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You can learn about spices and decorate gingerbread cookies at one of Ethelbert B. Crawford’s winter break programs.

Winter break activities at Crawford library

MONTICELLO, NY — Every day from December 26 through December 29, the Ethelbert B. Crawford Library will show a mid-day movie. They will be appropriate for all ages. Popcorn will be provided by the Friends of Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library. The library is located at 479 Broadway.


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Theme Christmas trees

HURLEYVILLE, NY — The Sullivan County Museum’s annual theme tree exhibit will remain open until the new year. Theme trees featured include this one, decorated by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Sullivan County.


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New Munson Diner hosts Santa and horse-drawn carriage

LIBERTY, NY — Santa Claus will arrive at the New Munson Diner on Lake Street, riding in a one-horse open carriage, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 23. As part of the New Munson Diner’s grand opening celebration, Jolly Saint Nick and his trusty steed will trot down Main Street and continue up Lake Street to greet children and adults alike.


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Congregation Beth Israel’s synagogue stands at 615 Court St. in Honesdale, PA

Congregation Beth Israel balances tradition and modernity

HONESDALE, PA — Congregation Beth Israel in Honesdale “was organized in 1849, by—it depends whom you ask—by 10 or 11 men of the community,” says Rabbi Elliott Kleinman. “They came together to create a community for Jews who worked for the canal company. The whole town was a canal company town.


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Cornell Co-Operative Extension’s 2017 TOAST award winner Melinda Meddaugh, left, pictured here with Roberta Byron-Lockwood, carries on the SCVA tradition initiated by Agnes Van Put 20 years ago.

Welcome to the Catskills!

Mother Nature is at it again. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan—but every once in a while, her plans get in the way of mine. Such was the case over the last few days, and my schedule changed accordingly when the first real snowfall of the season prevented me from getting to some of my appointed rounds.


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Jessica Fishenfeld and Scott Joiner

Operettas, musicals, holiday songs and more

MILFORD, PA — Soprano Jessica Fishenfeld and tenor Scott Joiner, accompanied by pianist Eric Sedgwick, will perform music from light operas and musicals as well as traditional holiday songs at the Milford Theatre, 114 Catherine St., on Saturday, December 16 at 5:30 p.m. The concert is a production of Kindred Spirits Arts Programs.

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