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, and feedback may be provided by email to 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 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 ( 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

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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

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