LIBERTY, NY— Individuals living with dementia often experience changes in behavior that can be confusing to friends and family. For caregivers, learning to decode messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions, and body language can help both parties to connect and communicate in meaningful ways.

A free program on Effective Communication Strategies is offered on Thursday, April 9, 2015 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center located on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Road in Liberty. Healthy refreshments will be provided. Funded under the NYS Office for the Aging’s Caregiver Program, this class is free to all informal family caregivers and the general public.

The Effective Communication Strategies program, provided by the Alzheimer’s Association®, will explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s disease. Donna Davies, LCSW and Care Consultant will share her expertise and experience during this presentation.

By the end of the program, attendees will be able to:
• Explain the communication changes that take place throughout the course of the disease.
• Decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia and respond in ways that are helpful to the person.
• Identify strategies to connect and communicate at each stage of the disease.

Effective Communication Strategies includes video interviews with professionals who explain critical aspects of communication throughout the Alzheimer’s journey, and caregivers who share tips that have worked for their families.

Pre-registration is encouraged by calling CCESC at 845-292-6180 or emailing srb46@cornell.edu.

This free, co-partnered program between Cornell Cooperative Extension and Office for the Aging of Sullivan County is supported by a grant from the NYS Office for the Aging’s Caregiver Program.


Cornell Cooperative Extension in Sullivan County is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities and provides equal program and employment opportunities.

Please contact the Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County office if you have any special needs.

Story and photos by Carol Montana

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY (March 25, 2015) – On Sunday, March 22, the IMG_1546Professional Women of Sullivan County held their 2015 Woman of the Year  and Distinguished Service Award Gala at the Eagle’s Nest in Bloomingburg.

2015 marks the 36th year this for these awards, and this year the awards went to Sullivan County Board of Elections Commissioner Ann Prusinski and Associate Professor IMG_1499of Business & Culinary Arts Diane Riegal, respectively.

The attendees were welcomed by Professional Women members Janet Carey and Lois DeStefano.

Each of the recipients received certificates of achievement from representatives of Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther and State Senator John Bonacic. Sullivan County Legislator Cora IMG_1535Edwards invited former legislators Sam Wohl and Ron Hiatt to join her for the legislative presentation.

Professional Women Vice President Amy Colon presented IMG_1512a tribute to Women in History.

And after the acceptance speeches by Prusinski and Riegal, Professional Women President Adrianna Mayson Greco delivered IMG_1510the closing remarks.

During the previous 36 years that the Gala dinner has been held, over 200 scholarships have been given out by the Professional Women with the proceeds from the event.

Below are some additional photos from the event. Click on the following link to see or purchase photos of Professional Women of Sullivan County 36th Annual Women of the Year event.

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Story and Photos by Carol Montana

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY (March 23, 2015) The 5th Annual Sullivan County Sportsman & Outdoor Recreation Expo held at the Paul Gerry IMG_1452Field House of SUNY Sullivan in Loch Sheldrake, lured hundreds of visitors from near and far with exhibits of rifles, knives and hunting gear of all kinds

Held on Saturday, March 21, the event was sponsored by the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce, Sullivan County Visitors Association, SUNY Sullivan, Sullivan County Democrat, NYSERPA and Sullivan County Friends with Firearms. 

Additional sponsors included IMG_1456China City of America, Thompson Education Center, The Spencer Daniel’s Agency, Schmidt’s Wholesale, Superior Building Supplies, M & M Auto Group, WVOS/WSUL and Thunder 102.

There was something for sportsmen and women of all interests including hunting, fishing, archery, boating, ATVs and more. 

Live animal demonstrations entranced the children, and a artist drew caricatures.

Here are a few photos from the event. IMG_1471










To see more photos or to purchase prints from 5th Annual Sullivan County Sportsman & Outdoor Recreation Expo, visit The Catskill Chronicle on Zenfolio.

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY (March 22, 2015) – The Kingfisher Project at WJFF Radio Catskill will host a double community forum, “Heroin in Our Towns Part 2,” in two locations on Saturday, March 28.

The morning session takes place from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the Tusten Town Hall in Narrowsburg. The afternoon session is set for 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Town of Callicoon Town Hall, Jeffersonville .

Each meeting will include speakers and provide a community forum for discussing the heroin epidemic in Sullivan County , northeast Pennsylvania and the surrounding areas. The meeting is open to the public and will also include an open discussion about future Kingfisher Project broadcasts on community radio station WJFF.

These meetings follow The Kingfisher Project’s first “Heroin in Our Towns” meeting on January 31, and the group’s first major public event since winning the $5,000 Nonprofit Leadership Summit Innovation Award on March 4.

The Kingfisher Project is a public affairs radio series that addresses the devastation caused by heroin and other drug abuse in Sullivan and Wayne counties. The project is based at WJFF-90.5 fm, Jeffersonville , NY , as part of the public affairs broadcast magazine, Making Waves.

The Kingfisher Project was established in memory of Rebecca Pisall, a young woman who died last year due to her addiction to heroin. The project takes its name from a high school essay Rebecca wrote after rescuing an injured bird, a Kingfisher, when no one else would. To find out more, contact kingfisher@wjffradio.org or visit thekingfisherproject.com on the web or on Facebook.

42ND NY SENATE DISTRICT (March 20, 2015) – Senator John J. Bonacic Veterans(R/C/I-Mt. Hope) invites nominations from the 42nd Senate District for  induction into the New York State Senate Veteran’s Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame represents extraordinary New Yorkers whose heroism in the United States Armed Forces is complimented by their service to the people in their community.

The New York State Senate Veteran’s Hall of Fame was created to pay tribute and celebrate exceptional veterans from the Empire State who have distinguished themselves, both in the military and civilian life.

“This program provides an opportunity to acknowledge and honor the efforts of men and women who demonstrated tremendous courage during their time in the military,” said Senator Bonacic. “The Veteran’s Hall of Fame recognizes their sacrifice and commitment to help secure the freedoms we enjoy today.”

The selected veteran from the 42nd District will participate in a ceremony followed by a luncheon on Tuesday, May 19 in Albany. The photograph and biography of each honoree across the state will become part of a special online exhibit which tells the stories of the many contributions veterans make during and after their time in military service.

Veterans residing in the 42nd State Senate District are eligible to be nominated.

The 42nd Senate District includes the following communities: all of Sullivan County; the following Towns in Delaware County: Masonville, Tompkins, Walton, Hamden, Delhi, and Colchester; the following Towns in Orange County: Deerpark, Goshen, Greenville, Hamptonburgh, Minisink, Mount Hope, Tuxedo, Wallkill, Warwick, Wawayanda; Cities of Middletown and Port Jervis; and Ulster County: the Towns of Denning, Gardiner, New Paltz, Rosendale, Shawangunk, and Wawarsing.

If you would like to nominate a veteran, please send an email to Senator Bonacic’s office at tdowns@nysenate.gov explaining the reason your nominee should be inducted into the New York State Veteran’s Hall of Fame.

Nominations must include a brief biography of approximately 250 words along with the veteran’s rank and file at the time of discharge or end of military service.

Please remember to include the town or city of residence and phone number of the nominee.

Those making nominations should also include their own name and contact information. Nominations must be received no later than April 17, 2015.

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY (March 19, 2015) The Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce, Sullivan County Visitors Association, Sullivan County Community 2015 Poster College, Sullivan County Democrat, NYSERPA and Sullivan County Friends with Firearms present the 5th Annual Sullivan County Sportsman & Outdoor Recreation Expo on March 21

The event will be held from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. in the Paul Gerry Field House at the Sullivan County Community College in Loch Sheldrake, NY.

Sponsored by China City of America, Thompson Education Center, The Spencer Daniel’s Agency, Schmidt’s Wholesale, Superior Building Supplies, M & M Auto Group, WVOS/WSUL and Thunder 102.

There will be retail, membership and food vendors, demonstrations, raffles and  a petting zoo. Vendors include hunting, fishing, canoeing, boating, golfing, trucks, equipment, archery, ATVs and more.

Kids activities are available, and there will be plenty of gift ideas for the sportsman or sportswoman in your life.

Admission is $5 and children under 12 are free.

For more information, contact The Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce at 845-791-4200 or email chamber@catskills.com or the Sullivan County Visitors Association at 845-747-4449 or email info@scva.net.

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY (March 19, 2015) – The National Weather Service snowIn Binghamton Has Issued A Winter Weather Advisory For Snow…Which Is In Effect From 6 AM To 6 PM Friday.

*Affected Jurisdictions: Sullivan County

Issued By:  NWS Binghamton (South Central New York and Northeastern Pennsylvania)

Locations…All Of Northeast Pennsylvania And Sullivan County New York.

* Hazards…Snow.

* Accumulations…3 To 5 Inches Of Snow With Up To 6 Inches In The Higher Elevations Of Southern Luzerne And Lackawanna Counties.

*Timing…Snow Will Spread Across The Area During The Early Morning Hours And Continue Through Late Afternoon.

* Temperatures…In The Lower To Middle 20S Then Rising Into Theupper 20S To Lower 30S By Afternoon.

* Winds…Southeast 5 To 10 Mph.

* Impacts…Untreated Roads May Become Snow Covered And Slippery During The Morning Commute Which Will Persist Through The Afternoon.

A Winter Weather Advisory Means That Periods Of Snow…Sleet…Or Freezing Rain Will Cause Travel Difficulties. Be Prepared For Slippery Roads And Limited Visibilities…And Use Caution While Driving.

Please Report Snowfall And/Or Ice Amounts To The National Weather Service By Calling Toll Free At 1-888-603-1402…Or By Email Atbgm.Stormreport@Noaa.Gov.

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