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Recent Home Sales

5. MLS 40903 Bethel Township (Smallwood) Lake Community Contemporary 3 BR/2 BA Acres: 0.22 Sold For: $182,500 School Tax: $3,210 Town & County: $2,730

3. MLS 37021 Callicoon Township Farmhouse

2. MLS 40152 Fremont Township Cape Cod Built: 1970 Listed By: PennYork Real Estate

4 BR/2BA Acres: 2.20 Sold For: $60,000 School Tax: $1,721 Town & County: $1,451

Built: 1940 Listed By: Elliott & Pomeroy

6. MLS 39441 Thompson Township (Rock Hill) Lakefront Cottage Built: 1980 Listed By: Malek Properties

4. MLS 41049 Lumberland Township Tudor Streamfront with Pond

5 BR/1 BA Acres: 1.65 Sold For: $98,000 School Tax: $1,864 Town & County: $2,049

Built: 1920 Listed By: Century 21 Country Realty

8. MLS 39378 Forestburgh Township Custom Contemporary Lakefront

7. . MLS 40647 Fallsburg Township 2 Story Executive Colonial

3 BR/1 BA Acres: 0.12 Sold For: $245,500 School Tax: $3,361 Town & County: $2,547

Built: 1949 Listed By: Keller Williams Realty Hudson Valley United

4 BR/3 BA Acres: 5.61 Sold For: $329,900 School Tax: $4,628 Town & County: $4,286

5 BR/2 BA Built: 1950 Acres: 6.00 Listed By: Sold For: $98,000 Eagle Valley Realty School Tax: $1,737 Town & County: $2,031

Built: 1997 Listed By: Exit Mountains Real Estate

5 BR/3 BA Acres: 3.0 Sold For: $420,000 School Tax: $9,196 Town & County: $7,174

Built: 1988 Listed By: Catskill Castles

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“Colors of the Delaware River valley at sunset are intense and amazing,” said Mary Heckman.

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ifting fog refracts a September sunrise. A flock of wild turkeys amble across Wood Oak Drive. The morning stretch of tall birch casts long shadows down a rolling hill. Such is the slice of heaven Mary and Paxton Heckman called home at 69 Hemlock Lane in Narrowsburg, NY – and they’re not even “morning people.” “Colors of the Delaware River valley at sunset are intense and amazing,” said Mary. Stoking a fire pit and watching sunsets from their large wraparound deck are memories the Heckmans will take with them to a new life in Wyoming. What first drew the original owners to the clapboard home built in 2004

was the fireplace. Spotting the stonefaced fireplace from the road on a house-hunting trip sparked love at first sight. “The fireplace inside the great room with vaulted ceilings was even better inside than out,” said Mary. Fieldstone gathered from the lot itself comprises 90 percent of the floorto-cathedral ceiling fireplace. A reachable refuge. Just minutes beyond Narrowsburg, the three-bedroom, three-bathroom contemporary home, perched on 5.79 acres, feels delightfully sheltered from civilization. Located in the Lenape Hills Estates subdivision, an area formerly part of Mule Deer Hunting Camp, the HeckCONTINUED ON PAGE 6H

The screenedin porch (below) opens onto a large deck, great for sunset-viewing over the STORY BY Delaware WILLOW BAUM River valley.


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The clapboard home with expansive views was listed for sale in mid-September with Dawn Curreri of Eagle Valley Realty. Narrowsburg Volunteer Fire Company – which they miss most since relocating to Wyoming due to a new opportunity for Paxton with UnionPacific. Putting their house on the market was a “very hard decision” for the Heckmans, as has been leaving friends. One day when Paxton and Mary had a full house of out-of-town family visit-

ing, a knock came at the front door. Friend and neighbor Rick Lander noticed smoke flowing around the chimney in a way that “looked a little off.” He came over to be sure there were no problems with the chimney. “Nothing was wrong, but we were glad Rick stopped by to check on us,” said Mary. “It’s so nice to know people here look out for you.”

Fieldstone gathered from the lot itself comprises most of the gorgeous fireplace.

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operations for two volunteer firefighters; one being a road warrior. Soon after Mary and Paxton met and were married in Connecticut, Mary’s employer tapped her to manage operations throughout New York. Mary’s profession would dispatch her to 14 different facilities across the state from Syracuse to New York City. When Paxton landed a job at the Sullivan County 911 Center, the couple scoured Sullivan and Orange counties for a new home. “We dragged the Realtor to 20 or 30 houses all over Sullivan and Orange County,” said Mary, before discovering 69 Hemlock Lane online. “Once we saw it,” said Mary, “we knew there was no reason to look any longer.” The house was built new as a spec home in 2004, and the Heckmans became its first owners in January 2005. The couple easily settled into life along the Upper Delaware, making new friends and enjoying nature and outdoor activities. Best of all, both proudly served the


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NBDC earns ‘Best of Bauer’ 5-Star Elite Rating highest (5-Star) rating for strength and stability. “We don’t have to tell you how difficult it has been for the banking industry these past eight years, but NBDC Bank has not only survived, it has thrived,” remarks Karen L. Dorway, president of the rating firm. “Being able to maintain the highest level of financial performance, even in the most difficult of environments, NBDC Bank was able to stay customer-focused while others were trying to stay afloat. NBDC Bank deserves this commendation.” Established in 1891, NBDC Bank has been dedicated to its customers’ needs for 124 years. Today it operates through 12 branch offices and can also be found on the internet at nbdcbank.com.

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any landowners don’t sell timber or plan the future of their land, which can often make knowing where to turn for advice difficult. It can be helpful for landowners to learn about their options in advance, meet local professionals in person, and hear about other landowners’ experiences. A freeWoods Forum is offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the CCE Sullivan County Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-

Loomis Road in Liberty NY. Homemade pie, conversation, and resource materials will be provided. This discussion will include the decisions surrounding woodland ownership and the importance of these woodlands to families and communities through: • A short presentation by Ron Frisbee, Cornell Cooperative Extension resource educator • A round table discussion forum where landowners can ask their questions and get answers from other

landowners and professionals including loggers and foresters • A chance to meet with local conservation organizations including the Catskill Forest Association, the Delaware Highlands Conservancy, Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership, and the Watershed Agricultural Council By bringing together landowners and conservation professionals, the goal is to create a local network of contacts that can give landowners the support and information they need when fac-

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light lunch will be provided. CCESC Master Food Preserver Volunteers, Jessica Gibbons, Bonnie Makofsky, Karen Mariner, Wendy Tushak, and Cheyenne Zigmund will demonstrate home food preservation methods as recommended by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). Participants will gain hands-on experience in hot water bath canning, freezing, and dehydration and will learn ways to store foods for an extended period of time. No prior knowledge of food preservation

is needed. Attendees will receive food samples. Cost is $45 per person, including lunch. Space is limited and pre-registration with non-refundable payment is required in advance. Seats are only guaranteed with payment. Registration and more information can be obtained by calling CCESC at 292-6180, emailing sullivan@cornell. edu, or visiting www.sullivancce.org. Payment can be made in advance by check, cash, or credit. Additional donations for CCESC programs are appreciated.

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he public is invited to take advantage of the bountiful harvest of apples this fall at an educational workshop on safe home food preservation techniques using healthy apples as the main ingredient. On Saturday, October 24, Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) will offer this unique class from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the shared-use, Entrepreneurial and Teaching (EaT) Kitchen at its Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Road in Liberty. A

ing a decision about their land. Pre-registration for this free event is required in advance. Registration and more information can be obtained by calling CCESC at 845-292-6180 or emailingsullivan@cornell.edu. Questions can be directed to Ron Frisbee at CCE of Columbia and Greene Counties at 518-622-9820 or rf369@cornell.edu. This program is made possible through collaboration with the Watershed Agricultural Council and Cornell Cooperative Extension.

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effort - and choosing plants for all seasons - homeowners can protect landscapes and provide hardy habitats for wildlife. Certain ornamental bushes and shrubs can thrive in colder temperatures. Root vegetables, such as carrots and potatoes, are viable in the winter months. Many people plant flower bulbs in early winter to protect the soil and to enjoy vibrant color upon the arrival of spring. Another solution is to use leaves and other compost matter to cover naked soil until planting resumes. The compost will be heavy enough to stay in place and will add healthy soil nutrients, including potassium, phosphorous and nitrogen, as it decomposes. Place a breathable soil fabric on the compost to help slow decomposition. Soil fabric also can be used elsewhere to protect soil and plants where thick layers of compost may not be practical.

oil erosion is a significant problem when the temperatures dip, as snowstorms and wind can blow unprotected soil away. What's more, when warmer weather returns, even more soil may erode from spring melt and runoff. Unprotected soil that is exposed to wet and windy weather can quickly deteriorate. Especially harsh winter weather can cause soil to break down, subjecting the soil to erosive forces. Soil loss is wasteful and can compromise landscapes, leaving lawns and gardens susceptible to further damage. To combat poorly performing gardens, landscapers may have to rely more heavily on chemical fertilizers and supplements, neither of which is an especially eco-friendly alternative. Composting can protect and improve soil conditions throughout the winter season. By making gardening a year-round

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hinking fall and foliage? The Wayne County Farm Tour is set for Saturday, October 17th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Farming has a long history in Wayne County. In the early days of Wayne County, there were over 1500 active family farms. Farming has changed quite a bit since then. Wayne County is now home to family farms, vegetable producers, and specialty farms. Many of our local farms have diversified to remain viable. Join us while we visit some of the most unique and successful farms in our area. The group will be discussing some of the challenges and hardships faced by farmers today. Plan to visit four area farms, each unique in its management and products. There will be vegetables, cheese, and flowers available. The farms on the Tour include; Willow Wisp Organic Vegetable

Farm, Brian Smith Dairy, Calkins Creamery, and Fox Hill Farm. It is also a great opportunity to learn how farmers work hard to protect the environment. The bus leaves from 648 Park Street (the old Stourbridge School) promptly at 9 a.m. Your $10 ticket includes lunch, too. There is plenty of space, bring a cooler if you like. The group will have a homecooked meal at the Calkins Grange, an historic Agricultural advocacy group.

Make your reservation, with payment by October 13. The tour has been coordinated by the Wayne Conservation District, in partnership with PACD. For more information and a map of the tour, please visit wayneconservation.org or contact Heidi Ferber of the Wayne Conservation District at 570-253-0930.

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Opposite page shows the majestic stone fireplace in a rental referred to as “The Barn” in Youngsville, NY.

The little red cottage that became a big, J healthy business

Jennifer Grimes, right with Business Development Manager Robin Jones in the dining area of Eureka Market & Café in Grahamsville. The Route 55 offices for Country House Realty and Red Cottage Rental are located in a portion of the building that houses the cafe, and which in a past life was a gas station and auto garage. Below is the peaceful-no motorized boats allowed, dock at Montgomery Lake Cottage in Yulan, NY. On the cover is the beautiful modern living area of “Trout River” in Livingson Manor.The house is listed for sale. ALLISON RUEF | DEMOCRAT

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ennifer Grimes never planned on becoming a real estate broker, rental agent or restaurateur. She also never thought she’d find herself living in the heart of the

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Catskills. As a bond salesperson in New York City, she found herself spending frequent weekends at her mom’s house in northern Westchester to get her “country” fix and escape the city, but eventually took the plunge and bought a weekend home upstate to have her own getaway. “I looked at a little red cottage on the Neversink River – it was the only one I looked at. I asked no questions, had no idea what I was doing,” said Grimes. “But I knew I wanted to have someplace where I could hone my fly-fishing skills, and what better place than on the Neversink? “It was impulsive, and I hadn’t really thought it through, and I didn’t think I’d end up living here year-round, but life is funny like that,” said Grimes. Grimes moved into the little red cottage full time after her job “blew up” in the recession in 2007-2008. That cottage was the catalyst for a new career and niche business – as a real estate broker at Country House Realty, the proprietor of Red Cottage, Inc., a vacation rental

company, and as the owner of the Eureka Market & Café in Grahamsville. Her rental business started quite by accident – she rented the little red cottage a couple of times, which, according to Grimes, was a “positive experience.” Then her neighbors asked if she could rent their properties as well. It quickly became a compelling “hobby.” The same recession that took her job in New York City helped Grimes find success in this new venture. “The recession made the rental business thrive,” explained Grimes. “Second homeowners soon found themselves struggling to carry sometimes two mortgages, and renting was the way to cover those expenses without having to sell it.”

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On the other side, New Yorkers were vacationing closer to home, so both sides quickly snapped up the opportunity to rent. What makes her business unique, she says, is the quality of the rentals – and

she has over 45 homes that she rents to families, Brooklyn hipsters, worn-out Manhattanites and anyone looking to get away for a few days or a few weeks. They are seeking a fuller experience that is different from staying at hotels,

which ironically are sparse in this once-thriving resort area. Most Red Cottage properties are located in Sullivan and Ulster counties – CONTINUED ON PAGE 12H


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Opposite page shows the majestic stone fireplace in a rental referred to as “The Barn” in Youngsville, NY.

The little red cottage that became a big, J healthy business

Jennifer Grimes, right with Business Development Manager Robin Jones in the dining area of Eureka Market & Café in Grahamsville. The Route 55 offices for Country House Realty and Red Cottage Rental are located in a portion of the building that houses the cafe, and which in a past life was a gas station and auto garage. Below is the peaceful-no motorized boats allowed, dock at Montgomery Lake Cottage in Yulan, NY. On the cover is the beautiful modern living area of “Trout River” in Livingson Manor.The house is listed for sale. ALLISON RUEF | DEMOCRAT

BY ALLISON RUEF

ennifer Grimes never planned on becoming a real estate broker, rental agent or restaurateur. She also never thought she’d find herself living in the heart of the

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Catskills. As a bond salesperson in New York City, she found herself spending frequent weekends at her mom’s house in northern Westchester to get her “country” fix and escape the city, but eventually took the plunge and bought a weekend home upstate to have her own getaway. “I looked at a little red cottage on the Neversink River – it was the only one I looked at. I asked no questions, had no idea what I was doing,” said Grimes. “But I knew I wanted to have someplace where I could hone my fly-fishing skills, and what better place than on the Neversink? “It was impulsive, and I hadn’t really thought it through, and I didn’t think I’d end up living here year-round, but life is funny like that,” said Grimes. Grimes moved into the little red cottage full time after her job “blew up” in the recession in 2007-2008. That cottage was the catalyst for a new career and niche business – as a real estate broker at Country House Realty, the proprietor of Red Cottage, Inc., a vacation rental

company, and as the owner of the Eureka Market & Café in Grahamsville. Her rental business started quite by accident – she rented the little red cottage a couple of times, which, according to Grimes, was a “positive experience.” Then her neighbors asked if she could rent their properties as well. It quickly became a compelling “hobby.” The same recession that took her job in New York City helped Grimes find success in this new venture. “The recession made the rental business thrive,” explained Grimes. “Second homeowners soon found themselves struggling to carry sometimes two mortgages, and renting was the way to cover those expenses without having to sell it.”

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On the other side, New Yorkers were vacationing closer to home, so both sides quickly snapped up the opportunity to rent. What makes her business unique, she says, is the quality of the rentals – and

she has over 45 homes that she rents to families, Brooklyn hipsters, worn-out Manhattanites and anyone looking to get away for a few days or a few weeks. They are seeking a fuller experience that is different from staying at hotels,

which ironically are sparse in this once-thriving resort area. Most Red Cottage properties are located in Sullivan and Ulster counties – CONTINUED ON PAGE 12H


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in Roscoe, Grahamsville, Claryville, Callicoon, North Branch, Livingston Manor, Jeffersonville and Monticello, to name a few. However Dutchess and Columbia counties are her fastest-growing areas, with ten more properties in the pipeline which will soon be available to rent. She also has properties that she services on Long Island, Nantucket and Cape Cod. “Our owners are architects, artists, large landholders and professionals who didn’t live in the area full-time, but have one-of-a-kind, very special country getaways,” she explained. “They didn’t want to sell and saw renting their homes as a way to hold on to their special place.” Grimes began Red Cottage officially in early 2008, and her 7+ years experience in the rental cottage business did not come without challenges. “There was a real learning curve. This isn’t a business that one can just jump into and have everything go smoothly,” she explains. “Every owner is different – each has a different motivations for renting their home, and it takes time to establish that relationship and that trust. At this point, we have years of

Originally, her intention for obtaining her real estate license was to “flip” houses – fixing up mostly rundown properties and reselling them. She had no intention of becoming a real estate broker but soon found herself actively selling property. “I primarily deal in the second-home market, since that’s what I know,” she explains. “I understand the New York City buyer’s mindset and can help them navigate the sometimes alien waters of a) buying a house, and b) upstate living. The words ‘breaker box’ to an apartment-dweller sound like the teacher in the Peanuts cartoons – meaningless.” Grimes now has three additional agents that cover Sullivan County from Narrowsburg to Roscoe. Right now, says Grimes, the secondhome market is busy; however, it is a very different market than the residential or commercial markets. “There aren’t statistics specific to second homes, so I can’t really quote statistics, but I can say that this is the most active I’ve been since 2007,” she says. “It’s also a very savvy market – buyers know what they want, and

‘I thought I would just do a little market, and a friend suggested I get a pizza oven, and it just grew from there.’ Jennifer Grimes broker, agent and restaurateur | experience and we are growing quickly. We have great clients on both ends – both homeowners and repeat customers.” Grimes rents the homes on behalf of the owner – unlike a service like Airbnb, which puts the renter in direct contact with the owner (and not a service that Red Cottage utilizes). “Their fee system doesn’t really work for our model,” Grimes explains. “Besides, we offer many services that the homeowner can’t get by using Airbnb.” While cultivating relationships with her renters, she’s found that often they develop an affinity for this area, which makes her second business, Country House Realty, incredibly useful. Sometimes the second homeowners are ready to let go of their property, so Grimes is able to serve them as well.

they’re comparison shopping, so at the end of the day, the buyers are making relative value decisions that determine the market prices.” Grimes’ offices are located at the site of her third business, the quaint Eureka Market & Café near Grahamsville. Like her other businesses, running a café wasn’t part of the plan, but when she bought the building for office space, it was close to her home and came with a full restaurant kitchen and dining area. Among other incarnations, the building was also a former auto mechanic shop, and the large converted space was appealing. “I thought I would just do a little market, and a friend suggested I get a pizza oven, and it just grew from there,” says Grimes. “My office was originally where the main dining room is now – and it was lovely – bright and spacious. But the food service part of the business kept growing, so I had to move to the back.” The market is the perfect place for her renters to enjoy Sunday brunch, grab some groceries or sample a homemade pizza, and Grimes sees it as a perk for her customers. But the changing menu, scrumptious baked goods, fresh Java Love coffee on tap and homemade pizza specials on


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A swimming pool overlooking a beautiful view is one of the amenities at “Trout River” in Livingston Manor.

weeknights also attract busy parents and hungry locals in this small community. Meanwhile, as she eagerly anticipates the upcoming vote, Grimes and her staff are content with finding new ways to grow Red Cottage and Country House Realty. In fact, they are currently hiring. “We are looking for a fabulous and dynamic person to coordinate and handle our guests’ experience and be an office admin – so if you know someone who would fit that description, please send them our way.” For more information about Red Cottage Inc. vacation rentals, visit www.redcottageinc.com or call 845985-5116. For more information about Country House Realty, visit www.countryhouserealty.net or call 845-985-5116. For more information about Eureka Market & Cafe visit www.eureka-market.com or call 845-985-5152.

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Reduce winter utility costs LIBERTY — Homeowners and renters can learn to reduce energy consumption and lower energy bills at a Save Energy, Save Dollars workshop on Wednesday, October 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. This EmPower New York class is being offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County at its Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center located on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Road in Liberty. Participants who attend this free event will learn about reducing energy bills by following some low-cost and no-cost

energy conservation methods. Each person will receive three (3) compact fluorescent light bulbs at no cost to them. Advanced registration is encouraged by calling 292-6180. This program is one in a series of identical classes continuing on November 24. Additional dates and times can be obtained by visiting www.human.cornell.edu/dea/outreach/index.cfm and selecting “Empower Energy Use Management Workshop Schedule”. EmPower New York workshops are sponsored by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and developed by Cornell University Cooperative Extension and NYSERDA.

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4 BR, 3 BA artfully restored former Catholic church. Original red pine floors, bead-board walls, Cathedral ceilings, gourmet kitchen and baths. Matching addition provides two 2-BR living spaces, also perfect for B&B or wedding venues. Bright dry basement, 45-Foot bell tower, private fenced-in lawn, professional landscaping. Quiet neighborhood; lake rights to Shandelee Lake for fishing, swimming, boating, hiking/ski/snowshoe trails; short walk to The Arnold restaurant/spa. 3,100 sq. ft. with lake rights!

Masterfully constructed, privately situated post and beam 2,600 sq. ft residence on 46.8 acres with private scenic trail for hiking/ biking/cross-country skiing and a recreational pond for fishing/swimming and boating. 2 Minutes from Tennanah Lake Golf and Tennis Club. Views of scenic pond, forest, beautiful professional landscaping. 3 Decks and stone porch. Custom gourmet chef’s kitchen, granite counters, cathedral ceilings, 2-car garage, full basement with walkout to patio and backyard.

Sweet 1850s farmhouse on 180 pastoral and wooded acres on quiet country road, shed, barn, 2 car garage, separate 2story guest bldg. Hiking trails, pond, private tennis court, acres of blueberry bushes and ½ mile wild trout stream running through the property. Guest bldg. offers plenty of extra living space with office area, darkroom, dining table/kitchen setup, bathroom, guest room.

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overnor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the launch of a clean energy competition for colleges and universities in New York State. The competition will challenge student-led coalitions across the state to develop creative ideas to aggressively reduce greenhouse gas emissions on school campuses and beyond. The three groups that propose the best ideas to invest in clean energy will each win $1 million to help implement their plans. “Our State’s college students have a pivotal role to play in building a cleaner and more energy-efficient future – and with these awards, we hope to inspire the next generation to change the world,” Governor Cuomo said. “Climate change has become one of the most defining issues of our time, and we must act now to address it. I encourage students across our state to dream big, and help New York continue to be a leader in changing the way we think about energy and the environment.” Student-led university groups, which may include faculty and other staff

members, will be evaluated on their ideas to improve energy efficiency, increase renewables and reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions. Ideas and plans will be submitted to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority in early 2016 with awards expected later that year. The State University of New York and private colleges like New York University have already made notable strides in investing in clean energy. SUNY is on track to achieve its commitment to improve energy efficiency 20 percent by 2020 and NYU has signed the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment to be climate neutral by the year 2040. Governor Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) is designed to build a cleaner, more affordable and resilient energy system for all New Yorkers through a combination of new energy policies, state-wide initiatives and regulatory reforms. This protects the environment and supports the State’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40

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Scenic Byway voted best autumn drive in Northeast

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he Upper Delaware Scenic Byway (UDSB) was voted as the top choice in the Northeastern United States and ranked #2 in the entire country in USA TODAY’s “Best Scenic Autumn Drive” Readers’ Choice contest. Results were announced on Oct. 2 following four weeks of on-line voting. The honor comes as no surprise to those who drive the nearly 70-mile route which links the City of Port Jervis in Orange County to the Village of Hancock in Delaware County, with the majority of miles traversing Sullivan County communities and paralleling the National Park Service Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River. “New York State Route 97, originally known as Delaware River Highway Route 3-A, was built as a scenic road to open up the southern tier counties. The Roosevelt New Deal construction project took nine years to complete at a cost of around $4.1 million. At its grand opening ceremony held on August 30, 1939, it was officially dedicated as ‘The

Most Scenic Highway in the East’,” said Nadia Rajsz, chairperson of the volunteer committee which oversees administration of the UDSB Enhancement Concept Plan. It is an area characterized by stunning scenery, a rich history, communities both lively and quaint, and an abundance of recreational opportunities. USA TODAY’s ‘10 Best’ travel experts emphasized Route 97’s spectacular fall foliage beauty by naming it as the only New York State highway on its list of 20 nominees for the Best Scenic Autumn Drive contest. The experts extolled its “breathtaking vistas and hiking trails, panoramic views, side roads to explore, fishing banks and the Elks Brox Memorial Park. On the way, visitors can stop in small towns and check out shops, museums and art galleries, and choose from local restaurants to grab a bite to eat. The Upper Delaware Scenic Byway is popular among motorcyclists and road bikers, as well as visitors in cars wanting a glimpse at the changing of seasons.”

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A typically scenic Route 97 in fall, ranked by USA Today’s experts as among the best fall foliage stretches in the entire United States. The Upper Delaware Scenic Byway came in just behind Michigan’s M-22 and ahead of the Kancamagus Scenic Byway in New Hampshire on the top 10 voting list.

For information on the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway, Inc. or to request a brochure, please visit www.upperdelawarescenicbyway.org or call toll-free (866) 511-UDSB (8372).

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Your destination – for family life, for retirement, for a second home – ought to be Sullivan County and environs. Why? Because we meld beaut...

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Your destination – for family life, for retirement, for a second home – ought to be Sullivan County and environs. Why? Because we meld beaut...

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