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2017 Annual Report: Making Memories - Table of Contents 3 New Year Message from Executive Director

17 Empowering Memories: Consumer & Financial Ed

4 2017 Financials

18 Loving Memories: Youth & Family Development

5 Social Memories: Testimonials

20 Mindful Memories: Nutrition & Healthy Families

6 Meet the 2018 Board of Directors

22 Sponsor Spotlight

8 Congrats to the Staff: 2017 Achievements

24 Our Volunteers

10 Community Memories

26 Contributors, Sponsors, Donors

14 Fresh Memories: Agriculture & Food Systems

28 Looking Ahead: Upcoming Dates to Save

16 Green Memories: Environment & Natural Resources

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SueAnn Boyd.......................................................Healthy Schools Program Coordinator

Colleen Monaghan............................................................................Executive Director Wanda V. Cruz.............................................Healthy Communities Program Coordinator

2018 Board of Directors Robert Kaplan President Amy Erlwein Vice President Dawn Boyes Treasurer John Kiefer Secretary Todd Brown Jenny Chamberlain Marcy Ehrman Denise Frangipane Sonja Hedlund John “JP” Lang Erin Mason Klu Padu Luisa Parker Nadia Rajsz Legislative Rep Robert Wong

Dayna Gaeta...........................................Community Horticulture Program Coordinator Beth Johnston-Groth..................................................................Administrative Assistant Marylin Jones..........................................................................4-H Program Coordinator Bonnie Lewis.............................................................Dependent Care Subject Educator Michelle Lipari..................................................................Agriculture Subject Educator Erica Lynch........................................................Catskills Kitchen Program Coordinator Melinda Meddaugh.....................................................Ag & Food Systems Team Leader Barbara Moran...............................................4-H Animal Science Program Coordinator Birgit “Bee” Moser...................................................................Eat Smart NY Nutritionist Nicole Slevin.......................................................Communications & Diversity Manager Kaitlyn Smith................................................................................4-H Program Educator Nat Tompkins.............................................................Ag Business Program Coordinator Tara VanHorn.......................................................................................Finance Manager Malinda Ware.......................................Health & Community Development Issue Leader Sean Welsh............................................................................Energy Resource Educator John Wilcox........................................................................................Facilities Manager

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Message from CCE Sullivan Executive Director Greetings, Extension Family! Thank you for your patience as we worked to collect highlights from the 2017 program year, and to those of you who shared your special moments and pictures with us! In the following pages, you will see a snapshot of CCE Sullivan’s successes across program areas, testimonials from program participants, an introduction to the 2018 board of directors, a listing of our current sources of funding, and a listing of all the volunteers, donors, and partners who made it all happen with us. As I settle into my fourth year at CCE Sullivan, I’m getting the hang of the ebb and flow of the seasonal work we do, which is different depending on the program area, and the administrative responsibilities that come along with it. I won’t say I’m quite comfortable with the workload more than half the time, but I can say it is mostly manageable now. This is due in part to the support of our volunteer board of directors and its committees. Part of what makes Extension great, and responsive to Sullivan County needs, is that we have a team of dedicated individuals who give their time each month to feed information, skills, and support to myself and the CCE Sullivan staff team. In addition to the community task forces and collaborative meetings staff attend each month, the CCE Sullivan Personnel and Finance Committee, Program Advisory Committee, Long Term and Strategic Planning Committee, and the Fund Development and Marketing Committee are our eyes and ears on the ground. Gathering input and information from these diverse groups helps us identify programs at Cornell University and the other land grant universities across the country that we might bring to Sullivan County to help our friends and neighbors solve everyday problems. The democratic approach to community needs assessment and program development, and the link to the land grant university system, is what makes Cornell Cooperative Extension unique from other community serving organizations. And while there are dozens of wonderful farm, youth, and family serving programs out there, the information and programs delivered by CCE Sullivan are carefully reviewed and considered to ensure alignment with campus goals and the latest, science-based information available to us through the land grant system. Sometimes, this approach takes longer than we, or our constituency, might like. That said, one of CCE Sullivan’s values is to be responsive to the community. It is a balancing act to ensure we are appropriately vetting our programs to align with our mission to extend the land grant mission to Sullivan County, and at the same time, making sure we link folks to resources that meet their needs when we can’t. One such resource, started in 2016, is Sullivan Agencies Leading Together, or SALT. Winter, specifically February and March, gives us some of the harshest days of the year, and can be a tough time for many Sullivan County residents. If you’re struggling, with heating, food, furniture, mental or physical health issues, or some combination of the above, please consider calling our friends at SALT. They are a network of caring, compassionate, and above all helpful individuals who are making it their life’s work to give a hand up to folks in need. You can reach them by calling 845-397-SALT (7258) or visiting their website at With that, I’ll leave you to read the 2017 Annual Report to the Community. Keep the fire going and see you in March!

Warm Regards,

Colleen Monaghan, Executive Director

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2017 Financials

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2017 Estimated Sources of Support

2017 Estimated Support Allocation

4% Federal 45% State 29% County Grants, Program Participation, 10% Fundraising, and Other Income 12% County Contracts, Including State and Federal Reimbursed Programs

25% Ag and Food Systems; Environment and Natural Resources 26% Nutrition and Healthy Families 23% Youth and Families Community and 2% Economic Vitality 9% Administration 13% Facilities 1% Fundraising

Grants & Contracts Federal Smith Lever Federal Smith Lever NYS County Law 224 Funds NYS County Law 224 Funds Combined Federal & State Funding Combined Federal & State Funding Sullivan County Planning & Community Development Sullivan County Planning & Community Development State University of New York (SUNY) NYS Department of Health NYS Department of Health NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance NYS Department of Health United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) USDA/Sullivan County Planning & Community Dev.. NYSERDA CCE Columbia & Greene Counties Cornell University Sullivan County Center for Workforce Development Sullivan County Youth Bureau Sullivan County Plans & Progress Grant CCE Orange County Alzheimer’s Association, Hudson Valley Chapter NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets Sullivan Renaissance Sullivan County Office for the Aging Sullivan County Office for the Aging Professional Dairy Producers Foundation National Rifle Association Foundation NYS Department of Health Sullivan County Industrial Development Agency Farm Commons Sullivan County SCORE NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets

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Smith Lever Smith Lever State 224 State 224 Caregiver Resource Center Caregiver Resource Center Agricultural Related Services Ag Business Retention and Expansion Fringe Benefits Creating Healthy Schools & Communities: CHSC Creating Healthy Schools & Communities: CHSC Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Ed: CHSC Creating Healthy Schools & Communities: CHSC COLA Local Food Promotion Program: Catskills Kitchen Farmers’ Market Promotion Program Empower NY CRISP: Early Detection of Invasive Species Engaging Immigrant Youth in 4-H Youth Financial and Leadership Education 4-H Youth Development Program Municipal Right to Farm Signage Eat Smart New York CARES County Fair Premiums Multiple Initiatives Powerful Tools for Caregivers Tai Chi Dairy Discussion Groups 4-H Shooting Sports Equipment Grant Chronic Disease Self Management Program FSMA/GAP Certification Workshop Farm Law Workshop Multiple Business Workshops State Fair Premiums

“The sixth annual Caregivers Retreat in Claryville was a great success and adventure for all. There was flower arranging, massage, music, and great food. It was a day of relaxation with old and new friends. The volunteers were awesome, we are in good hands, America! At the end, a nice campfire and care bag just for us. Again, thanks “Bonnie and crew.” See you next year, God willing. P.S. Hand in Hand Care, we love you too!” -Dolores B.


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tude re gratity e c n i s “My opportuni for the at the BBQ to play the nice and for p in the CCE . write-u tter.”-Alan S Newsle “As New Yorkers, we are grateful for the benefits that the Cornell Cooperative Extension, with its longstanding commitment to helping people, provides to the communities of the Empire State. Cornell University uses its progressive, research-based, stateof-the-art information to address a wide range of diverse issues, needs, and experiences with innovative approaches and practical solutions.” -NY Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

“It was a nice experience to attend CCE’s Annual Meeting on December 5th. Hearing about the wellness programs in Sullivan County was informative. The flag dedication couldn’t have been nicer. The poem “Your Flag – My Flag” was appropriate; and, we were glad that an excerpt of your article was allowed to be shared by Michele. We especially appreciated your consideration as the time grew near for the dedication ceremony. It was a pleasure being involved with you in this effort. Thanks again.” -Arthur and Helen H.

“I want to thank you for all the assistance you have given me during these past 2 years. I have always experienced a feeling of support from you and everyone at Cornell Extension. Your guidance was very helpful in helping me develop my processing methods and assisting me in my business planning and development. I feel strongly that the Catskills Kitchen is the perfect location for new, developing businesses because new food entrepreneurs cannot always anticipate equipment needs as they develop their processes and the kitchen is fully stocked. The educational programs that you have developed also are of great assistance.” -Jim Lomax, Fire Mountain Kitchen, LLC

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Luisa Parker

Todd Brown Todd grew up on a farm below Grossinger’s Airport. After surveying in the U.S. Army and Sullivan County, he retired from NYS corrections and is currently starting The Catskill Divide Farm in Neversink with his wife Lee and children Courtney, Fayeann, Ian, and Huck.

Denise Frangipane Denise is Executive Director at Sullivan Renaissance and has experience in domestic violence advocacy and education, community organizing and planning, and environmental conservation. Denise spends her free time outdoors with her husband and their son Ian.

Luisa just completed her first term as CCE Sullivan board member and holds the position of Prevention Services Coordinator at Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange & Sullivan. Luisa works closely with diverse sectors of the community, including youth.

Robert Wong Jenny Chamberlain Jenny is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and is the General Manager of Further Processing and Chef of Product Development at Hudson Valley Foie Gras. This is Jenny’s first term with the CCE board.

Erin Mason

Marcie Ehrman

Erin is the Community Office Manager for Wayne Bank in Monticello, with an A.A.S. in Veterinary Technology and a B.S. in Biology and serves on the Greater Liberty and Monticello Chambers of Commerce, the Monticello Rotary, the Beaverkill Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Sullivan County Rotary Means Business Chapter.

Robert holds a B.S. in Hotel Administration from Cornell University and serves as President and CEO of Associated Mutual Insurance Cooperative in Woodridge, and on the boards of Cooperative Federal Credit Union in Woodridge and the Sullivan County Center for Workforce Development.

Dawn Boyes, Treasurer Dawn is the Sullivan BOCES Food Service Director serving over 97,000 meals per month and sponsoring 20+ Summer Feeding Sites. Dawn serves as CCE Board Treasurer, and Chair of CCE’s Program Advisory and Fund Development Committees.

Marcie is a Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor and is employed as an advocate for people with disabilities. She holds several state and local volunteer roles, including 4-H and the CCE Program Advisory Committee.

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2018 Board Members Klu Padu Klu is the Career Placement and Transfer Advisor at SUNY Sullivan. In addition, he was recently sworn in as Town of Tusten Justice, and is serving his first term on the CCE Board.

Robert Kaplan, President A life-long resident of Sullivan County and retired poultry farmer, Robert has been active in agricultural issues through CCE, the County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board, and the Soil and Water Conservation District. He also served as Director of Associated Mutual Insurance Cooperative, Cooperative Federal Credit Union, Village of Woodridge Planning Board member, and as a Town of Fallsburg Lion.

John Kiefer, Secretary

Sonja Hedlund

John is retired with a background in corporate finance, and currently serves on the Monticello School Board. He is involved with the County Revolving Loan Fund and is serving his first term on the CCE Board.

Sonja and her husband own Apple Pond Farm and Renewable Energy Education Center in Callicoon Center, breeding and selling sheep, goats, turkeys, and chickens and hosting a variety of on-farm programs. She hosts shows on WJFF Radio Catskills.

Amy Erlwein, Vice President Amy milked cows for many years; now she raises heifers and sells hay. Amy completed the CCE Master Food Preserver training and has been involved with several CCE initiatives, including serving on the Ag Business Retention and Expansion hiring committee.

Nadia Rajsz Legislative Representative

John “JP” Lang JP has been a biology teacher at Sullivan West High School for the last 16 years and he operates a small farm in Narrowsburg, NY, raising pigs, pheasants, and hay. JP has been raising and riding horses since he was 10 years old. Page 7

Nadia is the Legislator for Sullivan County District 2 and has a background in nursing and healthcare. This is Nadia’s first appointment as CCE Board’’s Legislative Representative. Welcome Nadia!

A Quick Note!

This isn’t the entire CCE Sullivan team! We’re just shining the spotlight on some special achievements...

Wand a Vione t Cruz

Barbara Moran

4-H Animal Science Program Coordinator Barbara came on as CCE’s 4-H Animal Science Program Coordinator, working to grow experiential learning opportunities for Sullivan County youth across species. Barb also kick started the 4-H Regional Equine Program for 6 counties and is representing the Hudson Valley region at the NYS 4-H Equine Program Advisory Group.

Healthy Communities Coordinator

Nicol e Slevin

Communications & Diversity Manager

Wanda received the Sullivan County Legislature Certificate of Special Recognition for participation in the Town of Mamakating’s Hydrogeolic Study. Wanda was awarded the NYS Assembly Certificate of Merit, presented by Catskill Regional Medical Center, for unwavering commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of Sullivan County residents.

Nicole joined the New York State 4-H Diversity & Inclusion Cohort that will work with associations and Cornell University as a team for two years. Nicole will focus on outreach efforts for positive youth development and increasing general access to Extension programs. Nicole began training as a member of the Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress Fellows Program, to research and present on anchor projects in the region. Nicole will graduate from the program in June 2018.

e Michell i r Lipa

Agriculture Educator

Kaitlyn Smith

4-H Program Educator

Kaitlyn was elected as the Southeast District Representative on the New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Advisory Committee.

Michelle became certified, and can now teach classes, in Beef Quality Assurance and FAMACHA-goat and sheep.

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Staff Congrats

Bonnie Lewis

Dependent Care Educator

Bonnie Lewis, RN was trained as a Peer Leader for the evidence-based Chronic Disease Self-Management Program with QTAC NY.

SueAnn Boyd

Healthy Schools Coordinator SueAnn received a Monticello Central School District Board of Education Award and Certificate of Appreciation, followed by a personal letter from Aileen Gunther, assemblywoman, 100th District for her work in promoting access to healthy foods and physical activity in the district. She also brought Yoga4Classrooms Leader Training to all school districts in Sullivan County.

Colleen n Monagha

Marylin Jones

4-H Program Coordinator

Marylin received the 2017 Distinguished Service Award from the New York State Association of Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H Educators and the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents. She received recognition from her colleagues for “demonstrating high levels of professionalism, accomplishments, and community involvement” as an educator involved in seven or more years of service. Marylin currently serves as vice-chair for the South East District of 4-H Educators, sits on the NYS 4-H Capital Days and Mentoring Committees, and is a new member of the NAE4-HA task force in Communications and Expressive Arts. Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County is proud to have Marylin as part of its team for 16 years and counting!

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Executive Director Colleen was named one of 2017’s Professional Business Women of the Year by the Sullivan County Democrat.

Melinda Meddaugh

Ag & Food Systems Team Leader

Melinda received the Sullivan County Visitor’s Association T.O.A.S.T. Award (Outstanding Associate Serving Tourism).

“Dear Bonnie, All through the ages we have found, unlike the bird, unlike the bee, we cannot truly leave the ground. Yet, you get the feeling…. through Tai Chi…We strive for balance, wave our hands, in hopes to set our bodies free. But find, because we’re among friends, it isn’t just about Tai Chi. With heartfelt thank-yous from your student.” -Krista, Program Participant

“I do not know where to begin. The list of positive memories I have to share is long. CCE Sullivan has had a major impact on the SC BOCES White Sulphur Springs Elementary School. Working with SueAnn Boyd and the rest of the team has been amazing. The following is just a few ways your organization has helped this year:

Bunny ears at the Kauneonga Lake Block Party!

1. New school filtered water fountains and water bottles for students. 2. Provided benches, gates, flower pots and so much more for our school garden. 3. THE SALAD BAR! 4. Yoga 4 Classrooms Trainings 5. Handing out apple treats at our Fall Festival. I could go on but bottom line I am so appreciative of everything Cornell Cooperative Extension has done for us. Thank you!” -Jill H., BOCES White Sulphur Springs School

“Shared memories -- so many. I think the one that is most amazing to me is that me, a girl originally from Brooklyn, was so taken by ‘red wigglers’. The instructional MGV class that we had on vermiculture was fascinating, learning about the ultimate black gold. I have been growing my ‘red wigglers’ ever since. I have since passed on some of my worms to others. Who knew.” -Helene G., Master Gardener Volunteer

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Community Memories

“We are blessed to be a part of this wonderful program, the annual Caregiver Wellness Retreat, and to work with all of you! Seeing the 4-H and FFA kids at work, reaching out to our participants, talking with folks two or even three generations older than them, sharing activities... is priceless!

Sullivan County Health & Wellness Award presented at the CCE Sullivan Annual Meeting

I am grateful to you for leading the way with your gentle and kind approach, your patience and understanding... helping it all come together beautifully!” -Donna D., Alzheimer’s Association

Greyson is pictured first from the left.

Family fun at National Night Out in Fallsburg.

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“Preparing to serve chicken to over 200 people at the CCE Barbeque” -Michelle Lipari, Agriculture Educator Page 12

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Community Memories

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Youngsville Busy Beavers receive a Sullivan Renaissance Award.

4-H Member Patrick Coombe won multiple awards with his beef cattle including; Grahamsville Fair - Supreme Champion Female, Senior Champion Angus, New York State Fair - Grand Champion Bull, Senior Champion Bull, Reserve Senior Champion Female, Junior Champion Bull, Best Four Head, Senior Showmanship winner, New Jersey State Fair - Reserve Champion Heifer, Harrisburg KILE show - Senior Champion Bull, Louisville NAILE show - bulls placed in top 5 of their classes, Atlantic National Angus show - Reserve Junior Champion Bull & Reserve Late Spring Bull Champion.

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2017 Ag & Food Systems Highlights Beginner Farmers Staff conducted field visits and meetings with landowners looking to start farming. Staff educated beginning farmers in the areas of ag assessment, ag districts, business planning, regulations, and production needs.

Ag Business Expansion & Retention Program CCE launched the new Agriculture Business Retention and Expansion program, supported by the County Legislature and the Division of Planning and Community Development. Ag Business Program coordinator, Nat Tompkins, offered 13 ag business classes in 2017. Bethel Creamery Project In partnership with the Sullivan County Division of Planning and Community Development, CCE assisted in the expansion of a kosher, organic dairy farm in the Town of Bethel, which is now producing yogurt and bottled milk. Farmers’ Market Promotion Project In partnership with the Sullivan County Division of Planning and Community Development, and County farmers’ market managers, CCE worked to develop a marketing and educational outreach plan to increase customer sales at Sullivan County farmers’ markets. The project also provided training for farmers’ market managers and vendors. Catskills Kitchen Food Business Incubator Seven users produced sauces, baked goods, and prepared foods. CCE provided technical assistance through phone and email regarding regulations, food business start-ups, labeling, and business planning to over 200 people. Farm to School Ag staff worked with CCE Healthy Schools staff to develop a taste-test program and training for school food service workers. In addition, CCE applied for NYS and USDA Farm to School grants.

Ag Workshops CCE hosted 30 workshops with over 400 participants on topics ranging from business planning and value added dairy to high tunnels and corn diseases. Bethel Woods Harvest Festival CCE provided educational FAQ sheets, demonstrations, and engaging staff to share our mission at the weekly Bethel Woods Harvest Festival. Catskills Kitchen Cooking Classes Offered nutritional, preservation, and cooking classes on bread making, jams, meat preservation, healthy cooking from farmers’ market ingredients, and canning tomatoes. Cornell Small Farms Poultry Class Staff developed and presented a 6-week online intensive workshop to 30 attendees from across the US, as far as Alaska, with a goal of providing them with the tools and information to begin their poultry operation.

Farm Visits The Ag team visited 75 farms in 2017. Technical Assistance CCE provided technical assistance in the areas of livestock husbandry and management, soil and forage testing, commercial horticulture and pest management, high tunnel and greenhouse production, and business planning and marketing, making over 1,000 contacts. Farmland Preservation CCE supported the County Agricultural District program and conducted the 30 day inclusion window. Staff also provided technical assistance to municipalities, farmers and neighbors regarding Right to Farm laws, and agricultural zoning.

Food Safety The CCE Ag and Food Systems team hosted 26 farmers at the two-day FSMA/GAP workshop with support from the Local Economies Project and the Sullivan County IDA. The full day training covered FSMA Produce Safety Rule and Good Agricultural Practices, co-management of natural resources and food safety requirements, and support for writing a farm food safety plan.

FAMACHA Trainer Certification Promoted training and education to help farmers identify parasite infections in small ruminants, such as sheep and goats. Beef Quality Assurance Trainer Certification CCE helped to promote management practices for cattle producers to improve beef quality and strengthen consumer confidence through educational programs. Dairy Discussion Group CCESC Ag staff hosted 12 young dairy women and men at the first ever CCE Dairy Discussion. The entrepreneurs now have a regular place to network, learn from each other, and provide input for future programs.

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Ag & Food Systems

By the Numbers

Colleen is baking up a storm in the Catskills Kitchen!

Contacts 1,046 Farm Visits 75 Workshops, Events & Farmers’ Market Outreach Activities 74

Right to Farm signs in Sullivan County raise awareness of farming laws

Summer youth employees make kale chips from the CCE high tunnel

Ribbon cutting at Bethel Creamery, a new kosher, organic dairy producer.

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Environment & Natural Resources

By the Numbers Master Gardener Volunteer Hours 187 Helpline: Soil Tests, Plant and Insect Identifications 126

Master Gardener Volunteers Demonstrated basic gardening techniques to a group of young girls at a seasonal community camp this summer for Sullivan Renaissance.

Community Horticulture Workshops/Activities 16

Master Gardener Volunteers The new class of CCE Sullivan Master Gardener Volunteers completed their course in spring 2017, with one member graduating via FaceTime... ...Welcome to 2018!

Pollinator Garden

Junior Master Gardeners

4-H Hayraisers Club planned and planted a new pollinator garden in the Town of Highland with the help of youth members and community donors.

Gardening workshops for children offered this summer included hands-on activities in the CCE teaching gardens, featuring topics like soil & compost, good & bad bugs, cooking the harvest, and a pumpkin painting party!

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Community & Economic Vitality

Consumer & Financial Ed

By the Numbers

CCE Sullivan’s Energy & Consumer Education program received a grant from the Sullivan County Center for Workforce Development to work with youth in Monticello, NY.

Contacts 497

The two-part program series ran from January to July. The first of the two programs was a six part series on entrepreneurial and business planning based off of the 4-H curriculum, Youth Buzz on Biz, and SCORE materials. The series provided resources for business plan development and an educational background on the types of industry and businesses. Ten young adults aged 18-24 completed the program and left with resources to create their own plan. The second program was a 14 part series on leadership, based on University of Wisconsin curriculum called Youth Engaged in Leadership (YEL). The program used a hands-on approach introducing leadership skills, attributes, and values of successful leaders. Along the way, guest speakers shared their experiences and how they became leaders in Sullivan County.

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Community Outreach Latino Heritage Festival Spanish speaking staff and volunteers provided educational and enrollment material for hundreds of visitors at the second annual Latino Heritage Festival in Monticello, NY. National Ag Day at Miss Monticello Diner CCE partnered with Miss Monticello Diner on March 21, A.K.A. National Ag Day, which included locally sourced ingredients into its menu, and donated 10 percent of every check to CCE as part of the diner’s Giving Tuesday cause, raising over $300!

The program hosted 16 young adults who discovered what it means to lead.

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Cornell Country BBQ CCE brought back its popular old-fashioned chicken BBQ and home-made, homegrown live auction in August, which raised over $7k! County Legislator Alan Sorensen played guitar with friend David Rosenberg, Mike Sakell of Bold Gold Media was MC, Eddie Moran Jr. of Stone Wall Farms was auctioneer, and 200 people purchased farm-fresh dinners.

2017 Youth & Family Development Highlights Leader & Membership Trainings • Volunteer Orientation • Club Leader Training • Project Basics • Project Exhibit Preparation for Show • Public Presentation Evaluator Training • Fair Evaluator Training • Club Leader Rally • 4-H Shooting Sports NYS Training • 4-H Shooting Sports National Training • Staff visits to 20 clubs and programs • 4-H Animal Auction Meetings

Working Groups & Advisory Committees • Horse Task Force • Shooting Sports Instructors • Fair Superintendents Planning Committee • Fair Youth Building Activities Group • Winter Workshops Planning Committee

Key County/Public Events • International Night,150+ attended • Public Presentations Events – 124 youth participants plus family members attended • Sullivan County Youth Fair – Youth project work exhibited to over 6,500 in attendance • Youth Day at Bethel Woods – 25 4-H youth & volunteers provide interactive project activities • Farm Fest – 15 4-H youth & volunteers hosted an interactive 4-H booth • Kauneonga Block Party – 10 4-H youth & volunteers hosted an interactive 4-H booth • 4-H Animal Science members provided interactive booth at Tractor Supply during National 4-H Paper Clover week • Achievement Night – over 150 project completions and 534 community service records were celebrated • Winter Workshops – 40 youth participants plus parents attended • 4-H Working Together Rabbit Program’s first 4-H Rabbit Show – 30 4-H youth from Sullivan and Orange Counties participated • 4-H tabled with Sullivan Renaissance Multicultural Program at National Night Out event in Fallsburg

Classes, Workshops & Project Support Groups • Shooting Sports Classes • Pheasant Raising Program • Trout Raising Program • Vet Science Series • Monthly Intergenerational Textile Group – community service project donated 80 items to Safe Passage and Project Linus • Monthly Rabbit Program

Membership Achievements • 124 youth accomplished public speaking projects • 21 youth advanced to District Public Presentations • Sullivan County youth took two of the seven district slots to advance to the NYS Communications Institute • Two clubs, Hayraisers and Youngsville Busy Beavers, received Sullivan Renaissance awards • 192 youth exhibitors showed 751 exhibits at Sullivan County’s Youth Fair • 52 Sullivan County project exhibits advanced to State Fair with 4 exhibits receiving top awards • 4-H Supernovas Club provided interactive project activities at the New York State Fair • 122 youth submitted project completion records for evaluation including 53 animal records • Multiple 4-H Members of Working Together Rabbit Program crowned New York State Rabbit Cavy Breeders Association’s Education Contest winners • Multiple 4-H members of Working Together Rabbit Program crowned Dutch Rabbit National Club National Education Contest winners • Three 4-H Shooting Sports program members received Jr. Instructor certification at the NYS 4-H Shooting Sports Training • Multiple 4-H members of Working Together Rabbit Program traveled to Indianapolis to compete in the 94th National American Rabbit Breeder’s Association (ARBA) Convention and ARBA’s National Education Contests

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Caregiver Wellness Retreat The 6th annual Caregiver Wellness Retreat, held June 20 at the Frost Valley YMCA, continues to grow with the largest participation to date of 41 caregivers and care receivers supported by 21 volunteers and staff. Caregivers were offered massages, floral arranging, music, dance, crafts, pet therapy, history, a picnic lunch, and fun campfire along with supportive comradery to help them de-stress and rejuvenate with other caregivers.

Youth & Family Development

By the Numbers Caregiver Resource Center (CRC) Contacts: 956 CRC Workshops/Events: 93 Powerful Tools for Caregivers The national Powerful Tools for Caregivers program, approved by the Centers for Disease Control (the CCE Caregiver Resource Center educator and volunteer are part of 4,000 class leaders in 41 states, Canada, and Korea) provided a second series of these evidence-based classes in May and June, graduating six caregivers. Caregivers improved self-care behaviors, management of emotions, self-efficacy, and making use of community resources.

4-H Youth Participants: 259 4-H Community Clubs: 22 4-H Volunteers: 121 4-H Workshops/Events/Sponsored Activities: 83 4-H Community Service Records: 534 Sullivan County & 4-H Youth Fair Entries: 751 4-H’ers at Regional and/or State Level Programs: 83 Intergenerational Textile Project Group Participants: 16 We Connect International Program Participants: 26 Catskills Kitchen Youth Cooking Program Participants:


Youth Leadership & Financial Literacy Program Participants: 26

Tai Chi for Arthritis (Fall Prevention) A Tai Chi for Arthritis & Fall Prevention series of 16 classes provided in two Sullivan County locations (Town of Cochecton and Livingston Manor) graduated a total of 27 seniors this year. This CDC recommended program incorporates components to improve muscular strength, flexibility, and exercises that help to reduce pain and stiffness, thus improving mobility and balance (reducing the rate of falls in older adults). Additional benefits include improving relaxation, vitality, posture, and immunity.

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2017 Nutrition & Healthy Families Highlights Yoga4Classrooms Brought Yoga4Classrooms to local school districts to increase mindfulness and stress regulating skills in the school setting. Water Bottle Filling Stations Supplied school buildings across the county with refillable water bottle filling stations to increase water consumption throughout the day. Healthy Back Packs Assisted, shopped, and delivered back packs filled with nutritious foods to local schools with Sullivan Renaissance summer youth program interns. Farm to School Brought “farm to school” initiatives to local schools, hosting taste-tests of local food products. Smarter Lunchroom Makeover Implemented design changes at Fallsburg Central School District and Sullivan BOCES at White Sulphur Springs cafeterias to increase consumption of healthier food options with new signage and displays. Wellness Policy Penned, revised, and presented to school committees and board updated wellness policies to be in compliance with The USDA’s Final Rule requirements to strengthen policies and increase transparency. Celebration Carts vs. Cupcakes Pilot program in Fallsburg Elementary School, providing celebration carts to increase physical activity during birthday and other school celebrations in lieu of food-based celebrations. Walking Trail Worked with local agencies and Fallsburg Central School District to create a walking trail at the elementary school. Provided in-kind service, educational resources, and signage. Worksite Wellness Initiated worksite wellness components in school administration buildings to increase physical activity during the work day. Physical Activity Partnered in school fundraisers, increasing physical activity in lieu of food-based fundraisers.

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Nutrition & Healthy Families

By the Numbers

School representatives from all over Sullivan completed our Yoga4Classrooms training

Worksite Wellness Sites 48 Municipal Policies & Plans 8 School Wellness Initiatives (by building) 11

Let’s get this party “carted”! Fallsburg Elementary School students play and laugh using props from the sweets-free Birthday Celebration Cart

Health & Wellness Champions CCE staff, partners, and nearly 200 people celebrated health and wellness leaders around the county at CCE Sullivan’s 103rd Annual Meeting on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 with special awards and recognition. Award recipients included Sullivan County Government; Town of Bethel; Town of Mamakating; Ideal Snacks Corp.; Jeff Bank; First Presbyterian Church of Liberty; SullivanArc; Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Gerry Foundation, and Granite Associates; New Hope Community; Fallsburg Central School; Liberty Central School; Monticello Central School; Sullivan BOCES, White Sulphur Springs School; and Sullivan County Head Start. Jonathan Schiller, CEO of Catskill Regional Medical Center was keynote speaker.

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DHI Reports November 2017

December 2017

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Sponsor Spotlight

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“From all of us at CCE Sullivan, thank you for dedicating your time, skills, and enthusiasm to our programs. You make Sullivan County an even better place to live and work.”

Program Advisory Commitee

CCE Sullivan Board Robert Kaplan, President Amy Erlwein, Vice President Dawn Boyes, Treasurer John Kiefer, Secretary Todd Brown Jenny Chamberlain Marcy Ehrman Denise Frangipane Sonja Hedlund John Lang Erin Mason Klu Padu Luisa Parker Nadia Rajsz, Legislative Rep Robert Wong

Dawn Boyes, Chair Marcie Ehrman Freda Eisenberg Sonja Hedlund John “JP” Lang Amanda Langseder Erika Malmgreen Nancy McGraw Richard Sheldon George Stang Theresa Uciechowski Diana Weiner

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Our Volunteers

Master Gardener Volunteers Janet Barbarite Louise Benjamin Rachel Bradsky Helene Chappell Mimi Fierle Denise Frangipane Helene Glatt Dennis Hewston Victoria Ingrassia Mary Mancuso Darlene Midlang

Araceli Mir-Pontier Kristin Porter Myrna Richards Richard Schulman Nancy Schunk Lucy Smassanow Susan Swann Jody Tedaldi Anna Thomas Wendy Tushak Mary Beth Walsh

Master Food Preservers Jessica Gibbons Karen Mariner Barbara Olsen Wendy Tushak Cheyenne Zigmund

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead

4-H Volunteers Angelese Adams Megan Blumenthal Tonya Burk Michaela Burr Nicholas Castellano Christine Cavello Tammi Chaboty Katrina Chellis Brandi Chevalier Jonathan Conklin Karen Coombe William Cutler II Michael Davis Alexandra Dench-Layton Kathlene Denman Pamela DeRosse Susan Dwyer Jessica Dymond Jennifer Edwards Geraldine Ekker Erin Everitt Thomas Gain John Gallagher Janeene Gambino Eunice Hartling Diana Hartling Christopher Herbert Beverly Hesse Joan Howard Colleen Huggler Heather Jacksy Robert Jones Cassandra Jucha Theodore Jucha Linda Kays Robert Kays Patricia Kelly Nicole Knight-Sorese Tara Kratz John Kratz Mary Paige & Charles Lang-Clouse Ed Lutz Karen Mariner Elizabeth McAndrew Kara McElroy Cynthia McKenna Lynn McWilliams Edward Moran Jr

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Edward Moran Sr Jennifer Morgan Jamie Noeth Mary Nosek Charles Nystrom Jennifer Nystrom Barbara Olsen Kathleen O’Rourke Colleen Osterhout Jamie Parsons Susan Peters Dennis Peters Jenny Phelps Mark Plescia Kelly Plescia Rima Rath Robin Raykoff Karen Reilly Victoria Robinson Rebecca Robinson David Robinson Jennifer Robisch Stacie Rodrigues Wade Rodrigues Elizabeth Roser Heather Ryder Richard & Jennifer Sheldon Kaitlyn Smith Hal & Jean Smith Harold Smith Christine Smith-Cox Jane Sorensen Trish Stephenson Lynne Stratton Amy Sykes Danielle Sykes Kim Szabo-Lutz Anna Thomas CareyAnn Thompson James Uciechowski Theresa Uciechowski Theresa Viele Kody Viele Leah Mae Waldron Mary Wells

Sally Abrams Carl Adkins Joyce Amels, LVT Lori Ansbro Leonard Bauer Chef Michael Bel Linda Blanton Ian Blumenthal Sue Bodenstein William Bolte Richard Boyd Larry Bracken Karl A. Bressler, Esq. Donna Bright C Summers Brittenham Lee A. Brown Fina Bruce Brian Brustman Kurt Buddenhagen Ruth Carpentier Katrina Chellis Paul Ciliberto Dawn Ciorciari Phyllis & Richard Coombe Philip Coombe Jr. Richard & Karen Coombe, Jr. Beth Culligan Dr. Joe D’Abbraccio, DVM Donna Davies Tania DeFrank Erin Denman Jen Desrochers Jason Detzel The Diehl Family Bob Eckert Richard Ehrmann Carry Emdriss Colleen Emery Charlie Fausold Rachel Feller Charlene Finerty Elaine Finkle Pam Fisk Lisa Flynn Andrew Ford Chantal Forger Jason Foscolo Denise Frangipane Danielle Gaebel Audrey Garro Evadne Giannini Kyle Giminiani Eric Goldstein Isaac Green Diebboll Barbara & Kevin Gref William Griesbeck Edison Guzman Susan Hamlin Eunice Hartling Lee Hartwell John Hauschild

Amy Heinze Pam Henning Herman Herbert Beverly Hesse The Hessinger Family Elizabeth Higgins Jill Holland Joan Howard Janet Hubert George Hudler Dan Hust Tracy Jean Israel Hadar & Eileen Isseroff Heather Jacksy Cheryl Johnstone Pat Kardash Jonathan Kaufman Timothy Kautz The Kays Family Roger Kimmes Kailyn Klein John Kline Donald Klinger Dr. Megan Knoell, DVM-CVS Tannis Kowalchuk Amanda Langseder Rose-Marie Lee Suzanne Lendzian Bonnie & Barry Lewis Marjorie Linko Ashley Luckey Craig Luckey Tom McCormick Jim & Nancy McLavern Jerry & Linda Monaghan Kiran Monaghan Carol Montana Dennis Muthig Dorothy Muthig Earl & Marion Myers The Nikolados Family Joseph Nebzydoski John Politidis Glenn Pontier Ashley Prouty Diane Provost Blaine Raddish Linda Reik Sullivan Renaissance Lori Rivenburgh David Rosenberg Sandi Rowland Nicoletta LaMarca Sacco Mike Sakell Yvonne Santiago Wade Sauchuk Jonathan Schiller Dr. David Schwalb Tami Shaver Michael J. Sherwood Matt Shortall Page 26

Gerald & Rosemary Skoda Dara Smith Carol Smythe Kelly Soller Alan Sorensen Gary Sparago Fred Stabbert III George Stang Dr. tatiana Stanton Sherri Steinhauer Steven & Jeanne Stellman Lily Stettner Norman & Mary Ellen Sutherland Janet Syvertsen Dana Taylor Christy TerBush Rich Toebe Ryan Trapani Sarah Ungerleider Dennis & Bernadine Wasiczko Lindsay Wilcox Peter E. Wilken Donna Willi Ken Wise Ed Wolff

A&E Advertising & Web Design Aaron Burr Cidery AARP Tax Aide Volunteer Program Action Toward Independence Ag & Farmland Protection Board Albany Law School Rural Law Initiative Alzheimer’s Association of the Hudson Valley American Heart Association Apple Pond Farm & Renewable Energy Art Salomon Fishing Guide Associated Mutual Barryville Farmers Market Bashakill Vineyard BeaverDam Brook Farms Beekeeper’s Association of Sullivan County Benjamin Cosor Elementary School Bernas Family Farm Bernie’s Holiday Restaurant Bethel Creamery Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Body, Mind, & Spirit Wellness Center Bold Gold Media Group Boys & Girls Club of Wallkill, Inc. Brey’s Egg Farm Brian Brustman Land Services Woodworking Calico Geese Quilting Guild

Catskill Edible Garden Project Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum Catskill Forest Association Catskill Mountain Sugar House Catskill Mountainkeeper Catskill Regional Medical Center Catskill Sales Associates Catskill Veterinary Services CCE Orange CCE Ulster Center for Discovery Centermost Marketing Charlie Barbuti Furniture Mall Child Protective Services Childcare Council Cochecton Mills Cooper Arias LLC CPA’s Cornell Small Farms County of Sullivan Cunningham Family Farms Daniel Pierce Library Deer Central Maple Syrup Delaware Highlands Conservancy Delaware Valley Farm & Garden Denman Construction Diana Weiner Horticulture Consultant Diehl Me In Performance Horses, LLC Don’s Dairy Supply Downtown Barn Dr. Nebzydoski, DVM Drop-Back Guide Service E.B. Crawford Public Library Eastern NY Horticulture Program Eat Smart NY of the HV Evergreen Community Center Fallsburg Central School District Farm Commons Farm Service Agency Fidelis Care Fire Mountain Kitchen First Presbyterian Church of Liberty Fisher Farms Formaggio Cheese Fosterdale Equipment Friends of Walnut Mountain Frost Valley YMCA Gallery at the Lakes Garden Creations Gerry Foundation Gerry Orchard Gorzynski Ornery Farm Governor Andrew Cuomo Granite Associates HealthLink NY Hilly Acres Farm Hofer Log & Lumber Home Depot Hope Farm Hudson Valley Agriculture Dev Corp. Hudson Valley Foie Gras Ideal Snacks Corp.

Contributors, Sponsors, Donors

Independent Living Jeff Bank Jeff Junction Jeffersonville Pharmacy John Kline’s Natural Wood Wine Racks John Story’s Neversink Plant Company John Wilcox Greenhouse Kohler Lumber & Building Materials, Inc. Kristt Kelly Office Systems Corp. Labarbaq BBQ Sauce Law Office of Willian H Chellis PC Lazy Pond Bed & Breakfast Liberty Elks Lodge Liberty Farmers Market Liberty Public Library M & A Pizzeria Middletown Inc. M & M Auto Group Majek Furniture Warehouse Mamakating Library Manor Ink Maple Valley Farm Matson’s Bar and Grill Michael Salomon Photography Michelangelo’s Restaurant and Pizzeria Mike Preis Insurance Misner Ag Agency Miss Monticello Diner Monticello Central School District Monticello Farmers Market Monticello Housing Authority Morgan Outdoors Mountain Grown Tree Services Mountain Sweet Berry Farm Mullally Tractor Supply Murray’s Chicken Myers Century Farm Narrowsburg Feed & Grain Co Natural Contents Natural Resource Conservation Service Neversink Ag Society New Hope Community Northern Farmhouse Pasta NYS Agriculture & Markets NYS Department of Environmental Conservation NYSERDA Ochs Orchard Older Adults Transitional Support (OATS) Organic World.US Oscar Brown’s Pathstone Corp. Pestech River Reporter Rock Hill Farmers Market Rolling V Transportation Services Roscoe Farmers Market Rubin Livestock Services SC Center for Workforce Development SC Chamber of Commerce SC Dairy Promotion SC Democrat Page 27

SC Department of Family Services SC Department of Health SC Division of Planning & Community Development SC Farm Bureau SC Farm Network SC Head Start SC Hour Exchange SC Industrial Development Agency SC Legislature SC Office for Sustainability SC Office for the Aging SC Real Property SC SCORE SC Visitor’s Association SC Youth Bureau Schmidt’s Wholesale Smith & Sons Livestock Somewhere in Time Farm Sprouting Dreams Farm Stone Ridge Farm Stonewall Farms Sullivan 180 Sullivan Agencies Leading Together (SALT) Sullivan Alliance for Sustainable Development Sullivan BOCES Sullivan BOCES White Sulphur Springs School Sullivan NYConnects SullivanArc SUNY Sullivan Superior Surfacing Systems, LTD Syd London Photography The Bake House The Clair Inn and Café The Food Law Firm The Suite at Hessinger Thunder 102 Thunder View Farms Times Herald Record Town of Bethel Town of Callicoon Town of Cochecton Town of Delaware Town of Fremont Town of Mamakating Town of Neversink Town of Rockland Tractor Supply Co. United Way of Sullivan County US Department of Agriculture Victoria Ingrassia Catering Villa Roma Resort & Conference Center Winterton Farms WJFF Radio Catskill Yiasou Café Youngsville Firecrackers Youngsville Veterinary Clinic

Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County Annual Report 2017  
Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County Annual Report 2017