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Measles threat may soon hit home

Outbreak a real possibility, but are vaccines safe? By Edward Lundquist | Manor Ink Livingston Manor, NY – As of April 19, there were a reported 626 cases of measles in the U.S., the largest number in 25 years. Most of them have been in the state of New York. Measles is highly contagious; someone entering a room where an infected person coughed hours before, has a 90 percent chance of becoming infected if they are not vaccinated. “Even one case of measles is something to be concerned about, because if the virus starts to spread to unvaccinated people, we have a problem on our hands,” Sullivan County Public Health Director Nancy McGraw said. So far, there have been two confirmed cases of measles in Sullivan County. In vulnerable populations, especially children under five, the risks associated with a measles infection can be serious. Encephalitis is swelling of the brain, which can lead to death. There can be loss of hearing and other side effects of high fever. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the way we can all � Page 7

EARLY ON Immunization begins at an early age, usually in children at 12 to 18 months. A second dosage of the MMR vaccine is administered between four to six years of age. But anyone who has not been vaccinated as an infant can also be vaccinated as an adult. Adobe Stock photo

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IN THIS ISSUE LOCAL NEWS Measles and vaccinations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1, 7 Veterans gather before Honor Flight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Roscoe Central School penalty. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Woodstock 50th kick-off. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Fly fishing season opens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Town, school board reports. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 CAS high school art exhibit. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Buddhist “dagger”. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 FEATURES Aging Out Loud. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Bethel Dove Trail dove. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Cinco de Mayo Fun Run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Inkwell of Happiness. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16, 17 Agnes Van Put interview. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 EXTRAS Inklings Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

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Warmer weather and hotter stories It’s official, everybody! We can walk outside without needing to bundle up in a hat and gloves. There are no more piles of muddy snow lingering along the sides of the road, and some spring flowers are starting to bloom. It’s perfect weather for sitting out on your porch while drinking some ice cold lemonade and reading a book. Or even better ... you could read Manor Ink! And if lemonade isn’t your squeeze, you can make a tall glass of dandelion tea with the recipe on the Inkwell of Happiness, page 16. This month’s issue is jam-packed with Marlee articles about some favorite spring activiMadison ties. Fishing season has opened and fisherEditor-in-chief men can be spotted all along the shores of nearly any river in Sullivan County. The Pulse at Peck’s has made a fantastic return, featuring questions about Woodstock and the vaunted 1960s, in a nod to the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock festival. This issue also contains a follow-up on the Honor

IN BLOOM With the arrival of spring comes the return of bright yellow daffodils. These graced the flower beds in front of the Livingston Manor free Library. Manor Ink file photo Flights for war veterans, as well as an interview with Agnes Van Put, a 102-year-old woman who has lived in Livingston Manor for almost half her life on page 20. Of a more serious nature is the current outbreak of measles nationwide. We looked into local disease preparations and how people feel about vaccinations, and you can read the results on pages 1 and 7. I hope you enjoy this issue of Manor Ink.

LETTERS Grateful for DC flight To the editor: I want to acknowledge and thank Hudson Valley Honor Flight for allowing me to participate in one of their flights to Washington, DC, honoring veterans. The Walden-based organization deserves the highest praise for their organizational skills and attention to details. The April 13 flight consisted of 82 veterans of World War II, Korea, Vietnam and Desert Storm. Six

MANOR INK STAFF Marlee Madison Editor-in-Chief, Arts & Crafts Editor Carolyn Bivins, Barbara Gref, Peggy Johansen Founders Kris Neidecker Managing Editor

veterans, including Robert Konvalin, also of Livingston Manor, were from Sullivan County. In Washington, participants visited the World War II, Korean and Vietnam Memorials and Arlington National Cemetery. Special thanks to Jennifer DeFrancisco, Executive Director of Hudson Valley Honor Flight for all she did and has done. Also to Sullivan County volunteers and guardians Karrie Jara, Jan Carlson and Diana

Jessica Mall School Advisor David Dann Art & Production Editor Amy Hines Business Manager, Mentor Art Steinhauer Sales Manager, Mentor Henry Barish Acting Library Director

Fredenburg. It was truly the experience of a lifetime, and I encourage all eligible veterans to take advantage of a flight. Frank Burbank U.S. Navy Vietnam Veteran Livingston Manor Please send letters to Letters must include your name and address, and may be edited for clarity and length.

Marge Feuerstein, Les Mattis Mentors Osei Helper News & Ass. Features Editor Emily Ball Features & Ass. News Editor Jenson Skalda “Ink Well” Editor Zachary Dertinger,

Hunter Krause, Edward Lundquist, Jacob Pasquale, Bella Rodriguez, Jackson Wolcott Manor Ink Reporters Manor Ink, a program of the Livingston Manor Free Library, is published monthly with 10 issues annually.


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NY veterans gather prior to DC flight

Those who served share memories, fellowship a World War II veteran. James Juliano was in the Navy and served on Tinian Island in Waldon, NY – On Sunday, March 31, my the Southern Pacific, where the plane that Manor Ink mentor Marge Feuerstein and I dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima went to the Walden Firehouse for a meet- was launched. When he returned home, Juand-greet event for all of the veterans who liano became a Navy recruiter in Kingston will fly to Washington, DC, on April 13 as and retired in January 1970. Now, he lives part of Honor Flights, a program that brings in Saugerties. There were only two female veterans in veterans to the nation’s capitol to view the the group, and we interwar memorials there. viewed one of them. BarbaIncluded in the event The national Honor were veterans Robert Kon- Flights program has flown ra Santan was in the Navy for two years, from 1957 to valin and Frank Burbank, 1959, as a communications both from Livingston 159,000 vets to view war technician. She worked at Manor. We interviewed memorials since 2005. Sterling Forests Garden as a many of the other vets, as cashier when she returned. we had featured the two from Livingston Manor in the April issue She currently lives in Greenwood Lake. Also, Master Sergeant MaryKay Messenof Manor Ink. One, Frank Gohl, volunteered for the ger and Sergeant Major Brian Broelmann draft when he was 18 and joined the army attended the event to sing the national anjust before the Vietnam War. He also had them and perform later in the program. two brothers who fought in the Korean Messenger has served for more than 23 War and a brother-in-law who was in the years and Broelmann has been in the serNavy. When he got back from the army, he vice for 17 years. They are both part of the worked in construction in New York City, West Point Military Band. We thank all of the veterans who attenddoing caulking and waterproofing. He now ed this Honor Flights meet-and-greet event lives in Hyde Park. We also had the pleasure of interviewing for their service.

By Jacob Pasquale | Manor Ink

TELLING HIS STORY Vietnam veteran Frank Gohl is one of the former soldiers who were flown to washington, DC, to view the war memorials in the nation’s capitol. He was interviewed by Manor Ink at a reception for veterans in Walden prior to the trip. Marge Feuerstein photo

A WAR EXPERIENCE THAT STILL RESONATES LAST MONTH, Manor Ink reporter Jacob Pasquale and I drove down to the Walden firehouse for a meet-and-greet for many of the veterans who will participate in the Honor Flights program later this year. Once inside the hall, I asked if anyone knew of any World War II vets who were present and was directed to a nearby table. There we found James Juliano, a 90-something former Navy Seabee who had served in the South Pacific. That caught my attention because my late husband, a Navy vet, was also in the South Pacific. Mr. Juliano went on to say he had been stationed on the island of Tinian in the Mariannes and had helped build the runways that the Enola Gay had used for its fateful flight to Japan. That airplane was the bomber that had dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima.

LOST The USS Indianapolis in 1945, shortly before it was sunk in the South Pacific. wikipedia photo

In his way, this elderly vet had helped end the war with Japan. But this was not the memory that he carried most after all these years. It was the knowledge that the ship that had brought the bomb components to Tinian had been torpedoed and sunk on their return trip. The USS Indianapolis, with 1,196 sailors and Marines aboard, was hit by two Japanese torpedoes and sank in under twelve minutes. Anyone who saw the movie “Jaws”

knows the story. The 900 men who survived the initial blasts were tossed into the shark-filled waters of the South Pacific. Because the mission was secret, nobody realized the ship was overdue and only after four days was it spotted by a passing US plane. Of the 900 men who went into the water, only 317 survived. This was the memory that still resonates for Juliano after all these years. I had to choke back tears, realizing that this charming man agonized most not over his own service but over what he considered a tragic loss of men not to the enemy but to sharks. What had started out as an assignment for Manor Ink brought the war vividly back to mind. As a kid, I had followed the progress of the war through the newsreels I saw at the Saturday afternoon movie. Now I had listened to someone who had lived it and still carried the memories a lifetime later. Marge Feuerstein

POWER OF MEMORY Veteran James Juliano shares his recollections with reporter Jacob Pasquale. Juliano was only few years older than Jacob when he served in the Navy in World War II. Marge Feuerstein photo

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Gunther offers bill to waive RCS penalties Late filing of report caused by contractor dispute

By Art Steinhauer | Manor Ink Mentor Roscoe, NY – Manor Ink recently spoke with Tom Gatto, legislative aide to Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther, about the situation regarding the penalty imposed on the Roscoe Central School for its late filing of a final construction report. As reported in Manor Ink’s March edition, the school system faced penalties that could total hundreds of thousands of dollars (over a ten-year period) due to the late

filing of state-required paperwork. The missed deadline was due to an ongoing dispute with the contractor for construction work done at the school. Unfortunately, the hoped Aileen Gunther for relief for Roscoe was not included in the state’s budget for 2020. Gatto said the reason for this had to do with the number of other districts having the same or similar issues.

However, Gunther has introduced legislation to be considered by the Assembly’s Committee on Education that will correct the situation and waive any penalties on the Roscoe school. The bill is also supported by Senator Jen Metzger. “The district is working with Representative Gunther and Senator Metzger in support of the specific bill for relief of the Roscoe fine,” said Superintendent John Evans. “We’re also helping with legislation to aid other schools in the state that are in a similar situation.” Both legislators remain confident that the situation will be corrected.

PENALIZED Roscoe Central School is just one of the schools in New York facing penalties for failure to file timely state construction reports. Photo provided

Exhibit hails Woodstock’s 50th Photos, music, memories begin summer-long tribute to ’69 fest By Amy Hines | Manor Ink Mentor

A NEW GENERATION Singer Richie Haven’s grandson, Chogyi Lama, center, performs at the opening of the exhibit “We Are Golden,” Bethel Woods‘ tribute to the 1969 Woodstock festival. Amy Hines photos

Bethel, NY – The Museum at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts kicked off the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Woodstock Music & Art Fair by opening a new exhibit called “We Are Golden.” The exhibit features photographs, souvenirs, video interviews with artists and participants, and artifacts of the three day festival, as well as a recreated section of the original stage. The exhibit also includes interviews with a diverse group of young people today and asks what the current generation desires for change. The private viewing of the new exhibit was attended by museum members, donors, and individuals who contributed artifacts and souvenirs. A live performance kicked off the night by Chogyi Lama, the 20-year old grandson of Richie Havens, the first artist to perform on stage at Woodstock. Chogyi, who grew up in the village of Woodstock, studied music and says he is WOODSTOCK now “trying to become an artist in his own right.” Woodstock alumnus Steve AT FIFTY Alexander joined two musicians from Sweetwater, a band that had played at Woodstock, to tell stories about what it was like to attend and perform at the festival, and how the experience influenced the rest of their lives. Music historian Andy Zax spoke about uncovering the definitive setlist for the festival, ending decades-long speculation about what order artists had played in and what material they had played. Photographer Amalie Rothschild attended the Museum opening as a contributor to the exhibit. Her black-and-white photographs showed stunning images from Woodstock, including one of the sea of people on the hill as seen from backstage. She was also part of the Joshua Light Show at the Fillmore East in the late 1960s and worked with them to mount a huge light show screen for the Woodstock concert. “The light show lasted only the first night,” Rothschild said, “after which the screen canvas was torn down and cut

GOLDEN IMAGES Photos of the 1969 festival by Amalie Rothschild included candids of Grace Slick of the Jefferson Airplane, top right, the stage and members of the audience. into tarps to cover and protect the electronics on stage from the relentless downpours.” The exhibit describes the 1960s as “a time of changing attitudes and expectations; a time when many in society recognized inequalities and injustices and demanded to have their voices heard to change the status quo ... After Woodstock, the spirit of caring for others found expression in events such as a Concert for Bangladesh, Live Aid, Farm Aid, We Are the World, and countless others.” The final part of the exhibit is entitled, “What the World Needs Now,” and features young people’s hopes and dreams for the world in their lifetimes. The torch is passing!

GETTING THERE What: “We Are Golden: Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of the Woodstock Festival and Aspirations for a Peaceful Future” Where: Museum at Bethel Woods, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, 200 Hurd Rd., Bethel More info:, 866-781-2922

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WADING IN Joining other fisherman in Wulff Run near Livingston Manor’s Fly Fishing Center and Museum, Representative Antonio Delgado, right, makes the ceremonial “first cast” of the fishing season. Below, a plaque dedicating a portion of the Willowemoc Creek to the Center’s founder, Lee Wulff. Amy Hines photos

THE CATSKILL FLY Fishing Center and Museum recognized two Catskill legends at the 2019 Catskill Legends Dinner held at the Rockland House in Roscoe on April 13. Over 100 guests joined in honoring and celebrating Agnes Van Put and the late Dennis Skarka at this year’s event. The recognition is awarded to “the fly fishing pioneers who discovered and appreciated the richness of the rivers and streams; the champions of our waters who protected every inch that flowed; authors and historians who shared the romance of the Catskill experience; they are those who have kept the Catskills alive for future generations to enjoy.” Dennis was a New York State fly fishing guide, environmental activist, and owner of Catskill Flies in Roscoe. Ellen Skarka accepted the award for Dennis. Agnes, at 102 years old this year, has been promoting fly fishing and serving as the “hostess” of the Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum since its founding in 1981. Many members of Agnes’ family joined her for the evening’s celebration. See an interview Ms. Van Put on page 20. Amy Hines

Delgado’s ‘first cast’ also his first Congressman opens 2019 fly fishing season By Edward Lundquist | Manor Ink

We were amused to learn that Delgado had only just picked up a fly rod for the first time in his life.

Livingston Manor, NY – The First Cast is an important event in Catskill life. Hosted by the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum, it is the ceremonial first cast of fly fishing season. The event was held on Saturday, April 6, five days after opening day of fishing season. Many people of all types came from far and wide to fish, eat or watch. This year, we were lucky to have the presence of our Congressman, Representative Antonio Delgado, who would perform the first cast in Wulff Run near the Agnes Van Put Center. When asked about his fishing experience, we were amused to learn that he had only just picked up a fly rod for the first time in his life. We were also welcomed by some other familiar faces in the community, like Agnes Van Putt, who will be celebrating her onehundred-and-third birthday this coming

Confused, I looked around at the mud, ice and snow – Catskill “spring.” Several people had their dogs with them. One canine was a real old timer and he seemed very excited to smell all the people and food. You know that if nice dogs are at an occasion, there will be good people. Finally, after a short meeting with an instructor, Rep. Delgado was ready for the cast. Executing with great form, Delgado performed the act, and others joined in for the fun. The festivities continued after the fishing as well. The crowd poured into the gift shop to have some of Agnes Van Putt’s famous soup. She had laid out three kinds: beef barley, chicken dumpling and green pea. The aroma filled the room with warmth after the cold outside. To cap off the event, Rep. Delgado presented Agnes with a certificate of appreciation for her service to the community.

August. Agnes has been a part of the Fly Fishing Center since its very inception. She volunteers in the Center’s gift shop, and is a fixture at Center events. You can read the Ink’s interview with Ms. Van Put on page 20. People from all over the country come to celebrate the First Cast, and it was really incredible to see some younger people out in the water. One boy, Hudson, 11 traveled from Englewood, NJ, with his family to witness and participate in the moment. He was very enthusiastic, as were many other people, including Center President Kelly E. Buchta and Joe Fox of Dette’s Fly Shop in Livingston Manor. They said they were both excited about the arrival of spring.

RECOGNIZED The late Dennis Skarka, former owner of Catskill Flies in Rosoce, was one of the “Catskill Legends” honored by the Catskill Fly Fishing Center. Accepting the award at the annual “Legends” dinner in Roscoe is Ellen Skarka. Amy Hines photo

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Things blooming at LMFL Now that spring has sprung, it is an eventful time at the Livingston Manor Free Library. Just by sticking our heads out our front windows, we can now see daffodils peeking out our front flower garden. They are coming to life and the town activity is increasing, so is the excitement at the library. We will have our “Cinco Henry Barish de Mayo” 5K run fundraiser on Sunday, May 5, at 1 p.m. No worries if you aren’t up for such a long run; the path can easily be walked in about an hour. There will also be a Tequila Tasting at Upstream Wine & Spirits on Main Street

in the hamlet after the race. In addition to this, our “Author Talk” series took off at the end of April and will continue throughout the spring and summer. This month we will be hosting Susan Deer Cloud on SaturLIBRARY day, May 18, at 1 p.m. She NOTES is a local poet who grew up borrowing books from our own library. This author’s talk will also coincide with the Manor’s Flower Day, so make sure to walk around town that day after you visit the library. Don’t forget our “Services Auction” at the Trout Parade, coming Saturday, June 8. If you have a service to offer, be it a batch of cookies, a ukulele lesson or mowing a

IN BLOOM Be sure to visit Livingston Manor on Saturday, May 18, for the hamlet’s Flower Day. Then stop by the LMFL for an “Author Talk” with poet Susan Deer Cloud. Manor Ink file photo

neighbor’s lawn, come in and fill out the services auction contract. All funds raised will benefit the library. We hope to see you around town and visiting the library during the beautiful spring we’re having. We lucked out with April showers, but are eager to see the

flowers blooming around town. Pay us a visit this month. Henry Barish is acting director of the Livingston Manor Free Library. For information about the LMFL and its programs, visit

LIBRARY BOOK CLUB REVIEW Suite Francaise By Irene Némirovsky

PARTNER SPONSORS Community Reporting Alliance and the Ottaway Foundation Lazare and Charlotte Kaplan Foundation Livingston Manor Central School Barbara Martinsons • Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation ADVOCATES Apple Pond Farm • Brandenburg Bakery • CAS Arts Center Foster Supply Hospitality • Rolling V Bus Corp. Upstream Wine & Spirits CHAMPIONS Chatral A’dze • Carolyn Bivins • Rose Brown & Lester Mattis Catskill Abstract Co., Inc. • Catskill Brewery • David Dann Vic Diescher • Carole Edwards Realty • John Fawcett Amy Hines, Dave Forshay • Inside the Blue Line • Marilyn Kocher Main Street Farm • Gina Molinet, RM Farm Real Estate Van Morrow, Mountain Bear Crafts • Sheila & Terry Shultz Beth Sosin Jewelry • Art Steinhauer • Town of Rockland Upward Brewing Co. Remembering Bud Wertheim (and the Giant Trout) Manor Ink thrives on community support! Please consider becoming a supporter at one of the follosing levels: Partner, $1,000 and above; Advocate, $500; or Champion, $250. We also welcome and are grateful for contributions of any amount. Manor Ink is a program of the Livingston Manor Free Library, a nonprofit 501(c)3. Please send your gift or pledge to Manor Ink, 92 Main St., Livingston Manor, NY 12758. Thank you!

BORN IN UKRAINE, Irene Némirovsky, emigrated with her family to France in 1919. Her affluent Jewish parents converted to Roman Catholicism and became integrated into Parisian society. This however did not stop the French police from enforcing the German race laws and arresting Némirovsky in 1942 as a “homeless Jewish alien.” She was placed in a prison from which she was sent to Auschwitz, and there she died within a month. A successful French novelist during the 1930s. Némirovsky had started writing what she had planned as a five part epic novel of the war in 1940 shortly after the German invasion. The handwritten manuscript was hidden away with her two daughters in rural France and, with them, survived the war. Consisting of a leather bound notebook, it was never opened because they mistakenly thought it was a memoir and would be too painful to read. Sixty years later, it was finally opened and read by Némirovsky’s granddaughter. First published in France, the book was a huge success; its English translation has also been equally popular in America. There are two novellas in the book, “Storm in June” and “Dolce,” the only completed portions of the manuscript before Némirovsky’s arrest. These portray individuals from different social strata who flee Paris before the Germans arrive and how many rural Frenchmen react to occupation. Her portrait of French society in the turmoil of war is not judgmental, though it is revealing

and devastating. It is ironic that though the book is not an “holocaust novel,” it was never finished because Némirovsky died in a concentration camp. To an American reader, all these years after WW II, the book is both moving and surprising. At the time, we thought of the Germans as Nazis and – after we learned of the horrors of the death camps – unforgivable. The author, however, provides another view of the invaders of France. To some of the Frenchmen in her narrative who remember the losses of WW I, they were the hated Bosch. To others, mostly younger, the Germans were foreigners speaking a strange tongue, but they were also young, handsome and often charming, giving candy to children. Némirovsky left Ukraine and the Russian empire when she was fifteen and French was the language she spoke and in which she wrote. But the influence of her native tongue and the great Russian authors she loved – Tolstoy, Turgenev and Chekhov – comes through in Suite Francaise. Their influence is apparent, particularly in her beautiful descriptions of the rural landscape. Some of our club members felt unable to complete the book because they found the descriptions of people fleeing Paris and bombings along the roads disturbing. I regret that, because Suite Francaise is a beautifully written work and very revealing of the nature of man under duress, a nature which is sometimes noble and often not. Marge Feuerstein The LMFL Book Club meets the second Wednesday of each month. For information on joining, please contact the library at 439-5440.


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SHOT IN THE ARM Vaccines trigger the body’s natural defenses, creating antibodies that protect against viruses that are the actual threat. Adobe Stock photo

MMR vaccine concerns unfounded � Page 1 stay safe is for everyone to get vaccinated as an infant between the ages of 12 to 15 months. Holding out from vaccination puts everyone at risk, especially those who are too young to be vaccinated. Local students worry about measles. At Livingston Manor Central School, two students interviewed agreed that “not getting a vaccine is ignorant and causes harm.” The school’s nurse, Mary Davis, said that if a student came to her with spots, she would act immediately. “I would put them in the infirmary alone until I contacted the parents,” she said. “Then I would contact the family’s health service.” Superintendent John Evans provided assurance that the school has a plan in place. “If a student contracts the measles, we will contact the health and school systems,” Evans said. “They will take it further.” He added, “There is a good chance

‘There is a good chance that no one will get the disease, because all New York schools require students to have proof of MMR vaccination ...’ John Evans LMCS Superintendent

that no one will get the disease, because all New York schools require students to have proof of MMR vaccination unless you are exempt due to religion or health difficulties.” Evans has never had the measles, nor has anyone he knows. He has only had the chickenpox when he was younger, and that virus is not often life-threatening.

The case for vaccinating The way a vaccine works is by presenting a weakened form of a germ, or even a dead germ, which will cause the immune system to fight back as if under a real attack. This process creates protection for the future. Under normal circumstances the human body has the ability to fight disease and from birth, is exposed to germs and develops immunity against them. Some people assume that all the immunity we need will occur naturally, without vaccinations. They are wrong. The body does not continually create immunity; it is only granted a few immunities initially that help it survive the first few days of life. The whole reason shots are given to children at a young age is to support them. They physically do not have the immune system needed to handle larger, more dangerous viruses like the flu or measles. Vaccines are used where the body cannot

IN LIGHT OF the ongoing measles outbreaks in New York City and Rockland County, Sullivan County is preparing for the summer months when there is a large influx of visitors and second home-owners. As of April 11, there are 180 confirmed reported cases of measles in Rockland County. In New York City, there have been 285 confirmed cases since the outbreak began in October 2018; 21 of those cases led to hospitalizations. Measles is extremely contagious, and about 90% of unvaccinated people exposed to the virus will become infected. Sullivan County Public Health Services staff have been meeting with area healthcare Nancy McGraw providers, school officials, first responders and hospital staff to discuss preparations to limit the spread of measles in the coming months. “The single most important thing we can all do to protect the community is to remain up-to-date with measles vaccinations, ensure that summer camps, day cares and schools abide by immunization requirements, and that our healthcare providers are prepared to isolate any ill patients quickly with proper infection control policies and procedures,” said Public Health Director Nancy McGraw. “A larger meeting with community leaders and healthcare providers will be held later this month.” Two confirmed cases in Sullivan County were reported March 14, and since then, Public Health staff have been conducting investigations on several additional residents who were exposed to individuals from NYC who were positive for measles. These individuals are being monitored for symptoms. From Sullivan County Catskills,

WHERE TO GET VACCINATED Sullivan County hosts free measles vaccination clinics for children who are uninsured or who have Medicaid, on the second Wednesday of every month from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Gladys Olmsted Building, 50 Community Lane, Liberty. No appointment is necessary. compensate, in cases against the most dangerous viruses. According to trusted sites and doctors, the likelihood of experiencing a bad side effect from the measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine is one in a million. That is ten times less than the chance of being struck by lightning. Parents who resist vaccinating their children risk not only their children’s lives but also the lives of others.

Are vaccines harmful? Many people who protest vaccinations learned about ingredients in vaccines given in the past that can cause harm. It is true that chemicals including mercury, aluminum and formaldehyde, each of which can cause many bodily problems in large doses, were used in manufacturing vaccines.

However, these chemicals have been eliminated from vaccines used today. Viruses have killed millions of people. Smallpox was responsible for around 400 million deaths, and then it was completely destroyed by vaccines by 1980. Rubella was responsible for around 13,350 deaths. Now you probably don’t even recognise the name. The rise of the anti-vaccination movement is linked to one paper. Published in the late 1990s, it claimed that vaccines cause autism. Stating that the MMR vaccine caused malabsorption of nutrients, the paper attributed increased rates of autism to it. The study, however, was proved to be fraudulent by 25 international research papers involving large population studies. Afterwards, 10 of the 13 authors of the paper tucked their tails between their legs and retracted their statements. Vaccines don’t protect just you, either. They help keep the chances of others catching diseases to a minimum, due to decreased exposure to pathogens. If you aren’t sick, you cannot spread diseases to weaker immune systems, like young, old or people less fortunate than us like chemotherapy survivors. This is known as “herd immunity.” If no one can catch it, the pathogen cannot survive. Simple as that.

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Get into the swim at Lake Superior Monticello, NY – Summer is just about here, and Lake Superior State Park season passes ready for sale. Sullivan County residents and property owners can visit the Parks, Recre-

ation and Beautification Office at the Government Center in Monticello to get passes. The office is open Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Call 794-3000 to learn more.

FISH FAVORITE Swimming up Main Street during the 2018 Trout Parade in Livingston Manor is the event’s famed trout puppet, a creation of the late artist Bud Wertheim. Watch for its reappearance during the parade this year on June 8. Manor Ink file photo

Parading trouts coming in June Livingston Manor, NY – Every spring, with the start of fly fishing season, Sullivan County residents and visitors to the Catskills begin to think about all things trout. One of those things will certainly be the hamlet’s 15th Annual Trout Parade, hosted by Livingston Manor Chamber of Commerce and produced by the Catskill Art Society. This year’s event takes place on Saturday, June 8, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The parade itself steps off at 1 p.m. A fishy festival that also features music, food, craft venders, puppets and post-parade

parties, the Trout Parade’s main event is its long procession of floats, bands, dancers, stilt-walkers and other sundry personalities and characters. The theme for the 2019 parade is “Peace, Love and Trout,” taking inspiration from the 50th anniversary celebration of the historic 1969 Woodstock music festival. A special Trout Parade poster, based on that theme, will be chosen from entries in CAS’s poster competition. For more information, visit the CAS website at

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Showing this month Sullivan County High School Exhibition Shirley Irons & Jeri Coppola Opening Saturday, May 18 Artists Talk, 3-4 p.m.; Reception, 4-6 p.m.

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Court short on fuel oil, RFD has surfeit of water By Marge Feuerstein | Manor Ink Mentor

TOWN BOARD MEETING OF APRIL 4 Minutes: Minutes of the previous board meeting were unanimously approved. Correspondence: The county-wide Roadside Litter Pluck effort will run from April 20 to May 31. Old Business Town of Rockland LED street lights: There are still concerns about maintenance costs once any change over is made as well as whether blue or yellow light is preferable. The board is still undecided and further study will be made. Cattail Brook Property: Final closing will take place on April 8, at the office of Ken Klein, Town Attorney. The final sale price was $7,144.22. Resolution required: Regarding shared services, the board adopted the following resolution: Continue studies of possible joint services with LMCS. New Business Correspondence: Letter from Teri Banerjee asking for an adjustment of her water and sewer bill due to loss of water through a break in the water main. Following town precedent, the resident was informed the water bill must be paid but credit will be given on the sewer bill. Letter from Judge Feinberg requesting the purchase of an additional oil tank for the justice court because the court had run out of oil several times this winter. The estimated tank cost would be between $1,300 and $2,400, and the board agreed the cost was prohibitive. It was agreed that future contracts with oil providers will request more frequent deliveries and include a penalty for failure to deliver on time. Dog Control Inspection: It was noted that many Roscoe residents are not following the law and more signs advising owners to pick up after their dogs are required. Verizon Roll Over: The newly installed

system is working well. Resolutions required: The following resolutions were passed by the board: n Motion to separate the mowing bid for the cemetery on Orchard St. from the rest of mowing bid. The cemetery bid will be published first since mowing must be completed before Memorial Day. n Motion to accept the audit completed for the Justice Court. n Motion to approve a budget modification for a transfer of funds. Water & Sewer Duty Schedule: The town has received six applications for the position it needs to fill. One of the applicants has certification in both fields. Supervisor Eggleton will review the applications, bearing in mind the board requires this to be a long term career commitment. Department Heads: Ted Hartling, Highway Superintendent: Litter Pluck will have use of a truck. Town of Thompson shared a sweeper with Town of Rockland. Glenn Gabbard, Code Enforcement: Courtyard is asking for a variance. Approval of bills: Bills on Abstract #7 were unanimously approved. Details of all dollar amounts can be found on the town website at under minutes of April 4.

TOWN BOARD MEETING OF APRIL 18 Correspondence: A thank you from Rolling V to Ted Hartling and the highway crew for keeping roads open and safe for school buses. Renaissance grants have been awarded to the Livingston Manor Renaissance committee, the Catskill Fly Fishing Museum and the United Church in Roscoe. Measles Update: There have only been two reported cases in Sullivan County. Bid Opening: Orchard St. cemetery mowing. Only one bid was received, from Reeves Excavation, Inc., of Liberty. It was for $6,360. Since this bid was $440 less than last year’s cost, the board accepted it. Resolutions Required:

WHERE’S DEBRUCE? One of the few signs for DeBruce can be found at the westbound exit for Rte. 17. Marilyn Kocher-Lusker photo Hiring: The board voted to hire Reeves Excavation, Inc., to cut the grass and weed the Orchard St. Cemetery eight times during the season at the cost of $6,300.

Old Business Bids for the work on the Roscoe sewer plant must be posted. Two separate bids will be needed with all electrical being separate from the other construction. Advertisement for bids will be taken up by May 10, to be opened on June 4. New Business Items under discussion: A complaint was received about the proposed sale of 60 Main St. at the county tax auction. The town has arranged with the county to take back the building for demolition if the owner does not buy it back. Several members of the Roscoe Fire Dept. appeared to appeal what they felt was an excessive water bill. Plumbers cannot find any reason for such excessive use. Supervisor Eggleton explained the town’s policy, that metered water use must be paid. But, he added, since it did not go through the sewer, the department’s use can be waived. The town will work with the Roscoe FD to pay off the water charges. The Supervisor announced there will be several new county municipal grants for

which the town might be eligible. Bids for mowing need to go out after review and after rewording for vacant lots. Notice will be published the week of April 22, with bids to be opened at the board meeting of May 16. A new water line will be needed under or along School Street, with the old line under the Willowemac Creek to be abandoned. Highway Supt. Hartling expressed some concern about the plans and would like to review it. An engineering plan is required, and the board expressed a desire to hire Bipin Ghandi. A resolution is required. The applicants for the water and sewer position have been narrowed down to two. The Water and Sewer Dept. was written up by the DEC for having only one licensed operator. Supervisor Eggleton plans to contact other towns regarding sharing personnel for “on call” duty. A county meeting will be held on May 6 at 11 a.m. on planning and zoning for short-term rentals. Resolutions Required: Hiring: The board voted to hire Bipin Ghandi to design plans for the new water line from the county road to School St. Approval of Bills: Bills on Abstract #8 were unanimously approved. Department Heads: The town will have a truck available for Litter Pluck Public Comment: Marilyn Kocher-Lusker, owner of the Swiss Cottage, spoke about the lack of signage for DeBruce Rd. She said there are no signs pointing to DeBruce Rd. at the east and west exits off Rte. 17. She brought numerous photos to illustrate the problem. Marge Feuerstein, speaking for Dina Johnson, asked whether the town could do anything about the collapsing metal fencing along the property at School St. and Arts Blvd. Ted Hartling stated that the highway crew could remove it. Details of all dollar amounts can be found on the town website at under minutes of April 18.

Proposed LMCS budget under final review before May 21 vote By Marge Feuerstein | Manor Ink Mentor SCHOOL BOARD MEETING OF APRIL 23 Superintendent’s Update & Presentation Budget update: Business Administrator Kevin Callagy and Superintendent John Evans will review the final proposed 201920 school budget. Action Items: Treasurer’s Reports. Warrants Budget status and Revenue Expenditure reports were approved as presented.

The Sullivan County BOCES administrative budget in amount of $3,030,217 was approved. Sullivan County BOCES board members cast one vote for the following vacancies: 3-year term: Carol Park, Roscoe Central School District; 3-year term: Cathy Russo, Tri Valley Central School District; and 3-year term: Dr. Kenneth Hilton, Sullivan West Central School District. A resolution passed determining the

proposed action for NY State Environmental Quality Review Act building improvements. All specifics will be found on the board’s website. Consent Agenda: Tenure Appointments: Raychale Smith, secondary science teacher; Samantha Davis, teaching assistant; and Yelena Lundquist, teaching assistant. Information: Received: Nominating petitions from Jennifer Gorr and James W. Buck, candidates for the Board of Education, to fill the expiring term of Debra

Feinberg. Upcoming Events: A public hearing on the school budget, May 7, 7 p.m., in the LMCS old gym; May 6-10, the PTSA Book Fair, in the first-floor conference room; and May 21, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., the budget vote and board election. All dollar amounts and all items for the building improvement proposal will be found at on the Board of Education webpage under the minutes of April 23.

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S N E A K E R N I G H T AT L M C S PUTTIN’ ON THE DOG LMCS’s Class of 2022 hosted a fundraiser for their class and for the SPCA on Friday, March 22. Students in grades 3 through 8 were invited to come after school to play games and enjoy music in the gym with their classmates. Admission was $6, and the students were asked to also bring pet supplies to donate to the SPCA. Each item got the donor a free snack. Most students brought donations and by the end of the night, boxes were full of supplies ready to be dropped off at the SPCA. In total, 90 kids attended the event and enough supplies were collected to fill “the trunk and backseat of a Toyota Corolla, and later more bags of pet food were dropped off.” Sneaker Night not only benefited the Class of 2022, but also the community. Emily Ball

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Countywide trash pluck runs through May

Race Starts at 1 PM

Registration on Main Street begins at noon. A Fun Run to benefit the Livingston Manor Free Library programs and events Optional advance sign up at Livingston Manor Free Library, 92 Main Street, or call 845-439-5440 845-439-54400

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Sullivan County, NY – Trash plucked from roadsides will be accepted at all county operated transfer stations through Friday, May 31. Free disposal-identifying stickers for roadside trash bags will be available at all municipal offices and transfer stations prior to the event. All school and community groups, as well as private citizens, are urged to participate. The County will waive the waste dis-

posal fee for roadside litter plucked bags, through the County’s Parks, Recreation and Beautification Department and the Division of Public Works. Participants will be asked to register at the County-operated Transfer Station at the time of disposal. For more information about Litter Pluck, please call Sullivan County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Beautification at 845-807-0287.

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TALENTED TEENS Attending the opening of the CAS High School Art Exhibition in the Society’s Main Street gallery in Livingston Manor, right, were numerous high school students. Above, a sampling of some of the work on display. Jessica Mall photos

High schoolers display high talent at CAS show By Marlee Madison | Manor Ink Livingston Manor, NY – The Catskill Art Society High School Art Exhibition opened on Saturday, April 26, in the Society’s Main Street gallery in Livingston Manor. On display were various types of art, in-

cluding ceramics, color drawing, black and white drawing, color photography, blackand-white photography, sculptures, paintings, as well as many others. Those attending the opening saw work by students in grades 9 through 12 from Roscoe, Livingston Manor, Liberty, Fallsburg, Tri-Valley,

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and Sullivan West school districts in the art show. The exhibit will be open to the public through May 11. A panel of judges voted on the first- and second-place pieces in each category, and students who attended the opening reception also voted on those artworks they liked

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best. The result of those votes determined the “Students’ Choice” awards, given to pieces in each category. Following the opening, votes were tallied and the winners were announced. Eight students from LMCS and Roscoe Central School were recognized for their work.

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Yolanda Aponte, 1939-2019

Manor Ink notes with regret the passing of Yolanda Aponte, owner of Yolanda Custom Interiors in Livingston Manor. Her presence in our community will be greatly missed. Yolanda was a talented and accomplished seamstress, creating one-of-akind custom window treatments, pillows and other home furnishings in her business. After graduating from the Fashion Institute of Technology, she and Yolanda her husband, Anthony Aponte “Papa Tony” Risicato, moved to Livingston Manor in 1977. She was an active and dedicated member of the Manor Chamber of Commerce and, as a board member for the Catskill Art Society, often volunteering her time and talents for community events such as the Livingston Manor Trout Parade. Yolanda also supported the mission of this community newspaper and the efforts of its young staff. Her commitment to the youth-driven news reporting was much appreciated.

‘THUNDERBOLT’ Manor Ink reporter Jenson Skalda is dwarfed by the 15-foot tall phurba, a symbolic dagger used in Buddhism to remind practitioners to think of others. Above, a view of the sculpture being installed on private property in Livingston Manor in 2010. Art Steinhauer photos

Manor ‘dagger’ is likely world’s largest By Jensen Skalda | Manor Ink Livingston Manor, NY – Right here in our hamlet of Livingston Manor we have what is likely to be the largest phurba in the world. “Phurba”– pronounced poor-ba – is the Tibetan word for a magic dagger or, more formally, a “thunderbolt nail.” For Tibetan Buddhists, a phurba symbolizes a path to enlightenment. A phurba is used to stab and destroy three distorted tendencies or reactions in people – like it, do not like it, and don’t care about it – with its three-sided blade. According to Ngakma Shardrol Wangmo, a Tibetan Buddhist teacher who lives on the site of the phurba, “The problem

with these three tendencies is that they relate everything we experience all to ourselves.” Thus, she explained, to reach enlightenment one must eliminate these three reactions in order to think more of others. Ngakma Shardrol used the simple example of sports, which she doesn’t like, but others enjoy. An enlightened view would be if she could organize a charity baseball game to benefit the community, thus being able to put aside her own feelings about sports for the benefit of others. The phurba is over 15 feet tall. It was constructed under the supervision of a fellow Buddhist student who had built a slightly smaller one on his own property in Austria. It was constructed in 2010 and is still

believed to be the largest one in the world. It was fabricated by Liberty Ironworks and had to be placed into its cement foundation with a large crane. The phurba is filled with thousands of iridescent marbles that represent the fundamental elements. It is not actually welded or cemented into the foundation, but was placed into a basket a foot or two down. This is so that it is theoretically available for some powerful being to come along and extract it to use to benefit of people. Every now and then, the students of this Buddhist group have get-togethers at the private retreat property where the phurba is located. They have various practices that remind them of the lessons of the phurba.

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Fashionable words come and go, but some GOATs go on forever Recently I received an email from several friends that contained an article about words from our childhood that have no meaning for today’s kids. Words like “jalopy” or “buggy whip.” In a recent Aging Out Loud column, I wrote about the numerous changes I had seen in my lifetime, many of which were due to the rapid advance of technology. But it isn’t only things Marge that change – our language Feuerstein does, too. Technology has made words and phrases I used a lot as a kid obsolete – phrases like “you sound like a broken record” or “don’t touch that dial.” Why would anyone under 40 know what a mimeograph machine, a slide rule or carbon paper were? In my mom’s day, AGING OUT LOUD people put on their best “bib and tucker” to go out, and looked like “the cat’s meow.” If the place was a mess, it looked like “Hogan’s alley” or “the wreck of the Hesperus.” When I was a kid, World War II brought “Kilroy was Here,” “Remember Pearl Harbor” and “SNAFU” into common usage. Language follows fashion, but what kid today would know what “knickers,” “galoshes” or “snoods” are? In the 1957 musical “The Music Man,” which is coming back to Broadway, Professor Harold

Hill warns the citizens of River City of impending doom. Trouble, in the form of “pool,” has come to their town and they need to look for signs of corruption in their children. Signs in the form of expressions like “swell” or “so’s your old man.” Over time, things that were really great went from being “swell” to “jazzy” to “hip” and then “cool,” and “square” is once again just a shape, not an insult. “Twenty-three skidoo” of my mom’s day went the way of the Turkey Trot and the Charleston. Language is constantly changing and evolving, reflecting what is new in technology, fashion and mores. The words of our youth can disappear “lickety split.” “Hey, it’s your nickel” and “a penny for your thoughts” had real meaning when those two coins, important to a child in my day, could really buy you something you wanted. I guess I am no longer hip or cool, just “hanging in there” like the rest of our senior citizens. My 21-year-old granddaughter tells me that “cool” is still cool, but used much more by her generation is “dope” or “Gucci” or “lit,” and a favorite is “fire,” as in “this food is fire.”

On my last birthday, when my 14-yearold twin grandsons told me I was the “goat,” I was momentarily perplexed until they explained that the expression meant “greatest of all time.” Never thought I’d be happy being the GOAT!

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LMCS teacher paints Bethel dove


The Sullivan County Visitors Association’s Dove Trail project is well underway by now. More than 50 fiberglass doves are being painted by county artists to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock Music & Art Fair that took place in Town of Bethel in 1969. Artists were selected in February after proposals were reviewed by the SCVA. The winning entry for Bethel was created by Livings-

PLACES UNKNOWN Manor Ink reporter Edward Lundquist is no slouch with the written word, but he also a formidable interlocutor with pen and ink. Here is a spread from one of his sketchbooks, a fantastic landscape replete with six-legged amphibians, soaring pterodactyls and a hillside redoubt. Did you notice the moon rising over the peaks on the left? We’re hoping to convince Eddie to do a comic strip for the Ink. Edward Lundquist photo

CAS seeks exhibitors for 2020 season The Catskill Art Society is now accepting applications from artists and curators in all mediums, including and not limited to digital, fiber, film/video, illustration, installations, performance, pottery and sculpture. All proposals will be reviewed by the CAS Artists Council, a newly-formed group of professional mid-career and established visual, literary and performing artists local to the Catskill area acting as

advocates for the organization’s curatorial pursuits in relation to exhibitions and other programs. CAS will notify all applicants of the Artists Council’s decision by July 2019. All work will be considered for solo and group shows at CAS Arts Center or the Laundry King at the recommendation of the Artist Council. Submission deadline Friday, May 31. For more information, please visit

ton Manor’s own Jessica Mall. Mall is the Livingston Manor Central School’s art teacher, and a talented artist in her own right. “The Bethel Dove is being painted in my husband’s shop,” said Mall. “I am near completion with side one and plan to have the dove fully finished by the end of May.” Once completed, the dove will be installed on a site on Rte. 17B in Smallwood.

BETHEL BIRD LMCS art teacher Jessica Mall works on the first side of her Peace Trail dove after being selected by the Sullivan County Visitors Association as the artist to create a dove design for the Town of Bethel, the site of the original Woodstock Music and Art Fair some fifty years ago. Photo courtesy of Jessica Mall

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F E AT U R E S ON YOUR MARK Runners set for the start of a previous Turkey Trot 5K race. Last year’s event was canceled due to bad weather, but has been repurposed as the Cinco de Mayo Walk/Run, scheduled for May 5. Proceeds benefit the programs of the Livingston Manor Free Library.

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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

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is know what “glamping” is, glamping ameglamorous camping – camping with plumbnities like beds, electricity, indoor platform ing and more, set atop a wooden you were campa bed? that you wouldn’t have if on the ground? Or do you prefer in a ing traditionally on the hard ground Why am I hearing all this controversy is to tent and sleeping bag. The mission Camps? Firelight called place about a “style.” be able to camp comfortably with What even is it? from Firelight Camps originally comes Firelight Camps is a “glampground” have 100 tents, second Ithaca and they plan to company that wants to open a 31 with half NY, 69 with full bathrooms and site, larger than their first in Ithaca, But not le Ire- baths on their 100-acre property. here in Livingston Manor on Litt a glampground doesn’t everyone likes the idea of land Road. For everyone who

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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. “will com, they fear that the campground traffic degrade the environment, increase levels, peace-disturbing and dangerous to already and overly tax the resources of an classidon’t also They area.” scarce water it takes fy “glamping” as camping and feel with spoke I experience. the from away wished to remain one person in town who MANORINK.ORG anonymous because of how controversial tents this issue has become. “I think 100 they if are too much,” she said. “Maybe � Page 7 they start at a smaller amount,

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 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 as Little Ireland 1990s the in 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 rooms. its resem- water quality in many the of stream that � Page 7 current

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The motel’s owner has received several offers for its purchase, but no deal has yet been finalized. Photo by Osei Helper

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el still uncertain Fate of local mot for Willowemoc to reopen Extensive rennovations required By Osei Helper| Manor Ink

‘Trot’ sprints back as ‘Cinco de Mayo’ By Virginia Sanborn | For Manor Ink Livingston Manor, NY – You may ask, “What does a turkey have to do with Cinco de Mayo?” In many ways the answer is, absolutely nothing. Except for the Livingston Manor Free Library’s 2019 “Cinco de Mayo Run/Walk.” Sorry to bring up dismal memories of that cold, icy November weather, but if not for slippery conditions, the library’s 5K “Turkey Trot” would have gone on as sched-

uled around Thanksgiving. Everything was set for a successful event, until the ice created unsafe conditions. The library’s board decided it was better to cancel the event rather than risk injury. So, brushing our tears aside, we revived the race for this spring and the special day of May 5, which coincidently is Cinco de Mayo, the day when Mexicans celebrate their country’s triumphant victory over the French in 1861. It was a victory that presumably helped inspire the Union Army

through to victory in the Civil War. If you aren’t yet aware that it’s going to be super special, you haven’t seen how excited our Turkey T-Shirt is over the event! We hope you’ll enjoy the race/walk, and will follow up with a refreshing Margarita Special at Upstream Wines on main Street or an ice cold beer at one of our esteemed bars and breweries in town.

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

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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 No, this be, it’s not what this story is about.



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trip and situation: you’re on a long road be a you’re getting tired. A motel would 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 details Now, for those of you who don’t what I will answer, along with some but hotel a like of kind what a motel is, it’s 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

Virginia Sanborn is a Board of Trustees member of the Livingston Manor Free Library.

Thank you! We would like to thank LMCS, its staff, students, and community members for their continued love and support throughout this journey. The Pancake Breakfast was so thoughtful and greatly appreciated. You’re forever in our hearts. Love, Hopper, Christina, Andrew, Jacob & Alec Hubert

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Characters make this anime series a hecking watch This will be my first review of an anime series, and it happens to be my favorite one. I shall try my best to do it justice. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is a manga/ anime series written by Hirohiko Araki. It’s an episodic Japanese animated television series, with each part centered around the main character, JoJo. There are eight parts in total, five Osei Helper of which are animated. Each JoJo comes from the Joestar lineage, identifiable by the purple star birthmark on the back of the left MEDIA shoulder (usually). There are PROBE multiple parts of JoJo’s Bizarre REVIEW Adventure, so I’ll just start off with a spoiler-free review of the first part, “Phantom Blood.” This part’s main strength is its character development. It is made very clear who the villain of this story is in the first episode. Araki also does a very good job of making you dislike this character and want the protagonist to win. As the plot gets rolling, we are introduced to an epic power. This ability is called “hamon” or “the ripple,” and though I won’t divulge how the power works, it’s a pretty ver-

FIVE AND COUNTING Multiple JoJos populate Hirohiko Araki’s wildly successful anime series JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. Capitol Pictures photo satile ability that is only expanded upon in the second part of the series. Just as a warning, the show is pretty bloody and is rated mature. The main JoJos of each part each have different personalities. You’ll see that the first JoJo is very noble and honorable, almost annoyingly so. He always tries to see the good in people. This is the

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complete opposite of our scheming and conniving antagonist. There’s a beautiful duality between the characters. There are also other characters that serve to help JoJo throughout his journey. The plot and development of this anime isn’t the only good thing about it. This show also has amazing visual direction with literal words and “kanji”or Japa-

nese characters. The color scheme constantly JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure changes for dramatic VizMedia 2012 effect. One of my HHHHH favorite parts of the Rated Mature anime is the opening. It gets me jumping up and down, bumbling through the Japanese lyrics up until the final, climactic “JOOOOOOOOOOOO JO!” I rate “Phantom Blood” a 3.5 out of 5 stars. The pacing of this part goes down a cliff once Hamon gets introduced. It becomes too fighting-based. This rating is not just an overall comparison of all media, but a comparison to the other JoJo parts. Araki’s writing and storytelling along with his art drastically improve over the parts, so I’m leaving “room for improvement.” This show is just so original and chock full of action and excitement. As declaimed by the great YouTube gamer, Weegee Plays, “Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure is a series that I, honest to god, cannot compare to anything else within the medium. It really is that unique.” Parts one and two can both be found on Netflix. I highly suggest you give JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure a watch. It’s pretty hecking epic.

BR ‘Apex’ offers innovations “Apex Legends” is the newest free Battle Royale (BR) on the block and, as such, gained steam immediately. Unlike most other BRs, the game does not have multiple modes, only one three-player, squad mode. What distinguishes this BR from the others is that it has different characters with different abilities. And there is more to come Jenson soon with the introduction Skalda of a season pass system. Like most standard BRs, there is a storm mechanic and a pick-up mechanic (who can revive a downed teammate). There is also something new that was introduced in “Apex” – a “respawn PAPER system.” This enables you GAMES to be more aggressive with plays you make while REVIEW the experiencing fewer repercussions. But you are not completely safe after respawning, or during the respawning phase, because enemies can sneak up behind you and take out your team. There are nine characters in the game right now. Keep in mind that some

characters have to be Apex Legends unlocked with in-game Respawn 2018 credits – either through HHHHH buying them or getting Rated Teen them by playing the game. Not all characters are created equal; some have different hitboxes, or better abilities. The three most used characters are Wraith, Bangalore, and Lifeline. The game’s map is well made and has certain areas with markers with better loot. It’s a good challenge to choose between really good loot that comes with a high chance of death, or worse loot with a low chance of death. When I was playing, I had an absolute blast; throw some friends into the mix and it’s even better. The only thing weighing “Apex Legends” down is the character balance (how the characters compare in usability to others). The website IGN said that the game “is fun and polished enough to go toe-to-toe with the titans of the genre,” referring to how the game upon release immediately became as well known as “Fortnite.” All in all, I give this a 4.5 stars.


Be forwarned: ‘Hobbit’ can be habit forming

Artworks you can eat FROSTED SUGAR COOKIES By Jenson Skalda | Manor Ink This fifty-year-old recipe is an absolute delight to make. It is so easy that even the kids can help make it. The recipe also includes a recipe for royal icing RECIPE for decorating. Make sure you have cookie cutters to spare because this recipe is perfect for them. The more shapes, the better!

Cookie Ingredients 1 cup shortening 1½ cups sugar 1¼ tsp salt 2 tsps vanilla extract ½ tsp almond extract 3 eggs 4½ cups AP flour Royal Icing Ingredients 1 lb. powdered sugar ¼ tsp cream of tartar 3 medium whites Flavorings of your choice (Don’t use just a little flavoring or it will taste chalky) Food colorings of your choice Preparation Cookie directions 1. Cream together the shortening, sugar, salt, vanilla, almond and eggs in a bowl. 2. Sift the flour into the mixture and mix as you are sifting. Shape into a cylinder and let chill in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours. 3. Preheat the oven to 350F. Roll the dough out to ¼-inch thick. Using cookie

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cutters, cut out cookie shapes and place on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for around 10 minutes until just golden. 4. While the cookies cool, make the frosting. Then decorate them following the directions below. Frosting directions 1. Combine the sugar and cream of tartar in the bowl of an electric mixer. Mix in the egg whites by hand to moisten the sugar. 2. Fit the electric mixer with the whip attachment. So the powdered sugar doesn’t go everywhere, start on a low speed until the egg whites are evenly incorporated. Then scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix on the highest speed for 2 to 3 minutes more. Stop the mixing when the icing is bright white, thick and glossy. The icing should stick to the spoon indefinitely upside down. 3. Flavor the batch and put into separate bowls for coloring. Once you are ready to frost, dilute the colored frosting to the consistency of paint and frost (I recommend unused paint brushes to apply the frosting).

The Hobbit is a classic. Written by J.R.R. Tolkien in 1937, it has held up surprisingly well against time, sparking the Lord of the Rings trilogy and a sextology of films with incredible cinematography and groundbreaking CGI. (Except for Battle of the “Five Armies.” We don’t talk about that film.) The Edward Hobbit really inspired Lundquist an empire of media that almost anyone recognizes. The Hobbit is about a young Hobbit named Bilbo Baggins, a short human with a peaceful nature, who is recruited by a group of dwarves who wish to take back their mine-ridden from PAGE TURNERS mountain a terrible dragon named Smaug. Bilbo lives comfortably in the Hobbit town known as the Shire and is reluctant to join them. However, after a while interest gets the better of him and he goes off to explore with the dwarves. The company travels into the depths of Middle Earth, fighting monsters and surviving dangerous attacks. The story is just a good adventure with excellent language, lovable or hateable characters, great monsters photo

and difficult The Hobbit names. It reBy J.R.R. Tolkien ally is a simple HHHHH story, but I love Ages 8 and up it nonetheless. Adventure, action, For a person fantasy who loves mythology and monsters, this is an excellent book. To Parents: This is a fantasy. There are monsters, dragons, swords and other spooky things.

Pulling weeds? Make some tea! DANDELION TEA By Osei Helper | Manor Ink In no time, dandelions will be everywhere. And, everything, from the flower all the way down to the roots, is edible. Dandelions happen to be delicious. The dandelion taste resembles a slightly bitter green, like arugula. You can eat them fresh in salads, or cook them on the stove. Here is a simple recipe to help you think of dandelions as a wonderful addition to spring (rather than as a nasty nuisance).

Ingredients 1 qt. dandelion heads 1 cup water Preparation 1. You can use any ratio of dandelion heads to water, but this quantity is a good standard. Bring the water to a boil. 2. Place the dandelion heads in a quart jar. Pour the hot water over them. 3. Steep the mixture for as long as you want, but seven minutes will create a strong tea. If you want to sweeten it, add sugar while the tea is hot. 4. Strain the mixture into a clean jar and place in the fridge to cool. The tea tastes best for the first two days, so enjoy!

RING CYCLE As an introduction to The Fellowship of the Ring, The Hobbit draws readers into a fascinating fantasy world. Here Martin Freeman, as Bilbo Baggins in the film made from Tolkien’s book, encounters an unpleasant circumstance. Warner Bros. photo

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Pulse flashes back to Woodstock, the 1960s This month, in anticipation of the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock Music & Art Fair, we decided to ask shoppers at Peck’s Market on Main Street in Livingston Manor about their memories of that weekend, and their thoughts on the anniversary and the music of the 1960s. Unfortunately, we did not meet anyone who actuEmily Ball ally attended the festival, but a number of people shared their memories of the weekend. Many people said what they remembered best was how all the roads got completely overloaded and no one could go anywhere near Monticello or Bethel. Others remembered the pleas for food to feed the concert-goers. One woman remembered a friend’s father PULSE AT hearing about the need for food and went to a nearby PECK’S farm to buy up all the eggs (hundreds of dozens, she recalled) which the family then boiled and brought to the site to hand out. Eggs must have been popular, as another gentleman remembered a friend’s father calling an egg farm in Rockland County to deliver all the eggs they could. The driver started out on Saturday morning and didn’t reach the Bethel site until Sunday morning because traffic wasn’t moving on Rte. 17. Another woman recalled that her father, hearing news of kids “starving,” loaded up his old truck with all the food in their refrigerator and freezer. But the family couldn’t get to the site, so they parked the truck where they could and walked – but when they got back, the truck had been towed by the police to clear the road. Another man remembered helping his father collect all the trampled corn from the Yasgur Farm after the festival to use as feed for their animals. People were uniformly happy to have

PULSE PICKS Even though they didn’t make it to Woodstock, Jim Morrison and Cher ranked first in looks for Peck’s patrons. the anniversary celebration occurring this summer. Many said how pleased they were that we would be seeing a lot of visitors and that it would help the local businesses. One person, who clearly hasn’t forgotten the Sixties, said, “I hope they groove on peace and love.” The best – or worst – answer came from another person who said, “I hope everyone gets naked and drops acid again.” Here are the answers to our more formal survey questions.

1. What was the best Sixties band? The biggest vote getter was the Beatles. The Rolling Stones came in second place, followed by the Doors. “All of them” got two write-in votes. 2. What is your favorite Beatles song? “Hey Jude” and “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” tied for first, followed closely by “Michelle” and “Yellow Submarine.” 3. Who was the sexiest – Mick Jagger, Jimi Hendrix, Paul McCartney or Jim Morrison? Jim Morrison barely beat out Paul McCartney, followed by Jagger and Hendrix. There was one curious write-in for Leonard Cohen. 4. Who was the hottest – Grace Slick, Janis Joplin, Cher or Mama Cass? Cher won overwhelmingly, with well over half the votes. Janis was second and Linda Ronstadt garnered two write-ins.

PEACE AND LOVE Shoppers at Peck’s Market in Livingston Manor shared their groovy recollections of Woodstock and the 1960s, even though more than a few were born long after that decade happened. Art Steinhauer photos

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MAY ONGOING Art, Music & Woodstock for Kids Saturdays in May; 10 a.m.noon; Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, 200 Hurd Rd., Bethel. Salsa Class Mondays, Fridays in May; 6-9 p.m.; Hurleyville Arts Centre, 219 Main Street, Hurleyville. Restorative Yoga with LeeAnna Sundays in May; 4:30 p.m.; Hurleyville Arts Centre, 219 Main Street, Hurleyville. Computer Tech Support Tuesdays, Thursdays in May; 10:30 a.m., Tuesdays; 4:30 p.m. Thursdays; E.B. Crawford Public Library, 479 Broadway, Monticello; Adult Gaming Group Fridays in May; 1 p.m.; E.B. Crawford Public Library, 479 Broadway, Monticello; Pop Art & Printmaking Workshop for Adults Thursdays in May; 6 p.m.; Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, 200 Hurd Rd., Bethel. Drop-in Story Hour Wednesdays in May; 10:40 a.m. Liberty Public Library, Liberty Professional Plaza, 111 Sullivan

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Ave., Suite 1-3, Ferndale. Yoga Bootcamp with Justine Sutherland Tuesdays, Thursdays in May; 9 a.m.; Justine’s Just Breathe Yoga, 108 Somewhere In Time Lane, Parksville. Knitters/Crocheters Tuesdays in May; 10:15 a.m.noon. Liberty Public Library, Liberty Professional Plaza, 111 Sullivan Ave., Suite 1-3, Ferndale. Family Movie Screening Saturdays in May; 1-3 p.m.; E.B. Crawford Public Library, 479 Broadway, Monticello; Trivia Night Wednesdays in May; 7:30-8:30 p.m. Callicoon Brewing Co., Olympia Hotel, 15 Upper Main St., Callicoon (check website for hotel opening). Library Storytime Tuesdays in May; 11:15-11:45 a.m.; Livingston Manor Free Library, 92 Main St., Livingston Manor. Comedy Night Saturdays in May; 8 p.m.; The

Arnold House, 839 Shandelee Rd., Livingston Manor. Live Piano Music Saturdays in May; 5:30-9:30 p.m.; Catskill Mountains Resort, 211 Mail Rd., Barryville. Garden Talks, Walks and Workshops With Scott Woods; Saturdays in May to book talk, contact The Arnold House, 839 Shandelee Road Livingston Manor. Sunday Prayers for World Peace Meditation Class Sundays in May; 10 a.m.; Kadampa Meditation Center New York, 47 Sweeney Rd., Glen Spey. MAY 4-31 SUNY Sullivan Kite Festival Saturday, May 4; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; SUNY Sullivan, 112 College Rd., Loch Sheldrake. Borscht Belt/Former Catskill Hotel Staff Reunion Saturday, May 4; 7-11 p.m.; Villa Roma Resort, 356 Villa Roma Rd., Callicoon.

Wild Ramp Festival Saturday, May 4; 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Roscoe Beer Company, 145 Rockland Rd., Roscoe.

Monday, May 6; 10:30 a.m.; Liberty Public Library, Liberty Professional Plaza, 111 Sullivan Ave., Suite 1-3, Ferndale.

Cinco de Mayo 5K Fun Run Sunday, May 5; noon-3 p.m.; Hosted by the Livingston Manor Free Library, 92 Main St., Livingston Manor.

One Act Festival Presented by the Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop Friday, May 10; 8 p.m.; Rivoli Theatre, 5243 Main St., South Fallsburg.

Groove Back to the ‘60s & ‘70s With Slam Allen and Van Manakas Sunday, May 5; 2 p.m.; Sullivan County Museum & Cultural Center, 265 Main St., Hurleyville.

YO1 Mother’s Day Retreat Saturday, Sunday, May 11, 12; noon; YO1 Wellness Center, 420 Anawana Lake Rd., Monticello.

Senior Coffee Club With guest Jacquie Leventoff

Tulip Festival & Mothers’ Day Luncheon Sunday, May 12; 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; second seating 2-3:30 p.m.; Honor’s Haven Resort &

MORE ON THE SIXTIES A talk titled “From JFK and LBJ to Nixon, and from Kent State to Watergate” will be given by Steven Sharoff, who remembers Kent State because he was there. Sharoff grew up in Monticello and witnessed the Kent State shootings of unarmed college students by the Ohio National Guard at a mass protest against the U.S. bombing of Cambodia in May 1970. Now a college professor in American History at the University of Maryland, Steve will discuss his personal experiences in those turbulent times. The event takes place at the Crawford Public Library on Broadway in Monticello on Thursday, May 2, at 6 p.m. Learn more at

Spa, 1195 Arrowhead Rd., Ellenville. Art Exhibit Opening Works by Shirley Irons & Jeri Coppola Saturday, May 18; artists talk, 3-4 p.m.; opening reception 4-6 p.m.; CAS Arts Center, 48 Main St., Livingston Manor. Catskill International Wine Auction To benefit Sullivan ARC Saturday, May 18; 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m.; Resorts World Catskills, 888 Resorts World Dr., Monticello. Concert: The Family Stone Friday, May 24; 8 p.m.; Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, 200 Hurd Rd., Bethel. Sullivan County Youth Book Festival Saturday, May 25; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library, ​479 Broadway, Monticello. Exhibit Opening, WOW: Water on Water Saturday, May 25; noon-4 p.m.; Time and the Valleys Museum, 332 Main St., Grahamsville. Adult Book Discussion Thursday, May 30; 1 p.m.; Liberty Public Library, Liberty Professional Plaza, 111 Sullivan Ave., Suite 1-3, Ferndale.

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Manor’s doyen of creeks and kills Well into her second century, Agnes Van Put is a cast apart By Jacob Pasquale | Manor Ink


gnes Van Put is 102 years old and has lived here for 48 years. She moved to the town of Rockland because her son, Ed Van Put, lived here and got her husband into fishing. She was born and raised in Prospect Park, NJ, but had been living in Hawthorne, NJ, with her husband before coming to the area. Her husband

BIG HUG, LITTLE LADY Rep. Antonio Delgado greets Agnes prior to sampling one of her famous Opening Day soups in the gift shop at the CFFCM. Amy Hines photo

SOUP MAVEN Centenarian Agnes Van Put has seen many changes in her lifetime. But one thing remains constant – her enthusiasm for the art of fly fishing. Below, Agnes casts using a Mike Canazon-made Leonard Model 50 rod at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center’s first Hardy Casting Competition. Les Mattis photo, left; Erin Phelan photo, below

had been a school janitor in Hawthorne for 16 years to dinner at the and she had been working at ShopRite as the manRockland House ager of the deli. They both retired before moving up. and 27 family She started working at the Catskill Fly Fishing members were at Center and Museum in Livingston Manor shortly the table, includafter it opened in 1981. “When I started, everybody ing herself. She there had a great time,” she said of her days at the paid for them all. Center. “Sometimes we worked until 9 p.m.” She Also, her chilsays that one of the best things about the area is that dren visit each it’s “countrified” and the fishing is good. other and their Agnes has gotten many awards throughout her children very lifetime. One of these was the T.O.A.S.T. (Tribute often. She will to Outstanding Associate Serving be a great-greatgrandmother 100 CLUB Tourism) award from the Sullivan County Visitors Association. very soon, bePROFILE She received it in 2005 for helping cause her greatbring people to the county. She has also received the granddaughter, Heather, will be having a baby in Catskill Legend Award this year from the Center for about a month. her dedication to serving the community. I asked her how she thought the world has Agnes has met and is friends with some famous changed over the years and she said it has changed people and politicians. She is very good friends with a lot. “I wish we could go back to when I grew up,” Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther Agnes said. “We never had to and has a book with letters that lock our doors, you never were ‘We never had to lock our she has received from presidents afraid to go outside at night ... we doors, you never were afraid were poor, but we were happy.” and other politicians. To honor the 50th anniversary Every Sunday, her father would to go outside at night ... we of Woodstock, we decided to ask put her and her siblings in the car were poor, but we were happy.’ and drive them to their grandparAgnes if she had attended the event in 1969. She said that she ents’ house in Pompton Plains, Agnes Van Put and her husband had just gotten NJ, where they would get ready 2019 Catskill Legend back from fishing in Montana and for Sunday School. Then, she stopped to see her son Ed. He said, after church, they would told them that there was something happening in walk back. She also said that in public schools the Bethel and they should stay off the roads. So they teachers would read a verse from the Bible and pray decided to stay with him for a few days instead of with the students in the morning. She believes that going back to Hawthorne where they were living the world would be a safer place if they brought that at the time. Needless to say, she did not attend the practice back. festival. Agnes Van Put has lived a long and eventful life so She also told us that she has instilled family far and believes the world has changed a lot, though values in her kids. One day she invited everybody not necessarily for the better.

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