Hamlet Happenings: August 2022


by Kathleen Sullivan

August 2022


The volunteers in Hurleyville-Sullivan First are working hard this summer to make Hurleyville more beautiful.

The stone planters and barrels are weeded and watered regularly. A special thank you goes out to Jessica. She is helping to care for the barrels at the post office and the flowers are blooming beautifully.

Protective materials were added to the signs at the entrances to Hurleyville and to the signs at the RailTrail entrance. The stone planters have been reset and reinforced. Fresh historical panels will be hung in the historical kiosk at the Hurleyville Firemen’s Park. New cabinets for books created by folks at The Center for Discovery will be installed at the Little Free Library at the Hurleyville Firemen’s Park.

Funding for the group’s projects was made possible in part by a Beautification Grant from Sullivan Renaissance.

Please visit www.hurleyvilleny.com for more information about Hurleyville-Sullivan First. You can also visit Hurleyville-Sullivan First on Facebook.


The Bread of Life Food Pantry at the church will be open on Thursday, August 18 and on Thursday, August 25 from 3 until 5 p.m.

Sunday services are held at the church at 9 a.m. Children of all ages can attend Sunday school at the church during services.

Pastor Jorge delivers sermons on the church’s page on Facebook at 11 a.m. on Sundays.

The Bible study group meets in the sanctuary at the church every Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Everyone is invited to pray with others over the phone on the church’s prayer line on Sundays from 7 to 8 p.m. The prayer line phone number is 605-472-5491 and the access code is 251678.

Youngsters are invited to participate in “Messy Church” held on the second Saturday of each month at 5 p.m. “Messy Church” allows children to learn about the Bible in a fun way while enjoying arts & crafts, singing and other activities. All children taking part in the fun must be accompanied by an adult.

Women in Faith, the women’s group at the church, is still collecting disposable diapers, new socks, new underwear, gently used clothing and gently used toys for infants and children from newborn to 12 years old for THE GRANDPARENTS PROGRAM. The program assists grandparents who are caring for their grandchildren who otherwise would be placed in foster care.

Please call Katrina at 845-436-7942 for more information on services and activities at the church. You can also get updates at the church’s page on Facebook.


The museum, located at 265 Main Street in Hurleyville, is open on Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Sunday from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free. Donations to meet the increasing cost of operating the Museum are always welcome.

Two fascinating exhibits opened at the museum in July. The massive Neversink-Hackledam Project, abandoned during World War I, would have altered the appearance of Sullivan County. The Town of Thompson One-Room Schoolhouse Project has erected twenty historic plaques throughout the town at the sites of one-room schoolhouses.

The Dr. Frederick Cook exhibit will be on display at the museum until December. The exhibit features photographs taken by Dr. Cook from 1891-1908 during expeditions to Greenland, Antarctica, Tierra del Fuego, Mount Denali and the North Pole.

Volunteers are available to help visitors explore the historical and genealogical resources at the Historical Society’s archives at the museum. The archives are open on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment.

Guided tours of the museum…behind the scenes and regular exhibits…are available. There is no charge for the hour-long tours but registration is required. Please call 845-434-8044 to make a reservation.

Go to www.scnyhistory.org to learn about the Sullivan County Historical Society and the Sullivan County Museum. You can also visit the Sullivan County Historical Society and Museum on Facebook.

Please call the museum at 845-434-8044 or email info@scnyhistory.org for more information.


Homeowners have experienced well-related troubles due to well testing being done at the proposed Gan Eden Estates development project on Columbia Hill. Contact the building departments in the Town of Thompson (845-794-2500, extension 321) and the Town of Fallsburg (845-434-8811) if you’re experiencing well-related problems.

The adverse effects of the proposed project threaten our environment and the character of our community in many ways:
• The growing needs of our community’s water supply are already having an adverse impact on both municipal wells and private wells.
• The impact on firefighting needs is dangerous to life and property.
• The harmful effects of storm water runoff include flooding on Main Street, Columbia Drive, Mongaup Road, Congregation Anschei Cemetery.
• Storm water runoff poses a danger to downhill wells.
• Irresponsible wastewater treatment plant discharge via a ditch, not a pipe, is a threat to residences, Fallsburg town wells, Congregation Anschei Cemetery.
• Wastewater treatment plant failure threatens residences, Fallsburg town wells, Congregation Anschei Cemetery.
• The structural integrity of on-site dam with 3-acre pond is questionable.
• Increased traffic and the planned entrances to the development are hazardous to the safety of our roadways.

Members of CHNA want to guarantee that the proposed project complies with environmental impact regulations. The group continues to examine environmental impact applications and reports submitted by the developer of the proposed project to ensure accuracy.

Visit CHNA at www.columbiahill.org and on Facebook to learn how you can help to protect your environment and your community.