Page 1

911 A look inside the emergency services & urgent care offerings in our region

A special section of the

March 2014 • Section E Callicoon, NY This special section sponsored in part by:

Middletown, NY • 845.344.4222



An Epidemic!! Hurricanes!!

MARCH, 2014

Snow Storms!! Flooding!! Tornadoes!! Nor’easters!!

A Disaster or Emergency Can Happen at Any Time

ARE YOU PREPARED? 1. Make a Family Emergency Plan Include: How to Communicate with family members How to shelter in place for at least 3 days or longer. Make a plan for your pets too. PRACTICETHEEMERGENCYPLAN!!

2. Stock Up on Emergency Supplies Bottled water/ Ready-to-eat canned foods Prescription Medication/Medical Supplies Flashlights/ extra batteries/ Infant formula/ diapers Pet food and supplies Make a To Go Kit

3. Stay Informed By: A Battery-powered radio or TV on hand Keep a list of emergency numbers Sign up with NY-Alert @ or call 1-888-697-6972 For More Information NYS Office of Emergency Management: New York State Department of Health: Sullivan County Public Health Services 845-292-5910




MARCH, 2014



Epitomizing the emergency services STORY AND PHOTO BY KAITLIN CARNEY


t would not be easy to pick just one person that represents the spirit and nature of volunteerism in Sullivan County. After all, the area is almost completely supported by voluntary emergency services. However, there is one man who epitomizes the Sullivan County volunteer: Eldred resident Charles “Chuck” Myers. Myers was born and raised in Eldred. From his home (a 110year-old house on the hill of Route 55 overlooking Eldred) you can see the location where he was born in 1926. Now the site of Peck’s Market, it was once the Myers family home. Chuck graduated from Eldred Central School and entered the Army serving in World War II. Myers served in the European Theater (France, Germany, and Austria) until the war’s end in

1945, and stayed an extra year as part of the occupation troops. He returned home and after two weeks back on American soil, married his high school sweetheart, Ruth. They would be married for 67½ years before Chuck lost his beloved Ruth to an extended illness. After being discharged from the Army, Myers became a member of the Sylvan-Libla American Legion Post 1363, organized in 1946. Members would meet and brainstorm about how to build a post home. They thought they could fund the post with a bar, but at the time the Town of Highland already had 32 other barrooms. Two members suggested they knew where to get a second hand ambulance, and on October 1, 1948 the American Legion Volunteer Ambulance Corps was born. The members, who all had first aid training from their time in the service, went on their first

Nearing 66 years of dedicated volunteering call on November 8, 1948 in a 1936 Packard ambulance with a donated first aid kit from a drugstore in Middletown and some home-made splints. “It just progressed from there. We garaged our ambulance at first at the Eldred Central School. I had one of two sets of keys because I lived the closest,” Chuck remembered. The Legion worked with the Yulan Volunteer Fire Department (where Chuck also volunteered) in 1951 to collect donations to build an addition on the Town Hall in Eldred where a CONTINUED ON 4E

Chuck Myers holds the favorite of his over 1600 strong ambulance collection. The commissioned model is an exact replica of the American Legion Volunteer Ambulance Corps’ very first ambulance, a 1936 Packard. Chuck shares his collection for display at Bon Secours Hospital and the Town Hall in Eldred on a rotating basis. Some of his models date back to World War II, others are more sentimental and many are whimsical.

Thank You! To All Our Fire And Emergency Personnel

We Offer Complete Insurance Programs 15599




9-1-1 March 2014 • No. 81 Publisher: Senior Editor: Editor: Editorial Assistants: Advertising Director: Advertising Coordinator: Advertising Representatives: Marketing Director: Business Manager: Business Department: Telemarketing Coordinator: Classified Manager: Production Associates:

Fred W. Stabbert III Dan Hust Frank Rizzo Jeanne Sager, Kaitlin Carney, Kathy Daley, Eli Ruiz Liz Tucker Sandy Schrader Katie Peake, Cecilia Lamy Laura Stabbert Susan Owens Patricia Biedinger, Joanna Blanchard Michelle Reynolds Janet Will Ruth Huggler, Rosalie Mycka, Tracy Swendsen, Elizabeth Finnegan, Petra Duffy, Kellee Thelman


small fire truck and ambulance were kept. “Our Packard served us for quite a few years, until 1965, when we purchased our first brand new ambulance, a 1965 Cadillac. We could fit four stretchers in there, and now had oxygen supplied by our Ladies Auxiliary.” The Legion would continue to grow to serve the community, working again with the Yulan Fire Department and a grant from the town to build a two-bay garage at the Town Hall that held both ambulances and a fire truck. They would expand their fleet to now include a box-type ambulance that would just fit in the new garage with their Cadillac rig and Yulan’s fire truck. And Chuck Myers was there for all of it. A life member of both the Volunteer Ambulance Service and the Yulan Fire Department, Chuck still holds volunteerism in a very high regard. He worked for 33 years for the Sullivan County Department of Public Works (DPW ) while Ruth

MARCH, 2014

worked as the secretary at the Eldred Central School. They had one son, Robert, and traveled the country (seeing every state, and all but two Canadian provinces). But he always made time for the Ambulance Corps, Legion, and Fire Department. “I am semi-retired now. When my wife wasn’t well, I stayed home with her and didn’t go on a lot of calls unless I had some help here,” Chuck said. “Now, I seldom go on calls. I can’t lift as much, and I only go during the day. The average ambulance call, with paperwork and cleanup, takes about two hours. My EMT certification expires in October and I won’t renew it this time.” At 88, Myers looks back on his years of service with a great sense of joy. “My fondest memory is the culmination of all of our years of work in building the Ambulance building on 2.5 acres of donated land on Collins Road in 2000,” he said. “Before that, it was when we were able to, with the

help and generosity of the community, buy our first brand new ambulance in 1965.” Myers has seen the volunteer service change as well: their first ambulance cost $875 in 1948; a new rig today runs about $175,000. The American Legion Post owns the ambulances and the building, and continues to serve the community with a corps of dedicated volunteer drivers, EMTS, and members. With all of that help, Chuck Myers is able to enjoy his semi-retirement. He continues to add to his collection of over 1,600 miniature ambulances, sharing the collection at Bon Secours hospital (he rotates it monthly) and the Town Hall in Eldred. He continues to serve as treasurer of both the Legion and the Ambulance Corps. “I will probably pass that job on too,” he said, “ day.”

‘Two members suggested they knew where to get a second hand ambulance, and on October 1, 1948 the American Legion Volunteer Ambulance Corps was born.’

Great emergency care near you! At UHS Delaware Valley Hospital, our Emergency Department is open 24 hours a day, offering high-quality care from staff specially trained in emergency and trauma medicine. We can respond to a wide range of illnesses and injuries, right here. But what’s just as comforting is that we’re a well-connected ER, with a direct link to the regional Trauma Center at UHS Wilson Medical Center in Greater Binghamton. Your ER. Closer to home. Ready if you need us.



Our Emergency Team is ready when you need us. UHS Delaware Valley Hospital s 1 Titus Place s Walton (607) 865-2188 s

UHS Delaware Valley Hospital


Making Health Care Better. Right Now.

MARCH, 2014




PAUL D. SALZBERG, M.D. Board Certified in Family Practice Pediatric through Geriatric Medicine • Certified in Geriatrics Serving the local community and beyond for over 30 years Services also offered by Gary Krivit F.N.P. & Kelly Edwards N.P.

A hometown doctor where you’re more like family than a patient 16124

845-887-6112 9741 State Route 97, Callicoon, NY 12723 MEDICARE & MOST MAJOR INSURANCES ACCEPTED


A Very Big “Thank You” to the Mamakating First Aid Squad & the Wurtsboro Fire Co.

Directions: SR 97 north, 1.5 mi. from blinking light in Callicoon. Brick House, second from Holy Cross Church


Our patients are very important to us.

Complete Fire Protection UʈÀiÊ Ý̈˜}ՈÅiÀà UÊ “iÀ}i˜VÞʈ}…ÌÃÊ>˜`Ê ÝˆÌÊ-ˆ}˜Ã UʈÌV…i˜Êœœ`Ê-Õ««ÀiÃȜ˜Ê-ÞÃÌi“à UÊ i>˜Ê}i˜ÌÊ-Õ««ÀiÃȜ˜Ê-ÞÃÌi“à For more information contact:

ˆ˜Ì>ÃʈÀiÊ*ÀœÌiV̈œ˜ ££{Ê i˜ÌiÀÊ*œˆ˜ÌÊ œÕiÛ>À` *ˆÌÌÃ̜˜]Ê*Ê£nÈ{ä *…œ˜i\ÊxÇä°n™£°ä{ää ÜÜÜ°Vˆ˜Ì>ðVœ“ÉwÊÀi«ÀœÌiV̈œ˜






MARCH, 2014

Any-Time Home Care,Inc. Any-Time Home Care serving our community for over 30 years with 8 Branch Locations from Albany to Queens

Would like to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to our courageous volunteer Emergency Workers. Their tireless dedication and efforts in our community make all the difference. Now Accepting Applications PCAs, HHAs, CNAs: We are currently accepting applications. If you have a current certificate and are interested in joining our team please contact us at the following: Middletown Branch Office: 845-344-4222 ask for Jenice Newburgh Branch Office: 845-565-1212 ask for Nadia

We have openings throughout SULLIVAN and ORANGE Counties. We are looking for dedicated, motivated, caring, individuals with their own transportation, and a flexible schedule to join our team of home care providers. Competitive salary, medical benefits, sign on bonus. Participant in CDPAP, TBI, and NHTD Waiver Programs. For additional information visit our website or call either office (listed above) and ask for Yvette, the Branch Manager, or email her at: 16002


MARCH, 2014

Catskill Regional Medical Center Emergency Department:

Grants beef up its life-saving mission STORY AND PHOTO BY ELI RUIZ HARRIS — With extensive renovations, crucial new hires, equally crucial new equipment and aggressive growth over the last three years, Catskill Regional Medical Center (CRMC) has leveraged various state and federal grants in positioning itself to be “a hospiCatskill Regional Medical Center Emergency Department (ED) Director, Dr. Carlos Holden, stands with “Dr. Polly.” The Polycon Real Presence Practitioner Cart 800 was purchased, along with a laundry list of other crucial ED equipment, through a New York State HEAL 15 grant the hospital picked up in February. The grant, valued at $350,000, went entirely to the emergency department at Catskill Regional.


tal that truly reflects the needs of the community as a whole in Sullivan County,” according to Emergency Services Clinical Director Wendy Brown. Last year the hospital opened a newly renovated mental health unit and just a few weeks ago officially opened its brand new private practice primary care center. Currently the west wing of the hospital’s second floor is undergoing a complete renovation, and as Brown puts it, “They’re actually going through the entire hospital and upgrading the entirety of it.” But possibly the most extensive growth at CRMC has taken place in arguably its most important unit: The Emergency Department (ED). Since renovations began in earnest in 2011, the ED at Catskill Regional has nearly doubled in size from 14 to 26 beds, and through the procurement of new, crucial, lifesaving equipment, the unit has been able to expand its offerings as well. Through this expansion of services the ED has been able to drastically cut down on the percentage of patients shipped out to other facilities, an achievement that will drastically cut down the amount of time it takes for a patient to receive the care they may need. CONTINUED ON PAGE 8E

.ZM V KP?W W L [ P _W W L [  K WU .Z_M_V_KN ZPMVK? W W L[ _ _ _N ZM V K P _W W L [  K WU


No Charge Introductory Visit:


you from ch Wooods you from erforming ch Wooods mp to all erforming y workers mp to all y workers ication, ork and ication, nsiveness ork and greatly nsiveness preciated. greatly preciated.






MARCH, 2014


“I see around 2,000 patients a month, on average,” offered ED Director, Dr. Carlos Holden. “I’d have to say our transfer rate is about three percent usually. We take care of almost everything.” And through a recent New York State Healthcare Efficiency and Affordability Law (HEAL) 15 grant, the hospital is further looking to enhance emergency patient care through an initiative to become a designated New York State Department of Health Stroke Center. As a designated Stroke Center, CRMC will maintain an expert “Stroke Team” comprised of highly trained physicians, nurses and technicians with the ability to treat stroke patients quickly and effectively through the use of the latest medicines, techniques and equipment to minimize brain damage. In fact, the grant has allowed the emergency department to purchase $350,000 in much-needed, cuttingedge equipment. These include new bariatric ED stretchers that can weigh

the patient, Life Pack One of the very few 20 cardiac monitors, services the ED at Pro Pack transport Catskill Regional does monitors, a new supnot offer is burn care, ply room stocking sysbut as Brown extem, a MUSE EKG plained, “We now have machine, an Omni an arrangement with single dose dispensing Lehigh Valley Hospital, system, 8 Stryker which is a designated “Prime TC” nesting Burn Center. The flight wheel chairs with IV from here to Lehigh pole, an oxygen tank, Valley is comparable to digital cameras and flying to Westchester much more. [Medical Center], and And possibly the even Albany, so if most advanced, cru- Dr. Carlos Holden somebody comes in cial piece of equipand they have a burn, CRMC Emergency ment the ED has what they’ve [Lehigh recently obtained is its Department Director | Valley Hospital] found Polycon Real Presence is that many times Practitioner Cart 8000, people are transferred for its Stroke Program; there unnecessarily a sort of doc-on-wheels affectionate- when they could have stayed here, or ly dubbed “Dr. Polly.” Dr. Polly allows they’re not transferred when they for real-time consultations between should have been. In an effort to get patients and off-site specialists. patients to the appropriate level of Similarly, and through a partner- care, we now have a mechanism very ship with Lehigh Valley (PA) Hospital, similar to Polycon which will allow it the ED has implemented a system to simply take a picture of a burn, called “Teleburn.” send it to the specialists at Lehigh

‘I see around 2,000 patients a month, on average. I’d have to say our transfer rate is about three percent usually. We take care of almost everything.’




Valley, and they say do this or do that. This goes a long way toward ensuring these patients get the appropriate level of care.” The ED’s new MUSE EKG (electrocardiogram) machines are part of the hospital’s STEMI Program. STEMI, which stands for ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction, is the most dangerous type of heart attack, involving a sudden blockage of one of the three coronary arteries that supply blood to the heart. Without blood, the heart muscle will die. The STEMI Program drastically reduces the diagnosis and treatment times of cardiac patients, specifically those suffering from this deadly type of heart attack, by allowing the hospital to react faster, prepare for the patient’s arrival and cut down on the time from the initial 911 call to the patient entering the catheterization lab. “It really helps expedite EKGs to meet our goals and get patients catheterized when they need to be catheterized,” said Brown. With drug use rates in the area off the charts, and a litany of issues plagueing Sullivan County’s most


Thank You For Your Tireless Efforts! OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK

IL CASTELLO Pizzeria & Ristorante

Mon-Thurs 11am-10pm • Fri & Sat 11am-11pm • Sun Noon - 10pm

• Daily Specials • Pizza • Italian Dinners Stop in & Check Out Our Deli Specials!

Wednesday Special


Cheese Pie

3438 Rt. 97 • Barryville, NY 845-557-6300 • 845-557-6400 THANK YOU TO ALL EMERGENCY & FIRE PERSONNEL E. DANIELLE JOSE


RICCIANI & JOSE, LLP (845) 791-7800 (845) 791-5923






5.062"; 5.25"; 1; -; Display Ad; Black; Server Files:Pre 1 Display PDFs:15708.pdf; 507; No; No; No; Yaun Co, Inc



widely used drug rehab, The Recovery Center, the emergency department at CRMC is even getting involved in chemical and substance abuse. “Still another thing that we’re doing from an ED standpoint… now that we have a good physical plan and supplies and all of that, we’re doing a lot of community outreach in relation to substance abuse,” explained Dr. Holden, adding, “We’ve seen so much substance abuse coming into the ED… drug overdoses and such, so Wendy [Brown] and I are participating in the Sullivan County Rural Health Network Drug Task Force to develop some training for doctors and in the schools.” As for the future, Brown affirms, “I think the ED right now is pretty settled as far as where it stands. I think we’re very pleased with the level we’re at right now and the progress we’ve made. Think about it, three years ago I was not interested in this hospital (Brown was hired in September of 2012). Now I’m just extremely proud to be a part of the team.”



MARCH, 2014





MARCH, 2014

Crystal Run Urgent Care Your best option for extended-hour care


ife is unpredictable and we all know the importance of being able to see a doctor when you need one. Unfortunately, for many, aches, pains, cuts, bruises and other medical issues do not always cooperate with busy personal schedules which can make seeing your Primary Care physician challenging. At Crystal Run Healthcare, we offer same-day primary care appointments, but sometimes issues come up after hours. The solution: Crystal Run Urgent Care. Crystal Run Urgent Care provides patients with walk-in, extended-hour medical care with licensed providers. While not an emergency department like that of a hospital, Urgent Care does provide options when you need medical attention outside normal ELI RUIZ | DEMOCRAT

Crystal Run Urgent Care physician, Dr. Manoranjah Singh, looks at some notes as Nursing Unit Clerk Yary Chimelis looks on






BEST! Breakfast, Lunch, Family Restaurant, Coffee *Exception Closed Sunday Night From 11pm - 4am

Take it from TEEK,


General Dentistry Assistive Technology, DME and Orthotics Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensing Autism Evaluation and Treatment Gastroenterology Neurology Nutrition Occupational, Physical and Speech Therapy Ophthalmology Physiatry Podiatry and Orthopedics Psychiatry and Psychotherapy and more


For appointments or information: Call 845.707.8400

Take it from VEE,

Newly Remodeled



Thanks to all our customers and staff for making us #1



Learn More Online at:

office hours – with no appointment needed – and at a much more affordable price than that of a hospital emergency room. “Urgent Care is not intended for someone who is having


The Discovery Health Center is a diagnostic and treatment center dedicated to providing comprehensive out-patient care to people of all ages and backgrounds, while maintaining optimal wellness with an emphasis on prevention. We accept Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurances.


Dr. Sovan Powell is a member of the Crystal Run Urgent Care staff.


...Is The Place To Be!





68 RTE 17K, (RTE 17, EXIT 116) BLOOMINGBURG, NY 12721

7 Dinner .99

Mon-Thurs Except Holidays

845-733-1012 Serving the community for over 25 years




Many Urgent Cares are staffed almost exclusively with physician assistants and nurse practitioners. What sets Crystal Run Urgent Care apart from other such Urgent Cares is that it is staffed with trained Emergency Medicine and Family

Mikes Tire


& Auto Service Center

Medicine physicians at all times, in addition to certified nurse practitioners and physician assistants. In fact, having a physician available on site at all times is one of the many criteria that Crystal Run has met in order to be the only private practice Urgent Care in the region to be both accredited by the Joint Commission and a Certified Urgent Care Center as designated by the Urgent Care Association of America. In addition, Crystal Run Urgent Care is directly connected to Crystal Run Healthcare’s premier multi-specialty group medical practice, which gives you access to world-class physicians in dozens of specialties, plus fast, accurate lab work and diagnostic imaging right on site.


“It’s Your HOME... Have It Done Right”

Thank you to our Volunteers • Garages • Windows • Drywall • Metal Studs

• New Homes • Log Homes • Additions • Kitchens • Siding

• Acoustical Ceilings • Jacking / Leveling

845-292-2686 • Liberty, NY - Insured & Established 1985


Custom Meat Cutting

FOUR LOCATIONS… Crystal Run now has four Urgent Care locations in Rock Hill, Middletown, Monroe and New Windsor. Each is open 7 days a week, 365 days a year. For more information about Crystal Run Urgent Care and the specific hours at each location, visit ntCare or call Rock Hill at 796-5444, Middletown at 703-6333, Monroe at 783-6333 or New Windsor at 725-0111.


Residential & Commercial

Deer • Cut • Wrapped • Frozen Year round custom cutting also available


Located in Cochecton Center, New York


chest pain and suspects they are having a heart attack,” urges Margaret Coughlin, MD, a Family Medicine physician at Crystal Run Urgent Care. “In that situation it is better to call 911 and get yourself to an emergency room. Urgent Care is more for individuals that have experienced minor emergencies and injuries that are non-life threatening but still cannot wait for their next doctor’s appointment.” She added, “We see lots of patients with cold and flu-related symptoms like sore throats, coughs, headaches and stomach aches in the winter months, as well as people who slip and fall on ice and have mechanical injuries such as a sprain or strain. As the weather warms up, we see more injuries from outdoor activities like insect bites, allergic reactions, burns as well as cuts and bruises.”



MARCH, 2014


ALL MAJOR & MINOR REPAIRS “Expert Repairs With Personal Service” NY State Inspection: Cars • Trucks • Motorcycles 4 Wheel Alignment • Truck Repairs Truck & Tractor Trailers NYS Inspection • All Major Brands Available NYS Inspections • Heavy Equipment & Tractor Trailer Tires Road Service • Used Cars Sold Mounting & Computer Balancing Mechanic & Body Repairs • National & Government Accounts

When seconds count, count on our Emergency Department

24-HOUR TOWING WHOLESALE & RETAIL 150 S. Main St., Liberty, NY • Corner of Lake & Main 845-292-1837 •


David C. Williams, PA

When it’s an emergency, the clock is ticking and your mind is racing. “How long will we have to wait for answers?”



LARGE PLAIN PIE $ only with this coupon • eat in only

- or $ 200 OFF TWO DINNERS only with this coupon • eat in only

At Ellenville Regional Hospital Emergency Department, we understand how hard it is to wait. That’s why we have won national awards for our brief wait times and the quality of our life-saving care. Our quick-thinking emergency providers are trained experts who are absolutely committed to our patients. We never want you to have to face an emergency, but you can count on us if you do. ERH Emergency Department (845) 647-6400 ext. 264


In an emergency call 911 | 10 Healthy Way | Ellenville NY 12428 | (845) 647-6400








MARCH, 2014

For Charlie Mills, it’s all about the volunteering


nce, when structure fires were more common, firefighters entered burning, smoky interiors without the benefit of breathing equipment. Those were the days when firemen rode unbuckled in the back of the firetrucks, or stood on half-covered platforms at the back of the cab. And those were the days when, equipped with insulated “linemen” gloves and bolt cutters, firefighters would occasionally need to cut downed live electric wires in the course of saving a life or making a scene safer. The gloves had to be tested periodically for their insulating properties. That’s all part of a familiar past for Charlie Mills of the Callicoon Fire Department, now in his 61st year of volunteer service. The longest serving member in the department has seen and experienced much (including the live wire cutting). He held the position of chief for five years (just don’t ask him which decade; that’s overtaxing his memory). But it is the present and future that worry him. There are many factors that have led to the decline of volunteerism among the wider society as a whole, but the firefighting ranks have been especially hit hard. Many people have to hold down two jobs, or endure long commutes to work. There are more activities, more entertainment choices, and (for family men) more things their children are involved with that demand parental engagement. It leaves little time or energy for volunteering – especially a demanding calling where one can be summoned at all hours and go through much inconvenience and, yes, even risk life and limb. “People wanted to [join] in those days,” Mills said. “There were no computers and [other distractions] and we spent a lot of time outdoors.” As fellow longtime firefighter Frank Hahn Jr. put it, “The fire department was the center of the community.” “Your social life centered around the firehouse,” Mills agreed. For those who choose to join fire-

Member of the Callicoon Fire Department since 1954 STORY AND PHOTO BY FRANK RIZZO

men, and then climb back down the other side. Some lost their nerve and had to stop, but again, it did not render them unfit for duty. It just meant their limitations were known.


Charlie Mills sits on the massive chrome bumper of the 2013 KME pumper, the latest in the fire department’s lineup. It cost about $460,000.

matics these days, the training requirements have become more demanding (even burdensome, in some opinions), though the end result is a well-trained firefighter versed in all aspects of the science.

A LIFE IN FIREMATICS “I got roped into fighting brushfires before I even joined the department,” Mills said, and one early experience could have ended badly. He and fellow draftee Richard Adams approached a smoke-filled field, searching for the fire. They were each weighed down with a “backpack” five-gallon water tanker and rake. Mills noted that withstanding such meager resources, they were often sufficient to stop a brush fire in its track. Anyway, they were suddenly confronted with the flames, and the neophytes had to rush up an embankment, jettisoning the water to make it to safety. When he joined in 1954, the same year he opened his dealership, the 1935 Ward LaFrance was the department’s mainstay, along with a recently purchased Ford. The Ward is now the department’s antique, showcased at parades.

“It wasn’t noted for its good brakes,” Mills smiled, relating a memory of a hairy ride down a steep decline in Tyler Hill (PA) and through a narrow underpass in Cochecton. Besides Mills, four other employees in his dealership were department members in the early years. When the siren blared, all five sprang for the doors. “We never received one complaint because of work not done on cars because we had to be at a fire,” Mills said. “Can you imagine that happening today?” This was decades before the Sullivan County Emergency Services Training Facility and its “burn house.” One learned a lot on the job. Mills fondly recalled the Northeast Pennsylvania Firemen’s Association’s training weekends, with their handson learning. The rules and regulations were fewer – and less stringently enforced. “If the chief knew you didn’t want to climb a big ladder, he didn’t make you do it,” Mills noted. “There was no stigma involved.” As part of their training, firemen had to climb a 40-foot extension ladder held straight up by four or five

Thanks to changes in building construction and things like outdoor burn bans and fewer deadly auto accidents and even fewer operating trains, the number of what can be called “dramatic” or “spectacular” incidents has dropped over the years. Firefighters now find themselves responding to medical calls and carbon monoxide alarm activations and such. It was different in Mills’ first few decades of service. The Erie Railroad trains that traveled the river valley kept the wheel ball bearings protected with oiled cotton balls. Occasionally, when bearings failed and heat build up, a flaming cotton ball would shoot out and start a fire on the brush lining the right of way. Derailments were also more common in decades past. Callicoon once responded to a wreck up in Long Eddy to assist the Long Eddy and Hankins departments. An auto carrier, with 10 or 12 vehicles, was lying on its side. To eliminate a potential fire hazard, Charlie was tasked with opening the gas caps on the cars and drain the gas. The toxic liquid, agitated by the motion and under pressure, literally shot out into the ground. There was no DEC around then to make sure the gas went into approved containers. Mills related that he saw a railroad worker using an acetylene torch nearby. It did not make him feel safe. Though these wrecks were no laughing matter, Mills chuckled at a memory of a Heinz brand pickle carrier or two which derailed; soon, thousands of pickles were seen making their way down the Delaware River. Sometime this year, there’ll come a day when Mills will not respond to the fire signal (called a “tone” in firematics’ parlance); he plans to formal-



Charlie says…

“It has been a privilege to be a member of the Callicoon Volunteer Fire Department for some 60 years. It is a dedicated, professional organization handling all emergency calls within or outside our district. As with the other 10 departments within the Sullivan West School District, we need new members to continue our services to our community in the coming years. It’s fun, rewarding and a great group to be associated with.” building he is not trained to drive – though in a pinch, he could do it. The apparatus cost the department about $460,000. Mills mentioned that nearby Jeffersonville had just ordered a $480,000 truck. “That’s a lot of pancakes,” he chuckled, referring to the classic and popular fundraiser among departments.

THINKING OF THE FUTURE Mills has faith that people will continue to answer the call of volunteer-

ing. The idea of going to paid professional firefighters – “Sitting here at the firehouse, putting in their three 12-hour shifts,” as he puts it – seems impractical and costly in our rural areas. The tax base would not support it. Mills looked at the Sullivan West School District, with its 11 fire districts serving the widespread area. He talked of the desirability of organizing a “future firefighters” club in the school, perhaps putting members through computer-based training similar to what firefighter courses offer. If that kind of activity spurs volunteerism and enthusiasm for firematics, then the idea will be worth implementing, he noted. Mills is proud and comfortable with his past and the contributions he and his generation have made to the emergency services. But he wants to make sure that a new generations will find, as he did, rewards and satisfaction in the civic responsibilities of protecting life and property.

Mike Preis, Inc. Insurance Agency

Auto ~ Home ~ Business Life ~ Annuities Long Term Care Group Life & Health Individual Accident & Sickness Policies

To All Our Fire & Emergency Personnel... “We Thank You!” Callicoon (845) 887-4210 Jeffersonville (845) 482-5510 Roscoe (607) 498-4301 15594

ly retire from the fraternity of firefighters. It’s been about 10 years since Mills was last certified as an interior firefighter. The biggest fire he was ever involved with was the 2006 conflagration at the Villa Roma Resort Hotel. He spent many hours on hose duty. These days he’ll do anything when he answers a call – direct traffic at a scene, hook up hoses, drive the trucks. One recent afternoon Mills stood in the firehouse, a stone’s throw from the old Callicoon Hospital where he was born and where his father, Dr. George Mills, practiced. It is also near the home he shares with wife Grace. The firehouse once housed his Chevrolet dealership, and the fire district bought and upgraded the structure last decade, moving from its decades-old home on Upper Main St. just down the hill. Mills, 81, walked past the gleaming chrome and bright yellow colors and complicated dials and controls of the Callicoon Fire Department’s latest truck, a 2013 KME pumper/tanker. It is the only vehicle in the three-bay


“It takes special people like you to be there all the time.”

Callicoon Volunteer Fire Department

BUDDENHAGEN’S FORD, Inc. 4332 State Rte. 17B • Hortonville, NY 12745

Proudly Salutes

845-887-4640 845-887-5434 Fax New & Used Ford and Truck-Sales-Parts and Service

Charlie Mills



MARCH, 2014

Actively Serving Since 1954 and

Frank Hahn

Actively Serving Since 1963


on your many years of service with the Callicoon Volunteer Fire Department. Thank you for being there when we need you!


Over a Half Century of Dedicated Service





The man who defied the odds Thanks to local volunteers


CALLICOON CENTER — Ron Jones’ tale is as chilling as it is all-too-common. “I had a heart attack sitting right here,” he said at his kitchen table in Callicoon Center. What’s not common is the fact that he survived flatlining – twice. “Out of all the cardiac-related calls of this type that I’ve done in the past 36 years, he’s my only save,” soberly explained Sue Bodenstein, one of the EMTs on the Jeffersonville First Aid Corps who helped save Ron’s life. That’s not an insult to her capabilities – that’s just a cold, hard fact in a world where many heart attacks don’t strike inside a hospital. But on September 19, 2013, a series of people all did the right thing at the right time, and boy, is Ron grateful. “There are no ‘rotten apples’ in this bunch!” he affirmed. Start with Ron’s good friend, John

Groh. He happened to be at Ron’s home that day. “I’m standing here in the kitchen with his wife, and he said, ‘I don’t feel quite right,’ ” John recalled. Ron promptly collapsed in front of them both. Neither John nor Anne Marie knew what was happening – except that Ron wasn’t breathing. They dialed 911, and the dispatcher instructed John to begin chest compressions. Meanwhile, the Callicoon Center Fire Department and the Jeffersonville First Aid Corps were called out, and the firefighters – who happened to be at the firehouse – arrived within minutes. Fireman Gary Brockner took over chest compressions from John until the ambulance pulled in the driveway, followed by the State Police. “John was instrumental, and the firemen were phenomenal,” acknowledged Sue, who was part of the team

MARCH, 2014

that checked Ron’s pulse (or lack thereof), gave him medication and applied the repeated shocks of a defibrillator. Ron was rushed to Catskill Regional Medical Center’s Grover M. Hermann Division in Callicoon, then to the Seelig Division in Harris, where he was semi-conscious but incoherent. “I don’t remember a thing,” he said. That includes even visits from friends and family the entire three weeks he spent in the hospital, the last two of which were at Orange Regional Medical Center’s new facility in Middletown. “That place is outstanding,” he marvelled. Just as outstanding is the fact that at 70 years old, Ron is alive and well post-heart attack. He’s got diabetes and now wears an implanted defibrillator (automatically responding to heart abnormalities), but he’s not complaining. “I feel a hell of a lot better now than I did before,” he affirmed. In fact, had it not been for all the tests and treatments, Ron’s doctors might not have discovered he had three cancerous spots on the outside of his lungs, which were successfully

treated with radiation. “I was a heavy smoker and had to stop,” he explained. “I haven’t had a cigarette since the day of the heart attack. I figure, how many chances do you get?” With the crew of locals who stand ready to assist at any time, day or night, Ron may have more chances than he thinks. “If John wasn’t here, I wouldn’t be here, and it goes right down the line,” he said of all who came to his rescue. For his part, John’s glad to leave it to the professionals. “I personally don’t think I could do that every day,” he remarked. “God bless all the volunteers.” “So many people ... should give real consideration to joining one of these organizations,” urges Ron, “because they need volunteers.” Without them, critical response times grow longer, the sense of community dissipates, and valued local institutions may disappear entirely. Consider giving time or money to your local emergency response groups. After all, one day they may be heading your way. “Everyone gets a shot at getting sick,” promises Ron.

Thank You To all Our Emergency Personnel!

Whenminutes minutes count... count . . .you’re you’rethere there for us. When us. Thank you!! from THANK YOU!!

Specialist RICHARD R. KEISER Expert Crime Prevention Specialist Identity Theft Expert



KEIR-126346 15565

All Our o T u o Y k Than ponders! s e R d e t a c i Ded PREMIUM HARDWOOD PELLETS




Exit 113 Route 17 & 209 North Wurtsboro, NY 12790


Certification NYSCPC #0008 P.O. Box 474 ROSCOE, NEW YORK 12776-0474 607-498-6158 845-642-6476


Thank you for your tireless efforts.

Your Cooper Tire Dealer


and all major brands


Mon.-Fri. 8am to 5 pm Sat. 8am-noon 15530



845-888-8383 Fax 845-888-8322 Visit our Website

Self Service Car Wash On Premises Automatic Touch-Free Car Wash, too!

5334 Route 42 • South Fallsburg, NY

Specializing In NYC Septic Systems


Bull Dozing, Land Clearing, Driveways, Brush Hogging, Landcaping

Attorney and Counselor at Law • General Practice • Workers Compensation • Socal Security Disability • Real Estate • DWI



173 Thunder Hill Rd. Woodbourne, NY 12788

(845) 482-3405 • 27 Maple Avenue • Jeffersonville, NY

We thank you for your dedication to our community!

Free Estimates 41 Years Experience



(845) 887-5540 Ponds Septic Systems Driveways Stone

Land Clearing Grading Red Shale Gravel



Drainage Roads Foundations Top Soil


Thank You to All Our Dedicated Responders


All Phases Of Excavation Home: (845) 985-7266 Cell: (845) 866-2269 Email:


Thank You To All Our First Responders.

B. Rogerson Excavating




MARCH, 2014

Serving Sullivan County and the Surrounding area for over 30 years!

145 Rockland Road, Roscoe, NY





MARCH, 2014

2014 Calendar of Events April Wed., April 2 - Woodbourne FD Bingo Sat., April 5 - Callicoon Center FD Roast Beef dinner; Driver Safety Class, Delaware Youth Center, 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Sun., April 6 - Jeffersonville FD chicken barbecue (takeout); Woodbourne FD French toast breakfast Tues., April 8 - SCVFA, Lava; Wed., April 9 - Woodbourne FD Bingo Sat., April 12 - Swan Lake FD Sportsman Show; Loch Sheldrake FD Annual Dinner; Easter Egg Hunt, Del. Com. Ctr. 11 a.m. Sun., April 13 - Palm Sunday; Swan Lake FD Sportsman Show; Claryville FD breakfast; Lava FD Chicken BBQ (takeout); Kiwania Pancake Breakfast, Del. Com. Ctr. Mon., April 14 - Passover Wed., April 16 - Woodbourne FD Bingo; Thurs., April 17 - Sullivan County Fire Police, Lava Fri., April 18 - Good Friday Sun., April 20 - Easter Wed., April 23 - Woodbourne FD Bingo Sat., April 26 - North Branch FD roast beef dinner Sun., April 27 - Hortonville FD chicken barbecue (takeout) Wed., April 30 - Woodbourne FD Bingo


Sat., May 3 - Hortonville FD 100th Anniversary Dinner; Neversink FD Chief’s Inspection Dinner; St. Francis Church Penny Social, Youngsville Firehouse, 6 p.m. Sun., May 4 - SCVFA Memorial Service, Government

Center; Forestburgh FD pancake breakfast; Kenoza Lake FD pancake/French toast breakfast Wed., May 7 - Woodbourne FD Bingo Sun., May 11 - Mother’s Day; Woodridge FD pancake breakfast; Hortonville FD pancake breakfast; Claryville FD breakfast Tues., May 13 - SCFVA Executive Meeting Wed., May 14 - Woodbourne FD Bingo Thurs., May 15 - Sullivan County Fire Police meeting, Lumberland Wed., May 22 - Woodbourne FD bingo Sat., May 24 - Loch Sheldrake FD Gun Raffle Sun., May 25 - St. Mary’s Church, Obernburg, pancake breakfast; Beaverkill FD chicken barbecue Mon., May 26 - Memorial Day; VFW Long Eddy Cemetery Service, 1 p.m., Luncheon/Raffle at Firehouse Wed., May 28 - Woodbourne FD bingo; SC Fire District meeting

June Wed., June 4 - Woodbourne FD bingo Sun., June 8 - Neversink FD Horseshoe Tournament; Callicoon FD pancake breakfast; Callicoon Tractor Parade Tues., June 10 - SCVFA Election/Annual Meeting, Liberty Wed., June 11 - Woodbourne FD Bingo Sat., June 14 - Flag Day; Monticello FD 200 Club; Hurleyville FD Bill Carlson Golf Classic, Terry Brae; North Branch FD chicken bbq (takeout); United Reform Church - Youngsville - chicken barbecue drive thru Sun., June 15 - Father’s Day; Claryville FD pancake breakfast Wed., June 18 - Woodbourne FD Bingo Thurs., June 19 - Sullivan County Fire Police meet-

ing, Roscoe

Community yard sale, Del. Comm. Center

Sat., June 21 - Summer begins Sun., June 22 - Hurleyville/Loch Sheldrake FD fishing

Sun., July 27 - Youngsville FD pancake breakfast; Wed., July 30 - Woodbourne FD Bingo


Wed., June 25 - Woodbourne FD Bingo Sun., June 29 - Jeffersonville FD annual poker run

July Wed., July 2 - Woodbourne FD Bingo Thurs., July 3 - Kenoza Lake Methodist Church Rummage Sale

Fri., July 4 - Independence Day; Narrowsburg FD parade, 2 p.m.; Kenoza Lake Methodist Church Rummage Sale Sat., July 5 - Kenoza Lake Methodist Church Bake Sale; Kenoza Lake Methodist Church Rummage Sale

Sun., July 6 - Long Eddy FD Golf Tournament Tues., July 8 - SCVFA Executive Meeting Wed., July 9 - Woodbourne FD Bingo Sun., July 13 - Lake Huntington FD pancake breakfast

Wed., July 16 - Woodbourne FD Bingo Thurs., July 17 - Sullivan County Fire Police, Kauneonga Lake

Fri., July 18 - St. Francis Church, Youngsville, Giant Bazaar 6 p.m.

Sat., July 19 - Loch Sheldrake FD 200 Club; St. Francis Church, Youngsville, Giant Bazaar 6 p.m. Sun., July 20 - Claryville FD breakfast; Swan Lake FD golf outing; Jeffersonville FD pancake breakfast Wed., July 23 - Sullivan County Fire District mtg; Woodbourne FD Bingo Sat., July 26 - St. Mary’s Church - Obernburg, tricky tray; Kenoza Lake FD chicken barbecue; Kenoza Lake Methodist Church bake sale; Callicoon Street Fair;


August Fri., Aug. 1 - Jeffersonville FD Fiddlers; Kenoza Lake Methodist Church Rummage Sale Sat., Aug. 2 - Kenoza Lake Methodist Church Rummage Sale Sun., Aug. 3 - Callicoon Center FD pancake breakfast Wed., Aug. 6 - Woodbourne FD Bingo Fri., Aug. 8 - Jeffersonville Library Book Sale, Jeffersonville Firehouse; White Sulphur Springs FD softball tourney Sat., Aug. 9 - Neversink FD chicken bbq; White Sulphur Springs FD softball tourney; Kenoza Lake Methodist Church rummage sale Sun., Aug. 10 - White Sulphur Springs FD Softball Tourney; White Sulphur Springs FD chicken barbecue Tues., Aug. 12 - SCVFA Meeting, Livingston Manor Wed., Aug. 13 - Woodbourne FD Bingo Sat., Aug. 16 - Kenoza Lake Methodist Church Rummage Sale Sun., Aug. 17 - Claryville FD pancake breakfast; Lava FD pancake breakfast Wed., Aug. 20 - Woodbourne FD Bingo Thurs., Aug. 21 - SC Fire Police, Hortonville Sat., Aug. 23 - Kenoza Lake Methodist Church rummage sale Wed., Aug. 27 - Woodbourne FD Bingo Sat., Aug. 30 - Hortonville FD Field Day 100th anniversary; Kenoza Lake Methodist Church rummage sale


“Thank You”





Thank you to all of our local Emergency Services Personnel





TEL.: (845) 856-5341 FAX: (845) 858-2446

When You Need A Fair Shake You Can Count On Us! JOAC-054938



We thank all of you for your time and dedication to our communities.


JOHNSON AND CONROY AGENCY, INC. “Complete Insurance Services”

(845) 794-4043 FAX (845) 794-7229 541 Broadway, P.O. Box 803 Monticello, NY 12701


1681 Forestburgh Road, Glen Spey, NY




MARCH, 2014


2014 Calendar of Events Monday., Sept. 1 - Labor Day Wed., Sept. 3 - Woodbourne FD Bingo Sat., Sept. 6 - Callicoon Center FD 100th anniversary parade; Kenoza Lake Methodist Church rummage sale

Sun., Sept. 7 - Woodbourne FD chicken barbecue; Yulan St. Anthony Church, Blue Mass Tues., Sept. 9 - SCVFA Executive Meeting Wed., Sept. 10 - Woodbourne FD Bingo Thurs., Sept. 11 - Patriot Day

Sat., Sept. 13 - SCVFA 86th Annual Parade, Monticello; Yulan FD Von Steuben Day Festival; Hortonville Presbtyerian Church barbecue (advance only); United Reform Church, Youngsville, chicken barbecue drive thru Wed., Sept. 17 - Woodbourne FD Bingo

Thurs., Sept. 18 - Sullivan County Fire Police, Nar-


Sat., Sept. 20 - Driver Safety Class, Delaware Youth Center, 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Youngsville Firehouse, 6 p.m.

burgh FD roast beef dinner

Wed., Oct. 8 - Woodbourne FD Bingo Sat., Oct. 11 - Loch Sheldrake FD Sportsmens Benefit

Sun., Nov. 9 - Neversink FD Ladies Aux. Holiday gift

Dinner; Kenoza Lake FD roast beef dinner Sun., Oct. 12 - Hankins/Fremont FD pancake breakfast Mon., Oct. 13 - Columbus Day Tues., Oct. 14 - SCVFA Poster Contest, Long Eddy Wed., Oct. 15 - Woodbourne FD Bingo; Thurs., Oct. 16 - Sullivan County Fire Police, Smallwood; Sat., Oct. 18 - Jeffersonville FD roast beef dinner Sun., Oct. 19 - Claryville FD breakfast; Monticello FD pancake breakfast; Callicoon Center FD chicken BBQ Wed., Oct. 22 - Woodbourne FD Bingo Sat., Oct. 25 - Youngsville FD roast beef dinner; Halloween Dance, Del. Com. Ctr. 8 p.m.; Halloween Parade, Del. Youth Ctr. Sun., Oct. 26 - Neversink FD breakfast Wed., Oct. 29 - Woodbourne FD Bingo Fri., Oct. 31 - Halloween


Sun., Sept. 21 - Claryville FD breakfast Tues., Sept. 23 - Fall begins Wed., Sept. 24 - Rosh Hashanah; Woodbourne FD


Bingo; Sullivan County Fire District mtg.

Sat., Sept. 27 - Monticello FD sportsman raffle Sun., Sept. 28 - North Branch FD pancake breakfast

Wed., Oct. 1 - Woodbourne FD Bingo Fri., Oct. 3 - Yom Kippur Sat., Oct. 4 - St. Francis Church Penny Social,

Sun., Nov. 2 - End of Daylight Savings Time; Swan Lake FD French toast breakfast; Hurleyville FD pancake breakfast Tues., Nov. 4 - Election Day; Loch Sheldrake FD Election Day dinner; Kenoza Lake Methodist Church Soup & Chili Sale, Kenoza Lake Firehouse Wed., Nov. 5 - Woodbourne FD Bingo Sat., Nov. 8 - Woodbourne FD Veterans Day parade; Callicoon Center FD ham/turkey raffle, 7 p.m.; Forest-

Tues., Dec. 2 - Lake Huntington Presbyterian Church Advent Hymn Sing Sat., Dec. 6 - Christmas in Callicoon, Delaware Community Center, 1 - 3 p.m. Sun., Dec. 7 - Jeffersonville Chamber of Commerce Truck Raffle at Villa Roma Wed., Dec. 10 - SCVFA Loch Sheldrake Tues., Dec. 16 - Hanukkah Sun., Dec. 21 - Winter begins Thurs., Dec. 25 - Christmas Wed., Dec. 31 - New Year’s Eve

396 Street NY 12788 396 State Rte 52,Main Woodbourne, Woodbourne, NY 12788 Tel. 845-434-7363 Tel. 845-434-7363 email: Free888-858-8619 888-856-8619 TollToll Free HERBERT C.


Pearl Street 29 Pearl St.,29 Livingston Manor, NY 12758 Livingston Manor, NY 12758 Tel. 845-439-4333 Tel. 845-439-4333 email:

Tel.845-434-7363 845-434-7363 Tel. CemeteryMonuments Monuments and Cemetery and Memorials Display Memorials on on Display



sale; Hortonville FD pancake breakfast Tues., Nov. 11 - Veteran’s Day; SCVFA Executive Meeting; VFW Long Eddy Ceremony, 11 a.m. lunch Wed., Nov. 12 - Woodbourne FD Bingo Thurs., Nov. 13 - Sullivan County Fire Police, Monticello Sun., Nov. 16 - Claryville FD breakfast Wed., Nov. 19 - Woodbourne FD Bingo; Sullivan County Fire District Meeting Wed., Nov. 26 - Woodbourne FD Bingo Thurs., Nov. 27 - Thanksgiving Fri., Nov. 28 - James Dworetsky Holiday Parade, Jeffersonville; Holiday Craft Fair, Delaware Community Center Sat., Nov. 29 - Claryville FD spaghetti supper; Kenoza Lake Methodist Church Christmas Bazaar; Holiday Craft Fair, Delaware Community Center



LAVA TOWING & RECOVERY 24-Hour Service • Local & Long Distance

Wrecker & Flat Bed Service, Lock-Outs, Equipment Hauling, etc . . .


845-583-7200 15654

Bruce M. Gettel 845-252-7200 Owner cell 845-665-9827

DURA-114071 DURA-126384


7873 State Route 52 Narrowsburg, NY 12764

Now in ou r 35th year

Fire and Water Damage Restoration

Everyday Heroes are the Best Kind!

• Fire • Soot • Smoke • Water • Mold




Member of Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce and Hudson Valley Better Business Bureau


Cochecton, NY

Craig & Vince Annunziata

845-932-8475 9 Landfield Avenue • Monticello, NY 12701 • 845-796-4324 •




MARCH, 2014

Fire Departments/Chief List Info was current as of press time. Election of new officers is held in April. The phone numbers are direct lines to the firehouses. In case of emergency, please dial 911.

Sullivan County’s Energy Efficient & Smart Home REALTOR “Focusing on finding you a clean lifestyle” 845.887.6100

A “Big Thanks” to all the Emergency Personnel!!! Sullivan County’s Own . . . 15166

800-770-6347 • 845-434-5051

Forestburgh Fire Company No. 1 2539 State Route 42, Box 61 Forestburgh, NY 12777 Gary Miller • 794-7899

Bloomingburg Fire Company 117 Godfrey Rd. PO Box 1039 Bloomingburg, NY 12721 Charlie Griswold • 733-1000

Grahamsville FD 205 Main St., PO Box 331 Grahamsville, NY 12740 Ed McCarthy • 985-2260

Callicoon FD 9305 Route 97 PO Box 806 Callicoon, NY 12723 Mark Murphy • 887-4233

Hankins-Fremont Center FD 20 Newman Hill Rd., PO Box 164 Hankins, NY 12741 Matt Hubert • 887-2028

Callicoon Center FD 1669 Gulf Rd. PO Box 144 Callicoon Center, NY 12724 George Schmidt • 482-3020

Highland Lake FD 144 Highland Rd., PO Box 65 Highland Lake, NY 12743 Warren Wagner • 557-8788

Claryville Fire Dept. Claryville, NY12725 1500 Denning Rd., PO Box 146 Glenn Vandenberg • 985-7270

Hortonville FD 100 Main St., PO Box 71 Hortonville, NY 12745 Peter Norton • 887-5177

Fallsburg FD 10 Railroad Plaza, PO Box 1075 South Fallsburg, NY 12779 Ricky Shaddock • 434-2008

Hurleyville FD 166 Main St., PO Box 357 Hurleyville, NY 12747 Chris Gibson • 434-4161

Catskill Mountain Sugar House, LLC

When our community succeeds, we all succeed.

10 Sugarhouse Lane Grahamsville, New York, 12740

At M&T Bank, we know how important it is to support those organizations that make our communities better places to live and work. That’s why we offer both our time and resources and encourage others to do the same.

Producers of maple syrup, maple cream & sugar Supplying local vendors year-round

Roscoe Branch 56 Stewart Avenue Roscoe, NY 12776 607-498-5901

Available locally at the Grahamsville Deli, Monticello Farmer’s Market, Catskill Harvest in Liberty, Peck’s Markets throughout Sullivan County, Eureka Market in Grahamsville, and GMart in Wurtsboro ©2014 M&T Bank. Member FDIC.



We Are Grateful For All Our Emergency Workers!


Walter Garigliano Barbara A. Garigliano


Fac CFNP | 845.701.0243 Sam Berger, CFNP





8870 St. Rt. 97, Callicoon

Beaverkill Valley FD 1524 Beaverkill Valley Rd. Lew Beach, NY 12758 Adam Carlson • 439-4199

Jeffersonville FD 4903 State Route 52, PO Box 10 Jeffersonville, NY 12748 Scott McGowan • 482-4202

Loch Sheldrake FD 1280 State Route 52, PO Box 1005 Loch Sheldrake, NY 12759 Shawn Edwards • 434-2710

Kauneonga Lake E&H/FD 3574 State Route 55, PO Box 411 Kauneonga Lake, NY 12749 Mark Pennell • 583-4700

Long Eddy FD 4 Church St., PO Box 73 Long Eddy, NY 12760 Pam Wayne • 887-5926

Kenoza Lake FD 485 Old Taylor Rd., PO Box 51 Kenoza Lake, NY 12750 George Slater • 482-5676

Lumberland FD 1088 County Route 31, PO Box 91 Glen Spey, NY 12737 Don Hunt Jr. • 856-2041

Lake Huntington Fire Company 70 County Rd., PO Box 352 Lake Huntington, NY 12752 Jason Kraack • 932-8444

Monticello FD 23 Richardson Avenue Monticello, NY 12701 Scott Schoonmaker • 794-6330

Lava Volunteer FD 7898 Route 52, PO Box 456 Narrowsburg, NY 12764 Clarence Reeves • 252-3375

Mountaindale Fire Company 132 Main St., PO Box 49 Mountaindale, NY 12763 Andy Millman • 434-3425

Liberty FD 256 Sprague Ave. Liberty, NY 12754 Tim Vogler • 295-1236

Narrowsburg Fire Company 203 Bridge St., PO Box 184 Narrowsburg, NY 12764 David Casey • 252-3328

Livingston Manor FD 43 Main St., PO Box 867 Livingston Manor, NY 12758 Daniel Roser • 439-4490

Neversink FD 7486 State Route 55, PO Box 627 Neversink, NY 12765 John Skinner • 985-7198

North Branch FD 20 North Branch-Callicoon Center Hwy., PO Box 28 North Branch, NY 12766 Dale Steffens • 482-5134 Rock Hill FD 61 Glen Wild Rd., PO Box 116 Rock Hill, NY 12775 Charles Blackburn • 794-8961 Roscoe/Rockland FD 1964 Old Route 17, PO Box 401 Roscoe, NY 12776 Dusty Bury • 607-498-4292 Smallwood/Mongaup Valley FD 181 Ballard RD., PO Box 28 Smallwood, NY 12778 Tim Morey • 583-5487 Summitville Fire Company 3978 Route 209 Summitville, NY 12781 Tim Koestler • 888-5531 Swan Lake FD 52 Stanton Corners Rd., PO Box 177 Swan Lake, NY 12783 Gary Couitt • 292-6918 Westbrookville FD 39 Pine Kill Rd., PO Box 263 Westbrookville, NY, 12785 Cathleen Tunno • 754-8848

Better Care, Better Health, Lower Cost

White Sulphur Springs FD 3352 State Route 52, PO Box 86 White Sulphur Springs, NY 12787 Devin Day • 292-5468 Woodbourne FD 355 Firehouse RD., PO Box 45 Woodbourne, NY 12788 John Wallace • 434-6763 Woodridge FD 2 Green St., PO Box 683 Woodridge, NY 12789 David Begbie • 434-6893 Wurtsboro FD 91 Sullivan St., PO Box 457 Wurtsboro, NY 12790 Tom Morrow • 888-4611 Youngsville FD 1822 Shandelee Rd., PO Box 78 Youngsville, NY 12791 Joe Ratner • 482-3600 Yulan FD 216 Airport RD., PO Box 127 Yulan, NY 12792 Jeffrey Haas • 557-8483

We look forward to becoming a health home for you and your family.

• We don’t turn anyone away (Medicare, Medicaid & most insurance accepted & sliding fee scale offered)


White Lake Fire Company 1596 State Route 17B, PO Box 51 White Lake, NY 12786 Brendon Cunningham • 583-5170

· Primary and preventative care for all ages · Women’s Health – Gynecology, Obstetrics, and Midwifery · Women’s, Infants & Children (WIC) services · Dental exams and care · Social Work & counseling services · Diabetes care & education · Healthy eating & lifestyle programs · Help quitting smoking · HIV & Hepatitis testing and care · Specialty care

• Evening & weekend hours & walk-ins welcome

Call today to make an appointment at one of our Health Centers.


HRHCare offers:

• We are here for you 24/7 to answer your questions




MARCH, 2014

Monticello Health Center 23 Lakewood Ave 845-790-7990 Walkill Valley Health Center 75 Orange Ave 845-778-2700

New Paltz Health Center 1 Paradies Lane 845-255-1760

Spring Valley Health Center 2 Perlman Drive Ste. 101 518-398-8844

Haverstraw Health Center 31 W. Broad St. 3rd Floor 845-429-4499 16096




Big Thanks

MARCH, 2014

Sullivan County Ambulance Corps

to All Our Emergency Service Providers




American Legion Post #1363

PO Box 63, Eldred, NY 12732


Bethel Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Inc.

PO Box 31, White Lake, NY 12786


Catskills Hatzalah

1340 E 9 Street, Brooklyn, NY 11230


Cochecton Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Inc.,

PO Box 4, Lake Huntington, NY 12752


Grahamsville First Aid Squad, Inc.

PO Box 152, Grahamsville, NY 12740


Jeffersonville Volunteer First Aid Corps, Inc.

PO Box 396, Jeffersonville, NY 12748


Livingston Manor Volunteer Ambulance Corps

PO Box 1, Livingston Manor, NY 12758


Lumberland FD Ambulance Corps, Inc.

PO Box 91, Glen Spey, 12737


Mamakating First Aid and Rescue Squad, Inc.

PO Box 525, Wurtsboro, NY 12790


Mobilemedic EMS

266 Main Street, Hurleyville, 12747


Mountaindale FD First Aid Squad

PO Box 203, Mountaindale, NY 12763


Neversink FD Ambulance Auxiliary

PO Box 468, Neversink, NY 12765


Rock Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Inc.

PO Box 1, Rock Hill, NY 12775


Roscoe-Rockland Volunteer Ambulance Corps

PO Box 321, Roscoe, NY 12776


Tusten Volunteer Ambulance Service, Inc.

PO Box 34, Narrowsburg, NY 12764


Upper Delaware Ambulance Corps, Inc.

PO Box 258, Hankins, NY 12741


Woodbourne FD First Aid Squad

PO Box 322, Woodbourne, NY 12788



Locally Owned & Operated Providing Quality Service Since 1969

Fire Extinguiser Sales/Service

(845) 292-6755

Daniel J. Ratner, Jr. Carlene S. Ratner Over 30 Years Experience • Landscaping • Retaining Walls • Walkways/Patios • Ponds/Waterfalls

(845) 292-0173 Professional & Dependable

Experienced & Insured


• Septic Systems • Drainage Solutions • Grading/Leveling • Stump Grinding

* – For non-emergencies. Always call 911 in an emergency situation. Source: Sullivan County EMS Coordinator Greg Tavormina • Sue Bodenstein, Jeffersonville Volunteer First Aid Corps, Inc.

Thank you to all those who rescue us. Especially to our friends on the Mamakating First Aid Squad!

Many thanks to those who come to our rescue when we need them most.


Project Development, Design, Consultation & Architectural Services Available for any Project!

We Thank Our First Responders for their Dedication and Commitment to Our Communities.


Ponds Alive





FOREIGN and DOMESTIC • Full Auto Body Repairs

Locally Owned & Operated – Our Services –

Collision Repair Available


188 Lake Street • Liberty, NY 12754

CALL US TODAY! 845-292-4808


Collision •Brakes • Shocks • Exhaust • AC Service Bake Booth • Computer Diagnostics Complete Fluid Flushes by BG Alignments with Car Aligner Measuring System -- NYS Inspections --






MARCH, 2014


Prepared for the worst: If your home catches fire



(845) 292-6805



PM M-912754 A 1 Y 1 N aily erty, 510 n Din St., Lib ) 292-7 511 e p 5 O o. Ma (84 92-7 10 S


32 Lower Main St., Callicoon, NY PO Box 218 • 845-887-4060 240 Bridge St., Narrowsburg, NY PO Box 157 • 845-252-6697


Proud To Salute The Emergency Units!!!


Were Proud of All Our 911 Responders


“Big Thanks to Our Emergency Service Providers!”

Roscoe, NY 607-498-4131

“Thanks to Our 911 Responders!” from

Hours By Appointment (845) 626-5500 Fax: (845) 626-5707 15813

WELL DRILLING / PUMPS 845-252-6642 Fax: 252-3810




FRANK SMITH & SONS 130 Matt Smith Rd, Cochecton, NY 12726

5 West Liberty St., Liberty, NY 12754


Next to Sherman’s Service Center


Thanks for being there!!


Thank You To All Our Dedicated 911 Responders!

1175 Rte. 52, Loch Sheldrake, NY


SUNRISE PARK OF WOODBOURNE, INC. -Mobile Home Sites AvailableJ.I. MENTNECH, INC. General Contractor - Bulldozer • Backhoe 845-434-7568

Relationships Play Therapy Family Therapy



5211 MAIN STREET, SO. FALLSBURG, NEW YORK 12779 Phone: 845-434-4321 Fax: 845-436-8609 STEINGART@CATSKILL.NET


Custom sizes & colors available

from Business Cards to Four Color & Beyond with High Quality, Fast Turnaround, Competitive Prices & Professional Service.


$3,940 Installed with 10-Year Warranty $3,540 ,

You name it, we provide it...

B OWERS A UTO S ALES Rte 52, Woodbourne, NY • 845-798-5776

Garage - 18’ x 21’ All Metal

From Creative Concept To Printed Piece

Thank You To All Our 911 Responders!

John S. Lichtenstein, M.D.

Nick Olsen, Owner

County Rt. 121, North Branch, NY Mel’s Nick’s (845) 482-4963 (845) 701-5180





Lawnboy Solo Briggs & Lawnboy Dolmar Wisconsin Poulan Snapper Stratton Paulan Kohler Tecumseh Stihl Husqvarna Wisconsin Stihl Arlens Husqvarna Ariens Kawasaki Kohler Toro Kawasaki Wheel Horse Toro Wheel Tecumseh Briggs & Stratton Honda Engines Honda Horse ALSU 0 62

Route 209N, Wawarsing, NY 12489

Mel Olsen, Jr., Owner • Farm Machinery • Tractors • Cars • Trucks

Proudly family-owned and operated

Engine Parts Brand Names We Carry

Family Practice Pediatrics Acupuncture Alcohol-Drug Abuse Consultant

Foreign & Domestic Repairs Ken Emery 4 Oak Street Liberty • 292-6334

Umbrella • Business Coverage • Auto Insurance • Homeowners Insurance

USED CARS & SMALL ENGINE REPAIRS SPECIALIST Alan Bennett 1139 Cadosia Road Hancock, NY 13783 (607) 637-2277

Liberty Service Center



White Sulphur Springs, NY

Thanks to all the Emergency Units!!!!



Eggler Automatic Inc.


Source: Wikihow

“Thank Y ou to All our GEORGE BURKLE, INC. Dedicate General Insurance 911 Respondders!”


Specialized Standard & Automatic Transmission Service

7. If you really must get out of a second-story window, look for a ledge and always face the building structure when exiting a window on an upper floor. From a second story, if you have to hang, you might get closer to the ground and you could potentially let go and fall to safety. The truth of the matter is that you are probably a lot safer staying put and trying to compartmentalize by closing doors between you and the fire, prevent the smoke from coming into the room, and putting something over your nose and mouth to filter the air and hoping for the best.


1. React as soon as you hear your smoke alarm go off. If you see fire, try to exit your home as safely as possible. Do not try to grab your phone, valuables, or your other important possessions. Your only concern should be getting yourself and your family members out safely. You may only have a few seconds to escape safely, so ignore

you have to walk by or through a heavily smoke-filled room. 4. Stop, drop, and roll if your clothes catch fire. Rolling around will smother the fire quickly. Cover your face with your hands as you're rolling to protect yourself. 5. If you can't escape your home and are waiting for help, you can still take some measures to ward off the smoke and stay safe. Close your door and cover all vents and cracks around it with cloth or tape to keep the smoke out for as long as you can. 6. If you are trapped in your second story room in the event of a fire, do what you can to get yourself to an area where people will be able to hear you or see you. You can take a sheet or something else – white preferably – and hang it out the window to signify that you need help when the first responders get there. Be sure to close the window – leaving it open draws the fire towards the fresh oxygen.



all secondary concerns that have nothing to do with staying alive. 2. If you see smoke under a door, then you cannot go out that door, because smoke is toxic and fire is sure to follow. Before opening a door, put the back of your hand up to the door to make sure it doesn't feel hot. If the door feels cool, then open it slowly and pass through it. If the door is hot or there's smoke under it and there are no other doors to pass through, you will have to try to escape through a window. 3. Protect yourself from smoke inhalation. Get low to the floor and crouch or crawl on your hands and knees to evade the smoke. Though you may think that running is faster, encourage your family members to crouch or crawl, too. Smoke inhalation causes people to become disoriented and can even render a person unconscious. Knowing this, you should cover your nose and mouth if



he numbers are staggering. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) in 2012, the last year for which statistics are available, there were an estimated 365,000 reported home structure fires and 2,380 associated civilian deaths in the United States. The NFPA website ( has a downloadable escape plan grid which it touts as “a great way to get children involved in fire safety in a non-threatening way.” (See sidebar, “Making a home fire escape plan”)

Individual Therapy Marital Counseling Custody & Visitation Mediation




Making a home fire escape plan person too, in case the designee is not home during the emergency. 9. Tell guests or visitors to your home about your family’s fire escape plan. When staying overnight at other people’s homes, ask about their escape plan. If they don’t have a plan in place, offer to help them make one. This is especially important when children are permitted to attend “sleepovers” at friends’ homes. See NFPA’s “Sleepover fire safety for kids” fact sheet. 10. Allow children to master fire escape planning and practice before holding a fire drill at night when they are sleeping. The objective is to practice, not to frighten, so telling children there will be a drill before they go to bed can be as effective as a surprise drill. 11. It’s important to determine during the drill whether children and others can readily waken to the sound of the smoke alarm. If they fail to awaken, make sure that someone is assigned to wake them up as part of the drill and in a real emergency situation. 12. Practice your home fire escape plan twice a year, making the drill as realistic as possible. Source: National Fire Protection Association

Thanks to all the Volunteers!!

Dynamite Youth Center Foundation, Inc. 5803 Rt. 42 Fallsburg, NY 12733 (845) 434-3370


P.O. Box 156 533 Broadway Monticello, NY 12701

We Thank You for your dedication to our communities.

Ph: (845) 796-2216 Fax: (845) 796-2716 Email:

Glenn Smith President

“We appreciate what you do for the community every day.”

Callicoon Co-Operative Insurance Co. 15994

1. Draw a map of your home. Show all doors and windows. 2. Visit each room. Find two ways out. Check to make sure the escape routes are clear. 3. All windows and doors should open easily. You should be able to use them to get outside. 4. Make sure your home has smoke alarms. Push the test button to make sure each alarm is working. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. 5. Pick a meeting place outside. It should be in front of your home. Everyone will meet at the meeting place. Make sure to mark the location of the meeting place on your escape plan. 6. Make sure your house or building number can be seen from the street to ensure that responding emergency personnel can find your home. 7. Talk about your plan with everyone in your home. Make sure everyone understands it. 8. If there are infants, older adults, or family members with mobility limitations, make sure that someone is assigned to assist them in the fire drill and in the event of an emergency. Assign a backup

MARCH, 2014



Chapel Street, Jeffersonville Tel. 482-5522



10% IN STORE DISCOUNT with this ad

STEWART AVE., ROSCOE, NY • 607-498-4867




SULLIVAN COUNTY’S LARGEST FIREARM INVENTORY!!! Thanks to all Emergency Units & Volunteers Best of Luck for a Winning Season!

Ramsay's Funeral Home, Inc. Monticello 794-2700

Ramsay's Granite and Marble “MEMORIALS OF DISTINCTION”

292-7160 275 So. Main St. Liberty 794-2700 15765

Western Sullivan County Representative Lloyd E. Heller 845-807-9940

15165 RFUN-119427

Liberty Kauneonga Lake 292-7160 583-5445



MARCH, 2014


NEED MEDICAL CARE? Visit V isit i one o of our urr local offices! offi o cess!

112 Shoprite Plaza, Shop Rite Boulevard, Ellenville, NY 12428

111 Sullivan Avenue, Ferndale, NY 12754

(845) 647-6700

(845) 292-6630

• Primary Care • Cardiology • Gastroenterology • Gynecology • Pulmonology

Dr. Douglas Fletcher Dr. Jagruti Gohel Dr. Martin Palmer Dr. John Podeszwa Dr. Bonnie Seecharran

• Primary Care • Cardiology • Gastroenterology • Pulmonology

Dr. Donald Roth Dr. David Schwalb Dennis Waxman, P.A. Dr. Douglas Fletcher Dr. David Lowenkron

518 Broadway, Monticello, NY 12701

(845) 794-1600 • Primary Care • Cardiology • Gastroenterology • Pulmonology • Orthopedics

Dr. Gary Garfield Dr. Sheldon Leidner Dr. Jonathan Weiss Cynthia Gilmour, F.N.P.

2930 State Route 209, Wurtsboro, NY 12790

(845) 888-2200 • Pediatrics • Primary Care

Dr. Dhirajlal Shah Dr. Stuart Tashman

Dr. Charles Peralo Dr. Bonnie Seecharran


CALL C A ALL (845) 342-4774 15762




MARCH, 2014

At Crystal Run, we know life is unpredictable and you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t plan for... Cough, Achoo, Crash or Bang! Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why Crystal Run Urgent Care is open 7 days a week, 365 days a year â&#x20AC;&#x201D; NOW in four convenient locations â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with physicians on-site, in-house labs and diagnostic imaging. We offer coordinated care with a team of specialists to help treat whatever life has unexpectedly thrown at you. Let us greet your ...sniff, thud, and ouch! with ...Ahhhhh! Your visit to our Urgent Care may just be a great introduction to the value of Crystal Run Healthcare, and help you avoid an unnecessary trip to the emergency room.

Because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just healthcare â&#x20AC;&#x201C; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Crystal Run Healthcare. Rock Hill s Middletowns Monroes New Windsors 15763

911 2014  

Emergencies, by their nature, happen when we least expect them. But you don't have to be caught unprepared. Our 911 special section has valu...

Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you