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Recent Home Sales 1. MLS 4918096 Liberty Township Ranch 3 BR / 1 ½ BA Acres: 0.37 Sold For: $35,000 School Tax: $2,516 Town & County: $2,516

2. MLS 4911348 Mamakating Township Ranch Built: 1953 Listed By: Tami VanLeuven, The Barbanti Group Sold By: Tami VanLeuven, The Barbanti Group

5. MLS 4832840 Highland Township Farm House

2 BR / 1 BA Acres: 0.50 Sold For: $50,000 School Tax: $ 1,971 County Town $ 3,821

Built: 1989 Listed By: Ellie Hyde, C21 Country Realty Sold By: Anthony Cardosa, Shahar Management

Listed By: Lisa Linic, Gibson E. McKean, Inc. Sold By: Meaghan Holley, Cabins and Canoes Real Estate

4 BR / 1 ½ BA Acres: 0.77 Sold For: $150,000 School Tax: $ 1,790 Town & County: $ 3,659

3 BR / 1 ½ BA Acres: 1.90 Sold For: $79,000 School Tax: $ 1,686 Town & County: $ 1,722

Built: 1968 Listed By: Carole Barotti, Elliott & Pomeroy, Inc. Sold By: Bryan Cronk, Elliott & Pomeroy, Inc.

Built: 1930 Listed By: Jeffrey Blechman, Eagle River Realty Sold By: Kevin Jaquay, Eagle River Realty

3 BR / 2 ½ BA Acres: 6.00 Sold For: $274,000 School Tax: $ 2,383 Town & County: $ 2,578

Acres: 1.25 Sold For: $110,394 School Tax: $ 372 Town & County: $ 1,541 Built: 1971

Listed By: Michele Tsaptsinos, Paris Realty Associates Sold By: Non Member MLS

8. MLS 4810780 Rockland Township Colonial

7. MLS 4853033 Lumberland Township Cape Cod

6. . MLS 4830305 Callicoon Township Arts & Crafts

3 BR / 1 ½ BA Acres: 4.79 Sold For: $132,000 School Tax: $2,433 Town & County: $ 2,433 Built: 1955

4. MLS 4835884 Neversink Township Cape Cod

3. MLS 4910414 Neversink Township Raised Ranch

Built: 1962 Listed By: Dawn Payne, Keller Williams HVU Sold By: Ben Wiley, Keller Williams HVU

4 BR / 2 ½ BA Acres: 2.20 Sold For: $668,000 School Tax: $ 7,446 Town & County: $ 7,192

Built: 1875 Listed By: Jennifer Grimes, Country House Realty Sold By: Jennifer Grimes, Country House Realty

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Home gardening: making your house look nicer and you feel better STORY BY MATT SHORTALL

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own a tree-lined driveway on a backcountry road in Bethel is a 130-year-old Victorian house nestled among flower gardens and koi ponds. Like something

that jumped off the canvas of a Claude Monet painting, this restored residence is the home base of Gay Donofrio and Perennial Gardens Landscaping. Since 1986, what started out as a passionate hobby has turned into a successful business offering award-

winning landscaping and design services, organic gardening and much more. Perennial Gardens Landscaping originally started as a direct mail advertising business. When selling advertising for other companies turned out to be harder than imagined, Donofrio and

her business partner at the time started to just advertise their own small gardening service. “Almost instantly we were able to get a few really good clients who gave us free reign to dream up different projects, and that’s the way it went,” Donofrio says. Originally an art teacher, Donofrio


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Donofrio is meeting with clients in the afternoons or tackling paperwork and design plans at night. But she doesn’t mind the hard work. In fact, there’s a reason why people who work with their hands in the dirt seem so happy. There’s strong evidence that gardening can make a difference in improving someone’s physical as well as psychological wellbeing. Researchers from Bristol University and University College in London have found that a certain bacteria in garden soil acts in ways similar to antidepressants. Mycobacterium vaccae, a microbe that lives in our own backyards, has been found to trigger the release of serotonin when absorbed through the

skin, which in turn elevates mood and decreases anxiety. “There’s a whole biology behind the fact that gardening is restorative and restful, even though you’re out there sweating and working hard,” Donofrio said. If there’s anyone out there who’s considering getting into gardening, Donofrio says, “Just dive in! Go to a nursery and just pick out things that strike your fancy.” For Donofrio, one of her favorite perennials is Goldenrod. Not only are there 83 different varieties but it’s very popular with bees and it makes a good dye for weaving materials. She also likes Catmint (what pet stores call catnip) for CONTINUED ON PAGE 8H

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grew up in one of the more bucolic parts of Long Island. The forests and open spaces there inspired her to a lifetime love of botany and horticulture. When she and her husband moved to Bethel from Long Island, there wasn’t much of a transition at all. Donforio just had more space to do what she already loved. At the time she started the business in the 1980s, very few landscapers did anything with perennials due to their small size and short blooming period. Seeing a niche for herself, Donofrio started a business with a special emphasis on perennials “It was really part of a whole new trend in gardening. In order to work them into the landscape you really have to know their bloom times and be very detail oriented,” Donofrio said. And so Perennial Gardens Landscaping was born. Nowadays, however, Donofrio and her employees go much further than perennials. “We do an enormous amount of stonework, we put in trees, we put in ponds. We do it all,” she said. It’s a lifetime hobby and a fulltime job. When her crews are not out and about working during the day,

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it’s violet hue, long bloom time and the deer seem to avoid eating it. So get outside this summer and do some gardening! For those bigger proj-

ects, feel free to contact Perennial Gardens Landscaping at (845) 583-5760 for a free consultation or visit them at perennialgardenslandscape.com

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Gay Donofrio of Perennial Gardens Landscaping has been passionately working to bring more life and color to gardens around Sullivan County for more than 30 years.

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Pristine mornings or sublime sunsets STORY AND PHOTOS BY AUTUMN SCHANIL

ust for a moment, imagine stepping out your front door with a morning cup of coffee to sit on a bluestone porch with birds in the trees and a view of the mountains. Imagine sitting in the evening, listening to the crickets chirping, watching the colors of the sunset dance across the sky. At this beautiful two-story Colonial home located on Sheeley Road in Grahamsville, you’ll no longer need to imagine pristine mornings or sublime sunsets. You’ll be liv-

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ing them. “On the Fourth of July you can see fireworks from the porch from the various surrounding towns and on Christmas Eve, South Hill has hundreds of luminaries lining the road,” said current owner, Mary. “We moved in two years after we were married and really embraced living here, enjoying watching birds and wildlife out back, and sitting in the sunroom watching a snowfall with the cardinals and blue jays flying about.” The house was built on 1.96 acres of rich land that was originally part of the surrounding Zanetti farm, that is under a conservation easement, protecting the land and its natural resources for generations to come. Which means all the undeveloped beautiful property that surrounds the house will remain unde-

veloped. No new houses or parking lots, just wide open fields and lush woods. “I think that’s a very special part of the location,” explained Real Estate Broker Carol Malek of Malek Properties in White Lake. “The farmer owns all of the surrounding land so he manages it, maintains it, and farms it, but it cannot be developed.” The home itself is a delight for any personal chef or lover of quiet, big spaces. The kitchen is spacious, and inspiring, with cherry cabinets, quartz counters, lovely back-splash, plenty of storage and entertaining dinner space. The open floor plan leads you from the kitchen into the dining room with a central fireplace, where natural light from the adjoining sunroom spills in. If you love to watch the birds in the early mornings, or have your mind in an amazing book until dusk, the sunroom is your perfect cozy place. With large windows from wall to wall and a personal separate reading nook, this room could easily be a favorite place in the home. “They put a lot of work, thought, and love into CONTINUED ON PAGE 14H

Above: This beautiful two-story colonial sits on a hill and offers sceneic views of the surrounding landscape. Left: Kick back and relax is this well lit family room. Plenty of windows make you feel connected with nature even while inside.

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ust for a moment, imagine stepping out your front door with a morning cup of coffee to sit on a bluestone porch with birds in the trees and a view of the mountains. Imagine sitting in the evening, listening to the crickets chirping, watching the colors of the sunset dance across the sky. At this beautiful two-story Colonial home located on Sheeley Road in Grahamsville, you’ll no longer need to imagine pristine mornings or sublime sunsets. You’ll be liv-

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ing them. “On the Fourth of July you can see fireworks from the porch from the various surrounding towns and on Christmas Eve, South Hill has hundreds of luminaries lining the road,” said current owner, Mary. “We moved in two years after we were married and really embraced living here, enjoying watching birds and wildlife out back, and sitting in the sunroom watching a snowfall with the cardinals and blue jays flying about.” The house was built on 1.96 acres of rich land that was originally part of the surrounding Zanetti farm, that is under a conservation easement, protecting the land and its natural resources for generations to come. Which means all the undeveloped beautiful property that surrounds the house will remain unde-

veloped. No new houses or parking lots, just wide open fields and lush woods. “I think that’s a very special part of the location,” explained Real Estate Broker Carol Malek of Malek Properties in White Lake. “The farmer owns all of the surrounding land so he manages it, maintains it, and farms it, but it cannot be developed.” The home itself is a delight for any personal chef or lover of quiet, big spaces. The kitchen is spacious, and inspiring, with cherry cabinets, quartz counters, lovely back-splash, plenty of storage and entertaining dinner space. The open floor plan leads you from the kitchen into the dining room with a central fireplace, where natural light from the adjoining sunroom spills in. If you love to watch the birds in the early mornings, or have your mind in an amazing book until dusk, the sunroom is your perfect cozy place. With large windows from wall to wall and a personal separate reading nook, this room could easily be a favorite place in the home. “They put a lot of work, thought, and love into CONTINUED ON PAGE 14H

Above: This beautiful two-story colonial sits on a hill and offers sceneic views of the surrounding landscape. Left: Kick back and relax is this well lit family room. Plenty of windows make you feel connected with nature even while inside.

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this house,” said Malek. “The best of the best quality workmanship has been poured into it. Custom hardware, tile, stone, crown molding, hardwood floors throughout and beautiful upscale baths.” The master suite is up the stairs to the right with his and her walk-in closets, and a large artistically tiled bath. Three more bedrooms are down the hall along with large storage closets and another spectacular bath. Above: One of four bathrooms ensures there’s never a line in the morning. Above right: Bluestone and a peacefull patio are just two of the outdoor features of this residence Right: This spacious kitchen and dining room, including an island countertop, ensures you’ll always have plenty of counterspace to prepare meals for your guests.

Two cars fit perfectly in the attached garage while a guest car or beloved antique auto can be kept in the one-car detached garage. The full basement is partially finished with extra storage closets, a potential wine room, workout space and a full bathroom to get clean after a day of fishing on the reservoir. “The property is just about a mile from the Roundout Reservoir,” Malek said, “as well as the Neversink Reservoir that you drive by on the way here.

There is also an Eagle Habitat with a nest not too far from the house.” This home has it all. Groomed gardens, manicured land, amazing views, close to Grahamsville, Liberty, and Bethel Woods, all with a big house, cozy quiet charm. For more information on this property or to take a look you can visit www.malekproperties.com or contact Carol Malek at 845-583-6333.

HOME FEATURES MLS No.: 4840822 Price: $449,000 Acreage: 1.96 Amenities: Energy Star Wall Air Conditioning, Expansive View, Detached Garage, Fireplace Bedrooms: 3 Basement: Full, Partially Finished, Unfinished, Walk Out, County: Sullivan Baths: 4 Taxes: 6,175 Water: Drilled Well Town: Neversink Sq. Feet: 2,700 School District: Tri Valley


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Angela Rein and Jenny Eichner representing Makovic Homes. The Monticello-based business sells modular homes, in which Rein and Eichner are passionate about helping their customers find homes.

At left: Sullivan County Board of Realtors member Mary Bakalis and President Cathleen Breen helping sign expo attendees into the event.

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ow populations within small towns affect more than just the housing market. The businesses that are within the community can also suffer from the lack of people, which has been an ongoing issue in Sullivan County. However, many residents and business owners are hopeful that progress will continue to be made. On June 6, realtors and other businesses gathered at the Eagle’s Nest in Bloomingburg for the

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Sullivan County Board of Realtors Expo. Attendees were able to network with other professionals in different areas of the home industry, such as insurance companies, title agencies, and attorneys. “Certainly I think all the amenities that are coming into play, certainly the casino is a draw,” President of Sullivan County Board of Realtors Cathleen Breen stated. She adds, “Along with the Kartrite Resort Spa and Waterpark, all of these things bring in; are all attractions that [bring] people to the area, so I think that’s positive.” With the influx of businesses


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Charles Nystrom from New Beginnings Home tabling at the Sullivan County Board of Realtors Expo. At New Beginnings, Nystrom is dedicated to making sure homes that are being sold meet the required inspection standards.

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and small townships growing in the county, realtors and professionals in the housing industry are optimistic that more people will begin to purchase houses or even second homes in Sullivan County. “I feel like it’s been pretty busy,” Makovic Homes realtor Angela Rein said. Jenny Eichner, who works at Makovic Homes in Marketing and Operations, addressed how Sullivan County is slower in terms of business, but the rate of second home buyers is growing. “I feel like we’re on that trend again for second home buyers,” Rein added. “There’s a very big second home owner market,” said Breen. She even stated how the amount of listings need to increase, as people are staying within the county and more homes are being purchased for summer and weekend use. “We are definitely thriving.” Professionals are confident that business will continue to increase with the new attractions coming to the county, and along with people’s desire to own second homes, the market will continue to grow. “We’re very busy, it’s a very busy area and I think things that have been on the market for quite a bit are suddenly moving,” Breen stated.

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see if it is soiled and needs replacement. Timing can vary depending various factors, such as the time of year, the accumulation of dust and whether or not pets live in the home.

Straighten coil fins. The fins on the condenser are easily bent and that can affect the flow of air through the coils. If you cannot easily straighten them, then consult with an HVAC professional to do so.

Check the thermostat. Ensure that the thermostat is still working properly. You also may want to upgrade an old thermostat to a programmable or smart thermostat that enables you to remotely set and adjust the temperature.

Consider an in-line duct booster. HVAC professionals can guide you through the advantages of an inline duct booster for forced-air cooling. This can increase the flow of cool air into a room that always seems hotter than the rest. Another option is a vent or register booster fan that sits on top or replaces a traditional floor or wall register.

Periodic maintenance of an AC unit will keep it in good repair and working efficiently.

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ew things beat summer heat better than walking into a comfortably chilled air conditioned home. Air conditioning is often taken for granted, but sorely missed when it is not working. The key to keeping cool all summer long is to ensure that air conditioning systems are functioning properly. Maintaining an AC unit can save money and protect homeowners’ investments. Without regular attention, an AC unit will lose its efficiency, needlessly wasting both energy and money as a result. Poor maintenance also can lead to system failure just when it is needed most. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the average lifespan of an air conditioning unit is about 15 to 20 years. Home Advisor says homeowners can pay between $500 and $4,000 for central air conditioning, with the final cost depending on the unit, additional installation items, such as ductwork, and installation charges. With regular maintenance, homeowners can keep their units humming properly and avoid premature replacement costs. So what can homeowners expect as it pertains to air conditioner maintenance? The following are some oftneeded checks and fixes. • Keep it clean. Vacuum the fins and coils of the AC unit on the external compressor/condenser fan with a soft-bristled brush, advise the experts at Family Handyman. This may require unscrewing the metal


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ays at the beach. Family trips to the ice cream parlor. Vacations. These are just a few of the things that evoke the spirit of summer, a time of year when school is out and everyone seems to exhale a little and enjoy the warm weather. Awe-inspiring fireworks displays also come to mind when imagining summer. Whether it’s the Fourth of July or town gatherings along a local waterfront, fireworks displays are a big part of many people’s summers. Unfortunately, the potential for accidents and injuries is high when fireworks are involved, particularly when displays aren’t left to the professionals. The Consumer Product Safety Commission notes that, on average, 280 people per day visit emergency rooms with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday. More than 53 percent of fireworksrelated injuries in 2017 were burns. Fireworks are always best left to the professionals, and many communities have criminalized the use of fireworks by amateurs. But many people still light fireworks, and those that do should fol-

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