Archive for August, 2011

MONTICELLO, NY (August 31, 2011) – Sullivan County Manager David Fanslau issued the following statement: "The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has opened toll-free telephone numbers for residents to report damage, and commence the application process for federal aid for damage to privately owned property from the impacts of Hurricane Irene:


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LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY (August 31, 2011) – Sullivan County Manager David Fanslau announced that the Sullivan County Community College will open the Paul Gerry Field House locker rooms shower facilities to county residents that remain without power on Thursday, September 1 and Friday, September 2.

The hours will be: Thursday, September 1 from 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Friday, September 2, from 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Residents that remain without electricity will need to report to the Paul Gerry Field House on the Sullivan County Community College campus in Loch Sheldrake. 

All participants will need to bring their own toiletries and towels.

"I want to thank the Sullivan County Community College Board of Trustees for offering assistance to county residents, during this continuing power outage that is affecting thousands as a result of the impacts from hurricane Irene," said Fanslau

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MONTICELLO, NY (August 31, 2011) – Sullivan County Manager David Fanslau issued the following statement today: "There have been some news media this morning that left the impression that a determination was made that Sullivan County was rejected for inclusion in federal disaster aid through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). That conclusion would be an incorrect conclusion.

“Sullivan County Public Safety Commissioner Dick Martinkovic has been in touch with the New York State Emergency Management Office (SEMO) and FEMA. The media coverage about some Hudson Valley counties being included or approved for federal disaster aid through FEMA was a result of an aerial visual inspection by FEMA officials of those areas, and due to the extensive visual damage, FEMA had those counties included in the President’s declaration.

“Sullivan County was included in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s disaster declaration requesting federal disaster aid. I have been in contact with representatives of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Maurice Hinchey. FEMA will perform a Preliminary Damage Assessment of public infrastructure for public (local government) assistance early next week, through a site visit and inspection of damage throughout Sullivan County. FEMA will also perform a site inspection regarding individual Assistance (IA) that would make a determination for non-local government assistance.
Sullivan County officials anticipate that Sullivan County, and the Towns and Villages within Sullivan County, will qualify for Public Assistance for FEMA federal disaster aid for the County and Local Governments, and that President Obama will include Sullivan County in the disaster areas for New York State.

“Commissioner Martinkovic will coordinate the PDA process for Sullivan County with the Towns and Villages. In the interim, Sullivan County officials and Town and Village officials will continue to compile damage assessments in preparation for the FEMA site visit.”

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LIBERTY, NY (August 31, 2011) – This Thursday, September 1 at 8:00 p.m. supplies will be collected for hurricane relief at the Liberty Community Development Corporation at 167 N. Main Street in Liberty (by the police station).

Items needed are clothing, non perishable food items and bottled water that will be distributed to families in the Catskills who have been devastated by the floods.

If you are unable to donate at that time, please call 845-807-4372 before then to make other drop off arrangements.

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CLARYVILLE, NY (August 31, 2011) — On August 28, 2011, Hurricane Irene caused an overwhelming amount of destruction to  Frost Valley YMCA, and the water wrecked havoc on the camp and conference center.

Currently there is no access by road to Frost Valley and there is no estimated timeline on when the road will be accessible.

Pigeon-before pigeon lodge Entire roads and bridges were washed away. One of the historic buildings, Pigeon Lodge (pictured before and after), was engulfed by water and shattered beyond repair. Trees are down and buildings are filled with water.

As the staff work to get the camp up and running, the Executive Leadership Team and the Board of Directors are focused on the many financial steps that must be addressed to start the rebuilding of Frost Valley. They are seeking donations through their website of www.frostvalley.org/relieffund.

DH Road They will be announcing other help needed as they get a better idea of the damage.

For continuous coverage, please follow Frost Valley on Twitter: twitter.com/frostvalley or on Facebook: facebook.com/frostvalley. For questions about programs, please check the website or e-mail: info@frostvalley.org.


Established in 1901 as one of the nation’s first summer camps, Frost Valley YMCA now provides four seasons of outdoor, experiential and educational opportunities. Frost Valley YMCA is a 6,000 acre residential camping, environmental education, and conference center located in the heart of the “forever wild” Catskill Mountain Preserve and serves over 40,000 visitors per year.

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MONTICELLO, NY (August 31, 2011) – Sullivan County Manager David Fanslau announced that New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG) will distribute another round dry ice and bottled water to their customers that remain out of power from the impacts associated with Hurricane Irene. 

The distribution points are as follows from 12:00 noon each day while supplies last until NYSEG customers are fully restored. NYSEG is anticipating a new shipment of product from New Jersey overnight for distribution today.

1. Fallsburg Police Department 19 Railroad Avenue, South Fallsburg (845) 434-4422.

2. White Lake Fire House on Route 17B in White Lake.

3. White Sulpher Springs Fire House on Route 52 in White Sulpher Springs.

4. Monticello Fire House, Richardson Avenue in Monticello

Dry ice and bottled water is expected to be distributed daily, while supplies last, until power is restored to all of NYSEG’s Sullivan County customers.

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GLEN SPEY, NY (August 25, 2011) – Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther (D,C-Forestburgh) helped celebrate the 104th birthday of Town of Lumberland citizen, Carl Hentschel.

Carl 104th His actual birthday was August 16th.

Hentschel’s an active participant with the Lumberland Senior Center in Glen Spey where the party was held.

“Mr. Hentschel has lived a very interesting life,” said Assemblywoman Gunther. “It is hard to
believe he is 104 years old! I am so glad that the Office for the Aging invited me to join their party for

Carl Hentschel was born in Breslau Germany on August 16, 1907. He immigrated to the United States with his parents under a farm worker visa arriving at Ellis Island on June 14, 1923 and lived in College Point, Queens.

For 40 years, he worked for the New York Life Insurance Company and pursued his education by attending night school at Pratt Institute and New York University.

He subsequently became the head of the elevator maintenance department at NY Life.

Carl met his wife, Marily, in Queens and they were married for 54 years. She predeceased him in 1998.

During the war years of 1942 – 1945, Carl served his country as Link Trainer Instructor and
later in the Military Intelligence Corps.

Carl and Marily adopted two war orphan brothers and is a very proud father, grandfather and great-grandfather of 2 sons, 7 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

In 1956 Carl and Marily became involved with the Black Forest Colony in Glen Spey. He and
Marily soon retired and became year-round residents of the Town of Lumberland.

“Carl has been a mentor and inspiration to all his friends and neighbors in Glen Spey,” said
Assemblywoman Gunther. “He is truly a remarkable man.”

Also, attending the party and pictured with Assemblywoman Gunther and Mr. Hentschel was
Sullivan County Legislator Kathy LaBuda representing District 2 which includes Lumberland.

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WASHINGTON, DC (August 30, 2011) – Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) has released the following statement regarding recovery efforts from Hurricane Irene. In the aftermath of the storm, Hinchey has been working to ensure that localities are prepared to receive needed federal assistance.

"The circumstances we face in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene are tragic. My heart goes out to those who have felt the worst effects of this storm. Thousands saw damage to their homes, many were severely injured, and some lost friends and loved ones. While the storm has passed, many of our communities remain flooded and without power.

"Yet, as we always do, New Yorkers from across our region have pulled together in support of each other. I want to thank the first responders who rescued those in harm’s way and the neighbors who lent a helping hand to friends in need. Their efforts have helped to lessen the destructive force of this storm.

"Moving forward, it is critical that local, county, state and federal officials coordinate their efforts so we can recover from Hurricane Irene as quickly as possible. My offices are open for business, and we’re working directly with FEMA and other federal agencies to ensure that New York receives the resources it desperately needs. I am also working with the counties and localities in New York’s 22nd Congressional District to ensure that their needs are being met.

"It’s clear that a major disaster has occurred and federal funds should be provided to help New Yorkers recover. Congressional action will also be necessary to increase funding for the President’s Disaster Relief fund. The fund now contains less than $1 billion, and the effects of Hurricane Irene felt throughout the eastern seaboard are likely to run this account far into the red. I am hopeful that the funding necessary to support recovery efforts will be made available without the typical Washington, DC games of partisanship. This is an emergency, and we can’t afford to waste any time in getting New Yorkers, and all Americans affected by Hurricane Irene, back on their feet."

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MONTICELLO, NY (August 30, 2011) – Sullivan County Manager David Fanslau announced that Orange & Rockland Utilities will distribute dry ice to their customers that remain out of power from the impacts associated with Hurricane Irene. 

The distribution points are as follows while supplies last.

1. Mamakating Town Hall, Route 209 in Wurtsboro, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. tonight.

2. Orange County Government Center in Goshen from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. today.

3. Luhr’s Lumber 475 Route 6 & Route 209 in Milford, Pennsylvania from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. today.

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MOUNTAINDALE, NY (August 30, 2011) – Many thanks to Amanda Dole of Mountaindale for sharing this photo of Paramount Road in Mountaindale next to Anderman Oil – just a few feet from her home.

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MONTICELLO, NY (August 30, 2011) – Sullivan County Manager David Fanslau announced that New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG) will distribute another round dry ice and bottled water to their customers that remain out of power from the impacts associated with Hurricane Irene. 

The distribution points are as follows from 12:00 noon today while supplies last.

1. Fallsburg Police Department 19 Railroad Avenue, South Fallsburg (845) 434-4422.

2. White Lake Fire House on Route 17B in White Lake.

3. White Sulpher Springs Fire House on Route 52 in White Sulpher Springs.

Dry ice and bottled water is expected to be distributed daily until power is restored to all of NYSEG’s Sullivan County customers.

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THOMPSONVILLE, NY (August 30, 2011) – Thank you to Gabriel Espinosa for supplying these after-storm photos from Hurricane Irene.

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Photos from the Storm

Thank you to Larry Schafman for contributing these photos from Sunday afternoon on Linda Way in Loch Sheldrake. IMG_5319-1

If you would like to contribute storm photos, please send them, along with your name and the location where the photos were taken to: Catskill.Chronicle@Yahoo.com.IMG_5312


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SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY (August 29, 2011) — County Manager David Fanslau issued the following statement: "Sullivan County is in the process of cleaning up roads and bridges, and assessing damage. There are at least four bridges with potentially serious damage.  There are thirteen roads with trees down, and seven with wires involved that County DPW is coordinating with NYSEG crews to address. There are three roads that just need clean-up.

“There are twenty-three roads that have water damage, four of which are very serious (CR 19, Claryville; CR 55, Mountaindale; CR 153, Sundown; CR 163, Yankee Lake) , and DPW crews will be concentrating on the most serious today.

“The DPW Engineering staff has four crews that are in the field this morning to evaluate damage & to prepare estimates for possible FEMA declaration.

“The County’s 911 Emergency telephone system is fully restored and operational.  However, we request that residents call 211 for general updates and information, and only utilize 911 for true emergency calls.

“The Sullivan County Government Center is fully operational today, and all County offices are open for normal business hours.

“NYSEG and Orange & Rockland utilities have crews throughout the County restoring power to those customers that are out of power. There may also be times that power is disrupted intermittently to permit repair to downed wires elsewhere.

“Sullivan County officials will be remain in contact with all towns, village and fire departments during the clean up process, to ensure all damage is assessed, and that Sullivan County will be prepared to submit claims for any FEMA or SEMO aid associated with Hurricane Irene.

“Finally, I want to thank all of our volunteer emergency responders that left their families over the weekend to assist those in need. And, our Division of Public Works employees responded to the needs during the State of Emergency, and I thank them as well for their professional efforts and attention to our needs.

“The Neversink River continues to be under a flood warning, and there are areas that are flooded from the Neversink. Should flooding continue in Sullivan County, residents and visitors are urged to visit the County website, http://www.co.sullivan.ny.us, for current news and information."












































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LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY (August 29, 2011) – The Catskill Chronicle would like to thank Raphael Wettensteinimage for sending us these photos taken on Main Street in Livingston Manor.








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MONTICELLO, NY (August 28, 2011) – Sullivan County Manager David P. Fanslau has removed restrictions on travel in Sullivan, with precautions, and the Declaration of a State of Emergency for Sullivan County will be rescinded effective at 5:00 AM on Monday, August 29, 2011. 

The County of Sullivan is continuing communications with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service to monitor any continuing impacts from Hurricane Irene. 

"I have declared the state of emergency in Sullivan County to ensure the safety of the county residents," said County Manager David P. Fanslau. 

"At this time travel is no longer restricted; however, motorists should use extreme caution and obey all road closure signs. Do not drive through flood waters."  Sullivan County’s Emergency Operation Center will be close at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 28, 2011. 

“Please check the Sullivan County website http://www.co.sullivan.ny.us for updates and if power is lost please tune into the local radio stations for regular updates. The power companies have crews dispatched throughout Sullivan County restoring service.

“Verizon has restored Sullivan County’s 911 Emergency Telephone Service. Residents may reliably dial 911 in the event of an emergency, and the Sheriff’s Office emergency telephone system is back online as well. I want to thank all of the local volunteer emergency responders for staffing the local Fire Departments during the 911 service disruption.

“All Sullivan County offices will open for regularly scheduled hours on Monday, August 29, 2011," said Fanslau.

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SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY (August 28, 2011) – County Manager David Fanslau issued the following statement: "The National Weather Service in Binghamton has issued a High Wind Warning and a Flood Watch for Sullivan County effective through Sunday night.  Sullivan County is under a Declaration of a State of Emergency from 12:01 AM Sunday through 5:00 PM on Monday, August 29, 2011.

“Hurricane Irene will move up the East Coast spreading heavy rain across portions of Central New York and Northeast Pennsylvania tonight and Sunday. The greatest rainfall amounts are expected over the Catskills and Poconos, .where storm totals may reach 4 to 7 inches. Flash flooding of streams and creeks are possible, followed by flooding on larger rivers. Flooding is especially likely along the Delaware River and its tributaries.

“A high wind warning is in effect from 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM on Sunday. The Western Catskills and Poconos are targeted in the warning area, especially in the higher terrain.

“The combination of strong winds and saturated ground will result in downed trees and power lines.  Winds are expected to be north 30 to 40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph. The expected impacts from these conditions will result in downed trees with likely widespread power outages and possibly property damage.

“A high wind warning is issued when sustained winds of 40 mph are expected for at least an hour, with frequent gusts of 50 mph or greater. Damage to trees, power lines, and property are possible with winds of this magnitude.  Be prepared for the possibility of trees blocking roads and widespread power outages. At home, you should be prepared to be without power for several days. Make sure you have adequate supplies of food and medicine.

“A Flood Watch means there is the potential for flooding on small streams, creeks, poor drainage, and low-lying areas based on current forecasts. You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible flood warnings. Those living, working, or driving in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.  Residents living along streams and creeks should take immediate precautions to protect life and property. Do not attempt to cross swiftly flowing waters or waters of unknown depth by foot or by automobile.  Do not underestimate the power of flood waters. Only a few inches of rapidly flowing water can quickly carry away your vehicle.

“I strongly urge any resident who lives near a stream, creek or river to be prepared and alert as Hurricane Irene progresses, and to take preventative measures to protect their property through sandbags, etc. Outdoor, moveable property should be secured, and indoor property should be put up in case of flooding in the home. Furthermore, in case of emergency, all residents in these areas should make preparations to vacate their home if conditions warrant, and are strongly urged to comply with any and all reasonable requests from law enforcement or emergency responders during an emergency.   

“County residents, particularly those in flood-prone areas, are also urged to have enough flashlights and extra batteries, canned goods and bottled water for 48 hours, in case of power outage or emergency. Residents are encouraged to make arrangements to check on elderly neighbors, and arrange for pets to be housed either inside, or with proper shelter.

During the State of Emergency and throughout the storm all County residents are urged to remain indoors and off roadways whenever possible. If residents must drive, they are advised to exercise extreme caution when driving through this storm, and to pay special attention not to drive through pooling or standing water. If there are flood conditions on a roadway, please do not travel through the water.

Sullivan County officials will be in contact with all towns, village and fire departments in the flood-prone areas, to ensure all precautionary measures are being taken, and implementing contingency plans in case of flooding. County officials will remain in contact with these towns, village and volunteer first-responders throughout the storm, as they monitor the situations in their own communities.

Should flooding occur in Sullivan County, residents and visitors are urged to visit the County website, http://www.co.sullivan.ny.us, for current news and information."

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LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY (August 27, 2011) – The following alert was received from the Sullivan County Emergency Management Office pertaining to these affected jurisdictions: Callicoon (town), Liberty (town), Livingston Manor, Rockland:

The Livingston Manor Fire Department is urging residents in low-lying areas and areas prone to flooding to monitor weather and stream conditions overnight as record rainfall amounts are predicted.

Residents in areas prone to flooding should strongly consider relocating themselves ahead of rising waters as emergency personnel will not be able to rescue residents once the flooding conditions occur. Again, fire personnel will not be able to rescue residents once flooding occurs.

Activation Time: Saturday, August 27, 2011 at 8:35 p.m.

Expiration Time: Sunday, August 28, 2011 at 6:35 p.m.

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MONTICELLO, NY – Sullivan County Manager David P. Fanslau declared a state of emergency in Sullivan County effective 12:01 am, Sunday, August 28, 2011 and to continue through 5:00 pm, Monday, hurricane-irene-eye-110824-02 August 29, 2011.

A state of emergency is issued under Article 2B of New York State Executive Law. The County of Sullivan is communicating with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service to discuss the potential track of the storm. 

“I have declared the state of emergency in Sullivan County to ensure the safety of the county residents,” said County Manager David P. Fanslau. 

“At this time travel is not restricted but I am advising all Sullivan County residents to take precautions if traveling is absolutely necessary.” 

Sullivan County’s Emergency Operation Center will be open at Noon on Sunday, August 28, 2011. 

Please check the Sullivan County website www.co.sullivan.ny.us for updates and if power is lost please tune into the local radio stations for regular updates. There will also be updated information if at any time local shelters will be opened.” 


Editor’s Note: For tips on emergency preparedness, please see the story immediately below this one on The Catskill Chronicle’s home page: www.TheCatskillChronicle.com.

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MONTICELLO, NY (August 27, 2011) – With the threat of Hurricane Irene this weekend, Sullivan County Manager David P. Fanslau urges Sullivan County residents to take precautions and prepare for this hurricane coastal storm. Fanslau issued the following statement:

hurricane-irene-carolinas The National Weather Service issued a statement that noted, Impacts from Hurricane Irene are likely from Saturday night into Sunday night. Heavy rain causing flooding and strong winds will likely begin as early as Saturday night. Sullivan County officials will continue to communicate with local officials and emergency responders as the storm progresses and circumstances warrant.

Residents can prepare for this or any other emergency in severe weather.

· Review their household disaster plan. Know how to contact all family members at all times.  Identify an out-of-town friend or family member to be the emergency family contact. Then make certain all family members have that number.  Designate a family emergency meeting point; some familiar location where the family can meet in the event the home is accessible.

· Have on hand a three day supply of food and water.  One gallon of water per person per day is rule plus water for personal hygiene.  Food on hand should not require refrigeration or heating.

· Prepare an emergency phone list of people and organizations that may need to be called.  Include children’s schools, doctors, child/senior care providers, and insurance agents.

· Ensure that enough non-perishable food and water supplies are on hand.  Make sure battery-operated radios and flashlights are available and have an ample supply of batteries.  Have a first aid kit available and make sure there is an ample supply of medicines on hand for those who require them.

· Pay attention to the news. Know the local radio and television stations that will provide up-to-date official information during an emergency. 

· Know the hurricane/storm risks in their areas, and learn the storm surge history and area’s elevation.

· Learn their community’s warning signals and evacuation plans.

· Learn safe routes inland and local sheltering plans.

· Make arrangements on where to relocate pets during a storm because most shelters will not allow pets.

· Store important documents – insurance policies, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security cards, etc. – in a waterproof container. Also, have cash (in small bills), checkbook, credit and ATM cards readily available. 

Although Governor Cuomo issued a declaration of a State of Emergency related to the threat from Hurricane Irene, the Governor’s declaration did not include Sullivan County, as it only included Long Island, New York City, Westchester County, and Rockland County. However, Sullivan County officials will continue to monitor the situation and keep in contact with the State Emergency Management Office.

One of the best ways that residents can receive emergency information is from NY-ALERT, New York State’s All-hazards Alert and Notification Systems.  To subscribe for this service, visit www.nyalert.gov. If you do not have access to the Internet, you may still sign up for NY-ALERT by calling 1-888-697-6972, said Fanslau.

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ELDRED, NY (August 25, 2011) – “Lord of the Trout” Lou Monteleone, Manager of the Eldred Preserve and the Corner in Eldred, NY, has announced that he and the Corner Ice Cream Shop in Eldred, will be image hosting The Lord of the Trout’s “Conga Against Cancer” and “Human Line of Hope Across America” on Sunday, September 18.

The event will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the four corners in Eldred between the Eldred Preserve and the hamlet of Eldred. Registration for this event is a $10 donation per person to stand in line, and the entire donation will go to benefit the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

Food will be available for purchase at the event and live entertainment by the SJP Band, Bud Conover, Christopher Benjamin and comedian Ava Levy will continue throughout the afternoon.

DSCN6083 The official St. Baldrick’s head shavings will start at 10:00 a.m. where local residents who have raised money for St. Baldrick’s will go bald in solidarity of kids battling cancer. The head shavings will be performed by Sophistications Salon of Liberty, NY.

People can still register to be shavees at this event by signing up at www.stbaldricks.org and typing the word “Conga” in the search field.

The human line of hope will consist of people of all ages holding hands while displaying letters that form either words of encouragement or names of those either lost or battling cancer. People will line DSCN6365up along the streets of Eldred in a show of hope to all cancer patients. Letters can be sponsored for a $10.00 donation. People should make sure they have someone there at the event to wear the   letter(s) they have purchased.

Immediately following the Human Line of Hope, people will remain in line for a special tribute to our troops and veterans where DSCN6393 all will be waving small American flags in honor of all those we lost and those who are still serving. People will remain in line for the Conga across America portion of the event where we will create the longest Conga line in Sullivan County and travel close to one mile behind the first ever Conga-Mobile.

Local radio stations WSUL / WVOS will also be broadcasting live and online throughout the day.

image Folks from other states are participating in their own Conga across America and Human Line of Hope on this same day and time as the New York event. The states currently involved include: North and South Carolina, Virginia, Illinois, Hawaii, Minnesota, Iowa, Alabama, and Florida. If you are reading this from another state and want to represent your state as well, all it takes is a few letters to spell a name or word, a few people to wear them, and 15 minutes to stand in line on Sept. 18, 2011.

DSCN6445 The mission of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation is to raise awareness and funds to cure kids’ cancer by supporting cancer research and fellowships.

Monteleone has been involved with The St. Baldrick’s Foundation for more than six years, and in 2007 even designed a “Bear My Heart” teddy bear with his personalized message, specifically to benefit the children of St. Baldrick’s.

Advanced registration for the Human Line of Hope and Longest Conga Line is recommended. To register for this event, or for more information, please contact “Lord of the Trout” Lou Monteleone at 845-557-3321.

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NARROWSBURG, NY (August 24, 2011) – Have you ever had a job at  Fort Delaware? Labored dipping candles? Forging nails? Spinning yarns?

In honor of Labor Day weekend, former employees with a substantiating photo (or at least a good Burbanks in the stocks story) will be admitted free to Fort Delaware Museum of Colonial History when accompanied by a paying friend or family member.

In the photo at left, former Sullivan County Historian, the late James W. Burbank, right, and his daughter, Peggy, demonstrate the new stocks when Fort Delaware Museum of Colonial History first opened in Narrowsburg , NY in 1957. Talk about being tied to your job!

On Labor Day weekend, former staff members can come back and reminisce, and help the current staff identify some old photos in the files or name carvings on the table (anyone know “TAMMY ’83”?) – and hear how the current tour guides have updated the museum’s interpretation.

Fort Delaware’s hours are Friday, Saturday and Monday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday: Noon to 5:00 p.m.

As an added attraction, current Sullivan County Historian John Conway will offer his popular lecture: “Sullivan County’s Big Industries: Timber, Tanning and Tourism” at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day weekend, and be available for questions and answers about early life in the Upper Delaware River Valley.

For further information, call 845-252-6660 or 845-807-0261

Fort Delaware Museum of Colonial History, now operated by the Sullivan County Division of Public Works, is located along the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway, 6615 State Route 97, in Narrowsburg, New York.

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LIBERTY, NY (August 23, 2011) – Just a reminder if you need items from the Liberty Library, Wednesday, August 24 is the last day to get them before the building closes for repairs.

All items that you check (including DVDs) will be due on Fri. Sept. 9th when the library reopens.

The library will will also offer a fine-free grace period during the week of Sept 12. Please keep items that you have until then or return them to another library as you may not have access to Liberty’s outdoor bookdrop during this time. 845-292-6070 for more information.

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KINGSTON, NY (August 22, 2011) – Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) last week applauded New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman for his investigation into whether shale gas Photo - Hinchey companies have accurately described to investors the prospects for their natural gas wells.

In June, Hinchey sent letters to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the U.S. Energy Information Agency (EIA) questioning the manner in which both bodies have handled shale gas reserve estimates. The letters followed two concerning reports in The New York Times. One report revealed that rule changes and oversight problems at the SEC may have caused natural gas companies to overestimate their reserves. A separate report detailed the use of data from industry-biased sources and intra-agency disagreements regarding gas reserve estimates at EIA.

Hinchey is a leader in the effort to protect drinking water and the environment from the risks of hydraulic fracturing. He is a co-author of the FRAC Act, which would mandate public disclosure of chemicals used in frack fluid and allow the EPA to regulate fracking activities under the Safe Drinking Water Act. The congressman also authored the appropriations language that led to the current U.S. Environmental Protection Agency study on hydraulic fracturing.

"Considering the reckless way in which hydraulic fracturing has been carried out in other parts of the country, it is important that we understand all of the environmental and economic impacts that would result if drilling were to move forward in our state. That’s what I’ve been working to do, and I applaud Attorney General Schneiderman for taking action to protect our water resources and investigating whether the gas industry is misleading investors and the public about the economics behind shale gas drilling."

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LIBERTY, NY (August 21, 2011) –image Cornell Cooperative Extension of Sullivan County will be offering a new workshop called “Salvage Art for the Garden” on September 16 at 6:00 p.m. at the Gerald J. Skoda Education Center, 64 Ferndale-Loomis Road, Liberty.

Just when you thought all the excitement in your garden was gone with the summer breezes, add some whimsy and interest to carry you through the fall season. image

Sharon Roll, a master gardener from Orange County will be the presenter at this workshop.

She will be sharing many creative ideas for your fall garden and each participant will make and take a project to hang in their garden after the workshop.

The fee for the workshop is $10.00, which covers the instruction, materials and a chance to win a door prize.

Pre-registration and payment are required before the class. Come, bring a friend and enjoy a unique evening at Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County. For more information call Susan Dollard at 845-292-5250. 

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Hinchey Worked Directly with Department of Agriculture to Obtain $27,300 Grant

MONTICELLO, NY (August 18, 2011) – Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) today announced that Sullivan County Head Start has been awarded a $27,300 community facility grant from the United State’s Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development program.

Hinchey Close Up The funds will be used to install a new, energy efficient propane heating system at the Head Start facility located on Waverly Avenue in Monticello. The current heating system has a history of repeated failures, which has increased repair costs for the Head Start program and forced local families to find child care or miss work when classes are canceled due to heating system breakdowns. Hinchey contacted the USDA directly to highlight and stress the need for this grant. The Head Start grant application also received preferential treatment because Hinchey secured a USDA Rural Economic Area Partnership (REAP) Zone designation for Sullivan County in 1999. The federal funds will cover more than half of the total cost of the system installation.

"When the heating system at the Sullivan County Head Start center fails, children lose out on an important day of learning and families struggle to find childcare they can trust," said Hinchey. "There isn’t any reason why this added burden on hard working families should be allowed to continue. After learning of the problem during my visit to a Sullivan County Head Start classroom in March, I worked directly with the USDA to secure the resources needed to repair the heating system. I’m happy that the problem will be corrected before this winter. This essential educational program has helped thousands of kids enter kindergarten ready to learn and succeed, and these funds will the program even stronger."

Bertha Williams, Executive Director of Sullivan County Head Start welcomed the grant, "We serve 171 children and their families at this center.  When the heating system is not working or in need of repair, we cannot have children in attendance and are forced to cancel school. These closures cause a hardship on our families that have to find child care or miss work."

Since its creation in 1965, Head Start programs have served over 27 million children. In March, Hinchey read to children at a Sullivan County Head Start classroom after touring the facility in Woodbourne, New York. The program enrolls 361 children and employs 87 full time staffers at two locations in Monticello and Woodbourne.

(Photo – Carol Montana)

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SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY (August 17, 2011) – Sullivan County Habitat for Humanity has scheduled an informational forum for Monday, imageAugust 22, at 5:30 p.m. in the Fallsburg Senior Center on Laurel Avenue in South Fallsburg.

The meeting will address the next Habitat house which will be situated in the Town of Fallsburg. Construction on the house is scheduled to begin in this fall. The meeting is open to potential homeowners as well as potential volunteers and the general public.

Sullivan Habitat President, Pat Pomeroy will be presenting information on eligibility and the application process. Applications will be available for interested families. The group will be constructing a four-bedroom, energy-efficient house on the corner of Laurel Lane and Decker Street – one block off Route 42.

The architects and construction engineers will be at the meeting along with Habitat officers to answer questions about the house design and functionality.

The house will contain many features designed to reduce energy costs and is forward thinking in design. The organization is excited to have the professional services of several environmental experts on this project.

Applications for the house will be accepted until September 15, 2011. Once a family is chosen they will provide sweat equity during the building process. For additional information or directions please call the organization at 845-791-8305 or call Pat Pomeroy at 607-498-5757.

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SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY (August 16, 2011) – The U.S. Justice Department has launched a new section of its Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) website, http://www.ada.gov/aids.

image To mark the one-year anniversary of the release of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, Persons with HIV and persons with AIDS are covered by the ADA, which gives federal civil rights protections to persons with disabilities in public accommodations, employment, and state and local government services.

The new web page provides important information and resources related to combating discrimination on the basis of HIV/AIDS. Learn more about the Justice Departments efforts to enforce the ADA on-line at www.ada.gov.

On July 6, The Justice Department announced that it has entered into a comprehensive agreement with the state of Delaware that will transform Delaware’s mental health system and resolve violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA and the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Olmstead v. L.C. afford individuals with disabilities the right to receive services in the most integrated settings appropriate to their needs, and today’s agreement will ensure individuals in Delaware can exercise that right. For more information go on-line to www.justice.gov.

For more information on the Sullivan County Human Rights Commission you contact our Executive Director, Eric Monroe at 807-0189.

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SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY (August 16, 2011) – In 2001, a group of Sullivan County, New York gay and lesbian residents founded The Day to Be Gay Foundation (DTBG). Lead for ten years by Kathy Rieser and David Knudsen and other community activists, DTBG made important contributions to the gay and lesbian community in the Catskills as well as the broader community in the Upper Delaware.

In May of this year, Ms. Rieser and Mr. Knudsen handed over the administration of the Foundation to a new Board of Directors which has decided to continue and expand the mission of the DTBG Foundation operating under a new name: The Gay and Lesbian Alliance of the Catskills – GALA Catskills.

GALA Catskills is wasting no time in planning and producing a diverse roster of fundraising events. The first GALA event is a benefit performance of the mega-Broadway hit: “Chicago” on Saturday, August 20 at the Forestburgh Playhouse to benefit GLBT/ Straight Alliances at area High Schools and Colleges. A Pre-performance buffet and show package is available for $60/person, or the show only at $45/person. All tickets include a $15 tax deductible contribution to GALA Catskills.

For tickets: 845-794-1194 and mention the GALA Catskills benefit August 20. For further information contact: GALA Catskills Secretary galacatskills@gmail.com

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