Jul 5, 2016 at 12:08 PM

HONESDALE — The Michael Bryant Memorial Fund recently awarded a grant to the Dyberry Day Camp.

The funding will be used to support field trips for the campers.

This is the ninth year that the Fund has awarded grants to individuals and groups that help Wayne County citizens, with special needs or developmental disabilities.

This year, the Fund awarded three grants totaling $3,295.

The fund continues to grow with contributions from friends, family, Herd the Curd 5 and 10K run/walk and the sales of Smoke Signal, a cheese sold by Calkin's Creamery in Mike's Memory.

The Fund is associated in its efforts by the Wayne County Community Foundation.

During his life, Mike overcame many problems caused by developmental disabilities, giving him a special sensitivity to people who had such needs.  He also was devoted to his community, volunteering his time to the local fire company. 

The purpose of this Fund is to assist Wayne County citizens, with special needs or developmental disabilities, acquire goods and/or services desirable or necessary to maximize their potential.  Organizations can nominate individuals by filling out the grant application and noting the specific need and associated costs.

Examples of specific needs may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Summer camp tuition for those with physical or developmental needs
Specific therapy needs – i.e. therapeutic horseback riding, therapy balls
Classroom supplies for those with physical or developmental needs
Expenses associated with Special Olympic participation
Expenses associated with 4-H participation for those with physical or developmental needs
Expenses associated with independent living for a person with physical or developmental needs

Whenever possible, the Fund will reimburse organizations, rather than individuals to assure financial accountability.  Previous applicants may re-apply.  Grant applications are available upon request or may be downloaded from the Wayne County Community Foundation website (www.waynefoundation.org – go to the section on “Grantmaking” then “Grant Guidelines-General”).  

Questions about the application process can be directed to the Wayne County Community Foundation at 570-499-4299 or wccf@ptd.net. 


$13,500 raised & 5k record eclipsed!

The 4th Annual Herd the Curd 5K & 10K occurred on Saturday, September 3rd, 2016 at Calkins Creamery on Highland Farm.  These cross-country style races covered Highland Farm's beautiful 300 acres.

The races benefitted the Michael J. Bryant Fund, which benefits local children with special needs in our local area.  The 2016 race generated over $13,500 for the fund due to our generous race sponsors and an awesome bunch of over 200 runners!

Steven Brown of Honesdale set a new 5K course record in 19:10, besting the 19:20 set by another Honesdale runner, Jason Kennedy, in 2014.  Stephanie Savastano won the women's race in 23:52. 

In the 10K race, David Kennedy of Honesdale took 1st in 46:00.  For the women, Tiffany Leventhal took 1st in 46:32.

We hope to see you at the 2017 races!

Full Results: CLICK HERE

Here's a look at our prior winners:

2013 5k Men:Stanley Rembish 22:16

2013 5k Women: Tiffany Leventhal 22:06 record

2014 5k Men: Jason Kennedy 19:20

2014 10k Men: Sean Clark 39:33 record

2014 5k Women: Jamie Brown 22:12

2014 10k Women: Tiffany Leventhal 46:46

2015 5k Men: Ray Derman 20:56

2015 10k Men: Jason Kennedy 40:10

2015 5k Women: Emily Bilbow 24:21

2015 10k Women: Kristin Patchell-Pellis 44:21 rec

2016 5k Men: Steven Brown 19:10 record

2016 10k Men: David Kennedy 46:00

2016 5k Women: Stephanie Savastano 23:52

2016 10k Women: Tiffany Leventhal 46:32

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