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LIVINGSTON MANOR (November 23, 2014) – The Livingston Manor Chamber of Commerce and the Catskill Art Society will throw a grand opening party for “Trains on Main,” the annual holiday train spectacular, at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main Street, Livingston Manor, NY from Saturday, November 29 from 1:00 –4:00 p.m.

Trains on Main is pulling into Livingston Manor for its seventh year. This nostalgic trip back in time features handmade model trains on view in windows up and down Main Street. To kick off our favorite local tradition, a special Grand Opening party will be held for you to see the miniature trains up close, talk to the model builders, and listen to live music from Paul Lounsbury and Friends.

At 1:00 p.m., model train maker Charlie Irace and speakers from the O&W Museum will gather for a talk at the Laundry King at 65 Main Street, Livingston Manor, NY. They will unveil the historical display of real train artifacts, gear, signage, clothing, and more. Their discussion will bring to life the evolution of train travel and its impact on Sullivan County life in its heyday.

At 2:00 p.m., the debut of the model trains at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main Street, Livingston Manor, NY will resound with free candy for kids.

front_cover_-_scannedAt 3:00 p.m., musician Paul Lounsbury and Friends will play a special set of songs inspired by the romantic train culture at the Laundry King. All ages are welcome for this rare set celebrating the timeless wonder of trains.

Bring the kids and enjoy this spectacular holiday treat. Trains on Main will be on display at the CAS Arts Center, Morgan Outdoors, and other businesses around Livingston Manor throughout December. Visitors can enjoy the show up close or looking in the windows even when closed to HPIM6072experience the magical nostalgia of the season.

Gallery hours at the CAS Arts Center are Thursdays – Saturdays 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Sundays 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., and Mondays 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. The CAS Arts Center is wheelchair accessible.

CAS will be closed on Thursday, December 25 for Christmas break and will remain open through Monday, December 29.

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UPPER DELAWARE REGION, PA and NY (November 20, 2014) –  Do you love where you live? Celebrate the Upper Delaware River region, our local Peace communities, and twenty years of conservation and education with the Delaware Highlands Conservancy at the Peace, Love, Land 20th Anniversary Celebration and Concert on November 22 at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, NY.

The evening begins at 5:00 p.m. with cocktails and live music from Sullivan County Americana band Little Sparrow, featuring Rounder Recording artist Van Manakas. Guests may also arrive early and enjoy a complimentary visit to the Woodstock Museum at Bethel Woods. The four-course farm-to-table dinner begins at 7:00 pm, where we will honor the supporters and partners who have made our successes possible. The fun continues after dinner with more live music with Little Sparrow and very special guests. Tickets are $125 per person, which includes a $75 contribution to the Conservancy and a chance to win in an exciting raffle drawing.

The concert will kick off an important initiative, using music to spread the message of environmental stewardship throughout our community, and in particular to our youth. Young aspiring local performers will take the stage with professional musicians. By combining our environmental mission with the powerful voice of music, we intend to create a positive change in the way our entire community relates to our environment.

Opportunities to support the Delaware Highlands Conservancy as an event sponsor are available, at levels that will set the stage for the next twenty years of conservation. The Gold Level for $2,000 includes 8 guaranteed tickets to the dinner (a table); Silver Level for $1,000 includes 4 guaranteed tickets to the dinner; and the Bronze Level for $500 includes 2 guaranteed tickets to the dinner. Sponsorships are a charitable contribution to the Conservancy less $50 per person attending.

Reserve your seat by contacting the Conservancy at info@delawarehighlands.org or 570-226-3164 or 845-583-1010. Visit www.DelawareHighlands.org to learn more about the Conservancy’s work and other ways you can get involved.

The nonprofit Delaware Highlands Conservancy works in partnership with landowners and communities of the Upper Delaware River region to conserve our natural heritage and quality of life.

SULLIVAN COUNT, NY (November 19, 2014) – The Sullivan County Division of Planning and Environmental Management has a new Microenterprise Assistance Program (MAP) to assist owners of small businesses in Sullivan support-205187_1280 County and people looking to start a business here.

The program will provide entrepreneurial training to help small businesses survive and grow, along with low interest loans, subsidies and other forms of support. The program will target the County’s village and hamlet centers; with a priority given to restaurants and food service businesses that typically find it hard to obtain traditional financing but which are essential components of a thriving downtown.

Fifty percent of all small businesses do not survive past their fifth year, however small businesses are the backbone of Sullivan County’s rural economy. The new program is aimed at improving this statistic by offering an eight session Entrepreneurial Training Program, covering such topics as small business basics; taxes, permitting and licensing; market research and analysis; preparing a business plan; financing; customer service, and finding and managing employees. Since the program is targeting applications from restaurants and food service entrepreneurs, an additional class will be conducted, specifically geared toward this sector, that will address common pitfalls and how to avoid them.

The training program will be limited to 20 people in order to create an environment where participants can learn from and support each other. Graduates of the training will be eligible to apply for low interest loans of between $5,000 and $35,000 being made available under the program to new business start-ups or existing enterprises with five or fewer employees. It is anticipated that approximately 10 loans will be made. Recipients must contribute a minimum of 10% of the total project cost in cash to demonstrate financial commitment. For larger projects, the program will assist participating businesses with seeking and packaging funding from other sources.

The new Microenterprise Assistance Program is made possible with a $200,000 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Business Enterprise Grant Program (RBEG). The grant is being administered by the Sullivan County Division of Planning and Environmental Management in collaboration with the Sullivan County Partnership for Economic Development, Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce, Sullivan County Center for Workforce Development and Sullivan County Industrial Development Agency.

Sullivan County, along with its partners will hold two public information sessions on the MAP program, Tuesday November 25 and December 9 at 6:00 p.m. in the Government Center in Monticello.

The deadline for applications to the program is Friday, January 2, 2015.

For more information or to request an application, contact the Sullivan County Division of Planning and Environmental Management at (845) 807-0527 or by email at planning@co.sullivan.ny.us.

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY (November 17, 2014) – Sullivan County Sheriff Mike Schiff is warning residents and business owners in the Orange & Rockland Utilities (O&R) service area to be on alert for an ongoing scam that has made its way to Sullivan County. 

The scam, which was first identified in an O&R press release in January, has been perpetrated primarily against businesses in Rockland and then Orange counties over the past several months.

Last week, the scammers struck in Wurtsboro.

This is how the scam works: The victim will receive a phone call from a person pretending to be an O&R Utilities account representative. The phony employee will tell the victim that their last payment was not received and that their electric will be shut off by the end of the day. The victim is told they can avoid the shut off if they make an immediate payment using a Green Dot MoneyPak Card which can be purchased at certain pharmacies or convenience stores.

The MoneyPak card is a type of prepaid credit card. The victim buys the card and then provides the card number to the scammers. The scammers apparently transfer the money off of the card and then withdraw the funds from an ATM machine, making them hard to catch.

Sheriff Mike Schiff says the scammer may not always be a live person. “In some instances, the victims have received an official sounding Robo-call,” said the Sheriff.

In some of the other cases the scammer has been fluent in both English and Spanish. “The scammer’s pitch is always high pressure”, said the Sheriff. “And the scammers love to target businesses on a Friday because an owner would believe that a potential disruption of electric service could last until Monday.”

Schiff says that his detectives are in the process of tracing the “800” number used by the crooks. “They are very brazen,” said the Sheriff. “Even after months of running this scam, the phone number is still active. When Detective Cyrus Barnes called the number on Friday, a male answered the phone and offered to help him with his payment,” said the Sheriff.

Schiff says his Office is working with O&R Utilities, the NYS Attorney General and Troopers from the Wurtsboro barracks on this case.

The O&R Utilities service area extends into the towns of Forestburgh, Lumberland, and Mamakating. 

O&R customers in the following Sullivan County hamlets are potential targets of this scam: Rio, Glen Spey, Pond Eddy, Bloomingburg, Burlingham, Phillipsport, Summitville, Westbrookville and Wurtsboro.

Anyone receiving a phone call from O&R Utilities can always call O&R Customer Service direct at 1-877-434-4100 to verify.

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY (November 16, 2014) – Senator John Bonacic (Mt. Hope – R/C/I) has announced the New York State Senate’s Thanksgiving Day  Creative Celebrationthanksgiving03 for children in grades K through 6.

School districts throughout the state have been sent posters and details about the program which invites children to submit an original poem, one-page essay, or artwork expressing something from the past year that they’re thankful for.

All submissions will be published online at the New York Senate website, and students from the 42nd district who participate will receive a certificate from Senator Bonacic.

“With Thanksgiving approaching, it’s traditional to think of the good things we have, and what we’re thankful for,” says Senator Bonacic. “My list includes our service men and women who put their lives on the line everyday for our country’s freedoms. Next, the community heroes, the firefighters, the police, State Troopers, EMS workers, and all those who keep our communities safe. I hope this program starts the discussion about what it means to be thankful, and I look forward to seeing the children’s submissions.”

All submissions must be uploaded electronically (preferably jpeg or pdf format) via the Senator’s website at bonacic.nysenate.gov and clicking the Thanksgiving Day link on the left hand side of the page which directs you to the “What Are You Thankful For” online form; deadline for submissions is November 24.

SULLIVAN COUNTY & SURROUNDING AREAS (November 16, 2014) – Issued By:  NWS Binghamton (South Central New York and Northeastern Pennsylvania)

Affected Jurisdictions: Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Madison, Otsego, Schuyler, Steuben, Sullivan, Tioga, Tompkins Counties

Winter Weather Advisory In Effect From Midnight Tonight To10 AM EST Monday…The National Weather Service In Binghamton Has Issued A Winter weather Advisory For A Mix Of Snow Sleet And Freezing Rain…Which is In Effect From Midnight Tonight To 10 AM EST Monday.

* Locations…Twin Tier Region Of Northern Pennsylvania And South central New York And From The Catskills To Upper Mohawk Valley.

* Hazards…Wintry Mix Of Snow…Freezing Rain And Sleet.

* Accumulations…Up To 1 Inch Of Snow. Up To One Tenth Of An Inch of Ice. The Highest Snow And Ice Amounts Will Be Over The Higher terrain. Only A Trace Of Ice Is Expected In The Valleys.

* Timing…Snow Will Develop After Midnight And Change To A Mix Of snow…Sleet And Freezing Rain Between 3 AM And 6 AM Before changing To All Rain Between 7 AM And 10 AM In Most Areas. The freezing Rain Will Linger The Longest Over The Higher Terrain areas.

* Temperatures…In The Lower 30s Overnight And Then Rising To The mid-30s Between 7 And 10 AM.

* Winds…Southeast 5 To 10 Mph.

* Impacts…Slippery Roads And Walkways.

A Winter Weather Advisory Means That Periods Of Snow…Sleet…Or freezing Rain Will Cause Travel Difficulties. Be Prepared For slippery Roads…And Use Caution While Driving….Especially Over the Higher Terrain During The Monday Morning Commute. Please Report Snowfall And/Or Ice Amounts To The National Weather service By Calling Toll Free At 1-877-633-6772…Or By Email at bgm.Stormreport@Noaa.Gov.

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY (November 15, 2014) – In partnership with the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office, Sullivan County Public Health Services and the Sullivan County Office of Emergency Management, a Narcan training was held on October 30th at the Emergency Services Training Center in White Lake, NY. Three groups of law enforcement and EMS personnel were trained over the course of the day by Dr. Kari Reiber, Dutchess County Health Commissioner, on the administration of naloxone.

This training provided the appropriate curriculum and hands on practice to approximately 75 first responders on how to administer a lifesaving antidote which can reverse the fatal effects of an Opioid overdose, which includes certain pain medications and heroin. The naloxone is provided free to the program, by the New York State Health Department. Administered through a nasal spray, the medication is provided at no charge to those who complete the training.

The law enforcement portion of the training falls under the curriculum promulgated by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), who authorized the class. Dr. Reiber, who has provided trainings for both law enforcement and emergency services personnel in Dutchess County, agreed to come to Sullivan County to offer the training for both groups.

Sullivan County Sheriff Michael Schiff stated, “My administration is dedicated to saving the lives of young people through education, awareness and enforcement initiatives, including these free Lifesaving Narcan Training workshops. Law enforcement personnel are often the first to arrive on the scene of an overdose. Sometimes they are responding to an EMS call; and sometimes, in the course of their work, they just happen to encounter someone who has overdosed. We want to ensure that these officers have the training and the necessary tool, naloxone, to make a difference when it matters most.  Many law enforcement officers are already trained in using AEDs (automated external defibrillators) or in administering CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation).  Adding naloxone to their set of tools will help save lives.”

“Our goal for organizing this training quickly with the Sheriff’s Office was to get the kits into the hands of as many first responders as we could, given the urgency of the opioid abuse problem and the rising number of overdoses in the county,” said Nancy McGraw, Public Health Director. “Anything we can do to help address this growing public health problem in partnership with our law enforcement and EMS partners is well worth the time and effort.”

Sullivan County Public Health Services received its approval to become a registered Opioid overdose prevention training program in October, and will be sponsoring future trainings for health care providers and interested members of the public. The Sullivan County Prescription Drug Overdose Prevention Task Force, led by Public Health Services through the Rural Health Network, is committed to raising awareness of prescription drug abuse and prevention, and identifying the need for programs and initiatives like this that can help save lives.

For more information call Sullivan County Public Health Services at 845-292-5910 x 2179.

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