Letter from Iris
Dear friends, readers and community members,
Four years ago I walked up the creaky back stairs to the second floor of Livingston Manor Free Library to join a Manor Ink meeting. For the next three and a half years the Library was almost my second home, just with a thrilling number of books. My first article for Manor Ink was about the Trout Parade and I was amazed when it was made the cover. Fast forward four years– I have written more articles than I can count, photographed major events and worked with my mentor Carolyn Bivins to layout and design the pages of Manor Ink. So to say the least, I was sad to see Manor Ink take a hiatus, but my hope has been that it would start back up again with new energy.
I just finished my first year of college as an early admit at SUNY Sullivan. Summer brought about the usual buzz, but I realized I didn’t know what was happening in Town. When I was working on Manor Ink in the past, I was up-to- date on events locally. Now there was no paper to read about opportunities, new businesses, or other Livingston Manor news.
So when there was talk about restarting Manor Ink I was excited. Ultimately I decided I would take the Library Board up on their offer to become Community Coordinator and Editor-In-Chief for the next year.
Livingston Manor is a speck on the map, a hamlet on the edge of the Catskills, but what we have as a community is beautiful. We have come together through floods and fires to support each other, which makes us stand out. That’s why I feel that Manor Ink is so important. It’s a way for people to know what is happening nearby, it’s an outlet for young people like myself, even when I was 13, to feel like I can make a difference and contribute to my community. It is an opportunity for young people to develop skills and share their voices in the world about things that matter to them. And today, with all of the differently opinionated media outlets, Manor Ink is a positive, youth publication that is focused right here on Sullivan County. It brings generations together in a mutually beneficial relationship, adult mentors and young writers and photographers, to distribute positive news to Livingston Manor. I hope that Manor Ink will continue to serve as a “glue” that binds our community together.
I am so excited to see this special summer issue hit the streets! We will start monthly publication again in September and are working to raise funds needed now.. We encourage all young people (grades 7 – 12) who are interested in writing, photography or layout and design to signup and join us! We need your voice! We also want adults who might be interested in contributing financial sponsorships or volunteering as mentors to assist our student staff writers as needed with their articles.
This year we will be working with the school to recruit more young voices, while still keeping it fun and fully youth driven. My vision for Manor Ink is simple, a place for youth to share their talents and voices in the community. So enjoy this special issue of Manor Ink. I hope we have you on the edge of your seat with excitement for the next one!
Iris Fen Gillingham
The Very Ecstatic Editor-In-Chief of Manor Ink
Historic Beaverkill Bridge Restored
By Alexandria Roach / Manor Ink
The historic Beaverkill Covered Bridge reopening ceremony was well attended on June 21, 2017. Cutting the ribbon (from left-right): Joseph Martens, Senior Fellow at Open Space Institute & former New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner, Jack Williams, New York State Department of Transportation Region 9 Director, John Adams, Co-Founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council, Matthew Driscoll, New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner, Kelly Turturro, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Region 3, and Luis Alvarez, Sullivan County Legislature Chairperson.
The Beaverkill Covered Bridge has been reopened after two years of renovations to this historic structure.
The the DOT needed to rebuild the bridge due to safety concerns—the historic bridge was built in 1865.
Sullivan County Legislature Chairman Luis Alvarez said, “The Beaverkill Covered Bridge has been an important transportation link in one of Sullivan County’s most bucolic and beautiful regions for a century and a half, and thanks to the diligent efforts of New York State and its Department of Transportation, this historic structure will continue to serve both residents and visitors for decades to come. Thankfully, both its functionality and its grace have been preserved and improved, and I am proud to have such a fine example of the State’s ongoing investment in our infrastructure.”
The historic Beaverkill Covered Bridge reopening was well attended on June 21 at 11:00 am. The Department of Transportation utilized almost 2 million dollars to refurbish the structure. It is one of nearly 30 historic covered bridges in New York State.
Library Board Transitions
This spring, the Livingston Manor Free Library Board welcomed its newest trustees Michele Hemmer and Amy Hines. Both women had served as community representatives to help the Library with its search process for a new Library Director. Jerold Ehrlich, long-time trustee and committed Library volunteer, stepped down this past spring when he and Vivian Ehrlich moved away to be closer to family.
About the New Trustees:
Amy moved to Livingston Manor in 2011 to marry Dave Forshay, a sportsman, retired entrepreneur and resident since 1982. She became involved in Livingston Manor Rotary and served as its president in 2015/16. She is an annual volunteer for Cornell Cooperative Extension as a 4-H judge and regularly assists the Time and the Valleys Museum in Neversink. She is Senior Vice President of The Alford Group, a national consulting firm serving not-for-profits. She graduated from Hampshire College and earned her Master’s Degree from Duke University in public policy.
Michele and her family have lived in Livingston Manor for 26 years. She teaches kindergarten in LMCS, and with her husband Chip, is raising three children – Brad, 22, Alli, 19, and Daniel who is 13. Michelle has run the Library’s summer reading program for many years. She also serves on the Board of Ride 2 Survive Sullivan County as well the Temple Agudas Achim Board. She graduated from SUNY Oneonta with a teaching degree and earned her Master’s Degree from the College of New Rochelle in special education.
Mills Wins Gold
By Eddie Lundquist / Manor Ink Reporter
The American Advertising Awards, an annual three staged contest for advertising, marketing, and graphic designers, is difficult to win. Every year, over 40,000 people enter their graphic designs, hoping to win the ADDY award. This time, it was our own Farrah Mills from Livingston Manor, who, through hard work and imagination, managed to do it.
The ADDYs are awarded to groups who compete with their graphic designs and advertising campaigns. Farrah was entered into the student part of the competition by one of her college professors, where students create mock companies and design their brand identities from scratch. She created a fake brewery, coffee roaster, and restaurant called “Backwood Brews”, and created an ad campaign, which was made to look and feel like it was for a real company. At first, in the local level, she won the gold. Then she won the silver at district level, then gold again at national.
“I was very surprised when I won the gold in local, and even more when I got silver in district,” Farrah told us.
Farrah had never even heard of graphic design until the end of her senior year. She is thankful to Jessica Mall, who inspired her to continue on her path, and to the community, who donated money so she could go to the national contest in New Orleans.
To students who want to continue on the art career, she says, ”It all comes down to working hard.” Along with Farrah’s friends and family, we are all proud of this 2014 Manor graduate’s success.
YOU SCREAM, I SCREAM, WE ALL SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM. Mrs. Hemmer’s Kindergarten class strolled over to Madison’s on Main for… you guessed it… ice cream. What a great way to end the school year.
“Who Let The Trout Out”
By Erik Rodriguez / Manor Ink
If you haven’t noticed, the annual Trout Parade in Livingston Manor is a pretty big deal for our community. It draws in large, diverse crowds that are all extremely excited to watch the big event in our small town. Funds raised from activities at the parade — including sponsors, vendor fees, tee-shirt and button sales– go to support the Livingston Manor Central School arts programs.
With the large crowd there is quite a lot of demand for exciting floats and performances. And when there’s demand, there’s supply. This year’s emcee was Wade St. Germaine and the whole event was produced by Claire Coleman of the Catskill Art Society.
The parade is stocked with floats and figures so interesting you can’t take your eyes off of them. This year’s fishy theme was Super Heroes. It’s definitely the larger objects that will really catch your eye though. From the large trout carried by six strong volunteers, to the NACL’s original puppets, there’s so much you can barely choose what to look at. And when you’re not looking at the big floats your eyes are naturally drawn to the band directed by the middle/high school band teacher and director Daniel Smith.
This band, along with Paprika (a yearly treat), NFS, Rolling River Cafe, and the Johnny Jules Band, plays music that fills your ears with great sounds as the parade goes by. I’m very glad that these bands were here because without them we would sit in silence, which would definitely feel very awkward.
Congratulations LMCS 2017 Graduates!
Commencement for the Class of 2017 took place in the new gym on June 24, 2017. The Class of 2017 joins the Board of Education, administration, faculty, staff and student body in extending sincere appreciation for the kind generosity that has made our awards ceremony possible and for helping to inspire our graduates towards future success. Christopher J. Alexander: Rolling V. Academic Improvement Award and Certificates of Merit and Achievement. Mason Alexander Banks: Adam Lasky Memorial Award, Certificates of Merit and Achievement, Don R. Zeininger Memorial Award for Industrial Arts, Knoll Scholarship Fund, Livingston Manor Teachers’ Assoc. Awards for Higher Education Trevor Simpson Memorial Award and Tech Scholarship Award. Dylan L. Batzel: Certificates of Merit and Achievement. Aryss Brown: Certificates of Merit and Achievement. Jake Budd: Dr. Lewis G. Denman Memorial Scholarship Fund, Frank and Lois Gibson Boys’ Athletic Achievement Award, Knoll Scholarship Fund, Lazare and Charlotte Kaplan Foundation Scholarship, Avery Foundation Scholarship Award, Wendy’s High School Heisman New York State Scholarship Award and Certificates of Merit and Achievement. Spencer Heath Carlson: LMCS “Plaque of ‘39” given by the 50th Anniversary Alumni Association, Liberty Elks Lodge #1545 Awards for Citizenship and Service and Certificates of Merit and Achievement. Angelina Casanova: Certificates of Merit and Achievement. Dereck Omar Cordero: Mecky Schwartz Award and Certificates of Merit and Achievement. Justin Edwin Michael Cristaldi: Knoll Scholarship Fund, Lazare and Charlotte Kaplan Foundation Scholarship, Avery Foundation Scholarship Award, Certificates of Merit and Achievement, Peck’s Market Graduation Award, NYS Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Assoc. Inc. Scholarship, Trevor Simpson Memorial Award and Livingston Manor Lion’s Club Tony and Kelly Lackey Memorial Award. Khristopher DiBartolo: Agudas Achim Society Award for Highest Regents Average, Avery Foundation Scholarship Award, Catskill Fly Tyer’s Guild Scholarship Award, Certificates of Merit and Achievement, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Good Citizen Award, David Pollack Award for Class Valedictorian, Frank A. & Lulu Rose Foundation, Lazare and Charlotte Kaplan Foundation Scholarship, Livingston Manor Rotary Club Service Award, LMCS 50th Anniv. Alumni Award Student who ranks 1st in class standing, Michael Dolgas Environmental Award, NYS Comptroller’s Achievement Award, NYS Education Department Scholarship for Academic Excellence, Rose & Kiernan, Inc. Scholarship Fund, The Valedictorian’s Certificate Of Commendation from the Sullivan County Legislature, Trevor Simpson Memorial Award, Van Etten Oil Co. Award for Excellence in Language, and Will Hardware- Industrial Arts Award and Stephanie Babich-Youmans Scholarship Fund. Dalton M. Diescher: Peck’s Market Graduation Award, NYS Attorney General’s Triple “C” Award and Certificates of Merit and Achievement. Nicholas Hunter Estabrook: Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce Foundation Scholarship, Lazare and Charlotte Kaplan Foundation Scholarship, Knoll Scholarship Fund, Trevor Simpson Memorial Award and SUNY Presidential Scholars Award and Certificates of Merit and Achievement. Katelyn Frye: Certificates of Merit and Achievement. Vito Galvez: American Legion Award for highest average in Social Studies, Avery Foundation Scholarship Award, Board of Education Award for the student who ranks 3rd in class standing, Certificates of Merit and Achievement, Dorothy Dolgas Memorial Award, Lazare and Charlotte Kaplan Foundation Scholarship, Livingston Manor Teachers’ Assoc. Awards for Higher Education, Theodore Gordon Fly Fishers’ Science Award and Frank A. & Lulu Rose Foundation. Marissa May Gennaro: NYS Education Department Scholarship for Academic Excellence, Madeline O’Brien Scholarship, Board of Education Award for the student who ranks 4th in class standing, Certificates of Merit and Achievement, SUNY Presidential Scholars Award and Vocal Music Award for Area All-State Women’s Chorus and Lazare and Charlotte Kaplan Foundation Scholarship. Ramanpreet Kaur Gill: Lazare and Charlotte Kaplan Foundation Scholarship and Certificates of Merit and Achievement. Kaleigh Nicole Gonzalez: Peck’s Market Graduation Award, National School Choral Award, Maureen J. Reisner Memorial Award for Music, Leon L. and Marjorie B. Siegel Memorial Music Award (The John Philip Sousa Band Award), Vocal Music Award for Area All-State Women’s Chorus and Certificates of Merit and Achievement. Kailee Gorr: Grad Program Cover Design Award, Jamie Lyn Ford Memorial Award, Art Scholarship Award, SUNY Presidential Scholars Award and Certificates of Merit and Achievement. Nia Imani Christina Hamilton: Certificates of Merit and Achievement. Devon Heintz: Misner Agency Award for Greatest Improvement in High School English, John Hundley III & Josh Hundley Memorial Scholarship Fund and Certificates of Merit and Achievement. Kaitlin Luann Janik: Certificates of Merit and Achievement. Jeremy Ryan Johaneman: Avery Foundation Scholarship Award, Beaverkill Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Certificates of Merit and Achievement, NYS Education Department Scholarship for Academic Excellence, NYS Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Assoc. Inc. Scholarship, LMCS “Plaque of ‘39” given by the 50th Anniversary Alumni Association, Livingston Manor Community Center Service Award, John DuMond Memorial Scholarship, Frank A. & Lulu Rose Foundation, David Pollack Award for Class Salutatorian and LMCS 50th Anniv. Alumni Award Student who ranks 2nd in class standing. Nathaniel Juron: PTSA Service Scholarship Award, NYS Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Assoc. Inc. Scholarship, John Hundley III & Josh Hundley Memorial Scholarship Fund, Craig R. Sturdevant Memorial award, Custodial Staff Award for Outstanding Attendance during the 4 High School Years, Lazare and Charlotte Kaplan Foundation Scholarship, William Kelly Scholarship Award given by the Kelly family, in memory of Billy and Certificates of Merit and Achievement. Maximillian Karpowicz: Jamie Bertholf Memorial Scholarship and Certificates of Merit and Achievement. Ravneet Kaur: Certificates of Merit and Achievement. Kyle Mazzucca: Certificates of Merit and Achievement. Jennifer Marie Meade: Lazare and Charlotte Kaplan Foundation Scholarship, Liberty Elks Lodge #1545 Awards for Citizenship and Service and Certificates of Merit and Achievement. John Patrick McGrath: Certificates of Merit and Achievement and Peck’s Market Graduation Award. Emily Pierpoint: Certificates of Merit and Achievement, Lorna B. Hoag Perseverance Award, SUNY Presidential Scholars Award, Anthony S. Roach, III: Certificates of Merit and Achievement. Victoria L. Serrano: Certificates of Merit and Achievement, Jamie Bertholf Memorial Scholarship and NYS Attorney General’s Triple “C” Award. Dakota Saige Rogers: Avery Foundation Scholarship Award, Brian Ingber Memorial Foundation, Inc., Certificates of Merit and Achievement, Elinor E. Decker Memorial Award, Frank A. & Lulu Rose Foundation, Hilda M. Neild Scholarship Fund, HOPE: “Help Open People’s Eyes” Award, Knoll Scholarship Fund, Lazare and Charlotte Kaplan Foundation Scholarship, Livingston Manor Rotary Club Service Award, Livingston Manor Teachers’ Assoc. Awards for Higher Education, LMCS School-Related Professionals’ Association Graduation Award for the student who ranks 5th in class standing, NYS Comptroller’s Achievement Award, Stephanie Babich-Youmans Scholarship Fund, VanPut Family Scholarship and Sullivan/St. Tammany Chapter 298 – Order of Eastern Star. Dylan Brian Smith: Certificates of Merit and Achievement, NYS Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Assoc. Inc. Scholarship, SUNY Presidential Scholars Award and NYS Attorney General’s Triple “C” Award. Hunter E. Taggart: Certificates of Merit and Achievement. Patrick L. Valentine: PTSA Service Scholarship Award, Livingston Manor Lion’s Club Tony and Kelly Lackey Memorial Award, Lazare and Charlotte Kaplan Foundation Scholarship, Jamie Bertholf Memorial Scholarship, SUNY Presidential Scholars Award and Certificates of Merit and Achievement. Dana Will: Peck’s Market Graduation Award, Louis A. & Rita Hick Smith Memorial Fund, Lazare and Charlotte Kaplan Foundation Scholarship, Tau Chapter, Delta Kappa Gamma Society – Memorial Grants-in-Aid Award and Certificates of Merit and Achievement.
The Band Plays On… Wednesdays @8
The Callicoon Center Band… Playing every Wednesday night starting at 8pm. Bring a chair, your friends and family, and enjoy some good old fashioned music under the stars. Win delicious pies at the Pie raffle by the Callicoon Center Volunteer Firemens Ladies Auxiliary.
Vintage postcard at right: Clarence Krantz, 1st Clarinet and Founder of the band in 1934 and Artur Sawall, Bass Drummer. The bass drum shown was just retired on Wednesday, July 5, 2017. It will be on display at the Sullivan County Historical Society in Hurleyville. NY with the rest of the Callicoon Center Band memorabilia.
Be Part of It…
Manor Ink is a not-for- profit community newspaper and a program of the not-for- profit Livingston Manor Free Library. As its 17-year- old Editor-in-Chief Iris Fen Gillingham points out, it is also a unique educational opportunity for young people in town to interact with the world outside of school, to develop the skills of writing and communication, and to engage in a valuable service to the community.
Manor Ink needs four key things to work: student volunteers, adult volunteers, advertisers, and sponsors. We hope you will want to be part of it in whatever way is best for you! Here’s how: If you are a student, in 7th – 12th grade, come to a meeting and learn about upcoming stories you could work on, photos you could take, poetry you could write, art you could make. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Iris Gillingham at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are a community member interested in being a mentor or serving as a beat-writer for the Town of Rockland or LMCS Board, please contact Amy Hines at:email@example.com.
If you could be an individual sponsor, please consider it! Advertisers can become sponsors as well for a small additional contribution above your annual rate. Scan and return the form below or contact Amy Hines at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
All of us who are part of the Manor Ink Team appreciate your support!
By Kristin Fowler / Library Director / Manor Ink
The Livingston Manor Free Library continues to be a thriving community hub during the summer months. We welcome back our summer residents and continue to appreciate all of our wonderful, local patrons.
The library offers free 24 hour wifi, computers, computer assistance, fax service, copying/printing services, interlibrary loan, books, a browsing magazine collection, authoritative databases, a community resources guide, The Sullivan County Democrat, and The Times-Herald Record.
In addition to our more visible offerings, our patrons have access through the Rockland Catskill Library System (RCLS) consortium, to a variety of online databases. Many patrons aren’t aware that we have online access to these rich resources, like Novelist Plus and Ancestry.com New York Records.
Novelist Plus, a readers’ advisory service, will help you locate your next summer read based on your interests. Searching the database is user friendly and it can be searched in a variety of ways including, keyword, “read alikes”, common core, and award winners. You’ll find recommendations for books for every age and interest.
If you’re interested in genealogy, Ancestry.com New York Records is a database you’ll find interesting and useful. The database provides users access to an abundance of family history records online and free. Descriptions of the records as well as the holding organizations are provided through the links and logos on the Ancestry.com New York web page.
We’re looking forward to some wonderful community programs, events, and NEW books this summer – and to the revival of Manor Ink! Please see our calendar on pg. 6 for a full list of programs and events. Also check in with us on Facebook!
Looking forward to seeing you this summer!