First baby in June, VetStock marks 10 years and more

What's going on in our communities, June 9-15

Posted 12/31/69

VetStock celebrates 10 years

PIKE COUNTY, PA — It’s been a decade since VetStock first began its mission to empower, enrich and improve the lives of veterans and their …

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First baby in June, VetStock marks 10 years and more

What's going on in our communities, June 9-15


VetStock celebrates 10 years

PIKE COUNTY, PA — It’s been a decade since VetStock first began its mission to empower, enrich and improve the lives of veterans and their families.
VetStock co-founders Tom Ryan and Rich Diaz are all too familiar with the knowledge that the battles facing service men and women don’t end once they come home from deployment, a news release said. “The sacrifice veterans make for their country lasts with them for their entire lives.”
Ryan and Diaz are Vietnam War veterans.
Ryan said the struggles they faced after returning home from war is what inspired them to eventually start VetStock.
“The treatment that we received when we got home was so bad. It was horrible. You come to realize that there are holes in the system.”
VetStock works with other veteran-focused nonprofits and provides seed money to help kickstart causes that support veterans. The group gave $15,000 to Equines for Freedom in Milford, PA, a program that connects veterans and first responders afflicted with PTSD, TBI, or physical injuries with therapy horses. They have also donated $15,000 to purchase three service dogs—Jacob, Opel and Pauli—through the Veterans Moving Forward organization and donated $20,000 to Hero Bike Build for a custom-built motorcycle adapted for an amputee veteran.
They choose to support groups that are producing real, tangible results for veterans, Ryan said. “You donate to us, and your money is going to make an absolute, visible difference. I want people who support us to be able to say they made a very difference in a veteran’s life, and I think that’s something that we’ve accomplished over this time.”
VetStock is an all-volunteer organization, and Ryan and Diaz say they’re grateful to the many people who have selflessly donated their time and energy.
“Our volunteers really are what makes VetStock what it is,” Ryan said. “They spend hours and hours volunteering and we couldn’t do it without them.”
For more information about VetStock, find them on Facebook at VetStockAmerica or visit

First baby born during National Dairy Month

HONESDALE, PA — A tradition continued for the 46th Wayne County dairy princess, who presented a gift basket to Adelin Rhea Hendrickson, the first baby born in June, National Dairy Month.
Adelin was born at Wayne Memorial Hospital to Katelin Dennis and Kevin Hendrickson of Greentown, PA.
The baby received a basket full of dairy products and baby items from Wayne County dairy princess Elektra Kehagias, assisted by dairy miss Zoey Tyler. The basket is a symbol of how important nutrient-rich dairy foods are. It was also a chance to thank Wayne County’s dairy farmers.
The basket was prepared by the Wayne County Dairy Princess and Promotions committee.
Adelin was born at 12:46 a.m. on June 1 at Wayne Memorial Hospital’s New Beginnings Birthing Suites and the family was happy to receive the gift basket with so much to enjoy, a news release noted.
Pennsylvania ranks seventh nationally in total milk production and 99 percent of all dairy farms here are family-owned. The industry supports 52,000 jobs and contributes $14.7 billion to the state’s economy.

Canal Towne Emporium recognized as New York State historic business

WURTSBORO, NY — Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther (D,I,WF-Forestburgh) recognized Canal Towne Emporium as one of only 100 businesses on the New York State Historic Business Registry.
The New York State Historic Business Registry was established in 2020. It is for businesses that have been in operation for at least 50 years and have contributed to their communities’ history.
Those businesses recognized by this list have helped to shape the history, heritage and identity of the communities they serve, a news release stated.
“The designation of Canal Towne Emporium… is a great honor and a recognition of this store’s fantastic history in the Wurtsboro community,” Gunther said.
“It is an honor to have Canal Towne be one of the 100 businesses included in the NYS Historic Business Preservation Registry,” said Carolyn Holmes, the fifth generation of her family to manage the store. “We’re proud that our store has stood the test of time and we’re very grateful to everyone who has made that possible. Thank you to Aileen for nominating us, and a big thank you to all the friendly faces who continue to support our small family business.”

Prompton dam master plan to be revised

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — The Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District is completing a revision of the Prompton Dam and Reservoir master plan, which was last updated in 1971.
The Prompton dam, along with the Jadwin dam, provides flood control protection in varying degrees to the boroughs of Prompton, Honesdale, Hawley and smaller downstream communities.
An environmental assessment to consider potential impacts will also be prepared.
An updated master plan is meant to present a current inventory and assessment of resources, provide an analysis of resource use, and evaluate existing and future needs required to protect and improve the value of resources at a project.
Public comment is being solicited; commenters are asked to identify significant documented environmental resources or concerns with respect to terrestrial and aquatic species, critical habitats, archaeological resources, concerns about hazardous waste and other resources.
Comments will be used to identify existing resources and to assess the effects of the proposed action to the human environment.
For more details or to submit comments, visit master plan updated.

Talk about your health needs

HONESDALE, PA — Wayne Memorial Hospital is asking the community to fill out a short online survey as part of its 2022 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA).
The survey will take about 15 minutes to complete, and will be available at the link below until Friday, June 17.
If you do not have internet access, you can use a computer at your local public library, or get help at Wayne County’s senior centers.
The CHNA is required for nonprofit hospitals every three years by the federal government. It helps the hospitals decide what services align best with community needs.
Topics include access to healthcare, health concerns, what you think of services at Wayne Memorial, and what the challenges are to healthy habits and interests in the community.
There will also be questions about transportation, income, employment, food and housing.
The survey can make a difference; Wayne Memorial’s food prescription program, which is funded by a grant, came from an earlier survey. The program helps patients who are having trouble getting food and who have certain diagnoses get healthy foods and recipes.
Other surveys led to the cardiac catheterization lab at the hospital, a support group for grandparents raising grandchildren and the launch of a tick-borne disease wellness center in Pike County.
The final report will be available on Wayne Memorial Hospital’s website,
For more information, email Carol Kneier at, or call her at 570/253-8422.
Find the survey here.

 Rutherford School students graduate from DARE

MONTICELLO, NY — Fifth-grade students from the Rutherford School celebrated the completion of their Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program with a graduation ceremony recently.
DARE is a police officer-led series of classroom lessons that teaches children from kindergarten through grade 12 how to resist peer pressure and live productive drug and violence-free lives.
“This program covers substance abuse, bullying, cyber safety—it’s a whole package of things that they may encounter as they grow,” Undersheriff Eric Chaboty said during the ceremony’s opening remarks. “It gives them the tools to navigate these situations, and to make the correct choices. DARE is the first step in that process.”
Program participants wrote essays explaining how they would use the program in their lives.
The graduates were Mikayla Guatierrez, Areli Hernandez-Rivera, Vladimir Petrov, Alyssa Jackson, Sofia Salcedo, Kai Thompson-Perry, Leslie Pintado, Riccardo Rodriguez, Carmelo Villanueva, Emin Harba, Kristen Harris, Elvin Prado, Zair Muhammad, Yamilette Nieves, Nahla Salzman-Hunter, Jaleesha Abraham, Amara Robinson, Jaylisa Williams, Johanna Perilla-Buitrago, Jacob Sepulveda, Emily Stein, Clara Campbell, Annabella Caycho, Whitney Despagne, Chardae Davis, Censear McDonald and Damien Zahorchak.
Some of the students read their essays, and each DARE graduate received a certificate of completion and a commemorative coin.
KLR Principal Christopher Palmer said. “A big congratulations to the graduates,” said Rutherford School principal Christopher Palmer. “I hope the lessons that you have learned over the past few months will help guide you when you’re faced with difficult situations. You all have bright futures ahead of you.”

Community grants available

HONESDALE, PA — If you work for a nonprofit group that provides health-related programs or services in Wayne or Pike counties, and are in need of support funding, the Wayne Memorial Health Foundation may be able to help.
Applications will be accepted from organizations that work in injury and disease prevention and treatment or in the promotion of good health and wellbeing for residents in the Wayne Memorial Health System service area.
Completed applications are due by Thursday, June 30.
The application and guidelines can be be downloaded from Wayne Memorial Hospital’s website, or requested by emailing or by calling 570/253-8422.
Applications can be emailed to or hand-delivered to Wayne Memorial Hospital, 601 Park St. in Honesdale. Mark them Attn: Carol Kneier.
For more information, contact Carol Kneier at the email address or phone number above.

Scholarships for Fallsburg students from alums

FALLSBURG, NY — The mission statement of the Fallsburg Alumni Association (FAA) is to provide financial awards to graduating seniors who have demonstrated citizenship, sportsmanship, high academic values, creativity and responsibility in his or her work, and respect for his or her peers and teachers.
Due to the pandemic, the traditional celebratory luncheon has been on hold. The luncheon allowed the association to recognize graduating seniors along with Fallsburg alumni and retired faculty members. It was also an opportunity to reconnect and reminisce. Last, the luncheon was a fundraising event that helped provide monetary awards to college-bound students.
In 2021, the FAA held an in-person forum at the Benjamin Cosor Elementary School, recognizing the honorees and giving them their awards.
This year, they will hold an awards event on Saturday, July16 at 2 p.m. at the Fallsburg Central Junior-Senior High School. Desserts and beverages will be available.
The association is seeking donations to assist deserving graduates of Fallsburg Central School District with their college education. They provide a number of different awards and you can earmark your donation for a specific award:
The Fallsburg Alumni Association Award (General Fund)
The Robynne Anderman Memorial Award
The Sheryl Kalter Memorial Award
The Jack Leshner Memorial Award
If you wish to donate, send a check or money order, made payable to the Fallsburg Alumni Association c/o Eileen Kalter (Treasurer), at PO Box 383, South Fallsburg, NY 12779. Indicate on the memo line of the check/money order where you would like your funds to be allocated.
You can also go to the FAA’s donation page at to donate as well.

Ban on NY poultry shows lifted 

NEW YORK STATE — New York State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball today announced the end of the bans on live poultry shows, exhibitions, auctions, sales, meets, and swaps in New York State. The bans were originally issued because highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) was detected in the state. Now cases are decreasing nationwide.
Additionally, as the state enters agricultural fair season, phylogenetic studies have shown that the majority of flocks affected in the current outbreak were infected by introductions from wild birds, rather than by farm-to-farm transmission.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the public health risk remains low.
To date, eight flocks in New York have tested positive for HPAI, with the last detection in a Fulton County flock on April 6. Poultry biosecurity is still appropriate and information can be found on the USDA’s “Defend the Flock” website at

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