bob Malone at the Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — Keyboard player Bob Malone will perform at the Cooperage on Sunday, November 7 at 4 p.m.

He has played keyboards for John Fogerty since 2011 and been a session player for Ringo Starr and Avril Lavigne. His recording of “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” was the theme in the 2018 Illumination/Universal movie trailers for “The Grinch.”

Tickets cost $20 in advance and $25 at the door. For more information, see

Chili days in Equinunk

EQUINUNK, PA — Now that  November’s “chili” days are almost here, the Equinunk Historical Society is holding its annual chili sale. It takes place at 12 noon on Saturday, November 13 at the Calder House.

For $10 you get a quart of chili, two flaky biscuits and two homemade brownies.

Preorders are required, and there is a limit of 100. Last order date is Monday, November 8.

For more information or to order, call the historical society at 570/224-6722.  

Harness races benefit veterans’ food pantry

MONTICELLO, NY — The Monticello Raceway will host this year’s veterans driving challenge on Wednesday, November 10.

The races are a competition for former members of the service who  are also licensed harness drivers. Funds raised from the event will be donated to the Sullivan County Federation for the  Homeless veterans pantry.

If you have served in  any of the armed forces and possess either an A or P harness license, you are qualified to compete. Contact Alan Schwartz at 845/791-7747 or Monticello Raceway director of racing, Eric Warner at 845/794-4100 ext. 557.

For more information about the food pantry, call Kathy Kreiter at 845/794-2604 or email

Learning to plant bulbs

On October 6, Sullivan Renaissance hosted a bulb demonstration with White Sulphur Springs Sullivan First at the United Methodist Church. Carmela Hugel, Sullivan Renaissance beautification program manager, demonstrated a variety of tools for planting bulbs. Volunteers planted a large assortment of narcissus, allium and crocus in their gardens. Keep an eye out for the spring display of colors.

The fire district received an Assistance to Firefighters grant recently.
The fire district received an Assistance to Firefighters grant recently.

Firefighters grant announced

KAUNEONGA LAKE, NY — The Kauneonga Lake Fire District held a ceremony on October 11 to publicly announce the receipt of a 2020 FEMA Assistance to Firefighters grant and thank those individuals who supported the grant.

Jill M. Holland, member of the board of commissioners, said a few words before introducing Assemblymember Aileen Gunther and Sen. Mike Martucci, who commended the department, its members and the crucial work that they all do.

Outpouring of goodwill for DEXA scan

REGION — Recently, Peck’s Markets in Callicoon and Jeffersonville hosted a fundraiser for the Grover M. Hermann Hospital Auxiliary. Their latest endeavor has been to help the hospital buy a new DEXA scan, the most important tool in radiology for bone density testing.

“The support of the community is so heartwarming, which makes us all hometown proud,” an auxiliary spokeswoman said.

They thanked Peck’s managers Jeremy Guinan and Will Hatton, as well as the cashiers who helped.

“The tremendous generosity of all the Shoppers has made this a success,” a statement read.

Anyone can join the auxiliary. Call them at 570/224-6173.

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