For the Love of Manor: LM Takes Three Prizes


Three Livingston Manor organizations took home prizes from this year’s Sullivan Renaissance Annual Award Ceremony. The top prize winner from the Manor was the Catskill Fly Fishing Museum, which took second place in the Community Grants category and received $7000. In addition to installing a new bluestone walk connecting the museum to the Wulff Gallery (which was generously donated by Thompkins Bluestone and D&R Excavating/ Landscaping. The project was valued at several thousand dollars), the center also restored the main walkway and replanted the entrance sign garden, which includes a milk jug for visiting fishermen to fill in the stream and do with the watering.

The Livingston Manor Renaissance received $1000 from the Maintenance Garden category for its continued excellence in their “showing of flowers,” with an abundant use of planter boxes, hanging baskets and street-level gardens up and down Main and Pearl Streets. The  Methodist Church at the corner Old Route 17 and Pearl Street was awarded $500 in the same category for their beautiful in-ground flowerbeds. So please, give thanks to these wonderful groups who continue to work towards a better and more beautiful Livingston Manor. Congratulations to all!

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Letter From Iris

Dear Manor Ink supporters,

I am so excited to share the September 2017 issue with you! We have an awesome team who has worked hard on putting this issue together.  Each member brings their own characteristics and voice to the meetings. Thank you to all of the amazing people who have donated and contributed to Manor Ink in some way this past summer.

Since we only come out once a month, I want to let you know that there are ways that you can stay up to date with Manor Ink news in between issues. First off, please go check out our new website, which has each month’s issue, our story, a calendar of events and much more. You can also make a donation online now. If you know of anyone who lives out of town and wants to receive Manor Ink, they can purchase a mailing subscription for $25. We are also active on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

When we put together the special Summer Issue, it felt great to bring Manor Ink back. Each issue is exciting in its own way. That’s what I love about compiling the articles. Every staff member adds his or her own flavor. One of our members likes video games, another was interested in the solar eclipse, one covered the Library Community Party for Labor Day and others photographed the beautiful Renaissance flowers all over town. There is a difference between writing a good essay or taking a picture for school and actually having their work printed and recognized. The most exciting part of all of this is to see someone in town reading Manor Ink… that is very rewarding. To know that I am helping to bring news to my community, to fill a gap, is thrilling. That is why with every issue I want to thank you, most of all, for supporting us by reading Manor Ink.

Iris Fen Gillingham

The Thankful Editor-In-Chief

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On September 10, 2017 the WJFF Radio Catskill Awards were held at the Catskill Distilling Company in Bethel, New York. The honorees were Aileen Gunther, as the community leader, Barbara Martinsons, as a WJFF Ally, and Kathy Dodge and Dick Rieseling as community advocates.From left to right Barbara Martinsons, Patricia Pomeroy (president of board of trustees), Andrea Nero- Eddings (station manager), Kathy Dodge, Dick Rieseling, and Aileen Gunther.



No more tents!

Do you remember sitting outside at the firehouse barbecue under a tent? Well, now you’ll be greeted to a new sitting area under the brand new permanent pavilion!
The pavilion was the best solution for replacing the old tents. The pavilion was less expensive to build then to replace the tents, and the pavilion’s size allowed for more seating. This means that many more people can enjoy the comfort of sitting under a roof while eating their food. Also, it was very helpful to the fire department, because it saves many hours of work setting up tents and it allows for storage when it isn’t in use. Fun fact, the concept of a pavilion was created by the Amish.

The chief of the fire house, Daniel Wolcott, had a lot to say on the matter.

Q: How was the building purchased?
Daniel: It was purchased through various fundraisers
Q: What was your reason to build the pavilion?
Daniel: We had many tents that were getting old and falling apart, so to compromise we made the pavilion for a more permanent structure. Also, it would save many man hours of putting the tents up. In the end the firehouse pavilion will benefit the firehouse volunteers and the community of Livingston Manor.

Redeveloped Development

By Iris Fen Gillingham / Manor Ink

You may know of the Hemlock Ridge affordable housing complex, which has now been redeveloped by Wilder Balter Partners, Inc. The apartments are on the site of the former School Street Gardens built in 1974, which were foreclosed in 1994, and then reestablished as Hemlock Ridge. The 9.3-acre parcel now holds 60 energy-efficient units, playgrounds and a community center for residents. Occupants can use the community TV and computer room, as well as an on-site laundry room. There are 2 and 3 bedroom town houses, as well as 24 one bedroom units which are all occupied. They have two hearing and vision impaired accessible units, and also wheelchair accessible units. Each of the town houses has a patio or deck, as well as privacy fences. “When we build affordable housing, it doesn’t look like affordable housing” said Robert H. Wilder Jr. of Wilder Balter Partners. He explains “We put in better quality floors, doors and cabinets. It’s quality housing for people who deserve it ”  The total cost for the project was about 17.2 million. The project was financed by NYS Homes & Community Renewal (HCR), as well as other partners. “Congratulations to Wilder Balter and all our partners who devoted their expertise on behalf of the 60 households who call Hemlock Ridge their home.This development delivers on one of Governor Cuomo’s priorities: to re-invest in our existing Mitchell Lama housing stock, to provide vital affordable housing for people in the community that they love and to ensure that affordability for the next 40 years,” says HCR Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas. Wilder also thanked the local Building Inspector Glenn Gabbard for his efficiency, as well as Rose Mary Hankins, “This town is very lucky to have people like her”.

Financing provided by:

NYS Housing Finance Agency

NYS Mitchell Lama Rehabilitation and Preservation Program

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Federal Home Loan Bank of New York  

Citibank, N. A.

First Sterling Financial

M&T Bank


Development Team:

Housing Action Council

Wilder Balter Partners

Griffon Associates

WB Residential Communities

Hennessy Architects, P.C.    


Library Community Day: Fun For The Whole Family 


On Sunday, September 3 the Livingston Manor Free Library held their annual community party, with this year’s theme being a “celebration of the great outdoors.” They had a 2 day book sale, Brown Bear crafts (based on the book by Eric Carle),  a 3D printer, fly tying demonstrations, a henna artist, animal track molds, and food! The rainy weather could not dampen the happy spirits. Kristin Fowler, the library director says “The book sale had a great turnout and people got to observe the 3D printer without a crowd.”

Recognition for Roger

By Nathaniel DePaul / Manor Ink


Roger Carl Neer is the most recent graduate of Livingston Manor Central School. At the August 16th school board meeting, District Superintendent John Evans presented Mr. Neer his high school diploma, 50+ years after he was drafted to serve in the Vietnam War.

Roger left high school during his senior year to serve in the 12th Cavalry Division of the 5th Army from 1967 to 1971. He was honorably discharged on November 7th, 1971, one day after his 26th birthday. Mr. Neer entered civilian life as a truck driver for a while, until he found a job as a quarryman cutting Blue Stone, where he remained until he just recently retired.

Operation Recognition is a program through the New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs that awards high school diplomas to military personnel who did not complete high school due to service in World War II, the Korean War, or the Vietnam War. Section 305 of New York State Education Law establishes the program, and it was through this program that, at the age of 71, Roger Neer became probably the oldest graduate of LMCS. The program is an application process, so if any of our readers know of someone who meets this criteria, contact Mr. John Crotty, Director of the Sullivan County Veterans Service Agency at 845-807-0233 or




America’s finest hard cider apples are found in the wild and abandoned orchards of the Catskills. That’s according to two young entrepreneurs who have bet their business on it. Sullivan County’s first farm cidery, Abandoned Hard Cider, sources much of their fruit from land owners with old apple trees, offering hard cider in exchange for apples, and they are still looking for more. They’ll even come out and pick themselves.

Founders Martin Bernstein and Eric Childs have perfected their recipes over the past two years, using apples from wild-growing trees along old trails, roads and creeks, and from forgotten back yard orchards. “Many people don’t realize that the old trees behind their house bear some of the most incredible cider apples in the country!” says Bernstein, who himself has a 100-year old cider orchard at his farm in Parksville, NY.

But what makes old and wild trees so good for hard cider? As Bernstein explains, culinary apple varieties like Gala and Fuji are sweet, but lack tannins and other complex flavors found in older varieties and wild grown fruit. “Adding wild and heirloom varieties is key to a good, balanced hard cider,” he says. “In fact, our favorite recipe uses only wild fruit and wild yeast from a specific valley here in the Catskills.”

The two cider makers believe that the Catskills region’s specific terroir, the clean spring water and healthy ecosystem provides excellent conditions for apple trees. That, coupled with the trees’ deep roots and old, diverse genetics, makes for some of the best hard cider apples in the country. “This is sort of the Napa Valley of cider apples,” Bernstein says. “Except nobody knows it yet.”

Abandoned Hard Cider plans to release three varieties to local restaurants, bars and retailers later this year. As the craft beverage industry boom continues nationwide, these two cider makers aspire to put Sullivan County firmly on the map. We look forward to tasting!

Follow them on Instagram @abandonedcider. If you have apples and would like to exchange them for hard cider, email them at


Harrow’s Love For Watercolor Inspired By Roscoe Artist Jack Yelle

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Livingston Manor artist Caroline Harrow has been painting for 10 years. She credits her love for watercolors to Roscoe artist Jack Yelle. “It was with his guidance and friendship that I was able to achieve so much.”

Caroline’s artist background began in black and white photography after some time at the Pratt Institute. Her artistic sense and style had already been formed by her childhood in High Falls, NY. It was in the country that she came to appreciate nature in all its forms and variety. While her time in the military and her subsequent career with UPS took her away from the country life, she never lost an appreciation of it.

Caroline’s paintings evoke a sense of time and place, centered close to home. Growing up on a farm and going to a one-room school provided the background for her artist choices: local landmarks, barns and country life, as it once was. Now, living on Shandelee “I only have to look out my door for inspiration”.

Caroline credits her husband, Don, both for his helpful critiques and for his creation of wonderful barn wood frames. Caroline is a Signature member of the North East Watercolor Society. Her many awards include the Rosenberger Award at the North East Watercolor Society International Exhibition in Kent, CT and  the Michael Hein Purchase Award at “Fall for Art” in Kingston, NY. She was also a two time winner of the Catskill Winter Wonders.

From now through the end of October, Caroline’s watercolors and photographs are on display at RE/MAX WAYNE, 416 Main St, Honesdale, PA. They are open Monday – Saturday from 9am to 5pm. Caroline will host an artist’s reception on October 8 from 2-4pm at RE/MAX WAYNE. Light refreshments will be served.

A selection of Caroline’s paintings can be seen at her website She has paintings locally at Madison’s Restaurant on Main St., the Catskill Fly Fishing Center, the Beaverkill Store in Lew Beach, Annie’s Place in Roscoe and the Hancock House in Hancock.



Rhythm and Grace, Boogying Right Along

     Edward Lundquist / Manor Ink

Mrs. Jamie Ward has come a long way since starting to dance at the age of 2. I interviewed Jamie about her rapidly expanding business, Rhythm and Grace Performing Arts Studio. She uses this establishment to share her passion for dance with others. A full-time music teacher, she is very excited for her business to be growing. Mrs. Ward hopes to help inspire dancers, both young and adult, to pursue art and music careers. She is glad to have her own large open space so she can do “whatever she wants, whenever she wants.”

Mrs. Ward and her husband, Tom, who owns and operates Ward Engineering, love their community and have purchased an old saw mill at 26 Pleasant Street. They are completing renovations so that the building will house both of their businesses. They will open, hopefully, in October. She will teach acrobatics and tumbling for ages 4-9, musical theater for ages 5 and up (once a month), hip-hop for ages 4 and up, creative movement for ages 2 and up and her regular dance classes for ages 3 to adult. It is not too late to register, call (845) 701-7872 or look them up on Facebook at Rhythm & Grace Performing Arts Studio.

Weston Goes to Camp

By Sienna Dutcher/ Manor Ink


Weston Ward and his family held a bake sale this past summer to help raise the funds needed to send Weston to Camp EAGR (Epilepsy Association of Greater Rochester). Weston’s grandmother came up with the idea and his sister, mother, and grandmother all helped him bake. Weston also helped with setting up and selling. Offered were a variety of baked goods including zucchini bread, cookies, brownies and cupcakes. Their effort was so successful that the family was able to donate to Camp EAGR as well as send Weston.

Weston stayed at Camp EAGR for a week with about 70 other kids. While he was there, he enjoyed many activities such as horseback riding, swimming, archery, rock climbing, fishing, and canoeing. The special part about Camp EAGR was that kids with epilepsy could be safe during their stay. At Camp EAGR medical personnel are on site 24 hours a day to ensure kids’ safety. Though Weston enjoyed his stay at Camp EAGR, he wasn’t sure he would go back because he missed home too much. The Ward family would like to thank everyone who donated and helped him go to camp.

Paper Games


By Jenson Skalda / Manor Ink

Paper Games is a column that gives you information on games suitable for people above age 10. I will tell you things that the box cover doesn’t tell you. I will play most games to see if you would want to play them.

Overwatch is a team-based shooter, massive multiplayer online game. It operates on the playstation 4, the X-box 1 and PC and is about $40. Overwatch has a wide variety of 25 heroes to play so you can find your most played character easily. There are a total of 20 maps that you can play on and learn all the secrets on them; two of them aren’t out yet. And for those people who are a little bit daring and more experienced, you can play in competitive mode and ride the ranks. I recommend Overwatch for hardcore gamers. Parents beware, there are a couple of unsavory players; but, there is a way to report and mute those players

So if you have any games you would want me to cover, contact me at




We had a very busy summer at the Livingston Manor Library!

In addition to our regular programs, the library offered a wealth of learning opportunities for our community. We hosted a children’s summer reading program, a fairy tale workshop, a maker week, terrarium making with master gardener, Mia Koerner, a defensive driving class, and an artists’ talk, Livingston Manor: People and Place, with photographer Ben Halpern.

Michelle Hemmer, LMCS teacher and Library Trustee, ran our summer reading programs and successfully helped our Manor students avoid “summer slide” while having fun! The kids read books and participated in activities aligned with the New York State Education Department’s 2017 summer reading theme “Building A Better World”.

The library hosted our Labor Day Community Party and Book Sale again this year, where we celebrated literacy and the great outdoors. The community enjoyed fly tying, henna painting, ozobots (robots that demonstrate basic coding), a 3D printer and pen, animal track casting, s’more making, rock painting, storytime in tents, loaned to us by Morgan Outdoors, and food by Cabernet Frank’s.

We’re looking forward to our fall community events, including the 2nd Annual Halloween Community Party and Fundraiser, generously sponsored by The Kaatskeller, and the Library’s 5K Turkey Trot Community Run on Sunday, November 5th.

I’d also like to mention a book that is very timely and recently gifted to the library by its publisher, Radical Hope: Letters Of Love And Dissent In Dangerous Times, a book inspired by the recent election with contributions from a variety of authors. As described by Publisher’s Weekly, “This collection is a plea to defy the idea that positive change is impossible. . . . De Robertis’s contributors . . . replied to her call with diverse, eloquent, and unapologetic pieces that speak to the heart and underline the sentiment that the personal is political. . . . The overall message is one of radical connection and thoughtful activism.”—Publishers Weekly

Finally, if you find yourself on Main Street, please stop in at the library to see some of the kid’s projects from maker week, including solar ovens and Matisse style collages.

We look forward to seeing you this fall!

Kristin Fowler, Library Director

What is going on at LMCS???


“What is going on over at Manor school?” is a question I have been asked numerous times by different community members this past summer.  Immediately after the students and teachers exited the building for summer vacation, work began on various capital improvements, renovations and repairs.

In addition to the annual cleaning, painting and floor waxing carried out by our facilities department, several outside contractors were on site working as part of a voter approved capital improvement project. The previously approved project involved a great deal of work inside, outside and around the Livingston Manor school building.


In the primary wing (grades PK-2) renovation occurred in seven (7) classrooms. These renovations included: the removal of asbestos floor tiles, new flooring installed, new casework/cabinets installed along with new counters & sinks.

Upgrades to heating controls throughout entire building:

A new heating control system is being installed to better regulate the building’s heat. The increased energy efficiency that will be realized through these improvements will result in a direct cost savings to the district. This project includes: Installation of new heating control valves, new control wiring & control devices throughout the building and a new computer controlled management interface to control the system.

Building Exterior:

Around the outside of the building there were numerous smaller restoration projects: Masonry restoration on the original building, brick re-pointing, pre-cast concrete cap restoration, gutter repairs and slate roof repairs.

Clock Tower Restoration:


Several repairs and improvements were made to the clock tower: Upgrades to the interior clock tower platforms, weathervane repairs, copper roof repairs, painting of the entire tower, new clock controls with LED back lighting and new decorative circular windows.


Gymnasium/Athletic Field ADA entry: 


The ADA compliant entry way to the gymnasium and athletic fields from the rear parking area was renovated. This involved the removal of the old entry way/ramp and installation of: New retaining walls, walkways, ADA ramp, stairs & railings. It also included improved drainage throughout this entry area.

As you can see, between the amazing efforts of our in-house facilities staff and the professional efforts of our outside contractors, things are looking good at LMCS for the start of the 2017-18 school year. The Board of Education and the administration at LMCS take great pride in ensuring this beautiful historic building is always at its best.

Best wishes for a fantastic school year!!

Educationally yours,

John P. Evans


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