February Extension Connection Sullivan County 2015

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Volume LXXXXVI, No. 2

Liberty, NY -:- February, 2015

(USPS) 525 - 100

Cornell University Cooperative Extension Sullivan County’s Mission Statement Kitty Vetter, Sullivan County Legislative Representative and supporter of CCESC at the Centennial Gala in November

CCE Sullivan Core Values: Education, Collaboration, Accountability, Responsiveness, Inclusiveness.

Cornell Cooperative Extension puts knowledge to work in pursuit of economic vitality, ecological sustainability, and social well-being. We bring local experience and research based solutions together, helping Sullivan County families and communities thrive in our rapidly changing world.

Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County’s Vision Statement Cornell Cooperative Extension will be a gateway to knowledge, life skills, and experiences for better living. We will bring together and partner with government, business, and community based groups to serve all residents and visitors of Sullivan County. CCE will continue to evolve to meet the changing needs of the county and its diverse population by employing the latest technology, research based education, and highly trained professional staff.

CCE Sullivan on the Ground: CCE delivers high quality, researched-based educational programing throughout the year at the Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center in Liberty, New York and in the Sullivan County community. Education is delivered through printed materials, workshops, classes, presentations, demonstrations, visits by world class researchers, special tours and visits, and through local media. A 100 year old grassroots organization, we are charged with involving the local community and listening to the needs of the people. Our board of directors is elected by, and responsible to, the people of Sullivan County. Standing and special program committees report to our board and assist CCE in identifying needs in the community and prioritizing programming that is within our mission to address. Board and program committee members are individuals with varied expertise and interest. Our professional staff consult with them to develop and deliver programs.

Congressman Chris Gibson stopped by last spring and toured the facilities including the newly constructed greenhouse, a project collaboration with Sullivan Renaissance and Sullivan BOCES.

Message from the Board President & Executive Director


Celebrating 100 Years of CCESC


Economic Impact


Capital Campaign


Fast Facts


CCESC Spotlights


Testimonials & Statements of Support


Enrollment Card

Program Overview


Ways to Contribute


Agriculture & Food Systems




Environment & Natural Resources


Thank You


Community & Economic Vitality


Supporters and Sponsors


Nutrition & Healthy Families


Community Supporters


Youth and Family Development


Centennial Gala Supporters


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The Extension Connection Edited by: Nicole Slevin Layout & Design by: Tracey Argent Produced at Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County 2014 Board of Directors Joan Howard……..…...…..…………………..………..President Earl Myers……………….………………….........Vice President Glenn Pontier……………………………...…………...Secretary Donna Willi..………………………….…….…………Treasurer Dawn Boyes Christopher Gozza Sonja Hedlund Steve Mogel Edward Moran Louisa Parker Pamela Rourke Mike Sakell Pete Tweed Janet Threshman Cooperative Extension in New York State provides Equal Program and Employment Opportunities. New York State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, New York State College of Human Ecology, and New York State College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University, Cooperative Extension Associations, County Governing Bodies, and the United States Department of Agriculture, cooperating.

REGULAR OFFICE HOURS 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ~ Monday-Friday Phone (845) 292-6180 Website: www.sullivancce.org Email: sullivan@cornell.edu Twitter @ccesullivan Facebook \ccesullivan

Staff Colleen Monaghan...……………..…………...Executive Director Melinda Meddaugh……..Ag & Natural Resources Issue Leader, SC Planning Liaison Sean Welsh……………….…Youth & Family Team Coordinator Michelle Lipari………………....Ag & 4-H Community Educator Susan Dollard………………...Community Horticulture Educator Nicole Slevin…………………………Public Affairs Coordinator Bonnie Lewis…………….....................Dependent Care Educator SueAnn Boyd………………..…...Sr. Administrative Assistant & Master Food Preserver Marylin Jones...…………………….….4-H Community Educator Tracey Argent…………………Sr. Administrator & HR Manager Maria Grimaldi……….……………………..Kitchen Coordinator Tara Van Horn...…………………………..Finance Administrator John Wilcox…………………….....Building & Grounds Manager

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Extension Connection—Annual Summary

February, 2015

Joan Howard, President 2014 was a milestone year for Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC). We celebrated a century of providing service to Sullivan County. As we reflected on the past ten decades, we learned that each decade brought changes in the economy, demographics, and technology. In each decade there were changes in the needs of our farms, families, and youth. Extension programs and services evolved to meet the challenges of the day. During the last decade, CCESC certainly experienced many challenges. However, due to the consistent commitment of the Sullivan County community and the resilience of volunteers, staff, and all of the stakeholders, 2014 was indeed a success. In 2014 our two most important partnerships, Sullivan County Government and Cornell University, have been strengthened, significantly enhancing our existing programing and helping us develop new, innovative programs to serve more diverse populations. The 2014 county budget restored funding to the 2012 level of $415,000 and added to our contract a shared Agriculture Issue Leader position.

During the past year, faculty and researchers from Cornell have conducted many workshops and provided technical assistance to our educators and constituents. Perhaps most importantly, in 2014 CCESC hired a new fulltime Executive Director, Colleen Monaghan. Under Colleen’s leadership we will continue to grow, evolve, and serve Sullivan County as an important part of our community’s economic, social, and cultural well-being. Finally, quoting Professor Scott Peters, our 100th annual meeting speaker, “We must take up the deeply rewarding, rejuvenating, and inspiring work. We owe the women and men who come before us the effort. And we owe it to the coming generations. It is our responsibility to carry forward into its second century a flexible and dynamic organization that not only adapts its work to address the challenges of changing times, but also recommits to a broad, rather than narrow, purpose adhering to sound and definite ideals, to long-term objectives, and to procedures determined by such ideals and objectives”. Thank you to all who have contributed to Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County. Our continued success depends on the efforts of the people committed to our future.

The County Legislature unanimously approved the transfer of ownership of the Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center building and 22 acres of land from the County to the Extension Association. The Centennial Campaign, with the help of Jerry Skoda and Phil Coombe, has raised funds to start capital renovations and continue the efforts to transform our building and grounds into a sustainable learning center. Two fully endowed scholarships administered by the association have been awarded to graduating high school students pursuing careers in agriculture. The success of our partnerships resulted in increased grant funding and led to other important collaborations, including our Entrepreneurial and Teaching (EaT) Kitchen project with the Liberty Community Development Corporation and Sullivan Renaissance, and two high tunnel projects in partnership with Sullivan BOCES and Sullivan Renaissance. February, 2015

The staff cooked and served a breakfast made with locally raised or sourced ingredients in October for the members of the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce.

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Employment Value Added

Leveraging County Funding for Impact & Investment Sullivan County appropriated $415,000 to CCESC in 2014, which helped leverage another $774,877 in federal and state funding, grants & contracts, program fees, donations, and fundraising. This represents a $1.87 match for every dollar in funding provided by Sullivan County. County funding and collaborative partnership is essential and necessary to leverage and realize the benefits CCESC has to offer Sullivan County.

CCESC has 13 staff members (12 FTE). Nine exempt staff, four non-exempt. The average wage with direct fringe is a living wage at $21.66 per hour. Extension’s employee NYS fringe rate is 55.48% paid by NYS. Each funded position saves the county $12.01 per hour of work in fringe benefits. This equates to a total county savings of $299,943.52.

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Allocation of Support

Sources $10,000 Federal Smith Lever for 2013-2014 $127,848 Federal money for ESNY for 2013-2014 $299,944 in fringe benefits from NYS $80,321 NYS County Law 224 funds for 2013-2014 $43,000 Combined Federal and State funding for the Caregivers Resource Center from Sullivan County Office for the Aging $25,000 Shared Ag Position from Sullivan County Department of Planning & Environmental Management $188,764 Grants, Contracts, Class Fees, Donations, Fundraising

The Value of Volunteers Cornell Cooperative Extension Volunteers served over 11,000 hours in 2014. At the NYS volunteer rate* of $26.45 per hour, that amounts to a human investment to Sullivan County of approximately $303,911!

Fundraising 2%

Volunteer opportunities are a best practice in helping adults & youth build and maintain essential workforce development skills! Environmental & Natural Resources 3%

*2013 rate from the Corporation for National and Community Service

Grants & Awards Received             

Farm to Table in the Classroom – Sullivan West School District Sources of Support Caregiver Resource Center – Sullivan County Office for the Aging Eat Smart New York – New York State Office of Temporary Disability Assistance EaT Kitchen Support – Sullivan Renaissance CRISP: Early Detection of Invasive Species – CCE of Columbia and Greene Counties Empower New York - Save Energy, Save Dollars – Cornell University and NYSERDA Stream & Watershed Education for SC Teachers in the NYC Watershed – Catskill Watershed Corporation "Living By The Stream" Watershed Education for NYC Residents /Part-time Catskill Landowners – Catskill Watershed Corporation Master Gardener Seminar Series – Sullivan Renaissance Small is Beautiful - Mini-Grant – Cornell University Department of HortiView from Stone Ridge Farm with pond culture Catskill Edible Garden Project – Catskill Mountainkeeper Grand Entrance Garden - Category B Grant – Sullivan Renaissance Grand Entrance Garden - Phase II Grant – Sullivan Renaissance

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Extension Connection—Annual Summary

February, 2015

# of Volunteers

Program Areas 


Ag & Food Systems

Environment &Natural Resources

Community & Economic Viability  

Nutrition & Healthy Families

CCESC reached 8226 young people in 2014.

Youth & Family Development

# of Enrollees 479

Launched $1 Million Capital Campaign

CCESC celebrated its Centennial Anniversary

CCESC had 8384 adult contacts in 2014

# of Donors

1st Draft of 2015-2020 Strategic Plan released for public comment

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2014 Operating Budget $1,189,877

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Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County partnered with over 80 County, State, Federal, and community organizations

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Opened 1st shared-use commercial kitchen in the region.

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“The Caregivers Practical Help class series that I attended helped me to have the confidence to better take care of my mother. It helped me learn to give baths, how to look for any changes in her skin condition, how to lift her safely, and how to take her vital signs. I learned how to better communicate with my mom and to notice any changes in her behavior.” - Loretta, caregiver

"Thank you for the excellent class on high tunnel/greenhouses. All the information on how to calculate yield vs net profit in the greenhouse is extremely valuable information to me!" - Class participant

"Another fantastic 4-H year! My daughter has been able to get even more involved with leadership training and that has made her very happy. Keep up the good work." - 4-H parent

"I really appreciate

you taking the time to find out what could have been troubling, my cow’s health. Its helpful to have such good resources available." - local farmer

“The Master Gardener program is the best thing that has happened to me in the last 10 years. I’m helping other people and that helps me.” - Kathy, Master Gardener Volunteer

“As a 4-H Leader for over 33 years I am so proud that all of my members have turned out to be such good citizens, exhibiting good values and continued involvement in their communities.” - Mary, 4-H leader “This year I was one of the four planning committee members for 4-H Capital Days. It was a blast!" "I am very excited to do everything that I possibly can for my last year as a 4-H member. Although aging out will be sad, I'm ready to make the most of my last year." "4-H has been the most rewarding and exciting experience of my entire life. I have made my absolute best friends through my 4-H experiences."- Jessica, 4-H participant Page 6

“The EaT Kitchen offered us the perfect opportunity to launch our new business for the holiday season!” - K&H Bakers

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“We started coming to the workshops and enjoyed them so much we decided to take the 3 day certification workshop. Since then we have attended each workshop offered and have become MFP volunteers who help teach workshops. We enjoy canning seasonal produce and sharing with friends and family.” - Master Food Preserver February, 2015

Agriculture & Food Systems: Education is directed toward improvement of the food system as a whole from “farm to table�. Programs cover multiple aspects of food security such as soil & herd resources and health, field evaluation of crops, reliable production guidelines, economics of production, and farm management, integrated pest management, healthy produce, fruit and vegetable production and storage, and facilitation of sustainable agriculture and engagement with food system policies work. Education encourages farmers to grow new crop varieties and employ new production and business practices, through programs for the agricultural sector businesses, and informs consumers about improved food products, encouraging adults to serve the foods to children. Farm businesses, horticulturists, and natural resource managers continue producing a stable, safe, and affordable food, feed, fiber, and fuel supplies in sustainable ways. Environment & Natural Resources: Assist communities in sustaining and obtaining healthy ecosystems for the pleasure and functional viability of youth, families, communities, farms, and businesses. Focused on natural conservation and protection and sustainable energy education that work toward long term planning for sustainable energy and proper use of natural resources. Education on natural resources management includes inventory and mapping methods, habitat, biodiversity, invasive species, alternative land uses, economics of sustainable natural resources, a viable local economy, and a healthy environment critical to protecting, enhancing, and sustaining valuable natural resources. Natural resources include forested mountains, aquatic environments from wetlands and marshes to estuaries to lakes, and an accompanying diversity of plant and animal species. Community & Economic Vitality: Includes community and economic development processes, sustainability and resiliency, agriculture and food systems development, land use and energy, emergency preparedness, and entrepreneurship and workforce development. Cornell has a commitment to citizens and local officials to build capacity to solve problems and build strong and vibrant communities. Efforts promote community farmland protection initiatives, local foods, entrepreneurship, and public issues education. Our educational programs support inter-municipal and regional collaborations, and new public-private partnerships that spur innovative strategies to address complex community development issues. Nutrition & Healthy Families: Addresses food insecurity and safety through education on availability of and access to food, certainty of availability and access to food, sufficiency of food, social and cultural acceptability of food, and nutritional quality and safety of food. Work in this program area ties well with our work in agriculture, and youth, families, and communities. Extension programs are designed to 1) connect research and practice, 2) result in behavior change, 3) build on the strengths of families and youth, 4) develop strong collaborations resulting in community changes for optimal health promotion and 5) provide policymakers with the knowledge to develop appropriate policies to promote healthy lifestyles. The programs are collaborative and work directly with key community organizations.

*Program Summaries adapted from CCE Statewide Plans of Work

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Youth & Family Development: Life skills through 4-H science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), civic engagement (citizenship), and healthy living. Family emphases on social & economic wellbeing, quality of home and work environments, elder care practices, programs, and policies affecting the quality of life for children, youth, elders, and their families. The economic security programs aim to empower low and moderate-income households who are especially vulnerable to financial setbacks by promoting financial literacy skills and effective management behaviors.

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Situation & Priorities Statement* Agricultural and food industries contribute an estimated $56 million a year to Sullivan County’s economy, plus more than $700 million in indirect economic impact. Improving production efficiency, and quality and safety of plants and animals in agricultural, horticultural, and natural resource production systems is fundamental to improving our ability to compete in a global economy. Managers of Sullivan County’s 382 farms, horticultural operations, and natural resource producers face dynamic and complex production environments. Extensive knowledge and skills are needed for identifying, selecting, and adopting principles and practices that optimize production management and improve profitability and sustainability in accordance with business goals. Technologies such as genetic engineering, satellite imagery and GIS, computer aided management decision tools are available today and technical assistance providers have similar needs to remain up-to-date and able to provide appropriate information for each enterprise.

Ultimate Goals of the Program* 

Boost Sullivan County agricultural production.

Improve capacity to meet growing food demand.

Foster innovation in fighting hunger by addressing food insecurity in vulnerable populations.

Assure long-term viability and well being of the agricultural/horticulture industry and rural communities.

Promote economically and environmentally sound products and practices, and safer and healthier products.

Assist producers, horticulture businesses, and natural resource managers to optimize production management and improve profitability and sustainability in accordance with their goals.

Increase the use of sustainable practices to result in improved or protected soil, air and water quality and production of high quality and safe food and fiber.

Improve soil health and productivity, resulting in increased farm profitability and improved environmental quality.

2014 Program Offerings & Events Beginning Farmers’ Roundtable Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program Webinar Agri-Business Tax Workshop Dairy/Ag Day Hay, Baleage & Forage Quality Mortality & Manure Composting All Breed Beef Cattle Clinic Pasture ID Walk Raising Chickens in Your Backyard Intro to Greenhouses & High Tunnels Soil Health Management for High Tunnels Corn Plot Field Day Farm Bill Margin Protection Beef Quality Assurance Program Growing Winter Greens & Tomatoes for High Tunnels Farmers’ Health Insurance Farm Funding Workshop Page 8

* Situation, Priorities, and Goals adapted from CCE Statewide and Sullivan County Plans of Work.

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Cornell University Farmland Protection Plan Dairy Processing Project County Agricultural Advisory Board County Ag & Farmland Protection Board Southeast Regional Livestock Team SC Rural Health Network County Agri-Business Revolving Loan Fund Sullivan BOCES Sullivan Renaissance SC WIC SC Farmers’ Market Association SC Legislature SC Dept of Planning & Economic Development Thunder 102

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17 Programs were offered 11 Cornell University Specialists were brought to Sullivan County 1075 Participants were served at these programs 1650 Youth contacts were made 50 Farm visits were conducted 152 Walk ins were assisted 600 Ag related phone calls answered

Agricultural Stats for Sullivan County Total Number of Farms:

32 1

Acres in Farmland:


Total Agricultural Receipts: 56.4 million

Direct Economic Impact (including ag manufacturing, production and support services): $714.1 million

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Situation & Priorities Statement* Our program touches on energy, agriculture and consumer, and community energy resources. The agriculture energy program addresses priorities related to the goal of energy independence and design of optimum forestry and crops. The consumer and community energy resources program addresses individual consumers. High energy costs impact household budgets. On average, New Yorkers spend $1,724 annually on energy per household. Reducing this figure creates more household disposable income, spurring economic growth. Lower-income homeowners and renters are particularly hard hit by escalating energy costs and need appropriate alternatives for reducing costs. Subsidies and incentives are available but they can be confusing and difficult to navigate. Community agencies and local governments’ policies and practices influence energy use and can promote energy conservation. With a wide range of waste producers, including individuals, agriculture, industry, and government, residents, agricultural producers, businesses/industry, and governments need current information and solutions on techniques for managing waste, reducing waste at the source, minimizing energy use and costs, and managing the risk and environmental inequities resulting from waste generation and disposal practices. Our programs focus on the individual, agricultural, and community agency level. * Situation, Priorities and Goals adapted from CCE Statewide and CCE Sullivan Plans of Work.

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Photo credit: Molly Smith, 4-H Member

Ultimate Goals of the Program* 

Healthy ecosystems.

Youth, families, communities, farms, and businesses engage in long term planning for proper use of natural resources, sustainable energy, and environmental priorities.

Natural resources are protected and available for multiple uses, including agroforestry, fishing, recreation, agriculture, tourism, and other businesses/industry.

The economic vitality of agricultural/natural resources and other businesses is improved, and the health of individuals and families are enhanced and more sustainable through the availability of high quality natural resources.

Improved waste management and waste reduction efforts will result in an enhanced and protected environment, including soil, air, and water, and reduced risk for individuals and families.

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A Sampling of 2014 Program Offerings & Events          

Empower NY Tree Stewards Training Maple School Raising Pheasants/4-H Pheasant Project Orchard Production Eurasian Boar Info Session Shooting Sports Program (weekly meetings, trainings, trebuchet) Jr. Master Gardeners Entomology Jr. Master Gardeners Soil & Water Early Detection of Invasive Species

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Vermiculture I-Map Tracking Stream & Watershed Professional Development Energy Symposium Winter StoryWalk Geocaching & GPS Class National Eagle Count Trail Clean-Up & Walk Monarch Butterfly Workshop Upper Delaware Bio-Blitz Nature Scavenger Hunt

Community Organizational Partners

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53 Programs were offered 822 Youth contacts were made 865 Adult contacts were made 45 Walk ins were assisted 60 Environment & natural resources related phone calls answered

February, 2015

Cornell University Catskill Mountainkeeper Delaware Highlands Conservancy Delaware Highlands Mushroom Society Delaware Riverkeeper Network Friends of the Upper Delaware River Greater NY Councils Local Libraries Local School Districts National Parks Service NEPA Audubon Society Norcross Wildlife Foundation NYS DEC NYS Maple Association NYSERDA Open Space Institute

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Penn. Native Plant Society Rural Ulster Preservation Co. SC Audubon Society SC Legislature SC Parks SC Recycling Program SC Visitors Association SC WIC Program Sullivan Alliance for Sustainable Development Sullivan BOCES Sullivan Renaissance SUNY Sullivan Trailkeeper.org Trust for Public Land Upper Delaware Council Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River

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Situation & Priorities Statement* Our focus is on developing capacity among citizens, leaders, and local officials so they are better prepared to address challenges and opportunities, improve quality of life, and build strong and vibrant communities. Building local capacity for governance, enhancing local economies, and investing in human capital by providing research-based knowledge, public issues education, and education and training are keys. We work toward the long term sustainability and well-being of communities through collaborations and partnerships and promote active and representative participation toward enabling all community members to shape their collective future. Even in the most rural areas, changing populations and land use patterns often bring agriculture/ horticulture/natural resource enterprises in contact with neighbors or visitors who do not understand or appreciate the nature of their operations and contributions to the community. Local municipal leaders must balance private property rights, community growth, quality of life issues and environmental protection. Partnerships, based on mutual respect and trust, unleash community potential and provide a powerful tool to create positive and lasting change for communities.

Ultimate Goals of the Program * 

More resilient communities.

Ensure that diverse interests and populations in communities are reflected within and engaged as key stakeholders – this includes engaging community networks that link diverse sub-groups.

Better utilize community resources to improve and sustain quality of life.

Increased local capacity for management and protection of local environmental resources.

Avoid or minimize conflicts between agriculture/horticulture/natural resource enterprises and community members and resolve them within communities when they occur. 

View agriculture/horticulture/natural resource enterprises as contributing and positive elements in the community.

Volunteers develop leadership capacity to engage in the application of science-based solutions to environmental problems at the community level.

Communities experience high quality of life, social cohesion, ecological integrity, effective decision making, and new economic opportunities.

Institutionalize sustainable practices so that communities actively manage their environments, protecting and enhancing financial, infrastructure, human, environmental, and social capitals.

* Situation, Priorities and Goals adapted from CCE Statewide and CCE Sullivan Plans of Work. Page 12

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2014 Program Offerings & Events                      

Community Projects & Organizational Partners

Recipes for Success Entrepreneurial Series Master Gardener Training Winter Bird Watch Class Growing Healthy Houseplants Class Hypertufa Class Basic Gardening—101, 102, 103 Fall Gardening Seminar Growing Microgreens Draped Cement Seed Saving Jr. Master Gardener Class—Botany Jr. Master Gardener Class—Garden Harvest Philadelphia Flower Show Trip Annual Plant Sale Sullivan Renaissance Expo Woman’s Conference at SUNY Sullivan Farmers’ Markets Livingston Manor Garden Day Grahamsville Fair Bethel Woods Harvest Festival Speaking at local libraries, garden clubs Farm to School - Six Part Series

Bethel Youth Gardens Broadway Monticello Project County of Sullivan Delaware Youth Center Federation for the Homeless Hortonville Sign Garden Hudson Health Plan Hudson Valley Health Care Liberty CDC Liberty Community Garden Local Garden Clubs Local Libraries Local School Districts Roscoe Presbyterian Church SC Child Care Council

SC Historical Society SC Workforce Development St. Peter’s Church, Liberty Sullivan BOCES Sullivan Renaissance SUNY Sullivan Town of Roscoe Town of Thompson Park Village of Monticello Woodland Wildings Garden

At a Glance  40 Programs were offered  88 Youth contacts  951 Adult contacts  54 Master Gardener Volunteers trained  142 Walk ins were assisted  595 Phone calls & emails answered

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Ultimate Goals of the Program*

Situation & Priorities Statement*

Affordable, available nutritious foods.

Guidance for families to make science-based decisions about health and well-being.

Prevention of childhood overweight and reduction of long term risks for chronic disease by encouraging healthy eating and increased physical activity.

Provide education for the nutritional wellbeing and safety of Sullivan County residents.

Improve food safety and food-handling practices throughout the food system.

Reduce incidence of food-borne illnesses.

Improved community food security and healthful food-choice options.

Sullivan County has the 2nd worst health outcomes in New York State. Contributing factors include high consumption of sweetened beverages, low fruit, vegetable, and dairy consumption and limited physical activity. Healthy habits, including healthy eating and physical activity, can lower the risk of becoming overweight and developing diseases associated with obesity. Food insecurity and obesity can exist at the same time, necessitating addressing hunger issues for some populations within programs. Social influences (including food norms, preferences, knowledge, attitudes, skills, supports, and role models) and biological influences (age, gender, genes, and physiology) interact to direct eating and activity behaviors. Interactions with one’s environment (family and community) brings another level of influences on behaviors that include feeding practices, interactions related to feeding, family attitudes and attention to health care. Factors such as access to healthy foods in multiple settings, access to activity opportunities in the community, and local public health programs and policies all have impact. Effective programs target eating and activity-based behaviors directly, as well as environmental change. In addition, consumer education on proper food handling and preparation in the home is a vital component to ensuring food safety. Consumers continue to improve their food safety practices but some are still unknowingly practicing some unsafe behaviors.

* Situation, Priorities and Goals adapted from CCE Statewide and CCE Sullivan Plans of Work. Page 14

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2014 Program Offerings & Events Master Food Preserver Training Family Trail Hike School STEM Field Trips CSA Fair Recipes for Success Series SNAP Ed Eat Smart New York Farm to School Making Jams & Jellies Hot Water Bath Canning Making Pie Filling Meat Preservation Chutney from Around the World Pickling Making Salsa Sullivan West Fitness Day Sullivan West Trout Day ARC Health Fair

Farmers Markets SUNY Sullivan Health Fair Headstart Health Fair Sullivan West Healthy Hiking Bethel Woods CCE/Ag Day Fallsburg School Wellness Fair New Hope Staff Health Fair Liberty Parade and Info Fair Callicoon Tractor Parade Info Booth Healthy Hudson Valley Challenge One Time Educational Presentations:  Shop Rite, Liberty, Monticello  Ted Strobel Center  Ideal Foods  WIC  Delaware Valley Youth Center

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22 Programs were offered 450 Youth contacts 951 Adult contacts 1160 SNAP Ed participants 4193 Total ESNY contacts

Community Organizational Partners Bethel Woods Catskill Mountainkeeper CCE NYC Market Maker Program County of Sullivan Edible Hudson Valley Headstart Hudson River Healthcare Liberty Community Development Corp. Local Libraries Local Schools New Hope Community NOFA-NY NYS Ag & Markets NYS Office of Temporary Disability Orange County Trust Boys & Girls Club February, 2015

Pure Catskills SC Adult Care Center SC Department of Health SC Federation for the Homeless SC Industrial Development Agency SC WIC SC Pregnancy Support Center SC Public Health Sunshine Adult Day Care Town of Callicoon Town of Liberty Trailkeeper.org Watershed Ag Council

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Situation & Priorities Statement*

Some 2014 Program Offerings & Events

Youth development through experiential learning is the foundation of 4-H programming. Participation in high quality out-of-school programs is linked with a lower incidence of problem behaviors, such as decreased academic failure, substance abuse, and delinquency (Lerner, Lerner, & Phelps, 2008). Youth have different interests and needs and therefore respond differently to the same opportunities. They should have choices about which activities they participate in and they should have a chance to help shape those activities. Economic security, financial and other household resource management are educational priorities. There are a multitude of economic challenges facing communities in Sullivan County and the nation as well. Increased household disposable income and improved indoor environments will result in improved quality of life for individuals, more prosperous communities, and overall improvement in the economy.

SC 4-H Youth Fair NYS Fair Capital Days 4-H Regional Dairy Bowl Horse Bowl & Hippology NYS Dairy Bowl Competition NYS Horse Bowl Rabbit Necropsy Class State Teen Action Retreat Treasures on the Turtle Trail 4-H Horse Program Educational Clinic 4-H Teen Spring Garden Day Teen Interviews Junior Award Trip Teen Trip to Corning Glass Museum Rockets to the Rescue Making Friends with Your Sewing Machine Livestock Auction Workshops Livestock Auction Vet Science Series Astronomy Poultry Pullorum Clinic 4-H National Science Day Activities 4-H Window Display Contest Achievement Day Leader & Volunteer Trainings

International Night Snowmobile Safety Certification County Public Presentations District & State Public Presentations Crochet Workshop & Community Service Project Spring & Winter Workshops Your Medicine: Playing it Safe Brain Health & Nutrition Elder Law Forum Senior Safety Day Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s Finance Planning for Seniors Grief: What Helps When it Hurts Home Safety for Seniors Aging in Place & Making Plans Growing Old with Pets Senior Nutrition & Mealtime Self-Care Through Healing Power of Gratitude

Community Organizational Partners Achieve Rehab Action Toward Independence Alzheimer’s Association Anytime Home Care Catskill Regional Medical Center County of Sullivan Daniel Pierce Library Delaware Highland Conservancy Fallsburg Police Department Frost Valley YMCA Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Hudson Health Plan Independent Living Liberty Police Department Local School Districts MediFare Medical Supply Monticello Police Department National Multiple Sclerosis Society Neversink Ag Society New Hope Community NRA NYS 4-H Foundation NYS Ag & Markets NYS DEC NYS EPIC Program Page 16

Pathstone Corporation Roscoe Nursing Home RSVP SC Adult Care Center SC Adult Protective Services SC Dairy Promotion SC Horse Council SC Legislature SC Office for the Aging SC Public Health Services Sr. Legislative Action Committee Soil & Water Conservation District Sullivan BOCES Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office Sullivan NYConnects Sullivan Renaissance SUNY Sullivan Town of Neversink United Way of Sullivan County Watershed Ag Council Wellness Home Care Willcare Home Care WJFF

* Situation, Priorities and Goals adapted from CCE Statewide and CCE Sullivan Plans of Work.

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Ultimate Goals of the Program* 

Facilitate programming that fosters positive youth development.

Prepare youth for success in postsecondary educational and career pursuits by exposing children and youth to a variety of career opportunities.

Youth lead healthy, satisfying, and productive lives and become caring, contributing members of society.

Youth become life-long learners.

Youth become knowledgeable, contributing participants in STEM-related, Healthy Living and Civic Engagement issues in their communities.

Enable vibrant and resilient communities.

Improve caregiving practices resulting in caregivers reporting increased confidence in their roles.

Improve financial status of targeted NYS residents.

SC Youth Fair 933 Still & Livestock Exhibits 121 Exhibitors

NYS Fair - Sullivan County Participation 50 Still Exhibits 15 Livestock Exhibits

At a Glance  82 Programs were offered  723 Adult contacts were made  1855 Youth contacts were made  34 Caregiver support group meetings were held  125 Walk ins were assisted  556 Youth & Family Development related phone calls answered

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Centennial Gala Over 100 people celebrated Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC)’s centennial anniversary at its Afternoon Gala on Sunday, November 9, 2014 at Bernie’s Holiday Restaurant in Rock Hill. The fundraiser brought in over $10,000 from ticket sales, journal advertisements, silent and live auction bids, donations, and sponsorships. Dorothy Muthig and Andrew King were recipients of the event’s “Now & Then” awards, honoring their dedication to CCE’s core mission areas. Each were recognized for their contributions to the community. Guests enjoyed fresh cuisine from local farms and a program led by Phil Coombe III, who served as Master of Ceremonies. The event’s music took everyone on a journey “through the decades,” organized by 4-H club leaders and professional DJs, father and daughter duo David and Rebecca Robinson. In the spirit of traveling through time, many attendees came adorned in costumes representing her or his favorite decade since 1914, when CCE was established in Sullivan County. Some wore their original Cornell University apparel while others dressed in outfits representing nearly every decade: suffragettes, poodle skirts, female soldiers, flappers, hippies, 80’s hair, and today’s professionals.

“This is an important milestone for agriculture and education in our historically-rich county and it was wonderful to feel the overwhelming support of our community including sponsors, youth, volunteers, partners, and even a few key people from Cornell University and the Extension system who came to celebrate it with us,” said Colleen Monaghan, CCESC Executive Director. Guests went home with unique locallysourced auction packages, including a fresh turkey for Thanksgiving, a priceless fly fishing experience with world-famous experts, and various special items for golfers, chefs, artists, families, gardeners, farmers and outdoor enthusiasts. Trained auctioneer and local farmer Eddie Moran Jr. guided the bidding to raise the most support for each item. Though the Gala has passed, our fund development work continues. For more information on how to provide on-going support for CCESC visit www.sullivancce.org, call CCESC at 845-292-6180, or contact Nicole Slevin at nas96@cornell.edu.

100th Annual Meeting We would like to thank everyone who attended our 100th Annual Meeting on December 11, 2014. The support for our anniversary and the outstanding volunteers and partners whom we elected and recognized was truly something to celebrate! Dr. Scott Peters gave an intriguing talk about Extension Reconsidered and the importance of our organization in the past, now, and in the future. We were so happy to have him. Refreshments included delicious, homemade cupcakes courtesy of K&H Confections- the first entrepreneurs to rent our new community EaT Kitchen! Congratulations to the following for their commitment to our mission in Sullivan County:  Volunteers of the Year: Karen Coombe, April Kackos, & Barbara Sush  Friend of Extension: The Moran Family  Organizational Friend of Extension: Sullivan BOCES

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Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County recently benefited from the vision of the Sullivan County Legislature and the assistance of the Town of Liberty and the Industrial Development Association by accepting ownership of the Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center and the 22 acre property it sits on at 64 Ferndale Loomis Road in Liberty. The 10,000 square foot building was built under the leadership of Sullivan County and then CCESC Executive Director Jerry Skoda and was crafted with the educational needs of farmers, families, and youth in mind.

EaT Kitchen

Almost 30 years later, the Education Center still provides a space for the Sullivan County community to come together to learn, network, collaborate, and engage with Cornell educators, Soil & Water Conservation District, other community based organizations, our six teaching gardens and nature trail, and each other. The last three decades have also proven to be a time of scientific and technological advancement at a rate and complexity never before seen. With the advent of newer, more efficient and environmentally sustainable building design options and energy systems, and a Sullivan County that promotes collaboration and cooperation between government and public serving organizations, CCE is poised to make important infrastructure improvements that will ensure our site continues to be an efficient, safe, and welcoming interactive learning campus for our constituents. In this context, and with the leadership of volunteers Phil Coombe Junior and Jerry Skoda, in 2014 the Association kicked off a one million dollar capital campaign to raise funds to bring the Education Center into the next 100 years. To date, they have garnered more than $250,000 in cash and donations of materials, development of plans, and labor, towards that one million dollar goal. Capital projects are prioritized in these phases:

5. Solar-powered Atrium and Teaching Garden: To be designed, project dependent on funds raised 6. Sidewalk Repair and Parking Lot Paving: To be engineered, project dependent on funds raised The capital campaign is one ingredients in CCE’s overall fund development goals and is in addition to the support we need to deliver educational programs. Investing in the capital campaign now will help CCE save an estimated 40% per year in utilities costs, allowing more of your tax dollars and donations to go directly to programs, opportunities, and supports for Sullivan County farmers, families, and youth. We think it’s a worthwhile investment. Many thanks to you, and especially to Phil and Jerry, for your ongoing support! To make a capital campaign contribution, indicate “Capital” in the memo/notes line on your check, money order or online donation.

1. Upgrade Windows for Heating and Cooling Efficiency: COMPLETE 2. Entrepreneurial and Teaching (EaT) Kitchen: COMPLETE 3. Re-insulate and Replace Roof: Plans complete, materials sourced, project implementation dependent on funds raised 4. Replace Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) System to improve efficiency and emissions by 40%: Plans complete, materials sourced, project implementation dependent on funds raised February, 2015

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Volunteer Spotlight - Sally Abrams Sally Abrams, local farmer, former CCESC Board President and Program Advisory Committee member, and member of the Calico Geese Quilters CCE Community Group, has been a tremendous volunteer for our organization through the years. In 2013, she worked with the Calico Geese to craft a beautiful, handmade quilt that they donated to be raffled off with proceeds going towards the 2014 CCESC Centennial Campaign. The raffle winner was drawn at the Centennial Anniversary Gala on November 9, 2014, and raised over $1,100. Sally was an integral part of our Centennial Campaign and she continues to be a model of our mission out in the community in myriad ways. From rallying interest for CCESC to enrolling supporters and collecting donations, she is an important contributor to the work we do in Sullivan County. We thank Sally for her dedication and her contagious smile!

Centennial Committee Volunteer Spotlight Saraid Gonzalez

Saraid Gonzalez, Sullivan Renaissance Program & Events Coordinator served on our Gala Committee and single-handedly designed and produced the beautiful gala program, which showcased donors, sponsors, and award recipients for the special anniversary event. Saraid also helped with registrations and many other details. Thank you, Saraid!

Farm Spotlight - Geiger Dairy Farm Geiger Dairy Farm - Stefan and Cindy Geiger’s dairy farm sits on top of the hills of Jeffersonville overlooking some of the best views in the county. The farm hosts sheep and poultry, but the main focus is Stefan’s 60 milking Holsteins and 70 replacement heifers. These girls produce enough milk to provide for the Geiger family. Also in production on the farm is hay and solar energy. There are 130 acres available on the property. During the summer months the majority of it is used for making hay to feed the herd until the following summer, where the process is then repeated. When driving by the farm, you can’t help but notice the roof of their barns. They are covered with 134 solar panels. With grant assistance and the goal of sustainability in mind, the Geigers’ were able to install the panels successfully. These panels produce enough solar energy to run the farm’s electric and then some.

4-H Volunteer Spotlight - Jean Smith Jean Smith served the 4-H Program Committee, Sullivan County 4-H Youth Fair Superintendent, Livestock Auction PAC, Livestock PAC, FCS PAC, club leader, program founder, project leader, CCESC Personnel and Finance Committee, CCESC Board of Directors, and 4-H Strategy Committee. Jean volunteers her time whenever needed. Her devotion to 4-H is inspirational to other volunteer leaders in the local 4-H community. Jean has been involved with 4-H as a club leader for 27 years, and a 4-Her before that. Her immense knowledge of 4-H and rabbits in particular, has influenced generations of youth in Sullivan County. Thank you Jean!!

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Staff Spotlight - John Wilcox Facility Manager John Wilcox, has worked for CCESC for 26 years. John does everything from salting and sanding, to lawnmowing, painting and cleaning. John is very involved in the Capital Project plans for CCESC. John worked diligently on the EaT Kitchen demolition and construction and is currently working with Phil Coombe, Jr. and Jerry Skoda on the plans for the new HVAC system, roof and other building upgrades. The staff and volunteers at CCESC are very fortunate to have such a hardworking and dedicated man as John on our team.

4-H Member Spotlight Dan D.

Dan D., a 4-H youth for 12 years, is shown here about to get the infamous “pie in the face” to help raise money for 4-H programs at the Sullivan County 4-H Youth Fair Pie Auction. Dan has received numerous local awards for his livestock, including the Fred Hubert Golden Shovel Award, which he was awarded in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2013, and 2014. This award is given to a 4-H youth member that demonstrates outstanding helpfulness to other 4-H youth, keeps the barn neat and clean, has attractive stall decorations in place, and provides the public with accurate information at the Youth Fair. The recipient of this award is nominated by each exhibitor in the dairy and beef barn. Dan has been the ideal role model for younger 4-Hers. We thank Dan for all of his hard work over the years!

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Thanks so much to all the regular volunteers who brought their energy & enthusiasm to Sullivan County in 2014 through service with Cornell Cooperative Extension Program Advisory Committee Earl Myers, Chair Dawn Boyes Karen Coombe Sonja Hedlund April Kackos Kathy Kreiter John Lang Jennifer Flad Ed Moran Evelyn Weissmann Diana Weiner

4-H Strategy Committee Brandi Burk April Kackos Richard Sheldon Danielle Sykes

Centennial Media Committee Carolyn Bivins John Conway Roberta Byron-Lockwood Jason Dole Barbara Gref Barry Lewis Fritz Mayer Eva McKend Carol Montana Akira Ohiso Glenn Pontier Mike Sakell Fred Stabbert

Sally Abrams Richard Boyd Phil Coombe, Jr Gerald J. Skoda

Gala Committee

Master Food Preservers

Glenn Pontier , Chair Penny Coombe Saraid Gonzalez Glenn Pontier Donna Willi Thanks to Philip Coombe III, Eddie Moran Jr., Joan Howard, Randy Resnick, David & Rebecca Robinson, Dennis Muthig, Helen Budrock, and Jeff Siegel for their special contributions of time and services to the Gala.

Janet Barbarite Marietta Beanland Larry Budner Helene Chappell Kathy Fielding Diane Foster Andrew King Judith Maidenbaum Darlene Midlang Ari Mir-Pontier Kristin Porter Jackie Saunders Nancy Schunk Susan Swann Jody Tedaldi Domingo Vieiro Pat Yelle Pamela Zaitchick

Association Volunteers

Karen Coombe Vicki Robinson Jean Smith

Master Gardener Volunteers

Jessica Gibbons Karen Mariner Bonnie Makofsky Cheyenne Zigmund

CCESC Community Groups Bethelites Calico Geese Fremont Bluebirds Liberty Belles Youngsville Firecrackers

Cindy Barber Peg Berg Rachelle Carmack Cindy Coker Mimi Fierle Denise Frangipane Olivia Lightle Mary Mancuso Sandra Nackley Denise Patti Nora Rausch Richard Schulman Barbara Sush Jana Szabo Jon Jon Thomas Annalise Vogel Robin Wagner

Our volunteer list is extensive. If we missed your name, please contact us and we will update our March issue.

4-H Organizational, Project, and General Club Leaders Erin Allen Amy Barkley-Carey Cheri Bodnaruik Donald Brent Tonya Burk Sandra Burn William Burn, Jr. Nicholas Castellano Christine Cavello Brandi Chevalier Sandy Cockshutte William Cockshutte Karen Coombe William Cutler II Michael Davis Alexandra Dench Kathlene Denman Pamela DeRosse Jessica Dymond Neal Edwards Geraldine Ekker Linda Ferber Thomas Gain Page 24

John Gallagher Janeene Gambino KellyAnne Giminiani Michael Giminiani Robert Glendon Diana Hartling Eunice Hartling Richard Hemmer Beverly Hesse Robert Jones April Kackos Joseph Kaiser Robert Kautz Linda Kays Robert Kays Patricia Kelly Denis Kinkela Nicole Knight-Sorese John Kratz Tara Kratz Robert Lacey Michael LaFountain

MaryPaige LangClouse Jamie LawrenceRocker Craig Luckey Robin Luckey Edmund Lutz Karen Mariner Elizabeth McAndrew Barbara McCausland Kara McElroy Joy L. McGrath Lynn McKeon Lynn McWilliams Elisa Mendels Jay Mendels Patricia Mercado James Mercado Jr. Tara Mickelson Mary Nosek Austin Nunnally Charles Nystrom Jennifer Nystrom

Kathleen O'Rourke Colleen Osterhout Jamie Parsons Dawn Perry Melissa Perry Deljoo Dennis Peters Susan Peters Jenny Phelps Kelly Plescia Mark Plescia Robin Raykoff David Robinson Rebecca Robinson Victoria Robinson Jennifer Robisch Michael Rocker Lois Scamihorn Nannette Schips Danielle Seibles Susan Sennett Gary Shaver Lisa Shaver Steingart Christina Shaw

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Jennifer Sheldon Richard Sheldon Jean Smith Kaitlyn Smith Christine Smith-Cox Jane Sorensen Lynne Stratton Amy Sykes Kim Szabo-Lutz James Uciechowski Theresa Uciechowski Kody Viele Theresa Viele Leah Mae Waldron Evelyn Weissmann Mary Wells Skye Wilbur Shawn Wilcox Alan Wingert Katrina Wingert

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Supporters and Sponsors: thank you for making an important investment for farmers, families, and young people. Cooperative Appel, Robin Boyd, SueAnn Clements, Joannne Cunningham, Bonnie Distante, Rita Dreyer, Margaret Fierle, Mimi Frances, Alfred Gibbons, Jessica Hahl, Barbara Hamlin, Susan Hennig, Susanne & Bill Hook, Nancy Hubert, Janet Jones, Marylin Kappner, Thomas Krum, June Lang-Clouse, Mary Paige Levine, Nancy McCormick, Thomas McElroy, Justin & Kara Rajlevsky, Linda & Alan Reichmann, Susan Schwartz, Shirley Sparago, Gary Tilvikas Borek, Eleanor Useo, Bryan Wallenstein, Barry & Lorna Wilcox, John

Centennial Abrams, Sally & Jack Amaditz, Carl Banks, Marguerite Barbuti, Charlie Barriger, Linda Bauer, Leonard G. Bertsch, Earl & Joy Bethel Woods Brown, Robert Jessie Buccigrossi, Dominic Campbell, Dyan Catskill Distilling Co. Cauthers, Douglas B. Congelosi, Paul Delaware Valley Farm & Garden Ctr. DiSimone, Amanda Dowe, Lynn Eschenberg, John H. Federico, Salvatore & Alice Fedun, Darlene Fried, Mary A. Fries, Marian E. Furman, Harvey February, 2015

Garigliano Law Offices Gempler, John Goodman Arthur & Lynn Grimaldi, Maria Hines, Amy Hoering, Helen J&E Weissmann Farms JW Safety Kissling Dairy Consult. LaBelle Farm, Inc. Lagatta, John Langseder, Barbara Lawrence B Miller & Associates, Inc. Lewis, Bonnie Loarca, Elizabeth Loftus, Laura Lusker, Ron Macdonald Info Systems Makovic, John MBIA, LLC McDonald, Lynn McKenna, Cynthia Merrell-Benco Agency Minogue, Karen & Mike Mogel, Steven Mountain Construction Muthig, Dorothy & Raymond Patti, Denise Pontier, Glenn & Ari Prestige Towing & Rec. Ramsay's Granite & Marble Co. Rolling V Bus Corp. Santiago, Yvonne Sauchuk, Wade Scapillato, Debra Schwegman, Patrice Smythe, Carol Sommer McLeod, Margaret Speranza, Karen & Nick Stang, George W. Stellman, Steven & Jeanne Stewart, Craig Stratton, Charlotte Thalmann's Service Ctr. The Foundation for Worker, Veteran, & Environmental Health, Inc. Vallone, Phil Vetter, Kitty Welsh, Pat & Jill Willi, Ardith Willi, Donna B. Wolff, Edward Wurstboro Veterinary Clinic Yewchuk, Barbara

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Garnet Babicz, JosephJr. Bitter, Laura Co-Operative Feed Dealers, Inc. Davis, Robert Sherwood Freightliner, Sterling & Western Star, Inc. Sullivan County Beekeepers Town & Country Energy Group

Blue Ribbon Burke, Debbie Calico Geese Community Grp. EMM Sales & Services Mill Technology, Inc. Hedlund, Sonja & Dick Riseling Stettner, Lilian

Millennial Carlucci, Paul - Villa Roma Resort & Conference Ctr. Catskill Hudson Bank Catskill-Delaware Publications Coombe, Philip Jr. Coombe, Richard III Howard, Joan Myers, Earl Provost, Diane N. Salenger, Stuart- Stuart Salenger Foundation, Inc. Stabbert, Fred - Sullivan County Democrat

Gold Cochecton Mills Coombe, Richard & Phyllis

Diamond Anonymous Gerry Foundation

Excelsior Fluhr, Jacqueline Holt, Anne E Jeff Bank Family of Earle Wilde Mid-Hudson Co-Operative Insurance Skoda Family

The above list is extensive. If we missed your name, please contact us and we will update our March issue.

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The following list of individuals and companies have donated products, time or support to one or more of our programs in 2014. The following lists are extensive. If we missed your name, please contact us and we will update our March issue. We thank you all, and could not continue our programming without you! A.D.R. Bulbs Abrams, Sally Al Steppich Alzheimer Association Animal Hospital of SC Apple Pond Farm Ark Floral Arnold House Ash-Luck Farm Baron Organics Beaverkill Valley Inn Bethel Woods Bethelites Bridle Hill Farm Buccigrossi, Domenic Burgard, Melinda Buzzel, Sue Cakes by Kim Simons Calico Geese Campanelli Poultry Catskill Brewery Catskill Flies Fly Shop & Guides Catskill Fly Fishing Center Catskill Harvest Mkt Cochecton Mills Combined Energy Svcs Coombe, Phil Jr. Coon Rock Rod & Gun Club Crystal Falls Farm Dairy Farmers of America Delaware Highlands Conservancy

Delaware Valley Farm & Garden Dick’s Auto Sales Diehl Family Diehl, Jack Diehl, Pete Dirt Diva Dog Mountain Lodge DogSense Don’s Dairy Supply Duke Pottery Eastern Electric EEA Security Services Excalibur Dehydrator Corporation Farm Credit East Fat Lady Café Fosterdale Equipment Frost Valley YMCA Gibbons, Jessica Gibson, Chris Grimaldi, Maria Gunther, Aileen Heller's Farm Hofer Lumber Home Depot—Mont. Imagine Alpacas Farm Irace, Joseph J. Hughson Excavating Jeff Bank John Wilcox Greenhouse Kaiser Kitchen Supply Kays, Linda Kirbytown Farms Klein Excavating

Knit One Needlepoint Too Shop Kohler Lumber Lazy Pond Bed & Breakfast Lehman’s Company Liberty Agway Pet Supplies Liberty Community Development Corp Liberty Garden Club Liberty Iron Works Loftus, Laura Long, Betty Madison's Restaurant Main Street Farm Market & Café Makofsky, Bonnie Mangan-Bendy, Melanie Manza Family Farm Mariner, Karen Misner Agency Mogel, Steven Monticello Home & Garden Monticello Rotary Moran, Ed, Jr. Morgan Outdoors Mt Pleasant Herbary Mountain Bear Crafts Moxie Alley Handmade Soaps Mullally Tractor Sales Muthig Farm Muthig, Dennis

Napoli Pizza Narrowsburg Feed & Grain Co. Natural Contents Nebzydoski, Joseph Neversink Ag Society NYS Rifle & Pistol Association Oakworks Pierro, Nancy Plunk Shop Pontier, Glenn & Ari Pure Mountain Honey Right to the Moon Alice! Rolling V Rubin Livestock Russell, Harold III SC Conservation Club SC Dairy Promotion SC Farm Bureau SC Farmers Market Assoc. SC Friends of NRA SC Friends with Firearms SC Long Beards SC Rifle & Pistol Association Schiff, Christine Schmidt’s Wholesalers Schultz, Paul Shear Energy Salon Sherman Hill Farm Silver Heights Farm Nursery

Skoda, Gerald Smith & Son’s Sportsman’s Den Sticky Fingers Stone Wall Farms Story's Neversink Plant Company Sugar Blossom Flowers Sullivan BOCES Sullivan Renaissance Superior Lumber Swan Lake Golf & Country Club ThunderView Farms Tractor Supply Tri-Valley FFA Tweed, Pete USDA Rural Dev. USO Holstein Club Van Put, Ed & Judy Vetter, Kitty Villa Roma Golf & Country Club Weiss Dairy Farm Welsh Cabin Wholesale Kitchen Equipment Wildlife Gift Shop Willow & Brown Wulff School of Fly Fishing Wyde Lumber Yelle, Jack Youngsville Custom Kitchens

Centennial Gala Supporters Aileen Gunther Alfred Frances Andrew King Barbara & Richard Sush Barbara Yewchuck Barbara’s Bunch Barton & Loguidice, D.P.C. Bernie’s Holiday Restaurant Cara Kowalski Carolyn Bivins, Quiktype CCE Ulster County Charlie Barbuti Childcare Council Cochecton Mills Colleen Monaghan & Family Community Foundation of Orange & Sullivan Page 26

Coombe, Bender, & Co. Denise Frangipane & Family Dennis Muthig & Family Donna Willi & Family Dorothy & Raymond Muthig Douglas B. Cauthers Earl Myers & Family Eddie Moran Jr. Focus Media Fred Stabbert Gerald Skoda & Family Glenn Pontier & Family Greg & Linda Goldstein Hanet Hubert Hartley Consulting, Inc. Jennifer Grossman Joan Howard

Karen & Nick Speranza Knack, Pavloff, & Co. Manza Family Farm Maria Grimaldi MaryPaige Lang-Clouse Monticello Motor Club Myers Century Farm Nancy LevineNicole Slevin Pamela Rourke & Family Pat Lubin Phil Coombe III Phil Coombe Jr. & Family Phyllis Coombe & Family Poley Paving Corp. Rock Hill Business Assoc. Rock Hill Farmers’ Market

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Sally Abrams & Calico Geese Sandy Nackley Saraid Gonzalez Schmidt’s Wholesale, Inc. Spencer Daniels Agency, Inc. Steven Mogel, SC Visitor’s Association Sullivan Renaissance Sunrise Mobile Home Park Susan Dollard The Dean Family The Robinson Family Thompson Sanitation Thunder 102 Radio ThunderView Farms, LLC United Way of SC WVOS/WSUL Radio February, 2015

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