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SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY (August 30, 2014) – Listeners who tune in to Sullivan County’s #1-rated morning show on Thunder 102, will hear a slight   change beginning Tuesday, September 2. Long known Ciliberto & Semeranoas “Ciliberto and Friends,” the show will change its name that day to “Ciliberto & Semerano.”

Thunder 102 broadcasts from its studio at the Colonial Square Mall in Liberty, NY. The name change reflects the continued and ever-increasing popularity of Michelle Semerano who joined the program just five short years ago.

The new “Ciliberto & Semerano” on Thunder 102 will continue building on its awarding-winning tradition. Unique in the Hudson Valley, the show, hosted by Paul Ciliberto and Michelle Semerano, features national and local celebrity co-hosts, on-air and telephone interviews, and a wide-range of information on community, business, media, charitable and social issues, interspersed with news and weather reports, as well as up-to-the-minute emergency information.

Sullivan County, NY is also known as “Thunder Country,” and the community support Thunder 102 provides to the area is what makes the station unique. Vince Benedetto, owner of Thunder 102’s parent company, Bold Gold Media Group, has been quoted on more than one occasion saying, “Radio is what happens in between the music.”

No radio station offers more proof of that than Thunder 102. Just a Paul_and_Michelle (2)sampling of the organizations that have received support from Thunder 102 include: the American Red Cross, Boys & Girls Club of Northern Orange and Sullivan Counties, Autism Speaks, St. Baldrick’s, Relay for Life, Sullivan County food pantries, Sullivan Renaissance, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Toys for Tots, Sullivan County CASA, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and hundreds of other local and national organizations and charities.

Supportive of other media in the area, the Thunder 102 morning show also provides weekly updates from The River Reporter, The Times Herald-Record, and the Catskill Chronicle.

Not content to broadcast from behind the safety of the microphone, Ciliberto and Semerano also get out into the community, appearing at hundreds of events each year. Both recently took part in the ice-bucket challenge to raise money for ALS, and helped to raise over $66,000 at this year’s Boys & Girls Club Celebrity Dinner.

In addition to numerous other awards, Ciliberto was the recipient of the SYDA Foundation’s Community Service Award, and Semerano has been honored for the past few years as Special Guest at the Sullivan County Retired Senior Volunteer Luncheon.

Just one year ago, Semerano was named Thunder 102 Program / Music Director.

“Michelle is such a big part of the show, and we think the name of the show should reflect that,” said Ciliberto, who also serves as the station’s NY Market Manager & General Manager.

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SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY (August 28, 2014) – The many contributions of farmer and environmental leader Dick Riseling will be honored 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Saturday, September 6, at a tribute featuring music and locally sourced food at Catskill Art Society, 48 Main Street, Livingston Manor.

Riseling, a proprietor at Apple Pond Farm in Callicoon Center, is known for his work in developing renewable energy projects throughout the county and for his leadership as the past executive director of Sullivan Alliance for Sustainable Development (SASD), which is organizing the event. Listeners of public radio station WJFF know Riseling for his call-in talk show, “Connections,” on local and national topics. He is also the author of the “Greening Sullivan” column, which appears regularly in the Sullivan County Democrat newspaper.

The Needmore Brothers will play. Wine and local beer will be available. Suggested donation is $25; all proceeds will benefit Sullivan Alliance for Sustainable Development, the non-profit organization which works toward renewable energy options and a sustainable future for Sullivan County.

To make a reservation, contact Kathie Aberman at 845-292-4895 or kmaberman@gmail.com. Those who can’t make it to the event can still donate to Sullivan Alliance for Sustainable Development in honor of Dick Riesling by going to SASD’s Facebook page and use the Paypal link for a secure online donation.

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY (August 27, 2014) – Labor Day is on its way and so is the annual Livingston Manor Labor Day Festival and Parade.

This year’s event will be held on Sunday, August 31. The parade takes place on IMG_2147 Cropped Main Street in Livingston Manor, followed by entertainment and more at Renaissance Park, located at the intersection of Main and Pearl Streets (at the traffic light).

The Festival begins at 11:00 a.m. with musical entertainment on the Renaissance Park stage, and the old-fashioned country-style parade starts at 12:00 noon.

This year’s theme is “Children, Chocolate and Cheer” and Grand Marshal Steve Dill with Family and Friends will lead the parade with his psychedelic VW beetle, chocolate kisses float and the Giant Chair.

Hula_in_Parade Also in the parade will be Livingston Manor’s own MountainTones Marching Band, cars from the Any Make, Any Model Car Club, cheerleaders from several Sullivan County Schools, Livingston Manor celebrity Lee Seigel, the Livingston Manor Library Summer Reading Program marchers, LightEXPO Hula Hoops, the “Regards to the Man in the Moon Puppet Show” and much more.

Following the parade is a brand new addition to the Festival, an all-star youth talent show with a grand prize of $100. And there’s still time to enter – just call the Livingston Manor Library at 845-439-5440 to find out how to register.

Additional entertainment will be provided by the Backseat Drivers Band, The Janice Center, Jim Red Fox storytelling, LightEXPO Hula Hoops, Lorena the Spanish Dancer, Steve Levine on the banjo, Van Morrow, playing the typewriter, and the Regards to the Man in the Moon Youth Puppet Show.

IMG_2303 The party continues till 4:00 p.m with old-fashioned children’s games and prizes, children’s crafts, and vendors including the colonial-style gifts from Fort Delaware, Naomi’s Dolls, Manor Ink, Native American Jewelry by Jim Red Fox Sarles, wooden toys, dolls clothes, Mike Ranze’s silk-screened t-shirts, wildlife photos by Gloria Wagenknecht, information from Catskill Mountainkeeper, and children’s authors Clara Gillow Clark, Helena Clare Pittman and Lindsay Barrett George.

Don’t forget the Colossal Book Sale featuring bargains galore on books for the whole family.Picture19

Food vendors will offer spring rolls, pad Thai noodles, sesame chicken, pulled pork, hot dogs and drinks, Pete’s hot dog cart, the Livingston Manor 8th grade bake sale fundraiser and, of course, chocolate.

Three lucky winners of the Livingston Manor Labor Day Festival & Parade raffle will take home a quilt throw donated by Nancy Matrafailo (first prize), a crocheted afghan made by Sarah Madison (second prize) and a baby blanket  made by Dina Johnson (third prize). The drawing will be held on Sunday, August 31 in Renaissance Park, at 3:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased for $1.00 each or six tickets for $5.00 at the Livingston Manor Library.

Another new feature is the “Chocolate Walk.” Ongoing prior to the Festival & Parade up until August 30, each of the following locations will have different Picture5 chocolate bars on sale to benefit the library. Visit each location, match the chocolate key, submit your completed chocolate map to the library or bring it to the festival and be entered into a drawing for a surprise gift. Participating locations where you can pick up a “Chocolate Walk” map and purchase the chocolate bars are: the Livingston Manor Free Library, Will Hardware, Beth’s Headquarters, Catskill Mountainkeeper, Johnny’s Barber Shop, the Wildlife Gift Shop, Helen’s Barber Shop, Willow & Brown, Morgan Outdoors and Madison’s Restaurant.

The Livingston Manor Labor Day Festival & Parade is sponsored by the Livingston Manor Chamber of Commerce, Jeff Bank, with special support from the originator of the DeBruce Labor Day Parade, Steve Dill.

Admission is free, and all the fun starts at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, August 31. Proceeds will benefit the Livingston Manor Free Library. For more information, contact the library at 845-439-5440.

ELDRED, NY (August 25, 2014) – The Laugh Tour returns to Sullivan County on Sunday, August 31 at 9:00 p.m. with headliner Jessica Kirson star of The Tonight Show, The View, VHI, LOGO, and Comedy Central.

Hosted by Rich Kiamco, star of The Howard Stern Show, Good Day NY, The Wendy Williams Show, BRAVO, WE-tv, SIRIUS XM and more, and featuring Tom Dillion from AXSTV and Kate Wolff from 
NickMom, Bethenny, TruTV, and CW.

The show takes place at Hennings Local, 1040 Route 55 in Eldred.

Jessica Kirson’s unique style and powerful stage presence captures the attention of audiences everywhere she performs. She’s received the MAC Award for Best Female Comic in New York City. Once you have seen her amazing talent, it is easy to understand why she was selected to perform at the Hamptons, Toyota, Marshall’s Women in Comedy, and Las Vegas comedy festivals. She has been featured on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, Nickelodeon’s Sixth in the Suburbs, Noggin’s LOL, VH1’s Awesomely Bad Hair, Awesomely Bad Love Songs, Oxygen’s Can You Tell?, Bravo’s The Great Things About Being, The Women’s Television Network’s She’s So Funny, NBC’s Last Comic Standing, Seasons 2 + 3, Last Call With Carson Daly, regular appearances on The Joy Behar Show, and two appearances on The Tonight Show. Jessica’s hilarious characters and amazing crowd work are nothing short of spectacular and she will be undoubtedly be wowing audiences across the country for years to come. http://www.JessicaKirson.com.

Host Rich Kiamco’s comedy career began with a sewing machine at the Fashion Institute Of Technology, where he performed his first stand-up routine at the dorm talent show. Later that year later he met Judy Tenuta and became her costume designer and eventually began performing with her as her back-up dancer in Las Vegas, on The Howard Stern Show and venues nationwide. He received the Overall Excellence Award in Solo Performance at the NY Fringe Festival + Best Solo Performance at the Montreal GLBT International Theatre Festival and has performed on campuses and venues across the USA, Canada, China and the Philippines. Rich was featured on BRAVO’s Queer Eye For The Straight Guy, co-hosted the WE channel’s 3 Men And A Chick Flick, has had multiple appearances on OutQ Sirius XM Satellite Radio, was interviewed on FOX’s Good Day NY and recently appeared on The Wendy Williams Show.

Kate Wolff is a stand-up comedian and host whose humor is honest, slightly self-deprecating yet positive and high energy. Kate has no shame when it comes to talking about her experiences on being a single mother, her divorce, and being a teacher. She is a new castmember on Tru Tv’s hit TV series, "World’s Dumbest", and was just on this season’s of NickMom’s Night Out on Nickelodeon. Kate also has two shows on parentsociety.com, and was recently featured in the Huffington Post. She performs almost every night at clubs throughout Manhattan. She is a regular at Broadway Comedy Club, Stand Up New York, and Laughing Devil Comedy Club. She has been in the Boston Comedy Festival, 360 Comedy Festival, and The Laughing Skull Festival.

There is no drink minimum at Hennings Local, and if you want to eat before or during the show, be sure to call the restaurant to make a dinner reservation at 845-557-8122.

The show is rated PG-13 to R for some adult language and content.

Tickets are available at 1-800-838-3006, and at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/801765, $20 Advance [phone or internet] and $25 at the door

For more information, visit The Laugh Tour at www.TheLaughTour.com

HURLEYVILLE, NY – PRASAD Children’s Dental Health Program has been GKAS 2014-08-21 Laura Leon Ron Brent and Ceci Escarrapresented with the 2014 Give Kids a Smile Award, given by the New York State  Dental Foundation.

The award is in recognition of the program’s excellence in caring for the oral health care needs of children in Sullivan County. 

Since 2007, the New York State Dental Foundation (NYSDF) has given its Give Kids a Smile Award (GKAS) to recognize programs which provide oral health care for children.

Laura Leon, Executive Director of the New York State Dental Foundation, presented the award to Dr. Cecilia Escarra, Program Administrator of PRASAD CDHP. Ms. Leon commented, "It is unusual for the NYS Dental Foundation to give the award to an organization more than once. Today, PRASAD CDHP is receiving the award for the third time, which is a testament to the good work that PRASAD is doing to help children and mothers receive dental care despite the obstacles of the rural community. There is tremendous support from the stakeholders and leadership in the community, which bolsters PRASAD’s efforts to advocate for oral health." PRASAD CDHP previously received the award in 2009 and 2011.

The mission of PRASAD CDHP is to improve the dental health of children by providing comprehensive, high quality dental services including education, prevention, detection, and treatment. Since 1998, PRASAD CDHP has addressed the dental needs of children who are six months through eighteen years of age in Sullivan County and parts of Ulster County, New York. 

PRASAD Children’s Dental Health Program, a philanthropic expression of the SYDA Foundation, provides dental care services and dental health education to children in Sullivan and Ulster counties. For more information, visit us atwww.prasadcdhp.org or call 845-434-0376.

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY (August 22, Monticello, NY – Hudson River HealthCare (HRHCare ), a nonprofit, federally qualified healthcare system image offering a range of medical services for underserved areas throughout the Hudson Valley and Long Island, is teaming with the Sullivan County NYConnects to present a free six-week Healthy Choices program, starting September 8.

Healthy Choices is a series of six workshops for adults and caregivers dealing with any ongoing health condition such as diabetes, pain, arthritis, memory loss, depression or high blood pressure. When attending this program participants will get help with:

· Finding practical ways to deal with pain, stress and fatigue.

· Use of medicine and decision making.

· Discovering better food and exercise choices.

· Learning better ways to talk with your family and doctor about your health.

· Feeling more confident in managing your health.

All participants in the Healthy Choices workshop will receive a free book to use during the workshop as well as a relaxation CD. If you or your loved one are planning to attend, kindly RSVP by September 4th to Martha Scoppa, Sullivan County Connects, at 845-807-0257 or martha.scoppa@co.sullivan.ny.us to ensure your spot.

The workshops will be held between 1:00 and 3:30 p.m. on Monday afternoons at 2 Jefferson Street, Room 2, in Monticello. The dates are September 8, 15, 22, 29, and October 6 and 20.

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About HRHCare

HRHCare (Hudson River HealthCare, Inc.) is a non-profit, New York State licensed, Federally Qualified Health Center. Founded in 1975 to provide care to the medically underserved population of Peekskill, NY, HRHCare has grown to include:

  • 25 health centers and mobile health systems delivering care throughout a 10 county region of New York to a culturally and racially diverse patient population of 100,000, with more than 400,000 patient visits annually.
  • A full range of services including family/internal medicine, women’s health care, pediatrics, dentistry, behavioral health care, optometry, podiatry, and nutritional counseling.
  • An innovative organization structure that works to improve the health of communities through a network of partnerships: with businesses, social service organizations, housing cooperatives, food banks, farm workers alliances and community organizations.

For full information: www.hrhcare.org or 1-844-HRH-CARE.

PSA Sends Powerful Message to Motorists in Honor of NYSDOT Worker Who Died in a Work Zone

NEW YORK STATE (August 21, 2014) – The state of New York has issued a new video public service announcement to remind motorists to drive safely in highway construction work zones. The PSA begins to air this week and features the wife and family of Gary Farrell, a maintenance worker for the New York State Department of Transportation, who was hit by a vehicle and killed while flagging traffic in a work zone.

“Motorists should always exercise extra caution when traveling in work zones – and today we’re amplifying that message to ensure the safety of New Yorkers both behind the wheel and on the job,” Governor Cuomo said. “Sharing the story of Gary Farrell is an important way to remind New Yorkers to remain alert and careful when driving through work areas. My heart goes out to Gary’s family for their loss, and it is my hope that together we can make the roads safer for all.”

The video PSA can be viewed HERE.

Last year, there were 525 accidents in work zones, resulting in two fatalities and 149 injuries. NYSDOT advises motorists to follow simple rules in order to ensure safety in work zones, including slowing down, obeying signs and being alert and cautious while driving through them. In New York State, fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone. In accordance with the Work Zone Safety Act of 2005, convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual’s driver’s license.

Gary Farrell, of Holland Patent, Oneida County, was just 48 in November 2009 when he was struck and killed while working on a NYSDOT maintenance job. He left behind his high school sweetheart and wife of 14 years, Michele, and three children, James, Devyn and Alexander. Gary was a family man, volunteer firefighter and outdoorsman who loved to hunt. He had considered taking the day off work to take care of a personal matter – dealing with a deer he had shot while bow hunting the previous day – but did not want to leave his work crew short-handed. So he went to work, promising to be home by noon. Gary was killed at 1100 a.m.

Michele’s message to motorists is simple: People need to be aware. Don’t just slow down in work zones, but be aware of your surroundings. The workers are trying to make the roads better for you to travel on. They’re just out there doing their jobs and want to come home to their families. It’s so hard to tell your children that their father was killed. No one should have to go through that.

NYSDOT Commissioner Joan McDonald said, “The people who work for the State Department of Transportation and our contractors literally put their lives on the line every day when they go to work, all in an effort to make the roads and bridges of New York State safer for motorists. Gary Farrell’s story is a tragedy, and it underscores the need for drivers to pay attention in highway construction and maintenance work zones because it is a matter of life and death.”

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