Hamlet Happenings: January 2021

by Kathleen Sullivan


The decorations in Hurleyville for the 2020 holiday season were especially creative and beautiful.

There were 11 winners in the 24th annual “DECK THE DOORS” holiday decorating contest sponsored by Hurleyville-Sullivan First.

The winners were:

The Ditchik Family
The Fairman Family
The Harvey Family
The Hoag Family
Madelyne and Patrick Maxwell
Holly and Bill Miller
The Nardi Family
The Payne Family
The Rose Family
Jakuin and Ken Saunders
Annette and Ernest Wood

Terry McGrath was added to the “DECK THE DOORS” Hall of Fame. Other “Hall of Famers” include:

The Dromazos Family
Ruth and Dick Forest
Ryan Forest
Dawn and Shawn McCarthy
Cathy and Bob Orlowsky
Leisha and E Snihura

Prizes for the winners were provided by the Arati Store, Fiber on Main, the Hurleyville General Store, the Hurleyville Performing Arts Centre, izzy’s aunt, Jampond, La Salumina, the Pickled Owl, QQL Enterprises, LLC and LouAnn Rexford.

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


The volunteers at the Bread of Life Food Pantry provide pre-made boxes of food to individuals and families in need. The food pantry will be open on Thursday, January 21st and on Thursday, January 28 from 3 until 5 p.m.

Personal hygiene products and COVID-19 supplies (masks, hand sanitizer and hand soap) are also being distributed at the food pantry.

The church is open for Sunday services.

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

Protocols for social distancing, disinfection and cleaning are being followed. Masks must be worn.

Pastor Jorge is delivering sermons online on Facebook at 11 a.m. on Sundays.

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”, Youth Group meetings and the women’s group meetings are cancelled for now.

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


The Sullivan County Museum and the Historical Society are still closed to the public because of COVID-19.

Volunteers at the Historical Society continue to work on research requests.

Go to www.scnyhistory.org for more information on the Sullivan County Historical Society and the Sullivan County Museum. You can also visit the Sullivan County Historical Society and Museum on Facebook.

Please email Suzanne Cecil at scecil@hvc.rr.com if you have any questions.

The members of CHNA appreciate the support of their efforts to protect our environment and our community. They extend their best wishes for a safe, healthy and happy New Year to their friends and neighbors.

The developer of Gan Eden Estates has not yet submitted the new DEIS (Draft Environmental Impact Statement) which must address environmental factors and concerns. The completed statement must be submitted to the Town of Thompson Planning Board and will be subject to public review and comment followed by a public hearing before the it is considered for approval and acceptance. The Planning Board will then review the applicant’s site plan application which will require another public hearing before any approval to allow site work to commence. The members of CHNA continue to monitor and provide input on this ongoing process.

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