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IN THIS ISSUE
CARING FOR THE LAND
Local farms grow crops through ‘permaculture’ PAGE 3 NEW BUSINESSES
Manor getting brewery, BBQ eatery, outdoors shop PAGES 4, 5 ON A ROLL
LMCS student places in Akron Derby competition PAGE 9
FOR THE KIDS Dot Bottaro stands next to a wall of photos of youngsters her efforts as coordinator of the Children’s Thrift Shop at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Liberty have helped. Bottaro has run the shop for 32 years. Emily Ball photo
One woman on a mission Remarkable thrift serves kids in need By Emily Ball | Manor Ink Liberty, NY – The St. Peter’s Children’s Thrift Shop on Main Street in Liberty is not your ordinary thrift store. Run by Dot Bottaro, the shop only provides for kids. The merchandise ranges from items for newborns to teens. When asked why she did it, Dot replied, “Most thrift stores sell everything. I wanted
a place where you could just get children’s.” She added, “I felt there was a need for it. They thought I would last a week. It has definitely been a long week.” Originally opened on Mother’s Day in 1987, the store has been running for 32 years. It depends on donations. All the donations Bottaro receives are neatly washed and ironed. “I had to wear dirty clothes growing
up, I grew up a foster child,” said Dot. “I wouldn’t put anything here that I wouldn’t put on my kids.” The clothes are organized into labeled baskets, making it easier to see what you can get. The store also has a children’s reading corner, a “free” section and playroom. “I try to put in something new every year,” she said. When customers first walk into the selling space, they encounter a wall covered in photos. Dot calls the children in the pictures “her kids.” They are � Page 7
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FROM THE EDITOR
VOLUME 8, ISSUE 75
IN THIS ISSUE LOCAL NEWS Children’s Thrift Shop. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1, 7 New farms practice “permaculture”. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 New businesses: Homstedt, Smoke Joint Catskills. . . . . . . . . . . 4 Upward Brewery update. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Town, school board reports. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Soap Box Derby. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Fresh Air Fund week . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 FEATURES Aging Out Loud. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Summer plans. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Inkwell of Happiness. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16, 17 100 Club Profile: Marlene Wertheim . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 OUTDOORS Parksville Rail Trail. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 EXTRAS Inklings Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
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PAGE 20 Marlene Wertheim reminisces about her early years coming to America from Austria, about teaching at LMCS and about her late husband, artist Bud Wertheim. Two of his marionettes, Sir Longeth and the Dragon, hang in her home. Jacob Pasquale photos
Our first August issue Hello, Manor Ink readers! This is the first-ever August issue of the paper and we hope you enjoy it. This issue is overflowing with exciting articles. First off, our cover story tells of the service a greatgrandmother named Dot Bottaro has been quietly providing new parents and children over three decades through the clothing and accessories she sells at the Children’s Thrift Shop in Liberty. Written by our reporter Emily Ball, the story compassionately conveys the difference one Marlee person can make in our community. Madison We also cover some new businesses Editor-in-chief that have come – or are coming – to town. “Homestedt,” located on Pearl Street, aims to serve outdoors enthusiasts with equipment and advice. An update
MANOR INK STAFF Marlee Madison Editor-in-Chief, Arts & Crafts Editor Carolyn Bivins, Barbara Gref, Peggy Johansen Founders Kris Neidecker Webmaster
Jessica Mall School Advisor David Dann Art & Production Editor Amy Hines Business Manager, Mentor Art Steinhauer Sales Manager, Mentor Henry Barish Acting Library Director
on the soon-to-open IF YOU’RE A student Upward Brewery will in grades 7-12 and are have readers hankering interested in participating for a beverage, and the in Manor Ink, stop by our brief update on Smoke weekly meetings at the Joint Catskills will make library on Main St. They your mouth water with happen every Wednesday anticipation of delicious, at 3 p.m. See you there! smoky barbecue. This month, reporter Osei Helper interviewed some local kids to find out how their plans for the summer have fared. Not only do we have our usual movie, game, and music reviews, we also have a back-page interview with long-time Manor resident, teacher and artist Marlene Wertheim. The staff and I hope you enjoy this month’s Ink! Marge Feuerstein, Robin Chavez, Les Mattis Mentors Osei Helper News & Ass. Features Editor Emily Ball Features & Ass. News Editor Jenson Skalda “Ink Well” Editor Zachary Dertinger, Demi
Budd, Hunter Krause, Edward Lundquist, Jacob Pasquale, Jackson Wolcott Manor Ink Reporters Manor Ink, a program of the Livingston Manor Free Library, is published monthly with 11 issues annually.
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Time on the farm, going back to the roots Reinvigorating farming traditions sustainably
WHAT IS ‘PERMACULTURE’?
By Emily Ball | Manor Ink Sullivan County, NY – There are multiple small, family-run farms in Sullivan County. Two local residents are rekindling family traditions in and around Livingston Manor. Root ‘N Roost Farm is focused on creating a homestead farm and Somewhere In Time Farm is intent on produce production to serve local markets. Both farms use “permaculture” principles, extend the growing season with greenhouses, and manage their plants and produce at a standard they assert is much higher than that required for organic certification. Both consider “finding time” to be the biggest challenge they face.
Homestead and farm Root ‘N Roost Farm in White Sulphur Springs is owned by Cheyenne and Sean Zigmund. Cheyenne grew up in New Zealand, but came to Sullivan County to learn about sustainable farming at Apple Pond Farm in Callicoon Center. When Cheyenne and Sean met, he was envisioning turning his mother’s property into a homestead and farm. She was considering returning to New Zealand. Their story together is Root ‘N Roost Farm.
STRIKING A BALANCE Justin Sutherland looks over vegetables growing in a greenhouse on Somewhere in Time Farm in Parksville. Below, Cheyenne Zigmund and her two children take a break from chores on Root ’N Roost Farm in White Sulphur Springs. Amy Hines photos Started in 2010, the farm is on 2.5 acres with two greenhouses, two hoop-houses and multiple small gardens, plus bees. They lease additional contiguous land as well. Originally, they raised pigs, chickens, ducks and turkeys as well as plants, with rooting pigs and roosting hens inspiring the farm’s name. They gave up the animals once they needed more time to raise children of their own. The Zigmunds’ primary product now is plants, including perennials and herbs, but they also make and sell jams, lip balms and skin salves. “We’re small-scale everything,” says Cheyenne. “We sell bountiful bags, which are pre-ordered, and also sell at the Liberty Farmer’s Market, open Fridays from 3 to 6 p.m.” Their farm stand is also open in front of their property. Sean runs two other businesses to help provide for the family. Cheyenne focuses on the farm and raising their two young children (along with four beautiful farm cats). “Our biggest challenges are figuring out what sustainability means and striking a balance between family, educating people who come to work with us, and getting work done,” Cheyenne said. “In five years we want to ramp up our production. In the meantime, we can add value to what we produce ... making products that visitors to the area can easily transport, like jam and herbal tea, because no one has refrigerators in their car!”
‘Premaculture’ in action Somewhere In Time Farm, a three-acre farm in Parksville, takes Justin Sutherland back to his roots. Parts of the farm use permaculture principles, using the natural slope of the hillside to promote irrigation. “I started farming seven years ago as a volunteer and then as a paid staff for The Center of Discovery. I worked there for 3 years,” he said. Justin studied music, but soon discovered that wasn’t going to provide for a future family. He went to
‘I learned that farmers hold a huge responsibility in feeding people something that is honest.’ Justin Sutherland Somewhere In Time Farm work on a for-profit farm for a year, until he started Somewhere In Time Farm. The land that he developed to become the farm was in his family’s possession for years. Once he learned he had a passion for growing food, he began converting his grandfather’s potato field into a farm. He now sells produce to local restaurants, the Catskill Food Hub and occasionally delivers to New York City. He also runs his own farm stand on Main Street in Livingston Manor, open Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cheyenne Zigmund defines “permaculture” as permanent plus agriculture. “It’s a design system using principles of earth care, people care, fair share,” she said. “It means you’re looking after the planet and sharing its resources well. Within the garden sphere, it means attending to the soil and its ecosystem to help all the beneficial insects thrive in your garden. Paying attention not only to production, but replenishing soil, saving seed, recycling, creating natural structures for plants to climb.”
“My biggest challenge is distributing it all. I hate wasting vegetables, but it’s hard not to overproduce for the county,” Justin said. “The farm is small in acres, but big in vegetable produce.” The farm’s core values are “growing good, clean, healthy, flavorful products.” “I want everyone to eat this food and be healthier eating it. I learned that farmers hold a huge responsibility in feeding people something that is honest,” Justin said. “I want good flavor grown the right way.” Somewhere In Time Farm is on top of a beautiful mountain, which is why Justin feels it is so unique. “Farming with an incredible view, and never flooding,” he said with a laugh. He explained what his goals are for the next five years. “I want to expand in the county and share more outside of the county.” The farming season usually lasts nine -and-a-half months for the farm. Since Justin makes a living off of his farm, in the winter months the farm makes money by making and selling potato chips. Although each farm is different in its own way, both Root ’N Root and Somewhere In Time emphasize that having support from others is an essential factor. “Farming is impossible without support from family and friends,” said Justin. “It’s not about the farmer. It’s about everyone surrounding the farmer. And the community around that farm.”
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New store, club to provide nature retreats Homestedt has gear for outdoors – advice, too By Hunter Krause | Manor Ink Livingston Manor, NY – Continuing Manor Ink’s coverage of new businesses in town, we decided to interview Tom Roberts, the co-owner of Homestedt. He is a British geographer who also worked in marketing and came to New York eight years ago when he was transferred here by the company he was working for. Tom soon discovered the Catskills as an escape from the chaos of New York City. The Homestedt store is located at 9 Pearl Street, just across from the Sunoco gas station, and isn’t just a store, but more of a base of operations for his home design business and nature Tom Roberts retreats, including the Livingston Manor Fly Fishing Club. The store sells clothing, books and other items which would help people enjoy an outdoor experience in and around the Manor. Tom also mentioned that he would like people to be able to stop by the store if they need advice on what to do in the Manor or how to partake in any outdoor activities in the area without having to spend time searching for them. Tom expects many of his clients to be from the city.
GREAT OUTDOORS Some of the camp facilities on the Willowemoc Creek that are part of the Livingston Manor Fly Fishing Club. Tom Roberts, coowner of the club, also owns Homestedt, a store on Pearl Street that caters to the needs of those interested in outdoor activities. Hunter Krause photo Tom is also the co-owner of the Livingston Manor Fly Fishing Club across from the Robin Hood Diner and next to the new barbecue restaurant, the Smoke Joint Catskills. The club, despite its name, is not solely about fly fishing. It is instead meant to create an outdoor environment where people can swim, canoe and use a sauna, as well as fly fish. According to Tom, the name was chosen so people would associate Livingston Manor with its rich fly fishing history. Club members do not “own” the land and riverbank, but participate in activities on it. The outdoor experience is, however, different in that it is not in a remote area,
but on the edge of town with a main road as well as some houses nearby. The property is right on the banks of a beautiful 600-foot section of the Willowemoc Creek, the famous trout stream which runs through the hamlet. Everything on the five-acre property is mobile in case of flooding. The outdoor area features a 25-person dining table, a teepee, tents, a sauna, canoes, hammocks, several fire pits and a well-lit white elephant statue. There is also an indoor space for dining and relaxing with room rentals if the weather turns foul. Over several months, Tom had to transform former boarded-up Section 8 housing
into acceptable and up-to-code structures where people could eat and sleep. Tom had never done such an extensive renovation before, but had a local contracting business, Round Top Construction, help with the heavy work. Friends and acquaintances helped with the lighter work. One benefit Homestedt provides to the community is that Tom is working with local businesses and farms, including Wild Roots Farm, Turnwood General Store, the Beaverkill Trout Hatchery and Foster Hospitality Supply, among others, by running tours and encouraging clients to go out and explore the area.
Where there’s smoke, there soon will be tasty barbecue By Osei Helper | Manor Ink Livingston Manor, NY – Manor Ink discussed the up-and-coming barbecue place, the Smoke Joint Catskills, in the May edition of the paper. The new restaurant, on Old Rte. 17 in the hamlet, is the latest project of Jennifer Grossman and her brother, Ben Grossman. Ben has run multiple restaurants in the New York area, and the new venue is based on his eatery in Brooklyn, also called the Smoke Joint. Here are some new details regarding the progress of the Manor’s Smoke Joint. The sewer, water and electricity have been connected. The inside and outside floors have been painted, and the crushed stone outside in the parking area has been leveled. Jennifer and Ben also have a new partner,
chef Craig Samuel. Samuel is a classically trained chef who has also owned restaurants in Brooklyn, and is renowned for his Southern-style cooking. As for things that must still be done, the hotwall/hotline (smoker, grill, etc.), sinkwall, bathroom and storeroom need to be installed. Sometime this month, the inventory must be stocked and some dry runs with the main smoker will be done. The staff team must also be trained. Lastly, at a time to be announced, there will be a pop-up “Dan’s Clams” clambake. The event will be based on an O&W Railroad tradition from the last century, when train conductors would make a large bed of coals on which to cook a bunch of clams, chicken and corn near the train station that was once on Pleasant Street.
ALMOST READY The Smoke Joint Catskills on Old Rte. 17 will soon open, once the interior of the building is completed and the smoker and grill have been tested. Osei Helper photo
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Onward with Upward as brewery’s on tap A visit with the Manor’s newest beer makers By Demi Budd | Manor Ink Livingston Manor, NY – Upward Brewery has been a project on upper Main Street in the hamlet that’s been in the works for years now, and as it is soon to open, Manor Ink met with David Walton and Dana Ball, the facility’s co-founders, and Miriam Rayevsky, who will manage the on-site restaurant, to discuss their progress and plans for the Brewery. After having been there myself, I easily saw – and felt – the excitement and devotion that have been put into this project. David explained how he designed the building with character and originality. Three prefabricated steel buildings were combined into one structure. With its charcoal exterior surrounded by a beautiful lake and mountains as far as the eye can see, it’s truly a sight to behold. “I’ve always been a big fan of singlesloped roofs, but when I first designed this, it had peaked roofs on it, as I was just looking more for the square footage we needed to put the brewery inside it,” David explained. “But as our thinking evolved, I got inspired to return to the single sloped design.” He went into little details too, like the 18-inch overhangs and the clerestory that provides early-morning light. It all may seem minuscule and unnecessary at first, but they make the building unique
AT THE HELM David Walton demonstrates Upward Brewery’s brew tank digital controls. Art Steinhauer photo
and give it the character and definition the site deserves. This process took, and is still taking, quite some time. Ground was broken almost two years ago in September, but even before construction began, work had to be done to bring electricity up to the site. Also, work was done to tap into the spring water on the property. David explained that the spring had once served as the water source for a number of homes in the Manor.
Argentinian grilled cuisine Miriam, along with her father Rob, who will be the principal chef at the restaurant, explained that the idea to collaborate with the Brewery came into being after ten years of operating the former Rolling River restaurant in Parksville. On top of wanting a change of pace, Miriam and Rob realized that the food they experimented with and enjoyed making fit in well with the theme of a brewery. She said they had known David for over ten years. Everything was timed perfectly for their team to embark upon something new, while David and Dana had the desire to add a cafe to the Brewery. The restaurant itself will be grill-heavy. A special Argentinian grill is being installed. There will be familiar grilled meats, but there will also be more exotic and experimental dishes and different methods of cooking and preparation. There will be a wide variety of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options, too. For example, “asparagus in a bag” will make a debut on the menu. The diner gets the vegetable as it is cooked – in a bag. This method of serving contributes, Miriam explained, to their desire to avoid leaving a carbon footprint. The restaurant also plans to use biodegradable, compostable dishes to further this ambition. Miriam said they will strive to have food options for everyone. “People get excited about food that is more of a comfort food style,” she said, “but I don’t think comfort food needs to be garbage.” The space in which customers can enjoy their food and beer will be just as comfortable. There will be a variety of places to sit, both inside and outside. We even saw a large-screen TV that may be placed in the bar area, although David said the TV will not interfere with the casual setting designed to allow patrons to mingle and
BREW AND CHEW Miriam Rayevsky, former owner of the Rolling River Cafe, will operate the restaurant portion of the Brewery’s business along with her father, Rob. Art Steinhauer photo
‘Two years ago, there was nothing here, but now [you can see] this is going to be a viable business.’ David Walton Co-founder, Upward Brewery relax. The kitchen will also be visible to everyone, so you can see the Argentinian grill in action. Upward Brewery’s operation is state of the art. David showed us how the brewing process is computer-controlled. It is a 20-barrel system – capable of producing 40 kegs (or about 600 gallons) in a single batch. They will soon be starting to brew their first batches.
Created with pride In addition to food and beverages, the Brewery looks forward to hosting music and other community events – even “sporting contests” such as frisbee golf, croquet, badminton, horseshoes, etc. Over the course of the past two years,
this business has been built from the ground up. When asked what the most rewarding part of this project was, David said, “I get a real charge out of finishing things ... I mean, when you get finished with a project, you can stand back and look at it with some pride. Two years ago, there was nothing here, but now [you can see] this is going to be a viable business. It’s really going to make a huge impact on the town. And so, while I’m really proud of what we’ve done, I’m looking forward to what we will do.” “[There have been] no rewards yet,” Dana added, with a slight smile. “There’s only been pain, but we look forward to welcoming in the community in the coming weeks and thanking everyone who has helped us reach this point.” Patrons can look forward to this establishment opening later this summer. Initially, the restaurant will be open only for dinner, but it may expand its hours to lunchtime down the road. Of course, plans for Oktoberfest are also in the works. It’s a brewery, after all.
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Mark your calendars, readers! Have you seen our calendar at the front desk at the Livingston Manor Free Library? It lists our programs and the events happening at the library this summer. And now that we are getting into August, we have an entire new set of programs! We are having “Introduction to Outdoor Skills,” generously offered by a Henry Barish representative of Cornell Cooperative Extension. We will be learning how to use a compass, track animals, hike safely and more. These are general outdoor skills that have languished as we spend more time in front of screens.
There will also be an older “Summer Reading” group on Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m. for students going into 4-7 grades. It will start off with trivia of science and science fiction books and movies. LIBRARY And hopefully, if the weather NOTES cooperates, the Catskill Astronomy Club will offer us a chance to see the moon through telescopes! Finally, we are also offering “A Stitch in Time,” a general sewing class, during the first two weeks of August on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. These programs are all in addition to the ongoing events, including our GED class, “Story Time,” “Computer Help” and “Family Fun” on Saturdays. We are also looking forward to
a 50-cent book sale during the Woodstock anniversary weekend, so be sure to dig out couch-cushion spare change. Looking ahead, we’ve also just scheduled the recently appointed Poet Laureate of Sullivan County, Mark Blackford, for an “Author Talk” in October. The date has yet to be determined, but we’ll let you know in
next month’s Library Notes. We hope to see you at these upcoming events and enjoy the rest of your summer! Henry Barish is acting director of the Livingston Manor Free Library. For information about the LMFL and its programs, visit livingstonmanorlibrary.org.
LIBRARY BOOK CLUB REVIEW The Soul of an Octopus By Sy Montgomery
PARTNER SPONSORS Charter Communications, Inc. 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 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 George Fulton • Amy Hines & Dave Forshay • Inside the Blue Line Marilyn Kocher • Gina Molinet, RM Farm Real Estate Main Street Farm • Van Morrow, Mountain Bear Crafts Peck’s Markets • 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!
LEFT TO MY own devices, I probably would not have picked up this book to read. I have to admit, there really is nothing about octopuses that makes them appealing to me. I am attracted to warm blooded, four-legged furry animals that occupy dry land. I think my earliest encounters with stories of octopuses were in books, paintings and films, all of which depicted them as monstrous sea creatures capable of engulfing ships! Nevertheless, I found this current book club choice informative, fascinating and quite appealing. Most of what I thought I knew about these creatures was wrong. It seems there are many people who are intrigued by these mollusks, animals that are members of the same family as squids and cuttlefish, and many scientists devote their whole life to their study. Until very recently, attributing any human-like emotions, characteristics or behavior to animals was considered by the scientific community to be ridiculous and unscientific. That was left to children’s book writers and Walt Disney. Anthropomorphism was almost a crime. In 2012, however a group of neuroscientists signed the Cambridge Declaration of Consciousness which unequivocally asserted that “Humans are not unique in possessing the neurological substrates that generate consciousness.” In this book, Sy Montgomery, a naturalist, tells of her fascination with these creatures. She describes her desire to study them in the wild, which took her on dives off the coral reefs of French
Polynesia and in the Gulf of Mexico. In order to do this, she had to first learn how to scuba dive, something she had never done and which caused her a great deal of physical discomfort. Even more fascinating to me was her recounting the endless hours she spent at the New England Aquarium in Boston befriending a group of octopuses variously characterized as gentle Athena, assertive Octavia, curious Kali and joyful Karma. She studied their moods,
MISUNDERSTOOD A typical octopus. wikimedia.org photo
observed their intelligent behavior and came to understand how they were feeling. Octopuses live relatively short lives – 3 or 4 years at most, even in the relative safety of captivity. So Sy also had to deal with the loss she felt when one of her aquatic friends died. With her sensitive writing, Ms. Montgomery was able to make her readers share that loss. The Soul of the Octopus is a valuable work, helping humans to get a better understanding of one of earth’s most misunderstood creatures. Marge Feuerstein The LMFL Book Club meets the third Tuesday of each month. For information on joining, please contact the library at 439-5440.
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Providing new mothers with essentials for their newborns � Page 1 some of the children she has helped over the years with the shop, starting with her own grandson. She is now a great grandmother. “I wanted it magical,” Dot explained. From the colorful stuffed animals hanging from the ceiling, to the old newspaper clippings posted on the wall, the place is definitely magical. “I got carried away, I think,” Dot said, laughing. She has been running the shop by herself for 25 years, with help from occasional volunteers. “This is all donated,” she said, indicating the shop’s merchandise. “I’m very fortunate with donations. I try to take everything out of storage. Don’t ask me how I do it.” The shop works with all the hospitals and will provide anything that is needed. Around December and January, Dot makes packages to hand out to the new mothers at the hospitals. “Everything you need to bring your baby home,” she said of the package’s contents. The shop is open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., but if there
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MAGICAL The Children’s Thrift Shop at St. Peter’s Church in Liberty specializes in quality clothing and accessories for kids, all at affordble prices. Emily Ball photo is an emergency, she will open at anytime. The clothes are priced so that if you need them, you can afford them. When asked why she thinks the shop is important, Dot said, “There aren’t many places to get clothes around here. People need some-
where to go.” Countless children and babies over the years have received clean and affordable clothes thanks to the loving Dot Bottaro at the St. Peter’s Children’s Thrift Shop. To learn more, call the shop at 292-2852.
Here’s a listing of some of the other thrift and quality second-hand stores in Sullivan County. n Kid’s Exchange 86 Rapp Rd., Monticello; 794-5299 n Main Street Thrift Shop 37 Lower Main St., Callicoon; 887-5919 n Saving Grace Thrift Shop 4 Obernburg Rd., North Branch; 482-3032 n Life Repurposed 62 Main St., Livingston Manor; 707-2723 n St. Paul’s Mission Thrift Store 4042 Rte. 52, Youngsville n The Ark Thrift Shop 4907 Main Street, Jeffersonville n Clothes Closet St. Peter’s, 264 N. Main St., Liberty; 292-3358
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Road 100 tents, this property on Little Ireland of a proposed luxury camping site with "GLAMOROUS" OUTDOORS The site local residents. Photo by Krisotopher Neidecker Manor is a source of controversy for many
Camp project ‘too much’? MANOR INKNeighbors object to Firelight proposal
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citizens here in Manor. Many concerned it will are protesting the plan because “disturb the peace.” According to the website stopﬁrelight. is know what “glamping” is, glamping campground “will ame- com, they fear that the glamorous camping – camping with increase traﬃc plumb- degrade the environment, levels, nities like beds, electricity, indoor peace-disturbing platform to dangerous and ing and more, set atop a wooden tax the resources of an already have if you were camp- and overly wouldn’t you classithat don’t bed? a also prefer They on the ground? Or do you in a water scarce area.” ing traditionally on the hard ground camping and feel it takes Why am I hearing all this controversy mission is to fy “glamping” as I spoke with Camps? tent and sleeping bag. The about a place called Firelight “style.” away from the experience. remain be able to camp comfortably with in town who wishedRto What even is it? G O . K originally comes from one personM A N O R I N Camps Firelight controversial how of “glampground” because Firelight Camps is a have 100 tents, anonymous second Ithaca and they plan to become. “I think 100 tents company that wants to open a and 31 with half this issue has bathrooms full with they if 69 NY, “Maybe Ithaca, said. in site, larger than their ﬁrst But not are too much,” she le Ire- baths on their 100-acre property. a smaller amount, � Page 7 here in Livingston Manor on Litt a glampground they start at doesn’t everyone likes the idea of land Road. For everyone who
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Public pantry a needed doors get SAFE HAVEN WORKING MAKING A CASE Firelight Camps co-founder FOR US Robert Frisch presents the company’s plan PAGE–5 grid-free for a 100-tent campground – to be located on Little Ireland “glampground” seasonalAupgrade family lives a glamorous Manor Road in Livingston conversation with Manor. He did so at the Town of Rockland’s Feb. 5, before a capacity crowd of concerned Planning Board meeting on citizens. Photo by Les Mattis PAGE 8 Assemblywoman Gunther nonprofit newspaper PAGE 5Sullivan County’s youth-driven, community-supported
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LONG EMPTY The Willowemoc Motel at Exit 96 on Rte. 17 was built bling those provided by conventional in the early 1960s, hotels. “Firelight is classifying following comple- itself as a By Emily Ball | Manor Ink campsite for the sole Quickground” that Firelight Camps wants tion of the purpose of buildto ing in an area where campsites open in Livingston Manor on Little The Livingston are given Livingston Manor, NY – On Tuesday, Ire- a special useway. waiver, but hotels, motels land Road. Firelight is originally landmark Manor Feb. 5, members of the Livingston from and inns are generally Manor Ithaca, NY, where they stated times on hardprohibited,” have one such Nan Gough, fell community came to the Town Hall a resident on in the camping facility. They in the 1990s as Little Ireland propose a bigger Road. hamlet ready to state their concerns about site here in Livingston declined Manor with 100 the proposed Firelight campsite Others fear tourism the impact of increased waproject tents, but some community repeated and members ter usage might to the Planning Board. Even before lower the water table and the have concerns with the plan. floods caused meeting began, the room was filled impact neighboring wells. Local to caSome classify the “glamorous damage and resident pacity. camp- Douglas Lee water expressed concerns about ing” approach not as camping at in growth all, but how sewage from Firelight Campgrounds is a “glampmoldthe site might affect the as accommodations more closely its rooms. resem- water quality in many the of stream that � Page 7 The motel’s current owner has received several offers for its purchase, but no deal has yet been finalized.
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el still uncertain Fate of local mot for Willowemoc to reopen Extensive rennovations required By Osei Helper| Manor Ink ImagTake a moment to close your eyes. you’re in ine it’s some 60 years ago and years Livingston Manor during the boom as well as during an HONOR FLIGHT hotel business, of the our era when automobiles came through
college town regularly with travelers and way to students and their parents on the when schools in upstate New York, a time and many people were visiting for business were very recreational reasons so hotels that may popular at the time. Interesting as this No, about. is story this be, it’s not what
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the night, perfect place to stop and rest for PAGE 20 was pretty popit’s and the Willowemoc Motel story is about motels. More specifically, was erected right at Mo- ular and successful. It taking full about the history of the Willowemoc CAPITOL PROJECT the entry to Livingston Manor, tel, not too far from downtown Livingston advantage of its location. Well, if that’s Manor. run down? That is know so, then why is it now Now, for those of you who don’t with some details along answer, will I what hotel but what a motel is, it’s kind of like a what its � Page 6 the about its current state and designed for a short stay. So, consider
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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
TOWN BOARD MEETING JULY 18 Minutes: The minutes of the last meeting were unanimously approved. Correspondence: NYSEG sent a reminder to call 811 “before you dig.” NYS DOT will be photographing Mack trucks on Rte. 17 on July 31. The state will make energy code changes in relation to the increased storage of solar batteries. Old Business Salt Shed Foundation: The foundation for the new salt shed has been poured. The concrete will need about a week to cure before the building construction can begin. Complaints from Homeowners: The town has once again received several complaints from homeowners about Roscoe Sewage Treatment Plant billing. The 1996 public hearing made clear the rights and obligations of homeowners in regard to hooking up (or not) to the sewer system. New Business Resolutions Required: The following resolutions were passed by the Board: n Adopt a Road: Request by Robert
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Boddy to adopt a length of Little Ireland Road for cleanup was granted. n Installation of GPS units: The Board voted to acquire GPS units for 3 of the 5 vehicles in the water/sewer department. The units, to be installed free by Verizon, cost $30 a piece with a monthly fee of $94. n Sexual Harassment Policy: In order to comply with the policy, all Board
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OLD SALT Work on the foundation for the new Town of Rockland salt shed has begun. The old shed, seen here, is being replaced.
members and town employees who have not already done so will have to take the online course by October. In addition, two compliance officers, one male and one female, need to be appointed to hear complaints. The Board tabled the discussion about potential candidates for these positions until their next meeting. n The candidate for the water/sewer position has withdrawn, so the previous applicants will be once again reviewed. Letter from Fire District: A letter was received inquiring about the varying pressure in the hydrants around town. Working on a gravity system, the pressure does vary. A map of the infrastructure will be put online. Control Panel Burns Out: An automatic control panel at the Manor sewer plant, which was only two years old, has burned out. An inquiry will be made to see if there is still any warranty coverage. A new panel will have to be ordered. Approval of Bills: Bills on Abstract #13 were unanimously approved. Details of all dollar amounts can be found on the town website at townofrocklandny.com under the minutes of July 18 when posted.
SCHOOL BOARD MEETING OF JULY 17 Superintendent’s Update Livingston Manor Regents results: Superintendent John Evans referred to the handout that had been prepared showing the January 2019 Regents results. They can be found on the LMCS website. The vast majority of subjects showed an uptick in the passing rate from the year before. Noteworthy was the 100-percent pass rate in Physics, Earth Science and Algebra 2. Smart School Investment Plan (SSIP): A review of LMCS’s outdoor security cameras showed that their range and the area covered are inadequate for the immediate needs. Since the new system will be all
digital, it was decided to replace the current cameras with digital units that can then be folded into the system when approved and installed. The cost of these replacements can be part of the yearly $100K projects. Bushes and the Walk-around: It was noted on careful inspection of the outside perimeter of the building for SSIP that there were a great many bushes. Probably planted years ago, most of these were determined to be much too close to the building, and many are too high. In some instances, they even block access through emergency windows. It was also noted that the proximity of some of this growth has been detrimental to the masonry behind it. Further study will be undertaken as to how to correct these problems.
Action Items: The minutes of the last meeting, the treasurer’s report, budget status, warrants and CSE, CPSE and Section 504 recommendations were approved. There was official acceptance of the town library vote and the nomination of Frank Adams as NYSSBA voting delegate. Low bids were accepted for the milk, bread and ice cream contracts for 2019-20 school year. Consent Agenda: Appointments of parttime aides, substitutes and a school physician, as well as the resignation of a social science and special education teacher, were approved. All dollar amounts and the names of all those approved under the action items or consent agenda can be found at lmcs.k12. ny.us under the minutes of July 17.
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Anniversary fest in doubt Watkins Glen, NY – Organizers for the 2019 Woodstock 50 festival in Watkins Glen have announced that the planned three-day concert celebrating the golden anniversary of the original Woodstock fest will have to relocate after Watkins Glen International Racetrack pulled out of hosting the event. Woodstock 50 producers, however, say the festival will still take place as scheduled on Aug. 16-18 at a place to be announced, with a lineup that includes Jay-Z, Santana, Miley Cyrus, The Killers, Chance the Rapper and others.
LOCAL MASTER Andrew Gaebel poses with his Derby car, sponsored by the hamlet’s Manor Motors, on the track at the All-American Soap Box Derby in Akron, Ohio. Marlee Madison photo
Manor’s Gaebel places 10th in Derby By Marlee Madison | Manor Ink Akron, Ohio – In the July issue of Manor Ink, I wrote about the Livingston Manor Central School Tech Club’s win at the annual local soap box derby race. On July 20, the Derby’s international race took place in Akron, Ohio. Main Street in Liberty, NY, isn’t the only place for racing success. Events for racers in Akron were held throughout the week of the July 14, and on that Saturday, the big race began. Starting at 8.30 a.m., drivers of all different kinds of cars (Stock, Superstock, Masters, Legacy and Superkids) raced down the hill in hopes of being one of the top nine racers in the world. The All-American Soap Box Derby recognizes those top nine for each division. This year, local winner Andrew Gaebel of the LMCS Tech Club earned himself a trip to the
big race, and it certainly paid off. For those who don’t know about the international race, each “heat” as they are called, consists of two or three cars racing each other. The person who reaches the finish line first (cars usually finish within thousandths of a second of each other) advances to the next round. Those who finish second or third are out. Racers only get one shot on that hill, so it’s safe to say that it is a difficult task to advance. However, Gaebel made it look easy. Andrew landed himself the 10th place spot for the Local Masters division. In addition to Manor’s success, Morgan Van Kueren of Liberty, NY, earned third place in the world for Rally Masters. The LMCS Tech Club could not be prouder of Andrew. Not many racers have a title ranking them tenth in the world!
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Input on aging requested Monticello, NY – The Sullivan County Office for the Aging is interested in what residents have to say about what’s important to them as they and their loved ones age in Sullivan County. A Community Needs Assessment Survey is one of several ways the Office is reaching out. The data gathered from this survey is an essential piece of the process that evaluates resources and identifies gaps in services experienced by older adults and their caregivers. Anyone can complete the survey at surveymonkey. com/r/2LYJWZM, or pick up a copy of the survey at the Office for the Aging at the Government Center on North Street in Monticello.
Sweets seekers sweeten aid jar By Terry Shultz | For Manor Ink Livingston Manor, NY – Have you noticed the “tip jar” on the counter at Brandenburg Bakery on Main Street here in town? The bakery’s owners, Sarah and Errol Flynn, have, since March 2018, placed a tip jar at the bakery’s checkout where customers can donate money for the “charity of the month.” “We wanted to make sure the local community benefited directly from our customers’ generosity,” said Sarah. It has turned out to be a great way to support local non-profit organizations. Since the jar was placed on the counter 16 months ago, beneficiaries have included: n Livingston Manor Renaissance n Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum n Manor Ink n Livingston Manor Public Library n The Free Little Pantry n Livingston Manor Ambulance Corps n Livingston Manor Fire Department n Livingston Manor Rotary Club n Livingston Manor Chamber of Commerce Errol reports that total donations during 2018 approached $5,000. Several organizations recently received checks from the Flynns amounting to between $400 and $500, reflecting contributions added to the jar for the previous months. “We are open to adding more charities to the list,” Sarah commented. “It’s not required that they be registered charities, as long as they benefit the community. We don’t claim any deductions because it’s not our money.” The tip jar has turned out to be a great idea. It’s also a generous gesture on the bakery’s behalf, helping to sup-
A GOOD CAUSE While the staff at the Brandenburg Bakery on Main Street in Livingston Manor do not accept tips, they do urge patrons to show their appreciation by putting something in their charity tip jar. The bakery has raised as much as $5,000 for causes since putting the jar on the counter. Terry Shultz photo port organizations which serve the public interest. Please give them your thanks when you buy your next coffee and Danish! And be sure to donate! Terry Shultz is a frequent contributor to Manor Ink, often sending us photos for various stories that appear in the paper.
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Leaving city life for some Fresh Air in Sullivan A week full of memories – and a few tears By Art Steinhauer | Manor Ink Mentor Sullivan County, NY – The first week of visits by Fresh Air Fund children to host families in Sullivan County took place in July, with a second week of visits by other children to host families that will take place in August. In total, 24 children from New York City will spend a week this summer with 20 local host families. Both nervous children and nervous host families met on July 12 in the parking lot at Orange County Community College in Middletown, where the Fresh Air Fund bus
GREETING VISITORS The Fresh Air Fund bus arrives at the pick-up location in Orange County.
from New York made its stop. Balloons and signs greeted the children who then joined their host families for a week, and not a few country adventures. A week later the children were dropped off at the same location for final hugs and good-byes, and even a couple of tears of separation. The children and families reported positive and enjoyable experiences as well as a new challenge or two. The children generally rated swimming as high on their “favorite thing I did” list, but also making homemade pizza, tie-dying shirts, milking goats, inner tubing and getting a shower under a waterfall were also memorable experiences. One visitor even mentioned “joy-riding” in the car. A few said the week wasn’t long enough! On the negative side, Maite from Brooklyn said she had to sit through five hours of tennis – the Wimbledon finals – with her host family (“I never want to watch tennis again!”), but admitted she was well fed the whole time. Lyrica from the Bronx said she “hated the bugs, the bugs.” Some families reported some sleep and homesickness issues, but they were able to work through them with the guest children. Nisha Gupta-Comstock, host mother, said her two children and their host child Magaby “learned to resolve some conflict issues as any family does, and learned how to get back to a good place sooner rather than later.”
EXPERIENCING NATURE Lyrica from the Bronx explores the waterfall by the Parksville Rail Trail on a hike with her host family. Art Steihauer photos The host families were generally keen to repeat their experience next summer. Wendy Schwalb, host mother to Madelynn and Ezaria, said, “By hosting these girls, time slowed down and really allowed us all to enjoy the summer as it is classically meant to be!”
Lisa Weiss, Sullivan County Co-Chair of the Fresh Air Fund, said many more children apply to be hosted than there are participating families. To find out more information about hosting, contact her co-chair, Vikki Siciliano, at vandtsiciliano@gmail. com or call 985-2976.
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Main Street gets an upgrade By Marge Feuerstein | Manor Ink Mentor Livingston Manor, NY – The Sullivan County Division of Public Works began a series of road projects in Livingston Manor and the surrounding area in mid July. On Friday, July 12, crews began “mill-andfill” repair work along the entire length of Route 81 (DeBruce Road). Milling refers to grinding up the old road asphalt, removing debris and grooving the remaining surface. Main Street in Downtown Livingston Manor came next, with milling starting on July 17 with the street being repaved on Monday, July 22. Work also began on
Shandelee Road, with milling going up to the top of the hill. “This is part of our ongoing effort to repair and repave roads across the County” said District 7 Legislator Joe Perrillo, chairman of the Legislative Public Works Committee. “Our employees are sensitive to the complexities involved and appreciate the public’s patience and cooperation.” Summer is the best season for serious road work, a complex process involving numerous DPW workers and machines. A short period of inconvenience will end in smoother, safer roads. Nothing like the smell of blacktop in the summer!
NEW SURFACE An asphalt grinder chews up the road surface on Livingston manor’s Main Street in July. The repaving process, running the entire length of the thoroughfare took several days and caused temporary lane closings. Above, Hunter Krause photo; left, Marge Feuerstein photo
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SUNSET SERIES n Aug. 3: Guitarist
EARLY MUSIC Andrew Arceci will perform on Aug. 17, concluding the SMF’s 2019 concert series. shandelee.org photo
Gladius n Aug. 6: Hermitage Piano Trio n Aug. 10: Ansonia Quartet n Aug. 13: Mélange Chamber Ensemble n Aug. 15: Pianist Maxim Lando n Aug. 17: Andrew Arceci & Company
Sitting down? County may owe you cash Monticello, NY – The Sullivan County Treasurer’s Office just posted the latest list of unclaimed funds, and people can check whether they may be on that list by visiting sullivanny.us/Departments/Treasurer/UnclaimedFunds. “Each year, my Office provides notice to potential owners of funds which the County of Sullivan has on deposit which
have been unclaimed by the proper owner,” Treasurer Nancy Buck explained. “In addition, my office provides notice to those who have not cashed checks issued to them by the County of Sullivan.” These funds, which range from $20 to $7,800, may include court and trust proceeds, bail, inmate funds, coroner’s funds, wages and miscellaneous refunds.
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Guitarist opens SMF Sunset Series The Shandelee Music Festival celebrates its 26th season of presenting internationally renowned classical artists from around the world in its much acclaimed Sunset Concert Series. The festival grounds are nestled on seventy-five acres of tranquil natural beauty in Shandelee. The intimate setting of the indoor, climate-controlled Sunset Concert Pavilion on J. Young Road contributes to an exhilarating environment
where every seat is a great seat for quality listening and enjoyment. The series opens this weekend with an “Evening of Extraordinary Guitar,” performed by guitarist Gladius. Five additional concerts follow, culminating in an “Evening of Early Music” with Andrew Arceci & Company on Aug. 17. All shows begin at 8 p.m. For more information and tickets, visit shandelee.org.
CAS to host dance troupe in Manor dance is often challenged by the scarcity of performance venues, but by utilizing the Laundry King gallery space, the Dance Gallery Festival overcomes this problem. The performance will feature a state-ofthe-art theater complete with production staff, marketing, and public relations support to showcase each choreographer’s work. Learn more at catskillartsociety. org/events.
TOGETHER AGAIN Saturday, July 20, was the 50th reunion for Livingston Manor Central School’s Class of 1969, held at the Rockland House in Roscoe. Attending were 14 of the original 42 graduates. Of those 14, two had never been to a class reunion before. Said Linda Miller, “It was such a pleasure for all of us to catch up on the many years since they had graduated. A good time was had by all.” Picture are, seated, Mary lee Hoag Lehich and Linda McArthur Miller; in the back row, Robert Lawrence, Connie Rubik Stoberski, Susan Hurwitz, Ann Farrell Diemer, Diane Molotch Allen, Monica Gill Gibson, Richard Steinman, William McKune, Lorraine Augustine Krupp, Lois Davenport Decker, Norma Davis Cruz and Rita Johaneman Banks. Photo courtesy of Ann Diemer
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For the third year, the Catskill Art Society will partner with the Dance Gallery Festival to offer the Level UP dancers a three-day residency in Livingston Manor. The artists will open rehearsals to the public at the Laundry King on Main Street in the hamlet, and the residency will culminate in a free performance at the Beaverkill Valley Inn on Sunday, Sept. 1, at 7 p.m. The production of modern concert
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Our music tells our story The country recently celebrated the 4th of July, America’s Independence Day! Everywhere we heard the strains of “My Country, ’Tis of Thee,” “God Bless America” and “The Star Spangled Banner.” That music has been part of my memory from early childhood more than 80 years ago. Born in the depths of the depression, but lucky enough to have been Marge spared its hardships, I Feuerstein grew up with patriotic music seared into my brain. While storm clouds might have been gathering across the Atlantic and the Japanese empire was making moves in the Pacific, America was still at peace. All little AGING girls who could sing and OUT LOUD dance (I was one of them) were emulating Shirley Temple. As we got older, we learned all STIRRING “Spirit of ’76,” by Archibald M. the tunes played by the Dorseys, Benny Willard, is perhaps America’s best known Goodman, Harry James and Glenn Miller. depiction of patriotic music. amazon.com photo A week before my eighth birthday, America was plunged into war by the we love our country, but it isn’t always devastating Japanese attack on Pearl perfect, and we need to fix what is wrong. Harbor. Dec. 7, 1941, a day that has lived Recently I heard an interview with the in infamy, hurled the country into a noted American historian Jon Meacham. world war. It was a war that many had He had just written, in collaboration with tried very hard to avoid. The air waves Tim McGraw, the award winning singer (radio, that is) were filled with songs that and songwriter, the book Songs of Amerdeclared we would win this war, but also ica. What a joy it is. America’s history expressed the hope that the men who had from before the Revolution to the present been drafted by the millions would soon day, chronicled in its hymns, anthems be home again. Paand songs. It is the triotic music stirred Americans have often gotten inspimusical history of our hearts, made us ration from patriotic songs arising our struggle for instand up straight dependence, justice and strengthen our from conflict. Protest and patriotism and equality. resolve to help the Even if you think have given rise to some of the nawar effort any way you know a lot tion’s most enduring melodies. we could. about America’s We sang about presidents, wars the “White Cliffs of Dover,” “Rosie the and civil strife, there is so much to learn Riveter” and “I’ll Be Seeing You.” here. Intelligently written by an historian From the start of the Revolution, when and a musician, it is a book that everyone, colonists taunted Tory soldiers with whatever their political stripe, can enjoy “Yankee Doodle,” to Francis Scott Key and be enriched by. Tracing America’s penning the “The Star Spangled Banner” history through its music gives us a during the War of 1812, Americans have greater understanding of what America often gotten inspiration from patriotic was striving for throughout its 200-plus songs arising from conflict. Protest and years of history. From Lexington and patriotism have given rise to some of the Concord to Fort Sumter, from Seneca nation’s most enduring melodies. The Falls to Selma, from Normandy to Sept. civil rights movement and the Vietnam 11, American history can be heard in its war, which threatened to tear the country music. apart, contributed much as music moved Meacham quotes Henry David Thoreau from gospel and folk to mainstream “When I hear music, I fear no danger. I America. Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan and am invincible. I see no foe. I am related to Bruce Springsteen became the voices of the earliest times and to the latest.” I enAmerica. We Shall Overcome. “Blowin’ courage everyone to read the book. It will in the Wind” and “Born in the USA” said fill your mind and gladden your heart.
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Best laid plans often only a mid-summer’s dream By Osei Helper | Manor Ink Ahh, the summer, where the heat blisters your skin, and the humidity smothers your lungs. Many of us had been creating plans since early spring (maybe even late winter, if you were ambitious enough). Alas, we’re a little over halfway through our summer vacation. Now, take a second to think: Have you really acted on your plans for the summer? Well, that’s what I’ve asked three local kids about, and here are their responses.
Meet the kids n Luca Larizzati: 11 years old, 7th grade, epic gamer n Haile Helper: 18 years old, college freshman, my bro n Emily Ball: 14 years old, 10th grade, writes for this paper What they said How does an average day over the summer go? Luca: “In the beginning of the summer, I tried to be as active as possible, and then in the middle of summer, I gave up ... Most of it is just staying in my room, listening to music, and playing video games.” Haile: “I guess an average day for me would probably just be waking up, and either going to work, or spending some time with my friends, or just by myself,
honestly, and playing basketball, exercising.” Emily: “I wake up at 1 p.m., and then I go swimming from 2 to 6 p.m. I eat dinner, and then I usually watch a movie then go to sleep really, really, really late.” How would you say your plans for the summer have differed from how you actually spent your summer? Luca: “Before would be, ‘OK, this summer I’m going to be active. I’m not going to spend anytime on my video games.’ After school ends it’s just, ‘I completely give up. I ... yeah, just video games. I don’t know, stuff.” Haile: “Yeah, definitely, and some changes ... So basically, I actually haven’t been exercising or working out as much as I thought I would be able to over the summer, and also, I thought I would be working a little more, but then, after I injured my ear, I stopped working as much as I had been.” Emily: “I did have plans, but then my boyfriend kinda moved. I have vacation plans for August. Other than that, I kinda just wanted to spend time with someone, but they moved.” Do you have any plans or goals for the summer that you still haven’t achieved? Luca: “Most of them.” Haile: “My main goal is to just make as much money as possible, and then to be in as good shape as possible for when college rolls around, and just to be mentally pre-
GREAT EXPECTATIONS Haile Helper, left, takes a break from his summer days routine of exercising, basketball and working. Above, Emily Ball and Luca Larizzati. Osei Helper photo, left; Manor Ink file photos, above
pared for the next step in my life.” Emily: “I kind of want to actually start waking up really early, because I haven’t been doing that. Maybe just like, getting on a routine where I don’t have to be stressed with school, so that when school starts I won’t be stressed and it’ll be better than last year.”
The upshot So those are the results of my interviews. It seems like our three respondents didn’t quite fulfill their summer goals, but they still enjoyed their time off. Of course, if you are accomplishing all those things you wanted to do during these warm days, your summer should be good to the end!
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Radiohead redux: Music at times heartbreaking
ere is the second part of my extensive look at the recordings of the English altrock band, Radiohead. You’ll remember that the band was formed in Abingdon-on-Thames England in 1985, and consists of Thom Yorke (vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards), brothers Jonny Greenwood (lead guitar, keyboards, other instruments) and Colin Greenwood (bass), Ed O’Brien (guitar, backing vocals) and Philip Selway (drums, percussion). To deepen my understanding of the band, I decided to listen again to all nine studio albums in the sequence in which they were released and offer assessments of each. Last month, I covered Pablo Honey, The Bends, OK Computer and Kid A. Here are my thoughts about the remaining five albums. Amnesiac (2001) Amnesiac was released in 2001, and all but one track from this album (“A Life in a Glass House”) were recorded at the same time as Kid A. However, the album is blatantly unfinished, rushed and low-effort. But there are several redeeming tracks. “Morning Bell/ Amnesiac,” which is a little chimier than the Hunter rest of this album’s Krause material and is definitely more powerful, starts off like it’s already in the middle of the song. It’s followed by another similarly haunting, beautiful song, “Knives Out.” With their chiming guitars and more powerful singing, these two tracks are MUSIC about the only good things this REVIEW album has to offer. The song “Hunting Bears” is basically just a really awful guitar interlude and adds nothing to the album. The song “Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors” is a similarly boring, terrible interlude, only using electronics instead of guitars. Amnesiac is a haphazard, low-energy effort at best, though it does have three redeeming tracks. Favorite Songs: “Morning Bell/Amnesiac,” “Knives Out,” “I Might Be Wrong” Rating: HHHHHHHHHH Hail To The Thief (2004) Hail To The Thief opens with the hauntingly gorgeous and ominous “2 + 2 = 5,” a song that explodes into a smashing, catchy new sound for Radiohead. This is contrasted with the heartwrenching, slow and powerful “Sail To The Moon.” Almost every other track on this album, however, feels badly arranged, like unsuccessful attempts at electronic music. The album does close though with the scarily beautiful and once again deeply emotional “A Wolf at the Door.” This album has a few great songs, but is for the most part badly arranged and has more bad than good material. Favorite songs: “A Wolf at the Door”
and “ 2 + 2 = 5” Rating: HHHHHHHHHH In Rainbows (2007) In Rainbows opens with “15 Step,” which is more upbeat than a lot of Radiohead’s other music. It’s definitely a better attempt at electronic music than anything else the band has done. This is followed by “Bodysnatchers,” a great explosive and upbeat rockish song. The next track, “Nude,” is another one of my all-time favorite Radiohead songs and is oddly gorgeous and heartbreaking. Next up is “Weird Fishes/Arpeggi,” a strange mix of explosive sounds and haunting ones, but a great song nonetheless. “Jigsaw Falling into Place” again seems pretty upbeat in an odd and gorgeous way. Finally, the closing track to this album, “Videotape,” is almost hard to listen to it’s so dismal, and has perhaps the most beautiful utilizations of piano I’ve ever heard. In Rainbows has nearly no flaws and is some of Radiohead’s best work. Favorite Songs: “Nude” and “Jigsaw Falling Into Place” Rating: HHHHHHHHHH The King of Limbs (2011) The King of Limbs is Radiohead’s first fully electronic album (and, thankfully, its last) and has only six tracks. This album opens with the song “Bloom,” which has some kind of synth instrumental that sounds like it was just a bunch of keys being smashed by a drooling, mentally-ill horse. Basically every other song on this album, other than “Lotus Flower,” is similarly terrible. “Lotus Flower” has some kind of deep buzzing instrumental played under some actually great synths. The vocal delivery is similarly beautiful, with lyrics like “There’s an empty space inside my heart where the weed takes root, but now I’ll set you free.” This is easily Radiohead’s worst work, and the only track worth listening to on this album is “Lotus Flower.” This album gets a 4/10 rating because I only had to bear listening to the five terrible tracks.
EVOLVING Radiohead, lead by Thom Yorke, left, is a band that has grown both musically and emotionally over the course of its 35-year career. amazon.com photo Favorite songs: “Lotus Flower” Rating: HHHHHHHHHH A Moon Shaped Pool (2016) This album opens with “Burn The Witch,” which has smooth percussion and a well-placed acoustic guitar with Thom Yorke’s almost floaty vocals. It’s followed by “Daydreaming,” which is similarly organic and dreary, but which has great piano and natural soft vocals and instrumentals. Another great song, “Full Stop,” has some strange stuttering vocals which lead up to explosive rock drums. “Desert Island Disk” is another blissful song with droning acoustics and really depressing lyrics. “Glass Eyes” is a painfully sad song that describes Thom at a train station feeling isolated from the crowd of dead-faced people, and later has Thom embracing his isolation by surrounding himself with nature instead of people. The song “Present Tense” is another amazing song that utilizes Latin rhythms and
eerie melodies to make for a catchy-yetsoft instrumental. This song tells about how distancing yourself can be used as a weapon or as self defense by depriving people of your company or preventing yourself from being hurt by them. This album is my personal favorite from Radiohead, as I prefer the band’s softer and less calculated instrumentals. I can also relate to a lot of the themes of isolation and appreciate the lyrics. This album is easy on the ears and hard on the heart. Favorite songs: “Burn The Witch”, “Present Tense”, and “Desert Island Disk” Rating: HHHHHHHHHH Radiohead is a rare band that shows evolution and improvement throughout its career. They have influenced countless other bands and songs, and are a great representative of the modern generation’s feelings of isolation, confusion and hesitation as they move into a newer, more technologically driven era.
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With Spidey, threats can be personal Two words: plot twists. This movie is full of them. Not only are a lot of the twists not seen coming, but they make legitimate sense in the context of the Marvel Universe. It’s awful when movies throw in a random plot twist just for the sake of having a twist and subverting expectations. Warning! While there won’t be spoilers for the new Spider-Man: Far From Home in this review, there will be spoilers for Avengers: Endgame. Osei Helper The new Spider-Man movie is the 23rd installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and the closer to Phase 3. It had a budget of $160 million and has made back MEDIA over three times that amount PROBE ($580 million at the time of REVIEW writing). If you don’t know, the MCU is divided into phases. The “Avengers Arc” is Phase 1. The “Age of Ultron Arc” is Phase 2, and the “Endgame Arc” is Phase 3. Each phase spans approximately six movies. This is the second Spider-Man solo film that’s part of the MCU. There are multiple strengths to this movie that make it the perfect follow-up
FROM QUEENS TO EUROPE Peter Parker, played by Tom Holland, takes Spider-Man abroad in a complex Marvel plot filled with clever twists and turns. Spider-Man: Far From Home brings the universal threat posed in Avengers: Endgame down to a human level. sony.com photo to the events of Endgame, but the main strength to me is the connection between the audience and the characters. After the looming threat of Thanos puts the fate of the universe on the line, the new SpiderMan movie switches to a Spider-Man level threat seamlessly. When you go from a large menace to a smaller one in a series, you need to do it correctly. Smaller dangers can seem just as bad as larger ones under the right circumstances. The stakes must be more personal. If you go from large to a small with the same distance from the characters, it doesn’t hit nearly as hard. With Thanos, a universal level threat, just defeated, a possibly earth-level threat just won’t seem as bad, unless you care more for
the characters. Spider-Man: Far From Home gives you a larger insight into Peter Parker’s life and his friends. You get more personal time with them and grow a stronger bond, so when the threat comes that puts their lives on the line, it becomes much more real than when a bunch of random characters could possibly die. Peter is just a high school student trying to juggle being a hero with friendships and school life. That was always the appeal with Spider-Man, since the initiation of the character in comics. You really feel Peter’s pain when he has to sacrifice relationships for the greater good. He has to be the hero. He has to save the day, but at what cost? He constantly has to weigh
people’s lives against Spider-Man: his own. It’s a strugFar From Home gle that connects the Sony Pictures 2019 audience even more HHHHH with him. HHHHH I give Spider-Man: Rated PG-13 Far From Home a 9 out of 10 stars rating. The acting is great, the comedy hits, even at serious points, and the action scenes are breathtaking, just like most high budget Marvel movies. I highly suggest watching this movie if you’re a Marvel junkie, but make sure that you’ve seen Endgame. Some of it might not make much sense if you haven’t seen the previous movies, and stay for both end credit scenes!
Nintendo’s latest ‘Mario’ iteration a mixed bag “Mario Maker 2” is the newest inclusion to the franchise originally starting on the Wii U. The game, by Nintendo, revolves around creating and playing user-created stages. Some stages can be incredibly enjoyable and difficult, or they can be as fun to play as going through your worst nightmare. The game has the stanJenson dard Mario gameplay of Skalda run, jump, and crush your enemies under your feet! The game gives tutorials about how to create good stages, so stages aren’t bad. There is also a story mode where you have to rebuild Peach’s Castle. These are developer-made stages that usually are themed around one certain item.
There have been multiple changes since the game was first released. The major one being the inclusion of 2.5D stages based on the “3D World Mario” game. There are many differences between these stages and others. They include long jumps, spin jumps, and many other types of enemies than the normal ones. There PAPER are also different versions of GAMES the pipes, the clear pipes. REVIEW The game has also introduced a new multiplayer mode. You can play against other players in “versus” mode, play with them in “coop,” or play locally with the stages you downloaded. There are also ways to communicate with your team with multiple chat “emotes.” My favorite one is the “I’m done for” emote. The Nintendo online version, though, is very shoddy. In most of
those games, there will Mario be some form of lag or Maker 2 bad ping. Nintendo 2019 While most parts of HHHHH the game are good, the HHHHH stage builder has gotRated Age 7+ ten worse since the first game. This is mainly because of the transition from Wii U to the Switch platform. Instead of everything being already there on one page, you have to scroll through multiple wheels to get to certain items. The actual building is also more difficult due to the lack of a stylus and the need to use a joystick, making the building experience less enjoyable. All in all this is the type of game you can just pick up and play, but usually you won’t play it for more than 30 minutes. I give it 8 out of 10 stars.
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Picnic party in the park? Sullivan County, NY – The county’s Parks and Recreation Department extends an invitation to residents and visitors to rent picnic pavilions in three of its parks. Groups consisting of 25 to 200 people may reserve a covered picnic pavilion at Lake Superior State Park, Minisink Battleground Park and Livingston Manor’s Covered Bridge Park. Each group picnic pavilion is furnished with 10 to 12 picnic tables and a group cooking grill. Permanent or temporary rest room facilities are located near all pavilions. To reserve a pavilion or set up for a group usage at any county park call 807-0287 to confirm your desired date and request a picnic permit application form.
Tips on keeping your cool Sullivan County, NY – Excessive heat warning for many parts of New York State are not unusual for the month of August. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity can combine to create heat illnesses. County authorities remind residents to drink plenty of fluids, stay in air-conditioned rooms and out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Public places like local libraries offer opportunities to cool off, and many have weekend hours. Also, public pools in Liberty, Bethel, Callicoon and Fallsburg are open, with Fallsburg’s pool opening for an additional hour on Saturday evenings (until 7:45 p.m.). Sullivan County’s parks are open, and residents and visitors have the option to cool off at Lake Superior State Park until 8 p.m. on Saturdays. Also, the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) is available to those who meet income requirements. Many know HEAP as a way to help defer winter heating costs, but qualifying recipients may also obtain assistance with air conditioning during the summer. Visit the NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance at otda.ny.gov/programs/heap for details.
PLEASANT MEANDER The improved Rail Trail in Parksville offers hikers an enjoyable and easy walk through the woods along the Little Beaverkill from the hamlet to Morsston. At left, a pool and waterfall awaits visitors not far from the trail’s entrance. Art Steinhauer photos
Hiking down the O&W road, Pt. 2
Parksville’s Rail Trail receives upgrade; may be extended to Manor By Art Steinhauer | Manor Ink Mentor Parksville, NY – The Manor Ink series on the O&W Rail Trail continues this month with a walk along the ParksvilleMorsston segment. This long existing trail seems to have been upgraded since this reporter’s last visit some two or three years ago. The Parksville entry, by Parksville bistro Cabernet Frank’s, has ample parking, one of the County Dove Trail doves and a new historical interpretive sign detailing the history of the many hotels that once existed in the Parksville area. The trail then proceeds along the Little Beaverkill River behind the houses in Parksville for 1.5 miles to the current terminus at Fox Mountain Road in Morsston. The upgrad-
ed trail bed, while not paved, is suitable for mountain bikes as well as for walking. A little ways out of Parksville, hikers come upon the highlight of the ramble. It’s a wonderful series of low waterfalls and, it appears, one nice swimming hole in the middle of them. There is also frequent evidence of the old railroad bed and supporting structures along the path. After about a mile, one comes to a new bridge over the river. The path then concludes at a parking area across from the Citgo station on Old Route 17. The county’s Planning Commission has indicated that an extension of the trial to Livingston Manor could become a priority, subject to securing permissions from landowners and funding. Let’s hope they are able to do so!
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AUGUST FARMERS MARKETS Barryville Saturdays in August; 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; 3405 Rte. 97, Barryville. barryvillefarmersmarket.org Callicoon Sundays in August; 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Dorrer Drive, Callicoon Creek Park, Callicoon. callicoonfarmersmarket.org Kauneonga Lake Saturdays in August; 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; 3594 Rte. 55, Kauneonga Lake. sullivancatskills.com/event/ kauneonga-lake-farmers-market Liberty Fridays in August; 3-6 p.m.; Creekside Park, 119 N. Main St., Liberty. facebook.com/mountainkeepermarkets Livingston Manor Sundays in August; 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Main St. Green Space, Livingston Manor. livingstonmanor.org Narrowsburg Saturdays in August; 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; 7 Erie Ave., Narrowsburg. NarrowsburgFarmersMarket.org Monticello Mondays in August; 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; 10 Jefferson St., Monticello. sullivancce.org Rock Hill Saturdays in August; 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; 223 Rock Hill Dr., Rock Hill. rockhillfarmersmarket.com Roscoe Sundays in August; 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Niforatos Field, Roscoe. sullivancatskills.com/business/ roscoe-farmers-market ONGOING Adult Gaming Group Fridays in August; 1 p.m.; E.B. Crawford Public Library, 479 Broadway, Monticello; ebcpl.org Computer Tech Support Tuesdays, Thursdays in August; 11:45 a.m., Tuesdays; 4:30 p.m. Thursdays; E.B. Crawford Public Library, 479 Broadway, Monticello; ebcpl.org Family Movie Screening Saturdays in August; 1 p.m.; E.B. Crawford Public Library, 479 Broadway, Monticello; ebcpl.org Learn to Play Mah Jongg Mondays in August 10 a.m.; E.B. Crawford Public Library, 479 Broadway, Monticello; ebcpl.org Salsa Class Mondays, Fridays in August all
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levels, 6-9 p.m.; Hurleyville Arts Centre, 219 Main Street, Hurleyville. hurleyvilleartscentre.org Restorative Yoga with LeeAnna Sundays in August; 4:30-6 p.m.; Hurleyville Arts Centre, 219 Main Street, Hurleyville. hurleyvilleartscentre.org Drop-in Story Hour Wednesdays in August; 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 August; 9 a.m.; Justine’s Just Breathe Yoga, 108 Somewhere In Time Lane, Parksville. justinesjustbreatheyoga.com Knitters/Crocheters Tuesdays in August; 10 a.m.noon. Liberty Public Library, Liberty Professional Plaza, 111 Sullivan Ave., Suite 1-3, Ferndale. libertypubliclibrary.org Trivia Night Wednesdays in August; 7:308:30 p.m. Callicoon Brewing Co., Olympia Hotel, 15 Upper Main St., Callicoon. callicoonbrewing. com Library Storytime Tuesdays in August; 11:15-11:45 a.m.; Livingston Manor Free Library, 92 Main St., Livingston Manor. livingstonmanorlibrary.org Ukulele Club Thursdays in August; 11 a.m.; Livingston Manor Free Library, 92 Main St., Livingston Manor. livingstonmanorlibrary.org Legos & Games Saturdays in August; 10:30 a.m.; Livingston Manor Free Library, 92 Main St., Livingston Manor. livingstonmanorlibrary.org
noldhouse.com Computer Help Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays in August; call for times; Livingston Manor Free Library, 92 Main St., Livingston Manor. livingstonmanorlibrary.org Sewing & Doll Making Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays in August; 3-4 p.m.; Livingston Manor Free Library, 92 Main St., Livingston Manor. livingstonmanorlibrary.org Universe of Stories Tuesdays in August; 3:30 p.m.; Livingston Manor Free Library, 92 Main St., Livingston Manor. livingstonmanorlibrary.org AUGUST 1-31 Introduction to Outdoor Skills Thursday, Aug. 1 and Aug. 8; 1-2 p.m.; Livingston Manor Free Library, 92 Main St., Livingston Manor. livingstonmanorlibrary.org Music with Paul Burch Friday, Aug. 2; 6 p.m.; CAS Arts Center, 48 Main St., Livingston Manor. catskillartsociety.org Woodstock Photos Exhibit with Live Music Saturday, Aug. 3; 2-4 p.m.; Sullivan County Historical Society, 265 Main St., Hurleyville. scnyhistory.org Concert: Guitarist Gladius Saturday, Aug. 3; 8-10 p.m.; Shandelee Music Festival, 442 J. Young Rd., Livingston Manor. shandelee.org Exhibition: Page Laughlin’s Coloring Book Project Saturday, Aug. 3, also Aug. 24; 11 a.m.; Laundry King, 65 Main St., Livingston Manor. catskillartsociety.org
Live Piano Music Saturdays in August; 5:30-9:30 p.m.; Catskill Mountains Resort, 211 Mail Rd., Barryville. catskillmountainsresort.com
Music of the Grateful Dead with Little Sparrow Sunday, Aug. 4; 2-4:30 p.m.; Sullivan County Historical Society, 265 Main St., Hurleyville. scnyhistory.org
Garden Talks, Walks and Workshops With Scott Woods; Saturdays in August; to book talk, contact The Arnold House, 839 Shandelee Rd., Livingston Manor. thear-
Concert: Hermitage Piano Trio Tuesday, Aug. 6; 8 p.m.; Shandelee Music Festival, 442 J. Young Rd., Livingston Manor. shandelee.org
¿OYE COMO VA, CARLOS? When Carlos Santana brought his San Francisco Latin rock band Santana to Bethel a half century ago, the group’s first album had just been released and few rock fans had ever heard of them. Fifty years later, how things have changed! But Carlos makes a triumphant return to Bethel Woods nearly five decades to the day since he first played in Yasgur’s field, part of the concert venue’s Golden Anniversary celebration of the original festival. Opening for them will be the Doobie Brothers. The historic show happens Saturday, Aug. 17, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Pavilion. For tickets and information, visit bethelwoodscenter.org. A caveat: It’s definitely not a free concert, man! The Moon with Catskill Astronomy Club Tuesday, Aug. 6; 6 p.m.; Livingston Manor Free Library, 92 Main St., Livingston Manor. livingstonmanorlibrary.org Concert: Alice Cooper & Halestorm Thursday, Aug. 8; 7 p.m.; Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, 200 Hurd Rd., Bethel. bethelwoodscenter.org A Touch of Germany, Pt. 2 Saturday, Aug. 10; 4 p.m.; Tavern on Main, 4919 Rte. 52, Jeffersonville. jeffersonvillejems.org The Bagel Festival Sunday, Aug. 11; 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Broadway, Monticello. thebagelfestival.org The Spanish American War Sunday, Aug. 11; 2-4 p.m.; Time and the Valleys Museum, 332 Main St., Grahamsville. timeandthevalleysmuseum.org Terrain & Table: Golden Anniversary Dinner Sunday, Aug. 11; 3-7 p.m.; Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, 200 Hurd Rd., Bethel. thefarmhouseproject.com “The Producers,” the Mel Brooks Musical Tuesday, Aug. 13 through Aug. 25; 8-10 p.m.; Forestburgh Playhouse, 39 Forestburgh Rd., Forestburgh. fbplayhouse.org Yasgur Road Reunion Thursday, Aug. 15 to Aug. 18; music festival with more than
a dozen bands; 34 Yasgur Rd., Bethel. yasgurroadreunion.com Woodstock Tribute Book Sale Tuesday, Aug. 16, 17; library hours; Livingston Manor Free Library, 92 Main St., Livingston Manor. livingstonmanorlibrary.org Grahamsville Little World’s Fair Friday, Aug. 16 to Aug. 18; Grahamsville Fairgrounds, Rte. 55; Grahamsville. grahamsvillefair.com
Concert: Andrew Arceci & Company Saturday, Aug. 17; 8 p.m.; Shandelee Music Festival, 442 J. Young Rd., Livingston Manor shandelee.org Craft/Vendor Fair/Yard Sale and Open House Saturday, Aug. 24; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Claryville Vol.Fire Dept, 1500 Denning Rd., Claryville. 985-7270 Firefly Picnic Saturday, Aug. 24; 3-6 p.m.; Delaware Highlands Conservancy; Lemons Brook Farm, 120 Segar & Rosenberg Rd., Kauneonga Lake. delawarehighlands.org Author Talk with Freddie Pikovsky Saturday, Aug. 24; 1 p.m.; Livingston Manor Free Library, 92 Main St., Livingston Manor. livingstonmanorlibrary.org “Venus in Fur” Tuesday, Aug. 27 through Sept. 1; 8-10 p.m.; Forestburgh Playhouse, 39 Forestburgh Rd., Forestburgh. fbplayhouse.org The Farmhouse Project Makers Market Wednesday, Aug. 31; 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; The Barn on Hubbard, 28 Hubbard Rd., Callicoon. thefarmhouseproject.market Nutshell Woodstock 50 Art Show Wednesday, Aug. 31; noon6 p.m.; Nutshell Arts Center, 6692 Rte. 52, Lake Huntington. nutshellarts.com
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At home in the arts
This interview is one in a series called the “100 Club Profiles,” published at irregular intervals by Manor Ink. They feature senior residents of Livingston Manor reminiscing about life as it used to be in the hamlet. To see other interviews, please visit manorink.org.
Marlene Wertheim’s life took many turns
a few more years, before getting a teaching job in Fallsburg.
By Jacob Pasquale | Manor Ink
arlene Wertheim is a witness to history. From Europe, as a small child and witnessing the Holocaust, to becoming part of the development of the arts in Livingston Manor, she has seen a lot in her lifetime. Marlene was born in Vienna, Austria, living what she describes as a normal life until Nazi Germany took over the country on March 9, 1938, a day referred to as the “Anschuluss.” When that happened, Germany imposed the “Nuremberg Laws” that deprived Jewish citizens, those with disabilities, and others designated by the Nazis of their rights, legal protections, education, property and 100 CLUB even their money. Marlene had just PROFILE started first grade when this all happened, and then she learned she was no longer allowed to attend school. Many people tried to leave the country, but that was very difficult, and also required getting permission to enter another country. On the day of the Anschluss, her father went to the American Embassy and started the application process for them to escape to America. Luckily, she had some relatives here who were financially able to sponsor them. So Marlene and her mother traveled to America. Her father was interned, but was able to come later. “I’ve certainly seen what no one should ever have to see, the whole Holocaust experience,” said Marlene. “Those of us who lived through it, you know our lives could never be the same. So, coming from whatever normal life is to a life where everything is just topsy-turvy, you know your life has changed completely.”
A new place, a new life When she arrived in America, it was especially challenging for her, since she didn’t know much English at first. Also, she didn’t know any of the relatives who had sponsored them, so it was really just she and her mother. They lived in Manhattan in a neighborhood with many other refugees, including from other coun-
AESTHETIC LIFE Marlene Wertheim has lived for many years in Livingston Manor, and during her time in the hamlet, she and her late husband, Bud, inspired interest in the arts. Jacob Pasquale photo tries. Many children in the neighborhood, Livingston Manor, and they have lived including Marlene, attended a Refugee here ever since. Class in a small one-room schoolhouse Farming in the Catskills for refugee children to help them prepare for public school. This Refugee Class had When Marlene and Bud first came students from first to eighth grade, and here to look at the property they would though the teacher didn’t speak German eventually purchase, they hiked to an very well, she did what she could to help area where they could see the covered the students. Once the teacher thought bridge and the river to either side. Its Marlene could manage public school, she beauty was one of the many reasons they was transferred to the second grade in decided to buy the farm. She, Bud and public school. However, she still didn’t Bud’s brother ran the dairy farm with know English very well and her new fifty cows and one hundred chickens for a teacher unfortunately number of years until, wasn’t very sympathet- ‘The arts bring so much to life.’ one day, Livingston ic towards her. Manor Central School’s Marlene Wertheim Marlene decided superintendent at the Former LMCS teacher, artist she wanted to become time came over to their and puppeteer a teacher herself, and house. He told Marlene her life’s story pivots that there was a student several times around her teaching career. who had been excluded from school and After graduating high school, Marlene needed to be taught at home. At first, went to college to study teaching. While in Marlene didn’t want to take the job – she college, she started working at a children’s was busy with the farm and a toddler of hospital during the summers, and there her own. But when she heard that the stushe met her future husband, Bud Wertdent hadn’t had a teacher for ten months, heim, who also worked there. she decided she would do it. After graduating college, she began She began helping the student whenever teaching second grade in Manhattan with she could. Then, a teacher at the school an overwhelming 39 students. She and went out on leave for a year, so Marlene Bud moved to Long Island for a while was asked to cover for her, and before you where Marlene also taught. In the late knew it, she ended up teaching at LMCS 1950s, she and Bud decided to try their for almost four years. She gave birth to her hand at running a dairy farm up here in son and went back to teaching at LMCS for
Creating an arts community Bud was a serious artist, and when he and Marlene first came to the area there weren’t many other artists here. For a few years, Bud taught art at LMCS when Marlene also worked there. He enjoyed making puppets of all kinds and became involved with puppet theater in New York City. Marlene and Bud put on puppet shows together, and Marlene became adept with finger puppets and marionettes. She pointed out Bud’s metal puppets now mounted on the wall in her living room, including Sir Longeth and the dragon he slayed! Many of Bud’s students learned much from his teaching and this sparked an interest in art in our area. Some local organizations began to hold art shows. In the late 1960’s and early ’70’s, the Catskill Arts Society and the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance were organized. Bud began teaching at Brooklyn College, while still primarily living here, and many artists that he met decided to move to the area as well. The evolution of the arts here was very gradual, but its impact was great. “The arts bring so much to life,” Marlene commented. “They bring meaning and joy and challenges and interpretations and understanding, so anything that enhances the arts for anybody who might want to take advantage of it, I think is positive.” Throughout her life, Marlene has seen many changes in the world. She has experienced the events of World War II and the Holocaust. She has witnessed segregation and integration. She told us how one time she traveled to New Orleans and saw separate water fountains for “whites” and “colored” for the first time. She had known that they existed, but seeing it and experiencing it was very troublesome for her. She has witnessed the Korean and Vietnam Wars. She saw the beginning of space travel. And, finally, she witnessed the development of art in our community. Marlene Wertheim is truly a great witness to history! “I think today we have a better understanding of people coming from other cultures, people with handicaps, people who have gone through physical ... mental issues,” she said. “So I keep trying to be optimistic about the future of our country.”