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LIBERTY, NY (April 24, 2015) – Home gardeners and new farmers can learn to grow their own food this spring. An introductory workshop on Basic Vegetable Gardening will be held on Thursday, May 7 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC)’s Master Gardener Volunteer program will offer this class at its Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Road in Liberty.

Local farmer Adrianne Picciano, better known as the “Dirt Diva”, will present on how to successfully grow many different vegetables. Topics to be covered include: soil preparation, best planting practices, and best varieties to grow in local hardiness zones.

Cost is $20.00 per person or $15.00 for CCESC enrollees. Registration with non-refundable payment is required in advance. Only payment reserves a seat.

Anyone can enroll in CCESC for an annual donation of $25.00 per household. Enrollees must identify membership status at time of payment to receive Image result for vegetable gardendiscounts.

Registration and more information can be obtained by calling 845-292-6180, emailing srb46@cornell.edu, or visiting www.sullivancce.org.

The Master Gardener Volunteer program is a national corps of volunteers trained in the science and art of gardening who work in partnership with their county Cooperative Extension office to expand educational outreach throughout the community by providing home gardeners with research-based information. For more information on the CCESC Master Gardener Volunteer program, contact Susan Dollard, Community Horticulture Educator, at smd243@cornell.edu.

NEW YORK STATE (April 23, 2015) – With asthma affecting 465,000 children in New York State, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has introduced asthma-156094_1280 the School Asthma Management Plan Act to ensure schools are equipped to respond to asthma attacks and are working to help prevent them from happening. The bill would establish grants for schools to train staff to identify and respond to student attacks, and purchase medication and equipment to improve classroom air quality. According to the New York State Department of Health, 34,000 children were hospitalized for asthma attacks between 2011 and 2013. Every year, asthma causes students across the country to miss a total of 10.5 million school days.

“As asthma rates across our state and country rise, we have to make sure our schools have the resources to prepare and prevent asthma attacks,” said Senator Gillibrand. Nearly half a million New York children suffer from this chronic disease, so the place where they spend so much of their time – our schools – must be ready. This legislation will make sure schools have the resources to meet our students’ needs.”

“Asthma is the leading cause of school absenteeism,” said Dr. Robert Lemanske, President of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. “The program proposed in Senator Gillibrand’s bill will improve school support of students with asthma and result in better attendance; improved alertness and physical stamina; and fewer medical emergencies.”

Asthma is a chronic condition that affects as many as 25 million adults and youth across the country. In the last 10 years, the proportion of people with asthma in the United States grew by nearly 15 percent. However, funding for the Centers for Disease Control National Asthma Control Program has been reduced, eliminating resources for schools to prepare for and address potential asthma attacks.

The School Asthma Management Plan Act, introduced today with Senators Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and Bob Casey (D-PA), would establish grants for schools to coordinate responses to asthma-related medical emergencies, access to life-saving medication and the equipment to help prevent attacks, including air filters, to improve classroom air quality.

The legislation would allow schools to apply for grants to:

  • Develop and Implement School Asthma Management Plans. Grant funds could be used to develop plans based on national guidelines that include methods for identifying all students with asthma diagnoses, implementing asthma education for all staff, providing access to medication and methods to administer medication for all affected students, and developing medication and emergency policies specific to each school.
  • Purchase Asthma Medications and Devices. Grant funds could be used to purchase asthma inhalers, asthma education materials, and other supplies necessary for the relief and treatment of affected students.
  • Improve Communication and Coordination. Schools that receive grants could encourage communication between schools and physicians, and improve adherence to asthma treatment my students.

All schools would be eligible to apply for the grants, and priority will be placed on applications from schools with higher populations of lower-income students, who often have higher rates of asthma. Below are the estimated statistics for children suffering from asthma in each New York county, as compiled by the New York State Department of Health.

In the Hudson Valley, over 57,000 children suffer from asthma. Over 2,500 were hospitalized overnight for their asthma between 2011 and 2013.

COUNTY

EST. CHILDREN WITH ASTHMA

Dutchess

6,540

Orange

10,299

Putnam

2,325

Rockland

9,171

Sullivan

1,751

Ulster

3,630

Westchester

23,417

Gillibrand also introduced the Family Asthma Act of 2015, to require the Centers for Disease Control to work with state and local health departments to improve public education and awareness about asthma.

LOCH SHELDRAKE (April 21, 2015) – SUNY Sullivan will host a screening of the film BIG DREAM on Tuesday, April 28 at 6:00 p.m. in the Seelig Theatre. Admission is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

The Big Dream Movement connects organizations, academia, and resources to girls around the world to help them pursue a future in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. The movement is anchored by BIG DREAM, a documentary film that follows the stories of seven young women who are breaking barriers and overcoming personal challenges to follow their passions in STEM fields, especially in technology. From small town Iowa to the bustling streets of the Middle East, BIG DREAM immerses viewers in a world designed by and for the next generation of girls.

The goal of the Big Dream Movement is to excite young women, their families, and friends to the possibilities inherent in STEM, as well as educating them about the career possibilities and the impact they can make on the world by pursuing a career in a STEM field.

In the United States, there is a growing demand for computer scientists. However, it is projected that many computing jobs will go unfilled due to an insufficient number of college graduates with computing-related degrees in the labor force. The Bureau of Labor estimates that only 39 percent of computing jobs could be filled by qualified workers by 2022.

Encouraging girls to take computer science courses is crucial to addressing the low numbers of college graduates with computing-related degrees in the workforce.

There will be a panel discussion following the screening. Girls of all ages, their parents, teachers and mentors are encouraged to attend. For more information on the screening of BIG DREAM at SUNY Sullivan, please contact Associate Professor Dr. Cynthia Marcello at 845-434-5750, ext. 4322. To learn about the Big Dream Movement, visit www.bigdreammovement.com.

MONTICELLO, NY (April 20, 2015) – Thunder 102, Monticello Casino and Raceway and the Sullivan County Visitors Association are proud to announce PaslayThunderBash 10, coming up on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at Monticello Casino and Raceway.

Headlining the event will be country music star and veteran songwriter, Eric  Paslay, whose first solo release, “Friday Night” went to #1 in 2014. Paslay was recently featured as one of Country Radio Seminar’s New Faces of Country Music, and his current single “She Don’t Love You” is moving up the charts.

As in previous years, ThunderBash will also honor volunteer firefighters, emergency services personnel, law enforcement and all members of the military.

“We’re thrilled that Eric Paslay will headline ThunderBash 10 and we’re proud to be honoring those that keep us safe each and every day here in Thunder Country. It’s going to be a whole new ThunderBash” said Paul Ciliberto Market Manager/General Manager of Thunder 102.

In addition to Paslay, scheduled performers include Franklin DavidTrapp from the Forestburgh Playhouse who will sing the National Anthem, followed up by  entertainment in the grandstand with Somerville, David Adam Byrnes (photo right), and Emily Kinney Music.

New this year are the PreBash and AfterBash. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for the PreBash on the Upper Grandstand stage presented by Bold Gold Media Group Stations 95.3 DNH & Classic Hits 105.3, and featuring The SHOTS and The Bergen County Firefighters Pipe Band.

The AfterBash will take place in the LAVA Lounge and features Iron Cowboy from 10 p.m. to midnight.

In an effort to help local food pantries, ThunderBash attendees are requested to bring non-perishable food items to fill a truck sponsored by Suburban Propane.

ThunderBash began 10 years ago as a way to celebrate and thank the listeners and community for their support of Thunder 102.

ThunderBash 10 is an 18 and over event.

Tickets are free and are available at the following locations:

Apple’s Small Engine in Liberty • Bold Gold Media Group in Honesdale Catskill Hudson Bank in Arlington, Callicoon, Ellenville, Grahamsville, Kingston, Liberty, Malta, Middletown, Monticello, Narrowsburg, Rock Hill, South Fallsburg & Youngsville Cronk’s Electronics in Liberty • Hancock Liquor Store Heirloom Marketplace & Auction Company in Jeff ersonville • Hodges Sales & Service in Walton Fallsburg Lumber • Fosterdale Equipment • It’s A Cinch Tax Service in Ellenville Monticello Farm Home & Garden • O’Tooles Harley Davidson in Wurtsboro Port Jervis Auto Mall • Quality Pet Care in Monticello • Robert Wells – State Farm in Monticello Shakelton Auto & Truck Parts – NAPA Store in Jeff ersonville, Liberty, Milford, Monticello, Port Jervis & Roscoe Suburban Propane in Chester • Sullivan County Visitors Association in Ferndale Sullivan Pharmacy in Liberty & Livingston Manor • The Pines Tavern in Hawley Yellow Cab in Monticello

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY (April 16, 2015) – Dear Readers: there is some family business that needs our attention, so The Catskill Chronicle will be on a brief hiatus.

There will be no posts (except for emergency notifications, and those only if the editor has Internet service) until Monday evening at the earliest.

While we’re on hiatus, please enjoy some of our archived stories such as:

Elder Berries: http://thecatskillchronicle.com/elder-berries/

Gadfly: http://thecatskillchronicle.com/gadfly-opinion/gadfly-archives/

Special Section Archives: http://thecatskillchronicle.com/special-section-archives/

Sullivan Faces: http://thecatskillchronicle.com/sullivan-faces-2/sullivan-faces-archives/

The Scrawny Gourmet: http://thecatskillchronicle.com/tales-from-the-scrawny-gourmet/tales-from-the-scrawny-gourmet-archives/

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Thank you for your patience and understanding. See you soon.

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY (April 14, 2015) – The  Sullivan County Legislature has announced that Sullivan County’s Annual Litter Pluck Day will take place on Saturday, April 25, and all school and community groups, as well as private litterpluck citizens are urged to participate.

“Sullivan County’s Annual Litter Pluck is a popular event, and the Legislature appreciates that their constituents volunteer time to assist in the clean-up of the roadsides before the busy summer season” said Kathy LaBuda, Public Works Committee Chair.

LaBuda continued, “And because not everyone is able to participate on the same day, the County Transfer Stations will accept debris from Saturday, April 25 through Sunday, May 3, to allow each community an opportunity to participate. In light of expanded tourism opportunities coming to Sullivan County, now is the time for the County to present its beauty, not its littered roadsides, and a county-wide litter pluck effort will help accomplish this goal.”

The Sullivan County Division of Public Works and Solid Waste will donate trash bags for this community-based roadside cleanup event, and will accept the roadside refuse for disposal free-of-charge at the County Transfer Stations. All residents and groups who wish to participate in Litter Pluck can pick up their Litter Pluck materials any time on or after Friday, April 17, 2015 at their Town or Village Hall or local Transfer Station. While no coupons are required, all Litter Pluck refuse must be placed in clear bags.

For more information about Litter Pluck, call Sullivan County Parks, Recreation and Beautification Director Kristin Porter at 845-807-0261.

LIBERTY, NY (April 15, 2015) – In celebration of Earth Day on April 22, Sullivan County Public Health Services will be collecting unwanted pharmaceuticals at their display table at the Sullivan County Community College Earth Day event.

The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office will be partnering with Public Health to take back unwanted pills from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon only.

Citizens, students and staff who drop off any unwanted medication will receive a free gift.

The Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force, (a subcommittee of the Rural Health Network led by Sullivan County Public Health Services), is also partnering again with local law enforcement agencies and the Recovery Center to announce another Drug Take Back Day to be held Saturday, April 25 at local police stations and the NYS Troopers’ barracks in Narrowsburg.

Unwanted pills can be dropped off on April 25 from 12:00 -2:00 p.m. only at the New York State Police Barracks (Troop F, Zone 1) at 6509 State Route 97, Narrowsburg, and at the Fallsburg, Liberty and Monticello police stations from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Well over 500 pounds of unwanted prescription medications have been collected over the past year as a result of numerous sponsored Take Back Days and the 24/7 availability of Drug Drop Boxes placed throughout the county.

Sullivan County Public Health Director, Nancy McGraw, indicates that Take Back Days continue to be a successful local public health initiative based on collaborative efforts of many agencies working together to combat drug abuse and to ensure our communities are safe through appropriate disposal of unwanted drugs and medications. “We have not only made an impact on reducing the likelihood of prescription drugs falling into the wrong hands and being abused or sold on the streets, but have improved access for residents for safe disposal sites. The environment is also being protected because people are not flushing them or throwing them in the garbage which ends up in a landfill.”

These medications are safely disposed of through a partnership with the Sheriff’s Office on county sponsored Take Back Days, who transport the medications for incineration in Poughkeepsie. No questions are asked of those dropping off unwanted pills. They can be sealed in a plastic bag or in vials with labels removed or identifying information crossed out with a magic marker. No liquids or needles can be accepted.

The Sullivan County Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force, a subcommittee of the Rural Health Network, meets at Sullivan County Public Health Services to discuss ideas for prevention strategies and outreach events.

For more information, call Sullivan County Public Health Services at 845-292-5910, ext. 2222.

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