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SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY (September 16, 2015) – The Sullivan County Partnership for Economic Development has named Dr. Gerard Galarneau, Catskill Regional Medical Center’s CEO and Chief Medical Officer, the 2015 Walter A. Rhulen Award recipient. The Partnership will also recognize Roberta Byron-Lockwood, President of the Sullivan County Visitors Association, and Cathy Paty, President of the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce, as Distinguished Service Award winners. All will be honored at The Partnership’s annual meeting on October 8 at The Sullivan in Rock Hill.

image “Gerry has been chosen as the winner of this year’s Rhulen Award for his dedication to the Partnership, his steadfast work to elevate Catskill Regional Medical Center’s services, environment, and standing in the Hudson Valley, and his consistent volunteer activities,” said Jacob Billig, Partnership Board Chairman. “Both Roberta and Cathy have been recognized for their teamwork and extraordinary effort under the Sullivan United banner.”

The annual Rhulen Award recognizes an individual for business excellence, community commitment, and service to humanity. Dr. Galarneau, a Partnership Board Director, will receive the award in recognition of his passion and tireless efforts toward the continued advancement of Catskill Regional Medical Center as part of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System. Catskill Regional Medical Center is a critical component of economic development in Sullivan County. Dr. Galarneau, who is Board-certified in Urology, has served in leadership positions at Orange Regional Medical Center since 2002. He was the Vice-Chair of the Department of Urology from 2002 through 2004, and Chairman from 2005 through 2006. Dr. Galarneau was the Chairman of Staff from 2007 through 2008, and has held the position of Chief of Staff since January 2009.

Dr. Galarneau graduated with a B.S. in Biology from SUNY Binghamton, received his medical degree from New York Medical College, and held residencies in General Surgery and Urology at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a Master’s degree in Medical Management, and is an active member of the American Roberta Byron-LockwoodUrological Association and the Medical Society of Orange and Sullivan County.

As the President/CEO of the SCVA, Ms. Byron-Lockwood uses her 30 years of experience and knowledge of tourism, marketing, advertising, and administration to expand marketing opportunities, explore new markets, and reach the maximum market share for Sullivan County Catskills tourism, increasing revenue to businesses and the quality of life to its residents. The SCVA has seen a 2.5 percent increase year over year in visitor expenditures, resulting in approximately $372 million in overall traveler expenditures, $24.6 million in local generated taxes, $20.3 million in taxes generated for New York State, and $146 Cathy Paty million in tourism labor income.

As President of the Chamber of Commerce, Ms. Paty is an integral part of the Sullivan United economic development team. The Chamber is responsible for business retention efforts, provides a myriad of networking opportunities, and is the voice for small business in Sullivan County.

Both entities, guided by Ms. Byron-Lockwood and Ms. Paty, were critical partners in Sullivan United during the “proposition 1” voting effort and, subsequently, the competition for a gaming license in Sullivan County. Together they work closely with the Sullivan County Partnership and the Sullivan County Industrial Development Agency to promote and support business in Sullivan County.

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MONTICELLO, NY (September 14, 2015) – Celebrate your freedom to read during Banned Books Week at the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library. Banned image Books Week, which is always held during the last week of September, highlights the importance of free and open access to information, and celebrates the ability to choose to read any and all books.

The library will kick off Banned Books Week by having a Read-A-Thon on Friday, September 25 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. on the library front lawn. Anyone may sign up for a 5 minute time slot to read aloud from a banned book. The library will have a selection of banned books to choose from, as well as a list of the top banned books. This is also a great opportunity to stock up on banned books (and any Image result for collage of banned booksother books) to read while the library is closed during the move into the new building!

Books can be banned from schools and libraries for a variety of reasons. Some banned books include “The Catcher in the Rye,” the “Harry Potter” series, “The Giving Tree,” “Charlotte’s Web,” “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “The Hunger Games” trilogy.

For more information on Banned Books Week and frequently banned and challenged books, visit the ALA website, www.ala.org/bbooks.

For more information on the Read-A-Thon or to sign up for a time slot, call the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library at 845-794-4660, ext. 8.

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MONTICELLO, NY (September 14, 2015) – The Sullivan County Human Rights Commission, in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, will present plaques to three people for their contributions to the Hispanic Community.

Viviana The event will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 15, during the full meeting of Sullivan County Legislature located at the County Government Center 100 North Street, Monticello.

The public is invited to attend the ceremony. Sandra

The people to be honored are:

Viviana Magill (photo top left) for her outstanding work in the Health Department, helping the citizens of our Community with their health insurance issues.

Sandra Nava (photo right), for her outstanding work at Carmenthe Department of Motor Vehicles, in which has been so helpful and supportive to members of the Community  filling out applications.

Carmen Rue (photo left), who as Trustee of the Village of Monticello, has provided outstanding help and support to the Community throughout the year.

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Sullivan County and Upper Delaware River Region, NY and PA – Join the IMG_0096Delaware Highlands Conservancy for a guided Fall Hike at the Tusten Mountain  Trail in Sullivan County, NY on Saturday, October 10 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Enjoy great views of the Delaware River, fall foliage approaching its peak, and traverse a historic stone arch bridge. Learn about the ecology and history of the area with the Conservancy’s Land Protection Coordinator Jennifer Sherwood.

The Tusten Mountain Trail is featured on the hiking website TrailKeeper.org, a one-source outlet for hiking trails and public lands in Sullivan County, NY with IMG_0107 easy-to-read, easy-to-access maps and facilities information and guides to hiking safety. TrailKeeper.org provides access to trail information that matches hiker to trail. The Tusten Mountain Trail is maintained by the National Park Service.

Remember to wear hiking shoes, comfortable clothes, and to bring water for this moderately strenuous trail.

The Fall Hike is free and open to the public, but prior registration is required. Contact the Delaware Highlands Conservancy at 570-226-3164, 845-583-1010, or send an email to info@delawarehighlands.org to reserve your space and receive directions.

The Delaware Highlands Conservancy works in partnership with landowners and communities to protect the lands and waters, eagles and eagle habitat, sustainable local economies, and quality of life in the Upper Delaware River region. For more information on the Conservancy and how it connects people to the lands where they live, work, and play, visit www.DelawareHighlands.org.

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BETHEL, NY (September 9, 2015) – Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy and local astronomer John Kocijanski for a free Star Watch  Night_Sky_Stars_Trees_02 program on Friday, October 9 from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. at the DHC office in Bethel.

Watch the stars and planets, observe deep sky objects, and learn how to locate the constellations. Please bring binoculars and/or your own telescope (we will have a limited number available) and folding chairs, if you have them.

This event is free and open to the public, but prior registration is required. Please call 570-226-3164, 845-583-1010, or email info@delawarehighlands.org to register and receive directions. In case of inclement weather or cloudy skies, the program will be hosted the following evening, on Saturday, October 10. Registered participants will be notified of a change in date.

The Delaware Highlands Conservancy works in partnership with landowners and communities to protect the lands and waters, eagles and eagle habitat, sustainable local economies, and quality of life in the Upper Delaware River region. For more information on the Conservancy and how it connects people to the lands where they live, work, and play, visit www.DelawareHighlands.org.

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CALLICOON, NY (September 7, 2015) – Community radio station WJFF is celebrating its 25th Anniversary with a Gala Brunch on Sunday, September Gala_Brunch_Logo 27th at the Villa Roma starting at 11:00 a.m. 

The Gala Brunch offers listeners and supporters an opportunity
to congratulate and thank the volunteers and staff for 25 years of
exceptional radio – a wide variety of music, local, national and
international news programs, talk shows and community voices.

There will be live jazz at the Brunch by Noah Barker, who will be joined by
other musicians as well as WJFF volunteers, a cocktail hour featuring
Bloody Mary and mimosa cocktails, and a wonderful buffet.

During the brunch Glenn Wooddell and Josephine Finn, two station volunteers, will be honored for their commitment and contributions to both WJFF and the
larger community.

Supporters may buy a table or individual seats at the Brunch. They may also donate a gift which then could be sold at a silent auction with the proceeds going to the station. Tickets to the Gala event are $90.50 per person.

There also will be a Brunch Journal that offers several opportunities to publish an ad.

For more information, contact Adam Weinreich at the station,
adam@wjffradio.org or 845-482-4141.

WJFF is a hydro-powered volunteer driven public radio station based in
Jeffersonville NY, with a satellite studio at the Cooperage in Honesdale
PA. WJFF holds the distinction of being North America’s only
hydro-powered public radio station. Its contingent of more than 100
volunteers provides listeners with a mix of both locally and nationally
produced programming on the air at 90.5 FM in the Catskills and
Northeast PA, 94.5 FM in Monticello, and streamed and archived online at

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MONTICELLO, NY (September 5, 2015) – The Sullivan County site for this Walk To End Alzheimersyear’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be the Ted Stroebele Recreation Center, Two Jefferson Street, Monticello, NY.

The walk will be held on Saturday, October 10. Registration at 9:00 AM; walk begins at 10:00 a.m.

This 1.5 mile walk is a Sullivan County Committee volunteer event to accommodate people in the community to participate in the Sullivan/Orange Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

georgeemmateresa2_thumb George L. Cooke, Sullivan County Commissioner of Jurors, has graciously agreed to be the Honorary Chairperson for this event. Image result for walk to end alzheimer's

All donations support Alzheimer’s research as well as programs and services provided to the community by our Hudson Valley Alzheimer’s Association.

Refreshments and beautiful raffle prizes available. For further info visit www.tinyurl.com/sullivanwalk or call 845-866-2800.

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New Yorkers and Visitors Advised to be Cautious with Campfires

NEW YORK STATE (September 5, 2015) – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has warned NY residents and visitors that for Labor Day weekend, much of New York is expected to have warm and dry weather which can increase the likelihood of conditions that allow wildfires to start and spread quickly. Residents and visitors are being urged to exercise extreme caution with campfires.

“Reckless behavior during these dry conditions can be a recipe for disaster," Governor Cuomo said." I urge everyone to stay safe and be responsible while enjoying the outdoors this holiday weekend in order to prevent avoidable dangers and senseless tragedies.”

Currently, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers are working to extinguish six small wildfires that have been contained at a combined total of 3.4 acres. Two fires are in Suffolk County, two in the eastern Catskills and two in the eastern Adirondacks. Three fires were caused by unextinguished campfires, two by lightning strikes and one is under investigation. Rangers have contained the spread of these fires but the fires are burning deep into the soil and are difficult to extinguish.

Tips for campers to be cautious with campfires include:

    · Use a cooking stove instead of a campfire to prepare meals;
    · Use existing campfire rings when possible and keep fires small;
    · Scrape away litter, duff and any burnable material within a 10-foot diameter circle. This will keep the campfire from spreading;
    · Never leave a campfire unattended; and
    · Drown the fire with water. Make sure all embers, coals and sticks are wet. Stir the remains, add more water and stir again.

Campfires are prohibited in the Eastern Adirondack High Peaks Wilderness Area and on all Department of Environmental Conservation state lands in Suffolk County.

New York State is also reminding people to be cautious with barbeque grills by keeping them away from brush, grass and other flammable materials. Charcoal ashes or embers should not be disposed of until they are cool to the touch. The illegal use of fireworks can also start wildfires and is prohibited.

Additionally, residents and visitors should avoid burning brush at this time, especially from late morning through early evening and whenever windy conditions are present. Never leave a fire unattended until it is completely out and all ashes and embers are cool.

Wildfire prevention is everyone’s responsibility. Do your part to keep New York safe from wildfires. The Department of Environmental Conservation’s Outdoor Fire Safety webpage has additional safety tips for campfires and burning brush. More information on wildlife prevention may be found on the FIREWISE New York web pages. Click here to see the current fire danger map in New York State.

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SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY (September 3, 2015) – Sullivan County Board of Elections Commissioner Ann Prusinski and Acting Commissioner Pamela Murran Your_Vote_Counts_Badgeremind registered voters in the Towns of Bethel, Delaware, Fallsburg, Forestburgh, Highland,  Lumberland, Mamakating (Districts 4 and 5 only) and Tusten MAY be eligible to vote for a variety of offices including County Legislator, Town Supervisor, Council, Justice, and Highway Superintendent as well as political party committee members.

Polls will be open from 12 noon to 9 p.m.

For additional information go to the Sullivan County Board of Elections website at www.co.sullivan.ny.us/Board of Elections or contact them directly at 807-0400 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

PLEASE NOTE – All County offices will be closed on Labor Day, Monday, September 7, 2015.

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NEW YORK STATE (September 2, 2015) – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced that September is Preparedness Month across New Image result for disaster preparednessYork State and urged all New Yorkers to create an emergency plan that they can activate in the event of a natural or man-made disaster. In addition to forming an emergency plan that can help protect individuals, families and businesses in times of a crisis, the Governor also urged citizens to prepare a portable, emergency supply kit containing enough food, water, medications and other consumables to last seven to ten days. These recommendations can help save lives and reduce suffering in the event of a disaster.

"When disaster strikes, we want all New Yorkers to be prepared and ready to respond, Governor Cuomo said. “By planning ahead and taking a few simple safety steps, we can all be ready for unpredictable weather conditions and emergencies.”

Preparedness Month is a national effort sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The 2015 National Preparedness Month theme is – Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.FEMA encourages Americans to create a family emergency communications plan that includes up-to-date contact information for individuals that may need to be reached during a disaster.

In addition to the overall theme, each week of National Preparedness Month will also promote the following hazard focused themes:

    · September 1 – 5: Flood
    · September 6 – 12: Wildfire
    · September 13 – 19: Hurricane
    · September 20 – 26: Power Outage

To help New Yorkers prepare for an emergency, the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES), in partnership with the New York National Guard, are offering Citizens Preparedness Corps training courses throughout the state. To date, more than 64,000 New Yorkers have completed a preparedness training course. Through this program, more citizens have received emergency preparedness training than at any other time in the state’s history. To register for a training course or to volunteer, visit the State’s Citizens Preparedness Corps website.

More training classes are added frequently. To find out when Citizen Preparedness Corps training will be coming to your area, sign up to be notified of future classes at http://www.dhses.ny.gov/aware-prepare/nysprepare/registration/future-notify.cfm

NY-Alert (Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES))- Andrew M. Cuomo (Governor)To help keep New Yorkers informed of a variety of hazards, the state offers a website – NY-Alert. The state’s all-hazards alert and notification system, NY-Alert contains critical emergency-related information including instructions and recommended protective actions developed in real-time by emergency service personnel. NY-Alert sends individuals free messages on severe weather warnings, significant highway closures, hazardous materials spills, and many other emergency conditions. Additionally, the service provides response actions being taken by local and state agencies and protective actions that individuals should take to protect themselves, their family and property. To subscribe, visit http://www.nyalert.gov/. Individuals also can subscribe to the state’s new mobile app, iAlertz, for the latest alerts and notifications.

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LIBERTY, NY (September 1, 2015) – The public is invited to attend an educational workshop on safe home food preservation techniques offered on Saturday, September 19, 2015. Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) will hold this class from 11:00 am to 2:00 p.m. in the shared-use, Entrepreneurial and Teaching (EaT) Kitchen at its Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Road in Liberty.

CCESC Master Food Preserver Volunteers will demonstrate how to properly freeze fresh produce harvested from the season, as recommended by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). Participants will learn the advantages and disadvantages of freezing, to identify appropriate storage materials for frozen products, and to recognize steps and methods of the freezing process. No prior knowledge of food preservation is needed. Attendees will receive food samples.

Cost is $15.00 per person or $10.00 for CCESC enrollees. Anyone can enroll in CCESC for a $25.00 donation per household, annually. Enrollees must identify membership status at time of payment to receive discount.

Space is limited and pre-registration with non-refundable payment is required in advance. Seats are only guaranteed with payment. Registration and more information can be obtained by calling CCESC at 845-292-6180, emailing sullivan@cornell.edu, or visiting www.sullivancce.org. Payment can be made in advance by check, cash, or credit. Additional donations for CCESC programs are appreciated.

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SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY (August 31, 2015) – The Sullivan County Community Chorus will resume weekly Thursday rehearsals on September 10 SCCChorusConcertJune2015 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Choral Room of the Liberty Middle School, 145 Buckley Street, Liberty.

The chorus, under the direction of Kevin Giroux, with accompanist Keira Weyant, will perform its 39th Annual Winter Concert, on Sunday, December 13 at 2:30 p.m. in the Immaculate Conception Church, Woodbourne.

Giroux’s theme for the concert is “Winterscapes,” as each selection or set of songs has been chosen to elicit, for both the singers and the audience, memories of feelings and events associated with the season. The Sullivan County Community Chorus Winter Concert will also feature the Sullivan Chamber Singers, comprised of members of the Chorus selected through an audition process.

The Chorus encourages all interested singers to consider joining the ensemble. Each member and prospective member is required to meet with Conductor Giroux for a series of vocal warm-ups designed to determine vocal range for placement in the appropriate section of the chorus, as well as to ensure an ability to match pitch. A schedule of dates, times, and contact information for appointments are listed in an information packet available from the Chorus Secretary, as noted below. Singers wishing to perform in the concert must regularly attend rehearsals joining the chorus no later than October 8.

Performances of the Sullivan County Community Chorus are made possible in part with funds from the Sullivan County Decentralization Program, a re-grant program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered by the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance.

Dues are $20 with a $15 music deposit (new members only) and $10 one-time folder deposit. Those wishing to sing in the Winter Concert are encouraged to arrive for their first rehearsal at 6:00 p.m. to sign in and receive packets of the concert music. For further information contact Diane Foster at 845/439-4458.

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Students Encouraged to Apply to Meet Fall Deadline at nysinternships.com

NEW YORK STATE (August 29, 2015) – The New York State Department of internshiptextCivil Service has announced that New York State has hundreds of internships  available, and reminded college students to apply for fall semester opportunities before the application deadline on Tuesday, September 8th, 2015.

“The internship program continues to connect a new generation of young leaders seeking opportunities and experience in State government,” said Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. “Internships provide valuable opportunities for students to enhance their academic education with hands-on work experience.”

New York State has a one-stop website—www.nysinternships.com—that allows students to view and apply for internship opportunities across an array of state agencies both downstate and upstate. Opportunities include both paid and unpaid positions.  Internships may include academic credit, depending on the policy of the educational institution.

The website is one component of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s New New York Leaders initiative, which attracts new talent to state government through both a fellowship program and an internship program. The internship website allows applicants to view job descriptions, create profiles, specify interests, and upload resumes, writing samples and letters of recommendation. Students can apply for multiple internships at the same time.

“New York State continues to offer students diverse opportunities for professional development,” said Civil Service Executive Deputy Commissioner Lola Brabham.  “The Governor’s internship program offers a host of opportunities in fields like finance, engineering, public relations, information technology and health care. These opportunities can significantly enhance students’ resumes once they begin seeking career employment.”

The internship program is open to resident graduate and undergraduate students as well as students who attend schools in other states, but reside in New York. To apply, visit nysinternships.com.

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NEW YORK STATE (August 26, 2015) – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has signed legislation to protect children across New York State from exposure to 2000px-No_Smoking.svg second-hand smoke. The bill prohibits individuals from smoking near schools while after-school programs are in operation.

“This commonsense measure will help protect children from the dangerous effects of second-hand smoke and complements ongoing efforts that have resulted in smoking in New York hitting an all-time low," Governor Cuomo said. “I thank the sponsors for their efforts to make this a stronger and healthier New York."

This bill (S.993-A/A.5917-A) expands the ban on smoking within 100 feet of the entrances, exits or outdoor areas of public and private schools to prohibit smoking during after-school programs. The ban would be in effect only during those hours in which the after-school programs are in session. Residences or residential property within the 100 foot perimeter would be excluded from the new law’s smoking ban. In addition, the new law requires such programs to post signs specifying the times at which smoking is prohibited.

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Photos by Carol Montana

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY (August 24, 2015) – The Livingston IMG_9255Manor Labor Day Festival is good old-fashioned family fun! The event will be  held on Sunday, September 6.

This year the pre-festival activities will include a 5K run at 10:00 a.m. and fun runs for kids at 11:00 a.m., both starting on Main Street.

Festival activities will open in Renaissance Park (near the traffic light on Main Street) at 11:00 a.m. starting with music by Doug Rogers and the Backseat Drivers who will be followed by guitarist Cat Wilson and a talent show highlighting the abilities of local youth.

IMG_9447 The talent show will be opened by the gifted singer Tessa Nettleton, 8thgrader and last year’s talent show winner. Children can have fun with country-fair-style games, face painting and crafts.

Library volunteers will be grilling hot dogs and hamburgers from Snowdance Farm, and Thai food will be available from Sweet Basil. Visitors will find vendors with child-friendly products including handmade toys and dolls; view vintage cars from local car clubs and browse the colossal book sale.

IMG_9648Three beautiful handmade quilts will be raffled off to benefit the library; the Livingston Manor Central School (LMCS) 8th grade class will hold a bake sale; and the LMCS teachers will have free iced coffee for festival-goers.

This event is sponsored by the Livingston Manor Library and the Livingston Manor Chamber of Commerce with support from Global Natural Foods, Livingston Manor Rotary Club, Jeff Bank and M&M Auto Group.

Proceeds benefit the children’s programs of the Livingston Manor Library. For more information call (845)439-5440. To register for the 5K run, go to livingstonmanorlibrary.org for a printable registration form or active.com to register online.

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NEW YORK STATE (August 23, 2015) – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced that New York State is expanding its efforts to prevent Ask Me Logocolorectal cancer, the state’s second leading cause of cancer death. Over five years, $8 million in federal grants will go toward new screening initiatives that will be administered by the New York State Department of Health. Each year, nearly 10,000 New Yorkers develop colorectal cancer and more than 3,000 die as a result, however with regular screenings, many of these diagnoses and deaths can be prevented.

"Early detection is the key to successfully fighting this form of cancer and this funding will go a long way toward educating New Yorkers on the benefits of early screening," Governor Cuomo said. "I thank our federal partners for helping secure this funding and helping make this a stronger, healthier New York."
Colorectal cancer screenings look for small growths or ‘polyps’ that could turn into cancer. Most colon cancers start from these small growths, but if found through screening they can be removed before they turn into cancer. Early stage colorectal cancer may not always cause symptoms, making regular screenings the key to early detection.

This 5-year grant, awarded from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will support the expansion of screening efforts by the Department of Health’s Bureau of Chronic Disease Control in traditionally underserved and high need areas in the North Country, Syracuse, Buffalo, Rochester and New York City. The first component provides $732,400 per year to support work with Federally Qualified Health Centers and Medicaid Managed Care Plans for evidence-based interventions that promote regular colorectal cancer screenings. This includes providing feedback to providers about patients eligible for, but not up to date with screening, sending patient reminders and implementing strategies to reduce barriers like transportation assistance and paid time off for cancer screening. Specific organizations slated for funding are yet to be determined.

The second component provides $915,500 per year to target eligible uninsured and underinsured residents between the ages of 50 and 64 years in the Bronx, an area identified as having an elevated level of late-stage colorectal cancer cases. In addition to providing funding for the screening tests, this grant will support patient navigators at three key New York City Health and Hospital Corporation health facilities, all serving the uninsured in the Bronx: Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center, North Central Bronx Hospital and Jacobi Medical Center. The use of patient navigators has been shown to be a highly effective strategy for removing barriers and facilitating screening completion.

Both components support the objectives outlined in the New York State Prevention Agenda 2013-2017 and the New York State Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan, as well as the Department of Health’s work to achieve an 80 percent colorectal cancer screening rate by 2018. Funding levels for both components beyond the first year are contingent upon the availability of federal funding.

Symptoms of colorectal cancer can include having blood in the stool, stomach pain with changes in bowel movements, or losing weight unexpectedly. New Yorkers with any of those symptoms should speak to their physician immediately.

All New Yorkers age 50 and older should get screened for colorectal cancer. Those with a personal or family history of colon polyps, colon cancer, or a personal history of inflammatory bowel disease are at a higher risk. These individuals should talk to their doctors about when to begin screening and how often they should be tested. If colorectal cancer is found early, treatment can be very effective. In addition to regular screenings, all New Yorkers, regardless of age, can reduce their risk for colorectal cancer by quitting smoking or never starting, maintaining a healthy diet, limiting alcohol use and increasing their physical activity.

Individuals who have insurance, including Medicaid and insurance through health plans participating in the NY State of Health, can obtain colorectal cancer screening by talking to their physician.

For individuals without insurance, DOH’s Cancer Services Program offers colorectal, breast and cervical cancer screening to eligible individuals in every county in the state. To find a local Cancer Services Program near you, visit http://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/cancer/services/community_resources/ or call 1-866-442-CANCER (2262).

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Average blood-alcohol content of motorists caught driving while impaired statewide more than .14—nearly twice the legal limit

NEW YORK STATE (August 22, 2015) – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has directed New York State Police to ramp up enforcement efforts as part of a Drive Sober or Get Pulled Overnational crackdown on impaired driving. The 20-day campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, runs from Aug. 21 to Sept. 7 (Labor Day) and is aimed at significantly reducing deaths and injuries caused by motorists driving drunk or impaired by drugs. The New York State Police, together with the important work of local law enforcement, will be vigilant in screening for impaired drivers.

"Driving drunk is both reckless and selfish, and we have seen too far too many avoidable tragedies that occurred after someone got behind the wheel when they shouldn’t have,” Governor Cuomo said. “I urge all New Yorkers to drive responsibly, and want everyone to know that impaired driving will not be tolerated in this state.”

The Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee 2014 annual report found that while the number of alcohol-related crash injuries were down in New York State by nearly 800 over a five-year period starting in 2009, 364 people were killed in such crashes in 2013 and about 30 percent of New York’s crash fatalities are alcohol-related. Additionally, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 10,076 people were killed nationwide in crashes involving a driver with a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 percent or higher 2013.
In New York State, .08 percent BAC is the legal threshold for driving while intoxicated, but many offenders are arrested at nearly twice that level: statewide, the average BAC of those arrested for alcohol-impaired driving is more than .14. Alcohol, however, is just one substance contributing to traffic fatalities. Drugs other than alcohol, such as marijuana and cocaine, are a factor in about 18 percent of motor vehicle driver deaths, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says.

Even when drunk or impaired driving does not end in death or injury, its effects are particularly costly. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that the annual economic cost of alcohol-related motor vehicle traffic crashes in the United States totals $49.8 billion.

In June 2015, Governor Cuomo announced that New York State had kept more than 7,500 repeat offenders off the road since implementing tougher DWI regulations in September 2012. Those individuals were denied relicensing either permanently or for an additional five years for having three or more alcohol or drug-related driving offenses on their record. As of July 31, the number has risen to more than 8,000.

Also in June, Governor Cuomo announced a statewide multi-media campaign, “Impaired Drivers Take Lives. Think,” using billboards, radio, television and social media to remind motorists about the deadly impacts of impaired driving. As part of the campaign, the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee produced a 30-second public service announcement that can be seen on television and viewed on YouTube.

On November 1, 2014, even stronger penalties were enacted in New York to deter impaired driving. Drivers convicted of DWI or DWAI three or more times in 15 years face a Class D felony charge, up to seven years in prison, and a fine up to $10,000.

New York’s anti-impaired driving enforcement campaigns are funded by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee and STOP-DWI, a comprehensive and financially self-sustaining highway safety program that allows participating counties to qualify for the return of all fines collected for alcohol and other drug-related traffic offenses.

To learn more about the risks of impaired driving and for traffic safety tips, visit the DMV website and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee website.

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HURLEYVILLE, NY (August 19, 2015) – The Columbia Hill Neighborhood PictureAlliance (CHNA) will host the first “What the Hill” Friend-Raiser at the Hurleyville Fire House on Sunday, August 23 at 11:00 a.m.

The community celebration will feature information on the history of Columbia Hill and environmental issues that the responsible development of Columbia Hill demands … the water, the wells and wildlife.

Live entertainment will be provided by Little Sparrow, Debbie Fisher Palmarini, Hurleyville Ukulele Orchestra, Lion Zen, Eric B. Gordon, Darren Steele and Al Defino/Larry Radvin.

Partymaster will be there with lots of fun activities for kids of all ages.

Vendors and exhibitors include Aunt Nenee, Nardi’s Family Restaurant, Light Curves, A Maize-n-Hog, Nature Photography by Gloria Wagenknecht, Essential Oils/Autumn Rausch, Catskill Laser Engraving, Walk on Water and the Basha Kill Area Association.

The event is open to the public and admission is free. Refreshments will be available.

Parking will be available at the firehouse at 166 Main Street in Hurleyville.

CHNA volunteers are dedicated to the preservation of natural resources and the rural character of Columbia Hill and the neighboring communities in the Towns of Thompson and Fallsburg. CHNA demands that the high density, multi-family projects, Gan Eden and Kelli Woods, planned for Columbia Hill and Anawana Road be properly conceived and scaled. It is only when we ensure a viable infrastructure that our environment will be protected.

Visit us at www.columbiahill.org or on Facebook for more information on the Columbia Hill Neighborhood Alliance.

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SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY (August 18, 2015) – On Saturday, September 12, 2015, the Sullivan County Democratic Committee (SCDC) invites you to join Heastie them at the 98thAnnual Jeffersonian Dinner.

The celebration, “A Salute to Democratic Leadership,” will be held at The Clubhouse at the Villa Roma Resort & Country Club in Callicoon, NY. A cash-bar cocktail hour begins at 5:00 p.m. and dinner follows at 6:00 p.m.

The special guest for the evening is the Speaker of the New York State Assembly, the Honorable Carl E. Heastie (photo left).

Also in attendance will be Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther; Chairman of the Sullivan County Legislature Scott Samuelson; and Sullivan County Democratic Party Chair Darryl Kaplan.

At the dinner, the SCDC will present its third annual eJournal, a PowerPoint presentation of sponsors. Sponsorships are available for $250 (Benefactor), $100 (Friend), $75 (Supporter), and $25 (Booster Listing).

Tickets for the 98th Annual Jeffersonian Dinner are $55.00 per person or $100 per couple, inclusive, with entrée choices of Sliced Roast Sirloin, Chicken Cordon Bleu, Salmon Dijon and Pasta Primavera. Tickets include a one-hour cash bar cocktail hour and dinner.

For reservations and additional information, including journal ad sponsorships, contact Sullivan County Democratic Committee Secretary Rich Altman at 845-707-1810, email him at SCDCJeffersonian2015@yahoo.com. Or mail your reservations to SCDC, PO Box 502, Kiamesha Lake, NY 12751. Please make checks payable to: SCDC.

Reservations and sponsorships are due by September 2, 2015.

As a special arrangement for the SCDC’s guests, the Villa Roma is offering attendees overnight accommodations for only $99.00. Call the Villa directly at 800-727-8455 before September 7, 2015 and reserve with the “Sullivan County Democratic” group.

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ROCK HILL, NY (August 16, 2015) – The public is invited to join residents of Rock Hill at the Rock Hill Farmer’s Market for a “Golden Feather Celebration” Golden Feather on Saturday, August 22 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.  Visitors are encouraged to come early and enjoy the farmer’s market which runs from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Rock Hill received the Golden Feather Award, a $25,000 grant presented by NYS Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther at the Sullivan Renaissance Awards Ceremony earlier this month. It was given to one of five large Sullivan Renaissance projects that exhibited the highest level of excellence by incorporating beautification as part of a long-term strategy.

The celebration kicks off at the farmer’s market at 223 Rock Hill Drive with a ceremony at 1:30 p.m. including presentation of the Golden Feather check and recognition of volunteers.  Musicians will entertain guests, while a slide show displays photographs of the volunteers and the projects.  Light refreshments will be served, sourced from local restaurants.

Maps showing the locations of the gardens will be distributed. Starting at 2:00 p.m., visitors are encouraged to tour the gardens and public art throughout Rock Hill. Rennie, the Sullivan Renaissance Rooster, will be present for pictures at the community center.

In the event of rain, the event will be held at the Rock Hill Fire House.

For a flyer showing eleven winning communities announced at the Sullivan Renaissance Awards Ceremony, go to www.sullivanrenaissance.org and click on the “Winning Projects Map” Quicklink in the upper right hand corner. The flyer will also be available at the Rock Hill Farmers Market on Saturday.

Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation. Sponsors include Bold Gold Media Group/Thunder 102, FisherMears Associates, Kristt Company, Robert Green Dealerships, Sullivan County Democrat, The River Reporter, Thompson Sanitation, and WSUL/WVOS.

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

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NEVERSINK, NY (August 15, 2015) – A free, educational opportunity to learn about the New York City (NYC) watershed is offered on Saturday, September 19. Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) will hold this program from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm for outdoor enthusiasts, homeowners in  the region, and the general public. Participants will meet at the Kramers Cove kayak launch site located on Aden Road at the Neversink Reservoir in the Town of Neversink. Kayaks will be available or attendees can bring their own. Participants must be at least 16 years of age to participate.

Participants will experience a hands-on approach to learning about the NYC watershed system that will begin as an informational session and continue by kayak on the Neversink Reservoir. Kayakers will discuss aquatic invasive species in the area and encounter the ecology of the watershed system first hand.

“The purpose of this program is to increase awareness and knowledge of the NYC watershed system while having fun and experiencing the beauty of the water where we live that benefits people over one hundred miles away,” said Melinda Meddaugh, CCESC resource educator.

Space is limited and pre-registration for this free program is required in advance, without exception. Registration and more information can be obtained by calling CCESC at 845-292-6180 or emailingsullivan@cornell.edu. Additional donations for CCESC programs are appreciated.

This event is made possible with funds from the Catskill Watershed Corporation in partnership with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection.

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92 Percent Compliance in 2015; at or Above 90 Percent for 6 straight years

NEW YORK STATE (August 10, 2015) – A record 92 percent of New Yorkers are buckling up and regularly using seat belts. This is the sixth consecutive year that seat-belt use has stayed at or above 90 percent, according to the New York State Seat Belt Observation Survey, conducted each year by the University at Albany Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research.

“New York led the way with this nation’s first seatbelt law and these new numbers are a testament to this state’s ongoing efforts to get New Yorkers to buckle up and save lives,” Governor Cuomo said. “We will continue this proud legacy and do all we can to ensure that our roads stay safe and avoidable tragedies are stopped in their tracks.”

New York was the first state to enact seatbelt laws in 1984. New York is a primary enforcement state, which means a law enforcement officer can stop a vehicle and issue a traffic ticket for failure to wear a seat belt without observing another violation. Failure to wear a seat belt carries a fine of up to $50.

Nationally, seat belt use in 2014 averaged 87 percent, according to the National Occupant Protection Use Survey (NOPUS), conducted annually by the National Center for Statistics and Analysis of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). New York was among only 19 states and the District of Columbia with seat belt use rates of 90 percent or higher. The 2014 NOPUS found that seat belt use continued to be higher in the states with primary seat belt laws compared to “secondary law states” where law enforcement can only write a ticket if they have stopped a vehicle for another alleged infraction.

The announcement of New York’s record seat belt compliance follows several recent statewide educational and enforcement initiatives to increase seat belt use by drivers and passengers.

In July, the State Police and New York State Parks Police partnered for the 2015 Buckle Up New York in the Parks, or BUNY in the Parks, an enforcement and educational campaign to encourage visiting motorists and passengers to properly buckle-up their seatbelts. This year the National Park Service Law Enforcement Division also participated in this campaign, which ran from July 11-26. The State Police and State Park Police conducted joint details on Long Island and in the Hudson Valley. The campaign resulted in 499 tickets issued for adult seat belt violations and 1,220 for child passenger safety violations.

From May 18-31, New York State participated in the national Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization. As part of this effort, the New York State Police, county and municipal law enforcement agencies in marked and unmarked vehicles aggressively ticketed unbelted drivers traveling the state’s roadways through checkpoints and roving details. Nearly 25,000 tickets were issued for adult seat belt violations and nearly 2,500 for child passenger safety violations. At Governor Cuomo’s direction, the State Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Thruway Authority coordinated variable message boards with "Click It or Ticket" messaging on roadways throughout the campaign.

Also in May, the GTSC partnered with Ford Driving Skills for Life and conducted a Battle of the Belts competition at the Niagara County Traffic Safety Fair. Battle of the Belts is a fast-moving competition similar to a relay race in which teams of four teens see who can buckle-up the fastest. Education and enforcement of seat belt use were also part of GTSC’s No Empty Chair campaign in April. The comprehensive traffic safety campaign focuses on teens during prom and graduation season.

According to NHTSA, there were 9,580 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes nationwide in 2013. Additionally, the New York State Department of Health (DOH) estimates that nearly 700 unbelted motorists per month are injured severely enough to require hospital treatment.

For more information about New York’s seat belt law, click here.

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NARROWSBURG, NY (August 6, 2015) – The Big Eddy Film Festival has Tumbledownannounced the official opening night selection for its fourth annual event  taking place in Narrowsburg, NY September 18 to 20.

The Festival opens on Friday, September 18 at 8 p.m. with the new romantic comedy/drama “Tumbledown,” directed by Sean Mewshaw, written by Desi Van Til, starring Rebecca Hall & Jason Sudeikis, and co-starring Griffin Dunne and Blythe Danner.

Years after the death of her singer-songwriter husband, Hannah (Rebecca Hall, “The Prestige”) has settled into a solitary life in the mountains. She spends her days in their lake-front cabin contemplating writing his biography, and indulging in a fling with a local contractor (Joe Manganiello). But a brash New York writer (Jason Sudeikis, “Saturday Night Live”) disrupts her quiet existence when he BEFF 2015 poster arrives into town to research his own book on her late husband. Initially skeptical of his intentions, she agrees to collaborate with him on the project, leading them both to revelations about life, grief, and love. Featuring supporting performances by Dianna Agron (“Glee”), Blythe Danner, Griffin Dunne, and Richard Masur, “Tumbledown” skillfully balances real life emotions with intelligent humor. It’s a story about death without being somber, and a story of love without being sappy.

The cinematography takes full advantage of the rural autumn landscape, and the haunting songs of Damien Jurado (whose sound evokes Elliott Smith, Bon Iver, and Nick Drake) bring to life the gone-too-soon musician husband.

The film premiered earlier this year at the Tribeca Film Festival, and is scheduled for a Valentine’s weekend 2016 nationwide theatrical release by Starz Digital. The Big Eddy screening is a great opportunity to see the film long before its release date.

The Hollywood Reporter called “Tumbledown” “a warm, gently funny film about moving on.”

Opening night film tickets are $15. All other individual tickets are $10. All-Access Festival passes are $100, and include admission to a Saturday evening cocktail party and a guaranteed seat at all screenings, including opening night. Six-Packs of tickets are available for $40 (which does not include opening night), or Six-Pack Plus for six films, plus opening night and the Saturday evening cocktail party.

All screenings take place at the Tusten Theatre, 210 Bridge Street in Narrowsburg, NY.

For more information and tickets, visit BigEddyFilmFest.com or call 845-252-7576.

About the Big Eddy Film Festival

Produced by Delaware Valley Arts Alliance of Narrowsburg, NY (DVAA), the Big Eddy Film Festival aims to advance the traditional art of storytelling by showing the newest and best independent films from around the world and our own backyard. Visit www.BigEddyFilmFest.com.

About the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance

Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, founded in 1976, serves as Arts Council for Sullivan County, NY. DVAA’s mission is to advance the arts in the region through support and encouragement of artists; innovative programs; advocacy; and alliances with arts organizations, business, and government. Visit www.DelawareValleyArtsAlliance.org.

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NEW YORK STATE (August 5, 2015) – The New York State Police will conduct a week-long enforcement initiative to crack down on speeding and aggressive drivers across the state. The Speed Week campaign runs through August 11.

“Speeding and reckless driving is unsafe and the cause of far too many avoidable tragedies,” Governor Cuomo said. “I urge all New Yorkers to drive responsibly, stay within the speed limit and join us in helping to keep our roads safe for motorists, passengers and pedestrians alike.”

Speeding is listed as a contributing factor in nearly one third of all fatal crashes in New York State. In 2013, 352 people were killed and nearly 19,000 injured in speed related crashes statewide.

New York State Police Superintendent Joseph A. D’Amico said, “Our goal during this campaign and our year round enforcement efforts is to get dangerous drivers off New York’s roads. Obeying the speed limit and driving defensively will reduce the number of fatal crashes and increase safety for everyone on the highway.”

During this summer’s “Speed Week,” Troopers will be using both marked State Police vehicles and Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement (CITE) vehicles as part of the operation. The CITE vehicles allow Troopers to more easily identify motorists who are violating laws while driving. These vehicles blend in with every day traffic but are unmistakable as emergency vehicles once the emergency lighting is activated.

Troopers will also be watching for other traffic violations, including distracted or impaired drivers, vehicle occupants who are not properly buckled up, and drivers that are violating New York’s Move Over law.

During the August 2014 Speed Week campaign, State Police issued more than 22,000 traffic tickets. More than 10,000 of the tickets were for speeding, and more than 600 were for violations of the Move Over law.

Tickets issued during Speed Week August 6 – August 12, 2014

    Speed Tickets
    Move Over Law
    Distracted Driving
    Total Tickets
    Western New York
    North Country
    Southern Tier
    Central New York
    Finger Lakes
    Upper Hudson Valley
    Capital Region
    Lower Hudson Valley
    Long Island
    New York State Thruway

Funding for the Speed Week initiative is provided through a grant from the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee.

The fines for speeding on 55 mph highway or posted 65 mph zones are as follows:

10 mph or less over the limit – min $45/max $150
11- 30 mph over the limit – min $90/max $300
31 mph or more over the limit – min $180/max $600

Second Conviction
10 mph or less over the limit – min $45/max $300
11 – 30 over the limit – min $90 /max $450
31 or more over the limit – min $180/max $750

Third Conviction
10 mph or less over the limit – min $45/max $525
11 – 30 over the limit – min $90 /max $675
31 or more over the limit – min $180/max $975

Court Surcharges are as follows:
Town or village courts – $93
Other Courts (city traffic courts, etc.) – $88

Violation Point Structure:
1-10 mph over limit = 3 points
11-20 mph over limit = 4 points
21 – 30 mph over limit = 6 points
30 – 40 mph over limit = 8 points
More than 40 mph over limit = 11 points (triggers suspension)

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SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY (August 3, 2015) – A free, educational publication on local farmers’ market information is now available to the public. The Sullivan County Catskills Farmers’ Market Directory offers a listing of area markets that includes dates and times, location, contact information, and a description of what to expect. The directory highlights the importance of, and offers guidance for, supporting agriculture in our community, and eating fresh, healthy foods with your family.

This brochure indicates whether each market site accepts benefits for the Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program; Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP); Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); and/or Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) fruit and vegetable checks.  In addition, there is a section printed in both English and Spanish that explains the process of using FMNP coupons, WIC checks, and SNAP food stamps (EBT) to shop at farmers’ markets in the area.

Farmers’ markets can be found in and around Sullivan County from May until October, with locally-sourced products including fresh vegetables and fruit, herbs, dairy, eggs, meat, baked goods, preserved food, cut flowers, handcrafted soap, crafts, and more. Some markets feature live music from local talent and educational programming for families.

“Farmers’ markets help to support local farmers and keep money circulating in Sullivan County while providing fresh and healthy foods for our community,” said Melinda Meddaugh, CCESC Ag Issue Leader.

This publication is one of three that resulted from the Sullivan County Farmland Protection Plan as part of its “buy local” initiative. The public can find this and other brochures circulating around the county at various community locations and online at Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC)’s website www.sullivancce.org.

Collaborators involved include Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County, Sullivan County Public Health Services, area farmers’ markets, Sullivan County Division of Planning and Environmental Management, and Sullivan Renaissance. Funding for this project was made possible in part by a Sullivan Renaissance Environmental Initiatives Grant.

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BETHEL, NY (July 30, 2015) – The public is invited to honor the volunteers who are beautifying communities throughout Sullivan County at the 2015 massachusettsiris_thumb Sullivan Renaissance Awards Ceremony on Monday, August 10.  There is no admission cost.

The ceremony is being held in the Events Gallery at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on Hurd Road in Bethel. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. with light refreshments; the program begins at 6:45 p.m. The facility is ADA compliant and simultaneous translation into Spanish will be available.

Community organizations are now finishing their work at 54 beautification projects throughout Sullivan County. To find out how to get involved with a community group, call Sullivan Renaissance at 845-295-2445.massachusettsdigtalis2_thumb 

The Awards Ceremony will recognize all of this year’s projects and award additional grants between $1000 and $25,000 to those judged the most successful in completing their beautification efforts.  The winner of the contest for seasonal communities will receive Community Mitzvah Awards of $10,000, $5000 and $3000.

Scholarships for Sullivan Renaissance volunteers will be announced by the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan Counties, and the SUNY Sullivan Foundation. Members of the Sullivan massyellowflower2_thumb

Renaissance Volunteers Corps and the Bilingual Advisory Committee will be recognized, as will young people who participated in the intern leadership program.

The winning video in Sullivan Renaissance’s first video contest will also be shown. New York City film director Ben Younger headed the panel of judges that awarded $1000 to an original video telling how Sullivan Renaissance has impacted people, organizations and communities.

Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation. Sponsors include Bold Gold Media Group/Thunder 102, FisherMears Associates, Kristt Company, Robert Green Dealerships, Sullivan County Democrat, The River Reporter, Thompson Sanitation, and WSUL/WVOS.

For information and to RSVP, contact 845-295-2445 or www.sullivanrenaissance.org

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SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY (July 29, 2015) – Sullivan County Public Health Director, Nancy McGraw wants to remind Sullivan County residents to know Thermometer_R the signs of heat-related illness and to protect themselves during this heat wave that is expected to continue through this week. Summer time heat can be dangerous. Some people can be at risk of serious health effects from heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

Those who are most at risk from the heat are:

• Older adults

• Young children

• People who are overweight/obese

• People who do not perspire normally

• People with some chronic medical conditions such as history of dehydration, heart problems and respiratory or lung problems

• People who work outdoors or in hot settings

People who take certain medications that cause sensitivity to the sun or interfere with the body’s ability to sweat and stay cool. Some medicines that affect the body’s cooling system include antihistamines, antidepressants, over-the-counter sleeping pills, anti-diarrhea pills, beta blockers, anti-Parkinson’s drugs and psychiatric drugs. Do not stop taking medication unless instructed to do so by your doctor.

The warning signs of heat exhaustion include:

Heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, tiredness, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea or vomiting, fainting. The skin may be cool and moist. The pulse rate will be fast and weak, and breathing will be fast and shallow. If heat exhaustion is untreated, it may progress to heat stroke. Seek medical attention if symptoms worsen or last longer than one hour.

If you see any of these signs, you should call for immediate medical assistance while you begin cooling the victim. Do the following:

• Get the person to a shady area.

• Cool the person rapidly, using whatever methods you can. For example, immerse the person in a tub of cool water, place them in a cool shower, spray them with cool water from a garden hose; or sponge the person down with cool water and a fan.

Here’s what you can do to keep cool.

• Use air conditioning to cool down or go to an air-conditioned building.

• If you don’t have air conditioning in your home, open windows and shades on the shady side and close them on the sunny side to try to cool it down.

• Drink plenty of fluids but avoid alcohol, caffeine and sugary drinks.

• Beat the heat with cool showers and baths.

• Take regular breaks from physical activity.

• Avoid strenuous activity during the hottest part of the day (between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.).

• Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing to help keep cool.

• Stay out of the sun as much as possible.

• Wear sunscreen and a ventilated hat (e.g., straw or mesh) when in the sun, even if it is cloudy.

• Never leave children, pets or those with special needs in a parked car, even briefly. Temperatures in the car can become dangerous within a few minutes.

• Check on your neighbors, family and friends, especially those who are elderly or have special needs.

For more information, contact your health care provider or call Sullivan County Public Health Services’ Health Information Line at 292-5910, Ext. 0

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SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY (July 27, 2015) – Fallsburg Community Coalition img_1807_thumb and the Fallsburg Police Department with the full support of the Town of Fallsburg and Fallsburg Central School District are collaborating once again as part of the National Night Out Against Crime (NNO) at Brian Ingber Park in South Fallsburg from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 4.

The eighth annual event will include a free barbecue, salads and soft drinks, a karate demonstration, img_1642_thumbhuge slide house, DJ music, audience-participation Zumba, 3 on 3 basketball competition, infant car seat inspections, brief talks by local officials on making positive choices for young people; and exhibits and information provided by non-profits that serve families in Sullivan County.

For additional information, call 845-434-0148.

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SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY (July 26, 2015) – Anyone who provides informal care to an elderly family member or friend, enabling them to remain safely at home can join other Image result for caregiver supportcaregivers at three (3) free, monthly support groups offered in different areas of Sullivan County by Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC). All meetings offer educational materials and open discussion for informal caregivers to share concerns, thoughts, and tips on caregiving.

The Caregiver Resource Center of CCESC hosts support group opportunities for caregivers to learn new resources or techniques at three convenient locations.

· Callicoon – Share the Caring: First Wednesday of month, 10:00 am, Lander’s River Café

· Grahamsville – Caring for Caregivers: Second Tuesday of month, 10:00 am, Eureka Market & Café

· Liberty – Caregiver Conversations: Last Wednesday of month, 6:00 pm, Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County Education Center

Walk-ins to meetings are welcome. More information can be obtained by calling CCESC at 845-292-6180 or visiting www.sullivancce.org.

“Nonjudgmental, caring, empathetic, and supportive friendships are fostered with others who are wearing similar ‘hats’,” says Bonnie Lewis, RN, the CCESC dependent care educator. “These support groups rely on problem solving and peer support and aren’t therapy or encounter groups. All members are assured of confidentiality at these free monthly meetings.”

The Caregiver Resource Center is a co-partnered program between Cornell Cooperative Extension and Office for the Aging of Sullivan County and is supported by a grant from the NYS Office for the Aging’s Caregiver Program.

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SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY (July 26, 2015) – Issued By:  NWS Binghamton (South Central New York and Northeastern Pennsylvania)

Affected Jurisdictions:  Sullivan County

Headline:  …Strong Thunderstorms Will Affect Northeastern Sullivan County  …

*At 402 PM EDT…Doppler Radar Was Tracking A Strong Thunderstorm over Parksville…Or Near Liberty…Moving East At 20 Mph.

* Small Hail Will Be Possible With This Storm.

* This Strong Thunderstorm Will Be Near…Liberty And Willowemoc Around 410 PM EDT. Harris Around 415 PM EDT. Neversink…Loch Sheldrake And Hurleyville Around 420 PM EDT. South Fallsburg Around 425 PM EDT. Fallsburg…Woodridge And Woodbourne Around 430 PM EDT.

Very Heavy Rainfall Is Also Occurring With This Storm…And May Lead to Poor Drainage And Urban Flooding. Do Not Drive Your Vehicle through Flooded Roadways.

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