As National Fire Prevention Week continues, the recent Sullivan County Fire Chiefs Conference in the Seelig Theater at SUNY Sullivan, sponsored by the Sullivan County Bureau of Fire in conjunction with the Sullivan County Volunteer Firefighters Association, was well attended. Sixth-five department line officers from 20 Sullivan County fire departments attended. John Hauschild, fire coordinator, gathered information and suggestions for next year’s program from those attending, including his deputy fire coordinators: Michael Bastone, Jack Halchak, Bill Lothrop, Don Hunt, and Thomas Totten. It was sponsored by the Sullivan County Bureau of Fire in conjunction with the Sullivan County Volunteer Firefighters Association. Jerry Knapp was the keynote speaker. Also speaking were Hauschild, Jale Oreshan III, and Chief Jeff Holmes.
• SOHO Salon in Chester will have a month-long fundraiser for breast cancer research by having a pink extension popped in your hair for $15. You also can enter in a raffle for a Davines bag of products worth $65 or a complementary service (some restrictions apply) or a $25 gift card. Drawings will be done Oct. 30. For information, call the salon at 469-6006.
• "Who Built Dutch New York? Personal Ties and Imperial Connections in the 17th-Century Hudson River Valley" is the topic to be discussed at the Oct. 18 meeting of the Hudson River Valley Institute. It will be at 7 p.m. in the Nelly Goletti Theatre on the Marist College campus on North Road in Poughkeepsie. The speaker will be Dr. Susanah Shaw Romney, assistant professor of history at New York University, who specializes in the 17th century empire. RSVPs are appreciated by Oct. 13.
The speaker is the author of the book, “New Netherlands Connections, Intimate Networks, and Atlantic Ties in 17th Century America.” It has received prizes from the New Netherland Institute. Her program will focus on the relationships and networks formed by Dutch newcomers, Native Americans, and enslaved Africans that created a unique culture in New Netherland that defined the region for centuries. The lecture is part of the 2018 Handel-Krom Series in Hudson River Valley established through the generosity of community leaders Shirley and Barnard Handel and U.S. Army Lt. Col. Gilbert A. Krom, retired.
• As Halloween approaches, the faithful to the October event can’t get enough fun from the spooky parts and set about creating special programs that make you want more than a flashlight. Several that have significant local connections are "Who Killed Joseph Skinner?", plus other ghost stories, at the Fort Delaware Museum of Colonial History in Narrowsburg. They will be presented during their Haunted History Lantern Tour from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Oct. 13. The guided tour by lantern light will include tours of Fort Delaware, where Joseph Skinner was the first European murdered in the Upper Delaware River Valley. The 18th-century crime has never been solved. There will be traditional Irish music played by the Tara Minstrels, guest musicians.
Admission is $10 per person, $20 per family. There will be cider and donuts, and chili and cornbread for sale. All proceeds from the evening will benefit the historic Delaware Company. It is suggested that those attending bring their own flashlights. Sullivan County gets mighty dark at night. For information, call Debra Conway, executive director of the Delaware Company in Barryville, at 557-0851.
• The Walker Valley Catholic Society will have a tricky tray social on Oct. 13 at the Infant Saviour Church on Route 302 in Pie Bush. Doors open at 6 p.m., and calling is at 7:30. Karyn Schoeberl, president, said in addition to quite a few well-dressed baskets, there will be a Lottery Tree, a 50-50, special tables, a tricky tray table for children, and a Thanksgiving feast basket. The Society members have long conducted their socials at Infant Saviour in Pine Bush, mostly because their small church in Walker Valley wouldn’t get the traffic that the fundraiser deserves and gets in Pine Bush. It’s a small but active Society whose fund-raising doors open when Mass at Infant Saviour is over, and the parishioners pour out past the tricky tray and its various raffles.
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A pancake breakfast will be served at the Highland Mills United Methodist Church from 8:30-11 a.m. Oct. 20. Tickets are $8, $7 for seniors, and $6 for children 5-10. The event is sponsored by the Women’s Guild and will benefit the church’s mission work.
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