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BETHEL, NY (May 27, 2015) – Bethel Woods Center for the Arts has announced that it will again take part in Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and The Department of Defense to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2015.

The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active duty U.S. military – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps – and up to five family members.

“We are honored to invite the men and women who serve our country, along with the families who sacrifice so much, the opportunity to visit The Museum at Bethel Woods free of cost as part of the Blue Star Museum program,” said Darlene Fedun Chief Executive Officer of Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. “We are dedicated to enriching our community by providing affordable access to the arts and humanities and this program provides us with a great opportunity to do so,” continued Fedun.

“Parents of young children tell us that they go together to museums to learn new things and have family time together,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. ”Blue Star Museums helps them do both, by helping military families learn about the cultural resources in their communities, and offering a fun, high-quality experience that’s both budget and family-friendly”

In addition to its Main Exhibit, beginning June 11, Bethel Woods will present THREADS: Connecting ‘60s & Modern Rockwear. This exhibit will feature vintage and current rock fashions from Andy Hilfiger’s personal collection consisting of over 40 outfits that span the spectrum from street chic to stadium rock statement.

Bethel Woods Museum is open now through September 7 from 10:00 a.m. -7:00 p.m. Please call ahead to verify museum hours after September 7 and on concert days. Access to the grounds is closed on Pavilion concert days. The Monument continues to be open to visitors seven days a week via West Shore Road.

General support for The Museum at Bethel Woods is provided by a grant from the William and Elaine Kaplan Private Foundation.

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY (May 26, 2015) – The 20th Annual Magical History Tour will be held on Saturday, June 20, as part of the NYS Path through History THE DELAWARE COMPANYMAGICALhISTORYTOUR2015Temp (1) Weekend.

Participants will have a choice of two tours with identical itineraries, both leaving from and returning to the Liberty Museum & Arts Center. 

The morning tour registers at 8:00 a.m., and the bus leaves the Museum at 8:30 a.m., returning at 12:30 p.m.

The afternoon tour registers at 1:00 p.m. and leaves the Museum at 1:30 p.m. returning at 5:30 p.m. 

Both groups are invited to take part in the reception luncheon at the Museum from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. During that reception, The Delaware Company will be presenting its annual President’s Award and the James W. Burbank Memorial Award to recipients who have contributed to the promotion and support of local history.

There is no price on the flier because the organizers are hoping to hear about some possible sponsorships that will enable them to lower the price substantially, but even if they do not come through we can guarantee the price will not exceed the $45 charged in the past few years, including all admissions and lunch.

Contact John Conway at 557-0851 or e-mail jconway52@hotmail.com, or click on the flyer for additional info.

Please book as soon as possible by sending an e-mail with your preference of the morning or afternoon trip. All who have reserved will be contacted with the price and will be asked to send their payment then.

Seats have already begun to fill up, so don’t delay.

BRIDGEVILLE, NY (May 26, 2015) – Hudson Valley Pattern For Progress will present an informational session entitled Sullivan County: A Journey Toward A Brighter Future on June 24 at Bernie’s Holiday Restaurant in Rock Hill.

The event is geared toward businesses, municipalities, and not-for-profit corporations operating in the county today, but is open to all.

The informational session will take place on Wednesday, June 24 from 8:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. Tickets are $15 for Partnership members and $20 for non-members; breakfast is included.

The presentation will look at the county’s new economic reality in the coming years. Attendees will learn how to best position their businesses to make the most of the opportunities and challenges ahead. Presenters will outline variables affecting local and regional economies, and discuss market dynamics from pre-2008 through key indicators in anticipation of new developments.

The event is supported by Sullivan County’s Economic Development Team: the Sullivan County Partnership for Economic Development, the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce, the Sullivan County Visitors Association, and the County of Sullivan Industrial Development Agency.

Sponsorship opportunities are available at four different levels, $250 up to $1500, and commitments must be received no later than June 16. To sponsor this event, receive more information, or make

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY (May 26, 2015) – Sullivan County Legislator and Public Works Chair Kathleen LaBuda has announced that 2015 Lake Superior 562046_4776170926668_1554942450_nState Park Season Passes will become available for sale to Sullivan County residents and property owners at the  Division of Public Works office, 100 North St., Monticello, NY on Tuesday, May 27, 2015.

Each pass is $15.00. To purchase a pass bring proof of residency or property ownership to the DPW office Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

2014 Season pass holders may download the renewal form from the County Website (www.co.sullivan.ny.us) and apply for their 2015 season pass by mail.

The Beach at Lake Superior State Park will open to the public on Saturday, May 30, 2015 and will continue to operate on weekends through the end of June, when it will commence its daily operations through Labor Day.

The hours of operation are 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., subject to weather conditions.

Admission fees are $5 per person; children under 3 years old are free.

Lake Superior does participate in the Golden Park Program, which grants senior citizens free admission to the park on weekdays only. (No weekends or holidays.)

Boat rentals, vending machines, the playground, and the bathhouse will all be available during regular beach operating hours.

Several picnic pavilions are available for rent; please contact the DPW office at 845-807-0261 for more information.

Lake Superior State Park is operated and maintained by the Sullivan County Division of Public Works through a 20 year license agreement with the Palisades Interstate Park Commission.

A reprint of a story we first ran in 2010

HPIM2874Story and top photo by Carol Montana

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY (May 22, 2015) – Mom used to call it Decoration Day, which is what it was known by when she was growing up. Today it is officially called Memorial Day – a day set aside to honor those men and women who died in the service of their country.

The custom of decorating graves of fallen soldiers goes back, it is told, to ancient Greece. In this country, the custom startedVeteran after the Civil War. And the city of Waterloo, NY is the acknowledged first city to hold a memorial service on May 5, 1866.

It was 1882 before the term Memorial Day was first used, and that became the official name of DSCN5259the remembrance in 1967. One year later Congress passed the Uniform Holidays Bill, which moved three holidays from their original dates to a specific Monday. Memorial Day, traditionally celebrated on May 30 was moved to the last Monday in May. This year, that day is May 27.

Canada celebrates a similar observance and calls it Victoria Day, There it was celebrated on May 20.

Volunteers, many of them veterans, observe Memorial Day by placing American flags on each grave site at all the 146 national cemeteries.

And wherever you go, be safe, and please thank a member of the Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force and Marines, and thank a veteran, too.

The Catskill Chronicle will be taking the weekend off to spend with family and friends. We wish you peace.

NEW YORK STATE (May 20, 2015) – Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I-Mt. Hope) has announced that the New York State Senate has passed legislation (Senate Bill S.5597) making the state 2% property tax cap, implemented in 2011, permanent. The Senate included a permanent tax cap in its one-house budget resolution in March, and this legislation affirms the commitment made then by the Republican Conference to continue to work to improve the economic conditions in New York.

“The enactment of the property tax cap has been truly effective at generating savings for homeowners and businesses,” said Bonacic. “By making the tax cap permanent, we can encourage people to stay in New York, keep jobs here, and promote an environment that encourages economic development and job creation.”

In the first three years in New York the property tax cap has saved $7.6 billion and is projected to save billions more as we move forward.

The bill will now move to the Assembly.

Orange, Dutchess, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester Eligible for Low-Interest Loans to Recover From Season Drought

SULLIVAN COUNTY AND SURROUNDING AREAS (May 19, 2015) – US Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand have announced that New York businesses affected by last year’s drought, beginning August 15, 2014, can now apply for low-interest disaster loans through the US Small Business Administration.

The SBA will accept applications for emergency federal loans through June 1, 2015.

The SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) to help small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small aquaculture businesses and most private non-profit organizations. The disaster declaration covers eligible farm-related and small businesses in Orange, Dutchess, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester Counties.

“After the devastating drought that began last August, the SBA’s decision to provide disaster loan assistance to Hudson Valley farmers and businesses that were impacted by last year’s drought is welcome news. This means our small businesses and agricultural cooperatives that suffered financial losses during this drought will have access to critical low-interest loans they can use to recover,” said Senator Schumer.

"These SBA disaster loans are a welcome and necessary relief for many of the businesses in the Hudson Valley especially Orange County that were hurt by the damaging drought last year,” said Senator Gillibrand. “These funds can help give the region’s recovery efforts a significant boost and help small businesses get back on their feet.”

The loans are allocated to pay fixed debts, payroll and other bills accumulated as a result of the disaster. Total loan amounts are up to $2 million with interest rates of 2.625 percent for private nonprofit organizations and 4 percent for small businesses up to 30 years. The loans are not intended to replace lost sales or profits and terms are based on each applicant’s financial situation.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Disaster loan information and application forms may also be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 or 800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov

Loan applications can be downloaded from www.sba.gov/disaster. Completed applications should be mailed to: US Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX  76155.

The deadline to apply for a working capital disaster loan is June 1, 2015.

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