Online training gives New Yorkers basic knowledge of how to prepare themselves for disasters and emergencies

NEW YORK STATE (August 20, 2014) – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced that the Citizen Preparedness Corps training is now available in a condensed version NYS Prepare : Citizen First Responder Corps online. This training takes the basics of the in-person Citizen Preparedness Corps training course and allows people to view a shortened version on their computer or mobile device.

“Over the past few years, extreme weather patterns have made one thing perfectly clear in New York – we must do everything we can to prepare our communities to respond in the event of a disaster,” Governor Cuomo said. “The Citizen Preparedness Corps gives New Yorkers the tools and knowledge they need to serve as first responders in their own homes, and by offering training sessions online we are greatly expanding the reach of this important resource and protecting communities across the state. I encourage all New Yorkers to take advantage of this training and learn about how they can become better prepared in the event of an emergency.”

The online training is available at www.prepare.ny.gov/training-events. Users will click on the button that says “Launch Online Training,” then will be directed to a twelve minute video and a short quiz to demonstrate what they have learned.

The New York State Citizen Preparedness Corps training was launched in February of this year with the goal of training New Yorkers on how to prepare themselves, their family and their communities for disasters and emergencies. This training has been created by experts at the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services’ Office of Emergency Management and Office of Fire Prevention and Control and led by instructors from the Division of Military and Naval Affairs. To date, more than 75 in-person events have been held throughout New York State.

Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Jerome M. Hauer said, “This condensed training of the Citizen Preparedness Corps training classes is another avenue to reach more people and to make them aware of the importance of having a plan if they are forced into an emergency. Giving citizens a basic understanding of emergency preparedness saves lives and helps first responders and other emergency personnel respond when disaster strikes.”

For more information on the New York State Citizen Preparedness Corps training, visit the website at www.prepare.ny.gov.

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LIBERTY, NY (August 18, 2014) – The Greater Liberty Chamber of Commerce had to make a difficult decision to cancel the Liberty Festival and LaborDayWeekendBlastFinalOUTLINES ONLY Parade on the Fourth of July due to the continued threat of rain, extreme flooding and weather conditions on the July 4th Weekend. Safety of the general public, as well as the safety of road crews, firemen and police departments, etc. was all considered in making the difficult decision.

By popular demand all the days activities including the Parade and the Classic Car Show have all been rescheduled for Saturday, August 30 from 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. with more vendors, delicious food, bouncy houses and kids activities by Party Master, a Stilt Walker by NACL Theatre of Highland Lake, music and entertainment all day long by Carl Richards Band with Mr. Phil, plus Jeremy Langdale & Zerena Young on the Main Stage. There will be special guest appearances by Josie Lou as well as Pamela Murphy and the Hudson Valley Fine Arts Singers.

The days schedule of events include The Classic Car Show beginning at 10:30 a.m. the Parade which kicks off at 12:05 p.m. and music throughout the day on the Main Street Stage beginning at 11:00 a.m.. A rain date is scheduled for August 31.

As a special surprise there will be Fireworks at dusk provided by Town of Liberty Jewish Summer Camps. Fireworks will go off over the Cemetery Near Jeff Bank of Liberty and can be best seen from Darbee Lane, Church Street, Oberferst Street and Cold Spring Road.

Vendors include, Avon, Lia Sophia Jewelry, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Origami Owl Jewelry, Pampered Chef, Party Lite Candles/Products, Plexus, Skinny Wraps, Tastefully Simple, Thirty One, Tupperware and more.

The Liberty Labor Day Blast is Sponsored by Greater Liberty Chamber of Commerce and the following businesses: Barbuti Furniture Mall, Jeff Bank, Ramsay’s Funeral Home, Town & Country Antiques, Yeshiva Ahavas Israel, M&M Auto Group, Liberty Rotary, Liberty Arts, LLC., Catskill Hudson Bank, Liberty Press, Hamlin Construction, Advanced Medical, Dr. Delgado Chiropractic and ShopRite of Liberty. Please show your support.

For more information on this upcoming event, to join, or to volunteer, please contact us at the Greater Liberty Chamber of Commerce by phone at 845-292-9797 or email info@LibertyNYChamber.com. Online at www.LibertyNYChamber.com and Facebook at Greater Liberty Chamber of Commerce.

CALLICOON, NY (August 17, 2014) – The Grover M. Hermann Hospital Auxiliary, along with Catskill Regional Medical Center, will sponsor The Carol and Frank Kay Memorial Children’s Fair at the Delaware Youth Center in Callicoon, NY on Saturday, August 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., rain or shine. The event is honoring the memory of Carol and Frank Kay who passed away in a recent gas explosion in Wayne County. Carol and Frank were avid supporters of the Callicoon Auxiliary and the Grover M. Hermann Hospital.

Admission for the fair will be $5 per child and free for parents, with a maximum charge of $10 per family. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The event will feature many activities including a puppet show; hula hoop contests; digital finger printing; face and tattoo painting; a pet adoption area; an ambulance for families to tour and a nail polish booth. Some of the safety activities will include learning how to properly wear a life vest and how to hike safely. There will also be free giveaways and a special door prize. Lunch will be offered at a cost of $4 and will include baked chicken nuggets or yogurt, cheese, carrots and celery sticks.

The Auxiliary was established in 1971 to promote the Grover M. Hermann Hospital and community relations. Through fundraising, the Auxiliary enhances patient care by purchasing equipment and/or items which directly or indirectly affect the well being and comfort of patients.

Grover M. Hermann’s Auxiliary Board is comprised of: President, Dottie Schlegel, Vice President, Barbara Donatelli, Treasurer, Olga Viruet and Secretary, Laura Bojo.

The Auxiliary meets at 1:30 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month (March through October) in the Grover M. Hermann cafeteria. If you would like to join the Grover M. Hermann Auxiliary or would like additional information, please contact Dottie Schlegel at 845-932-8487 or Barbara Donatelli at 570-224-8017.

Catskill Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System (GHVHS). For more information on Catskill Regional’s services, visit www.crmcny.org.

LIBERTY, NY (August 14, 2014) – The Liberty Museum & Arts Center has announced the schedule for their 13th annual Catskills Preservation and History Conferencephoto2013Conference, to be held at the Museum on Sunday, August 24.

The theme of this year’s conference is “500 Hotels! Tourism in the Sullivan County Catskills: Past, Present and Future.” 

The full day event includes a driving and walking tour in the morning, and programs and panel discussions throughout the day, culminating in the presentation of the Second Annual Catskills Preservation Award and the opening reception for the “Pollack’s Hotel Exhibit” at 7:00 p.m.

Pollack’s Hotel was a small family owned resort in Liberty, and Marion Windt, one of the last of the family to operate the resort, and a member of the Museum’s Board of Directors, will be on hand for the reception.

Speakers at this year’s conference include Barry Lewis, the Executive Editor of the Times Herald-Record newspaper, who writes and speaks frequently about his experiences as a summer employee at several hotels, Dr. Irwin Richman, Professor Emeritus of American Studies and History at Penn State University-Harrisburg and author of 25 books, including “Borscht Belt Bungalows: Memories of Catskill Summers,” Sullivan County Historian John Conway, planner and County Legislator Alan Sorensen, architect and author Ross Padluck, whose 2013 book, “Catskill Resorts: Lost Architecture of Paradise” has added a wealth of information to the body of work about the Sullivan County resort industry, and architects Victor and Robert Dadras, who will discuss the concept of repurposing vintage Sullivan County resorts as modern day boutique hotels.

The conference also features two panel discussions, including one with former hotel owners.

The conference begins with registration and a light breakfast at 8:00 a.m., followed by a driving and walking tour at 9:00 a.m. The first program begins at 11:00 a.m. A full schedule of events follows. 

The fee for the conference is $25.00 per person, including the light breakfast, lunch, and the reception.  =The fee for the driving/walking tour is $20.00 or both events can be attended for $35.00. There is no charge to members of the Liberty Museum & Arts Center.

The Liberty Museum & Arts Center is located at 46 South Main Street n Liberty.  For further information, contact the Museum by phone at 845-292-2394 or by e-mail at lmacinfo@libertymuseum.com.


In the photo above: Robert Dadras presents at the 2013 Preservation and History Conference at the Liberty Museum & Arts Center. His topic this year: Re-purposing old Catskill Resorts.



2014 Catskill’s Preservation & History Conference
Sunday, August 24, 2014:8am- 8pm libertymuseum.com
Liberty Museum & Arts Center, 46 South Main Street, Liberty, NY 12754

"500 Hotels! Tourism in the Sullivan County Catskills: Past, Present and Future."

8:00am- registration/breakfast-

9:00am- Overview/Driving Tour/Walking Tour

11:00pm- Barry Lewis-

“The Catskill’s will Change”

12:00pm- Luncheon Keynote: Irwin Richman-

"Hotels and Bungalows: Ambivalence, Love and Hate."

1:00pm- John Conway-

"500 Hotels! Tourism in the Sullivan County Catskills: Past, Present and Future."

2:00pm- Alan Sorensen-

“ The Economics of Reusing a Resort Site”

3:00pm- Ross Padluck-

Evolution of the Planning and Architecture of Catskills Resorts”

4:00pm- Robert Dadras/Victor Dadras-

“Re-Imagining and Re-Purposing the Great Catskill’s Resorts”

5:00pm- Panel Discussion- with Conference Speakers-

Moderated by John Conway

6:00pm- Panel Discussion- “Meet the Hotel Owners Session”

Moderated by Myron Gittell

7:00pm- Opening of the “Pollack’s Hotel” Exhibit and

“The Second Annual Catskill’s Preservation Award”

8:00pm – conference concludes-

LIBERTY, NY (August 14, 2014) – An educational program series for people interested in season extension using a greenhouse or high tunnel will continue High house tunnel CCE on Tuesday, August 26, offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC).

From summer to winter, the public can learn how to effectively use the benefits of greenhouses and high tunnels at home or on a farm. All classes will be held at the CCESC Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Road in Liberty. In 2014, CCESC partnered with Sullivan BOCES with support from Sullivan Renaissance to build a greenhouse and high tunnel on-site with goals in mind to actively engage the community in agriculture through education growing vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers.

“Hands-on instruction using a visual aid of this scale is a powerful learning tool,” said Michelle Lipari, CCE Agriculture Educator. “With support and resources from Cornell University, there is no limit on information available to be learned. With that in mind, CCE Sullivan developed a greenhouse and high tunnel educational series to promote season extension to increase production, quality, and supply to area markets.”

· August 26 | Soil Health & Management | 5:30 – 8:00 pm | Deadline: 8/19

Learn the solutions and management tools to maintain and increase soil quality. Cornell Extension Vegetable Specialist Judson Reid will offer his expertise in the high tunnel and greenhouse industry on how to properly manage soils under tunnels. One of most common issues that develop in high tunnel systems is a long-term change (usually a reduction) in soil quality. Since tunnels exclude rain, the build-up of salts and nutrients can interfere with soil health.

· September 18 | Business Planning & Marketing Products | 5:00 – 7:30 pm | Deadline: 9/11

Learn the tips of the trade to market vegetables grown in a high tunnel as well as discover some important information on how to identify the key components of a business plan. Other subjects that will be discussed are how a high tunnel can be profitable and how to begin developing strategies for a business and marketing plan.

· November 13 | Growing Winter Greens & Tomatoes | 1:00 – 4 pm | Deadline: 11/6

Learn from Cornell Extension Vegetable Specialist Judson Reid on how to manage growing and understanding the economics of tomatoes and winter greens in various season extension systems. Also covered will be how to recognize and prevent disease and the best methods of pest management.

Cost for each class is $20. Pre-registration with non-refundable payment is required in advance. Registration and more information can be obtained by calling CCESC at 845-292-6180 or emailingmml249@cornell.edu.

CALLICOON CENTER, NY (August 13, 2014) – Saturday, August 16, the Sullivan County Farmers’ Markets Association will host their annual farm to table fundraiser “Our Farms to DSC_0129Your Fork” at Hill’s Country  Inn in Callicoon Center, NY. A four-course meal will be prepared by Early Bird Cookery utilizing the bounty from farmers and food producers who vend at market.

“This dinner is about farmers, food producers and a chef coming together to transform seasonal bounty into a delectable meal. It’s about community and awareness with proceeds benefiting the continued growth and educational scholarship of the markets” said Danielle Gaebel, Market Manager.

“Our members have been so gracious with their donations and we are truly looking forward to showcasing them” Gaebel said. Farms being showcased include Willow Wisp Organic Farm, Lucky Dog Farm, Butchie’s Organic Farm, Heller’s Farm, Trapani Farms, Maynard Farms, Stone & Thistle Farm, Hilly Acres Farm and Tonjes Farm Dairy. Food producers include, Brandenburg Pastry Bakery, Northern Farmhouse Pasta, Aunt Nenee’s, Java Love Coffee Roasting Co. and The Natural Contents Kitchen; complimentary libations courtesy of Aaron Burr Cider and Catskill Brewery.  Enjoy live music by Kaahele & Friends and a silent auction.

For tickets or more details please contact Danielle Gaebel, Market Manager, 866-270-2015 or email manager@sullivancountyfarmersmarkets.org.

SULLIVAN COUNTY AND SURROUNDING AREAS (August 12, 2014) – Affected Jurisdictions:  Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Madison, Oneida, Otsego, Sullivan Counties

…Heavy Rainfall Is Expected Tonight…And Perhaps Into Early Wednesday…

A Strong Surge Of Moisture Will Combine With A Slow Moving Frontal Complex To Bring Periods Of Rain Today…With Steadier Heavier Rainfall Likely Developing Late Tonight.

Most Of The Rainfall Today Will Be On The Light Side…With Any Heavier Downpours Brief And Transient In Nature.

This Evening…Heavier Rainfall…Along With Isolated Thunderstorms…Is Expected To Develop. The Most Concentrated Area Of Heavy Rainfall Should Impact The Southern Tug Hill Region And Portions Of The Mohawk Valley…As Well As The Western Catskills And Poconos…Late Tonight And Possibly Into Early Wednesday Morning.

Total Rainfall Through Late Tonight Or Early Wednesday Should Average 2 To 3 Inches…With Isolated Areas Of 4 Inches Or More Possible.

Stay Tuned For Later Updates…Including Possible Watches Or Warnings…From The National Weather Service.

Please stay tuned to your local radio or TV Station for more information.

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