Archive for August, 2010

MONTICELLO, NY – County Manager David P Fanslau has announced that Sullivan County has completed a draft of the Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan Update through the professional services of Barton and Loguidice, P.C. The intention of this plan is to meet the New York State and Federal hazard mitigation planning requirements established and managed by the New York State Emergency Management Office (NYSEMO) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Sullivan County and jurisdictions will benefit from the planning and implementation of the proposed mitigation actions included in this plan.

“The purpose of this Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) is to effectively reduce future disaster damages, public expenditure, private losses, and community vulnerability to natural, technological, and man-made hazards. This plan provides an opportunity for Sullivan County, in conjunction with the communities included in the County, to develop a comprehensive risk assessment and to outline proposed mitigation actions that would minimize the costs and impacts of future disasters” said Fanslau.

Residents are encouraged to review the plan and comment on Tuesday, September 7th at 5:30 p.m. in the Government Center, 100 North Street, Monticello, New York, 2nd floor Legislative Hearing Room. The plan may also be reviewed on the Planning Division’s website at www.co.sullivan,ny.us and feedback may be provided by email to planning@co.sullivan.ny.us or by calling the Division of Planning and Environmental Management at 845-807-0527.

“Unfortunately, Sullivan County has experienced tragedies from numerous significant flood events over the last decade, and the intent of this plan is to provide a blueprint of actions to guard against future flood events and resulting tragedies,” concluded Fanslau.

For more information contact the Division of Planning and Environmental Management at 845-807-0527.

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Story and photos by Carol Montana

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY – Ten years ago, photographer LaVerne Black and Town of Neversink Historian Carol Smythe worked on a project to document barns and outbuildings in the Neversink/Grahamsville area.

Saved by the Camera 17 “We had talked about continuing the project,” said Black, “a phase one, phase two. …” In 2009, Black started to see articles in newspapers and magazines about how barns and outbuildings are disappearing, falling down, being demolished … So she called Smythe and the two decided the time was ripe for phase two. They applied for and received a Sullivan County Arts and Heritage grant for the current joint project between the Times and the Valleys Museum and the Town of Neversink.

Phase Two is currently on display at the Neversink Town Hall on Route 55 in Grahamsville. And on, Saturday, August 21, a private showing was held for the owners of the photographed buildings.

Deciding which buildings to photograph was a team effort. “We started with a list,” said Black. “Carol Smythe and I, and Penny Coombe helped us. We all had a few in mind. And then when I was out taking pictures I would see other barns.” Black took photos of 25 barns and outbuildings. But funding only allowed her to print, produce, mat and frame 20. “The other five will be part of the next phase,” she said.

Saved by the Camera 01 As barn owners Jeff and Debra Huggler, Richard Coombe and his brother Phil Coombe Jr., and others stood in the upper hallway of the Town Hall admiring the photos, Smythe circulated, handing out questionnaires, seeking the “history behind the photos.” The historian is seeking information on location, present owner(s), known history of the building, and source of information.

In addition, the owner’s packet had information on New York State Historic Preservation Tax Credits, which may help with the repair or rehabilitation of the buildings.

All of the photos are black and white. “The first series were all done in my dark room,” said Black. “We wanted the second phase to be as close in looks as the first set. I take take them in color and then convert them to black and white. If you take a digital image in black and white, you may miss some of the digital pixels. If you take them in color, you get a full range of color, and therefore a full range of contrasts.”

Black tries not to manipulate the images. “Sometimes they’re raw out of the camera and all you have to do is resize them.”

Saved by the Camera 05Using the list that Black, Smythe and Coombe developed, Black called everyone on the list to get permission prior to shooting the photos. For the few buildings she found along the way, she took the photo, then did research to find out who owned it, and got permission.

“This is what I love doing best,” said Black. My husband John and I go together, we drive around, search them out, wander around looking for the best vantage point to get the beauty and structure. …I’m sorry it’s over, I can’t wait to start another facet of it. The next project is more barns. We must archive them. We use 300-year CDs, and they are archived in multiple places.

Saved by the Camera 22 The name of the exhibit came from Smythe. “It’s hard to think about capturing people’s imaginations when you’re talking about barns,” said Smythe. “I sat at the computer and it came to me. … This show is so special. LaVerne has taken her art and applied it to a technical photograph. The purpose was to capture buildings before they vanish, she took it one step further. She didn’t just save history, she made it art.”

Open to the public at the Neversink Town Hall, 273 Main Street, Grahamsville, during regular business hours, the photos will eventually be on permanent display at the soon-to-open Time and the Valleys Museum.  

For further information about history in the Town of Neversink, call Historian Carol Smythe at 845-985-2262, ext. 313, or e-mail her at historian@townofneversink.org. For information about the museum, click this link – Time and the Valleys Museum.

To see more photos or to purchase prints from Saved by the Camera, visit The Catskill Chronicle on Zenfolio.

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MONTICELLO, NY – County Fountain Supplies is pleased to announce that Daniel Tugender has recently joined the organization. In his capacity as General Manager, Dan will oversee the daily operations of the company.

“I am extremely excited and fortunate to have my son Dan join the family business,” said Gary Tugender, president of CFS. “He will be a wonderful asset not only to our company, but to the community as well.”

County Fountain Supplies (www.countyfountain.com) is the leading independent distributor of hot and cold dispensing equipment and supplies in the tri-state area. In addition to beverage dispensing, the firm also specializes in ice machines, coffee brewers and paper supplies.

Dan, a 2003 graduate of Monticello High School, continued his education at Boston University’s College of Communication. Upon graduation in 2007, Dan was hired by the New England Patriots, with whom he had interned during his junior year. After a three-year stint in their Marketing and Broadcast departments, Dan decided to return to his roots and join the family business.

He currently resides in Monticello and plans a 2011 wedding to his fiancé, Sarah Witkowski of Melrose, Massachusetts.

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MONTICELLO, NY – County Manager David P Fanslau has announced that Sullivan County has been awarded a $500,000 grant through the 2010 New York Main Street Program that is administered by the New York State Trust Fund Corporation Office of Community Renewal. The Liberty Community Development Corporation (LCDC) was also awarded $500,000 through this program.

The 2010 program awarded 38 grants for $15 million. “Sullivan County is pleased that $1 million will be utilized in four communities within the County,” said Fanslau.

The $500,000 awarded to Sullivan County will be used for Main Street improvements on the Delaware River corridor, including Callicoon, Narrowsburg, and Barryville. The County’s grant will be administered by the Division of Planning and Environmental Management.

“Our River Corridor Main Streets are an integral component of the County’s economy, said Kathleen LaBuda, Chair of the Planning, Environmental Management, and Real Property Committee.

“The County’s tourism industry will thrive more with the River Corridor Main Streets in such places as Narrowsburg and Callicoon thriving with business opportunities, said David A. Sager, Chairman of the Public Works Committee.

“The grant award is a direct result of the work of many staff members in the County, including the Grants Administration Department. The Economic revitalization of the River Corridor Main Streets is critical to a well rounded economic development strategy,” concluded Elwin “Woody” Wood, Chairman of the Community and Economic Development Committee.

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HARRIS, NY - The Catskill Regional Medical Center (CRMC) Health Information Library is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Located on the first floor of CRMC’s main Harris campus, the library provides free up-to-date health information resources for patients, their families and residents of Sullivan County. A trained medical librarian, Ms. Maryallison Farley, MSIS, AHIP is available to assist community users with finding information on health topics.

The CRMC Health Information Library offers consumer-friendly books on health subjects; the library can loan these books for a limited time to any member of the community and can mail informational packets to any resident through an over-the-phone or in-person request. These convenient services are provided for free.

The library also offers a computer workstation with wheelchair access, Internet access for health information, children’s books, a comfortable reading room with a special children’s area, and select resources available in Spanish.

CRMC provides this valuable service because many community members have shown strong interest in obtaining more health information and because of the generally recognized view that patients who understand their condition can expedite their recovery. 

For information, assistance or to confirm the library’s hours of operation, call the Library Manager at 845-794-3300 ext. 2187.

An affiliated member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System, Catskill Regional Medical Center is dedicated to providing the highest quality healthcare to residents in the Sullivan County region. For more information, call 845-794-3300 or visit www.crmcny.org.

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image NYACK, NYU.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will hear from Lower Hudson Valley families, businesses and farmers tomorrow, August 26.

In Rockland County, Senator Gillibrand will hold a “Senate At Your Supermarket” at the Rockland Farmers Market to hear concerns and take questions from local families and businesses.

Senator Gillibrand will listen to constituents and discuss how the economic crisis and financial uncertainty is affecting local small business owners, their employees, and the communities they serve. Senator Gillibrand will solicit input and open casework to help constituents.

During her tenure in the House of Representatives, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand held “Congress At Your Corner” events across New York’s 20th Congressional District as part of her ambitious constituent outreach efforts. By giving her constituents time and access to voice their concerns, Senator Gillibrand is better positioned to address the challenges New York families face.  As Senator, Gillibrand is continuing to hold “Congress On Your Corner” events across New York State.

EVENT:        Rockland County “Senate At Your Supermarket”

DATE:          Thursday, August 26, 2010

TIME:           12:30 PM

PLACE:        Rockland Farmers Market, 119 Main Street, Nyack, NY


In Orange County Senator Gillibrand will kick off her statewide agricultural listening session to gather input for the next Farm Bill by hearing from local farmers.

As the first New Yorker to serve on the Senate Agriculture Committee in nearly 40 years, Senator Gillibrand plans to focus on a broad range of agricultural issues that are important to New York in the next Farm Bill, including access to financing, new market opportunities, assistance for dairy farms and specialty crops, and investments in renewable energy. 

EVENT:        Agricultural Listening Session

DATE:           Thursday, August 26, 2010

TIME:           2:00 PM

PLACE:         Goshen Pawelski Farms, 736 Pulaski Highway, Goshen, NY

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LIVINGSTON MANOR & ROSCOE, NYProducers are seeking college students, film enthusiasts, and anybody who has ever been interested in working on a feature film to work with a Cannes Film Festival award winning production team on their current feature, “Martha Marcy May Marlene.”

Production Assistants will work within various departments – production, art, G & E and camera – handling day-to-day operations for the film.

While production assistants aren’t required to be around for the whole shoot, the producers are looking for people able to handle 12-hour days full of manual labor. Access to a car is a major plus.

Applicants should be prepared to work six days a week, Sundays are free. These production assistant positions are unpaid.

Requested availability is Monday, August 30 through Wednesday, September 22.

“Martha Marcy May Marlene” is the first feature length film from writer/director T. Sean Durkin and was developed at the Sundance Writer’s and Director’s Labs.

Borderline Films is a New York-based production company founded by Sean Durkin, Josh Mond and Antonio Campos in 2004. The company’s first feature, “Afterschool” premiered at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival and went on to be nominated for the 2009 Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature.

At the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, their second feature film, “Two Gates of Sleep,” premiered in the Director’s Fortnight Competition while their short film, “Mary Last Seen,” won the Prix SFR for best international short.

This is a great chance to learn more about filmmaking and be a part of an exciting project.

For more information, contact Brett Potter at brettpotter@blfilm.com.

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Summer school co-principals, Mark Sutherland (left) and Dr. Jason Doyle flank Monticello High School graduates (l-r) Michael Gilligan, Kerri Fraser and Nathan Sanders.

MONTICELLO, NY – As August ends, a new life begins for the 16 summer school graduates of Monticello High School. Although they needed that little extra time to get their diplomas, that didn’t diminish the accomplishment.

MHS_SS1 “We’re especially proud of these young men and women because they didn’t give up,” said Monticello Superintendent of Schools Dr. Patrick Michel at the commencement ceremony. “They are an inspiration and are going to do fabulous.”

The high school auditorium was packed with a small crowd of family members, teachers and district personnel who gave the young graduates a standing ovation.

Graduates included Josh Rivera (photo rigft) who will attend Sullivan County Community College to study the culinary arts. He hopes to one day own a restaurant or bakery. This day was extra special for Josh because he is the first person on the Rivera-side of his family to graduate from high school and go to college. MHS_SS2

Anthony Jernigan and William Nolan (photo at left) also were recent graduates. Both young men credit Monticello High School student services liaison Deborah Fasce (left center) with helping them stay focused so they could get through summer school. Anthony will pursue a college education and major in the arts and animation, while William is dedicating himself to study communications so he can be a sports announcer.

Cecilia Escoto (photo below – center) who plans to study early MHS_SS4childhood education at Orange County Community College, was chosen to be the student speaker at the graduation ceremony. In her speech, she commended her classmates for their hard work and perseverance and said, “We are standing on the brink of the future – we should be proud – we deserve this.”

Also graduating were: Luis Acevedo, Anjuli Bryant, Kerri Fraser, Michael Gilligan, James Ivory (photo > right), Natalia Lopez,  Dorentina Rraci, Nathan Sanders, Frank Small, Kerline Spriggs, Kayla Williams (photo > left)  and Jordan Wilson.

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HPIM4812 CALLICOON, NY – The Second Annual Home of the Free Because of the Brave Radiothon will air on Thunder 102.1 Radio to raise funds for local Iraq and Afghanistan soldiers and their families.

The two-day event will be held at the Villa Roma Resort and Conference Center in Callicoon, NY on Saturday, August 28 and Sunday, August 29. Organized by the Committee for the Families of Iraq and Afghanistan War Vets (a 501 C3 not-for-profit organization), the Radiothon is sponsored by Thunder 102 and the River Reporter.

Continuous entertainment will feature performances by bands such as Chris Barran and the Bandits, Elvis and the Roustabouts as well as John Simmons, who will sing his new release “Chosen.”

HPIM4791 Volunteers are still needed! If you or your organization can volunteer for a time slot on the phone banks call 845-794-0060.

There are several ways to donate. Eighteen ShopRite stores in the area are currently selling Eagle Cards and holding additional fundraising events.

In addition, Rolling Thunder ® Chapter 4, NY is holding its Salute Veterans Ride VIII in conjunction with the  Radiothon on Sunday, August 29. The ride will form at 11:00 a.m. in front of the Monticello ShopRite located in the Thompson Plaza on Route 42 in Monticello. Sgt. Eddie Ryan, USMC, and his family will lead the ride. Kick stands up at 1:30 p.m. Suggested donation for riders is $10 per person, and checks can be made out to SCAF Com. For Families of War Vets. Contact Bear at 845-807-8325 for more information.

HPIM4823 Donations also may be made on the days of the event by tuning in to 102.1 FM in most of Sullivan County, or 107.7 (in the Port Jervis area), 94.9 (Rock Hill area) or online at www.Thunder102.com. ShopRite stores will also be taking donations, or you can mail a donation to CFWV, 65 Liberty Street, Monticello, NY, 12701. Click here for a mail-in pledge card.

Eagle Cards, an additional way to donate, can be found at the  following locations:

Bethel – Benji & Jake’s

Ellenville – ShopRite

Hancock – Hancock Liquors

Harris – Catskill Regional Medical Center

Liberty – ShopRite, Liberty Diner

Mongaup Valley – The Wet Noodle

Monticello – ShopRite, Nelda’s Cutting Edge, Monticello Meat Market, Monticello Farm Home & Garden, Tilly’s Diner, Blue Horizon Diner, Carmine’s Meat Market

Narrowsburg – Narrowsburg Inn, Whistle Stop, Narrowsburg Liquors

Rock Hill – Dutch’s Tavern, Steve’s Music Center

Roscoe – Buffalo Zach’s

Sullivan County Airport – Fly In Saucer Cafe -

Yulan – Yulan Service Station, Yulan Country Store, Yulan Fire Department, DJ’s Wood Decorations

Honesdale, PA – Kitchen Center, Baer’s Sport Center

Milanville, PA – Milanville General Store


For more information about the Home of the Free Because of the Brave Radiothon or the Committee for the Families of Iraq and Afghanistan War Vets, click on this link: http://www.familiesofwarvets.org/.


(Photos for this story by Carol Montana)

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ROSCOE, NY – The producers and directors of the feature film “Martha Marcy May Marlene” are looking for extras and background talent, and will be casting on Friday, August 20 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Lake’s End at Tennanah Lake outside of Roscoe.

The movie is a Sundance developed feature film.

No experience is required for these roles. Males and females of all ages are being sought for the following roles:

*Cult members living on a farm – males and females, ages – 18-23 and infants, multiple scenes

*Party members at a lake-house party – males and females, ages – 28-35

*Diner patrons at a local diner – males and females, ages – all

“Martha Marcy May Marlene” is the first feature length film from writer / director T. Sean Durkin and was developed at the Sundance Writer’s and Director’s Labs. The film will be shooting around
Sullivan County, NY throughout August and September, 2010.

The production company, Borderline Films, is a New York-based production company founded by Sean Durkin, Josh Mond, and Antonio Campos in 2004. Borderline Films’ first feature, “Afterschool” premiered at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival and went on to be nominated for the 2009 Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature. At the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, their second feature film, “Two Gates of Sleep”, premiered in the Director’s Fortnight Competition while their short film, “Mary Last Seen”, won the Prix SFR for best international short.

If you are interested in being an extra in the film, please go to Lake’s End at Tennanah Lake (above the Boathouse Café), which is located at 1275 Tennanah Lake Rd. Roscoe, NY, on Friday, August 20 between 1:00 and 5:00 p.m. 

For more information, please feel free to contact Brett Potter at brettpotter@blfilm.com.

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Story and photos by Carol Montana

Thunder Birthday Bash - 05 LIBERTY, NY – You couldn’t buy tickets to the five Summer Thunder Birthday Bash parties put on by radio station Thunder 102. But that didn’t make the tickets any less valuable. Hundreds of people tried their luck at winning some of the most coveted tickets in Sullivan County since the 1969 Woodstock Festival.

Held at five different locations from July 22 through August 19, the parties celebrated five years of Thunder Country in Sullivan County. The Summer Thunder Birthday Bashes also featured five different entertainers, some fairly established and others up and coming. Karen Hudson entertained at the first party on July 22 at Friends Restaurant in White Lake; the July 29 party was held at Dutch’s Tavern in Rock Hill and featured the local winner of the Colgate Country Showdown, TJ Sacco; the August 5 party featured Big John Davis of Iron Cowboy and was held at the Erie Tiki Bar in Port Jervis; David Adam Byrnes entertained at The Eldred Preserve on August 12 (photos contained in this story are from this date); and the final party on August 19 will feature Amber Hayes at Mr. Willy’s in Monticello.

Thunder Birthday Bash - 27 ThunderHeads – the official name of Thunder 102’s listeners and fans – were able to win tickets by listening on the radio, by signing up to follow Thunder 102 on Twitter or becoming fans on Facebook, and by signing up for the ThunderHead Country Club on their cell phone.

At the parties, the attendees could play games sponsored by the Spencer Daniels Agency of Monticello and Kingston, and win entry tickets for prizes. Selected winners could also play trivia in the Yellow Prize Cab sponsored by Yellow Cab of Monticello. Plus there were munchies and music throughout.

Enjoy some photos here and then click the link at the bottom of the story for the full photo gallery from the August 12 Summer Thunder Birthday Bash at The Eldred Preserve.

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To see more photos or to purchase prints from Thunder Country Celebrates Its 5th Birthday, visit The Catskill Chronicle on Zenfolio.

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BETHEL, NY – Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, ShopRite and Yo Gabba YGG4th252x216 Gabba! Live! have announced a Back-To-School Supply Drive to benefit children in the Sullivan County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program.

CASA currently serves 136 at-risk kids in its program, which assists the Family Courts in making crucial decisions affecting children who have been abused and neglected. These children, some in foster care, have limited resources to purchase school supplies, and the goal of this drive is to help them start the school year off with the tools they need to make the most of their education.

DJ Lance Rock along with Muno, Foofa, Plex, Brobee and Toodee know that it’s nice to share, so they’re asking your family to join the effort to help local kids in need get ready for school this fall. 

Please donate much needed basic school supplies such as pencils, notebooks, backpacks, organizers, crayons, etc. Items can be dropped off at participating locations including: ShopRite locations in Liberty, Ellenville and Monticello, or Thunder102 in Liberty. To thank you for your support, when you donate you will receive a coupon for $5 off up to 8 tickets for the August 27th Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! performance at Bethel Woods, redeemable at the Bethel Woods Box Office only.

Also at each drop off location enter to win a VIP Gabba Party Package which includes two awesome tickets in the first 15 rows to the 5 p.m. performance at Bethel Woods; two passes to “Get the Sillies Out” in the private VIP room featuring a super fun party with the Gabba Gang characters, including music, dancing, healthy snacks and refreshments plus participation in an exclusive Biz’s Beat of the Day, a digital photo opportunity with the Gabba Gang (free digital download included), and hassle-free merchandise shopping right in the VIP room.  (Package valued at $279.00)

You can also enter Bethel Woods’ Parent Child Look-A-Like Contest to win a VIP Gabba Party Package. Submit a parent/child look-alike photo by August 19th to http://www.flickr.com/groups/parentchild_look-alike/ for another chance to win one of these great VIP packages to the August 27th show. Four runners-up will receive a Yo Gabba Gabba character keychain.

Sullivan County CASA

Sullivan County CASA (County Appointed Special Advocates) was founded in logo in b;lack 1991 under the Task Force on Permanency Planning to promote and support trained community volunteer advocacy programs. The role of CASA programs is to assist Family Courts in making crucial decisions affecting children who have been abused and neglected. The Association incorporated in 1995 as an independent not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization. The staff and board of CASA have current and past affiliations with Family Court, government agencies, child advocacy organizations, social service, legal and mental health providers, and community businesses. CASA volunteers are always in need and undertake a rigorous training program; upon completion they are assigned by the Family Court Judge to advocate for the best interests of an abused or neglected child.

The live touring show, presented by Kia Motors, Yo Gabba Gabba! Live!: There’s a Party in My City! kicks off at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on Friday, August 27th with performances at 1:30 and 5 p.m. The show features DJ Lance Rock, and everyone’s favorite cast of characters- Muno (the red Cyclops), Foofa (the pink flower bubble), Brobee (the little green one), Plex (the magic robot), and Toodee (the blue cat-dragon). The one-of-a-kind live event includes music, animation, games, singing, dancing and offers audience members of all ages the opportunity to witness their favorite characters come to life with the magic words, "Yo Gabba Gabba!" Legendary rapper Biz Markie will teach kids how to beat box with Biz’s Beat of the Day.  In addition, special guests Steel Train join the party on stage for the Super Music Friends Show, and special celebrity guests will rock their favorite ‘Dancey Dance’ moves. Tickets for this Pavilion-only event are on sale now at www.BethelWoodsCenter.org

Just for Sullivan County Residents

As part of the not-for-profit arts center’s mission is to enrich, promote and improve the quality of life in our community through culture, education, history and the arts, Bethel Woods is offering discounted $15.00 reserved seats exclusively for Sullivan County residents. These tickets are only available in-person, at the Bethel Woods Box office guests must show proof of residence to take advantage of this offer ($5 off thank you coupon may not be combined with this offer). Additionally $1 from every ticket sold will benefit the Sullivan County Habitat for Humanity.

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HARRIS, NY – Catskill Regional Medical Center (CRMC) held its 32nd Annual Golf Classic on Tuesday, Aug. 3 at Tennanah Lake Golf and Tennis Club in Roscoe, NY, raising more than $76,000 for the hospital.

J.P. McGuirk, Director of Marketing and Public Relations for CRMC, and a member of the 32nd Annual Golf Classic Committee said, “This year’s event was a great success, and we thank the players, sponsors, donors and volunteers. CRMC appreciates all of the support and the event’s success was dependent on the generosity of everyone involved.” McGuirk went on to say, “Tennanah Lake was a great venue for our Golf Classic and the staff there was extremely responsive.”

Proceeds from this year’s event will go toward establishing a wireless computer network (Wi-Fi) at CRMC. The Wi-Fi will provide secure network availability throughout the entire hospital and a separate secure network for patients and visitors. This access will improve communications and workflow for physicians and staff, and create a secure, wireless environment for patients and visitors.

An affiliated member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System, Catskill Regional Medical Center is dedicated to providing the highest quality healthcare to residents in the Sullivan County region. For more information, visit www.crmcny.org.

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MONTICELLO, NY – County Manager David P. Fanslau has announced that on Thursday, August 19th, the Sullivan County Legislature will present the final public forum on natural gas development of the Marcellus Shale, under the series “Understanding Gas Drilling.” This last panel is designed to address the potential economic development impacts communities could experience as a result of natural gas development.

This third event in the series of Public Forums, “Understanding Gas Drilling,” will take place in the Monticello High School Auditorium, 237 Forestburgh Road (State Rte. 42) in Monticello, NY, Thursday, August 19th.   The event will run from 5:45 PM to 8:30 PM.  It is free and open to the public.

“This final Public Forum in the series will focus on “Economic Development and Community Impacts” through reports on and from communities experiencing natural gas development, “said Legislator Kathleen LaBuda, Chair of the Planning, Environmental Management, and Real Property Committee.  Speakers include Jannette Barth of the economic consulting firm, J.M. Barth & Associates, Croton-on-Hudson, NY; Jeffrey Jacquet of Cornell University’s Department of Natural Resources and Cornell Cooperative Extension’s “Marcellus Shale Team”; Craig Sautner, resident of Dimmock, PA, and Anthony J. Ventello, Executive Director of Progress Authority of Bradford and Susquehanna Counties, Towanda, PA.

“Each of the three Public Forums has been planned to address a different set of topics through a panel of professional experts and others with relevant experience,” added LaBuda. The first forum in the series, which focused on Property and Landowner issues, was held on Tuesday, June 29.  At that event, a panel of three speakers made presentations on the basics of gas drilling and pipeline development, with regard to leasing ones land for drilling and the extent of municipal control afforded under state law. Speakers were Chris Denton, who heads the Denton Law Office in Elmira, New York, Bradd Vickers, President of the Chenango County Farm Bureau and Todd Mathes, an attorney with the Albany law firm of Whiteman Osterman and Hanna, LLP.

The second forum in the series was held on Thursday, July 15 and focused on Environmental and Health Concerns. A panel of speakers made presentations on the potential health and environmental risks associated with natural gas development, the current status of New York State’s proposed regulations, and industry practices designed to mitigate potential hazards. Speakers were Dr. Anthony R. Ingraffea, Professor of Engineering at Cornell University; Dr. Adam Law, MD, a specialist in endocrinology and metabolic medicine and President of the Medical Staff at Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca, New York; Kate Sinding, Deputy Director of Urban East Program of the Natural Resources Defense Council and Paul Hartman, Chesapeake Energy Corporation’s NYS Director of Government Relations.

The June 29 and July 15 forums were video-archived; these and future archives can be seen via the County’s website at: www.co.sullivan.ny.us.

These sessions will be moderated by Planning Commissioner Luiz C. Aragon and will provide an opportunity for the public to ask questions of the panelists.

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SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY – The Boys & Girls Clubs of Town of Wallkill, Pine Bush & Sullivan County are teaming up with local Staples stores for the 3rd Annual Do Something 101 Supply Drive, to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs in the Liberty, Fallsburg, Monticello & Pine Bush School Districts.

“Each year Staples graciously accepts monetary or supply donations from customers, and in turn, donates these supplies and funds to our local Boys & Girls Clubs programs. It provides basic supplies for our members, as well as art supplies, equipment and computer software for our members to use during our before- and afterschool programs,” said BGC Executive Director Alexis Eggleton.

Now through September 18th, customers who visit either the Middletown Staples at 470 Route 211 East in Middletown or the Staples in the Thompson Square Plaza in Monticello can donate school supplies or make a $1 donation at the point-of-purchase.

“In these terrible economic times, we’re grateful to Staples for this DoSomething.com Supply Drive, which helps us bridge the education achievement gap facing so many of our members,” Eggleton added.

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MONTICELLO, NY – Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) joined Anne Nolan and Allison DuBois of Hudson River HealthCare to announce the launch of construction for a new dental health center in Sullivan County.  Hinchey secured $200,000 in the Labor-HHS fiscal year 2010 appropriations bill to help equip the new dental health center, which will also utilize $350,000 in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), which Hinchey strongly supported and voted to pass. The construction phase of the project will employ 2 full time construction workers and 10 contractors over a 6 month period.  Hudson River HealthCare will hire 12 additional full time staff upon completion of the project.

"Dental services are critical but often unavailable to low-income individuals and 20100811 Monticello HRHealthCare 011croppedfamilies," said Hinchey.  "Many people are forced to leave dental problems untreated due to the expense of treatment and lack of options, particularly in  ‘medically underserved’ areas like Sullivan County.  We’re here today to help address that problem by celebrating the start of construction on the much-needed addition of four fully-equipped dental operatory suites to this critical facility.  This expansion is going to improve access to dental services as well as create 12 jobs in the construction phase and another 12 permanent jobs once the dental facilities are up and running. I am very proud to support this project and the outstanding work that Hudson River HealthCare provides in Monticello and so many other communities across the Catskills and Hudson Valley."

Hudson River HealthCare has purchased the small office next door to their current facility in order to expand dental and pediatric services.  The dental suites are expected to be completed in nine months and will be followed by additional reconstruction to establish facilities to provide pediatric services.  In addition to announcing that construction has begun on the new dental health center, Hinchey also highlighted the important role that Federally Qualified Health Centers, like Hudson River HealthCare, play in meeting the health care needs of our nation.

"As we mark and celebrate ‘National Health Center Week,’ we need to recognize the very significant and positive role that our Federally Qualified Health Centers are playing in the long overdue expansion of healthcare to more and more Americans," said Hinchey. "Hudson River HealthCare and its more than 500 incredibly dedicated staff are working to change this unfortunate reality and bring the full spectrum of healthcare services to everyone who needs it here in Sullivan County and throughout the Hudson Valley."

For the past 35 years, Hudson River HealthCare has continued to improve and expand its non-profit services to low-income individuals and family across the Catskill and Hudson Valley regions.  The Monticello Center is now one of sixteen sites that provide primary care and other services to more than 65,000 people annually.

The Monticello branch of Hudson River HealthCare  is located at 23 Lakewood Avenue, Monticello. Their hours of operation are –

  • Monday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Thursday 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Saturday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

To schedule an appointment or for more information call 794-2010. For a listing and description of the services they offer visit their website at – http://www.hrhcare.org/Locations/site.asp?LocationId=22.

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Story by Jeremy Gorelick – Photos courtesy of Jeremy Gorelick and Jim Gordon

LIBERTY, NY – The South Asian Grocery Store, located at 10 Main Street in downtown Liberty, celebrated its grand opening earlier this season. The store, operated by Syed Jafri and his family, sells a wide variety of Indian and other South Asian spices along with prepared fresh and frozen foods.

clip_image002Jafri chose to open the grocery store after seeing that Sullivan County residents – both year-round residents and seasonal residents and tourists alike – demanded an easily-accessible location where they could purchase fresh spices and South Asian groceries.

Syed Jafri could be called a “workaholic” who lives by the twin mottos that “With hard work, anything is possible in this great country” and that “Only the best is good enough.” (see photo at left)

The oldest of eight children, Jafri expressed a passion for learning and entrepreneurship early on; he received a degree in statistics and economics from the University of Punjab in Pakistan and continued on to further training at the University of Vienna and in other hotel and hospitality management programs across Europe and at Cornell University.

Upon graduation, he was offered a job at the Helmsley Hotel in Manhattan, where he worked as Head of the Housekeeping Department. Simultaneous with this, he purchased a dry cleaning plant in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, which grew into a nine-store chain across Manhattan.

Six years ago, the Jafri family retired and permanently relocated to the Catskills, where they had maintained a secondary residence. Syed and his wife Leopoldine purchased the Catskill Motel, which they continue to operate in addition to the grocery.

The South Asian Grocery celebrated its grand opening on May 1, 2010, with dozens of supporters and representatives from the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Liberty Chamber of Commerce looking on.

The store is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and by appointment at any other time. It is also helpful to look at their website, www.southasiangrocery.info, to find out about specials and new retail goods. Feel free to contact the store owner directly at (845) 295-4566 or at the Motel at (845) 292-6040.

*Note – The contributor’s personal favorite, ghost chili (bhut joloka pepper) powder is available here. It’s acclaimed by many food experts as the world’s hottest chili!

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In this group photo from left to right are members of Fallsburg Communities that Care – Charles Davis, Barbara Durbak, Sue Kasofsky, Bertha Williams and Beth Gilmore.

Story and photos by Larry Schafman

FALLSBURG, NY – It takes more than just a “village” to raise kids in Fallsburg. It takes hamlets, towns, other villages, agencies, businesses, parents, kids themselves, and a whole host of generous folks. That is who came together to plan, create and present a beautiful evening for National Night Out at Brian Ingber Park in South Fallsburg on August 3, 2010. With dark clouds threatening to open up all day, blue skies shone brightly through the grey within an hour of the beginning of the night’s festivities.

The main organizers of the program was Fallsburg Communities that Care (FCTC) led by Charles Davis, Bertha Williams, Barbara Durbak, Aleta Lymon, Beth Gilmore, Sue Kasofsky, Larry Schafman, Leni Binder, Brenda Miller, Bob Korabik, and Richard Royse. This group partnered with Fallsburg Police Department spearheaded by Officer Robert Noller and Chief Simmie Williams for the sixth year of running this event as part of the National Night Out program in many cities and towns throughout America.

The focus of the event is to inspire young people to make good choices in their life, to stay drug free, and crime free. The main speakers of the evening Cheryl Pinder-Rakkir Watson-Suede J Taylor addressed this issue on the basketball court where the youngsters had just competed in contested three on three games.

Family Court Judge Mark Meddaugh praised the community for being proactive as part of a strong nationwide effort to steer our children in a positive direction. Events like this foster the maintenance of a safe community free of gangs and the violence that comes with them. Seeing all the parents and older youngsters working with the kids on the basketball court helps to keep them from showing up at his court with lives at risk.

Sullivan County District Attorney Jim Farrell followed Judge Meddaugh and asked everyone to pat their own backs for a job well done. He was happy to see so many young people having fun and being constructive. As with the judge, he did not want to have to relate to these youngsters in his role as D.A.; he asked them to think about the decisions they have to make and to make good ones. (Pictured above are participants on the winning basketball team left to right Cheryl Pinder, Rakkir Watson and Suede J. Taylor.)

At the very end of the formal part of the evening, DJ Norris Gilmore, who donated his services as he so often does for Fallsburg children, asked every kid to recite a pledge with him. With great enthusiasm and unity, they all shouted out that they would remain drug free, crime free, and respect themselves and others for the coming year until they meet again next August to renew their pledge.

The FCTC thanks all the people that helped make the night memorable, and they have begun planning for next year’s event already. In addition to the people mentioned above, some of the main donations and contributions of time and energy came from the following: County Legislady Leni Binder, Fallsburg PBA, Fallsburg Parks & Recreation (led by Henry Lesczynski), Hurleyville Fire Department, Hostess Company for all the buns, Kagan Meats for hot dogs and hamburgers, Kohl’s Warehouse for a generous $500 donation and 5 volunteers, John Silva and Kathy Kreiter (the cooks in charge of the barbecue hot dogs and hamburgers), McDonald’s, Nardi’s Restaurant, New Hope Community, Mary McNeil, Recovery Center Care Corps for potato and macaroni salads, Sullivan County Community College, SC Sheriff’s Department, Stewart’s Shop in Fallsburg, SC Head Start of Woodbourne, NY State Trooper Parks from Liberty Barracks, and Zakarin’s of Fallsburg that donated all the paper goods and utensils.

Over twenty exhibitors set up information booths providing helpful materials on special services, such as dental and health, parenting, and financial needs, from the town, county and state.

There are others that participated behind the scenes and at the event as basketball referees, servers of food, running the games and other activities, setting up the two tents, picnic tables, signs, directing traffic, etc. If not mentioned by name, their contribution made for an evening of family fun and community spirit that will keep its glow for the coming year until all come together once again in August 2011.

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Outside the Monticello High School Auditorium a beautiful and comprehensive picture display was presented depicting this year’s Sullivan Renaissance communities and their projects.

Story and photos by Leni Santoro with additional material provided by Sullivan Renaissance.

MONTICELLO, NY – Sullivan Renaissance celebrated it’s tenth anniversary last night, August 9, at the Monticello High School Auditorium where awards were DSC05061given and a cake was cut. “Ten years of blossoming, ten years of teamwork, ten years of making a difference.” Even before a single word was said or one award given out, folks greeting one another in the courtyard of Monticello High School could feel the magic in the air.

There’s history in this county; the history of farms, of timber, of tanning, of  railroads and resorts. And there’s history of neighbor pitted against neighbor and town against town; what town or county doesn’t have some of that? And now there are ten years of neighbor helping neighbor in the fine art of creation – the creation of a more beautiful place in which, as they say, “to work, live and play.”

The most recent history of Sullivan county was on view up the stairs, outside the auditorium where a visual display (see lead photo above) marked the beautification efforts of those people who have chosen to believe in the county and in its potential.

Downstairs, outside in the courtyard, were those very people, some involved all their lives in the care and stewardship of their county, chatting happily with the younger folk who were just beginning to take up their places – which thanks to their efforts will be even more beautiful in days to come. And healthier, too, if the voices of the environmentalists and ecologists in the group continue to be heard.

Renaissance volunteers came to celebrate their efforts, some in cars, DSC05080some in carpools and some even by bus, as was the case with the contingent from Roscoe, winners of the Golden Feather Award, who arrived in a big yellow school bus.

In addition to the camaraderie of good friends and a beautiful, sun-filled sky to go with it, there were refreshments that included a variety of sumptuous desserts supplied by Erin Lipsky and staff at Granite Associates, as well as a very special Anniversary cake.

The Awards ceremony itself began a little before 7 p.m. with the singing of “This Land Is Your Land” by Alan Sorenson, Sullivan County Legislator from District 9. And the audience, too sang along at the end.

Sandra Gerry, chair of Sullivan Renaissance, welcomed everyone and thanked participants for the work they are doing, spoke of their accomplishments so far and offered up the challenge to continue to help one another and the county as slides of “Notable Moments in Renaissance” were shown.

The Judges

Hundreds of people attended the 90-minute Sullivan DSC05227 Renaissance Awards Ceremony at Monticello High School Auditorium on August 9, as over $100,000 in grants were awarded to winning communities from around Sullivan County. Among those in attendance was senior Renaissance judge, Ted Blowes

Before the handing out of awards got underway however, Blowes was recognized for his inspiration and his 10-year participation in the program. A cake was then rolled onto the stage, complete with balloons, and Blowes made the ceremonial first cut as those in the auditorium sang Happy Anniversary!

Sullivan Renaissance projects are judged for aesthetic improvement, collaboration, youth involvement, permanence and an ability to be maintained.  The team of ten judges from outside Sullivan County was headed by Ted Blowes, chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Communities in Bloom Program in Canada, which helped inspire the Sullivan Renaissance program.  Other judges were: Birgitta Brophy, Nicole Franzese, Mary Lewis, Michael Newhard, Linda Onofry, Mike Pogue, Karen Schneller-McDonald, Tim Stoddard and Anna Lise Dyhr Vogel.

Roscoe Awarded “Golden Feather”

The Roscoe-Rockland Chamber of DSC05494Commerce received the Golden Feather, a $50,000 grant made possible by NYS Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther. It was presented to the one of five Category C projects that exhibited the highest level of excellence in all aspects of its three-year project. Major funding for these five community development projects came through a $75,000 grant secured by NYS Senator John Bonacic.

Narrowsburg Awarded the “Silver Feather” and “Best Showing of Flowers”

DSC05465The Narrowsburg Beautification Group received the $5000 Silver Feather Award  for its planning efforts.

The Narrowsburg Beautification Group was also recognized with the “Best Showing of Flowers Award” of $5000.  This display “wowed” the judges as exciting, colorful, artistic, imaginative, show stopping, ingenious, delightful, and a clever use of plant material, texture and space.

In all, special flower awards went to five communities this year. The other communities each received $1000 Judges’ Choice Awards: Youngsville Environmental Preservation Committee for “Most Bold and Dramatic Single Element,” Ethelbert B. Crawford Library in Monticello for “Imaginative Concepts,” Hurleyville Sullivan First for “Best Combined Architectural Elements & Floral Displays” and Loomis Area Neighborhood Watch for “Most Outstanding Single Garden.”

Liberty Gets “Comeback Award”

Before the winning projects were announced, a special “10th Anniversary DSC05235 Comeback Award” of $3500 was presented.  Liberty Pride was chosen as a community that has come together again and shown outstanding achievement in welcoming floral displays, innovative banners, a successful community vegetable garden, extensive partnerships and a multitude of volunteers including youth.

The Real Winner is the County

For ten years now Sullivan Renaissance has been doing something truly special in Sullivan County. Not only has the program helped to create incredibly beautiful gardens, parks and Main Streets, it has been a leader in clean energy technology, created college scholarships and helped to create, along with WorkForce Development, a summer intern program that both employs and educates the youth of the county.

Project recipients received framed certificates of excellence from Sullivan DSC05527 Renaissance, as well as individual certificates from U.S. Rep. Maurice Hinchey, Senator Bonacic, Assemblywoman Gunther, and the Sullivan County  Legislature.  As groups accepted their certificates, photographs of each project were displayed in a power point presentation created by Jill Lieberman of Liberty, a summer intern with Sullivan Renaissance. Throughout the ceremony, Van Morrow from the Mountain Tones based in Livingston Manor played a drum roll as each winner was announced.

In addition, this year grants – ranging from $1000 to $10,000 – were awarded to projects in Categories A and B. Projects in each category were also recognized with Stewardship Awards for the environment, history and best practices.  All of the communities that completed projects received a grant based on the size of their category, as well as certificates of recognition from Sullivan Renaissance and area legislators.

Thanks to Sandra Gerry and the creative team at Sullivan Renaissance and the DSC05087 hundreds of program volunteers, each year the county gets more and more beautiful. While competing for and receiving special recognition, both in words and in monetary awards is exciting, the greatest joy for those in the offices and in the field is the act of neighbor meeting neighbor, working on a project and sharing the joy of creation. That being said, here are the awards in their various categories…

Category A

Category A projects are made up of single elements such as a new sign or hanging baskets.  This category was made possible, in part, through the sponsorship of WVOS/WSUL.

First place ($3000)

· Literacy Volunteers of Sullivan County in Monticello – Literacy Center beautification

Second place ($2000)

· Ethelbert B. Crawford Library in Monticello – livening up the library lawns

Third place ($1000)

· Town of Highland Senior Citizens Center in Eldred – landscaping bocci park

Stewardship Awards – Sponsored by Sullivan County Democrat

Environmental Stewardship ($1000)

· Loomis Area Neighborhood Watch – Loomis beautification

Historic Preservation ($500)

· Catholic Daughters of America – Cemetery signage and restoration

· Mamakating Historical Society – Summitville Schoolhouse gardens

Best Practices ($1000)

· Youngsville Environmental Preservation Committee – Gateway sign restoration & gardens

Category B

Category B projects are made up of multiple elements such as park enhancements.  This category was made possible, in part, through the sponsorship of Thunder 102/Bold Gold Media.

First place ($10,000)

· Town of Lumberland Parks – Banner enhancement and landscaping

Second place ($7000)

· Loch Sheldrake Renaissance – Route 52 corridor beautification

Third place ($5000)

· White Sulphur Springs Fire Department & Ladies Auxiliary – Firemen’s Park playground

Stewardship Awards – Sponsored by The River Reporter

Environmental Stewardship ($1000)

· Phillipsport Community Center – Summitville-Phillipsport beautification

Historic Preservation ($1000)

· Time and the Valleys Museum in Neversink – cemetery restoration project

Best Practices ($1000)

· Livingston Manor Renaissance – “More Gain on Upper Main”

Category C

Category C projects are complex 3-year community development plans.  This category is made possible, in part, through a $75,000 grant secured by NYS Senator John Bonacic.

Golden Feather ($50,000 grant) – Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther:

· Roscoe-Rockland Chamber of Commerce

Silver Feather ($5000) – Senator John J. Bonacic:

· Narrowsburg Beautification Group

Stewardship Awards – Sponsored by Kristt Company

Environmental Stewardship ($1000)

· Jeffersonville JEMS

Historic Preservation ($1000)

· Roscoe-Rockland Chamber of Commerce

Best Practices ($1000)

· Woodbourne Action Committee

SCCC Scholarships

The Sullivan County Community College Foundation awarded one full time scholarship of $1500 to a volunteer involved in a Sullivan Renaissance project in her community who is attending SCCC.

· Jamie Evans of Neversink – Time and the Valleys Museum project

Sullivan Renaissance Scholarships

The Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan Counties awarded seven Sullivan Renaissance scholarships to volunteers who made a significant contribution to a Sullivan Renaissance project.  These scholarships to the college of one’s choice range from $500 to $1000.

· Karina Arango – Phillipsport beautification – Orange County Community College

· Jaxon Denman – Neversink Renaissance projects – SUNY Cobleskill

· Lauren Hazen – Lumberland Circle Park – SUNY Oneonta

· Andrew Johnson – Mamakating Historical Society – Associated Training Services Network

· Kathryn Justus – Summitville Renaissance – SUNY Oswego

· William McKerrell – Lumberland Circle Park – SUNY Cortland

· Robert Jesse Neumann – Kenoza Lake projects – SUNY Oneonta

Maintenance Program

A program begun last year awarded grants up to $750 to help well-established groups maintain and embellish previously-funded projects.  These grants were used to add and replace soil, mulch, plants, trees, shrubs and other landscape elements.  The three participants were: Hurleyville Sullivan First; South Fallsburg Action Committee; and Sullivan County Historical Society Museum.

Mini-Grant Program

Eighteen organizations and businesses were recognized for participating in the mini-grant reimbursement program which provided up to $200 worth of flowers for each project.  These included: Bethel Local Development Corporation, town hall sign gardens; Town of Delaware, planters at courthouse; Dirie Dairy Farm in Livingston Manor, new sign and landscaping; First Baptist Church of Monticello, church sign and entry plantings; First Church of Monticello Presbyterian, tree replacement; Flour Power Bakery in Livingston Manor, herb garden; Fosterdale Motor Lodge, butterfly and hummingbird garden; HASC Summer Program in Parksville, flower gardens and window boxes; in2retro in Bethel, sign plantings; Liberty Joint Fire district, entrance gardens; Monticello High School “Looking Out” Drivers Ed Club, landscaping at sign; Miss Monticello Diner, window plantings, signage & painting; Monticello Housing Authority, front entry, sign & playground plantings; Roark’s Tavern in Monticello, window murals & flowers; Schoolbell Townhouses Homeowners Association in Liberty, courtyard gardens; Sonoma Falls Cider Mill & Country Market, entryway gardens; Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop in South Fallsburg, hanging planters and flower beds; and Temple Sholom Beautification Committee in Monticello, border & entrance plantings.

School and Youth Initiatives

Seven school and youth communities participated in projects this year and were recognized at the awards ceremony.  These included: Benjamin Cosor Elementary in Fallsburg with beautification of the school grounds; Winston Day Camp in Monticello with a vegetable garden; Eldred Central School District/Boy Scout Troop 102 with school entryway flowerbed; Monticello High School Eco Club with organic gardening project; Roscoe Central School with landscaping front lawn; Sullivan West High School in Lake Huntington with a memorial garden; and Sullivan BOCES/White Sulphur Springs School with a garden.

Seasonal Program

Through the Seasonal Demonstration Program, Sullivan Renaissance makes available a limited number of matching grants to camps, bungalow colonies and seasonal businesses so they can create projects to improve the appearance of their properties and serve as an example to others.  This program was sponsored in part by Thompson Sanitation.

Five projects were recognized: Regency Homeowners Association in Woodridge for a fence replacement; Garden View Estates in Fallsburg for entryway landscaping; MYRCB-Merchav (Camp Morris) in Woodridge for entryway landscaping; Motty’s Supermarket/United Talmudical Academy in White Lake for a supermarket façade improvement; and Main Street Mall in Woodbourne for a commercial building façade improvement.

Environmental Initiatives

Ten environmental grants were recognized by Sullivan Renaissance.  These projects received a matching grant up to $2500 to explore sustainable, environmental and educational initiatives that could serve as models for other communities.

Participants in the Environmental Initiatives Program are: Catskill Mountainkeeper, place-based curriculum development; Delaware Highlands Conservancy, farming conference with Joel Salatin; NACL Theatre, production of “The Little Farm Show;” Sullivan County Rain Barrel Connection,

design and distribution of rain barrels; Yankee Lake Preservation Association, Inc., rain garden; Liberty Community Development Corporation, community vegetable garden; SullivanArc, community vegetable garden; Sullivan County Community College, community vegetable garden; Sullivan County Federation for the Homeless, community vegetable garden; Tri-Valley Central School, community vegetable garden.

Annual Board of Realtors Sullivan Showcase Awards

Applications are available for the annual Board of Realtors Sullivan Showcase Awards, the next program supported by Sullivan Renaissance.  The program is run by the Sullivan County Board of Realtors.  For information contact the Board of Realtors at 845-794-2735.

Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.

For information about Sullivan Renaissance, contact 845-295-2445 or www.sullivanrenaissance.org.

To view photos from the 2010 Sullivan Renaissance Awards Ceremony visit the Chronicle on Zenfolio.

*Please note that these photos are the property of Sullivan Renaissance and should not be downloaded without the express permission of Sullivan Renaissance.

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Story by Carol Montana

 BETHEL, NY – In recent years, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts has added an education component to its programs. According to their Web site, “Community Outreach & Education programs at Bethel Woods provide enriching, engaging and educational experiences through programs and outreach initiatives that broaden exposure to history, cultural arts and community resources. … In 2009 Bethel Woods’ Community Outreach and Education programs benefited over 35,000 people.”

On Friday, August 6, Bethel Woods continued what has become a very popular community program, Music is Magic: 4 Weeks of Kids and Music is a Music Together-style program that introduces music to children 0-5 years old.

Bethel Woods, partnering with The Janice Center, offers a four-week program designed to teach children the joy of music through the interactive use of all sorts of items that help to make music

 Held in the Events Gallery of the Museum, and utilizing the music of the 60s – Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Byrds, The Zombies and others – Tanya Cohen, owner and teacher at the The Janice Center introduces children, along with their adult friends – parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents – to make music using maracas, sticks, tambourines, frog-shaped castanets, different sized drums and really anything that can make music or keep a beat.

Sitting on a floor mat decorated with different musical symbols – whole notes, rests, naturals and more, the children clap and sing and move to the beat, using their instruments to keep time and create.

Later, they pass under a limbo stick decorated with colorful scarves, and play under a parachute which is gently raised and lowered to the floor to the tune of Time of the Season.

Elaine Muscara, Community Outreach Coordinator for Bethel Woods said that Music is Magic was one of the most successful programs in 2009. And from the smiles on the children’s faces, it’s delighting children in 2010, also. Cost for the four-week program is $106 per child, and $60 for an additional sibling. The rate includes a CD, songbook and Janice Center shirt.

A similar program is held around the holidays at the end of the year.

To find out more about The Janice Center and its programs, call 845-482-3324 or visit www.janicecenter.com. For more information about the Bethel Woods programs and concerts, visit Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.

Enjoy more photos here, and then click the link at the bottom of the story for the full gallery of photos.

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Registration Table--Lions-Steingart Golf Tournament 7-2010 

At the registration table were Fallsburg Lions Robin Bedik and Blanche Cohen seated, standing left is Tarry Brae Golf Pro Glenn Sonnenshein and on the right is Fallsburg Lion and Co-Organizer of the Tournament Robert Kaplan. – Larry Schafman photos

FALLSBURG, NY - For over a quarter of a century, the Fallsburg Lions Club has Craig Neslage and Gilles Brodeur held an annual golf tournament to benefit the needs of children and adults in the community.  Since the passing of prominent businessman and fellow Lion Alan Steingart, the tournament memorializes his name as well. Attracting 69 golfers and countless sponsors and Lions Club members donating time, financial and in-kind resources, the event brought in over $8,000. 

Thanks go out to the Lions Club organizers, Robert Kaplan, Cindy and Bruce Perlmutter and to the Steingart Family. Tarry Brae Golf Course, under the direction of Pro Glenn Sonnenschein, hosted the golfers on a magnificent sunny day on July 11. Lunch and dinner were part of the golfer’s package, and many local businesses donated prizes for raffles. 

Letty Steingart and Sundar Pratt The Lions Club also wishes to acknowledge the Platinum Donors Jeffrey N. Klotz of USB Financial and the Steingart and Perlmutter Families; Gold Donors were Fallsburg Lumber, Glick Hyundai-GMC, Grossinger C.C., Robert Green-Auto&Truck Dealership, Suzanne and Joseph Loughlin, Klugman Associates, Judith Rhulen, and David A. Suzzan of Northwestern Mutual.

*Captions for above photos -  Right – Craig Neslage and Gilles Brodeur measuring Gilles’ tee shot on Hole #7 that turned out to be the closest to the pin for the event. Left – Letty Steingart, widow of Alan Steingart, with youngest golfer entered Sundar Pratt, bedecked in sunscreen to begin play. 

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Peace, Love, and Ice Cream Ribbon Cutting SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY – The Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed two new business to the county with Ribbon Cutting ceremonies.

Peace, Love, and Ice Cream Ribbon Cutting StaffPeace, Love, & Ice Cream at 200 Rock Hill Drive has begun serving a selection of Ice Cream including soft serve, non-fat and sugar free frozen yogurt, Kosher Ice Cream, as well as fresh coffee, baked goods, candy, cold drinks, Tie-Dye clothing, and peace jewelry.

Rinwa'z Day Spa Rinwa’z Day Spa opened its doors to customers at 189 Sullivan Street in Wurtsboro. They are offering a variety of services including precision hair, spa manicure and pedicure services, Redkin & Iso services, and Acrylic Nail Services. Massages and facials will be available by appointment only and other services will be added soon. Give them a call 845-888-4848.

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CMKYOUNGSVILLE, NY - The fight to prevent unsafe gas drilling in New York State received a huge boost last night when at 12:17 a.m. the New York State Senate passed a bill that would impose a moratorium on granting permits for hydrofracking until May 15, 2011. 

The bill, sponsored by Senator Antoine Thompson (D-Buffalo), was passed by a margin of 48-9.  The vote had strong bipartisan support and included 15 Republicans.

The next step is for the Assembly version of the bill (A11443-b) to be voted on by the Assembly when they return from their summer break after September 15th.

Many had considered the bill "dead on arrival", but legislators were positively affected by the unrelenting efforts of Catskill Mountainkeeper and a broad coalition of environmental and grass roots partners.

According to Wes Gillingham who managed Mountainkeeper’s field efforts to generate public support for the bill, and was on the Senate Floor this morning pushing up to the last minute "this important step is a tremendous display of what can happen when citizens stand up and take action."

It is very important to note that the passage of this bill by the State Senate does not make this a done deal.  The bill must now be passed by the Assembly and signed by the Governor.

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Collecting Woodstock


By Jason Dole –

Photos by Leni Santoro  – Additional photos courtesy of Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.

Have you ever seen Neil Young’s performance at Woodstock? Probably not. Young refused to let his performance with Crosby, Stills, and Nash to be filmed. So, unless you were there in 1969, you haven’t seen Neil Young at Woodstock.

That’s about to change.

Currently, at Bethel Woods, you can see 41-year-old footage of Neil Young. The image is shaky, the framing meanders, and the clandestine filmmaker has some trouble with the focus – but there he is. Neil Young with Stephen Stills on stage at Woodstock, doing an acoustic version of “Mr. Soul” from their Buffalo Springfield days. It’s just one of the never-before-seen gems in Museum at Bethel Wood’s new “Collecting Woodstock” exhibit…Read more here.

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4-H Teens Geocache on Walnut Mt 

4-H Teens Geocache on Walnut Mountain.

LIBERTY, NY - Sullivan County 4-Hers have formed a teen group to engage in year-round projects and activities. 9 teens gathered July 16th to initiate a calendar of goals which will include sports/outdoor activities, science & technology/webpage projects as well as community service and other activities.

The teens ended their meeting in pursuit of a Geocache located on Walnut Mountain in Liberty. Geocaching is a high tech game of hide and seek that is fast growing in popularity. GPS units are utilized to track clues left at specific geographic coordinates in order to find a cache. Caches have been established by enthusiasts across the U.S. in urban as well as rural areas.

New members are welcome. The next 4-H Teen Group meeting will be held September 11th at Cornell Cooperative Extension in Liberty. Please call 292-6180 for more information.

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