by Kathleen Sullivan
HURLEYVILLE FIRE DISTRICT ELECTION
The annual election of the Hurleyville Fire District will take place on Tuesday, December 14, from 6 until 9 p.m. at the Hurleyville Fire House.
The purpose of the election is to elect one Commissioner for a five-year term, beginning on January 1, 2022 and ending on December 31, 2026, and one Secretary-Treasurer for a three-year term, beginning on January 1, 2022 and ending on December 31, 2024.
All voters registered with the Sullivan County Board of Elections on or before November 22, 2021 and residing within the Hurleyville Fire District are eligible to vote.
Social distancing will be observed and masks must be worn.
Hurleyville-Sullivan First will hold its 25th annual “DECK THE DOORS” holiday decorating contest on Thursday, December 16. All holiday-decorated doors in the hamlet, including residences and businesses, are eligible. Judging will begin at 6 p.m. Remember to turn your lights on by that time!
Winners of the contest will be awarded prizes provided by Hurleyville business owners and members of Hurleyville-Sullivan First. This year, Bold Gold Media Group has contributed a $1,000 advertising package for the winner in the business category.
Visit Hurleyville-Sullivan First at www.hurleyvilleny.com or on Facebook for more information on the group’s projects to make Hurleyville more beautiful.
HURLEYVILLE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Information on the Christmas Eve service at the church will be announced on the church’s sign and on Facebook.
The Bread of Life Food Pantry at the church will be open on Thursday, December 23, and on Thursday, December 30, from 3 until 5 p.m.
Sunday services at the church begin at 9 a.m. Children of all ages are invited to attend Sunday school at the church during services.
Pastor Jorge is delivering sermons online 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.
Fully vaccinated churchgoers do not have to wear a mask in the church.
You can 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.
“Messy Church” has started again. The next date will be announced soon.
Youth Group meetings and the women’s group meetings are still cancelled for now.
Please call Katrina at 845-436-7942 for more information. You can also get updates at the church’s page on Facebook.
THE SULLIVAN COUNTY MUSEUM AND HISTORICAL SOCIETY
The Annual Theme Tree Exhibit at the museum will be on display through the first week in January.
Visitors to the museum are welcome and the archives are open for research.
Guided tours (behind the scenes and regular exhibits) are available on Saturdays at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m., and on Sundays at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. There is no charge for the hour-long tour, but registration is required. Please call 845-428-3111 to register.
“To the Mountains by Rail,” just republished by Load ‘N Go Press, is available for sale at the gift shop at the museum. The shop has an assortment of print material and memorabilia that are perfect gifts for the holidays.
Financial donations to the museum and the historical society are welcome to help meet the ongoing increase in the amount of funds needed to operate the museum.
Anyone interested in genealogy and the history of life in Sullivan County can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for information on volunteering at the museum.
Please call the museum at 845-434-8044 or email email@example.com for more information or to schedule group tours.
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 5 p.m.
Per Sullivan County guidelines, visitors to the museum are required to wear masks.
Visit the Sullivan County Historical Society and Museum on Facebook or at www.scnyhistory.org.
COLUMBIA HILL NEIGHBORHOOD ALLIANCE (CHNA)
The CHNA steering committee meets monthly to prepare for the next appearance of the Gan Eden Estates project on the agenda of the Town of Thompson Planning Board.
The members of CHNA and the community have voiced many concerns with the project and the deleterious effects it will have on the community and the environment. Some of the concerns are:
• 534 units in 89 structures
• 4 miles of paved roads
• possibility of more than 3,000 residents
• 1,100 parking spaces
• water supply
• storm water runoff
• wastewater treatment plant and discharge
• noise pollution
• light pollution
• electric grid capacity
• 110-foot 400,000-gallon on-site water tank
Members of CHNA continue to monitor the questionable over development in the area of Huschke Road and East Mongaup Road. They will attend the December 2021 Town of Liberty Planning Board meeting if these or related matters are on the agenda
Visit CHNA at www.columbiahill.org and on Facebook to learn how you can help to protect your environment and your community by demanding responsible and sustainable development.