Hamlet Happenings: February

By Kathleen Sullivan

Hurleyville-Sullivan First will be applying for a Sullivan Renaissance Maintenance Grant again this year. The grant will be used to support the projects the group continues to work on:

  • Renovation of St. Mary’s Church for use as a community center
  • Hurleyville Firemen’s Park
  • Community Gateway
  • Community gardens
  • Planters at entrances to Hurleyville

The members of Hur­leyville-Sullivan First will begin getting gardens, plant­ers and barrels ready for planting in early spring. Ev­eryone is welcome to come out and help. Work dates will be announced soon.

Hurleyville-Sullivan First meets on the third Thursday of each month at 7:00 PM at the Hurleyville Firehouse. The meetings are open to ev­eryone who is interested in the revitalization and beauti­fication of Hurleyville.

For more information about Hurleyville and Hurleyville-Sullivan First, please visit www.hurleyvilleny.com.

A prototype of Louis “Lebel” Wichinsky’s bagel making machine will soon be on display at the Sullivan County Historical Society.

The Sullivan County Mu­seum recently received an item very special to Hur­leyville– Lebel Wichinsky’s bagel making machine. The staff at the museum, along with the members of Hur­leyville-Sullivan First, is planning a formal reception to celebrate this historic ad­dition and its inventor. A date will be announced soon; meanwhile the machine can be seen in the auditorium at the museum.

New exhibits at the mu­seum include “The Mili­tary Room” honoring Sul­livan County veterans from the Civil War through Desert Storm, “Early Sul­livan County” depicting life in period settings, and “The Borscht Belt” chroni­cling this unique era in the Catskills.

Please call Pat Burns at 845-434-8044 if you are in­terested in shoveling snow at the museum this winter.

The museum, located at 265 Main Street in Hur­leyville, is open on Sunday from 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM and from Tuesday to Satur­day from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

Please visit www.scnyhis­tory.org for more informa­tion on the Sullivan County Historical Society and the Sullivan County Museum.

The Hurleyville United Methodist Church provides important services to every­one in our community.

The Bread of Life Food Pantry at the church provides food for at least 40 families each week. The food pantry is open each Thursday (ex­cept the 1st Thursday of each month) from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM. On the last Thursday of each month, the volunteers at the food pantry provide free clothing for families in need.

Volunteers at the church host the Community Lunch Program. Free soup and sandwiches will be served on the following Satur­days from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM: February 4th and 18th, March 4th and 18th and April 1st.

The church also hosts a Youth Group. Young folks are invited to participate in an assortment of activi­ties including board games, trivia, movie nights, arts and crafts while making new friends. The group will meet on the following Fridays at 7:00 PM: February 3rd and February 17th. More dates will be announced soon.

A Bible study group meets at the church every Tuesday at 7:00 PM.

The church will host its annual Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner on March 11th.

Please call Katrina at 845-436-7942 for more in­formation or if you’d like to help with any of these activities. You can also visit the church on Facebook.

Columbia Hill Neighbor­hood Alliance (CHNA), comprising multi-genera­tional residents, homeown­ers and business leaders, is deeply committed to the future of Hur­leyville and the towns of Thompson and Fallsburg. The mission of the group is clear: ensuring fu­ture sustain­able growth, preserving au­thentic rural character and protecting fi­nite water re­sources in Hurleyville and the towns of Thompson and Fallsburg. The mission is founded on a commitment to sustainable development. Premised upon a strategy of meeting the material needs of a growing population while minimizing environ­mental damage, sustainable development can satisfy both present and future gen­erations if done right. Sus­tainable communities are simply “places where people want to live and work, now and in the future” and Hur­leyville and the towns of Thompson and Fallsburg can be those places.

Water resources, traffic intensification, community character alteration and wildlife habitat depletion have all been identified by the Columbia Hill Neigh­borhood Alliance as issues that must be carefully evalu­ated before development can be deemed sustainable and worthy of approval.

Please visit www.colum­biahill.org to learn how you can help to protect our com­munity.