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Reading, writing and e-cigarettes The Ink talks with vapers at LMCS By Marlee Madison | Manor Ink
E-JUICING Shown is a “box mod kit” vaping unit, a rechargeable device for turning flavored “vape juice” into a mist that can be inhaled. Vaping has become increasingly popular among teenagers as a “healthy” alternative to tobacco cigarettes. Manor Ink photo illustration
Livingston Manor, NY – By now, almost everyone has heard of the new epidemic commonly known as vaping. To put it simply, vaping is a “substitute” for smoking that is marketed to appear healthier than regular cigarettes. But once researchers dug down past the top layers of commercialism and trends, they found that this “healthy” alternative is actually quite the opposite. Countless studies have been performed in order to determine the side effects or health risks associated with vaping (or as many participants of the pastime call it “juuling,” after Juul, a popular brand of e-cigarette). Such studies have determined that vaping could, in fact, be much worse than if someone were to go out and smoke a couple of cigarettes. Considering the fact that vaping is falsely marketed as being a healthier alternative to smoking, the industry targets teens and young adults. Many youths are under the impression that vaping is harmless and the side-effects are slim to none. Since this “trend” so to speak is relatively new, many people are unaware of these risks. This epidemic isn’t just something we should keep our eyes out for, the issue has already hit close to home. Students at our very own LMCS are actively participating in this trend known as vaping. � Page 7
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IN THIS ISSUE LOCAL NEWS Vaping at LMCS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1, 7 Streamside Antrim. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 LMCS Capitol Project. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Local vets head to DC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Widening Rte. 17 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Town, school board reports. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Fire, ambulance volunteers needed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Fresh Air Fund seeks hosts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 FEATURES Arc exhibit in Lberty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Aging Out Loud. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Sugaring season starts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 SPORTS LMCS teams gear up for season. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 EXTRAS Inklings Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
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FROM THE EDITOR
It’s April. Spring is on the way (really!) It’s officially spring! Despite mother nature’s decision to keep it cold and snowy, warmer weather is on its way. April is upon us and we all know what that means … April Fools! This issue of Manor Ink includes “Inkwell of Happiness” pages full of extraneous and fun articles to hopefully brighten your day, including a music review holding an unpopular opinion, a quirky recipe, a review of a horrific horror film, as well as an interesting (but serious) book review. On a more serious note, in this edition of the paper we address the growing popuMarlee larity of e-cigarettes among teenagers. We Madison focused on students here at Livingston Editor-in-chief Manor Central School who are “vapers,” some of whom were only 14 when they started. We found that most are unaware of the health risks, and for many these prohibited products are easily accessible. This is a real problem that we feel needs to be addressed. On our back page, reporter Edward Lundquist visits with a local maple syrup producer and learns all WANT INK DELIVERED? about sugaring and proDid you know you can ducing the traditional subscribe to Manor Ink? breakfast sweetener. Request a subscription by His story will give you a sending a check for $25 to hankering for a stack of Manor Ink Subscriptions, blueberry pancakes! 92 Main St., Livingston In other news, Manor Manor, NY 12758. Ink was on the other side of the pen and paper. Last month, instead of doing the interviewing, Jessica Mall, our LMCS adviser, and I were interviewed by reporter Kathy Daley from the Sullivan County Democrat. We were asked about just exactly what it is we do at our youth driven news paper. It was a moment of pride for me to have our paper recognized by another
MANOR INK STAFF Marlee Madison Editor-in-Chief, Arts & Crafts Editor Carolyn Bivins, Barbara Gref, Peggy Johansen Founders Kris Neidecker Managing Editor
Jessica Mall School Advisor David Dann Art & Production Editor Amy Hines Business Manager, Mentor Art Steinhauer Sales Manager, Mentor Henry Barish Acting Library Director
FACES IN THE NEWS Manor Ink’s school adviser Jessica Mall, left, and editor-in-chief Marlee Madison were the subjects of an interview in the March 11 edition of the Sullivan County Democrat. Kathy Daley | SC Democrat photo organization. The hard work of our student reporters has certainly shined through. If you have not already read our article in the Democrat, please check it out! One last thing – Opening Day for the 2019 fishing season starts Saturday, April 6. Representative Antonio Delgado will be doing a little ceremonial casting near the bridge at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center, but there will also be many other fly fishing activities throughout the day. Even if you’re not an angler, we recommend that you head over to the Center for some of Agnes Van Put’s delicious soup. See page 6 for other Opening Day doings. Marge Feuerstein, Les Mattis Mentors Osei Helper News & Ass. Features Editor Emily Ball Features & Ass. News Editor Jenson Skalda “Ink Well” Editor Zachary Dertinger,
Hunter Krause, Edward Lundquist, Jacob Pasquale, Bella Rodriguez, Jackson Wolcott Manor Ink Reporters Manor Ink, a program of the Livingston Manor Free Library, is published monthly with 10 issues annually.
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THEN AND NOW The Antrim Lodge in Roscoe. antrimstreamside.com photos
Manor sees growth in hospitality sites
Antrim Streamside one of newest retreats businesses providing jobs for lifelong local folks. The assumption is that most guests Livingston Manor, NY – There is no will be just fine fishing on their own, but doubt that Livingston Manor and environs novices may make use of local guides. The are in the midst of an upsurge in new lodg- inn’s water is privately owned, so enthusiasts are not fishing elbow to elbow. ing and tourism businesses. If the name Beveridge rings a local bell, Just drive two miles outside the Manor upstream along Willowemoc Creek on De it might be because David Beveridge is the Bruce Road and you will find the new An- newish owner and restorer of the famous trim Streamside inn, owned by Diane Bev- Antrim Lodge in Roscoe, a hotel and restaueridge. A fabled, beautiful and productive rant where noted and not-so-noted rod entrout stream enjoyed by fisherpeople for thusiasts gathered after a day on the often decades is now home to another hospitality cold Beaverkill for drink, food and lodging. site. At the Inn, you can sleep in comfort, For those of us old enough to remember, its walk out the door of your rented cabin or basement bar and dining room provided a stone house and be on the creek with fly room in which fishing success stories, some rod in hand, ready to land browns, rain- already made of whole cloth, were embellished by succeeding rounds bows or brookies from their FOR MORE informaof drink , failures made easier meandering waters. tion about the Antrim to bear by continued elbow “We, my husband and I, Streamside, visit antbending, and the camaradebought the property in 2016 rimstreamside.com. rie of humans in search of with the idea of creating trout a constant. Most locals an upscale retreat centered around the excellent trout fishing provided are aware of the fits and starts of the Antby the ‘Willie’ and the beautiful and di- rim’s restoration. “Our work restoring the venerable Antverse outdoor offerings of the Catskills,” rim has been interrupted by floods, a fire said Diane. The setting, with two restored stone and an economic recession,” said Diane. houses and several newly renovated cab- “The grants we received from New York ins, has bluestone terraces suitable for wed- State come with stipulations which have dings, retreats and other gatherings. An ap- slowed our progress, but we anticipate beple orchard, ponds and hiking trails make ing able to recommence construction in the for a self contained escape just outside of near future.” In both cases, the importance of fishing the Manor. “There is no on-site restaurant or bar, to the region’s economy, along with the unwhich we hope will encourage our guests derlying need to maintain clear, unpolluted to dine in and around town” says Diane. waters and healthy streamside vegetation, She and her husband live on a farm tucked is evident. It is notable and appreciated that developers of eco-friendly businesses conbehind the Inn on an adjoining property. Two employees, Mary Scandore of Liv- tinue to view Livingston Manor, indeed all ingston Manor and Doug Woods of Cal- of the Catskills, as a valued treasure to be licoon Center, are prime examples of new made safe for future generations.
By Les Mattis | Manor Ink Mentor
UPSCALE RETREAT Diane Beveridge, co-owner with her husband, David, of the Antrim Streamside inn on DeBruce Rd. in Livingston Manor, also owns the Antrim Lodge in Roscoe. She expects restoration work on that traditional fly fishermen’s retreat to resume soon. Les Mattis photos
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CAPITOL PROJECTS Several of the proposed improvements at LMCS include a resolution of drainage issues in the staff parking lot, above, and replacement of the school’s nearly 90-year-old boilers, left. Manor Ink photo, above; Jessica Mall photo, left
LMCS chief outlines repairs to be done Boilers, asbestos top list of upgrades By Marge Feuersein | Manor Ink Mentor Livingston Manor, NY – The second capital project planning session for improvements of the Livingston Manor Central School took place on Thursday, March 7, and a large group was in attendance. Representing the administration were Superintendent John Evans, principals Shirlee Davis and Christopher Hubert, Director of Special Services Laurence Marrero, District Evans Clerk Jane Mann and head Custodian Arthur Hoag. Representing the Board of Education was president Elliott Madison and members Dawn D’Auria, Frank Adamse, Debra Feinberg and Jason Gorr. Also present were Eric Robert from Schoolhouse Construction and Matt Schools from SEI Design. Representing the staff and the community were Alfred D’Auria, Jillian Hoag, Adam Larson and Laurie Valentine. A light buffet supper was provided for the attendees and then, at 6:30 p.m., Super-
intendent Evans introduced all the attendees and described the session’s discussion and ensuing tour as the first steps in determining how to address the remaining upgrades recommended in the Building Construction Survey (BCS) conducted in 2014. While some items enumerated in the survey the have been taken care of over the last few years in the yearly 100K projects, several larger tasks remain. Those include: n Electrical and mechanical systems that outlasted their usable life, such as the school’s boilers n Behind-the-scenes problems that have occurred in the infrastructure n ADA compliance n Asbestos abatement After the preliminary outline, the tour of the various areas under consideration was conducted. It began in the Old Gym. Leaks from snow and ice have occurred where the pitched roof meets the flat roof above the stage. Though temporary bracing is now in place, the ceiling is likely made of asbestos and though it is now perfectly safe, the asbestos would become a huge and costly matter if it were to be-
come water damaged. Next on the tour were the Offices of Special Services, high school and elementary divisions, which have been converted by installing partitions. If these offices were relocated to a central area as has been suggested, new classrooms could be created. These additional classrooms could maximize state aid or create special ed revenue for programs. The tour then visited the boiler room were everyone saw the system which has,
It was stressed that passing the referendum will have ‘zero tax impact’ on residents of the school district. they were told, reached the end of its useful life. The two redundant boiler units are original, which makes them almost 90 years old. Piping, electrical and other functional parts are almost impossible to replace, since they are no longer available. In the cafeteria a number of items have been cited by the county’s Health Department and must be addressed. The possibility of reconfiguring the dining room and widening the cafeteria with an addition to-
SCHOOL BUDGET SEE A RELATED story on the 201920 Livingston Manor Central School budget hearings on page 8. ward the Old Gym was also discussed. Last up was the staff parking lot which has drainage and sinking problems. Also the possibility of redesigning the entrance to the lot was brought up. Further discussion is planned on the implementation of a new BCS to determine and prioritize what will go into the improvements referendum to be put before the board. Specifics of the capitol project should be determined by the end of the school year, at which time a referendum will be put before the voters. It was stressed that passing the referendum will have “zero tax impact”on residents of the school district. Mr. Evans emphasized that it will be vital that the members of the committee go out into the community and explain the need for the project and why it should be supported. The date of the next meeting of the committee will be determined once the new BCS has been conducted.
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Local vets head to DC memorial Burbank, Konvalin to participate in May Honor Flight
By Jacob Pasquale | Manor Ink Livingston Manor, NY – Honor Flights is an organization that brings veterans to Washington DC to see the monuments of the wars that they fought in. This year, the flight to Washington will be on April 13, leaving from New York’s Stewart International Airport. Veterans who have served both in and in between World War II and the Korean War will be attending. Two local veterans, Robert Konvalin and Frank Burbank, will be going on this flight.
From aircraft to physical therapy Robert Konvalin served in the Air Force during the Korean War. He didn’t go to Korea, though. He actually served in Germany for four years, working in the control tower. When he returned to civilian life, he got a job at the Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation. Then, after getting married, he asked himself if he could really work at Grumman for 30 more years. He realized that he couldn’t, and thus decided to become a physical therapist after finding out that the G.I. Bill allowed him to take aptitude tests. After training, Konvalin started working at Brunswick Hospital Center and worked his way up to become the center’s chief therapist. One day, he realized he would be happier in a calmer setting. Not long after that, he learned that the Roscoe Nursing Home needed a therapist. Of course, like anybody, his first thought was, “Where the heck is Roscoe?” But he got the job as a physical therapist in rehabilitation at the Roscoe Nursing Home and has lived in the area ever since, although he is now retired. Robert Konvalin is very excited to go to Washington DC and has only seen the US Marine Corps War Memorial before. Harmless but profitable splashes Frank Burbank served in the US Navy during the Vietnam War as a journalist. He served for four years and a day. Once when he and his squad were on a gunfire support mission, they saw splashes in the water. They didn’t know what the splashes were until the spotter in a plane above them said that they were being shot at by a Vietcong group using weapons that weren’t powerful enough to reach them.
HONOREES Frank Burbank, left, who served in the Navy, and Robert Konvalin, an Air Force veteran, will be going to Washington, DC, on the Honor Flight for vets to visit the city’s war memorials. Marge Feuerstein photo Burbank said that when they shot at the enemy, they got $75, and if the enemy shot at them, they got another $100. So each of the splashes meant an extra $100 in everyone’s pocket. This made everybody very happy. After returning to civilian life, Burbank continued to work as a journalist. He landed a job at the Times Herald-Record, which is what brought him to Livingston Manor. He was originally from New Hampshire, and has gone to Washington DC before, where he saw both the Vietnam and Korean War memorials. Both of our local veterans, Robert Konvalin and Frank Burbank, are very excited to go on the Honor Flight to Washington D.C. on April 13. We thank both of them for their service to our country.
Honor Flights was cofounded by Earl Morse and Jeff Miller in 2005. Earl Morse is a physician and a retired Air Force captain. Jeff Miller is a small business owner and the son of a World War II veteran. Morse had many World War II veterans as patients while working in a Department of Veterans Affairs clinic in Springfield, Ohio. He asked them if they had seen the war memorial in the nation’s capitol, and many said that they hadn’t. After seeing two patients break down and cry when he offered to fly them there, he pitched the idea to 300 private pilots at the local Air Force base. Eleven of the pilots volunteered and in May 2005, six planes flew 12 vets to Washington, DC. The program then began using commercial flights after witnessing the high participation. Jeff Miller was inspired by Morse and had a similar idea, but on a larger scale, in late 2005. He created Honor-Air, which flew more than 300 World War II veterans on September 23 and 24 and November 4 of 2005 from Asheville Regional Airport in North Carolina to Washington, DC. In 2008, the two programs merged to form Honor Flights. It has flown 159,000 veterans since 2005 and will continue to fly more.
MANOR VETS Frank Burbank, left, and Robert Konvalin at the time of their service. Photos courtesy of Barbara Konvalin
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Center plans festivities for opening day Town of Rockland – The Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum will be celebrating the 2019 fishing season’s opening day on Saturday, April 6, with a day full of activities. Congressman Antonio Delgado will make a ceremonial cast into Wulff Run, next to the bridge to the center, at 9:30 a.m., and then at 10 a.m., Agnes Van Put’s famous soup will be served along with coffee and cookies in the center’s gift shop. A Catskill Cane Revival will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the Roscoe High School Gym. Bamboo rod aficionados will loosen their arms and practice storytelling just up the bend from Keener’s
Pool. Bring a bamboo rod of your own or try one provided by the organizers. The event is suitable for fisherman of all ages, and children are especially invited. There will also be tours of the Bamboo Rod Shop in the Wulff Gallery during the afternoon. The Catskill Fly Tyers Guild will hold its annual Rendezvous in the Wulff Gallery from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All are welcome to meet the tyers and learn their craft. All tying equipment and tying materials will be supplied for the sessions. All sessions are open to kids of all ages, including parents regardless of tying experience. To learn more, visit cffcm.com.
PARTNER SPONSORS Community Reporting Alliance and the Ottaway Foundation Lazare and Charlotte Kaplan Foundation Livingston Manor Central School Barbara Martinsons • Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation ADVOCATES Apple Pond Farm • Brandenburg Bakery • CAS Arts Center Diehl’s Farm • Foster Supply Hospitality • Rolling V Bus Corp. Upstream Wine & Spirits CHAMPIONS Chatral A’dze • Carolyn Bivins • Rose Brown & Lester Mattis Catskill Abstract Co., Inc. • Catskill Brewery • David Dann Vic Diescher • Carole Edwards Realty • John Fawcett Amy Hines, Dave Forshay • Inside the Blue Line • Marilyn Kocher Main Street Farm • Gina Molinet, RM Farm Real Estate Van Morrow, Mountain Bear Crafts • Sheila & Terry Shultz Beth Sosin Jewelry • Art Steinhauer • Town of Rockland Upward Brewing Co. Remembering Bud Wertheim (and the Giant Trout) Manor Ink thrives on community support! Please consider becoming a supporter at one of the follosing levels: Partner, $1,000 and above; Advocate, $500; or Champion, $250. We also welcome and are grateful for contributions of any amount. Manor Ink is a program of the Livingston Manor Free Library, a nonprofit 501(c)3. Please send your gift or pledge to Manor Ink, 92 Main St., Livingston Manor, NY 12758. Thank you!
Questions? Ask a librarian Author Neil Gaiman has said, “Google can bring you back 100,000 answers. A librarian can bring you back the right one.” To me, this shows how libraries offer a personal touch while an Internet search just returns a list of websites that may or may not be relevant. Also, going into a library and asking about China can clear up whether you mean the country or the dishware. Henry Barish If you are looking for this personal touch, I urge you to visit your local library during National Library Week, happening April 7 through April 13. Livingston Manor Free Library’s adult book club, Coffee and Covers, will be meeting on Wednesday, April 10, at 9:30 a.m. We will also have LIBRARY a Bookmark Craft for all NOTES ages on Thursday, April 11, at 3 p.m. In addition, we have our onging programs, including Story Hour for preschoolers and parents; siblings and caretakers are invited as well. We also have Basic Computer Assistance classes and our High School Equivalency (GED/TASC) class. There are other libraries in the county, and I strongly urge you to see what events each library is offering. Libraries of all shapes and sizes have different programs,
each a fit for their own community. Also, April is an exciting time for libraries in general, as it is National Poetry Month. We are also happy to serve you and the community, and during a week celebrating libraries we are especially so. And as you stop in, make sure you thank the library staff behind the desk. Tuesday, April 9 is Library Assistants’ Day! Henry Barish is acting director of the Livingston Manor Free Library. For information about the LMFL and its programs, visit livingstonmanorlibrary.org.
NOT JUST BOOKS Among the other resources the LMFL offers it patrons is access to computers with wi-fi and Internet connections. Manor Ink file photo
LIBRARY BOOK CLUB REVIEW In Defense of a Liberal Education By Fareed Zakaria LIBERAL ARTS ARE under attack! College majors like English and History, once highly respected, are in a deep decline world wide. In Defense of a Liberal Education by Fareed Zakaria was this month’s selection by Coffee & Covers, the Livingston Manor Free Library’s book club. Host of CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS,” editor-at-large for Time magazine and a columnist for the Washington Post, Mr. Zakaria presents an intelligent and forceful argument for the inherent value of a liberal arts education. Giving a succinct history of this type of an education from the Greeks to the 21st century, Zakaria holds that “discovering and then following one’s passion is what going to college should be about.” The world over, education is moving, because of the rapid advance of technology, to a skill-based format. This the author feels is shortsighted.
Pressure for technological mastery leads to learning that is narrow, linear and job-oriented. As more jobs inevitably become automated by the rapid expansion of computerized machines, it is the creative thinkers that will thrive. A liberal education that focuses on how to write clearly, express oneself convincingly and think analytically will serve one well in any endeavor. Writing, Mr. Zakaria maintains, leads to good and clear thinking. These skills form the solid intellectual foundation that is increasingly necessary to navigate a rapidly changing economy. A short but powerful book, A Defense of a Liberal Education is both informative and stimulating reading. Do yourself a favor and read it. Furthermore, if you have a child or a grandchild preparing for or in college, send them a copy and say it is required reading. MARGE FEUERSTEIN The LMFL Book Club meets the second Wednesday of each month. For information on joining, please contact the library at 439-5440.
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WHAT IS VAPING, AND WHAT ARE THE RISKS?
Marlee Madison illustration
A reason for not worrying? Vaper: ‘You only live once’ � Page 1 Since this appears to be such a huge issue, Manor Ink has decided to ask some students at Livingston Manor Central School if they are aware of the health risks associated with vaping, as well as some general questions so everyone can get a better idea of what it is like to participate in something that is commonly seen as fun and popular. In order to keep the privacy of these students intact, all of the responses will remain anonymous. When I asked some students if they vaped, many informed me that they did in fact participate in this activity. I followed this question by asking, “When did you start?” “Over the summer. I was 14,” was one student’s response. Others claimed that they “started last year.” This goes to show that this trend is relatively new, but an issue nonetheless. Since these adolescents are starting to vape at such a young age, I felt it was necessary to understand why one would start to do this in the first place. I was informed that it was simply “for fun.” “I guess it was more of a fun thing,” said one student. I was surprised, however, to hear that the
A product called a “pod mod” holds the autonomic nervous system is kind of important. This system is responsible a cartridge known as a “pod” which for maintaining heart rate, respiration, contains liquid that gets converted digestion and much more. Nicotine is into vapor when inhaled. These pod also highly addictive and can cause mods can be found in all shapes humans (especially young adults) to and sizes, but most commonly crave it and feel as though they need resemble a common flash drive it to live. But nicotine isn’t the only that can be conveniently carried concern. A numerous amount of otharound in a pocket, making it er chemicals needed to convert liquid easy to pull out and puff on into vapor can be found in vapes pretty much whenever the user and e-cigarettes. These chemicals feels the urge. can cause similar effects to smoking Pods containing the “vape normal cigarettes, such as dry skin, juice” can then be inserted into dry mouth, dry and itchy eyes, as well a pod mod where it is heated, as other minor concerns. vaporized and inhaled. This However, there are also several liquid contains many different major concerns that are thought to chemicals and, yes, even nicobe associated with vaping. Recent tine. Studies have shown that studies have looked at whether major the amount of nicotine found in health issues could be a direct result a single pod is equivalent to the of vaping, and the results are less amount of nicotine found in an than encouraging. A Juul entire pack of cigarettes. For Some suggest that vaping could e-cigarette those who do not know how lead to cancer and heart disease, in its case nicotine affects one’s brain – and many new tests have confirmed especially that of an adolescent that chemicals inhaled while vaping or young adult – allow me to explain. lead to a disease called “popcorn lung” A human’s brain is not fully devel(commonly experienced by workers for oped until the age of 25. Before this popcorn manufacturers due to the inhalage, a number of things can affect ing of a chemical used in processing). development, such as the use of drugs Popcorn lung, also called obliterative or alcohol. Nicotine is a drug that is bronchiolitis, is an inflammation of tissue found in tobacco. In small doses, it can inside the lungs, causing difficulty in be a stimulant. However, when these quantities are increased, blockage of the breathing and scarring of lung tissue. autonomic nervous system occurs, and Marlee Madison
students I interviewed only used their eHowever, not just anybody can walk into cigarettes or vapes “once in a while” or their local smoke shop and purchase a vape “only on weekends.” Knowing that they pen. Legally, you must be 21 years or older did not feel the need to use these items con- to buy one. This applies as well to any vape stantly, I wanted to know if they have start- related products such as refill pods. ed to experience any side effects or if they Now, as one might have guessed, the were even aware this activity could give the students interviewed were all under the user side effects. age of 21. How could they possibly obtain Surprisingly, everyone that was asked these items if they are not of age? Are they claimed to be aware of the side effects concerned about getting caught for having but also said they had these products? When not experienced any, ‘Over the summer. I was 14.’ asked, teens responded, and as a result were not “Caught by who?” or concerned because, as I LMCS student vaper with just a simple “No.” was told, “You only live In response to the question, Youths may not see once.” I guess that’s one ‘When did you start?’ the legal end of things as way to look at the thing. a priority, which raises a Another aspect that concern that they won’t comes up when looking at this topic is the see using these products while underage cost. How much does it cost to buy the ac- as anything wrong. The students who were tual e-cigarette or pod mod? How much interviewed for this story had varying ando refill pods cost and where can someone swers when it came to the issue of cost. obtain them? Typically, one can purchase One student said vaping is “barely a cost,” a “vape pen” or an e-cigarette at a smoke while another student claimed that it was shop or a store that specializes in vapor in fact a financial burden. “But it’s worth it products, commonly known as “vape- in the end,” he told me. Since none of these shops,” as well as many gas stations. students gave an exact cost, a quick internet
search informed me that a typical pod costs $15.99. I still felt I needed to learn more about why this trend was so, well, trendy. One reason may be this: there are dozens of different flavors of vape juice that can be purchased. Popular flavors include mango, mint and cherry, as well as many other fruity combinations and flavors. Could this be why vaping is considered fun? Teens could potentially see the exciting new flavors and be enticed to try them. There are two ends to this story, however. Not everyone who has participated in vaping continues to do it regularly. I also asked why, if they used to vape, did they stop? One student said, “It became boring. It just wasn’t as fun, I guess.” Perhaps this activity isn’t as trendy with some youths as it seemed to be when they first started using e-cigarettes. Despite what many think, vaping is becoming an epidemic that will affect countless teens and young adults. If we are not careful, the continued use of products such as these could lead to lifelong health problems and diseases.
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May hearing set for LMCS budget Livingston Manor, NY – A budget hearing for residents of the Livingston Manor Central School District will be held at the Old Gymnasium at the Livingston Manor Central School. The hearing will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7, and the proposed school district budget for the 201920 school year will be presented and discussed. The school is located at 19 School Street in the hamlet. The vote on the appropriation of funds for estimated expenditures or for propositions involving the expenditure of money or the authorizing of levy of taxes, as well as the election of members of the Board of Education, will be held on Tuesday, May 21. Voting will take place at the school between the hours of 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. A copy of the statement of the amount of
money that would be required for the next school year will be completed seven days prior to the budget hearing and may be obtained by any resident of the district at the school during the period of 14 days immediately before the annual meeting and election. Petitions nominating candidates for the School Board must be filed with the Clerk of the District no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, April 22. Each petition must be signed by at least 25 qualified voters of the district, shall state the residence of each signer, the name and address of the candidate, and shall describe the vacancy on the Board of Education for which the candidate is nominated, which description shall include at least the length of term of office, and the name of the last incumbent.
SIX LANES Increased traffic on Rte. 17 in recent years has given rise to a proposal to expand the highway to three lanes in both directions. The illustration above shows a portion of the roadway near Chester as it might look after the upgrade. Manor Ink photo illustration
Legislature favors widening 17
SCHOOL FUNDING Those interested in the budgeting process, or who wish to become LMCS School Board members, will want to attend the budget hearing on May 7.
By Emily Ball | Manor Ink Monticello, NY – The Sullivan County Legislature recently passed a resolution to widen Highway Route 17. The New York Department of Transportation has conducted a study concluding that a third lane is necessary to meet the needs of the current and projected traffic. An estimated four million people visited Sullivan county last year, and officials are expecting even more this year. The fiftieth anniversary of the 1969 Woodstock festival is one reason for the anticipated rise in visitors. The expanded highway will have to
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accommodate the county’s projected economic growth. It is not yet known when the project will commence, as the comprehensive planning involved will take time. There are environmental, drainage, and traffic studies that are still needed, and they are expected to be completed by 2020. “We don’t yet have final costs. We won’t see construction this summer,” said Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther. “The project will indeed happen, but the plan is still in its infancy.” The proposed widening would include portions of the highway from Harriman in Orange County to Exit 105 in Monticello.
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Showing this month Works by Bobbie Oliver and Magaly Perez
Sullivan County High School Exhibition Opening reception, April 27, 4-6 p.m.
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Alverez to town: No shared revenue By Marge Feuerstein | Manor Ink Mentor TOWN BOARD MEETING OF MARCH 7 Supervisor Eggleton asked for a moment of silence in memory of late Judge Harold Madison. Minutes: The minutes of the previous board meeting were unanimously approved. Correspondence: County Legislature Chairman Luis Alverez wrote that the county was considering not sharing any sales tax with the towns. Town supervisors are asking for a small percentage of the collected revenue. The county received in excess of $7 million in sales tax in 2018. The New Government Affairs point-ofcontact person is Jennifer Young. Old Business Filtration at the Roscoe & Livingston Manor Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) was discussed, and bids for the Roscoe work will go out at the end of April. The project should be completed by end of 2020. LMSTP stream-testing filtration grant approval with authorization for the engineering firm Bipin Gandhi in Goshen. The town will continue comparing the cost of conversion to LED lighting from NYSEG and NYPA. The starting date for foundation work for the new Highway Dept. salt shed may be July 15. Installation of a new phone system in Town Hall will be done by Bedik Communications. Resolutions required: The Board adopted the following resolutions: • Hire Bipin Gandhi for LMSTP hookup of UV system. • Accept General Consulting service between Russell Budd and Town of Rockland. • Hire Bedik Communications to install the new phone system in Town Hall con-
sisting of eight phones, setup, programming and training.
New Business Correspondence: Letter from Nancy Trask requesting exempt status for sewer charges, Board voted to decline based on current Town law. Letter from Jeanette Hubert requesting a refund of sewer charges due to a leak which did not run through sewer. An application for a 30-day waiver for a liquor license for Sunshine Colony, establishment as a tavern at 67 Main St. (the old A&P building). Resolutions Required: The Board adopted the following resolutions: • Refund to Jeanette Hubert, $460 for sewer charges due to leak. • Grant 30-day waiver for a liquor license application for Sunshine Colony LLC. • Grant Slix Didrich an assignment as temporary Dog Control Officer. Approval of Bills: Bills on Abstract #5 were unanimously approved. Department heads: Ted Hartling, Highway Superintendent: The department is working on general maintenance. Details of all dollar amounts can be found on the town website at townofrockland.com under the minutes of March 7. TOWN BOARD MEETING OF MARCH 21 The minutes of the last meeting were unanimously approved. Correspondence: Catskill Food Hub will be launching in late April. Renaissance landscape maintenance training seminar will be held April 11. A potential 2019 grant for Round Top mountain will be sponsored by Renaissance; Lisa Lyons offered assistance. The RISE Walk fundraiser is scheduled for April 25. LMCS Superintendent Evans requested a meeting to
discuss possible sharing of some services.
Old Business Salt shed update: Two separate bids will be advertised, one for the foundation and another for construction of the shed. The town will do the preliminary ground preparation before the foundation pouring. Bidders have till May 2 when there will be a public opening. Foundation work starts June 15, with completion by June 30. Framing will go from July 15 to Aug. 15. Water & Sewer Dept. position: Five applications have been received. The position must be filled by someone who has certification, though he or she can work toward it with the town paying for training. A long-term commitment will be required. LED Lights: The issue is still under consideration. Superintendent Eggleton will discuss the matter with the Town of Bethel, also making the decision. One concern is maintenance. If NYSEG is chosen, they will take that on. Talks are continuing. MOA between Sullivan County and Town of Rockland: The town will allow the county to rent space at town hall. Resolutions required: The following resolutions were passed by the board: • Advertise for two separate bids for the new salt shed, one for the foundation and one for the actual structure to be opened at a public hearing on May 2. • Allow Sullivan County Motor Vehicle Dept. to rent space at Town of Rockland town hall for $400 a month. • To let Lisa Lyons take the lead on a grant application for Round Top. New Business Letter to Fire Commissioners concerning the water main leak and loss of pressure to tenants on School St., after a fire depart-
WAIVER GRANTED Renovations continue in the former A&P building on Main Street, a new venue that will be a “communal Catskills bar” called Sunshine Colony. Manor Ink photo ment training exercise. Some issues remain to be attended to: NYMIR Cyber Security: There will be an April 9 inspection and review of policies and procedures. The state requires the use of 10-character passwords that are changed frequently. Board Appointments: The Planning Board will need another member, as does the Board of Assessment. Resolution Required: The board voted unanimously to appoint Judy Emery to the Board of Assessment. Department Heads: Ted Hartling, Highway Superintendent: Some dirt roads are still too soft to work on. The subdivision near Hunter Lake needs Ken Klein to look into the legal status of the access road and turn-around. Bob Wolcott, Water/ Sewer: Electrical issues with the blowers have been fixed. Glenn Gabbard, Code Enforcement: Zoning laws need amending because abandoned properties, taken over by banks, remain in the owners’ names. The town needs grant help for demolition. Approval of Bills: Bills on Abstract #6 were unanimously approved. Details of all dollar amounts can be found on the town website at townofrockland.com under the minutes of March 21.
Evans: Cyber attack caused entire LMCS network to be replaced By Marge Feuerstein | Manor Ink Mentor SCHOOL BOARD MEETING OF MARCH 20 Superintendent’s Update & Presentation Presentation: Teacher Diana Fredenburg and a group of students from the Class of 2024 came to explain what they had planned for a proposed trip to Washington, DC. The students outlined the stops for the trip’s four days and what it will cost the school district if the board approves this junket for 25 students. Budget Update: Presented by Kevin Callagy, Business Administrator: There have been a few changes from last month’s
presentation. Health insurance costs will rise approximately 7 percent. Prescription coverage will be switched out of Express Scripts to another carrier and will still be obtained through the mail. The cost of the shared supervisor, estimated at $102,000, should save Manor $27,950. The school is approaching the number of students receiving free lunches that would allow LMCS to make them free for all students under state law. The district will need to tap the insurance reserve to cover the deductibles after the school’s insurance company pays the costs incurred from the recent cyber attack. Superintendent’s Update: Mr. Evans
expanded on Mr. Callagy’s remarks about the use of insurance reserve. The cyber attack that took the district’s electronic network offline resulted in the need to replace and restructure the whole system. The attack not only dismantled the network but revealed a number of its flaws and weaknesses. What is now being put together will make the system secure and redundant. Moreover, borrowed equipment will soon be returned to the generous lenders. The superintendent then stated that two grants are being written to bring locallygrown foods into the school. If it can be shown that 30 percent of the food used in
LMCS is “farm-to-school,” state aid for the meals will increase from 6 to 25 cents per meal. In another effort to bring down costs through sharing, Mr. Evans told of meetings between the Town of Colchester and Downsville to share cost of salt. He also mentioned his upcoming meeting with Supervisor Eggleton to discuss the possibility of sharing snow removal. Action Items and Consent Agenda: Details of all the action items and the consent agenda passed by the board, including all dollar amounts and all the line items in the preliminary budget, can be found at lmcs. k12.ny.us on the Board of Education page under the minutes of March 20.
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Officials offer views on discouraging health report Sullivan near bottom of NY State rankings Liberty, NY – Sullivan County leaders responded today to the release of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s County Health Rankings and Roadmap report for 2019. The report ranked Sullivan County 60th out of the state’s 61 counties, just above the Bronx, the county in last place. Basing its evaluation on statistics like residents’ length of life, their health behaviors, physical environment and other social and economic factors, the foundation concluded that there is much room for improvement in the county residents’ overall well-being. But there are also areas where the health of Sullivan County’s population has seen some improvement. Adult smoking rates have dropped to 18 percent, an improvement over previous years, and more people in the county now have health insurance. In March, county officials shared their views on the report and offered their observations on the status of the health of the county’s citizens. Most expressed optimism that conditions will continue to improve. “I am hopeful that we are headed in the right direction, because there are so many positive things happening that will help improve overall health and quality of life in
LEARN MORE To see the full Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report on health in NY counties, and to compare 2019’s statistics with previous years, go to countyhealthrankings.org.
the County in the long run,” stated Public Health Director Nancy McGraw. “It takes many years of targeted focus and investment in a variety of community initiatives to change overall health rankings, but we are already starting to see some of the underlying statistics, which drive the rankings, improve.” “This is not an event – this is a process,” agreed Health & Family Services Commissioner Joe Todora. “As with any process, it requires ongoing, sustained effort, and I’m confident that this county and its partners are committed to raising the rankings no matter how long it takes.” “Together, the consortium of folks in Sullivan County working with residents towards collective wellness has grown tremendously over the last few years. Projects run the gamut from peer support, increasing access to care for the mobility-impaired, building outdoor recreational facilities, getting more fresh local produce into schools and communities, and capitalizing on each other’s strengths to have the greatest impact over time,” noted Colleen Monaghan, executive director of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Sullivan County, a key collaborator. “We are not discouraged. Rather, we continue to be inspired and energized to work together to improve the Sullivan Catskills’ health outcomes.” “The RWJ ranking comes out once a year and is a marker for us to check in. It has shown that collaboration is not only help-
‘While disappointing, I agree with the others that it is a marathon, not a sprint, so it will take time to move things in a more positive direction ...’ Sandi Rowland Executive Director, Sullivan 180 ful, but critical to establishing programs and initiatives; and to taking on larger policy issues,” explained Denise Frangipane, executive director of Sullivan Renaissance, another key collaborator. “Working with these partners, Sullivan Renaissance brings resources to the table in the form of grants, technical assistance and experience with community development and organizing, which translates into projects that engage communities and volunteers of all ages. It is very grassroots.” “While disappointing, I agree with the others that it is a marathon, not a sprint, so it will take time to move things in a more positive direction, but I’m absolutely con-
vinced we are collectively making a difference and Sullivan County is moving toward building a sustainable culture of health,” observed Sandi Rowland, executive director of Sullivan 180, a nonprofit focused on turning around health and wellness in Sullivan County. Rowland mentioned a few of the initiatives in Sullivan County that she thinks are making a difference: n A robust worksite wellness program including dozens of local businesses and hundreds of workers throughout the county n Sullivan 180’s community health champions who are working with groups and communities, coaching them to adopt healthier lifestyles n Maternal and child health-focused programs such as training of certified lactation consultants, introducing a centering prenatal care model to reduce low birth weights, and engaging women-focused community health workers n Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Healthy Schools and Communities program, which is teaching children and families healthy eating habits n PRASAD’s Children’s Dental Health Program, which offers in-school dental treatment via a mobile van “It’s a struggle, no doubt,” remarked District 2 Legislator Nadia Rajsz, chair of the Legislature’s Health & Family Services Committee. “But that makes it all the more important to keep going. This Legislature, this county and its partners are not giving up. We have work to do.”
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PLEASE RESPOND Volunteers are needed by fire and ambulance services throughout the county, as the sign at the Livingston Manor Ambulance Corps makes clear. Manor Ink photo
Local fire, EMT services seeking new volunteers By Jackson Wolcott | Manor Ink Liberty, NY – Recently there has been a huge problem with volunteers in fire departments and ambulance corps all around the county. Many of these stations will either have to combine or close due to a lack of active members. And someday, if nothing changes, many of these facilities may close forever or have to switch to salaried employees instead of using volunteers. There are many reasons for this problem. One of the causes is the training process of, for example, a firefighter. The average time a candidate would have to spend in class generally ranges from 140 to 150 hours. This is a lot of time, and is often prohibitive for somebody with a family because if a potential firefighter misses one class, he or she
would have to repeat all of the classes. Another problem is that when older volunteers retire, there aren’t many new candidates coming in to replace them. “When I went to join in 1991, we had 100 members with the waiting list, and now there are only 41,” said Danny Wolcott, chief of the Livingston Manor Fire Department. “And of those 41, only half are active.” The lack of volunteers is the same for both fire departments and ambulance services. This is a huge problem, and one of the solutions could be you. If you are interested in participating as a volunteer in these vital services, you can go to the “Recruit New York” event at your local fire department on April 27 and 28, or visit recruitny.org to learn more. Is there a fire in you?
Calling All Volunteers! The Livingston Manor Free Library is seeking volunteers to help with this Fun Run to benefit Library programs and celebrate spring! On Sunday, May 5 we need helpers for a couple hours between 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Pick the hours you are available and we’ll help you choose the job to match your talents!
Sign up at the Livingston Manor Free Library, 92 Main Street or call 845-439-5440
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Everything you always wanted to know about Sullivan Hurleyville, NY – The Delaware Company is pleased to announce that it will once again be sponsoring a six week course on Sullivan County history, beginning in April. Sullivan County Historian John Conway will lead the classes, and he affirms that material for this course is new and has not been offered before. The classes will be held on six consecutive Wednesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Sullivan County Museum, located at 265 Main Street in Hurleyville. Classes will begin on April 10 and will end on May 15. The cost of the course is $60 for the six classes, or $10 per class for those who might want to sign up for fewer than all six. Pre-registration and pre-payment is required. Checks should be made payable to The Delaware Company and mailed to The Delaware Company, P.O. Box 88, Barryville, NY 12719. Seating is limited for the class, so if you are interested, please register by visiting scnyhistory.org. As always, these classes are being conducted as a fundraiser for The Delaware Company. If you are unable to attend, but would still like to support the group’s mission, please feel free to make a tax deductible contribution.
WHAT IS THE DELAWARE COMPANY?
HISTORIC HORROR On December 27, 1763, a group of white vigilantes brutally killed 14 Conestoga Indians in Lancaster, Penn., in an event known as the Massacre of 1763. wikipedia.com photo Topics and dates for the course are as follows: April 10: The Lenape and the Iroqouis – Native Americans in the Region April 17: The Colonial Era – Cushetunk, the Massacre of 1763, the Revolutionary War April 24: The Importance of Transporta-
tion – Timber, Tanning and the D&H Canbal May 1: The Railroads and the Resorts – The Evolution of Tourism May 8: After the Fall – The Convention Center, the Airport and Other Missteps May 15: Woodstock Stories – Fact and Fiction Regarding the Sumer of 1969
THE DELAWARE COMPANY is named for the group of hardy Connecticut farmers who in 1755 overcame inestimable hardships to establish Cushetunk, the first permanent European settlement in the Upper Delaware River Valley. The Delaware Company’s mission is to promote and support the history and historic landmarks of the Upper Delaware River Valley through education, outreach and fundraising. The Delaware Company will sponsor presentations on historical topics, conduct narrated historical bus tours, and support and promote relevant historical programs sponsored by other organizations. The Delaware Company is a New York not-for-profit corporation that has received recognition as a tax-exempt organization. As such, it gratefully accepts donations in support of its programs. To learn more, visit facebook.com/pg/TheDelCo. John Conway
Manor Ink app coming to a smart phone near you
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In an effort to reach younger readers who are more accustomed to getting news and information via smart phones and other mobile media, Manor Ink Editor in Chief Marlee Madison has announced that the newspaper will be launching a mobile app in April in partnership with NewsAtomic in Ellenville. The app’s content will be drawn from stories in the newspaper, but will also have brief articles and photos intended solely for the digital audience. “We’re very excited about this addition to Manor Ink’s print product,” said Madison. “We’re going to call it Manor No Ink, a title that is not only accurate, but we think is quite clever. It was suggested by one of our reporters.”
In a departure from the newspaper’s traditional monthly publishing schedule, Manor No Ink will offer daily postings. A post may share news, or might offer commentary, or an interesting photo or cartoon. Other posts will publicize upcoming events and opportunities. Manor No Ink’s primary focus will be on content of interest to students at Livingston Manor Central School, and students in other schools in the region. “We hope that by putting our stories on kids’ phones, we’ll be able to generate interest in news gathering and journalism,” said Madison. “We think the app will be a great tool for connecting with a largely underserved audience for news and informantion.”
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Spring spruce-up The Livingston Manor Town Board has announced that the hamlet’s Solid Waste Municipal Clean-Up day will take place on Saturday, April 27. Dumpsters will be provided at the Rockland Transfer Station, 131 Overlook Dr. in Livingston Manor.
GETTING AWAY Jace and Brayden Conklin welcome Christopher, their Fresh Air Fund visitor, above. At right, Paige enjoys a dip in the pool during her Fresh Air visit to Sullivan County last summer. Photos provided
Get a little Fresh Air this summer By Art Steinhauer | Manor Ink Mentor The Fresh Air Fund of New York is currently looking for families to host children from the city for a week this summer. Lisa Weiss, co-chair of Sullivan County Fresh Air Fund, explained that most low-income inner city kids do not get the chance experience summer fun and activities in a beautiful rural area like Sullivan County. The Fresh Air Fund now sponsors over 4,000 children who can leave the City for a summer vacation that other children can take for granted. Seven families in Sullivan County hosted children last summer, but many more children can be helped with more families. Weiss said that hosts range from “traditional” families with two adults and children, to single adults with and without children, and seniors. Host families need not have a separate sleeping bedroom for the child; any accommodations will do. First time Fresh Air children, or “visitors,” are aged 7 to 12 years and families can re-
quest the age or gender, and one or more children. Guests can return to their host families up to age 18. Visitors spend one week with host families. This year’s visit dates for Sullivan County are July 12 through July 19 or Aug. 14 to Aug. 21. A Fresh Air Fund bus brings the kids to the area and back to New York City. Around-the-clock support is provided to host families (e.g., of medical needs, homesickness, etc.). The Fresh Air Fund also provides families with liability and medical coverage. Weiss and her husband will be welcoming back their host child, Paige, for her fourth summer. “At 14, she’s progressed from learning to swim to diving lessons,” Lisa said. Co-chair Vikki Siciliano will have her “city daughter,” Kailie, back for a seventh summer, with plans for her to spend some time at a nearby riding camp. Kailie has developed a love of horses during her summers in Sullivan County. According to Weiss, this is not unusual – many Fresh Air
Fund children return year after year to their host families. The Conklin family hosted for the first time last summer. Eddie and Devon Conklin said they and their two sons were excited to show their new “city friend” Christopher all there was to do in the summer. At first, he was rather shy and withdrawn (not an unusual occurrence), but within couple of days he was in the water learning to swim, biking and enjoying all the activities the Conklin boys do. The brothers have stayed in contact with Christopher and are now planning this summer’s activities. “A lot of families enter with a specific mindset and end up with another,” said Devon. “What a great experience for our family, and for Christopher.” For more information about the Sullivan County Fresh Air Fund, contact Lisa Weiss at email@example.com or call 917-922-8601. On a personal note, after speaking with Lisa, this reporter and his wife filed an application to host a child this summer.
Jeff Bank, CAS call for calendar photos The Catskill Art Society and the First National Bank of Jeffersonville are now asking for submissions for the bank’s annual photo calendar, an initiative to support the local arts community and to give talented photographers a way to share their work with the public. The theme for 2020 calendar is “The Four Seasons of the Catskills and Hudson Valley.” Submissions will be accepted until Friday, May 10. For more information, or for an application and instructions for submitting images, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get the facts on ticks Join Public Health Educator Jill Hubert-Simon on Sunday, April 7, at 1 p.m. for “Tick Talk” at Morgan Outdoors, 46 Main Street in Livingston Manor. While ticks and Lyme disease are a concern in Sullivan County, there are many ways you can reduce your risk of tick bites. Call 845-439-5507 to reserve a seat for this timely program.
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Painting exhibit offers ‘expressions’ by local Arc artists By Kristopher Neidecker | Manor Ink Mentor
YOUNGSVILLE WONDER Motorists traveling Rte. 52 through Youngsville often slow down to gawk at the 12-foot high ice formation created every winter by a continual spritz of water. This year’s berg was exceptionally large, but it is beginning to show signs of the spring thaw. Manor Ink photo
The Left Bank Art Gallery in Liberty is hosting a very special show to bring in its 2019 season. The Arc Sullivan-Orange Counties, a chapter of The Arc New York, is a not-for-profit agency which supports over 3,000 children and adults in our area. Each year over the past decade, they put together an art show called “Expressions” which includes works done by those in the program. It’s held in March, which is National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. Many of the artists who participate in the show have limitations to their physical movement and other issues that, without the caring assistance of those in Arc like Vince Sanborn who works with the artists in the art program, might make it impossible for them to create something like a painting. This year, until April 15, you can find a large variety of paintings on display at the Left Bank, each created by someone in the Arc program. Swirling forms, colorful and wistful works, and paintings ranging from small to very large decorate the walls of the gallery. Each piece has a story of its own, and each was created with the pure joy of making something exciting. The works are for sale, with 90 percent of the proceeds going to support the Arc Sullivan-Orange programs. It’s a perfect way to shake off the winter blues and get out as spring ever so slowly arrives in our region. The Left Bank is at 59 North Main Street in Liberty, very close to Rte. 17, and is open from Thursday through Saturday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. To learn more, visit facebook. com/the.left.bank.art.gallery.
ON EXHIBIT Artist Lenny Dalby in front of one of his circular paintings, done on a special spinning table. Below, the scene at the opening of “Expressions 2019” on March 15. Kris Neidecker photo, above; Marge Feuerstein photo, below
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Chucker of no wood, unjustly maligned Woodchucks lead mostly boring lives but get a bad rap anyway. Or so it seems to me. They do not appear, from my erratic observations, to eat the foundations of our house (not the wood, anyway) or of the shed under which this one seems to live. It sits, between 6 and 8 in the morning, eating grass and seeds and preening and cleaning itself on the four-by-four Barbara wooden scaffolding near Martinsons the shed. It ventures out onto the grass. It stands on its hind legs and checks for … hawks? Then it usually returns to its sunny spot and continues grooming. Once in a while, it takes off and dashes along the stone wall. Some time AGING OUT LOUD passes. Then it returns, walking, and settles itself again on the four-by-four. It waits. I watch. I came across a report online written by a committee formed to get rid of wood chucks in 1833 by the New Hampshire Legislative Woodchuck Committee. It confirms my suspicions about woodchucks getting a bad rap and illustrates the attitude of some people towards this animal. In part, the report states: “The woodchuck, despite its deformities both of mind and body, possesses some of the amenities of a higher civilization. It cleans its face after the manner of the squirrels, and licks its fur after the manner of a cat. Your committee is too wise,
however, to be deceived by this purely superficial observation of better habits. Contemporaneous with the ark, the woodchuck has not made any material progress in social science, and it is now too late to reform the wayward sinner. The average age of the woodchuck is too long to please your committee ... The woodchuck is not only a nuisance, but is also a bore. It burrows beneath the soil, and then chuckles to see a mowing machine, man and all, slump into one of these holes and disappear ...” If this happened, I would not find it boring. And I’ve never heard a woodchuck chuckle, although it does whistle on occasion. But it has a terrible reputation among most people. Apart from the expectation that it will create sink holes in the earth and eat the foundations of wooden structures, causing total collapse, as far as I can tell, it does not chuck wood, whatever that looks like. It does dig in the earth and sometimes creates extensive burrows. The name woodchuck seems to come from its Alqonquin name which was “wuchok.” It is also called a ground hog, which I find undignified. In any case, apart from Puxatawnie Phil, it is maligned for no reason that I can see (and eating stuff from your garden doesn’t count, because you should have put up a sturdy fence that they won’t burrow under, or spread some bloodmeal, or something!). Now, we elders are also often disparaged, but in our case there is usually a reason: we are slow, we get confused,
we sometimes don’t hear or speak or see clearly. And we forget things. We often insist that we’re right, no matter what, but it’s only our greater experience speaking. I’m not sure why younger people are so impatient with these qualities. Like the woodchuck, we do no harm, or very little. I hope there won’t be a legislative committee formed to get rid of us. This morning the woodchuck looked kind of blurry. I squinted at him or her, but things stayed slightly out of focus. I reached for the small binoculars, but they seemed to have moved. Still, the woodchuck sat on the edge of the scaffolding, basking in the early sunshine. And I sat on the edge of my bed, engrossed in the woodchuck. They have toilet chambers in their burrows and they line them with leaves. Now, what was I about to do?
Trout Parade seeks submissions for fishy poster Livingston Manor’s annual Trout Parade is an event that celebrates the grand tradition of fly fishing here in the Catskills with a gala procession that is reminiscent of the legendary Mermaid Parade of Coney Island fame. Begun in 1992, the Manor’s parade has been a yearly event in the hamlet, heralding the start of the summer season.
Organizers of the parade have announced that this year’s procession will be promoted by a poster, to be selected from entries in a contest. The competition is cosponsored by Blick Art Materials and the Frame Game & Art Shoppe in Monticello. The theme for submissions is “Peace, Love and Trout,” in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock
festival, held in Bethel in 1969. Prizes for winning entries will be awarded. Deadline for submissions is Monday, April 15. All artwork must be in full color and must contain the words “Livingston Manor Trout Parade” and “Saturday, June 8, 2019.”For full details and contest rules, visit the Catskill Art Society’s website at catskillartsociety.org.
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Harold E. Madison, longtime Manor judge, dead at 83 Livingston Manor, NY – Harold E. Madison of Livingston Manor passed away on Wednesday, March 6. He was 83. He was the son of the late Merritt A. Madison and Isabelle Will, born on April 22, 1935, in Livingston Manor. Harold had a long working career. He owned and operated both the Willowemoc Sport Shop and the Tree Hut. He also worked for a sign company, hanging signs for the State Highway Department and did work for the New York City Tunnel Development. He Madison served the Town of Rockland for a total of 28 years as both a constable and judge. In his free time, Harold was an avid hunter and enjoyed stock car racing. He also owned airplanes as well as race horses, and was awarded “King of the Hill Bowling” and “Bocce Ball Champ.” He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, greatgrandfather and friend, and he will be deeply missed. He is survived by his wife, Nancy Dayton Madison, whom he married on June 13, 1954. Other survivors include his children, Kirk Madison and his wife, Sarah; Lee Dalrymple and her husband, John; Lynn Cook and her husband, Jack; Kristi Romolo and her husband, Patrick; his grandchildren Elliott, Noah and Leyna Madison; Lacy and Emily Dalrymple; and Frank and James Cook; and three great-grandchildren, as well as his special friend Jerry McArthur. He is predeceased by brothers Richard, Merritt and Robert; as well as his grandson, Ryan Romolo. Donations in Harold’s name can be made to the Livingston Manor Free Library or the Sullivan County SPCA. A funeral service was held on Saturday, March 9, at the Livingston Manor United Methodist Church. Burial will take place at Orchard Street Cemetery at a later date.
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Media Probe uncovers a raw horror masterwork This is definitely a big first. I’ve never given a movie a perfect score. It’s absolutely insane that barely anyone has heard of this movie. I’m talking about Raw Insides. It’s a 2009 thriller directed by Dario Argento. Not only is the story enticing and at some points frightening, but it has the most phenomenal Osei Helper acting ever. Here’s a gist of the movie: Two teens meet with a former scientist who’s promised them a great amount MEDIA of money in return for their PROBE agreeing to become his test REVIEW subjects. The scientist is researching an unknown flesh-eating bacteria and wants to test its effect on the youngsters. Something goes awry and the scientist
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gets infected, causing his Raw Insides skin to start rotting off. Netflix 2009 For an unknown reason, HHHHH he possesses the need to Rated AF (for kill the teens. The teens April Fools) are now trapped in a large laboratory with an increasingly deranged scientist hunting them down. The most frightening part? The scientist still retains his intelligence. Now, the performance that these actors put on was amazing. The deranged scientist was played by the ever so talented Danny Devito. He really gives the audience quite a show. The way Devito showed the scientist’s slow descent into madness was scarily real. You could barely tell it was only an act, and the teens, played by Freddie Highmore and Josh Hutcherson, seemed genuinely afraid. It was actually kind of unsettling how real the acting seemed, but that only
DERANGED Playing Dr. Perlman, a mad scientist with eczema, Danny Devito turns in a brilliant performance in the obscure teen terror flick, Raw Insides. Capitol Pictures photo added to the experience. The plot was beautifully structured to the point where there were either little to no plot holes. All the questions were wrapped up by the end. I won’t spoil the ending, but the plot twist not only came out of nowhere but answered all my growing questions.
I highly recommend watching this movie. Everything from the musical score to the acting and the plot was flawless. I give this movie my first ever 5-out-of-5 stars. Raw Insides can be found on Netflix and Hulu, so please give it a watch. You won’t regret it.
Fortnight a blight, right?
HO-HUM Freddie Mercury’s ability to make funny faces is well known. Too bad he’s not much of a singer. Provided photo
Queen’s ‘Night’ a real snooze Queen is a British rock band formed in London in 1970. Their iconic line-up consisted of the late Freddie Mercury (lead vocals and piano), Brian May (lead guitar and vocals), Roger Taylor (drums and vocals) and John Deacon (bass guitars). The squealing obnoxious guitars, paired with Hunter the mediocre drumming Krause makes for some of the worst instrumentals in any classic rock album. These instrumentals would have been vastly improved upon if only there was more heavy bass, kick and snare patterns, three-key piano loops and reverb.
The instrumentals aren’t even the worst of it, as the vocal deliveries are atrocious. Freddie Mercury had one of the worst singing voices of all time. A Night at the The lyrics do nothOpera ing to improve upon Queen 1975 anything in this HHHHH recording, as they’re April Foolish all about how Queen believes that Communism should be more widespread. This album is nearly unlistenable and deserves no more than 1 star out of 5.
If you haven’t already tried Fortnite, then you’re out of sync with the times! There are two versions of the game. The better is also known as “Save the World.” The worse version is “Fortnite: Battle Royale.” Fortnite has taken the world by storm, and is now in its eighth season, featuring Elsa and her RTX 2080 Jenson Ti graphics card, Thanos Skalda and Spider-Man’s dust, and Elon Musk. 200 million people have played Fortnite and it has over 8 million daily players. The better “Save the World” version of Fortnite is a survival action game for PAPER PlayStation 4, Xbox GAMES One, Nintendo REVIEW Switch, Windows, and Mac. In “Save the World,” gamers use strategic thinking, creativity and forward planning to build fortifications while working with teammates to defend survivors and objectives from waves of creepy, zombie-like monsters. But that’s only what Epic wants.
The current “FortFortnight nite: Battle Royale” is Epic 2017 a last-player-standing HHHHH game that pits up to Rated April FG 100 try-hards against (Foolish Games) each other in solo, duo, or up to fourplayer squads, plus a couple of obscure game modes, to see who can survive the longest in an ever-shrinking map. According to Common Sense Media, “the game has a cartoonish style, and the violence, while persistent, isn’t bloody or particularly gory, even though you use firearms to eliminate opponents.” While there isn’t any profanity in the game dialogue, the game takes place online and exposes players to iffy language from random squeakers in voice. The “Save the World” game costs about $59.99, but you can get a cheaper option for $29.99, and “Battle Royale” is free. While the game is really popular, there was a little too much hype. This was the new “Battle Royale” game at the time and really picked up traction after the first couple of months. But with other better games, like Apex, it has gotten boring. I give it a 2 out of 5 stars
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Despite enjoyable start, plot twist bakes ‘Alaska’
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On a crafty roll for April Though the first day of April has come and gone, Manor Ink’s “Inkwell of Happiness” pages can’t resist a little foolishness. In that spirit, here’s an April project that will really bring out the crafter in you. What could be more fun than making your own roll of toilet tissue, either for your own use, or as a Marlee thoughtful gift? Have a Madison runny nose, feel a sneeze coming on, or maybe sense a worrisome rumbling down there? This handmade wudge of tissue to the rescue!
DIY Toilet Paper on Roll Materials n An empty toilet paper roll
n Toilet paper (about
the length that is on a standard roll of toilet paper)
Procedure 1. Find an empty roll of Scan the code toilet paper, or simply to see a video remove the paper from (if you dare) an existing full toilet paper roll 2. Line the edges of the toilet MEM’S paper up with edges of the GEMS empty toilet roll 3. Slowly wind all the paper back onto the empty roll until all the sheets are entirely ravelled up on it 4. Use and enjoy! (But we don’t want know about it.)
A recipe for April that’s all wet DIHYDROGEN MONOXIDE By Jenson Skalda | Manor Ink Dihydrogen monoxide is a compound that is needed for all life, but we can never get it for ourselves. So I will RECIPE show you how to make this chemical for your own use.
Ingredients A flux capacitor Hydrogen
This book, despite its praise, isn’t very good. Although the idea and message of the book are good, it has a sudden plot twist which just ruins the entire idea of the story, leaving you frustrated. Looking for Alaska is a well-planned book, and a great way to express the problems of teen addictions and wild Edward actions. However, the Lundquist setting and execution of the story just turns you away, angry and wishing for a better story. Now, usually I do not read this sort of teen romance book, but it was referred to me by a very wise person who knows what my taste is. said they PAGE TURNERS They enjoyed it and that I might too. I tried it, and honestly I was kind of let down. The premise of the story is based around a young man, Miles, who is obsessed with last words, and who goes off to a prep school, feeling out of place and lonely. He befriends several people his age who know the school, start prank wars and ... don’t exactly make the best decisions. One of these people is Alaska Young, a wild girl who makes bad decisions and enjoys them with an almost suicidal glee. The gang of misfits brings Miles into their circle and teaches him all the bad things, like smoking and drinking. Miles is hesitant, but gives in to peer pressure and the hopes of impressing Alaska. The two have a short-lived romance (mostly one sided), which the
Preparation 1. The first step is to assemble the tubes so that they goes around the flux capacitor to cool the hydrogen and oxygen. 2. Now you need to take the tanks of hydrogen and oxygen in parts of 2 to1. Once you add the chemicals to the tube, it will cool and create the great and wonderful H20. 3. Drink deep and enjoy!
NUMEROUS BESTSELLERS Award-winning author John Green has written numerous books for young adults, including An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns and The Fault in Our Stars. amazon.com photo
reader can reLooking for Alaska ally enjoy and By John Green follow until HHHHH bam, (spoilers) Young adult, Alaska gets into romance, grief a car crash and dies. Yep, told you there was a plot twist. Worse, it is exactly as abrupt as I just said it. One second the book is a great coming of age story, the next it is a grief story. Miles goes on a search NOTE: UNLIKE ALL to find the the other columns reason behind on these pages, Alaska’s Page Turners is not death and an April parody. ends the story on a sullen note of grief, guilt and angst. The book is fairly well renowned, but I want to make it clear for you that, if you enjoy action, adventure or mystery books, it is not worth your time. Life is too short to read bad books. Depending on your tastes, however, it has an interesting concept, and is good if you like psychological stories. To Parents: Death, references to sex, drinking, smoking, drugs and one particularly weird scene involving a prank. Sex seems often mentioned, but it is not for graphic effect, only to build the characters and age group. Ages 12+, depending on how lenient you are.
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Manor teams gear up for season By Art Steinhauer | Manor Ink Mentor
WIND-UP Garrett Shaver will return for another season as the Wildcat’s catcher.
Livingston Manor, NY – The Livingston Manor varsity boys and girls modified softball teams have, as usual, been hard at work indoors in preparation for their spring seasons. The Wildcats baseball team is, for the first time, a combined Manor-RoscoeDownsville squad. Coach Jeff Loeffler is most anxious to get his new players outside, given that it’s hard to get good, solid practices indoors. Garrett Shaver (catcher) and Pete Pagan (2B-SS) return from last year’s Manor team, and are joined by Eric Hill (SS-P) from Roscoe and Dan D’Avria (1B-P) from Downsville who should anchor the team. Coach Loeffler said it’s way too early to evaluate the squad because of the influx of new players, “but my goal is always to make it to States.” His greatest concern is “to find innings,” as the team has lost a few pitchers from last season.
INSIDE BALL Athletic Director Adam Larsen practices with members Livingston Manor’s Girls Softball team in the gym at LMCS. The team is eager to take their sessions outside – once the school’s athletic fields dry out. Art Steinhauer photos Charlie Hicks coaches the girl’s modified squad (7th through 9th grades). The team has also been practicing in the Manor gym until the fields dry out. MacKenzie Carlsen, the unofficial captain, said the team looks forward to getting on a real field and particularly working on their batting. Inside
they’ve been concentrating on fielding, throwing and situational play. To emphasize the fundamentals, Coach Hicks requires a push-up for a bad throw or missed catch. He commented, “If we’re not the best team, we’ll at least be the strongest team.” The season kicks off on April 2.
SCOUTING REPORT: GIRL’S SOFTBALL TO UNLEASH NEW ACE
WILDCATS BASEBALL SCHEDULE
THE MANOR SOFTBALL team is ready to unleash an Williamson asked her to stop. “She’s destroying the unexpected and inexplicable new star as opening day confidence of my players!” Williamson opined. approaches. When asked to explain how she could generate Marissa Rivera, a recent 8th-grade transso much arm speed and dip on a very slight fer student into the school, has displayed frame, Marissa said offered a surprising uncanny abilities on the mound in preexplanation. season practices. Athletic Director Adam “It comes from my dad – he took Larsen commented, “In all my years, or me bowling since I was four and never anyone’s, we’ve never seen anything let me use anything other than his 18 like her.” pound ball, so I developed speed, accuMarissa wowed everyone with a blazracy and the ‘swerve,’” Rivera said. She ing fastball and blistering “swerve” added that when she was only eight pitch, as she calls her curve ball. years old, she won her first bowling Larsen said he has no idea how fast she tournament against adults. Her bowlpitches. “Our speed gun doesn’t go ing average is now a stunning 275. BALL-BUSTER After just one high enough – it tops out at 95 mph,” workout with new Manor hurler Larsen said there are already rumhe said. Marissa Rivera, Coach Larsen had blings about Marissa from the other After mowing down all the girls and to order sturdier softballs. coaches, with a petition circulating to some boys from the baseball team limit any pitcher to only five innings Manor Ink photo “who dared to face her,” Larsen said a week. they took Marissa over to pitch batting practice against Of course, none of this is a surprise to Marissa’s famthe SUNY Sullivan baseball team. But, he said, after ily – after all, her uncle is Yankee great Mariano Rivera. striking out six batters on 19 pitches, SUNY Coach Art Steinhauer (whose favorite holiday is April Fools’ Day)
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ONGOING Art, Music & Woodstock for Kids Saturdays in April; 10 a.m.noon; Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, 200 Hurd Rd., Bethel. bethelwoodscenter.org Salsa Class Mondays, Fridays in April; 6-9 p.m.; Hurleyville Arts Centre, 219 Main Street, Hurleyville. hurleyvilleartscentre.org Restorative Yoga with LeeAnna Sundays in April; 4:30 p.m.; Hurleyville Arts Centre, 219 Main Street, Hurleyville. hurleyvilleartscentre.org Computer Tech Support Tuesdays, Thursdays in April; 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; E.B. Crawford Public Library, 479 Broadway, Monticello; ebcpl.org Adult Gaming Group Fridays in April; 1 p.m.; E.B. Crawford Public Library, 479 Broadway, Monticello; ebcpl.org Pop Art & Printmaking Workshop for Adults Thursdays in April; 6 p.m.; Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, 200 Hurd Rd., Bethel. bethelwoodscenter.org Drop-in Story Hour Wednesdays in April; 10:40 a.m. Liberty Public Library, Liberty Professional Plaza, 111 Sullivan Ave., Suite 1-3, Ferndale. libertypubliclibrary.org Yoga Bootcamp with Justine Sutherland Tuesdays, Thursdays in April; 9 a.m.; Justine’s Just Breathe Yoga, 108 Somewhere In Time Lane, Parksville. justinesjustbreatheyoga.com Knitters/Crocheters Tuesdays in April; 10:15 a.m.noon. Liberty Public Library, Liberty Professional Plaza, 111 Sullivan Ave., Suite 1-3, Ferndale. libertypubliclibrary.org
A LISTING OF FUN THINGS TO DO Send your event to email@example.com
Trivia Night Wednesdays in March; 7:308:30 p.m. Callicoon Brewing Co., Olympia Hotel, 15 Upper Main St., Callicoon (check website for hotel opening). callicoonbrewing.com Library Storytime Tuesdays in April; 11:15-11:45 a.m.; Livingston Manor Free Library, 92 Main St., Livingston Manor. livingstonmanorlibrary. org Comedy Night Saturdays in April; 8 p.m.; The Arnold House, 839 Shandelee Rd., Livingston Manor. thearnoldhouse.com Live Piano Music Saturdays in March; 5:30-9:30 p.m.; Catskill Mountains Resort, 211 Mail Rd., Barryville. catskillmountainsresort.com Garden Talks, Walks and Workshops With Scott Woods; Saturdays in February; to book talk, contact The Arnold House, 839 Shandelee Road Livingston Manor. thearnoldhouse.com APRIL 4-30 Opening Day, Fly Fishing Season Saturday, April 6; Junction Pool, Beaverkill River, Roscoe. Events all day long at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum. cffcm.com Water Color Painting with Chris Parrow Saturday, April 6; 10:30 a.m.12:30 p.m.; E.B. Crawford Public Library, 479 Broadway, Monticello; ebcpl.org One Room Schools Presentation
With Paul Lounsbury and Gordon MacAdam on 20 one-room schools in the Town of Thompson Sunday, April 7; 1-3 p.m.; Time and the Valleys Museum, 332 Main St., Grahamsville. timeandthevalleysmuseum.org Friends of Liberty Library Annual English Tea Sunday, April 7; 2-4 p.m.; Lazy Pond Bed & Breakfast, 79 Old Loomis Road, Liberty. libertypubliclibrary.org Pancake Breakfast Sunday, April 7; 7-11 a.m.; hosted by Liberty Fire Dept.; Liberty Fire Dept. #3, Liberty. Eat, Drink and Be Murdered Sunday, April 7; 4-5 p.m.; Liberty Diner, 30 Sullivan Ave., Liberty. LibertyNYChamber.com Agriculture Career & Job Fair Tuesday, April 9; 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; SUNY Sullivan, 112 College Road, Loch Sheldrake. sunysullivan.edu Bluegrass with Oxford Depot Thursday, April 11; 7 p.m.; E.B. Crawford Public Library, 479 Broadway, Monticello; ebcpl.org
Livingston Manor Liverpool Supporters Club Saturday, April 13; 10 a.m.; cheer on the Reds as they take on Chelsea in a key late season fixture. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Run on The Runway 5K Saturday, April 13; 9:15 a.m.; Stewart International Airport, 1180 1st St., New Windsor. sullivanstridersclub.org Conserving Your Family Land Presented by the Delaware Highlands Conservancy Tuesday, April 16; 6-7:30 p.m.; The Cooperage, 1030 Main St., Honesdale, PA. delawarehighlands.org Sullivan County Annual Job Fair Tuesday, April 16; noon-4 p.m.; The Sullivan-Ramada, 283 Rock Hill Dr ., Rock Hill. 3D Printer Class Thursday, April 18; 3-4:30 p.m.; Livingston Manor Free Library, 92 Main St., Livingston Manor. livingstonmanorlibrary.org Take Charge of Your Health with Dr. Joel Fuhrman Monday, April 22; 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Event Gallery, 200 Hurd Rd., Bethel. Reservations: email@example.com Home Buying Workshop Thursday, April 25; 5:30-7 p.m.; Jacobowitz and Gubits, 158 Or-
THE FLY IS CAST Congressman Antonio Delgado will grab a fly rod and cast into Wulff Run, next to the bridge at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum, on Opening Day, Saturday, April 6, at 9:30 a.m. The Center will be holding other events throughout the day, including servings of Agnes Van Put’s famous soup plus coffee and cookies in the Center’s Gift Shop. The Center is located at 1031 Old Rte. 17, in Livingston Manor. For more info, visit cffcm.com. ange Ave., Walden. jacobowitz. com/HomeWorkshop Exhibit: Sullivan County High School Artworks Saturday, April 27; opening reception 4-6 p.m.; 48 Main St., Livingston Manor. catskillartsociety.org 5K Sap Run & Maple Syrup Festival Saturday, April 27; run, 9-11 a.m.; festival, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; The Backyard Park, 876 Swiss Hill N, Jeffersonville. jeffersonvilleny.com Foods of the Delaware Highlands Dinner Saturday, April 27; 5:30-9:30 p.m.; Silver Birches Waterfront, 205 Rte. 507, Hawley, PA. delawarehighlands.org
Spring Fling Saturday, April 27; 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Veterans Park, Wurtsboro. wurtsboro.org Book Talk “The Quarry Fox” by author Leslie Sharp Sunday, April 28; 2-4 p.m.; Time and the Valleys Museum, 332 Main St., Grahamsville. timeandthevalleysmuseum.org SC Chamber Orchestra Sunday, April 28; 3-4 p.m.; The Laundry King, 65 Main St., Livingston Manor. catskillartsociety.org Pancake Breakfast Sunday, April 28; 7-11 a.m.; hosted by Livingston Manor Fire Dept.; Livingston Manor Fire Dept., Livingston Manor.
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Got spiles? The sap is flowing This Beaverkill sugarer is sweet on maple syrup By Edward Lundquist | Manor Ink
aple syrup is one of the first things that comes to mind when you think of spring in the mountains. It is a prime example of Catskill culture. Native American legend tells us that long ago, during winter, the people were looking for a source of water that was easier to obtain than melting ice. The natives saw a clear liquid dripping from tree branches and immediately assumed that it was water. They boiled their meat in it and, upon evaporating all of the water out, it left the meat coated in a thick, sugary substance, E PAG BACK which became known as PROFILE syrup. There is another story, however, that talks about the icicles that form on maple trees. The sap would mix with the water and create tasty treats for native children. The amount of sap in these “sapcicles” may have been very minimal, but for people without sugar, these were rare delicacies. In modern times, we have turned syrup-making into quite a business, or in the case of Carlton Obecny, who with his wife, Joan, lives in Beaverkill, a hobby. Carlton has fully decked out his garage with the tools of the trade. He walked me through
DROP BY DROP USING A SPIGOT or “spile” that he taps into maple trees, Carlton Obecny collects sap in bags, left – as many as 100 during the sugaring season. The sap is then collected in a tank, below, and is hauled to Obecny’s garage where he filters and boils the liquid, condensing it into a sweet, flavorful syrup.
the process of making the tasty sugary sweet. First, you need to harvest the raw sap from trees. You set up either bags or buckets, buckets being the more traditional way to collect the sap. You push a spile, a little tap, into the side of the tree, making the sap drip out. This phenomenon is caused by a vacuum suction, created with the shift from cold temperatures at night to warm ones during the day. When the sap drips out, the bag collects it and it’s then emptied into a 225 gallon drum pulled behind Carl’s jeep. Carl maintains up to 100 bags in the forest at once. Depending on the weather, he needs about 40 gallons of sap to yield only around one gallon of syrup. Then the bags full of sap are poured into large drums where they are filtered using a homegrade water filter. The filtered sap then goes through an evaporator, a multi-stage box heated intensely from beneath using burning wood. Carl says that the thin, dry wood he uses burns hot and fast, occasionally heating the metal door on the front of the machine to a glowing red! The sap is sent through this box until the water is sufficiently boiled off, filling the garage and the nearby woods with a sweet smell. What starts out around 98 percent water and two percent sugar turns into about 33 percent water and 67 percent sugar. If you were to boil it further, you get a sort of butter known as maple cream. If you go even further, you get a delicious tasting candy. Carl tests the readiness of the final sap stage by lifting up a flat surface to see if the sap sheets off smoothly or drips randomly. The key to getting a good grade of maple syrup is moving it when it is uniform and smooth. The sap is moved through to a stainless steel metal bucket and is filtered one last time through a paperish-textured “cone filter.” The last few stages of the process involve boiling the last bits of bacteria in the sap to death and bottling the finished syrup. Carl pours the crazy hot syrup into his beautiful maple leaf shaped glass bottles, caps it tightly, and turns it on its side. This essentially seals the bottle and decontaminates its inside. Unfortunately, the season for maple syrup ends around the middle of spring due to “yellowing,” a natural change where the content of the sap changes, causing it to be bad for syrup. Carl explained that there are different grades of syrup. Starting off with the very delicate, buttery, light colored “Vermont Fancy,” the color darkens to give “Medium Amber.” “Dark Amber” and “Grade C” follow with very dark, almost opaque colors, aptly named “motor oil” by my father. The color and flavor are determined by the time of harvesting. The lightest syrups are the best, collected at the very start of the spring season, and are often kept just for the
MAPLE STAPLE Carlton Obecny holds a bottle of his syrup while tending his evaporator. It takes about 40 gallons of tree sap to make one gallon of the sweet liquid. Edward Lundquist photos producers. Other syrups can be produced, however, like birch syrup, some pine syrups, and, up north in Iceland, even a type of moss syrup. The moss syrup is apparently made the same way, but has a more bitter, earthy taste. So, after all this, are you interested and inspired to start a syrup harvest yourself? It is a really old, really brilliant way to make one of the most delicious substances on the planet.