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library-based, youth-led news

Vol. 5 Issue #52 January 2017

We Need “You”th See story page 6


White Tailed Deer by Osei Helper / Manor Ink

The white-tailed deer lives in most of the United States and southern Canada. It lives wooded areas like forests. Luckily the white-tailed deer is not endangered. But, the problem is quite the opposite. There is an overpopulation problem in some areas of deer location. Mountain lions and wolves are predators of the white-tailed deer. They used to keep the balance of deer population in check, so the deer population was stable. But, human development and hunting has greatly decreased the mountain lion and wolf population. This, resulting deer overpopulation. The white-tailed deer’s fur color changes according to the season. Its fur is brown or tan in the summer and has a grey tint in the winter. On its stomach,under its tail, around its eyes and nose, and on its throat the fur is white. There are also some big differences between male and female white-tailed deer. One example is that only male deer grow antlers. Also, they have around a 100 pound weight difference! Females tend to range from 90 to 200 lbs. While males range from 150 to 300 lbs. Photo by Iris Fen Gillingham / Manor Ink

Cornell Cooperative Extension Adopts Popular 9th Annual Garden Tour SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY— Garden enthusiasts can expect to enjoy a tour of remarkable private and public gardens for the ninth year, this June. Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) will co-host the highly anticipated 9th Annual Garden Tour with Sullivan Renaissance, Saturday, June 17, 2017. The tour was formerly hosted by SullivanArc who has passed the torch to CCESC. “SullivanArc is thrilled that Cornell Cooperative Extension is taking over the Garden Tour this year,” said JoanGlase of SullivanArc. “The tour has been a wonderful venture for SullivanArc over the past eight years, but we are moving to different fundraisers going forward and are extremely pleased that it will continue.” Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County and Sullivan Renaissance are seeking home owners willing to exhibit their private gardens to a limited number of individuals as a benefit for the CCESC Horticulture and Master Gardener Volunteer Programs. Approximately eight gardens will be selected for viewing and support will be provided to home owners on the day of the event.

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“Sullivan Renaissance is very excited to continue this annual tradition, partnering with our friends at CCE to bring the public the opportunity to view spectacular gardens in and around Sullivan County,” said Kathleen Capozzoli, Garden Tour co-chair. Individuals interested in having their gardens considered should contact the Master Gardener Volunteers Newcomers and those who have enjoyed the tour in the past can expect Garden Tour details in late February. For more information about CCESC the public can call 845-292-6180 or visit Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by The Gerry Foundation.

January 2017

Volume 5 Issue #52 January 2017


youth-led, library-based

Nathaniel DePaul Iris Fen Gillingham Osei Helper

Student of the Month Breakfast Celebration The Livingston Manor Central School celebrated the Elementary Student of the Month on Tuesday, January 10, 2017. A student from each class was honored for their grades and citizenship during the month of December. Parents and family watched while the students accepted their certificates, which was followed by a delicious buffet breakfast served by the cafeteria staff. Above are the students proudly displaying their certificates.

Adult Mentors Carolyn Bivins Maria Bivins Marge Feuerstein Barbara Gref Kristopher Neidecker


We Need “You”th Cover design by Iris Fen Gillingham

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Nature’s News: White Tailed Deer

by Osei Helper

Right Foot Yoga by Jane Mann

58th Annual LM Rotary Ice Carnival This Weekend by Diane Babich / LM Rotary

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Manor Ink Takes a Break

by Maria Bivins / Manor Ink Mentor & Coordinator Photo layout by Iris Fen Gillingham

Dear Friends and Readers...

by Iris Fen Gillingham

Manor Ink from a Mentor by Marge Feuerstein

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Area Briefs LMCS news Fun Page of Happiness Calendar of Events Century Club: Pat Yelle Community Service with a Smile by Nathaniel DePaul and Iris Fen Gillingham

Join Manor Ink

Manor Ink, a newspaper run by local youth ages 12-25, seeks writers, photographers, videographers and artists of all kinds. Dedicated young people who are in or out of school are welcome. Email or call (845) 707-2723 to be put on the list for a possible summer program.

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Joint Fundraiser a Success!

Right Foot Yoga

by Jane Mann / Manor Ink

Start the new year on the Right Foot! Take some time to reflect and then look forward. Our ongoing, regularly scheduled yoga classes at the Laundry King are Tuesdays - 4:30 for a Creative Vinyasa Class and 6 pm for Creative Vinyasa II; Wednesdays - 5:45 for a Beginners/ Gentle Vinyasa flow class. This winter’s inclement weather general rule will be as follows: In the event we need to cancel on Tuesday, please plan to attend one mixed level (Yoga for Everybody Class) on Wednesday from 5:45 to 7 pm. A cancellation on a Wednesday will be determined by the availability of space. I will keep you informed by email and will put notices on the door. The price per 75 minute class is just $10

- but you can save $$ by purchasing a 5-fer or 10-fer class card at any time. Discount policy effective January, 2017: 5-fer cards cost $45 and expire two months from issue date and 10-fer cards cost $85 and expire three months from issue date. Hope to see you! Namaste, Jane Mann

On Sunday, December 4th, the LMCS Class of 2018 and the Sullivan St. Tammany Chapter of the Eastern Star hosted a trip to the Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan with the help of CD Trips out of Liberty. About 100 people were present, and everyone had fun shopping in Times Square for the few hours of free time.

Order of Eastern Star Raffle Winners The Sullivan-St.Tammany Chapter #298 Order of Eastern Star would like to thank all those who gave donations to our annual raffle. The drawing took place at our meeting on November 15 and we would like to thank those who bought tickets. Winners were: Afghan - Rita Fontana; Food Basket - Barbara Cady; Madison’s

Gift Certificate for Pizza - Dolores Keesler; Helen’s Barber Shop Gift Certificate - Eric Nystrom; Café 43 Gift Certificate - Loretta Kratz; Cookie Jar - Janet Nystrom and Candle - Gertrude Sturdevant. Thank You, Judy Coger, Raffle Chairperson


with John David $8 Per Class, First One FREE Fridays at Noon at Morgan Outdoors in Livingston Manor Courtesy of Lisa Lyons

Call John David at 646-242-0267 for info

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58th Annual LM Rotary Ice Carnival This Weekend

By Diane Babich, Livingston Manor Rotary The Rotary Club assisted The Fulton’s at Water Wheel Junction on Friday night Dec 2, 2016 and provided hot cocoa, photos with Santa and a goody bag. There were around 35-40 youngsters that met with Santa and sat on his lap. The club is preparing for the 58th Livingston Manor Rotary Ice Carnival. Mark your calendar for January 20th to 22nd 2017. This years theme is Snowmen on Broadway. The dance will be sponsored by the LMCS Student Council along with the newly

formed Livingston Manor Interact Club. Please contact Diane Babich @ for sponsorship opportunites that are available if anyone is interested in supporting this local community event, or if any local business or organization is interested in making a sculpture. Thank you to everyone that supports our Livingston Manor Rotary Ice Carnival! Be sure to follow them on Facebook for calendar, planned activites and updates.

Mentor Marge Feuerstein’s clan at Thanksgiving.

Thanks to the Livingston Manor Chamber of Commerce for the Lights on Main Street.

LMCS CAN DRIVE - As a school , we collected 1678 cans/food items and the seniors delivered them to our local food pantry. Mrs. Jersey was very touched and thankful. So proud of Jennifer Meade and Nate Juron who helped Chair our service project. Congrats to Mrs. Ross’s 3rd grade Class for 1stplace; Mrs. Carlson’s Pre K for 2nd. Big thanks to Mr. Dave Hubert and DP class for adjusting and repacking boxes for delivery. As a school, we worked together to brighten up lives of families in our community. Thank you for making this project a success. Submitted by Ms. Jaime Snow

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Manor Ink Takes a Break by Maria Bivins / Manor Ink Mentor & Coordinator

Manor Ink has been a vital part of our community for the last 4 ½ years. It has been a collaborative effort between the Livingston Manor Free Library, the Community Reporting Alliance, a handful of dedicated mentors, parents, advertisers, the Lazare & Charlotte Kaplan Foundation, and last, but certainly not least a revolving group of children, teenagers and young adults. Started as a youth program to fill a void left by the absence of a school or community newspaper – it quickly became so much more. The focus was local news and events, covered by youth reporters. Through the years we, as mentors, have been able to work closely with many young people in our community. Most took it seriously, working hard and honing their skills by embracing all of the opportunities available. A few of the older “students” used it as a boost for their college and scholarship applications, with great success. During this time, they learned marketable skills that will carry with them through life and can be added to their resumes. Marketing, public speaking, advertising sales, how to dress appropriately in a work setting, budgeting, graphics & design, the importance of deadlines, community service, web design & maintenance, event planning & hosting, fundraising, appropriate social media posting, peer-to-peer mentoring, interviewing, servant leadership, editing, and of course, writing. The list goes on and on, but most importantly I would hope, is the realization that they have a “voice”, a way to be heard, regardless of their age or economic situation.

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Unfortunately, what a youth program needs to continue is, well, YOUTH. As the older students aged-out of the program there has been a lack of participation or interest to fill those vacancies. After much discussion and deliberation we have decided to take a “break” or hiatus if you will, since without youth to write articles and do interviews, we simply can’t cover the news in our community with Manor Ink’s historical dedication. Students (& their parents) who are interested in participating can contact me at manorink@yahoo. com or by calling (845) 707-2723. If we have enough of an interest, we may resume Manor Ink in June as a summer program. Lastly, I would like to thank everyone for their support, both moral and financial over the last 4 ½ years.

Dear Friends and Readers, My Name is Iris Fen Gillingham. I have been one of Manor Ink’s reporters for the past three and a half years. Recently, I have been working with Carolyn Bivins to do page layout and graphic design. Some of you may know me personally and some of you may know me through my writing. For the past four and a half years, Manor Ink has been a big part of the community by bringing local news and an opportunity for youth voice to be heard. I started out as a thirteen year old that enjoyed to write. Now, at 17, I look back and am grateful that I became a part of Manor Ink and in the process became more involved in the community. Having to cover the news in our small town has made me aware of all the different events and opportunities right here in Livingston Manor. The skills I have learned from putting together a newspaper will be useful throughout my life. In the three and a half years, my writing has improved and I have learned many tricks and lessons from all of our wonderful mentors. Some of the highlights I remember writing about were the ban on fracking, new businesses in town, local farms, century club, history pieces, and festivals around town. I even went to town board

meetings and covered controversial issues like the Dollar General store coming to town. I have enjoyed the relationships that have grown out of being a youth journalist for Manor Ink. I connected with other media reporters at our News Forum and loved being able to go to the capital and visit with Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther. Manor Ink youth were welcomed on the assembly floor! Since the beginning, people in the community came forward to support us. Now, Manor Ink’s model has been copied by other libraries. I am glad that other young people are able to be a part of such an inspiring program. Though it is sad to see Manor Ink ending, it also is a new opportunity for other exciting programs to find a place in Livingston Manor. I hope you enjoy this last issue of Manor Ink and all the photos from throughout the years! It is always good to know that my writing is being appreciated. I have always felt supported and appreciated by the readers of Manor Ink from all the letters, comments and donations. Thank you for valuing the youth voice in our community. Wishing you a year full of good and truthful news, Iris Fen Gillingham

Manor Ink from a Mentor...

by Marge Feuerstein It has been a rewarding experience to be part of a Manor Ink may need to go on hiatus soon. Right now, remarkable and groundbreaking experiment. Covering we simply do not have enough dedicated young staffers events in our school and community has provided a real coming along to fill the void left by those moving on to service to our residents who have supported our efforts college or jobs. whole-heartedly. But most of all, it has been a wonderSo I am looking back fondly at the four years I have spent mentoring students at the paper. In that time I have ful opportunity for those kids who were willing to come watched as kids literally grew in front of my eyes both in aboard. They have learned skills, not just in writing, editing and photography, but in sales, marketing, and height and in capability. When, once a rather child-like communication that will last throughout their lives. article needed a great deal of editing, correction, or As for this 80-something mentor, I have had a great revision, now it is most likely mature, polished and time, learned some things along the way and hopefully ready to print. In these years I have driven our student helped some wonderful kids. reporters to conduct interviews, offered suggestions, made corrections, and sometimes had the opportunity to teach them some things about their country’s history they had not learned but I had lived through.

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Chamber’s Annual Holiday Meeting at The Arnold

The fence on the corner of Main & Pearl Streets has undergone yet another transformation. Local businesses and organizations have been trying to keep it decorated for the seasons with fantastic creations that represent them. For the holidays, whimsical snowmen and pretty wreaths created by the USPS, The Delightful Place, Willow & Brown, St. Aloysius, Life Repurposed, Moxie Alley, the Livingston Manor Fire Department, The Plunk Shop, Yolanda’s Custom Interiors, Manor Ink, E.L.M. Garden Design, Headquarters and of course, the Livingston Manor Renaissance were on display. According to our “source” the snowmen will stay up all winter while the wreaths will be replaced with….

The Livingston Manor Chamber of Commerce held their annual holiday meeting at The Arnold House in December where chef Axel presented a new selection of appetizers and desserts donated by owners, Sims and Kirsten Foster. Lisa Lyons, the Chamber President was pleased to announce that the Town of Rockland had received two CFA grant awards for a total of $420,000. For the first part, the Town will undertake streambank stabilization as part of the larger Riverwalk project, which will include pathways, boardwalks, signage, and landscaping. The streambank work is needed to mitigate the potential for future flooding. (DEC CSC $115,000) and for the second part, the Town will build the Riverwalk which will parallel Main Street and connect to Renaissance Park. The Riverwalk will exist as a township managed easement across 6 privately owned parcels and 1 township owned parcel. (OPRHP PKS D $305,000). To end the evening, the 2017 slate of officers was announced: President: Maria Bivins, Vice President: Marie D’Antoni, Treasurer: Van Morrow and Secretary: Stacy Wakefield-Forte.

Helen Budrock of Sullivan Renaissance, Rob Eggleton (the Town of Rockland Supervisor) and Steve White of the Sullivan County IDA joined chamber members to celebrate the news. They are shown above with Lisa Lyons, outgoing Chamber president.

This is the back of the new information “cabin” at (obviously) Roscoe, NY. The cabin was donated by Scott Conley and the Roscoe Campsite Park. Graphic Detail donated the 24” diameter dibond digitally printed piece acknowledging their donation as well as an 18” diameter piece which states that the cabin is dedicated to the memory of Roscoe civic and art legend Jack Yelle.

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LMCS news

Rail Road Sign Restored by Jessica Mall / LMCS High School Art teacher

“Approximately three months ago, George Fulton delivered a rail road sign to my classroom so that I could have a couple of students complete a restoration on it. Hannah Shaver and Kailee Gorr both take Drawing and Painting 3 and I thought it would be the perfect project for them to learn how to restore a historical artifact to its original glory. Our first step was to create an exact replica of the original lettering before we began stripping, then the girls spent the next three weeks sanding and scrapping the original paint off (with masks on of course). Once all of the original paint was removed we primed and applied the original lettering back onto the

Allison Froehlich, second grade student at LMCS, receives her Student of the Month certificate on January 10, 2017. Presenting Allison is the new LMCS Superintendent Mr. John Evans, assisted by Elementary Principal Mr. Hubert. The Student of the Month selection is based on: Good citizenship; is responsible, respectful and safe; shows improvement in effort; and is passing all subjects. Congratulations to all the students. Keep up the good work.

surface. They chose a beautiful antique blue that was used during early 1800’s as to keep with historical value. The original hardware that was used for mounting the sign to the station was also restored by Mr. Hubert and then re-installed. Mr. Fulton believes that sign is approx. 150 years old and I speak for myself and my students that we could not have been more proud to have been a part of this very special project. As of now, he will be storing the sign indoors for the winter and will have more detailed plans come spring where it will be hung on display.”

2016 Manorisms Yearbook Wins National Awards

Congratulations to the Livingston Manor Yearbook Club for winning two awards in the 2016 National Yearbook Contest. Our yearbook was selected from thousands of yearbook submissions received from around the nation. The first award is for Honorable Mention in Photography, which goes to Marlee Madison for her photo taken on the 8th Grade Washington, DC. trip. The second awards if for Honorable Mention in Page Design, which goes to Dana Will for her Pre-K page design layout. “I am very proud of the accomplishments of our yearbook staff who work so well together,” said Mrs. Bivins, LMCS Yearbook Advisor.

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Fun Page of Happiness

Holiday Trains Display at CAS Arts Center Once again, the Livingston Manor Chamber of Commerce and the CAS Arts Center sponsored a Holiday Trains display created by Charlie Irace, a long-time resident and curator of the newly renovated Roscoe O&W Railway Museum. His whimsical creation combines the Livingston Manor of the past and present with fantastic store fronts created to look like the original buildings. This yearly tradition kicked-off on December 10th with a visit from Santa, cocoa & cookies, holiday music played by the LMCS Band under the direction of Mr. Dan Smith and carols sung by the LMCS Choir led by Ms. Sarah Simon-Shult.

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calendar ongoing at the library

•Every other Monday: High School Equivalency Community Class, 12:00 to 3:00 at the LM Library. This is a BOCES Adult Education Home Study Program with assistance from a certified teacher. All adults ages 21 and over are welcome. Call 4395440 or come into the library to sign up. •Weekly, Tuesdays: Preschool Storytime, 11:15am-11:45am. Leader Antoinette Schmidt welcomes children ages 2 to 5 to hear stories, sing songs, and play games. Parents/caregivers and siblings are welcome to participate in the games and explore other resources the library has to offer. •Monthly, on the last Monday Livingston Manor Free Library holds its Board Meeting at the library, 92 Main Street, 6:00 p.m.

ongoing around town

•Weekly, Tuesdays and Thursdays: Alcoholics Anonymous meets every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. and Thursday at 7:00 p.m. 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; 7p.m. for drills and a meeting at 7:30p.m. •Monthly on the 1st 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, 10-1p.m. •Monthly on the 1st and 3rd Thursday: Town of Rockland Town Board Meeting, Town Hall on Main Street, Livingston Manor at 7p.m. •Monthly, on the Third Wednesday: Regular Monthly meeting of Board of Education, LMCS, 7:00p.m., Old Gym.

January 2017

•thru February 12th: Matthew Bliss, Small Things of Unknowable Value; Paula Elliott, The Thing Is and Donise English, Encaustics exhibit at CAS.

CALLING ALL MUSIC LOVERS! Thursday, Jan. 19th 6:30 pm Bernard Woma is an incredible musician and performer. This is a rare opportunity to see such a world renowned artist and it’s free!

•thru the 30th Babies in the Barn, newborn lambs & goats arriving, Apple Pond Farm, special programs frequently, (845) 482-4764. •Thursday, 19th: Saakumu Dance Troupe featuring Bernard Woma, free, LMCS New Gym, 6:30pm. •Sunday, 22nd: 58th Annual LM Rotary Ice Carnival, Snowmen on Broadway, 1pm, Rotary Park, Livingston Manor. Events will also be held on the 21st for school groups & community organizations. •Saturday, 28th: Trout Town Winterfest, Roscoe Beer Co, live music, food, horse drawn carriage rides, snowshoeing & more.

February 2017

•Saturday, 4th: Flyfest, Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum (CFFC&M) •Sunday, 5th: 1st Annual Mad Hatters Winter Tea Social, Moxie Alley, 1pm, RSVP (917) 407- 8065 •Saturday, 18th: Comedy Night at The Arnold House •Saturday, 25th: 3rd Annual Ice Fishing Derby, The Arnold House (845) 439-5070

March 2017

•Saturday 4th - April 9th: MaryKate Maher / Sui Park / Elizabeth Riggle, Three Dimensions exhibit at CAS Arts Center, artist talk 2pm, opening reception 3-5pm. •Saturday, 11th: Comedy Night at The Arnold House •Sunday, 12th: Natural Soap making demonstration, Moxie Alley, 1pm, RSVP (917) 407-8065 •Friday, 24th - Sunday 26th, the LMCS Drama Club presents The Addams Family, evening performances Friday & Saturday with a Sunday matinee. •Friday, 31st: Anglers Reunion, Roscoe, marks the historical night before NYS opening of fishing season

April 2017

•Saturday, 1st: Catskill Legends Dinner, CFFC&M •Saturday, 1st: Trout Season Opening Celebration, CFFC&M •Saturday, 8th: Catskill Fly Tyers Guild Rendezvous, CFFC&M •Sunday, 9th: Skincare Botanicals Workshop, Moxie Alley, 1pm, RSVP (917) 407-8065 •Thursday, April 13th-23rd: Artists of New Hope Community, CAS Arts Center, opening reception 6-8pm. •Saturday, 15th: Comedy Night at The Arnold House •Sunday, 23rd: Shandelee Music Festival Play The Classics at Bethel Woods Center for the Performing Arts in the Event Gallry, (845) 439-3277, 3pm, •Friday, April 28th - May 21st: CAS Sullivan County High School Art Show co-sponsored by SC BOCES, CAS Arts Center, opening reception 5-7pm

May 2017

•May 6th - June 24th (every Saturday) Farming with Kids, Apple Pond Farm, 10am, (845) 482-4764 •Sunday, 7th Shandelee Music Festival Play The Classics at Bethel Woods Center for the Performing Arts in the Event Gallry, (845) 439-3277, 3pm, •Saturday, 13th: Comedy Night at The Arnold House •Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th: Fiberglass Rod Making Class, CFFC&M, registration & rsvp (845) 439-4810 •Friday 19th-24th: Bamboo Rod Making Class, CFFC&M, registration & rsvp (845) 439-4810 •Saturday, 20th: Renewable Energy Field Day, Apple Pond Farm, noon3pm, (845) 482-4764 •Saturday, 20th: History of Japanese Fly Fishing Rods, CFFC&M •Saturday, 20th: Flower Day, Livingston Manor •Sunday, 21st: Mad Hatter’s Spring Hat Show & Tea Social, Moxie Alley,, RSVP (917) 407-8065 •Friday, 26th: 3rd Annual BBQ for Barry, The Arnold House Barn •Saturday 27th - June 25th: CAS 2017 Summer Members Show, CAS Arts Center, opening reception 4-6pm •Saturday, 27th thru October 8th: Roscoe O&W Railway Museum opens for the season, every Saturday 11am-3pn, every Sunday noon-3pm. •Sunday, 28th: Pig Roast & Live Music at The Arnold House Barn •Sunday, 28th: Annual Chicken BBQ Lew Beach Fire House •Monday, 29th: Memorial Day Parade & Service, 10am, Liv. Manor

Have a Fear of Falling? by Marge Feuerstein / Manor Ink Mentor

John David, a New York city resident who has a home off Beaverkill Road has brought something new to Livingston Manor. A certified personal trainer, John is giving a class every Friday at noon in “Chair Exercise”. Aimed at 70 and over folks, this gentle method actually exercises every muscle group in the body in a little over one hour with no need for special clothes, no contract and no pain. One of the main things Mr. David emphasizes is that many seniors are afraid of falling and feel somewhat unstable .Many of these exercises are aimed at helping that. Class is held at Morgan Outdoors, 46 Main St, Livingston Manor. John started in LA when he decided to change businesses. Because of his long-time involvement with gyms as a customer, he realized that older, non-athletic members were generally ignored and rarely benefitted from their membership. Encouraged by a friend, he enrolled in classes and became certified as a personal trainer deciding to concentrate on helping Seniors. Starting by volunteering at Senior centers, his idea took hold when he was hired to teach classes. The idea eventually grew into a business which he transplanted to NYC 20 years ago. Now Seniors in our area can benefit from his interest and expertise. You can check the class out any Friday at noon. Disclosure - I am currently taking and enjoying the class.

Aro Kha’jong Willowemoc, NY

Silent Sitting & Yogic Song Instruction and Practice in the Aro Tradition

Naljorma Chatral A’dzé (845) 439-4332 January 2017 -

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Community Service With a Smile By Nathaniel DePaul and Iris Fen Gillingham, Manor Ink

he worked in watercolors, and I worked in acrylics.” As soon as Jack and Pat arrived in Roscoe, they became involved with several organizations. They joined the Roscoe Chamber of Commerce, and the Roscoe Garden Club, on top of donating their time to countless other groups, such as the Sullivan Renaissance. The Yelles became, and always will be, pillars of the community. After “officially” retiring to Roscoe in 1997, the couple decided to open up a little store of their own, Morning Star Creations.

Patricia Yelle was born in 1935 (81 years old) in a part of Queens known as College Point. It was a “cozy little town,” according to Mrs. Yelle, not like the rest of New York City, and she lived there for most of her life. She graduated from high school in College Point, and immediately went to work as a secretary for a chiropractor, although chiropractic medicine was not generally an accepted practice at the time. She remained at this job for three years, until she left for a job as a business rep in a telephone company. She handled “mostly the office side of the business,” such as the billing department, and unfortunately, shutting people off. This experience, Pat says, taught her many important social skills, as you have to always remain calm and kind when handling clients in the phone business, even when the clients do not. During her time at the company, Pat married artist Jack Yelle in 1959, and left the company when the oldest of her five children were born in 1962. Pat became a homemaker and stayed to take care of the children until her youngest daughter was in high school, and she went back to work as a real-estate agent for Century 21. When the couple started looking for a place to retire, Pat originally wanted to go to Maine. However, Jack thought that was too cold, plus, he wanted a place where he could enjoy one of his favorite hobbies, fly-fishing. And so, when they came to Roscoe camping 37 years ago, they knew this was the place, although, according to Pat, “he never went fishing again once we moved here. All his fishing equipment just sat.” The Yelles found the community very welcoming and caring, and Pat says that the people have remained that way as long as she has been here. They chose their house mainly because of the large building in the back, which they turned into their own art gallery in which to do their painting. Mrs. Yelle adds that she was always more of an “abstract painter, while Jack was more realistic;

The store was run out of the building originally intended for the workshop, and so the workshop was moved to the second floor. They sold Jack’s watercolors and Pat’s high-end crafts, and remained open for about seven years. Despite damage from the numerous floods that occurred in the years the couple was in business, they remained optimistic, and so the store remained open until just last year. Pat continues to maintain her gardens, as well as enjoying some of her other hobbies like baking and crafting. Even as we arrived to interview her, Mrs. Yelle was volunteering her time to make angels to be a part of a Christmas gift to the members of the Roscoe Senior Citizens Club. That exemplifies the type of people the Yelles have always been; kind, generous, and community oriented. One can be considered lucky if he or she ever meet people like Pat and Jack; the best the world has to offer. And the Roscoe community has recognized their selfless acts, most recently by making them the grand marshals of the 1st Annual Trout Town Pride Parade. Pat says that Jack was “very touched” by the honor, as she was; she loves this community, and will continue to do what she can to support it.

Photos, clockwise: Patricia Yelle captured by Bob Lee with her ever-present smile that lights up a room; Pat at the Roscoe-Rockland craft fair in November; Pat & Jack as the Grand Marshals of the 1st Annual Trout Town Pride Parade. Page 12 -

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