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BETHEL, NY (July 30, 2015) – The public is invited to honor the volunteers who are beautifying communities throughout Sullivan County at the 2015 massachusettsiris_thumb Sullivan Renaissance Awards Ceremony on Monday, August 10.  There is no admission cost.

The ceremony is being held in the Events Gallery at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on Hurd Road in Bethel. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. with light refreshments; the program begins at 6:45 p.m. The facility is ADA compliant and simultaneous translation into Spanish will be available.

Community organizations are now finishing their work at 54 beautification projects throughout Sullivan County. To find out how to get involved with a community group, call Sullivan Renaissance at 845-295-2445.massachusettsdigtalis2_thumb 

The Awards Ceremony will recognize all of this year’s projects and award additional grants between $1000 and $25,000 to those judged the most successful in completing their beautification efforts.  The winner of the contest for seasonal communities will receive Community Mitzvah Awards of $10,000, $5000 and $3000.

Scholarships for Sullivan Renaissance volunteers will be announced by the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan Counties, and the SUNY Sullivan Foundation. Members of the Sullivan massyellowflower2_thumb

Renaissance Volunteers Corps and the Bilingual Advisory Committee will be recognized, as will young people who participated in the intern leadership program.

The winning video in Sullivan Renaissance’s first video contest will also be shown. New York City film director Ben Younger headed the panel of judges that awarded $1000 to an original video telling how Sullivan Renaissance has impacted people, organizations and communities.

Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation. Sponsors include Bold Gold Media Group/Thunder 102, FisherMears Associates, Kristt Company, Robert Green Dealerships, Sullivan County Democrat, The River Reporter, Thompson Sanitation, and WSUL/WVOS.

For information and to RSVP, contact 845-295-2445 or www.sullivanrenaissance.org

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY (July 29, 2015) – Sullivan County Public Health Director, Nancy McGraw wants to remind Sullivan County residents to know Thermometer_R the signs of heat-related illness and to protect themselves during this heat wave that is expected to continue through this week. Summer time heat can be dangerous. Some people can be at risk of serious health effects from heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

Those who are most at risk from the heat are:

• Older adults

• Young children

• People who are overweight/obese

• People who do not perspire normally

• People with some chronic medical conditions such as history of dehydration, heart problems and respiratory or lung problems

• People who work outdoors or in hot settings

People who take certain medications that cause sensitivity to the sun or interfere with the body’s ability to sweat and stay cool. Some medicines that affect the body’s cooling system include antihistamines, antidepressants, over-the-counter sleeping pills, anti-diarrhea pills, beta blockers, anti-Parkinson’s drugs and psychiatric drugs. Do not stop taking medication unless instructed to do so by your doctor.

The warning signs of heat exhaustion include:

Heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, tiredness, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea or vomiting, fainting. The skin may be cool and moist. The pulse rate will be fast and weak, and breathing will be fast and shallow. If heat exhaustion is untreated, it may progress to heat stroke. Seek medical attention if symptoms worsen or last longer than one hour.

If you see any of these signs, you should call for immediate medical assistance while you begin cooling the victim. Do the following:

• Get the person to a shady area.

• Cool the person rapidly, using whatever methods you can. For example, immerse the person in a tub of cool water, place them in a cool shower, spray them with cool water from a garden hose; or sponge the person down with cool water and a fan.

Here’s what you can do to keep cool.

• Use air conditioning to cool down or go to an air-conditioned building.

• If you don’t have air conditioning in your home, open windows and shades on the shady side and close them on the sunny side to try to cool it down.

• Drink plenty of fluids but avoid alcohol, caffeine and sugary drinks.

• Beat the heat with cool showers and baths.

• Take regular breaks from physical activity.

• Avoid strenuous activity during the hottest part of the day (between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.).

• Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing to help keep cool.

• Stay out of the sun as much as possible.

• Wear sunscreen and a ventilated hat (e.g., straw or mesh) when in the sun, even if it is cloudy.

• Never leave children, pets or those with special needs in a parked car, even briefly. Temperatures in the car can become dangerous within a few minutes.

• Check on your neighbors, family and friends, especially those who are elderly or have special needs.

For more information, contact your health care provider or call Sullivan County Public Health Services’ Health Information Line at 292-5910, Ext. 0

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY (July 27, 2015) – Fallsburg Community Coalition img_1807_thumb and the Fallsburg Police Department with the full support of the Town of Fallsburg and Fallsburg Central School District are collaborating once again as part of the National Night Out Against Crime (NNO) at Brian Ingber Park in South Fallsburg from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 4.

The eighth annual event will include a free barbecue, salads and soft drinks, a karate demonstration, img_1642_thumbhuge slide house, DJ music, audience-participation Zumba, 3 on 3 basketball competition, infant car seat inspections, brief talks by local officials on making positive choices for young people; and exhibits and information provided by non-profits that serve families in Sullivan County.

For additional information, call 845-434-0148.

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY (July 26, 2015) – Anyone who provides informal care to an elderly family member or friend, enabling them to remain safely at home can join other Image result for caregiver supportcaregivers at three (3) free, monthly support groups offered in different areas of Sullivan County by Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC). All meetings offer educational materials and open discussion for informal caregivers to share concerns, thoughts, and tips on caregiving.

The Caregiver Resource Center of CCESC hosts support group opportunities for caregivers to learn new resources or techniques at three convenient locations.

· Callicoon – Share the Caring: First Wednesday of month, 10:00 am, Lander’s River Café

· Grahamsville – Caring for Caregivers: Second Tuesday of month, 10:00 am, Eureka Market & Café

· Liberty – Caregiver Conversations: Last Wednesday of month, 6:00 pm, Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County Education Center

Walk-ins to meetings are welcome. More information can be obtained by calling CCESC at 845-292-6180 or visiting www.sullivancce.org.

“Nonjudgmental, caring, empathetic, and supportive friendships are fostered with others who are wearing similar ‘hats’,” says Bonnie Lewis, RN, the CCESC dependent care educator. “These support groups rely on problem solving and peer support and aren’t therapy or encounter groups. All members are assured of confidentiality at these free monthly meetings.”

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

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY (July 26, 2015) – Issued By:  NWS Binghamton (South Central New York and Northeastern Pennsylvania)

Affected Jurisdictions:  Sullivan County

Headline:  …Strong Thunderstorms Will Affect Northeastern Sullivan County  …

*At 402 PM EDT…Doppler Radar Was Tracking A Strong Thunderstorm over Parksville…Or Near Liberty…Moving East At 20 Mph.

* Small Hail Will Be Possible With This Storm.

* This Strong Thunderstorm Will Be Near…Liberty And Willowemoc Around 410 PM EDT. Harris Around 415 PM EDT. Neversink…Loch Sheldrake And Hurleyville Around 420 PM EDT. South Fallsburg Around 425 PM EDT. Fallsburg…Woodridge And Woodbourne Around 430 PM EDT.

Very Heavy Rainfall Is Also Occurring With This Storm…And May Lead to Poor Drainage And Urban Flooding. Do Not Drive Your Vehicle through Flooded Roadways.

New Video Urges New Yorkers to ‘Take Safety Along for the Ride’ this Summer

NEW YORK STATE (July 25, 2015) – The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) SafeNYtoday shared a number of tips to keep New Yorkers safe in their travels this summer season. In addition, as part of their ongoing efforts to remind New Yorkers of the importance of staying safe in the summer, the DMV and GTSC have also produced a new YouTube video aimed at summer travel safety titled: ‘Take Safety Along for the Ride.”

“With summer in full swing, the DMV and our partners at the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee urge summer travelers to take extra precautions to protect themselves, their passengers and others on the roadways,” said Terri Egan, DMV Deputy Commissioner. “Warmer weather increases the number of motorists, motorcyclists, bicyclists and others on the roadways and we ask all New Yorkers to keep this in mind as they travel – please share the road. It is also important to remember to watch for children that may dart out into the street and to never leave a child or pet in a hot car, even with the windows rolled down.”

During this time of year, children are out of school, families are traveling, motorcyclists and bicyclists are on the road and people are spending more time outdoors.  DMV and GTSC urge all drivers to keep their eyes on the road and avoid using cellphones or sending text messages that could result in distracted driving. To help combat the increase in texting violations statewide, Governor Cuomo recently announced the launch of two public service announcements that highlight the dangerous consequences texting while driving could have on motorists, passengers, pedestrians and bicyclists.

DMV and GTSC also remind everyone that summer is road construction time and that they should expect occasional delays and detours as they travel statewide. Heat and delays can lead to stress, fatigue and aggressive driving. Tips for avoiding stress and aggressive driving include:

·  Observe common courtesy and consciously try to avoid actions that can provoke other drivers.
·  Take measures to reduce your own stress so that you are less likely to feel aggressive yourself.
·  Try to adjust your attitude about why other drivers are behaving the way they are.
·  Keep your emotions in check and think about the consequences of your behavior before you react.

More safety tips on how to avoid stress and aggressive drivers are available here.

Tips for Safer MotorcyclingSummertime is also a popular period for the state’s more than 700,000 licensed motorcyclists to take a ride. DMV and GTSC reminds motorists to watch for motorcyclists, as well as bicyclists and pedestrians, during the warmer months and share the road with them.

The following are some tips for drivers to help keep motorcyclists safe on our roadways.

  • Always allow a motorcyclist the full lane width – never try to share a lane.
  • Perform a visual check for motorcycles by checking mirrors and blind spots before entering or exiting a lane of traffic, and at intersections.
  • Always signal your intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic.
  • Allow more following distance – three or four seconds – when behind a motorcycle so the motorcyclist has enough time to maneuver or stop in an emergency.
  • Never tailgate. In dry conditions, motorcycles can stop more quickly than cars.
  • Never drive while distracted.

Motorcyclists can increase their safety by:

  • Avoiding riding in poor weather conditions.
  • Wearing brightly colored protective gear and a Department of Transportation-compliant helmet.
  • Using turn signals for every turn or lane change, even if the rider thinks no one will see it.
  • Combining hand signals and turn signals to draw more attention to themselves.
  • Using reflective tape and stickers to increase conspicuity.
  • Positioning themselves in the lane where they will be most visible to other drivers.
  • Never driving while impaired.

Additional motorcycle safety tips are available here.

“Summertime is one of the best times of the year to get outside and enjoy all that New York State has to offer – from great beaches and state parks, to enjoying a ballgame or driving or cycling along one of the state’s many scenic roadways,” said Chuck DeWeese, GTSC Assistant Commissioner. “GTSC urges drivers and motorcyclists to be aware of others on the roadways, including bicyclists, and to share the road safely. Remember that during the summer months, as well as other times of year, there is zero tolerance for distracted or impaired driving.”

To combat the problem of impaired driving in the state, Governor Cuomo recently announced a multi-media campaign to reduce drug or alcohol-impaired driving. The campaign, funded by GTSC, builds on the state’s ongoing efforts to combat impaired driving and reduce the number of traffic fatalities. Seventy-eight campaign billboards with a message that reads ‘Impaired Drivers Take Lives. Think’ now appear across the state. GTSC also produced a 30-second public service announcement as part of the campaign.

For more information on the state’s highway safety programs, contact the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee at 518-474-5111, or visit http://www.safeny.ny.gov/.

NARROWSBURG, NY (July 23, 2015) – What started off in 1991 as a modest gathering of artists displaying their work and celebrating the beauty of riverfest_poster-CMYK-05.qxd the Upper Delaware River has flourished over the past 25 years into a flagship event for the hamlet of Narrowsburg, and the Upper Delaware River community at large.

Today, over 50 artisans and craft-makers come from around the region to join in this unique street fair celebrating the interplay of art and music with river ecology.

Vendor tents line both sides Narrowsburg’s Main Street from one end to the other, featuring handmade handmade items from puppets to pottery, from soaps to sweaters for dogs.

Join DVAA this year in celebrating the 25th Annual Riverfest on Sunday, July 26 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in Narrowsburg, NY. Sponsored by Catskill Regional Medical Center, Riverfest embodies the spirit of our river valley and highlights the artists and musicians who live and work here.

The family-friendly River Dogs on Parade opens the festivities at 10 a.m. sharp. Pooches and pups dressed up in creative attire strut their stuff, all hoping to win the “best of” awards, while emcee Kevin McDonough offers running commentary and the Dog Parade judges deliberate (register your dog early by calling the DVAA at 845-252-7576, or sign up that morning by 9:45 a.m.).

At 12:30 p.m., the Riverfest poster auction offers up of over five dozen original works of art created especially for the occasion. Artists working in every conceivable medium from watercolor to fabric to wood, donate their work to be sold to the highest bidder by auctioneer Tony Staffieri. These posters are on display in the gallery windows of the Delaware Arts Center and can also be previewed online at www.DelawareValleyArtsAlliance.org.

Everything for sale at Riverfest is artist-made, and the person who is selling it to you is the artist him/herself. Broom makers; potters; jewelers; textile, wood, and glass artists; writers, and painters are all highlighted. Get a book signed by the author or watch a fly tier making the perfect fly for the perfect catch.

Music at the bandstand fills the air throughout the day. In the morning, enjoy the pop country sounds of Doug Rogers and the Backseat Drivers, featuring Chip Forelli, Marc Switko, CF Jones, and Doug Rogers. And in the afternoon, you’ll hear the groove rock and psychedelic country blues by Lion Zen, with Kevin McDaniel, JG Riley, Greg Castro, and Simon Efrein.

DVAA’s new carnival-style game, “BASS-ketball,” will allow kids, and young-at-heart adults, to try their hand at tossing a fish to win a prize. The game is being created by DVAA board member and designer Hans Küng.

The expanded food court, which will be in a new location this year, at the top of the hill behind the National Bank of Delaware County, offers goodies from sesame noodles and hot dogs to roasted corn and tabbouleh.

Environment and energy efficiency information booths will help you wade through the complexities of clean water, clean air, and energy conservation.

Frontier Communications provides free Wi-Fi hot spots throughout Main Street. Visitors and vendors alike can join "FrontierCommunicationsFreeWiFi" network and enjoy free Wi-Fi throughout the day.

Ample free parking can be found at the Fireman’s field/ball field on DeMauro Lane. A complimentary shuttle service from the parking area to the Tusten Theatre will be provided again this year with assistance from First Student.
Follow the signs to Riverfest and enjoy a full day of celebrating the arts and environment.
Admission is free. For more information call 845-252-7576 or visitwww.DelawareValleyArtsAlliance.org.

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