Chocolate cake

An afternoon of praise, award-winning chocolate cake, cute babies and more


An afternoon of worship

LIBERTY, NY – All are invited to a “Praise in the Park” event on Saturday, September 10 at LaPolt Park.
“Praise in the Park” begins at noon.
Learn more at

Diane Rickard’s chocolate cake takes top honors at the show

HONESDALE, PA – Local bakers created decadent cakes at the Wayne County Fair’s Homemade Chocolate Baking Contest. The competition was sponsored by the Pennsylvania State Association of Fairs (PSACF).
Diane Rickard from Honesdale won first place with her chocolate cake recipe.
She is now eligible to compete in the state finals in January at the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.
The first place winner at the farm show will receive a grand prize of $500.
The PSACF has been in existence since 1912. Over 100 member trade shows, associations or companies hold annual events that showcase the Commonwealth’s main industries, agriculture and tourism.
An estimated 5.5 million people visit PA fairs each year, enjoying the entertainment, food, entertainment, judged competitions, and learning about Pennsylvania’s rich agricultural heritage.
Visit to learn more or to find a PSACF salon near you.

Chocolate cake

Make the cake:
2 cups flour
2 cups white sugar
1 cup dark cocoa
1 cup melted butter
2 cups hot water
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 eggs, beaten
2 teaspoons vanilla
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Sift the flour, sugar and cocoa.
Dissolve baking soda in hot water.
Make a hole in the middle of the flour, sugar and cocoa mixture, and add the melted butter and the hot water/bicarbonate of soda mixture.
Add beaten eggs and vanilla and mix.
Divide the cake into three 8-inch cake pans. Bake for 18 minutes.
Prepare the peanut butter filling:
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup creamy peanut butter
3 cups icing sugar
1/2 cup heavy cream
pinch of salt
In a stand mixer, cream the peanut butter and unsalted butter together for 3 minutes.
Add the sugar, scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix until combined.
Pour in the heavy cream and beat until smooth. Scrape the bowl again.
Add the salt.
Beat on high for 3 to 4 minutes or until the mixture becomes light and fluffy.
To make white chocolate frosting:
6 squares of 1 ounce white chocolate, chopped
2 1/2 tablespoons flour
1 cup milk
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
In a medium saucepan, combine white chocolate, flour and milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture is very thick. Cool completely.
In a large bowl, cream the butter, sugar and vanilla; beat until light and fluffy. Gradually add the cooled mixture. Beat at high speed until the mixture reaches the consistency of whipped cream.
Recipe by Diane Rickard

The cutest babies have been chosen

WALTON, NY – This year finally saw the return of United Health Services Delaware Valley Hospital’s cutest baby contest. 71 adorable entries from babies aged two and under were received.
The competition was extremely tough but the winners are:
First Place – Gracelyn Cronk of Walton, daughter of Shannon Hitt
Second place—Beckett DaBrescia-McGraw of Hancock, son of Kelly and Cassandra DaBrescia-McGraw
Third Place – Lincoln Moody of Walton, son of Caitlin and Trevor Moody
Each child will receive a savings account at Wayne Bank.
Funds totaling $1,427 were raised at the event and will be used for hospital improvements.
In addition to the baby contest, the hospital offered blood pressure screening, COVID vaccines, information on using MyChart – a patient portal, available to all UHS patients – and information on the importance of physical activity and families doing activities together.
The basketball game was a huge success, attracting hundreds of players during the fair.
The end of fair draw for a $100 gift card or an indoor/outdoor basketball game was won by Kim Sperry. The $50 gift card was won by Jacob Weissflog of Endwell.
To learn more about UHS-Delaware Valley Hospital, visit

Children harvest their first crop

HAWLEY, PA – Two months ago, a dozen children began their gardening adventure by planting herbs, vegetables and flowers.
Week after week they took care of their garden, watering, mulching and making notes in their personal garden journals, and measuring the growth of their plants.
Recently, the reward for which they worked so hard arrived: the day of the first harvest of cucumbers, parsley, basil and marigolds.
They left with bags carrying their treasure. Still other plants, such as tomatoes, were waiting to be harvested.
This is the first year of the program. Those responsible were Mary Guccini, youth leader of the Hawley Public Library, and Sally Ann Whalen and Susan Di Re, members of the Country Gardeners club.
Due to its success, “The Bookworm Friendship Garden”, as the children choose to call their work area, will take place again next year. So keep an eye out for library programs this spring and join them.
Find the library online at

Wanted: Older New Yorkers making a difference

MONTICELLO, NY – The State Office for Aging will celebrate Older New Yorkers Day on Friday, November 4, and Sullivan County has the opportunity to include two local honorees.
The deadline for submitting applications is Tuesday, September 6.
The Sullivan County Office for Aging seeks applications from older adults in our community. These nominations can come from civic leaders, elected officials and community organizations.
Nominee must be a volunteer, age 55 or older, who has made a difference in the community through civic engagement.
Winners will be featured on social media and local media.
Nomination forms can be obtained by calling the Office for the Aging at 845/807-0243, or by emailing [email protected] You can also download the form at Click on the New York Alumni Day 2022 nomination form.

Older New Yorkers Day,

Country gardeners,

Diane Rickard,

chocolate cake,

Wayne County Fair,

cutest baby contest,

Delaware Valley Hospital,

Flagship Ministries

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