Manor Ink November 2019



Sullivan County’s youth-driven, community-supported nonprofit newspaper



Helping a Corps principle

But Manor’s VAC could use help itself

By Luca Larizzati | Manor Ink

Livingston Manor, NY – A man running

in a race falls and goes into cardiac

arrest. An EMT springs into action and resuscitates

the man using the defibrillator

on board the ambulance.

The man who saved the runner’s life is

Ralph Bressler, and he’s a volunteer EMT

with the Volunteer Ambulance Corps of

Livingston Manor. Mr. Bressler has been

an EMT, or emergency medical technician,

for 35 years.

“I like to help people,” Ralph explained.

“The usual patient who calls 911

surprisingly isn’t seriously hurt. A typical

patient is someone who is not feeling well

and can’t get a ride to the hospital.”

Sometimes there can be something

more serious, and there are corresponding

levels of service for those situations.

For example, “Level 1” provides basic

life support, which is the type of service

provided by the Manor’s

VAC. If a call comes in for

something more serious,

the Corps will call in Mobile

Medic from Liberty,




and they can send paramedics who are

trained at “Level 4.”

“No one gets paid,” said Ralph. But

what he does get is smiles and a thank

you. “That’s all I need.” Page 7




Manor’s Main Street

women who started it all



Promenade in pink

raises cancer victim funds



County’s wordsmith

brings poetry to LMFL


THERE TO HELP Volunteer Ambulance Corps of Livingston Manor EMTs Robert Gould, left, and Ralph Bressler stand by during October’s

2019 Cadence & Craft Half Marathon, waiting for runners to descend from Mongaup Park on the way to Livingston Manor. Luca Larizzati photo

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Livingston Manor Ambulance Corps ...................1, 7

Manor historian Fred Fries ............................3

Main Street’s pioneering women entrepreneurs ............5

Town, school board reports ...........................9

LMCS Insider: Journalsim 101 ........................13


Inkwell of Happiness ........................... 16, 17

100 Club Profile: John Mears .........................20


Manor girls varsity soccer ...........................18


Inklings Calendar .................................19


n An article on the traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial

in the October edition of Manor Ink incorrectly

stated the number of names on the wall as 5,822. The

actual number is 58,220.

n Also in the October edition, a story on the meals

program at LMCS included school staff among those

receiving free breakfast and lunch. The program is for

students only.

Manor’s female entrepreneurs, 2.0

Hello Manor Ink readers, and happy November! October

has come to an end (sadly), and winter is now drawing

nearer. Sweater weather is upon us, and there’s not much

we can do about it. However, if you are looking for something

to occupy your time, the Ink staff has

just the thing for you to read.

This month’s issue includes more

articles from Livingston Manor Central

School’s journalism class. Many of the

students contributed to the newspaper




by attending public events such as the

blood drive hosted by the Interact Club, or

charity sports events like the varsity girls’

“pink-out” soccer game. I think I speak for

a lot of people when I say that the journalism class’s hard

work has impressed many, and our staff is proud to work

with these novice reporters.

We also have a profile with long-time Shandelee resident,

Fred Fries, as well as another

100 Club interview with John Mears.

I would also like to address last

month’s cover story. For those of you

who missed the October issue, the

article was about women-owned businesses

on Main Street in town. Our

report highlighted some of the newer

IF YOU’RE A student in grades 7-12

and are interested in participating

in Manor Ink, stop by our weekly

meetings at 2:45 p.m. in the art

room at Livingston Manor Central

School. See you there!


PAGE 10 The Catskill Brewery was the site of the start of the

Cadence and Craft Half Marathon & 5K race. Provided hoto

female-owned shops, and because of reader response,

we’ve decided to acknowledge some of the “pioneering

women” of the Manor’s business district. These are

women who started their own business

many years ago and continue to

run them independently. We don’t

wish to neglect those who started this

apparent trend toward the “feminization”

of Main Street.

As always, thank you so much for

reading Manor Ink.


Marlee Madison


Arts & Crafts Editor

Carolyn Bivins, Barbara

Gref, Peggy Johansen


Jessica Mall

School Advisor

David Dann

Art & Production Editor

Amy Hines

Business Manager, Mentor

Art Steinhauer

Sales Manager, Mentor

Henry Barish

Acting Library Director

Kelly Buchta, Robin

Chavez, Marge Feuerstein,

Audrey Garro,

Les Mattis


Osei Helper

News & Ass. Features Editor

Emily Ball

Features & Ass. News Editor

Jenson Skalda

Ink Well” Editor

Zachary Dertinger, Demi

Budd, Hunter Krause,

Luca Larizzati,

Edward Lundquist,

Jacob Pasquale, Tyler

Roberts, Jackson Wolcott

Manor Ink Reporters

Manor Ink is published

monthly by the Livingston

Manor Free Library. Reach

us at


MANOR INK | NOV. 2019 |


A YEN FOR THE PAST For Fred Fries, a nearly lifelong resident of Shandelee, local history is just one of the many

things that interest him. At right, turn-of-the-century views of Shandelee and of Livingston Manor following one of

the hamlet’s floods. Jacob Pasquale photo, above; photos courtesy Fred Fries, right

A man of many hobbies

Band music, hawks, history top Fred Fries’ list

By Jacob Pasquale | Manor Ink

Livingston Manor, NY – Fred Fries is

a man of many talents and hobbies. From

playing the trombone to learning everything

about the history of this hamlet,

Fred is rarely left unoccupied. His humor,

principles and sense of place were evident

throughout our conversation.

A native of Livingston Manor, he has

lived on Stump Pond Road for most of his



life, leaving only to attend college

in Oneonta and briefly

living upstate along the St.

Lawrence during the early

years of his marriage.

The Fries family migrated from Germany

in 1840 and settled on Shandelee in 1860.

On his immediate family’s homestead that

was settled in 1886, Fred’s father operated a

dairy farm with 30 to 35 cows and grew corn

and hay for feed. Having grown up on the

farm, Fred has always enjoyed the outdoors.

“More or less raised on Shandelee, I was

kind of isolated. I was kind of a rural boy,

and so I always enjoyed the outdoors.” One

of his favorite memories is taking their collie

dog, King, out to bring the cows back

into the barn in the morning “when the

mist was rising from the grass ... the smell

of a barnyard, cow manure, sets my mind

back to when I was a kid.”

There were at least a dozen boarding

houses in Shandelee, and by June each

year, Fred estimated, the population would

increase fourfold. Young Fred did not appreciate

the crowds and noise, and was

happy to see the tourists go at the end of

the summer.

“When Labor Day

came, they all left ...

Labor Day is my favorite

holiday,” he said,


He attended Livingston

Manor Central

School, Class of 1966,

where he enjoyed the music class taught

by Jim Newton who now directs the Callicoon

Center Band. Many of Jim’s former

students now play in the band, including


After graduating, he went to SUNY

Oneonta, majoring in Earth Science. Once

he got his degree, he moved back to Livingston

Manor and became a surveyor for

three years. But he “wasn’t able to justify”

the subdivision of the land that was happening

as a result of the decline of the tourism


‘Even the smell of a barnyard,

cow manure, sets my mind back

to when I was a kid.

Fred Fries

Livingston Manor’s honorary historian

He then met his wife and lived in Clayton,

NY, where Ms. Fries worked as a teacher.

When they moved back to Livingston

Manor, he worked as an electrician with

Dick Sturdevant at Mr. Sturdevant’s hardware

store in the building that is now home

to Nest and Upstream Wines. They bought

a house down the road from the homestead

that he had always loved as a child.

The most important thing about Fred,

though, is his great deal of hobbies. As

mentioned, one of

these hobbies is playing

the trombone in the

Callicoon Center Band.

He also was a member

of a brass ensemble

that played show

tunes, band, classical

and popular music.

Mr. Fries is also an avid member of HMA-

NA, or the Hawk Migration Association of

North America. HMANA is a group that

counts species and individual hawks that

fly by while migrating. The HMANA location

in Oneonta is also a flyway for golden

eagles migrating south from Canada..

The hobby that he is probably most

known for, though, is his love of history.

Fred Fries has been fascinated by history

ever since he saw Walt Disney’s “Davy

Crockett” TV show in the 1950s.

In the 1960s, to celebrate the Civil War

centennial, many magazines featured articles

that had been written during the war.

Fred had seen an article in one of these

magazines that had been dated to 1864 and

was written about the Battle of Missionary

Ridge. He later found out that one of

the Union regiments at this battle was the

143rd, which had been the local Sullivan

County regiment. This is what first sparked

his interest in the area’s history.

Fred Fries is widely considered the town

historian. This is because he has spent a lot

of time researching the history of this area.

He has a large collection of photos of the

area taken at various times in the town’s

history and gives his research, gleaned

from old newspapers, to the Sullivan

County Historical Society.

He recently sold the property that he

grew up on, but kept five acres. Using the

portion of the property as a retreat, he has

cleaned up the stonework foundations to

honor the unknown person who took the

time to build them, planted a garden, and

set up bird feeders, which bring birds,

chipmunks, squirrels, deer, woodchucks,

and bears to the property. He calls them his


“I like to bring life back to the farmyard,”

said Fred with a smile.

Fred Fries is very passionate about the

area where he grew up and lived for most

of his life.

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County, LMCS

plan to honor

vets on Nov. 11

By Tyler Roberts | Manor Ink

Livingston Manor, NY – Livingston

Manor Central School will be closed on

Veterans Day, Monday, Nov,. 11. However,

Principal Shirlee Davis reports that there

are plans to honor local veterans and pay

respects to those who sacrificed their lives

in past wars. The

school will offer a

free breakfast for

local veterans and

the LMCS band

and chorus will

both perform at a special assembly. Details

will be forthcoming. For more information,

please check the school’s website at lmcs.

There are also 50 restaurant chains that

will be offering free meals and discounts

nationwide for active and retired service

men and women. For chain names and locations,


Countywide, there will be numerous

ceremonies honoring the nation’s men

and women in uniform, past and present.

Here’s a partial listing of some of those



n Jeffersonville Monday, Nov. 11; 6

p.m. Veterans dinner, St. George’s Church,

97 Schoolhouse Hill Rd. 482-4640

n Liberty Monday, Nov. 11; 5 p.m.

Spaghetti & meatball dinner for veterans,

Liberty Elks Lodge

n Bethel Monday, Nov. 11; 11 a.m.

Veterans Day services, Veterans Park,

Kauneonga Lake.

n Monticello Monday, Nov. 11; 10:30

a.m. Veterans Day services, County Government

Center, Monticello. Refreshments

to follow at the Monticello Elks Lodge.


n Neversink Monday, Nov. 11; 11 a.m.

Veterans Day services, Grahamsville Rural

Cemetery, Rte. 55 in Grahamsville. Following

the ceremony, there will be refreshments

at the Town of Neversink Town Hall.

n Eldred Monday, Nov. 11; 11 a.m. Veterans

Day service, Heroes Park. Following

the ceremony, refreshments will be served.

n Long Eddy Monday, Nov. 11; 11 a.m.

Veterans Day observances, Long Eddy Firehouse.

The VFW Auxiliary will serve lunch

following the program.

County lauded for energy work

Government Center upgrade cuts waste

Students get 30 minutes with ‘48 Hours’

By Jillian Hoag | For Manor Ink

Albany, NY – Sullivan County Manager

Joshua Potosek traveled to Albany in

October to accept the Local Government

Project Champion Award from the New

York Power Authority (NYPA) at the organization’s

Customer Clean Energy Exchange,

a gathering of industry experts,

municipal and business leaders, New

York State’s Department of Environmental

Conservation and other key agencies.

Sullivan County was specifically honored

for its achievements in energy efficiency

and greenhouse gas reduction

in county operations, exemplified by the

recent completion of a comprehensive energy

retrofit at the Government Center in

Monticello, implemented by NYPA.

The project began in 2016 when Sullivan

County contracted with NYPA to design

and finance long-needed upgrades

to building systems at the Government

Center. The extensive clean energy retrofit,

which was completed in late 2017, included

the installation of new boilers and

air conditioning units, building management

controls, and LED lighting throughout

the building and parking areas.

“Our 2018 benchmarking data demonstrates

the outstanding results: the

Government Center achieved significant

reductions in electricity use, fuel use

and site energy use intensity,” explained

Heather Brown, head of the Office of Sustainable


Energy use intensity, or EUI, measures

energy use for all forms of energy – fuel

oil, electricity, etc. – in proportion to the

square footage of the building. This project

resulted a 31 percent improvement in

EUI. Other significant metrics include:

n a 31.3 percent reduction in site energy


n a decrease of 8,000 gallons in fuel oil


n a reduction of 480,680 kWh in electricity


n in 2018, the cost savings for all fuels

was approximately $86,000

In addition, the Center’s federal Energy

Star rating rose from 36 in 2016 to 73 in

2018, a greater than 100 percent improvement

in overall energy performance.

The County anticipates additional projects

with NYPA, including energy retrofits

at the Human Services complex in


NEWSMAN CBS producer and former

reporter Peter Schweitzer shares his news

gathering experiences with the LMCS’s new

journalism class. Guthrie Schweitzer photo

Livingston Manor, NY – Students in

the journalism class at Livingston Manor

Central School received a rare and fortuitous

opportunity to welcome Peter

Schweitzer, multi-Emmy Award winning

producer of the CBS News show “48

Hours,” as a guest speaker. The words of

advice and encouragement offered by Mr.

Schweitzer undoubtedly made impressions

which reverberate past his visit.

During his visit, Mr. Schweitzer fascinated

burgeoning young minds with

stories of reporting from war zones, descriptions

of being shot in Beirut when a

bullet grazed his skull, accounts of interviewing

foreign leaders, first-hand depictions

of being at ground zero during the

protests in China’s Tiananmen Square

and his hand in several of the most iconic

news articles and photographs connected

to events during the protests. He even

brought an actual Emmy award for students

to see.

Encountering questions such as “How

do you know what makes an event newsworthy?”,

“What can you do to make an

interview exceptional?” and “What is the

best way to close an article?”, Schweitzer

gave succinct responses and enthusiastic


“If you find a story interesting, there’s a


Sullivan County has also received a

Silver designation from the national

SolSmart program in recognition of

the County’s success in supporting

solar energy development for towns,

businesses, homeowners and to

power County operations.

Representatives from NYS agencies

and the Mid-Hudson Regional

Council, as well as local solar developers,

municipal leaders and legislators

from neighboring counties, gathered

on the SUNY Sullivan campus Oct. 16

to celebrate the award and attend a

half-day workshop on clean energy.

SolSmart is led by The Solar Foundation

and the International City/

County Management Association,

and is funded by the U.S. Department

of Energy Solar Energy Technologies.

To support solar development,

Sullivan County has hosted informational

sessions to help residents and

business owners understand solar

technology and access programs like

Solarize New York, which provides

low-cost financing for solar projects.

‘A good story often writes itself.’

Peter Schweitzer

Producer of CBS’s “48 Hours”

good chance others will, too,” he advised.

“Trust your instincts and decide what

sounds good when concluding an article.”

Schweitzer’s most notable advice encompassed

a simple, yet powerful message:

care enough to listen deeply to a

person’s story. Then, he emphasized, one

must overcome obstacles which stand in

the way of reporting that story. “A good

story often writes itself,” he said.

Peter resides in Livingston Manor with

his wife Guthrie, and his two daughters,

Willa and Grey (who is a senior at LMCS).

“48 hours” airs every Saturday at 10

p.m. on CBS. Check out the documentary

responsible for the latest Emmy for

the show, 39 Days, which follows the

grassroots efforts of Parkland shooting

survivors to enact changes to gun control



MANOR INK | NOV. 2019 |


Pioneering business

women led the way

Feminization of downtown started in the ‘80s

By Demi Budd | Manor Ink

Livingston Manor, NY – Last month’s

article regarding women-owned businesses

created a great deal of interest in

our readers. With that in mind, Manor Ink

felt it was only appropriate to speak with

some of the first women who opened businesses

in Livingston Manor that are still going

strong. Female-owned businesses in the

state number more than 725,000, according

to the New York Small Business Development

Center, and the hamlet seems to be a

leader in this trend.

A CUT ABOVE Viv Green, of Viv’s Cuts &

Creations, styles a customer in her shop on

upper Main Street.


n Sole proprietorships

Jessica Amback, Beth’s Headquarters

Anna Bern, Nest

Maria Bivins, Life Repurposed

Ninze Chen-Benchev, Long Weekend

Claire Coleman, Plunk Shop

Carole Edwards, Carole Edwards Realty

Shirley Fulton, Wildlife Gift Shoppe

Vivian Green, Viv’s Cuts & Creations

Lisa Lyons, Morgan Outdoors

Ann Manby, Sugar Blossom Flowers

Meg McNeil, Upstream Wine & Spirits

Gina Molinet, RM Farm Real Estate

Jan Pekny, Robin Hood Diner

‘It can be done’

Dawn Seeno is the owner of Cafe 43.

Some may know her as the previous owner

of Moose Be Morning, the coffee shop that

unfortunately was destroyed by a gas explosion

a few years ago.

Despite this setback, Dawn continues to

work hard here in the Manor. She has been

working in restaurants since childhood and

owned a pizza place in the ’80s in the same

spot she is now. Although she had moved

away from the Manor for a while, she happily

returned and had no hesitation going

into business as a woman.

“The other businesswomen are helpful

and work very nicely together,” she said.

It isn’t just the businesswomen she feels

work well together, but the entire community.

After her previous establishment

was destroyed, the whole community came

together to help her rebuild her business.

Dawn is incredibly grateful for this.

When asked if she had any advice for upcoming

female business owners , she said,

“Try it! It can be done. Don’t ever say you

can’t do it – because you can.”

Feeling supported

Vivian Green Gleason, owner of Viv’s

Cuts and Creations, has similar advice.

“Just do it. When you do something you

love, it doesn’t feel like work.”

Vivian, known as Viv, has been running

her business on Main Street for 18 years

now. She has been cutting hair since she

was young and even cut her friends’ hair

for free. After getting professional training,

she worked for a beautician in Roscoe for

Dawn Seeno, Cafe 43

Luann Steele, Luann Steele


Sonal Trivedi, Manor Pharmacy

Carolyn Walton Brown, Willow &


n Partnerships

Sarah & Errol Flynn, Brandenburg


Sarah & Kurt Madison, Madison’s

Jennifer& Ben Grossman, Smokehouse

Kelly Buchta & Joe Fox, Dette Flies

*Tabulated by Manor Ink staff. If you know of

other women-owned businesses in the hamlet’s

business district, please let us know.

CONGENIAL Realtor Gina Molinet, of RM Farm Real Estate, reviews a document in her Livingston

Manor office. Dawn Seeno, below, tends the grill at Cafe 43, her eatery in the hamlet. Both

women feel supported by the Manor’s other businesswomen. Marge Feuerstein photos

five years. This inspired her to open her

own at-home salon.

“Opening my own salon at home allowed

me to be a stay-at-home mom and

still pursue the career I loved,” she said.

Viv has lived in the Manor her entire life,

and there was no doubt she would locate

her salon here.

She, too, feels the women are very supportive

of one another.

Gender not a disadvantage

Gina Molinet of RM Farm Real Estate

feels this way as well, but says it’s thanks to

their like-mindedness.

“There is a very congenial atmosphere

here,” she explained.

Gina originally had a teaching job in the

Hamptons, but due to high living expenses,

took the plunge and bought a farm in the

Manor. She was urged to get a real estate

license, and she found a job in the business.

Eventually, she bought the building

on Main Street which now houses her own

real estate business.

She has never felt being a woman in

business is disadvantageous, but she said it

affects her way of doing business. She follows

the advice of law enforcement: always

meet a potential client in the office, get to

know them, and never meet a man alone in

an empty house.

Gina believes the Manor is a good place

to run a business. She is appreciative of

how the community and organizations like

the Chamber of Commerce and the Renaissance

Committee have kept the town in

great shape over the years.

Her advice to women looking to start a

business is, “Be aware of what is going on

in the community and support the people.”

These women, like the newer business

owners, all love the Manor and feel the female

support system shine through.

6 | NOV. 2019 | MANOR INK

Did you know that November is National

Picture Book Month? Early reading

has been shown to have all kinds of benefits

for young children, including a better

vocabulary and having

a greater general knowledge,

but it also starts kids

on a lifelong hobby. We

have many new picture

books for young readers,

so come take a look!

Have you seen the


You oughta be into pictures!

Henry Barish

artwork in some of these picture books?

While the illustrations do help children

follow the story more easily, some of our

new titles have the most detailed drawings

I have seen lately. And in an age when

nearly everything is digital, touching the

pages in a book can be a pleasing experience

for young people.

Picture books come in all shapes and

sizes, and are about everything and

anything. Some topics covered in these

new books include the library, teachers

and substitutes, parents and



grandparents, elephants,

mermaids, holidays, learning

to share, and even burping!

We recently added to our collection new

picture stories by Mo Willems, Eric Carle,

Timothy Young, Donald Hall, as well as

one influenced by Dr. Seuss. And more are

on the way.

The Livingston Manor Free Library also

PIGEONS & ELEPHANTS Picture books by

popular author Mo Willems are among those

in the LMFL’s new collection. Provided photo


Tuesdays Story Time, 11:15 a.m.

Nov. 11 Closed, Veterans Day

Nov. 20 Book Club, 9:30 a.m.

Nov. 25 GED class, 10 a.m.

Nov. 29 Black Friday Book Sale

Nov. 30 Small Library Saturday

offers a weekly Story Time on Tuesdays at

11:15 a.m., where picture books are read to

preschoolers. Parents, siblings and caretakers

are also welcome. Plus we are now

offering a craft afterwards. Please join us

to celebrate National Picture Book Month

and come see our newly redesigned children’s

room – and don’t forget to check

out what picture books we have to offer.

Henry Barish is acting director of the

Livingston Manor Free Library. For more

information, visit


Charter Communications, Inc.

Community Reporting Alliance and the Ottaway Foundation

Lazare and Charlotte Kaplan Foundation

Livingston Manor Central School

Barbara Martinsons • Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation


Apple Pond Farm • Brandenburg Bakery • CAS Arts Center

Foster Supply Hospitality • Rolling V Bus Corp.

Upstream Wine & Spirits


Chatral A’dze • Carolyn Bivins • Rose Brown & Lester Mattis

Catskill Abstract Co., Inc. • Catskill Brewery • David Dann

Vic Diescher • Carole Edwards Realty • John Fawcett

George Fulton • Amy Hines & Dave Forshay • Inside the Blue Line

Marilyn Kocher • Gina Molinet, RM Farm Real Estate

Main Street Farm • Van Morrow, Mountain Bear Crafts

Peck’s Markets • Sheila & Terry Shultz • Beth Sosin Jewelry

Art Steinhauer • Town of Rockland • Upward Brewing Co.

Remembering Bud Wertheim (and the Giant Trout)

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By Toni Morrison


Ohio, Beloved, Toni

Morrison’s Pulitzer Prize

winning novel, is challenging

reading. Moving

between present

and past, reality and mystical realism,

Beloved is the story of the former slave

Sethe. Crippled by years of physical and

psychological brutality, Sethe carries

both kinds of scars.

Morrison came across the story “A

Visit to the Slave Mother Who Killed her

Child” in an 1856 newspaper article, reproduced

in a magazine called the American

Baptiste. This real-life account of a

former slave killing her infant daughter

to keep her from facing a life of slavery

prompted the writing of Beloved.

This is the brutal story of Sethe, her

mother, her daughter Denver, and the

unnamed dead baby whose tombstone

reads only “Beloved.” Though technically

no longer a slave, Sethe is still not

free. The memories of Sweet Home, the

plantation on which she was enslaved,

haunt her. There are nice memories

of other slaves and the beauty of the

place. But ever present are the painful

memories of horrible things that happened

there, memories that haunt her.

So does the ghost of the nameless baby

who haunts her new home.

Is Beloved a ghost story? A crime

story? A brutal expose of the horrors

of slavery in America? Beloved is all

of these things, and not for anyone

looking for an easy or pleasant read.

Many have called it a work of genius, a

“towering literary experience.” Others

find it confusing and difficult to wade

through. However one finds it, it is

doubtless an important contribution to

American literature, for the discussion

of the legacy of slavery still is taking

place in the country today.

Marge Feuerstein

The LMFL Book Club meets the third

Tuesday of each month. For information

on joining, please contact the library at




Living with

the aftermath

of slavery

are, from left,

Kimberly Elise,

Oprah Winfrey

and Thandie

Newton, in a

scene from the

film version of




MANOR INK | NOV. 2019 |

A volunteer effort that responds to 200 calls annually


Page 1 Chris Tuleweit, the current secretary

for the VAC, served as an EMT with

the Corps for six years. After that, he transitioned

to serve as a driver after deciding

not to renew his certification. He also volunteers

as the current Fire Chief for Livingston

Manor, which also requires regular

training. “I want to serve my community,”

said Mr. Tuleweit.

The VAC owns two ambulances. One is

a 2011 vehicle with 16,600 miles on it, and

the other is a 2017 model with 14,000 miles.

An average ambulance call takes about two

hours, and the Corps receives about eight

calls per week, amounting to approximately

200 per year. There

Ralph Bressler

stressed that the

VAC does not

charge families

for ambulance


are four EMTs and

10 drivers available

to respond to emergencies

or provide

stand-by service.

AT THE READY The two ambulances that are owned and maintained by the Volunteer Ambulance

Corps respond to an average of eight calls a week. Ralph Bressler says the Corps also

covers for other local ambulance services, an arrangement called “mutual aid.” Luca Larizzati photo

Ralph explained

that there is an arrangement


ambulance services

in Sullivan County

to cover for each other when needed. “It’s

called ‘mutual aid’,” Ralph said. Roscoe

pays two people to go on ambulance calls.

Mobile Medic in Liberty has six vehicles

and an all-paid paramedic staff.

The incident with the runner in cardiac

arrest occurred during the Cadence & Craft

half-marathon race last year. The Ambulance

Corps sends volunteers to stand by

for the race event in case someone needs

their service.

Corporate officers this year are Pete Feinberg,

President; Michael Valentine, Vice

President; Chris Tuleweit, Secretary; and

Debra Feinberg, Treasurer.

Line officers are Joel Sherwood, Captain;

Scott Hollenbeck, Lieutenant; and Susan

Sherwood, Sergeant. Meetings are third

Tuesdays of the month.

Ralph stressed that the VAC does not

charge families for ambulance support.

“We will get paid by insurance, if you have

it. And providing transports is typically

paid for by Medicare, when planned in advance.”

The VAC supplements these funds

with an annual fund drive.


Volunteer Ambulance Corps

of Livingston Manor

Founded: 1962

Board members: 4

Donors: 200

Total revenue: $96,579

Largest income source: Insurance


Total Expenses: $76,431

Largest expense item: Insurance

Employees: 0

Volunteers: 4 [including 4 EMTs]

Focus area: Emergency life support

and transports

Geographic area served: Livingston

Manor, plus mutual aid with Liberty

and Roscoe

Based on the most recent 990 tax filing with the

IRS from 2016.

President Pete Feinberg expressed a need

for additional VAC volunteers. “If you are

18 years or over and interested in joining

the Ambulance Corps of Livingston Manor,

call us at 439-4150 or come by our monthly

meeting on the third Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

at our building at 98 Main Street. We especially

need people willing to step up to

the plate and put in the hours to become an

EMT at this point. The course is free if you

become a member of the Ambulance Corps

of Livingston Manor.”

Showing in November

Sarah van Ouwerkerk & Lorie Novak

Through November 30

Thurs.-Sat., Mon., 11 am-5 pm; Sun., 11 am-3 pm

Coming in December

Annual Members Show, Opening Dec. 7, 5-6 pm

8 | NOV. 2019 | MANOR INK NEWS

Pertussis advisory issued

Liberty, NY – Sullivan County Public Health Services

has notified the public that three confirmed cases of

pertussis (whooping cough) were identified in children

of varying ages in Sullivan County in October.

Pertussis is also known as whooping cough because

of the “whooping” sound that is made when gasping

for air after a fit of coughing makes it hard to breathe. It

is a highly contagious disease that is spread through the

air by cough. Pertussis begins with cold symptoms and

cough, which becomes much worse over 1-2 weeks.

If you or your child comes down with these symptoms,

talk to your healthcare provider without delay.

If your provider needs more information, they can call

Public Health Services at 292-5910.

UMC meals

program on

for winter

By Osei Helper | Manor Ink

Livingston Manor, NY – It’s a cold

Tuesday afternoon. You’re out and

about, and hungry. Take a glance at

your wallet. It’s empty. Heating prices

go through the roof around this time

of year. You look at your wrist watch

and realize that it is exactly 4:30 p.m.

Now, what do you do? Go on down

to the Livingston Manor United Methodist

Church on Pearl Street and pop

in for weekly Soupy Tuesdays!

Eight years ago, in 2011, Sharon Jersey

started up a meal service that she

called “Soupy Tuesdays.” Sharon had

already been working at the Livingston

Manor United Methodist Church

Food Pantry, a food assistance program

which is open from 5 to 6 p.m.

every third Thursday of the month.

But she wanted to do more to help

those who might need a healthy meal.

Thus, Soupy Tuesdays was born.

Before Soupy Tuesdays opens on

each Tuesday of the week, the food

must be prepared. Food items are obtained

from stores such as ShopRite.

Sharon opens the church herself to

start the food preparation. Around 4

p.m., half-an-hour before the service’s

doors open, volunteers show up to

HELPING OUT The United Methodist Church on Pearl Street offers weekly assistance

programs with its Food Pantry and Soupy Tuesdays. Manor Ink file photo

help. There are usually six to seven

helpers, but anyone is allowed to volunteer,

just as long as there is previous


Multiple types of sandwiches are

served. There are grilled cheeses, and

sandwiches with egg salad or baloney.

There’s also a special sandwich, which

differs from week to week. Donated

and homemade soups are served.

Bagels and breads are given out, and

lastly, a dessert is served.

Soupy Tuesdays runs from October

to around the end of May. Within

that time frame, something special is

served each month, and November is

a particular favorite. On Nov. 26, there


Soupy Tuesdays will offer a

free Thanksgiving dinner with

turkey and all the trimmings for

those in need on Tuesday, Nov.

26, 4:30-7 p.m., at 89 Pearl St.

will be a free turkey dinner in celebration

of Thanksgiving.

There will also be a Christmas dinner

scheduled in January. So if you’re

ever feeling hungry, drop by the United

Methodist Church on any Tuesday,

beginning at 4:30 p.m., and if you’re

ever feeling helpful, come by as well.


MANOR INK | NOV. 2019 |


Town tax increase under state cap at 1.12%

By Marge Feuerstein | Manor Ink Mentor


Minutes: The minutes of the previous

meeting were unanimously approved.

Old Business

Roscoe Water Update: After testing,

it was determined that the presence of

manganese and iron in the town’s water

is causing it to appear brown in residents’

laundry when chlorine is used. The public

is urged to not use any chlorine products

for the time being. The town will do more

flushing of the system to correct the situation.

Hired: The town has hired two new

employees for the Water and Sewer Dept.

They are John Mulligan and Chris Bury.

Contract Renewed: After checking with

several companies, it was determined that

Constellation Energy, the town’s current

provider, offered the best electric deal. A

two-year contract was signed.

New Business

Resolutions Required: The following

issues required motions to be passed:

n Accept the renewal of the Western Sullivan

Transfer Station one-year lease at the

cost of $5,000.

n Waive a portion of the marriage

license fee for active military

n Pay an engineering fee to Bitin Gandi

for additional work on Roscoe sewer plant

n Set a public hearing for the 2020 Budget

on Thursday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m.

Dept. Heads: Ted Hartling, Highway

Superintendent, reported that two old, no

longer usable trucks were sold at auction

for $20K, and that town road paving had

LICENSED The Smoke Joint on Old Rte. 17, one of Livingston Manor’s new eateries, receieved

approval from the Board of its application for a liquor license. Manor Ink photo

been completed.

Approval of Bills: A motion to approve

the bills on Abstract #18 was passed.

Details of all dollar amounts can be

found on the town website at

under minutes of Aug 3.


Public Hearing on Budget 2020: Supervisor

Eggleton opened the public hearing

after the pledge of allegiance. He stated

that the tax increase will be 1.12 percent,

which is under the state cap. Since there

were no questions or comments, the hearing

was closed.

Correspondence: The Syracuse Environmental

Center will hold a funding

roundtable on Wednesday, Nov. 6, in

Hurleyville. Sullivan Renaissance is revising

requirements for its municipal grants,

which should benefit the town. The New

York Power Authority will be upgrading

its underground fiber optic cables. New

code books have been completed and will

be available online.

Old Business

The town’s Comprehensive Plan’s

third draft has been completed. It will be

reviewed at the next Planning Board meeting

and a public meeting will be scheduled.

The Plan will be available online.

Once it has had its final review, it will be

up for a final adoption vote.

The cost of $50K for a new roof on the

Court House should be completely covered

by a grant. The work on the Roscoe

sewer plant has been held up pending the

delivery of construction material and a delay

in required paper work. Pay rates were

set for the Water and Sewer Dept.’s two

new employees: John Mulligan will work

full-time for a salary of $60K, and Chris

Bury will receive $24 an hour.

New Business

Letters were received from a number of

residents complaining that their water and

sewer bills were too high. If it can be shown

that users’ excess water did not go through

the sewer system, the board will, according

to precedent, forgive that part of the bill.

The water usage must, however, be paid.

The bill was so large in one instance, that

the board voted to allow a four-month payout

to ease the burden on the user.

Resolutions Required: The following

resolutions were passed by the board:

n A liquor license and 30-day waiver

was granted to the Smoke Joint.

n A budget modification to pay the bills.

Department Heads: Ted Hartling, Highway

Superintendent: The new salt shed

is being made ready for winter. Glenn

Gabbard, Code Enforcement: A $500 fine

was issued and paid by some roofers who

were doing work without the required

permits. Mr. Gabbard is catching up with

fire enforcement after being absent due to

his recent surgery.

Approval of Bills: The bills on the current

abstract were approved.

Details of all dollar amounts, etc., can be

found on the town’s website,,

under the minutes of Oct 17.

LMCS students honor Board

By Marge Feuerstein | Manor Ink Mentor


Superintendent’s Update

Superintendent John Evans did not

attend this meeting as he was away on

school business, pursuing funding for the


Presentation: Students Marlee Madison

and Giovanni Costantino, representing the

Livingston Manor Central School student

body, presented each of the Board members

with a small gift to show the students’

appreciation for all that the Board does for

the school.

DEHIC Update: Mr. McGuire gave the

Board a further update on the Dept. of

Education health insurance.

Action Items: The following items were

voted on and unanimously passed:

n Minutes of the previous meeting

n Treasurer’s report

n Revenue Statue and Budget Appropriation

Status reports

n Warrants

n CSE, CPSE and Section 504 recommendations

n Monetary donation

Consent Agenda: Upcoming events include

the PTSA Book Sale, from Nov. 4 to

Nov. 8; Thanksgiving break, from Wednesday,

Nov. 27 to Friday, Nov. 29.

All dollar amounts and the specific

details of all Action Items can be found at on the Board of Education




you ever attended a “meetand-greet”

house party?

Local Democratic candidates

chatted with potential voters

at the Grahamsville home of

Diana Weiner and Steve Story

on a warm October evening

over pot-luck dinner. Candidates

for countywide office

and the Town of Rockland’s

local legislative district office

made appearances. David

Sager, running for County

Clerk, right, posed with Judge Cynthia Dolan, who is running for County Court Judge. They

each had a chance to make their case along with Joe Colon who is a candidate for Legislator,

serving both Neversink and the Town of Rockland. Candidates for Neversink Town

Supervisor and Town of Neversink Justice were also on hand. Amy Hines photo

10 | NOV. 2019 | MANOR INK NEWS

2nd marathon hits stride

Livingston Manor, NY – Over 300 spandex-clad

runners congregated in front of

the Catskill Brewery on Old Rte. 17 in this

hamlet, limbering up in the brilliant Saturday

morning sunshine. They were there

to compete in the Cadence and Craft Half

Marathon & 5K.

The 2019 race was the second held in

Livingston Manor, taking place on Oct. 19,

SETTING THE PACE Cadence and Craft marathon

founders Tara and Sean Powers were

very pleased with the enthusiastic turnout for

this year’s event. Provided photo

on a beautiful fall morning in the Catskills.

The marathon kicked off at 10:30 a.m. and

featured runners from as far away as Arizona,

Louisiana and even England. Following

a course that took the competitors

through the Manor’s surrounding hills at a

brisk pace, Steve Bonica of Rockaway Park

crossed the finish line with a time of 1 hour,

20 minutes and 36 seconds, placing first in

the Half Marathon male division. His time

was slower than last year’s winner by approximately

five minutes.

In the women’s division, the winner was

Jennifer Nolan from Narrowsburg, with a

time of 1 hour, 28 minutes and 26 seconds.

Among the runners from Livingston Manor

who competed were Emily Casey, Danielle

Tallman, Marty Neilan, John Davidovich,

Lauren Aichinger and Dawn D’Auria. In

all, 315 striders participated, with 55 percent

of them women and 45 percent men.

“The 2019 LM Half & 5K was awesome!”

said race co-founder Sean Powers. “There

were smiling faces all around, as runners

achieved new personal goals and enjoyed

LIMBERING UP Runners await the start of the Cadence and Craft

Half Marathon & 5K at the Catskill Brewery. Amy Hines photo

delicious Catskill Brewery craft beer while

having a blast at the event.” Powers, along

with his wife, Tara, organized the original

race last year and hope to continue it as an

annual event.

Following the marathon, runners were

treated to refreshments and entertainment

at the Catskill Brewery, the event’s official

host. In keeping with the Cadence and


Livingston Manor


n Half Marathon

Emily Casey


Danielle Tallman


Marty Neilan


John Davidovich


Lauren Aichinger


n 5K Race

Dawn D’Auria


Craft competition’s mission to improve local

commerce and promote the overall success

of the town and surrounding community,

the founders once again contributed

$1,200 to Camp DeBruce. The camp is run

by the state’s Dept. of Environmental Conservation

as an educational facility.

The Powers are already planning for a

third marathon in October of 2020.

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MANOR INK | NOV. 2019 | 11

Walking to help cancer patients who need a ride

By Gracie Ivory | For Manor Ink

Livingston Manor, NY – Ride 2 Survive

is a nonprofit organization that raises money

to assist in cancer patients’ travel to and

from treatment facilities. To assist in those

efforts, a 5K walk called Walk 4 Rides was

held on Sunday, Oct. 20, on Main Street in

Livingston Manor. An annual fundraiser,

the walk was planned by Kim Taggart, Susan

Reisner, Carole Edwards, Kathy Werlau

and Carolyn Bivins.

With approximately 150 participants, not

including numerous dogs and children in

strollers, the Walk 4 Rides event was once

again very successful, receiving donations

of over $6,500.

The upcoming Ride 2 Survive annual

dinner dance, scheduled for Saturday, Nov.

16, will feature a sit-down dinner followed

by music and dancing. Raffle items to be offered

at the dinner have been contributed

by local businesses and people in the community.

Proceeds from the dinner dance’s

ticket sales will also go to Ride 2 Survive,

generating more money for a great cause.

The organization’s fundraising events

are planned by board members Glorianne

Ellison, Kara Passante, Joe Anne Baker,

Carolyn Bivins, Lauren Ellison, Michele




Gunther reads

a proclamation

during the unveiling

of a historical

marker at

Agudas Achim

in Livingston

Manor. With

her are Cantor

Kathy Barr and

Rabbi Fred





PINK PROMENADE Participants in the Walk 4 Rides fundraiser pose for a photo prior to striding down Main Street in Livingston Manor while

raising funds for Ride 2 Survive, a group that aids cancer patients. Below, board members, Michele Hemmer and Joe Anne Baker. Carolyn Bivins photos

Hemmer, Phyllis Perry, Regina Wagner

and Kathy Welton.

If you have questions about the Ride 2

Survive organization or are interested in

any of their upcoming events, please contact

them at or

visit their website at

Gracie Ivory is a member of the LMCS Journalism

class and a contributor to Manor Ink.

Temple designated historic site

By Marge Feuerstein | Manor Ink Mentor

Livingston Manor, NY – On Monday,

Sept. 30, Jews from around Sullivan County

gathered at temple Agudas Achim on Rock

Avenue in the hamlet to celebrate Rosh Hashanah,

the Jewish New Year.

At the conclusion of the service, congregants

gathered outside to dedicate a newly

installed plaque acknowledging that the

synagogue has been placed on the National

Register of Historic Places. The plaque was

provided by the William Pomeroy Foundation,

an organization that provides markers

for sites that have been so recognized.

After remarks by Rabbi Fred Pomerantz

and outgoing President Bob Freedman, the


What: 7th Annual Ride 2 Survive

Dinner Dance

When: Sunday, Nov. 16; 5:30-7 p.m.,

cocktail hour; 7 p.m. sit-down dinner;

dancing to follow

Where: Villa Roma Resort, Callicoon


assembled group heard from Assemblywoman

Aileen Gunther, Legislative Chairman

Luis Alverez and Joyce Conroy, Town

Historian. .

The Hebrew meaning of Agudas Achim

is “gathering of brothers.”

Self-catered stay for up to 8 people at the historic

Willowemoc Homestead

30 private acres

Perfect for families, fishermen, and friends’ getaways


12 | NOV. 2019 | MANOR INK


Elder food program relocates to Manor

Livingston Manor, NY – Meals for

Seniors, supplied through the Meals on

Wheels program, will have its grand

opening on Thursday, Nov. 7, at the

Presbyterian Church at 568 Old Rte. 17 in

Livingston Manor.

The service, previously located in

Roscoe, moved to Livingston Manor last

month. For additional details, call the Office

for the Aging at 807-0241.

Colleges scout LMCS students

By Patrick Lenihan | For Manor Ink

Livingston Manor, NY – For students

that are undecided on which college they

would like to attend, the guidance department

at Livingston Manor Central School

coordinates college visits during school

hours for juniors and seniors. Students

who are unsure what programs colleges offer

can attend these visits and receive brochures

with information about the specific

majors offered by each college.

On Thursday, Oct. 24, SUNY Delhi was

one school that took the opportunity to visit

LMCS. Delhi is a State of New York (SUNY)

college that was founded in 1913. The college

offers a two- or four-year program, depending

on the chosen major. Some of the

two-year programs SUNY Delhi offers are

automotive mechanics, criminal justice and

computer information systems.

Delhi also offers four-year programs

that also include criminal justice, as well as

event management and healthcare. During

the visit, Delhi’s representative Katie Schultz

provided students with interesting facts

Swan Lake, NY – The National Weather

Service will hold a SKYWARN Basic course

in Sullivan County on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at

6:30 p.m. at the Emergency Services Training

Center in Swan Lake. There is no cost to

attend, and the public – particularly firstresponders

– is welcome.

“The SKYWARN spotter program is

an essential part of severe weather, flood

and winter storm warning operations, as

HIGHER LEARNING SUNY Delhi is just one

of the in-state colleges that have visited LMCS

in search of student applicants. photo

about the college, including that Delhi’s

campus has 2,989 students enrolled and includes

dorms. “We have over 1,600 student

dorm rooms on-campus,” Schultz said. She

asserted that SUNY Delhi is a great option

for any senior interested in going to college.

For more information about SUNY Delhi,

visit their web page at

Patrick Lenihan is a member of the LMCS

Journalism class and a contributor to Manor Ink.

Are you a weather maven? Join SKYWARN

real-time reports from on-site spotters help

forecasters immensely,” said District 5 Legislator

Terri Ward, chair of the Legislature’s

Public Safety Committee. “Additionally, reports

assist local emergency management

officials by focusing them on the areas most

impacted by storms.”

If you are interested in attending this

course, please register at



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MANOR INK | NOV. 2019 | 13

October a month of charity, awareness at LMCS

Students raise

funds, awareness



By Katie Shea

Despite Livingston Manor being

a small community, it can still

make a significant difference in the

lives of others. It is important for

communities to come together in

order for change to occur, and a

blood drive is a perfect opportunity

members to do so.

Traditionally run by the LMCS

Student Council, in the last four

years the Livingston Manor Interact

Club, a branch of the Livingston

Manor Rotary, a community group

that provides services to help those

in need, has taken over hosting the

blood drive. Jamie Snow, the advisor

‘One small act

of kindness

can touch


life forever.’

Jamie Snow

Livingston Manor

Interact advisor

to the Livingston

Manor Interact

Club, prioritizes

“service before

self” and encourages



with the hope of

creating change.

The blood

drive, which is

performed by the

American Red

Cross, uses the blood collected in

each drive to help save the lives of

people who have been injured or are

seriously ill. With the help of the Interact

Club, the Red Cross collected

12 pints of blood from local donors.

With those encouraging results,

Ms. Snow is looking forward to the

next blood drive when she hopes to

increase the donation amount to 18

pints of blood.

“One small act of kindness can

touch someone’s life forever,” said

Ms. Snow. Making a difference

in the world can be as simple as

donating a pint of blood – that act

can save a life. Making the choice

to donate requires little effort, but

can significantly change the life of a

person in need.

For more information on blood

drives, or to locate blood drives in

the area, visit the American Red

Cross website at


By Nicole Davis

October, also known as Breast Cancer

Awareness month, is a time when campaigns

strive to increase awareness of this

virulent disease all across the world. On

Friday, Oct. 18, Livingston Manor Central

School participated in the campaign by

hosting a varsity soccer game which

raised money to aid cancer patients.

Funds collected by the soccer team will

go to help cancer patients get transported

to medical facilities in order to receive

treatments from their doctors. Ride 2

Survive, the organization that distributes


Manor-Sul West

game on pg. 18

these funds to people

in need, holds various

fundraising efforts

throughout the year.

Monies raised by

Ride 2 Survive are turned into gas cards

which are then presented to cancer patients

to alleviate gas expenses associated

with traveling to and from appointments.

Since 2013, the organization has distributed

over $165,000 to over 900 members of

the community. The numerous expenses

patients have to pay are tremendous,

and Ride 2 Survive attempts to lessen the

financial strain too often associated with

the disease.

Fundraising efforts that occurred at

the game consisted of selling commemorative

bracelets, pink ribbons, lollipops,

cups and tickets for a 50/50 raffle. The

raffle was sponsored by the LMCS

varsity soccer team, and half the money


By Abigail Strong

Adults and teenagers alike are often

unaware of the purpose of Red Ribbon

Week. The Red Ribbon campaign got its

start in 1985 when a DEA agent named

Enrique Camarena was brutally murdered

by drug traffickers he was investigating

in Mexico. To honor Camarena’s

sacrifice in the fight against drugs, those

who knew him started wearing red satin

ribbons. Red Ribbon Week, now in its

34th year, centers around Camarena’s

belief that one person can make a huge


Livingston Manor Central School hosted

its annual Red Ribbon Week from Oct.

21 to Oct. 25. The campaign began with

an assembly where guest speaker and

musician Brent Daniels taught students

from kindergarten through sixth grade

how to use music in their everyday lives

to help them make good choices.

COLORFUL PLAY Manor moves the ball

down the field during the team’s “pink-out”

home game with Sullivan West. Alyssa Diaz photo

raised went to Ride 2 Survive. The LMCS

Student Council sold bracelets, and the

Middle School Student Council sold pink


In addition, the sophomores donated

all the money they earned from selling

cups of hot chocolate to Ride 2 Survive.

The pink lollipop sale gave half the

money earned to cancer causes as well.

Many spectators noticed people of all

ages, especially children, getting into the

spirit of helping one another, and it was a

great sight to see!

The weather was unfortunately not

so great to see. The rain was extremely

bothersome and caused everyone to be

very damp, but the freezing temperature

did not stop the crowd from cheering the

Manor girls on to win.

Overall, the Pink Game was a brilliant

success that raised lots of money for Ride

2 Survive and was also a great soccer

game to watch for the fans!


Breast cancer is a disease that

causes malignant cells to form in

healthy tissue. Statistics show that

one in eight women will be diagnosed

with breast cancer in their

lifetime. According to the Breast

Cancer Foundation, an estimated

268,600 new cases of invasive

breast cancer, as well as 62,930 of

new cases of non-invasive cancer,

occurred this year to date. Although

cancer is less common in men, it is

possible for them to contract it as


The key to surviving breast cancer

is early detection. If it is caught early

enough, the cancer is treatable.

There are over 3.5 million cases

diagnosed in the initial stages of the

disease, allowing millions of people

a better survival rate. Early detection

has played a part in increasing survival

rates of both men and women.

Breast cancer is not contagious, but

a family history with the disease

increases the risk of getting it.

For more information, visit the

foundation’s website at

Louis Conklin

GOOD CHOICES Renowned keyboard artist Brent Daniels shares his music and message of

personal resonsibility with students all across the country. photo

Mr. Daniels was asked why he began

working with students in schools. “I

like being a mentor to the kids,” he said.

“And I like showing my appreciation to

the education system.” To see some of

Brent Daniels creations, visit

or his Instagram page @


Other events during Red Ribbon Week

included Sports Jersey Day, Mismatched

Socks Day, Hat Day, Wear Red Day and

School Pride Day.

14 | NOV. 2019 | MANOR INK


CAS calls for submissions from members

All Catskill Art Society artist members

are invited to submit their artwork for

the 2019 Members’ Show at the CAS Arts

Center during regular gallery hours,

starting Saturday, Nov. 9, through Nov.

30. The works will be on display from

Saturday, Dec. 7, through Dec. 28. For

information, visit

submissions, or call 436-4227. The center

is at 48 Main St. in Livingston Manor.

Slower, yes –

but there are

real benefits

It is probably true that there are not

many advantages to old age, as opposed to

youth. Gone is that spring in your step, the

seemingly endless energy and enthusiasm,

the feeling of endless possibilities.

Now life moves

at a slower pace. We do not

bound up the stairs or race

down the street.

But there is something to



be said for this slower pace,

this leisurely stroll through

life. No one cares if we

sleep later, except possibly the dog or cat.

No one is really surprised when we say we

would rather stay home and read a good

book, or binge watch a television series

rather than take in some happening that

requires a half-hour ride.

No need to watch the clock when it

comes to eating. Meals can be eaten whenever

we choose, and be can be made up

of whatever we want. It can be a protein

drink if we are being good, or an ice cream

soda if we are not! We can use paper plates

if we like so there is little to wash, or we

can even eat right out of the pot. Dressing

is easy with jeans and sweatshirts most of

the time and there’s little need to “dress

up.” Where once a nap was an unheard of

thing, now an afternoon snooze tucked under

a cozy blanket becomes an anticipated


Life at a slower pace gives one the

chance to really savor the beautiful world

around us that we once dashed through

at a frantic pace. Our children have grown

into mature adults who are a joy to have

come visit, and they help with chores we

can no longer handle. Our grandchildren

are the go-to people for anything electronic.

Now there is all the time we need to

care for flowers, watch butterflies and

hummingbirds, and stare at clouds as we

did as children. How magical to just sit

and feel the breeze stir your hair and the



sun warm your face. Even

winter, with its snow and

ice can be wonderful. If

you no longer have to go

to a daily job, you can have the luxury

of viewing the true beauty of a winter

landscape. If you are lucky enough to

have a fireplace, you can sit warm and

cozy as you watch the snow fall. I feed

the deer and the birds all winter and have

the sheer joy of seeing these beautiful

creatures up close, a wonderful addition

to the scene.

So yes, getting old can be a challenge.

We are not as strong, or as fast or nimble

as we once were, but if we are lucky, we

can be as sharp and enjoy life to the fullest.

The alternative to aging stinks, so enjoy all

the time we are given.

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County’s first poet laureate visits LMFL

By Emily Ball | Manor Ink

‘I write poetry out of a need to tell

and a need to show and give a story.’

Mark Blackford

Sullivan County Poet Laureate

“I don’t write poetry to make money.

I write poetry because at the end of the

day, it’s something to fall back on,” Mark

Blackford told his audience at a poetry

reading at the Livingston Manor Free

Library on Saturday, Oct. 19.

Mark is the first ever Sullivan County

Poet Laureate. A poet laureate is a poet

who honorarily represents a particular

place or group. Mr. Blackford was appointed

in June as the first person to hold

this position, and he will serve in that

capacity for a term of one year.

The position is supported by the Sullivan

County Library Association, with

grants from the Delaware Valley Arts

Alliance, the Catskill Art Society and

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. This

summer, Mark read a new poem at Bethel

Woods to open the 50th anniversary of

the Woodstock festival.

At the library’s poetry reading, Mark

told his audience, “Poetry is a means of

FIRST EVER The county’s new poet laureate discusses poetry with listeners

at a reading given at the Livingston Manor Free Library. Emily Ball photo


capturing an experience or a moment. My

writing is my attempt to make sense of

moments in my life that have come across

and not been able to escape.

“I write poetry out of a need to tell and

a need to show and give a story,” Mr.

Blackford explained.

“I’ve realized a moment will only last

as long as you make it matter. When I

write, I try to make these moments last,

and make them matter because I see them

as needing to.”

Throughout the rest of his yearlong

term, Mark will do readings at other

libraries in Sullivan County and at other

public events.

You were a builder before you hawked

your tools; before your tore yourself down

You were a carpenter – Christlike

with such clarity of sight

You could see sixteen-on-center

and frame whole rooms without measure

Your mother saw so much in you.

She looked toward your future with a telescope

until You snatched it away & plunged it into your arm

& even so she still follows Your wreckage

from island to island; she treads the flood

of Your tempest; her knuckles raw and bloody

from knocking on wood.

Her optimism deserves its own holiday.

Mark Blackford


MANOR INK | NOV. 2019 | 15

TRUE BLUES David Dann holds a copy of Guitar

King, his biography of Michael Bloomfield

that was published in October. Amy Hines photo

Ink editor publishes

Manor Ink’s very own Art & Production

Editor David Dann is just out with a new

book, Guitar King: Michael Bloomfield’s Life

in the Blues.

Published by the University of Texas

Press, the book is promoted as “the first

comprehensive biography of the late, great

Michael Bloomfield.” Bloomfield was an

electric guitar virtuoso who transformed

rock ‘n’ roll in the 1960s and made a lasting

impact on the blues genre.

“Mike Bloomfield was America’s first

great rock guitarist, long before Hendrix,”

Dann said. “Because he’s largely unknown

today, I felt the need to write a comprehensive

biography to let people know

about him.”

Manor Ink student reporter and LMCS

ninth grader Hunter Krause said, “I’m

proud that one of our editors is a professional

writer and that he loves music like

I do.”

Amy Hines

16 | NOV. 2019 | MANOR INK


Capcom’s latest a winner



“Monster Hunter World: Iceborne,”

developed by Capcom, is the first add-on

for purchase for the original Monster

Hunter World platform. It is an actionpacked

game with a lot of

multiplayer elements.

The player starts out in

the same fantasy world

as the original game, but

there are many new elements

in “Iceborne” that

make the line between

a new game and downloadable

content even thinner. The goal

of the game is very obvious – hunt and

kill monsters.

The monsters are dinosaur-like, with

many wyverns, dragons, and drakes

that the game’s guild sends




the player to hunt. Weapons

include a Long Sword,

Dual Blades, Light Bowgun,

Charge Blade, Great Sword,

Switch Axe, Heavy Bowgun,

Lance, Gunlance, Bow, Hammer, Insect

Glaive, Sword and Shield, and Hunting

Horn. The expansion adds a new area

to explore called the Hoarfrost Reach,

as well as a new hub area called Seliana,

and an entirely new rank, that of Master.

This rank is the highest and has the most

difficult monsters to fight.

The engine that Capcom uses is stunning,

and allowing the player to see

the returning monsters in 1080 pixels

is an improvement over their previous

PlayStation 2-quality iterations. Some

of the weapons have

lackluster designs, but

there are some shining

stars that have absolutely

great designs.

“Iceborne” does not

just increase numbers

to make the monsters

more challenging,


Hunter World:


Capcom 2019

Rated T (teen)



but they also give them new moves or

change up attack patterns.

I pre-ordered “Iceborne” as soon as I

could, and began playing when it arrived.

The new and unique monsters were completely

unseen before in the series. It costs

$40, but to get the expansion you will

need the base game, which is $60.

I give “Monster Hunter World: Iceborne”

a 9 out of 10 stars.

Your holiday repast made easy


By Emily Ball | Manor Ink

Thanksgiving is the holiday when

family and friends gather around a table

to eat a warm, home cooked meal and


celebrate the things that they

are grateful for. And there is

one main dish you simply cannot forget,

the turkey. Here is a fast and easy recipe

for your turkey this year.


1 turkey, thawed (8 to 10 lbs.)

2 tsps kosher salt

1/2 cup water or stock (plus additional)

1/2 tsp black pepper


1. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees.

2. Rinse the turkey; remove the giblets,

gizzard and neck, and set them aside.

3. Place the turkey on a rack in a broiler

pan. Sprinkle it with salt and pepper. Add

water or stock to the bottom of the pan,

along with the giblets, gizzard, neck and

any other trimmings. Place the turkey in

the oven, legs first.

4. Roast the turkey at 500 degrees for

20 to 30 minutes, or until the top of the

turkey begins to brown. Then reduce the

heat to 350 degrees and continue to roast

the turkey, checking after one hour or so.

To prevent over-browning, cover the bird

with aluminum foil. If the pan dries out

add 1/2 cup of water or stock.

5. The bird is done when the thermometer

inserted into the thickest part of the

thigh reads measures 180 degrees. If the

turkey is not browned enough, remove foil

and increase the heat to 425 degrees for

the last 20 to 30 minutes of cooking time.

6. Remove the turkey from the oven.

Transfer it to the platter and wait 20 minutes

before carving.

Yield: 8 servings plus leftovers.

FROZEN TREAT The graphic

novel series that inspired the

2013 movie, the Snowpiercer

Trilogy is less satisfying. photos

Movie ices snow trilogy

A trilogy of graphic novels, Snowpiercer,

or, by its original French name, Le

Transperceneige, is a dark adventure into

madness, with a hope for the future.

After the climate is

ruined by nuclear war,

the planet is plunged into

an eternal ice age. Only

one hope for humanity is

left. The “Snowpiercer,”



a thousand-car-long locomotive

that carries the last

of humanity, creating an

environment fit for human life.

Food is not a problem, as meat is fabricated

in one of the cars, and plant cars

are abundant. The train, however, is not

as clean and peaceful

as it may seem.

A strict social

hierarchy is put


in place, with the

poorest living in

slum cars at the back of the train, and the

richest living in the front, close to “Saint

Loco,” the engine.

One man attempts to flee from the back

end, requesting a council with the man

in the engine. The adventure in the first

book chronicles this man’s adventure as

he makes his way to the front, experiencing

every car under great segregation.

The second and third books are completely


stories involving

the great train.

I have to admit,

odd as it is, I think

that the movie

actually presented

this idea better

than did the books.

Granted, the books



By Jacques Lob

and others


Science fiction, postapocalypse


Ages 13+

have a great original flavor as far as art

and writing go, but it just seems like

the idea could have been presented in a

cleaner way.

Despite the fact that the novels’ artist

did an excellent job of creating his own

world, the movie has a more interesting

plot, with more conflict, better visuals

and better characters. In the books they

may be more likeable or hateable, but the

film’s characters actually mean something,

and are more than just tour guides

of the train.

You can order this trilogy at the Livingston

Manor Free Library in hardcover.

To Parents: This trilogy is very nasty,

and probably not something you want

to read to your child as a bedtime story.

There is nudity, violence, cursing and a

general aura of despair and depression

around the series. I would suggest ages

13 and up. Maybe higher, but that’s just

from my personal experiences.


MANOR INK | NOV. 2019 | 17

To binge or not to binge

I enjoy watching shows. I think most

people do. But as streaming services are

growing (not only in number but popularity),

it’s making it that much harder to

turn off a good TV show.

When you notice yourself

watching multiple

episodes of a show all at

once, you have fallen victim

to “binge” watching.

Osei Helper

The dictionary defines

binge watching as the

“practice of watching multiple episodes

of a television program in rapid succession,

typically by means of DVDs or digital

streaming.” Notice it says “DVDs.”




That’s what people once had

to use in order to fulfill their

binging needs. But modern

streaming services make access

to TV shows that much

easier. Most people would define binging

as watching three or more episodes in one

sitting. Some research studies report that

over 76 percent of Netflix watchers binge.

So why do people do it?

We’ll take a look at two people with

wildly different views on life and compare

them. In our first corner we have

Manor Ink’s very own Marge Feuerstein,

who is still kicking at a lively 85. In our

second corner, we have a former Manor

Ink writer who has rejoined the paper

through LMCS’s journalism class, Katie

Shea, who is currently 17. Now, let’s


Both of them admit to binging, but that

is where the similarity ends. When they

binge, the amount of time spent watching

differs greatly. Marge watches long

shows. They each last a little under an

hour, and she watches three episodes at a

time. This brings her total watch time to a

bit below three hours.

Katie, on the other hand, watches

shorter half-hour shows, but many

more of them. She can watch at least ten

episodes in one sitting, but the count can

(and commonly does) go higher. This

puts her total watch time at around five

hours or more.

Both Marge and Katie only binge

one show at a time, but differ wildly in

restraint and discipline. Marge makes

sure everything is done before she starts

watching her show (which is “Billions”).

She sets aside only three hours for

streaming. Compare this to Katie, who,

when she binges, takes up a lot of time

which could go toward something more

MORE, MORE! In a sampling of TV habits, our respondents based their comments on the

shows they are currently binging: “Billions,” left, and “The Office.” wikimedia photos

productive. She does not stop watching

(currently “The Office”) until someone

forces her to. Marge has binged only one

show to completion, “Game of Thrones.”

Katie has binged at minimum 20 complete


The curse of over-binging has affected

Katie for three years, beginning when she

first got Netflix. Marge has only recently

gotten into it. A change in watching format

has lead her toward the dark side.

You may be sitting there wondering

what could propel someone to watch a

singular show for so long. Well, as it turns

out, there are multiple factors that go into

making a show “bingeworthy.” Katie prefers

her shows to have humor and a crisp

plot. If a show has well-directed suspense

and keeps her attention with likeable

characters, it’s perfect for her. Marge likes

her shows with good acting and dialogue.

If she can care about the characters and

their situations, then Marge will keep on


I think we’ve learned a lot as a whole.

Marge and Katie, while both have wildly

different habits, can bond over one thing

they have in common. Binge watching.

Stargill Simpson’s latest takes an unexpected turn, even for him

By Edward Lundquist | Manor Ink

Sturgill Simpson’s latest release,

“Sound and Fury,” is a blend of mediums

that ends up being a fresh sound and

a new look. Previously a country-rock

artist, Sturgill Simpson now experiments

with a synth-laden, heavier

rock album, with screaming

guitars and beats that will

stay in your head for ages.

His new album is a challenge to the



norms, a shift from what is expected from

him. To be honest, this kind of extreme

U-turn in culture is not often seen in

mainstream artists,

at least done this

well. Sleazy, funky

and wild, “Sound

and Fury” differs

greatly from his

previous three

albums, “High

Sound and Fury

Sturgill Simpson

Elektra 2019


Top Mountain,”


Sounds in Country

Music” and

“A Sailor’s Guide

GROUNDBREAKING A scene from the Netflix animated film that is a visual analog of Sturgill

Simpson’s genre-busting new album “Sound and Fury.” photo

to Earth,” the last one being a guide for

what to do and what not to do, dedicated

to his son. This new album is meant to be

a demonstration of his ability, a little flex

of his muscles, showing off that he can do

whatever he wants.

“It’s **** all y’all season, don’t give me

a reason to watch your house burn to the

ground,” Sturgill roars in one of the faster

paced songs on the album, “Last Man

Standing.” Some lyrics are more bizarre,

however, like “Gonna wake up every day

and be the best clockmaker on Mars,”

from the song “Best Clockmaker On

Mars.” More psychedelic, this is an album

to be listened to at maximum volume, if

your ears can stand it.

But the most interesting thing about

this ground-breaking album, if not the

epic tunes, may be the new Netflix movie,

“Sturgill Simpson Presents ‘Sound and

Fury’,” a twisted, post-apocalyptic futuristic

samurai movie. Yes, it’s as crazy as

it sounds, but don’t brush it off. There is

no dialogue, but every song is presented

as a different episode, whether it be a

brutal fight, a documentary of the day the

bombs fell or a sad attempt at reaching

freedom accompanied by a haunting tune

called “Mercury in Retrograde.”

They come backstage and on my bus

Pretending to be my friend

Shaking hands behind grandstands

All wearing the same old grin

Oh, but none of them bother knocking

Oh, they all just come on in

Asking me what all my songs mean

Wonderin’ if they’re all about them”

This album demands a listen. Please,

even if this may not seem to be your cup

of tea, this album, this story is deceiving.

It is really hard to place under the influence

of one clear genre, but it lives under

an umbrella of many. Venture out of the

norm and try this out.

Photo by

Osei Helper

18 | NOV. 2019 | MANOR INK




A conversation with

Assemblywoman Gunther



Anthony Delgado seeks

input from Rockland voters



Computer network now

restored for LMCS students








Electric cars now

have charging

stations in Roscoe



Public pantry

doors get a needed

seasonal upgrade



APRIL 2019

By Osei Helper| Manor Ink

Take a momen to close your eyes. Imagine

it’s some 60 years ago and you’re in

Livingston Manor during the boom years

of the hotel business, as we l as during an

era when automobiles came through our

Sullivan County’s youth-driven, community-supported nonprofit newspaper

MAKING A CASE Firelight Camps co-founder Robert Frisch presents the company’s plan for a 100-tent “glampground” – a glamorous

campground – to be located on Little Ireland Road in Livingston Manor. He did so a the Town of Rockland’s Planning Board meeting on

Feb. 5, before a capacity crowd of concerned citizens. Photo by Les Ma tis

Campsite or canvas hotel?

‘Glampground’ remains controversial

By Emily Ba l | Manor Ink



Livingston Manor, NY – On Tuesday,

Feb. 5, members of the Livingston Manor

community came to the Town Ha l in the

hamlet ready to state their concerns about

the proposed Firelight campsite project

to the Planning Board. Even before the

meeting began, the room was fi led to capacity.

Firelight Campgrounds is a “glamp-

town regularly with travelers and co lege

students and their parents on the way to

schools in upstate New York, a time when

many people were visiting for business and

recreational reasons so hotels were very

popular a the time. Interesting as that may

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


ground” that Firelight Camps wants to

open in Livingston Manor on Little Ireland

Road. Firelight is origina ly from

Ithaca, NY, where they have one such

camping facility. They propose a bigger

site here in Livingston Manor with 100

tents, but some community members

have concerns with the plan.

Some classify the “glamorous camping”

approach not as camping at a l, but

as accommodations more closely resem-

Extensive rennovations required for Willowemoc to reopen

story is about motels. More specifica ly, it’s

about the history of the Wi lowemoc Motel,

no too far from downtown Livingston


Now, for those of you who don’t know

what a motel is, it’s kind of like a hotel but

designed for a short stay. So, consider the


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bling those provided by conventional

hotels. “Firelight is classifying itself as a

campsite for the sole purpose of building

in an area where campsites are given

a special use waiver, but hotels, motels

and inns are genera ly prohibited,” stated

Nan Gough, a resident on Little Ireland


Others fear the impact of increased water

usage might lower the water table and

impact neighboring we ls. Local resident

Douglas Lee expressed concerns about

how sewage from the site might affec the

water quality in the stream that Page 7


The Wi lowemoc

Motel at Exit 96 on

Rte. 17 was built

in the early 1960s,

fo lowing completion

of the Quickway.

The Livingston

Manor landmark

fe l on hard times

in the 1990s as

tourism declined

and repeated

floods caused

water damage and

mold growth in

many of its rooms.

The motel’s current

owner has received

several o fers for

its purchase, but no

deal has yet been



Fate of local motel still uncertain


Local vets selected for DC trip PAGE 5





Beaverkill man

makes sweet maple

syrup in his garage




reviews proposed

LMCS upgrades


situation: you’re on a long road trip and

you’re getting tired. A motel would be a

perfect place to stop and rest for the night,

and the Wi lowemoc Motel was pretty popular

and successful. It was erected right at

the entry to Livingston Manor, taking fu l

advantage of its location. We l, if that’s

so, then why is it now run down? That is

what I wi l answer, along with some details

about its current state and what its Page 6

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Reading, writing and e-cigarettes

E-JUICING Shown is a “box mod kit” vaping unit, a rechargeable device for turning flavored “vape juice” into a mist that can be inhaled. Vaping

has become increasingly popular among teenagers as a “healthy” alternative to tobacco cigarettes. Manor Ink photo illustration

The Ink talks with

vapers at LMCS

By Marlee Madison | Manor Ink

Livingston Manor, NY – By now, almost

everyone has heard of the new epidemic

commonly known as vaping. To

put it simply, vaping is a “substitute”

for smoking that is marketed to appear

healthier than regular cigarettes. But once

researchers dug down past the top layers

of commercialism and trends, they found

that this “healthy” alternative is actually

quite the opposite.

Countless studies have been performed

in order to determine the side effects or

health risks associated with vaping (or as

many participants of the pastime call it

“juuling,” after Juul, a popular brand of

e-cigarette). Such studies have determined

that vaping could, in fact, be much worse

than if someone were to go out and smoke

a couple of cigarettes.

Considering the fact that vaping is falsely

marketed as being a healthier alternative

to smoking, the industry targets teens and

young adults. Many youths are under the

impression that vaping is harmless and

the side-effects are slim to none. Since this

“trend” so to speak is relatively new, many

people are unaware of these risks. This epidemic

isn’t just something we should keep

our eyes out for, the issue has already hit

close to home. Students at our very own

LMCS are actively participating in this

trend known as vaping. Page 7

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Manor in the pink over cause, win

By Erin Carlson | For Manor Ink

Livingston Manor, NY – For many, the

fact that October is National Breast Cancer

Awareness month is unknown. To draw

attention to the month-long focus, the Livingston

Manor varsity girls soccer team

hosted a “pink-out” game against Sullivan

West that served a dual purpose. It was

both a fundraiser for breast cancer charities

and a senior recognition event.

A pink-out game is when players wear as

much pink as possible in order to highlight



the breast cancer cause.

Before commencement of

the game, everyone on the

team also brought a parent

or supporter a flower, a gesture meant

to honor the sacrifices made by the adults

in their lives which contribute to their success

on the field. The senior soccer players

were Lindsey Parks and Shelbie Ward, both

beloved members of the team. From this

point on, everyone was ready to start the


The last time Manor and Sullivan West

met on the soccer field, the game ended in

a tie. As a result, many thought this game

would be tough. Quickly, though, this notion

was proved wrong.

Manor girls, energized by stands full of

supportive fans, came out strong. Within

the first two minutes, Lindsey Parks carried

the ball down the field and scored a beautiful

goal, giving the team the confidence it

needed to win.

The squad was nearly deterred when a

ESPRIT DE CAUSE The Livingston Manor varsity girls soccer team enjoy a light moment before

their Oct. 18 game at the high school against Sullivan West. The team wore pink to promote

national Breast Cancer Awareness month. Shirlee Davis photo

drop ball was inadvertently thrown closer

to the opposing team, but Manor refused to

allow negative feelings to interfere with the

celebration of the day. Aggressiveness from

the home team was relentless throughout

the match, contributing to the final score of

4-1 in favor of Manor girls.

Once the final buzzer went off signifying

the end of this game, happiness

poured out of the girls soccer team. Cheers

and applause from the home fans multiplied

greatly, creating great pride in both

the win over Sullivan West, and tremendous

support for Breast Cancer Awareness


Erin Carlson is a member of the LMCS Journalism

class and a contributor to Manor Ink.


MANOR INK | NOV. 2019 | 19




Sundays in November; 11 a.m.-2

p.m.; 8 Creamery Rd., Delaware

Youth Center, Callicoon.


Adult Gaming Group

Fridays in November; 1 p.m.;

E.B. Crawford Public Library, 479

Broadway, Monticello;

Teen Activities Group

Fridays in November; 5 p.m.;

E.B. Crawford Public Library, 479

Broadway, Monticello;

Stories & More

Mondays in November; 10 a.m.;

E.B. Crawford Public Library, 479

Broadway, Monticello;

Tinker Tots

Thursdays in November; 10 a.m.;

E.B. Crawford Public Library, 479

Broadway, Monticello;

Computer Tech Support

Tuesdays, Thursdays in November;

11:45 a.m., Tuesdays; 4:30

p.m. Thursdays; E.B. Crawford

Public Library, 479 Broadway,


Family Movie Screening

Saturdays in November; 1 p.m.;

E.B. Crawford Public Library, 479

Broadway, Monticello.

Learn Yiddish

Alternate Tuesdays in November;

10:30 a.m.; E.B. Crawford Public

Library, 479 Broadway, Monticello.

Salsa Class

Mondays, Fridays in November, all

levels; 6-9 p.m.; Hurleyville Arts

Centre, 219 Main Street, Hurleyville.

Restorative Yoga

with LeeAnna

Sundays in November; 4:30-6

p.m.; Hurleyville Arts Centre,

219 Main Street, Hurleyville.

Drop-in Story Hour

Wednesdays in November;

10:40 a.m. Liberty Public Library,

Liberty Professional Plaza, 111

Sullivan Ave., Suite 1-3, Ferndale.

Yoga Bootcamp with

Justine Sutherland

Tuesdays, Thursdays in November;

9 a.m.; Justine’s Just

Breathe Yoga, 108 Somewhere

In Time Lane, Parksville.


Tuesdays in November; 10

a.m.-noon. Liberty Public Library,

Liberty Professional Plaza, 111

Sullivan Ave., Suite 1-3, Ferndale.

Trivia Night

Wednesdays in November; 7:30-

8:30 p.m. Callicoon Brewing Co.,

Olympia Hotel, 15 Upper Main St.,



Send your event to


Library Storytime

Tuesdays in November; 11:15-

11:45 a.m.; Livingston Manor

Free Library, 92 Main St., Livingston


Book Club

Third Wednesday in November;

9:15 a.m.; Livingston Manor Free

Library, 92 Main St., Livingston


GED Classes

Alternate Mondays in Novembver;

10:30-11:30 a.m.; Livingston

Manor Free Library, 92 Main St.,

Livingston Manor.

Live Piano Music

Saturdays in November; 5:30-

9:30 p.m.; Catskill Mountains

Resort, 211 Mail Rd., Barryville.

Garden Workshops

With Scott Woods; Saturdays in

November; to book talk, contact

The Arnold House, 839 Shandelee

Rd., Livingston Manor.

Trivia Night

Thursdays in November; 6:30

p.m.; The Arnold House, 839

Shandelee Rd., Livingston



First Friday Networking


Friday, Nov. 1; 7:30-9 a.m.;

hosted by SC Chamber of Commerce;

Ideal Snacks Corporation,

89 Mill St., Liberty. business.

Story Pirates

Saturday, Nov. 2; 11 a.m., &

1 p.m.; Event Gallery, Bethel

Woods Center for the Arts, 200

Hurd Rd., Bethel.

Meditation Workshop

Saturday, Nov. 2; 10 a.m.-1 p.m.;

Kadampa Meditation Center

New York, 47 Sweeney Rd., Glen



“Super Stories”

Saturday, Nov. 2; 6:30-9 p.m.;

Hurleyville Arts Centre, 219

Main St., Hurleyville.

Neversink History


Sunday, Nov. 3; 1 p.m. Time and

the Valleys Museum, 332 Main

St., Grahamsville.

Streamscaping Seminar

Wednesday, Nov. 6; 6-7:30 p.m.;

CVI Building, One Cable Vision

Center, Liberty.

Concert: David Sanborn

Thursday, Nov. 7; 8 p.m.; Event

Gallery, Bethel Woods Center for

the Arts, 200 Hurd Rd., Bethel.

Stacks of wax, and much more

A post-Thanksgiving

holiday favorite, the

annual WJFF Radio

Catskill Music Sale

returns on Saturday,

Nov. 30, to the White

Sulphur Springs Fire

Hall. The event will

once again feature thousands of vintage LPs, 45s and 78s,

as well as hundreds of CDs and tapes. There will also be

record players, receivers, amplifiers, speakers and tape

recorders. In the silent auction, bargain hunters can bid on

a variety of instruments, high-end components and musical

accessories. The Fire Hall is located at 3352 Rte. 52 in White

Sulphur Springs, and doors open at 11 a.m. Donations are

still being accepted. Call 482-4141 for more information,

or visit Proceeds benefit WJFF, the county’s

public radio station.

Gender Equality New York

Public Forum

Thursday, Nov. 7; 5:30-9 p.m.;

Hurleyville Arts Centre, 219

Main St., Hurleyville.

Comedy Night

Saturday, Nov. 9; 8 p.m.; The

Arnold House, 839 Shandelee

Rd., Livingston Manor.

Silent Meditation Retreat

Friday, Nov. 15, through Nov.

20; 8 p.m.; Kadampa Meditation

Center, 47 Sweeney Rd., Glen


Exhibit: Art in Sixes

Saturday, Nov. 16; 1-5 p.m.;

through Dec. 23; Alliance Gallery,

37 Main St., Narrowsburg.

Farm Arts Collective:

“Stone Soup”

Sunday, Nov. 17; 3-5 p.m.;

Hurleyville Arts Centre, 219

Main St., Hurleyville.

Concert: Max Weinberg’s


Sunday, Nov. 24; 8 p.m.; Event

Gallery, Bethel Woods Center for

the Arts, 200 Hurd Rd., Bethel.

Black Friday Book Sale

Friday, Nov. 29; 10 a.m.-6 p.m.;

Livingston Manor Free Library,

92 Main St., Livingston Manor.

Handmade for the Holidays

Saturday, Nov. 30; 11 a.m.-5

p.m.; Duke Pottery, 855 County

Rte. 93, Roscoe.

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A postcard from

Mears’ collection

shows upper

Main Street in

Livingston Manor

as it appeared

a centuray ago.

The view is from

the present day

fire house looking

toward the

center of town.

Photo courtesy of

John Mears

Manorite who lived

history now collects it

100 CLUB


Forty binders hold hamlet’s story

By Hunter Krause | Manor Ink

John Mears pours himself a cup of

Bourbon and walks into the living

room. “Oh god, let’s make this

quick,” he jokes, and sits down.

John was born in a farmhouse in

Meridale in 1929, but soon moved to

a three-bedroom house in Livingston

Manor with his parents and six siblings.

When John was a young boy, he

loved to go outside into the crowded

streets of our once factory town.

“In the morning, you open the door

and walked out, and nobody thought

anything of it,” John said of those

days. “You played around the house,

around the neighborhood.

Nobody ever gave you a hard

time or gave you any trouble.

It was safe and every neighbor

looked out for you.”

John sledded, played softball, hideand-seek

and kick-the-can all day.

He would often go to the hamlet’s

old creamery and watch the making

of cheese. The workers even became

so acquainted with young John that

he would be allowed to help stir the

‘You played around the house,

around the neighborhood.

Nobody ever gave you a hard

time or gave you any trouble.’

John Mears

Livingston Manor nonagenarian

This interview is one in a series

called the “100 Club Profiles,”

published by Manor Ink. They

feature senior residents of Livingston

Manor reminiscing about life

as it used to be in the hamlet. To

see other interviews, please visit


When John turned 14 in 1943, he

got his first job. The first supermarket

in the county had opened here,

and he recalled that his boss’s name

was Harry Edward. After working

at the supermarket, John got a few

more jobs before starting work at the

Catskill State Fish Hatchery in De-

Bruce during its construction. But he

only worked at the hatchery for about

a year before he was drafted into the

Korean War.

He was first stationed in Cape Cod

and served as an instructor. He was

then transferred to Fort Drum and

left the service one day before he had

the opportunity to become a sergeant.

During the war, John also volunteered

for the Civil Defense corps. He

would sit in a tower for six hours a

day, listening for enemy planes flying

over homeland territory. He had to

know what every plane sounded like,

and had to phone in each one that

he heard, regardless of whether they

were friend or foe. He says luckily he

never heard an enemy plane.

HISTORY BUFF Ninety-year-old Manor

resident John Mears is an avid auction goer,

bidding on photos and documents from the

hamlet’s past. At right, John at work in the

DeBruce fish hatchery in 1953. Hunter Krause

photo, above; photo courtesy of John Mears, right

After his service, John returned

to his job at the hatchery and stayed

there until retirement, for a total of

35 years. He met his wife Fay in 1948,

and they married four years later,

having four children. During this

time, John loved to take and develop


He is also an avid collector of any

paper document involving local history.

Over the years John has amassed a

collection of thousands of local photos

and postcards, all stored in 40 packed

binders. He is now 90 years old and

enjoys buying and selling anything he

can get his hands on at auctions.

Most of all, John loves collecting

postcards, photographs and documents,

and he thinks that participating

in auctions and collecting local history

are wonderful hobbies. John will

have been married to Fay for 67 years

next month, and still drives his white

pickup truck everyday.

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