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I recently attended the Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America conference and met a group of parents that had started a charity, Song for Charlie, to protect youth from … more
It can be hard to get around in a rural area when you don’t own a vehicle. The cost of transportation can be a large but necessary expense for many families. In his August newsletter, … more
Summer ushers in many amazing local traditions. This includes various fairs and festivals that provide opportunities for family fun and for memories to be made that will last a … more
The public library is a cornerstone of society, whether it’s in big cities, suburbs or rural towns. While some may argue the decline in circulation of bound books and other periodicals is a … more
Water is one of the basic building blocks of life as we know it. With it we flourish. Without it nothing can survive. As the Democrat reported last week, the town of Fallsburg issued a notice to … more
As reported in the Democrat on Friday, a draft of the merger study for the Livingston Manor and Roscoe Central School Districts has been released for the public to read.  This 133-page … more
Polio was declared eradicated in the United States in 1979, putting an end to a horrible virus that at one time permanently disabled an average of 35,000 people a year. Since then, and thanks … more
It’s that time again where we take a few moments, or in this case, paragraphs, to recognize a few individuals, groups and/or organizations for their efforts. You might have seen last … more
As reported in the Democrat on Tuesday, there’s been an ongoing discussion in the Town of Delaware about how to regulate noise from local businesses and prevent it from affecting neighbors … more
It’s only July and 2022 is already shaping up to be a significant election year. The midterm general elections are Tuesday, November 8 and the Congressional and State Senate Primary Elections … more
Mental health is a very serious topic, and a new hotline, 988, which recently launched statewide, provides a valuable resource to those seeking help. The bill that created the new hotline was … more
Many throughout Sullivan County celebrated our nation’s Independence Day earlier this month with the traditional lighting of fireworks. While most people are willing to tolerate and make an … more
According to the New York State Police (NYSP), drunk drivers cause more than 17,000 deaths annually. This equates to 310 funerals each week or one death every 30 minutes. The NYSP further reports … more
Plastics are everywhere. The Natural Resources Defense Council estimates that more than 300 million metric tons of plastic are produced worldwide every year, half of which is for single-use … more
On July 4, 1966, President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed the federal Freedom of Information Act into law. According to Bill Moyers, Johnson’s press secretary,  “LBJ had to be … more
Home ownership has long been associated as a core component of achieving the “American Dream.” Besides the psychological benefits of pride and security that come from knowing … more
As we gather to celebrate Independence Day, it’s a good time to reflect on how our most fundamental freedoms have served this nation well. It’s an even better time to think about what … more
As reported in the Democrat last Tuesday, Legislators have adopted a five-year spending plan for the first round of monies received as part of a settlement agreement stemming from class action … more
Today is June 21, the longest day of the year and the official beginning of summer. The next three months are some of the busiest of the year and  a time when the population of Sullivan County … more
It’s no secret that there remains a lot of room for improvement when it comes to health outcomes and access to healthcare in Sullivan County. It’s not an uncommon problem in rural areas. … more
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