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Smallwood - May 31

May 30, 2019

By Jonathan C. Hyman - community correspondent

Congratulations to Smallwoodians Morgan Holloran and Jane Hyman (my daughter). Graduates of Duggan Elementary School, RJK Middle School, and Monticello High School, these young women grew up ice skating on the lake, learning in class, and playing soccer and softball together. And now both have graduated from college; Morgan with a nursing degree (RN) from SUNY Binghamton and Jane -- who expects to go to law school -- with a history degree from SUNY New Paltz. Good Luck to both!
Last week the Monticello Central School District's annual operating budget and one of two referendums passed. The referendum voted down was the one needed to begin the process of re-opening our beloved Duggan Elementary School. Currently used as a small community center, Duggan and schools like it entice new families to plant roots, support local businesses, and are economic engines for jobs, house sales, and future development; never mind the data on how important small classoom size and small learning communities are for educating children.
The margin of defeat was small enough that there were enough votes in Smallwood alone to pass this referendum. All of Bethel has to do better.
Sally Bregman and Eddie Bohn have both reported seeing a large bear in and around the back end of the lake in the area between Hartwood and West Starlight Drives. (It's BIG. I saw the video.) Brush up on your bear protocols here: Catskill Mtns - Black Bea#122EF
The Civic Association needs lifeguards and will pay for training for anyone fifteen and older to become certified. Contact Peter Conroy: Come on down and assist with the beach cleanup at 10:00 am on June 15th. The Association will feed you lunch for your efforts. Your 2018 boat stickers are valid through July 8th. There will be a boat confiscation program this year so make sure you renew your membership soon.
Marie Fox tells me the Bethel Lions Club Pancake Breakfast was a great success. Well over 300 people were served and Rob Doherty (Dickey Crumley's son-in-law) won the 50/50 raffle and kicked it back to the club. A hearty thank you to Rob and to the Lions for their year-round good work.
Good news: the much discussed traffic-inducing culvert replacement work scheduled for Rt. 17B this summer in Mongaup Valley (in front of Brother Bruno Ristorante) has been put off until after Labor Day.
The first of two Town of Bethel Doves celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Woodstock Concert was unveiled this Wednesday in front of Town Hall. Located at 3454 State Rt. 55 in White Lake, the large sculptural dove was designed and painted by artist, Stefany Lopez and is part of a fifty-dove commemorative trail across the county, sponsored by the Sullivan County Visitor's Association (SCVA). A number of the entities hosting the painted doves will have unveiling receptions and the public is invited to attend. For information about the dove trail and more, go to the SCVA Facebook page or contact or call 845-747-4449.
Register early to ensure a slot on a bird walk right here in Bethel sponsored by the Delaware Highlands Conservancy. On June 22nd from 7:00-9:00 am Peter Wulfhurst, an Audubon Society member, will lead an early morning trek on the woodland trail at the Conservancy's headquarters on Segar and Rosenberg Road. A field guide will be provided and remember to bring your binoculars. Birding Walk - Delaware H#12558
Why not replace a lost momento or rekindle memories of a favorite teacher or a lost love? Monticello High School is selling back issues of yearbooks running from 1968-2017 with most years available. Yearbooks from 1968-2013 cost $10 and the charge for 2014-2018 books is $25. Pickup for a yearbook will be Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at the High School main office from 2:30-3:30 pm from June 11-June 21. (Surely they would mail one to an out-of-towner for a fee.) Email Amy Ross at with any questions.
During a concert that both solidified violinist Akiko Hosi's stature as a splendid player and “the voice” of the Sullivan County Orchestra (SCO), and further established double bassist Andrew Trombley's bona fides as a fine Artistic Director, Monticello High School's Band Director, Andrew Verdino was a standout. Performing on April 27th at St. John's Episcopal Church as a member of the orchestra, Verdino's clarinet playing was on display during two disparate compositions. The totality of his performance revealed an insightful player whose legitimate technical “chops” work in unison very nicely with his interpretive skills. His playing on the lovely “Elegy For Al” by composer Nancy Wegrzyn -- herself a long-time Monti High string instructor -- was dark, somber, and richly evocative in the way you might expect a tenor saxophone to sound. Flipping the switch, Verdino later played brightly on the Mozart Clarinet Quintet K. 581 displaying both his handsome trilling technique and his mastery of the clarinet's multiple registers. Bravo Verdino!
Be sure to attend the SCO's next concert on June 8th at 7:00 pm at the Nesin Theatre, 22 St. John Street in Monticello. Premiered will be commissioned works entitled "Four Seasons of Sullivan County”. A collaboration between composer Nancy Wegrzyn and visual artist Laurie Kilgore, this performance includes a 12-movement musical composition by Wegrzyn and a set of five Kilgore oil paintings evoking the beauty of the seasonal landscape of Sullivan County. Also on the program is Vivaldi's "Four Seasons", inspired by the beauty of his home in Mantua, Italy. As a nice treat, harpsichordist Kenneth Hamrick will be performing Vivaldi with the SCO. Tickets: adults $20, seniors $18 and students with ID are free. Purchase online via Facebook, at the door or by phone, 845-798-9006.
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