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MANOR INK

September Issue Volume 6, Issue 56

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For the Love of Manor: LM Takes 3 Prizes Three Livingston Manor organizations took home prizes from this year’s Sullivan Renaissance Annual Award Ceremony. The top prize winner from the Manor was the Catskill Fly Fishing Museum, which took second place in the Community Grants category and received $7000. In addition to installing a new bluestone walk connecting the museum to the Wulff Gallery (which was generously donated by Thompkins Bluestone and D&R Excavating/

Landscaping. The project was valued at several thousand dollars), the center also restored the main walkway and replanted the entrance sign garden, which includes a milk jug for visiting fishermen to fill in the stream and do with the watering. The Livingston Manor Renaissance received $1000 from the Maintenance Garden category for its continued excellence in their “showing of flowers,” with an

Photos by Jackson Wolcott / Manor Ink abundant use of planter boxes, hanging baskets and street-level gardens up and down Main and Pearl Streets. The Methodist Church at the corner Old Route 17 and Pearl Street was awarded $500 in the same category for their beautiful in-ground flowerbeds . So please, give thanks to these wonderful groups who continue to work towards a better and more beautiful Livingston Manor. Congratulations to all!

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NEWS

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Letter from Iris

CONTENTS For the Love of Manor: LM Takes Three Prizes SEPTEMBER ISSUE Volume 6, Issue 56

Iris Fen Gillingham Editor-in-Chief

Jessica Mall School Advisor

Carolyn Bivins Production Manager & Mentor

Amy Hines Library Board Liaison & Mentor

Kris Neidecker Marge Feuerstein Maria Bivins Nathaniel DePaul Mentors

Kristin Fowler Library Director

Osei Helper

Dear Manor Ink Supporters, I am so excited to share the September 2017 issue with you! We have an awesome team who has worked hard on putting this issue together. Each member brings their own characteristics and voice to the meetings. Thank you to all of the amazing people who have donated and contributed to Manor Ink in some way this past summer. Since we only come out once a month, I want to let you know that there are ways that you can stay up to date with Manor Ink news in between issues. First off, please go check out our new website www.manorink.org, which has each month’s issue, our story, a calendar of events and much more. You can also make a donation online now. If you know of anyone who lives out of town and wants to receive Manor Ink, they can purchase a mailing subscription for $25. We are also active on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Fun Page of Happiness Editor When we put together the special Summer Issue, it felt great to bring Manor Ink back. Each issue is exciting in its own way. That’s what I love about compiling the articles. Every staff member adds his or her own flavor. One of our members likes video games, another was interested in the solar eclipse, one covered the Library Community Party for Labor Day and others photographed the beautiful Renaissance flowers all over town. There is a difference between writing a good essay or taking a picture for school and actually having their work printed and recognized. The most exciting part of all of this is to see someone in town reading Manor Ink… that is very rewarding. To know that I am helping to bring news to my community, to fill a gap, is thrilling. That is why with every issue I want to thank you, most of all, for supporting us by reading Manor Ink.

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Letter from Iris by Iris Fen Gillingham WJFF Radio Catskill Awards

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No More Tents! by Jackson Wolcott Weston Goes to Camp by Sienna Dutcher

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Redeveloped Development by Iris Fen Gillingham Town Board Update by Marge Feuerstein 4 Library Community Day by Emily Ball Recognition for Roger by Nathaniel DePaul School Policy Changes by Osei Helper

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Fun Page of Happiness Paper Games by Jenson Skalda The End of the World by Jackson Wolcott

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Aging Out Loud by Barbara Martinsons

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The Calendar

Take Part in Your Town’s Healthy Economy by Robyn Almquist

Emily Ball Sienna Dutcher Edward Lundquist Jenson Skalda Jackson Wolcott Manor Ink Staff Reporters

Call for Apples! Abandoned Hard Cider

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Library Notes by Kristin Fowler, Library Director What is Going on at LMCS?

by John Evans, LMCS Superintendent

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WJFF Radio Catskill Awards

Iris Fen Gillingham The Thankful Editor-In-Chief

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On September 10, 2017 the WJFF Radio Catskill Awards were held at the Catskill Distilling Company in Bethel, New York. The honorees were Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther, as the community leader, Barbara Martinsons, as a WJFF Ally, and Kathy Dodge and Dick Rieseling as community advocates. From left to right Barbara Martinsons, Patricia Pomeroy (president of board of trustees), Andrea Nero-Eddings (station manager), Kathy Dodge, Dick Riseling, and Aileen Gunther. WJFF photo


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No More Tents! by Jackson Wolcott / Manor Ink Reporter Do you remember sitting outside at the firehouse barbecue under a tent? Well, now you’ll be greeted to a new sitting area! under the brand new permanent pavilion. The pavilion was the best solution for the tents falling apart. The pavilion was less expensive to build then to replace the tents, and the pavilions size allowed for more seating. This means that many more people can enjoy the comfort of sitting under a roof while eating their food. Also it was very helpful to the fire department because it saves many hours of work and it allows for storage when it isn’t in use. Fun fact it was created by the Amish. The chief of the fire house, Daniel Wolcott, had a lot to say on the matter Q: How was the building purchased? Daniel: It was purchased through various fundraisers Q: What was your reason to build the pavilion? Daniel: We had many tents that were getting old and falling apart so to compromise we made the pavilion for a more permanent structure. Also, it would save many man hours of putting the tents up. In the end the

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Thank You for Being Part of GOLD SPONSORS Anonymous Barbara Martinsons Community Reporting Alliance and The Ottaway Foundation firehouse pavilion will benefit the firehouse volunteers and the community of Livingston Manor. Photo by Sienna Dutcher

Weston Goes to Camp by Sienna Dutcher / Manor Ink Reporter

Weston Ward and his family held a bake sale this past summer to help raise the funds needed to send Weston to Camp EAGR (Epilepsy Association of Greater Rochester). Weston’s grandmother came up with the idea and his sister, mother, and grandmother all helped him bake. Weston also helped with setting up and selling. Offered were a variety of baked goods including zucchini bread, cookies, brownies and cupcakes. Their effort was so successful that the family was able to donate to Camp EAGR as well as send Weston. Weston stayed at Camp EAGR for a week with about 70 other kids. While he was there, he enjoyed many activities such as horseback riding, swimming, archery, rock climbing, fishing, and canoeing. The special part about Camp

EAGR was that kids with epilepsy could be safe during their stay. At Camp EAGR medical personnel are on site 24 hours a day to ensure kids’ safety. Though Weston enjoyed his stay at Camp EAGR, he wasn’t sure he would go back because he missed home too much. The Ward family would like to thank everyone who donated and helped him go to camp.

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Redeveloped Development by Iris Fen Gillingham / Manor Ink

Wilder also thanked the local Building Inspector Glenn Gabbard for his efficiency, as well as Rose Mary Hankins, “This town is very lucky to have people like her.”

- Robert H. Wilder Jr., Wilder Balter Partners

You may know of the Hemlock Ridge affordable housing complex, which has now been redeveloped by Wilder Balter Partners, Inc. The apartments are on the site of the former School Street Gardens built in 1974, which were foreclosed in 1994, and then reestablished as Hemlock Ridge. The 9.3-acre parcel now holds 60 energy-efficient units, playgrounds and a community center for residents. Occupants can use the community TV and computer room, as well as an on-site laundry room. There are 2 and 3 bedroom town houses, as well as 24 one bedroom units which are all occupied. They have two hearing and vision impaired accessible units, and also wheelchair accessible units. Each of the town houses has a patio or deck, as well as privacy fences. “When we build affordable housing, it doesn’t look like affordable housing” said Robert H. Wilder Jr. of Wilder Balter Partners. He explains “We put in better quality floors, doors and cabinets. It’s quality housing for people who deserve it.” The total cost for the project was about 17.2 million. The project was financed by NYS Homes & Community Renewal (HCR), as well as other partners. “Congratulations to Wilder Balter and all our partners who devoted their expertise on behalf of the 60 households who call Hemlock Ridge their home.This development delivers on one of Governor Cuomo’s priorities: to re-invest in our existing Mitchell Lama housing stock, to provide

Town Board Update

The Town Board of Rockland held its first meeting of September on Thursday the 7th. The minutes of August 17 were approved. Supervisor Rob Eggleton then reviewed the correspondence received since the last meeting. A letter from the Power Authority was received advising that there would be an upgrade of some power lines next year. A map outlining what lines will be affected will be sent early next year. A reminder of hearings at the government center on Sept. 12th for Public Hearing on Shared Service Plan with a final vote on Sept. 14th was received. The entire county is forgoing a fall clean-up,

vital affordable housing for people in the community that they love and to ensure that affordability for the next 40 years,” says HCR Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas. Wilder also thanked the local Building Inspector Glenn Gabbard for his efficiency, as well as Rose Mary Hankins, “This town is very lucky to have people like her.” Financing provided by: NYS Housing Finance Agency NYS Mitchell Lama Rehabilitation and Preservation Program U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Federal Home Loan Bank of New York Citibank, N. A. First Sterling Financial M&T Bank Development Team: Housing Action Council Wilder Balter Partners Griffon Associates WB Residential Communities A. Hennessy Architects, P.C.

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with the money to be used for removal of debris from a house that will be taken down for municipal parking. Old business: On September 20th a ceremony will be held at the new Livingston Manor sewer plant. Supervisor Eggleton read a letter of non-compliance to be sent to some 29 people in the Roscoe area. They will have until September 30 to hook up to the system. Lastly, the new date for the ribbon-cutting at Orchard Trail, located behind the Presbyterian church, is now Sept. 24th at 1pm. New Business: The Robin Hood Diner is applying for a Liquor License renewal. There were no objections by the Board and the application was approved unanimously. There was a failure in one of the municipal wells in Roscoe, causing an emergency situation. Robert Wolcott,Water and Sewer Superintendent, was able to hire Layne Christensen to make a part replacement that got the well up and running. It is expected the replacement unit should be good for another 5 or 6 years. A resolution was proposed and adopted to support Superintendent Wolcott’s actions. Haven for

Humanities is requesting approval from the Town to lease the Hunter Lake Lodge for food prep with off site distribution. A discussion followed and it was suggested that this issue may need to be addressed by the Zoning Board of Appeals. The supervisor will further address the matter with the Town Attorney. Ted Hartling, Highway Superintendent, reported that he will be placing a help wanted ad in the paper to hire an HMEO. He also spoke to the Board about going out to bid for a new truck. After a discussion , the consensus of the Board was to also keep the old highway truck which could be used by Code Enforcement and the Assessor. They will be asked to budget funds for maintenance on the old truck. After a few public comments the Board went into Executive session. For more information about Town of Rockland town board meetings go to http://townofrockland.org/town_board_info.html


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LOCAL NEWS

Library Community Day: Fun for the Whole Family

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Come Walk or Run With Us This Year

by Emily Ball / Manor Ink

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY - Walk 4 Rides is a fundraiser for Ride 2 Survive - Sullivan County, Inc, a local organization that helps to ease the transportation costs for local cancer patients. Participants can either walk or run on Sunday, October 15th, down the Main Street of Livingston Manor. Registration begins at 9am and the run at 10am, but pre-registration is on now, and the form can be downloaded from the Walk 4 Rides Facebook page.

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Recognition for Roger by Nathaniel DePaul / Manor Ink

On Sunday, September 3 the Livingston Manor Free Library held their annual community party themed “celebration of the great outdoors.” They had a 2 day book sale, Brown Bear crafts (based on the book by Eric Carle), 3D printer, fly tying, a henna artist, animal track molds, and food! The rainy weather could not dampen the happy spirits. Kristin, the library director says “The book sale had a great turnout and people got to observe the 3D printer without a crowd.”

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Roger Carl Neer is the most recent graduate of Livingston Manor Central School. At the August 16th school board meeting, District Superintendent John Evans presented Mr. Neer his high school diploma, 50+ years after he was drafted to serve in the Vietnam War. Roger left high school during his senior year to serve in the 12th Cavalry Division of the 5th Army from 1967 to 1971. He was honorably discharged on November 7th, 1971, one day after his 26th birthday. Mr. Neer entered civilian life as a truck driver for a while, until he found a job as a quarryman cutting Blue Stone, where he remained until he just recently retired. Operation Recognition is a program

through the New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs that awards high school diplomas to military personnel who did not complete high school due to service in World War II, the Korean War, or the Vietnam War. Section 305 of New York State Education Law establishes the program, and it was through this program that, at the age of 71, Roger Neer became probably the oldest graduate of LMCS. The program is an application process, so if any of our readers know of someone who meets this criteria, contact Mr. John Crotty, Director of the Sullivan County Veterans Service Agency at 845-807-0233 or John.Crotty@co.sullivan. ny.us


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The Calendar Ongoing Around Town •Weekly, Tuesdays and Thursdays: Alcoholics Anonymous meets every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. and Thursdays at 7:00 at St. Aloysius Church, Church Street, Livingston Manor. •Weekly on Tuesdays: Soupy Tuesdays, United Methodist Church, 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. •Monthly, 3rd Monday, LM Fire Commissioner, 6:30 at the Livingston Manor Fire House. •Monthly, on Tuesdays: Livingston Manor Volunteer Ambulance Corps meets the third Tuesday of the month at the Corps Building, Livingston Manor; 7 p.m. for drills and a meeting at 7:30 p.m. •Monthly, on the first Wednesday, Town of Rockland Planning Board, Town Hall on Main Street, Livingston Manor at 7 p.m. •Monthly, on the third Tuesday: the Department of Motor Vehicles Van is at the Rockland Town Hall, Main Street, Livingston Manor,10-1 p.m. •Monthly on the first and third Thursdays: Town of Rockland Town Board meeting, Town Hall on Main Street, Livingston Manor at 7 p.m. •Monthly, on the third Wednesday: Regular monthly meeting of Board of Education, LMCS, 7:00 p.m.,Old Gym.

September 2017 •Library Storytime. Tuesday mornings 11.15 am - 11.45 am. Children plus caregivers welcome! Livingston Manor Free Library - 92 Main Street. 845.439.5440 https://www. facebook.com/livingstonmanorlibrary/ •September 2 – October 28 (every Saturday) Farming with Kids, Apple Pond Farm, 10 a.m., (845) 482-4764 •23 - Homecoming Game. Haldane at LMCS, 1:30 p.m. •24 Learn to make a classic beret, Moxie Alley, 1pm, RSVP (917) 407-8065 Materials and refreshments will be provided, Cost $50 per 3 hour session. •30 Trout Town Oktoberfest, Roscoe Beer Co, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

October 2017 •Library Storytime. Tuesday mornings 11.15 am - 11.45 am. Children plus caregivers welcome! Livingston Manor Free Library - 92 Main Street. 845.439.5440 https://www. facebook.com/livingstonmanorlibrary/ •LEGO Night. 2nd Friday each month. 6.00 pm - 7.00 pm - all are welcome! Livingston Manor Free Library - 92 Main Street. 845.439.5440 https://www.facebook.com/livingstonmanorlibrary/ •7 CFFCM Fly Fishing Hall of Fame Induction & Dinner •8 Sunday Supper Club at The North Branch Inn

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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•15 Traditional Christstollen is available until New Year’s Eve, Brandenburg Bakery, Livingston Manor •15 A Little Bit of Everything, organic farming, renewable energy demonstrations, cheese making & spinning wool Apple Pond Farm, 11am-3pm, (845) 482-4764 •18 Board of Education Meeting, LMCS, Conference Room, 7 p.m. •tba 2nd Annual Oktoberfest at The Arnold House Barn •21 thru November 19 Elise Church, Lost Presence, Barbara Friedman, Big Collars at CAS Arts Center, Artist Talk 3pm / Opening Reception 4-6pm •22 Fascinator Sunday, Make Your Own Millinery Creation, Moxie Alley, 1pm, RSVP (917) 407-8065 Materials and refreshments will be provided, Cost $50 per 3 hour session. •26 Class of 2019 Pee Jay’s Fruit Sale - through November 9. •24 Pre-Order your Thanksgiving & Holiday Pies, Brandenburg Bakery, Livingston Manor •28 2nd Annual Halloween Party & Library Fundraiser, The Kaatskeller https://www.facebook.com/ thekaatskeller & the Livingston Manor Free Library. Check in with the library for more details! 845.439.5440 https:// www.facebook.com/livingstonmanorlibrary/ •29 Trick or Treat Pancake Breakfast, Livingston Manor Fire Department, Sunday starting at 7am. •31 Annual Halloween Parade, LM Fire Dept Ladies Auxiliary, 4pm

November 2017 •Library Storytime. Tuesday mornings 11.15 am - 11.45 am. Children plus caregivers welcome! Livingston Manor Free Library - 92 Main Street. 845.439.5440 https://www. facebook.com/livingstonmanorlibrary/ •LEGO Night. 2nd Friday each month. 6.00 pm - 7.00 pm - all are welcome! Livingston Manor Free Library - 92 Main Street. 845.439.5440 https://www.facebook.com/livingstonmanorlibrary/ •4 & 5 CFFCM Arts of the Angler Show, Danbury, CT •5th 2nd Annual Livingston Manor 5K Turkey Trot Library Fundraiser, 1.00 PM, Livingston Manor Free Library - Check in with the library for more details! 845.439.5440 https://www.facebook.com/livingstonmanorlibrary/ •18 Heart of the Manor Dinner Fundraiser at The Catskill Fly Fishing Museum Wulff Gallery, sponsored by the Livingston Manor Chamber of Commerce. Stay tuned for more details next issue. SAVE THE DATE! •23 Thanksgiving Dinner at The Arnold House and The North Branch Inn •25 thru December 31 CAS 2017 Winter Members Show at CAS Arts Center, Annual Members Meeting 2pm / Opening Reception 3-5pm •26 Decorative Touches in Soapmaking Workshop, Moxie Alley, 1pm, RSVP (917) 407-8065

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The Classics P.L.A.Y. on at Bethel Woods Thanks to Shandelee Music Festival by Nathaniel DePaul / Manor Ink Mentor P.L.A.Y. The Classics is a relatively new partnership between Bethel Woods and the Shandelee Music Festival, after several years of collaboration between the two. Approximately four years ago, SMF organized a concert to be shown at Bethel Woods, with the featured artist being the American Boychoir, an internationally acclaimed group. Over the next few years, SMF had their final concert of the year at the Event Gallery, with acts like the Princeton Nassoons, an a capella ensemble, a violin and piano duo, a string quintet, and several others. Then last year, the P.L.A.Y. (Peace, Love, Art, You) program was put into action, with Daniel Stroup, Co-Chair and Founder of the Shandelee Music Festival, acting as the Program Director. A total of five concerts, three in the fall of 2016 and two in the spring of 2017, were put on, keeping in mind the program’s mission statement; “to encourage and foster young talented emerging artists, help to build and cultivate a younger audience and increase attendance of all ages.” The first of this year’s concerts was on September the 14th, and featured the Manhattan Chamber Players.

This group consists of a rather large number of high caliber musicians, almost 30 to be precise, who always perform together in smaller trios, quartets, and quintets. Obviously only a handful of the artists travel to each performance; for the show here in the Catskills, the group consisted of 2 violinists, 2 violists, 1 cellist, and a pianist. The members played a quartet by Haydn, a piano quintet by Schumann, and a quintet by Mozart. Each piece simply took the audience’s breath away; the Mozart, particularly, was astonishingly good, to me at least. What’s amazing about classical music is that these pieces were written, most of them, several hundred years ago, and yet they can still strike a chord with modern audiences. For those who missed this fantastic show, there are 2 more yet to come. The first of the 2 concerts will present world renowned cellist Borislav Strulev and friends for a “cabaret night.” The final concert of 2017 will be October 19th, with Grammy-nominated 4-hand piano duo Zofo, which is sure to bring down the house. Tickets can be purchased at bethelwoodcenter.org, so please, reserve your seat now before the shows are sold out.


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How Does Your Garden Grow? by Edward Lundquist / Manor Ink

LOCAL FARM PRODUCE

Want some fresh veggies? There are two local farm stands in town on weekends. The Diehl Farm Stand can be found at Water Wheel Junction on Saturdays 10-4 and on Sundays until they are sold out. Their produce includes fresh vegetables, seasonal fruit and more. Don’t miss Somewhere In Time Farm selling organic produce outside of Main Street Farm on Saturdays from 11-3. So don’t forget to go get some veggies!

School Policy Changes by Osei Helper / Manor Ink

As the new school year starts, there are many changes to the overall way the school functions and handles situations. These policy changes the school makes can be minor or huge. There are three main policy changes being implemented this year- schedule changes, attendance, and responses to being late. Students have to be in the school building at 8 a.m. and have 5 minutes to get to class. This change requires students to get to school earlier if they want breakfast. The school decided to make this change because they felt that valuable learning time was wasted before. Also, homeroom was changed from 1st period to 3rd period. During this time announcements will be made and handouts will be given. Every day 6 after 3rd period, there’s an activity period. This period lasts for 30 minutes and allows time for class

I recently interviewed Mr. Paul Blanton about the flower stand he runs near Brandenburg Bakery on Saturdays, in Livingston Manor. Paul, who has a degree in agriculture, began landscaping about 40 years ago, and started selling flowers some 10 years ago. He works with his plants year round, even before planting season. Mr. Blanton has over eight-hundred dahlias, which multiply by two every year. He takes the bulbs and slices them in two, so next year he will have over sixteenhundred dahlias, and may sell some of his ungrown bulbs next year. He has nearly three-thousand sunflowers, several thousand annual varieties, gourds, pumpkins, as well as vegetables for his personal use at his garden on Knoll Road, Livingston Manor. The garden will be expanded next year to fit more gourds and pumpkins. As well as selling flowers next to the bakery on Saturdays, he can also be found at the Liberty Farmer’s Market on Fridays and at the Bethel Woods Harvest Festival on Sundays. For a change from gardening, he enjoys ice fishing in winter.

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meetings, student council meetings and the new OLWEUS anti-bullying curriculum. This is a rotating schedule, 1st day 6: student council, 2nd day 6: class meetings and the 3rd day 6: anti-bullying meeting. Mrs. Sandra Johnson, the high school principal, says “The number of students being late to school and late to class, almost doubled from the last academic year to last year.” In order to make students take being late more seriously, the school has implemented an increasingly harsh punishment. Instead of just getting lunch detention, if you are late 8 times you will lose device privileges for a week (no personal computers or phones). If you get 11 lates, that increases to a month, but if you are late to class 14 times you lose your electronic privileges for the whole school year. You can still use school devices for class use.

Seniors will lose lounge privileges and won’t be able to drive to school on top of the device privileges. This information is also available in the agendas issued to each student. There was a small number of students that missed a lot of valuable school time by being late and absent. If you are late to school 5 times a letter is sent home, if yo’re late 10 times then a phone call home will be made. Any more will need a parent-teacher conference. Mrs. Johnson reiterates that “There is a direct correlation between student success and their attendance to school.” These policies have been changed in order to show kids the importance of all of these good habits, like good attendance and extracurricular activities, which will lead to successful students later in life.


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FUN PAGE OF HAPPINESS

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The Fun Page of Happiness PAPER GAMES

by Jenson Skalda / Manor Ink Paper Games is a column that gives you information on games suitable for people above age 10. I will tell you things that the box cover doesn’t tell you. I will play most games to see if you would want to play them.

Overwatch is a team-based shooter, massive multiplayer online game. It operates on the playstation 4, the X-box 1 and PC and is about $40. Overwatch has a wide variety of 25 heroes to play so you can find your most played character easily. There

are a total of 20 maps that you can play on and learn all the secrets on them; two of them aren’t out yet. And for those people who are a little bit daring and more experienced, you can play in competitive mode and ride the ranks. I recommend Overwatch for hardcore gamers. Parents beware, there are a couple of unsavory players; but, there is a way to report and mute those players So if you have any games you would want me to cover, contact me at manorink@gmail.com.

The End of the World by Jackson Wolcott / Manor Ink Reporter Did you witness the once in a lifetime event on August 21, and were you bummed that we in New York weren’t in the path of totality. Although we didn’t see the eclipse completely cover the sun, it still was a spectacular event to experience, due to the scarcity of these events in North America. This event brought many changes to the environment, including bringing the air temperature down, making the sky darker, allowing one to see the stars and planets, creating shadow snakes (which are thin waving lines), and altering the sky between light and dark. These are some of the cool effects that could be seen in the eclipse, but sadly, we weren’t able to experience the

total darkness that those in places like South Carolina and Washington. So, there you have it, the eclipse was still a spectacular event to watch. But don’t worry, on January 18, 2018, we will experience a near full solar eclipse, so keep those eclipse glasses handy!

7th ANNUAL

Livingston Manor Renaissance Raffle Sunday, October 29, 2017 at The Arnold House from 3-5 pm

Tickets $50.00 each Only 100 tickets sold

Monetary prizes will be

$1,000; $500; $250 and $100 Raffle to benefit the LM Renaissance beautification projects

Thank a Renaissance lady today! Buy a raffle ticket from any member of the Renaissance team when you see them on the street. Don’t delay, raffle takes place Sunday, October 29th.

Roth 2017 Soap Box Derby World Champion

White Sulphur Springs native Brianna Roth hunches down into an aerodynamic shape inside her MOJO Racer (named after car creator Morgan Van Keuren and his dad Joe). Her July 22 triumph as the All-American Soap Box Derby World Champion means this car is on permanent display at the Soap Box Derby Hall of Fame Museum in Akron, Ohio. Congratulations Brianna!

September Word Search

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AREA BRIEFS

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Harrow’s Love for Watercolors Inspired by Roscoe Artist Jack Yelle Livingston Manor artist Caroline Harrow has been painting for 10 years. She credits her love for watercolors to Roscoe artist Jack Yelle. “It was with his guidance and friendship that I was able to achieve so much.” Caroline’s artist background began in black and white photography after some time at the Pratt Institute. Her artistic sense and style had already been formed by her childhood in High Falls, NY. It was in the country that she came to appreciate nature in all its forms and variety. While her time in the military and her subsequent career with UPS took her away from the country life, she never lost an appreciation of it. Caroline’s paintings evoke a sense of time and place, centered close to home. Growing up on a farm and going to a one-room school provided the background for her artist choices: local landmarks, barns and country life, as it once was. Now,

living on Shandelee “I only have to look out my door for inspiration”. Caroline credits her husband, Don, both for his helpful critiques and for his creation of wonderful barn wood frames. Caroline is a Signature member of the North East Watercolor Society. Her many awards include the Rosenberger Award at the North East Watercolor Society International Exhibition in Kent, CT and the Michael Hein Purchase Award at “Fall for Art” in Kingston, NY. She was also a two time winner of the Catskill Winter Wonders. From now through the end of October, Caroline’s watercolors and photographs are on display at RE/MAX WAYNE, 416 Main St, Honesdale, PA. They are open Monday – Saturday from 9am to 5pm. Caroline will host an artist’s reception on October 8 from 2-4pm at RE/MAX WAYNE. Light refreshments will be served.

A selection of Caroline’s paintings can be seen at her website www.CarolineHarrow.com. She has paintings locally at Madison’s Restaurant on

Main St., the Catskill Fly Fishing Center, the Beaverkill Store in Lew Beach, Annie’s Place in Roscoe and the Hancock House in Hancock.

Aging Out Loud

by Barbara Martinsons

Remember the time before we were teenagers? It was called “pre-adolescence.” {Freud called it latency, but that’s a different story.} Now I find my self in a time I call “pre-old.” {Freud didn’t call it anything, but Jung did.} While there are distinct signs of being past my prime, there are also signs that I’m entering another “late-onset” prime. I’d like to explore the experience in this column. If you would like to join me, please submit your reflection of 500 words or fewer to me at manorink@gmail.com

FALL

Driving home this morning, on the road that follows the stream, I noticed that the trees in the surrounding hills were at the peak of the fall display. Saffron, rust, butterscotch, henna, crimson, tangerine mixed in with the not-yet- changed greens. It seemed to me that this glory was an offering against the bleakness of the coming winter. I rolled down the window to see better and smelled the tart and cinnamon-y smell of the wind fall apples. I thought of the lovely line in Song of Solomon: “Comfort me with apples,” not to ward off lovesickness, but like the carnival leaves, as the bounty that will sustain us through the bleak winter to follow.

We think of winter as the death of the year, and spring as rebirth. [Again, the Song of Solomon: ““For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing is come, and the voice of the turtle {dove} is heard in the land.”] Might we accept the leaves and the apple harvest as gifts to help us through this approaching “year’s end?” An appealing idea. If so, what do we have as parallels as our lives head toward the end? Of course, as my friend Joan answered, when I asked her, “Now.”


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Take Part in Your Town’s Healthy Economy by Robyn Almquist / LMCC member and owner of The Delightful Place

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Take Part in Your Town’s Healthy Economy by Robyn Almquist / LMCC member and owner of The Delightful Place

Rhythm and Grace, Boogying Right Along by Edward Lundquist / Manor Ink Mrs. Jamie Ward has come a long way since starting to dance at the age of 2. I interviewed Jamie about her rapidly expanding business, Rhythm and Grace Performing Arts Studio. She uses this establishment to share her passion for dance with others. A full-time music teacher, she is very excited for her business to be growing. Mrs. Ward hopes to help inspire dancers, both young and adult, to pursue art and music careers. She is glad to have her own large open space so she can do “whatever she wants, whenever she wants.” Mrs. Ward and her husband, Tom, who owns and operates Ward Engineering, love their community and have purchased an old saw mill at 26 Pleasant Street. They are completing renovations so that the building will house both of their businesses. They will open, hopefully, in October. She will teach acrobatics and tumbling for ages 4-9, musical theater for ages 5 and up (once a month), hip-hop for ages 4 and up, creative movement for ages 2 and up and her regular dance classes for ages 3 to adult. It is not too late to register, call (845) 701-7872 or look them up on Facebook at Rhythm & Grace Performing Arts Studio.

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Something amazing is happening in downtown Livingston Manor: the storefronts are full and open for business, there is pedestrian traffic on the sidewalks, and there’s even a little bit of nightlife on the weekends. How does a town go from many vacancies and foreclosures to a happening— some might even say, “trendy”—downtown in just a few years? It happens when a community joins together and realizes it is stronger when everyone works toward a common goal. This is the driving force of the Livingston Manor Chamber of Commerce (LMCC). Currently, the LMCC is made up of the owners and operators of local Livingston Manor, Parksville, and Roscoe businesses. However, one does not have to own a local business, or work in a local business to become a member. Many members of the local Chamber are people who reside in the area and want to be active in town planning and events. Individual citizens of the LMCC are crucial to producing events like the annual Trout Parade, Flower Day, Town Tag Sale, and the most recent event, Be Bop A Lula Block Party. The LMCC is also responsible for decorating the lampposts during the holiday season, maintaining the caboose at the end of exit 96 off Route 17, and recently spearheaded a fundraiser so the town could purchase American flags to decorate the downtown lampposts for Memorial Day, Flag Day, and the Fourth of July. Events and decorations are fun ways to get together as a community, and a great way to show town pride. They also help to promote tourism in Livingston Manor which supports local businesses. Supporting local business not only makes the town more aesthetically pleasing with cute little shops lining the streets; it also makes good economic sense

for the entire community. National statistics that explain how important locally owned, independent businesses are to a community like Livingston Manor can be found on our website at livingstonmanor.org. Because locally owned, independent businesses are so vital to Livingston Manor, the Chamber is actively recruiting individuals to become members. To become a member the individual level, all one has to do is make an annual contribution of $30. How one actively participates is up to the individual. The LMCC meets once per month. Coming to the meetings is voluntary, but all are encouraged to attend to keep informed of all the upcoming Chambersponsored events, to learn how Livingston Manor is marketed to tourists and the community at large, and to participate and volunteer in community events. The LMCC feels that the more active the members are, the more successful the Chamber—and the community—will be. If you would like more information on becoming a LMCC member at the individual levelor business level, please visit livingstonmanor.org, click on the “Contact” link and write a little note expressing your interest, or stop by Life Repurposed at 8 Pearl Street to chat with the Chamber president, Maria Bivins.

Kuttner Completes NYS Interior Firefighter Certification

Frankie Kuttner, a LMCS graduate, class of 2015, recently completed his interior firefighter training certification. He was awarded his certificate signed by the Governor and the Senator of the State of New York. He did this training while pursuing a degree in criminal justice which he hopes will lead to a career as a NYS trooper. Frankie is also a volunteer fireman for the Beaverkill Valley Fire Department. Congratulations Frankie.

Rhythm and Grace, Boogying Right Along by Edward Lundquist / Manor Ink Mrs. Jamie Ward has come a long way since starting to dance at the age of 2. I interviewed Jamie about her rapidly expanding business, Rhythm and Grace Performing Arts Studio. She uses this establishment to share her passion for dance with others. A full-time music teacher, she is very excited for her business to be growing. Mrs. Ward hopes to help inspire dancers, both young and adult, to pursue art and music careers. She is glad to have her own large open space so she can do “whatever she wants, whenever she wants.” Mrs. Ward and her husband, Tom, who owns and operates Ward Engineering, love their community and have purchased an old saw mill at 26 Pleasant Street. They are completing renovations so that the building will house both of their businesses. They will open, hopefully, in October. She will teach acrobatics and tumbling for ages 4-9, musical theater for ages 5 and up (once a month), hip-hop for ages 4 and up, creative movement for ages 2 and up and her regular dance classes for ages 3 to adult. It is not too late to register, call (845) 701-7872 or look them up on Facebook at Rhythm & Grace Performing Arts Studio.

WE WANT YOUR NEWS @manorink

You can send your events, engagements, wedding announcements, and other things you think we should know to manorink@gmail.com for our community calendar!

Something amazing is happening in downtown Livingston Manor: the storefronts are full and open for business, there is pedestrian traffic on the sidewalks, and there’s even a little bit of nightlife on the weekends. How does a town go from many vacancies and foreclosures to a happening— some might even say, “trendy”—downtown in just a few years? It happens when a community joins together and realizes it is stronger when everyone works toward a common goal. This is the driving force of the Livingston Manor Chamber of Commerce (LMCC). Currently, the LMCC is made up of the owners and operators of local Livingston Manor, Parksville, and Roscoe businesses. However, one does not have to own a local business, or work in a local business to become a member. Many members of the local Chamber are people who reside in the area and want to be active in town planning and events. Individual citizens of the LMCC are crucial to producing events like the annual Trout Parade, Flower Day, Town Tag Sale, and the most recent event, Be Bop A Lula Block Party. The LMCC is also responsible for decorating the lampposts during the holiday season, maintaining the caboose at the end of exit 96 off Route 17, and recently spearheaded a fundraiser so the town could purchase American flags to decorate the downtown lampposts for Memorial Day, Flag Day, and the Fourth of July. Events and decorations are fun ways to get together as a community, and a great way to show town pride. They also help to promote tourism in Livingston Manor which supports local businesses. Supporting local business not only makes the town more aesthetically pleasing with cute little shops lining the streets; it also makes good economic sense

for the entire community. National statistics that explain how important locally owned, independent businesses are to a community like Livingston Manor can be found on our website at livingstonmanor.org. Because locally owned, independent businesses are so vital to Livingston Manor, the Chamber is actively recruiting individuals to become members. To become a member the individual level, all one has to do is make an annual contribution of $30. How one actively participates is up to the individual. The LMCC meets once per month. Coming to the meetings is voluntary, but all are encouraged to attend to keep informed of all the upcoming Chambersponsored events, to learn how Livingston Manor is marketed to tourists and the community at large, and to participate and volunteer in community events. The LMCC feels that the more active the members are, the more successful the Chamber—and the community—will be. If you would like more information on becoming a LMCC member at the individual levelor business level, please visit livingstonmanor.org, click on the “Contact” link and write a little note expressing your interest, or stop by Life Repurposed at 8 Pearl Street to chat with the Chamber president, Maria Bivins.

Kuttner Completes NYS Interior Firefighter Certification

Frankie Kuttner, a LMCS graduate, class of 2015, recently completed his interior firefighter training certification. He was awarded his certificate signed by the Governor and the Senator of the State of New York. He did this training while pursuing a degree in criminal justice which he hopes will lead to a career as a NYS trooper. Frankie is also a volunteer fireman for the Beaverkill Valley Fire Department. Congratulations Frankie.


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“Many people don’t realize that the old trees behind their house bear some of the most incredible cider apples in the country!” says Bernstein

Letters & Reviews

Dear “Ecstatic Editor-in-Chief”, Iris, I am an avid reader of Manor Ink. When I read the “last” issue, Jan., 2017 (by the way, I kept that issue) I felt like I had lost a dear friend. I was going to write and tell you but I never got around to it. Now I am writing in response to the wonderful news of the restart of Manor Ink. Great congratulations on your acceptance of the position of Editor-inChief and Community Coordinator! It is beautiful to see your commitment to the community. Recently I had out of town guests and while in town with them picked up a copy of the “Special Summer Issue”. Then we were on our way to the recently renovated Beaverkill Covered Bridge. I could read to them right then and there a little info from

Call for Apples America’s finest hard cider apples are found in the wild and abandoned orchards of the Catskills. That’s according to two young entrepreneurs who have bet their business on it. Sullivan County’s first farm cidery, Abandoned Hard Cider, sources much of their fruit from land owners with old apple trees, offering hard cider in exchange for apples, and they are still looking for more. They’ll even come out and pick themselves. Founders Martin Bernstein and Eric Childs have perfected their recipes over the past two years, using apples from wildgrowing trees along old trails, roads and creeks, and from forgotten back yard orchards. “Many people don’t realize that the old trees behind their house bear some of the most incredible cider apples in the country!” says Bernstein, who himself has a 100-year old cider orchard at his farm in Parksville, NY.

the cover story. Best wishes for a wonderful year of publishing. We look forward to all the good news from radiant Livingston Manor. (Thank you to the Renaissance volunteers for that.) Sincerely, A Shandelee Resident p.s. I love the new logo! Iris I am so incredibly proud to see you step up to lead Manor Ink. I think it has been a long time coming! The paper is such an invaluable binding force in our community. I am of the strong belief that so many small towns have lost their sense of being a coherent community because of a lack of local news

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But what makes old and wild trees so good for hard cider? As Bernstein explains, culinary apple varieties like Gala and Fuji are sweet, but lack tannins and other complex flavors found in older varieties and wild grown fruit. “Adding wild and heirloom varieties is key to a good, balanced hard cider,” he says. “In fact, our favorite recipe uses only wild fruit and wild yeast from a specific valley here in the Catskills.” The two cider makers believe that the Catskills region’s specific terroir, the clean spring water and healthy ecosystem provides excellent conditions for apple trees. That, coupled with the trees’ deep roots and old, diverse genetics, makes for some of the best hard cider apples in the country. “This is sort of the Napa Valley of cider apples,” Bernstein says. “Except nobody knows it yet.” Abandoned Hard Cider plans to release three varieties to local restaurants, bars and retailers later this year. As the craft beverage industry boom continues nationwide, these two cider makers aspire to put Sullivan County firmly on the map. We look forward to tasting! Follow them on Instagram @abandonedcider. If you have apples and would like to exchange them for hard cider, email them at abandonedcider@gmail.com.

to bring people together and provide a sense of place, and it’s precisely that which you and your team are giving to Livingston Manor. It’s an honor to see our dream as a few little kids many years ago be realized, and I know that under your leadership, it will be stronger than ever. In this world, it has to be. No matter how busy Main Street gets or how strong our bridges and roads are, there will always be a need for Manor Ink in our beautiful town on the doorstep of the Catskills. Local news is social infrastructure. Congratulations, and I wish you the very best in this renewed endeavor. I can’t wait to pick up a copy! - Leif Johansen, Manor Ink alumni

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Library Notes

by Kristin Fowler / Library Director / Manor Ink We had a very busy summer at the Livingston Manor Library! In addition to our regular programs, the library offered a wealth of learning opportunities for our community. We hosted a children’s summer reading program, a fairy tale workshop, a maker week, terrarium making with master gardener, Mia Koerner, a defensive driving class, and an artists’ talk, Livingston Manor: People and Place, with photographer Ben Halpern. Michele Hemmer, LMCS teacher and Library Trustee, ran our summer reading programs and successfully helped our Manor students avoid “summer slide” while having fun! The kids read books and participated in activities aligned with the New York State Education Department’s 2017 summer reading theme “Building A Better World”. The library hosted our Labor Day Community Party and Book Sale again this year, where we celebrated literacy and the great outdoors. The community enjoyed fly tying, henna painting, ozobots (robots that demonstrate basic coding), a 3D printer and pen, animal track casting, s’more making, rock painting, storytime in tents,

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loaned to us by Morgan Outdoors, and food by Cabernet Frank’s. We’re looking forward to our fall community events, including the 2nd Annual Halloween Community Party and Fundraiser, generously sponsored by The Kaatskeller, and the Library’s 5K Turkey Trot Community Run on Sunday, November 5th. I’d also like to mention a book that is very timely and recently gifted to the library by its publisher, Radical Hope: Letters Of Love And Dissent In Dangerous Times, a book inspired by the recent election with contributions from a variety of authors. As described by Publisher’s Weekly, “This collection is a plea to defy the idea that positive change is impossible. . . . De Robertis’s contributors . . . replied to her call with diverse, eloquent, and unapologetic pieces that speak to the heart and underline the sentiment that the personal is political. . . . The overall message is one of radical connection and thoughtful activism.”—Publishers Weekly Finally, if you find yourself on Main Street, please stop in at the library to see some of the kid’s projects from maker

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week, including solar ovens and Matisse style collages. We look forward to seeing you this fall! Kristin Fowler, Library Director

Jon Westergreen making delicious brick oven pizza for partygoers

From the Superintendent’S deSk

What Is Going On at LMCS???

by Mr. John Evans / LMCS Superintendent “What is going on over at Manor school?” is a question I have been asked numerous times by different community members this past summer. Immediately after the students and teachers exited the building for summer vacation, work began on various capital improvements, renovations and repairs. In addition to the annual cleaning, painting and floor waxing carried out by our facilities department, several outside contractors were on site working as part of a voter approved capital improvement project. The previously approved project involved a great deal of work inside, outside and around the Livingston Manor school building.

Interior: In the primary wing (grades PK-2) renovation occurred

in seven (7) classrooms. These renovations included: the removal of asbestos floor tiles, new flooring installed, new casework/cabinets installed along with new counters & sinks. Upgrades to heating controls throughout entire building: A new heating control system is being installed to better regulate the building’s heat. The increased energy efficiency that will be realized through these improvements will result in a direct cost savings to the district. This project includes: Installation of new heating control valves, new control wiring & control devices throughout the building and a new computer controlled management interface to control the system. Building Exterior: Around the outside of the building there were numerous smaller restoration projects: Masonry restoration on the original building, brick re-pointing, pre-cast concrete cap restoration, gutter repairs and slate roof repairs. Clock Tower Restoration: Several repairs and improvements were made to the clock tower: Upgrades to the interior clock tower platforms, weathervane

repairs, copper roof repairs, painting of the entire tower, new clock controls with LED back lighting and new decorative circular windows. Gymnasium/Athletic Field ADA entry: The ADA compliant entry way to the gymnasium and athletic fields from the rear parking area was renovated. This involved the removal of the old entry way/ramp and installation of: New retaining walls, walkways, ADA ramp, stairs & railings. It also included improved drainage throughout this entry area. As you can see, between the amazing efforts of our in-house facilities staff and the professional efforts of our outside contractors, things are looking good at LMCS for the start of the 2017-18 school year. The Board of Education and the administration at LMCS take great pride in ensuring this beautiful historic building is always at its best. Best wishes for a fantastic school year!! Educationally yours, John P. Evans Superintendent

Manor Ink September  

September issue of Manor Ink Youth Driven, Community Supported Nonprofit Newspaper Volume 6, Issue 56

Manor Ink September  

September issue of Manor Ink Youth Driven, Community Supported Nonprofit Newspaper Volume 6, Issue 56

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