at Bon Secours

at Bon Secours

Do you often feel sleepy during the day? Do you snore? Do you often have difficulty falling asleep, or frequently wake up in the middle of the night?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you may have a sleep problem that is preventing you from getting the seven to nine hours of sleep a night recommended for most adults.

To help area residents improve their sleep habits, Bon Secours Community Hospital is hosting a Sleep Awareness Open House from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tuesday on the first floor right outside the cafeteria next to the elevators. The event will provide information about the benefits of quality sleep and the consequences of unrecognized, untreated sleep problems and disorders. Representatives from the Bon Secours Sleep Study Center will be on hand to answer your questions and provide you with free information. The hospital is at 160 E. Main St., Port Jervis.

For more information, call Mary Decker at 856-2245.

questions online

Do you have a question or comment about next year's school district budget? Port Jervis School District residents are invited to contact the district at with their budget questions and concerns. The school district established the e-mail address to provide taxpayers with an opportunity to provide input now — while the process of developing a proposed budget for the 2008-09 school year is under way.

The long process of developing the budget will continue through April 17, when the school board adopts the budget that will be put before voters May 20. The dates for public meetings and workshops are outlined in the district budget development calendar, which can be downloaded from the Port Jervis District Web site,

Shake off those winter blues and join the Friends of the Port Jervis Free Library on a springtime bus trip April 24 to visit the world-famous Culinary Institute of America where you will tour the facility and enjoy lunch in the institute's Escoffier Restaurant. After lunch, the group will visit the Roosevelt mansion and estate at Hyde Park.

Tickets for this day trip are $85 each and includes motor coach transportation, the CIA tour and luncheon and admission to Hyde Park.

The trip is sponsored by the Friends of the Port Jervis Free Library as part of its fundraising efforts to benefit the library and its services to the community.

The bus is expected to fill quickly, so reserve your tickets early to avoid missing out on the outing. For tickets or more information, call Joan Wagner at 856-3247 or Sue Gillinder at 858-8403.

at post office

Passport applications will be taken from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. tomorrow at the Huguenot Post Office, 435 Route 209, Huguenot. Applicants need to fill out, but not sign, passport application DS11 prior to applying. Download the form and get other information at This service is offered as a convenience to postal customers by the U.S. Postal Service. Call 856-3076 for information on fees, documents required and an appointment.

Penn State Extension in Wayne and Pike County will be holding an educational program for horse owners and others involved in the horse industry on consecutive Mondays from March 3-April 7. Classes will be held at the PPL Lake Wallenpaupack Environmental Center from 6:30-9 p.m. each night. The program will conclude April 7 with a barn visit to a newly constructed "greenhouse barn" that is being used for therapeutic riding. The program cost is $25. Reservations are due by today and can be made by calling 570-296-3400.

with the Easter Bunny

The Easter Bunny is taking time out of his busy schedule to once again enjoy a delicious pancake, sausage and bagel breakfast served up by Ann Street School staff, parents and friends.

The school's annual Breakfast with the Easter Bunny will have seatings at 8:30, 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. March 15 at the school, located at 206 E. Ann St., Milford. Admission for the breakfast is $3.50 per child and $4.50 per adult. Photos with the Easter Bunny will be available for $3. To reserve seats at the seating of your choice, call 570- 296-6124.

Perhaps where you lived in the past, your house was connected to a central sewer system and you didn't have to worry where the water went after you flushed your toilet. In the country, your responsibility does not end with the flush. If your house is not one of many hooked to a central sewer, the water your family uses flows literally into your own backyard! If you are interested in learning how to properly maintain and identify potential problems with your septic system, then you should plan to attend the on-lot septic system seminar from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. March 29 at

the Pike County Conservation District office on Route 402 in Blooming Grove.

Learn how to maintain and identify problems with your septic system with Bruce Fox, a certified Sewage Enforcement Officer who will discuss an overview of systems: what are they and how they work; system maintenance requirements; and how to address potential system failures.

The seminar is sponsored by the Penn State Cooperative Extension. The registration fee is $5 and covers refreshments and informational material. Preregistration is required by March 25; call 570-296-3400 or e-mail

A forum addressing discrimination and gang activity in Pike County will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. tomorrow at the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) in Dingmans Ferry off Route 209 (signs between mile markers 8 and 9).

Several community organizations and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission will host the forum, which will be open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, call 570-686-5555 or visit

The summer day camp program at Camp Speers-Eljabar YMCA has been renamed "YMCA Camp Discovery" following a contest among campers and staff.

"A lot of great ideas were suggested," noted Chief Operating Officer Cherie Hammond. "A general theme of exploration, friendships, fun and discovery became apparent from the entries."

In the past, the program was simply called "Day Camp."

YMCA Camp Discovery will be offered weekdays from June 23-Aug. 22 from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. with extended day options available to meet the needs of working parents. Meals and snack are provided. Campers may register for any combination of weeks from 1-9 weeks. Campers as young as age 3 and as mature as 10th grade build lasting friendships, gain confidence, develop new skills and interests, and take responsibility for making their own world better.

Camp Discover is situated on more than 1,100 acres of Pocono forests, including a private 42-acre lake. For more information, visit the Web site or call 570-828-2329.

4-H tractor programs

The 2008 Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H Tractor Program is open to any youth, 14 years old and above, who wants to receive certification to work on a farm this summer and/or is looking for a fun educational experience.

The U.S. Department of Labor declares certain farm occupations too "hazardous" for youths age 15 and younger. Tractor driving is included on this list, and these youth are prohibited from working on any farm but their home farm. An exemption is permitted for youths under 16 (but over 14) if they have successfully completed a basic Tractor Safety Course.

Participants are expected to attend five meetings at local tractor dealers and be tested. Meetings are scheduled for Wednesdays: March 12 (Chambers Ford, Montgomery); March 19 (Hudson River Tractor Co., Goshen), March 26 and April 2 (Pine Bush Equipment) and April 9 (Cooperative Extension Office, Middletown). These meetings are held from 7-8:30 p.m.

There will be driving practice on April 5 with testing on April 12. Sign-up is due by Wednesday, and can be done by calling the 4-H Office at 344-1234. Registration fee is $7 for 4-H members, $14 for nonmembers.