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Highland - October 13

Paula Campbell - Community Correspondent
Posted 10/12/20

A friend of mine who lives in Eldred decided that during this contentious election, for the first time she would put a candidate sign on her lawn to support her choice.

She made a donation and …

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Highland - October 13


A friend of mine who lives in Eldred decided that during this contentious election, for the first time she would put a candidate sign on her lawn to support her choice.

She made a donation and got her sign in the mail and put it up and then on October 5th Route 33 (known to locals as the Eldred-Yulan Road) closed down for repairs and now no one is driving by her house. We had probably the only laugh available during this election.

Even with plenty of notification, none of us gave much thought to how often we drove that little stretch of road until it closed. I spoke with Jeff Haas, the Town Supervisor, about exactly what is happening with the repairs.

Jeff told me that the project is set to repair the fifty-year-old bridge culvert on County Bridge 198 at Route 33 where it meets Clarke Road. It is a Sullivan County Department of Public Work project and the improvements are being paid for by the County. NGS Excavating owned by Norm Sutherland who is a resident of Highland and was the lowest bidder for the contract is doing the project.

When I asked if the project would be done within the two weeks' timeframe that was announced earlier, Jeff Haas had some good news on that front saying NGS is now promising that the project will be done by the end of this week.

That is great news since Lou Monteleone was telling me how his two minute ride home now takes him twelve minutes, and I have been going down Route 55, across 97 in Barryville and then up Mail Road to get to my Post Office. These minor complaints aside, it is also great in these tough times to see locally owned companies working and we could sure use more of these infrastructure projects.

The American Red Cross has a constant and ongoing need for blood and platelet donations as Covid-19 continues to spread and the need for blood donors becomes crucial to meet patient care needs across our Country.

There is no data or evidence that Covid which is an airborne virus can be transmitted by blood donations. The Red Cross is testing all the blood donations for the Covid antibodies that may help current Covid patients build up their immunity and survive and recover from the virus.

The next American Red Cross Blood Drive will take place on Wednesday, October 28th at the Eldred School located 600 Route 55 from 2:15 p.m. until 6:15 p.m.

The Drive is being sponsored by the Eldred School's National Honor Society members who do some wonderful community projects. To donate blood a donor must be healthy, feel well and have a normal temperature on the day of their blood donation.

Routine blood donor screening measures already in place should prevent any one with respiratory infections from donating.

For more information about the National Honor's Society's Blood Drive you can make an appointment using the Red Cross app at www.redcrossblood.org. or call the Eldred Central School at 845-456-1100 and ask for Ms. Ross in the French Language Department.

I want to wish Margie Granese a very Happy Birthday and have a wonderful celebration with your family.

Contributed Photo

Norm Sutherland of Highland and his NGS Excavation and Construction Company are repairing and upgrading the bridge culvert on Route 33 in Eldred. The good news according to Town Supervisor Jeff Haas is that NGS is promising the project will be completed this week well before the expected deadline. Good news indeed!


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