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TASK FORCE: Sullivan West battling drug epidemic head on the word out about the Community Task Force and about the dinner,” said Task Force member Regina Stabbert. “The one thing that they talk about a lot is how, if you’re in a relationship with someone who is using or if their friend is using, what do they do? Sometimes students are put in these situations, even when they themselves aren’t abusing drugs. They want to help and they need support. So education is key for this dinner.” The SW Community Task Force dinner will be held on May 3, at the SW High School at 5 p.m. “We’re hoping to grow the SW Community Task Force even further outside the community,” said Stabbert. “We’d love for other schools to get on board with us, other organizations throughout the county too. The more people that are involved, the more care and education we can get to the kids. “And the kids know. They know who cares about them, and that makes a difference to them.”

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driving, life skills, date rape, burglary and more. They want to give kids an outlet or a place to turn where they feel comfortable talking and expressing problems they may have. They focus on getting students more involved in extracurricular activities and help them achieve better grades in school. School Resource Officer, Deputy Harb of the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Dept., has given presentations on bullying, the facts of heroin, gangs, and a texting and talking Q & A. Lynn Baron of Catholic Charities in Monticello has talked with students about smoking, substance addiction and life skills. SW Health teachers Diana Hahn and David Eggleton have been talking about drugs and addiction in their classes as well. In August of last year, the SW Task Force hosted their first National Night Out (NNO) at the Delaware Youth Center in Callicoon.

“We literally had no budget, just a donation of $100 – but everyone came together in such an amazing way,” said Sullivan West Central School District Secretary Laurie Henry. History teacher John Ogozalek added, “For the first time doing it, we had a great turn out. We saw a lot of families come down, there were a lot of activities, it was just overall really fun. NNO was created to increase awareness about police programs in the communities across the United States. The SW Community Task Force also held a dinner in the fall last year, with the help of the Wayne County Heroin Task Force, geared toward educating parents and adults on what average things to look for in the home that could tip them off that their child is doing drugs. “We’ll be holding another dinner this year as well, that the students are really heading up. They are coming together to promote it and get

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months or years later. Not only that, but Lyme is often extremely difficult to detect, as it can showcase symptoms that are similar to other health problems like arthritis, MS, Lupus or Fibromyalgia. Symptoms like fatigue, neck stiffness or pain, muscle pain, jaw discomfort, joint aches, swollen glands, digestive issues, headaches, fainting, memory loss, cognitive confusion and vision problems. “In the Northeast, most people catch Lyme around their homes,” said epidemiologist Kiersten Kugeler of the Centers for Disease Control. “What’s important for people to know is that the ticks are spreading to new areas – and tickborne diseases are coming with them.” And Lyme isn’t the only disease

out there. Over the past 50 years, scientists have discovered 11 other diseases that ticks carry like Anaplasmosis, a bacteria often carried by the blacklegged tick (about the size of a sesame seed) that causes fever, vomiting, weight loss, cough and abdominal pain; Ehrlichiosis, which is typically a tick-borne disease found in dogs in the southeastern and southcentral US; Powassan virus; Heartland virus and more. More often than not, deer are usually seen as the blame for lyme disease. A deer-tick bites a deer and then when that same tick bites a human, Lyme is transferred. But the truly effective culprit may actually be much smaller. According to Bard College ecologist Felicia Keesing and her husband, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies ecologist Rick Ostfeld, mice The deer mouse is one of the most efficient transmitters of Lyme, infecting nearly 95 percent of the ticks that feed on them. A mouse can carry up to 100 ticks.

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are highly efficient transmitters of Lyme, infecting nearly 95 percent of the ticks that feed on them. “An individual mouse might have 50, 60, even 100 ticks covering its ears and face,” said Ostfeld. According to Ostfeld and Keesing, the prediction of Lyme cases correlates with how many mice are seen around the forest and fields the summer before. Ostfeld added, “We’re anticipating 2017 to be a particularly risky year for Lyme.” Since the early 90s, reported cases of Lyme disease have tripled and that’s in part to climate change and Publisher: Senior Editor: Editor: Sports Editor: Editorial Assistants: Advertising Director: Advertising Coordinator: Advertising Representatives: Special Sections Coordinator: Business Manager: Business Department: Telemarketing Coordinator: Classified Manager: Production Associates: Circulation & Distribution:

a surge in the deer and mouse populations. So what steps can you take to keep from getting infected? 1. Check daily for ticks: when getting undressed or when in the shower. 2. If you do find a tick, pull it off as quickly as possible. Typically it takes about 24 hours for a tick to infect the person it’s biting. 3. If you do get bit, stay vigilant. Keep on the lookout for symptoms like a red rash or fever. If symptoms do arise, don’t wait – go see a doctor immediately.

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LARYVILLE — Frost Valley YMCA has been awarded a generous grant in the amount of $4,422 from the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism, to support the organization’s two annual Autism Support Weekends. The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism was established in 1998 by former NFL quarterback Doug Flutie in honor of his son, Doug, Jr. who was diagnosed with autism at the age of three. Frost Valley’s twice-yearly Autism Support Weekends are designed to provide respite, physical activity, outdoor learning, and social opportunities in a wholesome, healthy atmosphere for families with a member with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The 2017 weekends will be March 24-26 and June 16-18. The weekends began in 2014 and have since underwritten specialized programming fees and lodging rates for 41 children and young adults with ASD. All family members feel included and are surrounded by others who understand their experience. “Everyone here is all about

love, diversity, and acceptance. And we feel it,” said one past participant. Frost Valley CEO Jerry Huncosky accepted the “Sponsors’ Award for Advancing a Cause” in the amount of $2,500 from YMCA of the USA on February 9, for “outstanding work toward strengthening communities.” Weekends begin by creating community for the families through icebreakers. Frost Valley’s most popular regularly-scheduled activities are available, including Pond Exploration, Candle Making, and Garden/Greenhouse, and traditional camping programs such as snow tubing, hiking, archery. Programming solely for families in the Autism Support Weekend include Sensory Hikes, guided walks on nature trails to explore smells, sights, sounds, and surfaces and the Sensory Room, where a variety of objects that calm and focus attention. Throughout the weekend, Frost Valley staff take care of the details, including a variety of lodging, adapted programming, and special dietary needs. Guests with autism stay at no charge, and friends and family stay for a reduced rate. To register, contact Frost Valley by calling 845-985-2291 ext 450.

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IBERTY – There is a fun new way to exercise and get in shape in Liberty. Melissa DiCostanzo, the owner, and Sara LaFleur, the chief operating officer, started Upstate Cycle Studio, which opened on January 2. Both are Registered Nurses at Catskill Regional Medical Center’s Post Anesthesia Care Unit, and have worked together for three years. They’re good friends and for the past two years, have also been workout buddies. DiCostanzo and LaFleur used to attend a 6 a.m. spin class in Monticello, at a studio which closed, making them ask themselves “what are we going to do.” So last November, they decided to open their own studio. Indoor cycling is a form of exercise with classes involving a special stationary exercise bicycle in a classroom setting. Located at 187 Mill Street Suite #9 in Liberty, Upstate Cycle Studio, has 23 bikes and five instructors – including DiCostanzo and LaFleur. In addition to offering health benefits, DiCostanzo said she hopes the studio and its classes, “Spread positivity. There is so much negativity in the area. I grew up here. I have an interest in seeing the area be better and for people to speak positively about it. I think the only way to do that is to do it ourselves.” “When people come to my class, I

Upstate Cycle Studio Owner Melissa DiCostanzo, left, and Chief Operating Officer Sara LaFleur are all smiles about the new studio.

Upstate Cycle Studio currently has 23 bikes and five instructors who host classes six days a week. Enthusiasts can sign up for a 10-Class pass or “drop in” for a spin.

ask them to do a little better than they did yesterday,” DiCostanzo added. For DiCostanzo and LaFleur, making the playlists for their classes is one of their favorite aspects, constantly alternating music themes to keep things interesting for class attendees. DiCostanzo recently had a British Invasion-themed class, playing music from the Clash, the Beatles, the Spice Girls and Adele. They had a sports music theme for the Super Bowl, and a love song class for Valentine’s Day. In addition to making playlists,

“When people come to my class, I ask them to do a little better than they did yesterday.” Melissa DiCostanzo Owner, Upstate Cycle Studio | LaFleur enjoys, “Seeing people get something out of a class, and trying something they may not have done before.”

The two have found that the classes in several cases bring family members and friends in to have a good time and exercise together. Are you thinking about giving a class a try, but unsure if you will like it? No worries. The first class is free. The cost of a drop-in class is $15, a 10-class pass is available for $125, a one-month limited pass (two classes per week) is $55, onemonth unlimited is $79, threemonth unlimited is $199, one-year unlimited is $699. An auto debit year contract (for 12 months) is available for $62/month. 90-

minute ride (not included w/membership) is $20 per class for non-members and $15 per class for members. For each referral, cyclists earn a $5 credit (there is no limit). Class times are as follows: Monday: 6 a.m., 9 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.; Tuesday: 6 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.; Wednesday: 9 a.m., 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.; Thursday: 6 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.; Friday: 9 a.m., and Saturday: 8:15 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. For more information, visit www.upstatecyclestudio.com or call 845-292-2453.


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IBERTY – There is a fun new way to exercise and get in shape in Liberty. Melissa DiCostanzo, the owner, and Sara LaFleur, the chief operating officer, started Upstate Cycle Studio, which opened on January 2. Both are Registered Nurses at Catskill Regional Medical Center’s Post Anesthesia Care Unit, and have worked together for three years. They’re good friends and for the past two years, have also been workout buddies. DiCostanzo and LaFleur used to attend a 6 a.m. spin class in Monticello, at a studio which closed, making them ask themselves “what are we going to do.” So last November, they decided to open their own studio. Indoor cycling is a form of exercise with classes involving a special stationary exercise bicycle in a classroom setting. Located at 187 Mill Street Suite #9 in Liberty, Upstate Cycle Studio, has 23 bikes and five instructors – including DiCostanzo and LaFleur. In addition to offering health benefits, DiCostanzo said she hopes the studio and its classes, “Spread positivity. There is so much negativity in the area. I grew up here. I have an interest in seeing the area be better and for people to speak positively about it. I think the only way to do that is to do it ourselves.” “When people come to my class, I

Upstate Cycle Studio Owner Melissa DiCostanzo, left, and Chief Operating Officer Sara LaFleur are all smiles about the new studio.

Upstate Cycle Studio currently has 23 bikes and five instructors who host classes six days a week. Enthusiasts can sign up for a 10-Class pass or “drop in” for a spin.

ask them to do a little better than they did yesterday,” DiCostanzo added. For DiCostanzo and LaFleur, making the playlists for their classes is one of their favorite aspects, constantly alternating music themes to keep things interesting for class attendees. DiCostanzo recently had a British Invasion-themed class, playing music from the Clash, the Beatles, the Spice Girls and Adele. They had a sports music theme for the Super Bowl, and a love song class for Valentine’s Day. In addition to making playlists,

“When people come to my class, I ask them to do a little better than they did yesterday.” Melissa DiCostanzo Owner, Upstate Cycle Studio | LaFleur enjoys, “Seeing people get something out of a class, and trying something they may not have done before.”

The two have found that the classes in several cases bring family members and friends in to have a good time and exercise together. Are you thinking about giving a class a try, but unsure if you will like it? No worries. The first class is free. The cost of a drop-in class is $15, a 10-class pass is available for $125, a one-month limited pass (two classes per week) is $55, onemonth unlimited is $79, threemonth unlimited is $199, one-year unlimited is $699. An auto debit year contract (for 12 months) is available for $62/month. 90-

minute ride (not included w/membership) is $20 per class for non-members and $15 per class for members. For each referral, cyclists earn a $5 credit (there is no limit). Class times are as follows: Monday: 6 a.m., 9 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.; Tuesday: 6 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.; Wednesday: 9 a.m., 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.; Thursday: 6 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.; Friday: 9 a.m., and Saturday: 8:15 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. For more information, visit www.upstatecyclestudio.com or call 845-292-2453.


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Sullivan County Public Health Director Nancy McGraw, left, talks with legislators.

out in the community and on local radio stations throughout the week talking about the many programs and services available in the county that help our residents gain the information and tools they need to take actions to become healthier. Please take a look at our ad in this monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Health Section that lists the many services and programs available to area residents. National Public Health Week is also an opportunity to highlight the many efforts that our local health department, county leaders and community partners are engaging in collectively to improve and protect the health of our community. The work of many organizations and individuals promote the importance of preventive screenings and checkups, community and school gardens, reducing consumption of sugary drinks, the importance of

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eating a balanced diet, getting adequate exercise, quitting smoking, and the importance of good mental health. Members of the public and local organizations participate on Sullivan County Rural Health Network committees and discuss local concerns, bring innovative ideas to the table, and create and implement solutions. Examples include the successful efforts of the Drug Prevention Task Force to address the opioid overdose crisis, improving dental health of children, increasing breastfeeding rates to promote healthy mothers and babies, supporting the healthy development of children by supporting families with parenting education, assistance with educational and employment goals through the very successful Healthy Families and Early Intervention programs available through public health. Of course I would be remiss if I did not mention our many public health nurses that provide professional and

Improving Sullivan Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s health rankings is going to take everyone working together to meet the goal of doing our part in making Sullivan County healthierâ&#x20AC;Ś Nancy McGraw Sullivan Co. Public Health Director | compassionate skilled nursing home care services to residents in all corners of the county. Healthy Sullivan is also a committee of local leaders that have come together across many sectors of the community to develop policies to help shape, support and improve the health and wellbeing of residents, under the direction of Legislative Chairman, Luis Alvarez. There is a great deal of concern about Sullivan County being ranked 61 of 62 counties in New York State for its health outcomes. The Robert

Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute have highlighted nationwide the importance of public health with these annual reports. Many people and leaders are asking, â&#x20AC;&#x153;What is it going to take to improve our health rankings? What do we need to do to change this?â&#x20AC;? Improving our health takes years of investment in prevention and in strengthening our public health infrastructure. It also involves encouraging ownership and individual personal lifestyle changes in behavior, making it easier for us all to make healthier choices through economic growth and planning strategies that promote access to walking trails, access to farmers markets and nutritious food, to investing in the development of our communities in a way that ensures that our most vulnerable citizens are included. This will help to create an overall culture that considers a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Health in All Policiesâ&#x20AC;? approach to local planning as the county grows

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The project utilizes two methods of reaching out to patients regarding screening test compliance. nected with NRCI have enrolled in the navigation program. Those who have enrolled and completed their screening receive the $20 incentive. “The purpose of my project was to develop evidence-based strategies to reduce barriers to screening such as lack of clinician recommendation, lack of transportation or limited health coverage,” said Rickard. “Through the Patient Navigation Program, NRCI works with patients to help them deal with some of these obstacles and that is key.” Rickard’s goal to increase colorectal cancer screening adherence at WMCHC is already looking positive. Although distribution of FIT kits and active engagement with NRCI only began last December, discussion of the project prompted WMCHC to encourage its providers and staff to speak to their patients more frequently regarding colorectal cancer screenings earlier on. According to Michelle Corrigan, RN, wellness and clinical care coordinator at WMCHC, after comparing statistics collected for the Uniform Data System, a standardized reporting system maintained by the Health Resources and Services Administration, “the national average patient adherence for colorectal cancer screening for 2015 was 38.3 percent. WMCHC’s 2016 4th quarter data was at 40 percent.” Furthermore, WMCHC measured an increase within its own organization as the 2016 colorectal cancer screening rate jumped up to 40 percent from 27.1 percent in 2015.


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HONESDALE, PA — Board Certified Family Physician Joseph C. Seprosky, Jr., MD, has joined the staff of Highland Physicians Family Health Center, 1839 Fair Avenue in Honesdale. Dr. Seprosky, who has been practicing for over 28 years, will offer primary care for patients of all ages. “Dr. Seprosky is a fine physician who will complement the already impressive group of physicians and mid-level providers we have at Highland,” expressed Frederick Jackson, executive director, Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers (WMCHC). “We’re happy to have him on board.” Dr. Seprosky earned a Doctor of Medicine degree from Hahnemann University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA and Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Wilkes University, Wilkes Barre, PA. Throughout his medical career, he has worked in the areas of emergency medicine, urgent/ walk-in care and private practice. He maintained a private practice in Archbald, PA for nearly 18 years. He was most recently employed as a staff physician at Mid-

V a l l e y Outpatient Center in Peckville, PA. “I have done ER and Urgicare medicine for the past several years. The opportunity to do both primary care and see acute same CONTRIBUTED PHOTO day patients is a Joseph C. Seprosky, Jr., win/win situaMD, Highland tion,” stated Dr. Physicians Family S e p r o s k y Health Center regarding his new position. Highland Physicians Family Health Center is one of nine primary care practices managed by WMCHC. The practice, which serves approximately 17,000 patients, merged with WMCHC in December of 2015. New patients wishing to make an appointment with Dr. Seprosky should contact Highland Physicians Family Health Center at 570-2516500. WMCHC is a federally qualified health center clinically affiliated with Wayne Memorial Health System, Inc. For more information on all our services, please call 570-253-8390 or visitwww.wmh.org/WMCHC.

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HONESDALE, PA – This group really The center opened in June of 2016 “gets to the heart of the matter” for and so far has treated more than 240 their patients! They are the cardio- patients, including many suffering vascular team at Wayne Memorial life-threatening heart attacks. Hospital’s Heart & Vascular Center. As they celebrated Cardiovascular Professionals Week, February 12 – 18, the team pointed out that it takes many diverse professionals to deliver quality heart care: doctors, nurses, midlevel professionCONTRIBUTED PHOTO als, rehabilitation specialists, Photo left to right: Frank Reid RN; Chelsea LaTourette RN; Alli pharmacists, car- McIntrye BS, RT(R); Stephanie Jugus BS, RT(R); Tara Olver, RN; Holly diac care man- Miszler, RN; Sandra Skrobiszewski RT(R), RCIS; Colleen Shaffer RN, agers and more. Rich Evans BS RT(R).


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Delaware Highlands Conservancy renews accreditation Bethel – At a time of political change, one thing is clear and consistent: Americans strongly support saving the open spaces they love. Since 1994, the Delaware Highlands Conservancy has been doing just that for the people of the Upper Delaware River region. Now, the Conservancy announced it has renewed its land trust accreditation – proving once again that, as part of a network of only 372 accredited land trusts across the nation, it is committed to professional excellence and to maintaining the public’s trust in its conservation work. “Renewing our accreditation demonstrates the Delaware Highlands Conservancy’s ongoing commitment to permanent land conservation in the Upper Delaware River region,” said Executive Director Diane Rosencrance. “We are a stronger organization than ever for having gone through the rigorous accreditation renewal process. This evolution of the Conservancy means

the special places of our region – the forests, farms, and clean waters – will be protected forever, ensuring our wonderful quality of life is protected for us and for future generations.” The Delaware Highlands Conservancy provided extensive documentation and underwent a comprehensive review as part of its accreditation renewal. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission awarded the renewed accreditation, signifying its confidence that the Conservancy’s lands will be protected forever. Accredited land trusts must renew every five years, confirming their compliance with national quality standards and providing continued assurance to donors and landowners of their commitment to forever steward their land and easements. Almost 20 million acres of farms, forests and natural areas vital to healthy communities are now permanently conserved by an accredited land trust. The Delaware Highlands Conservancy has protected nearly

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Monticello - Please join the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce and the Monticello Chamber of Commerce in celebrating the relocation of Independent Living, Inc. It has relocated its Monticello service center to 14 Pelton Street, East Wing in Monticello. A grand re-opening celebration is being held at the new location between 4 and 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 30. The program will begin promptly at 4 p.m., with the formal ribbon cutting ceremony held at 5 p.m. Members of the public are cordially invited to attend, to learn about the services offered and meet staff and board members.

Federation for the Homeless Seeking Penny Social Items

The folks at the Sullivan County Federation for the Homeless are gear-

ing up to present their 2nd Annual Penny Social fundraiser, and they need your help. The organization is looking for new or gently used items to be used as prizes for the upcoming fundraiser. Federation director Kathy Kreiter says the community plays a big part in the success of these type of events. “Donations are the heart and soul of any fundraiser. Last year’s event raised over $4600.00 due to the generosity of local businesses, groups and individuals who stepped in to assist us.” People can donate individually, or get together with a few friends and create a specialty basket using a theme such as gardening or movie night. Handmade items are always popular, and of course gift certificates from local businesses are a big hit. The penny social, slated to take place on Saturday, April 22nd, will feature traditional “penny tables”, specialty items, a 50/50 raffle and door prizes. Food will be available for purchase, and all proceeds are to directly benefit the Sullivan County

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Federation for the Homeless and those they serve. The Federation for the Homeless provides education, goods and services to those who are without resources. If you would like to donate new or gently used items, handmade items, themed baskets or gift certificates for the Penny Social, or have any questions about the Federation and its programs, please call Kathy Kreiter at (845) 794-2604.

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ROCK HILL – March is Red Cross month. Be part of an elite group of volunteers! Give blood. This blood drive will be held in the community room, 61 Glen Wild Rd. Rock Hill on Thursday, March 30 from 2:30 -7:30 p.m. Please call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org to schedule an appointment.

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