by Kathleen Sullivan
The holiday spirit was beautifully displayed again in Hurleyville in December. Creative and imaginative decorations on homes and businesses spread holiday cheer throughout the hamlet.
Hurleyville-Sullivan First held the 25th Annual “DECK THE DOORS” Holiday Decorating Contest on December 16. The winners were:
The Barefoot House (TCFD)
The Becerril Family
The Besimer Family
The Castillo Family
Ann Finneran and Richard Seehausen
Chrissy and Maria Frunzi
Diane and Tony Harvey
The Hoag Family
Kaitlin Lacey and Romar Carabello
Sonya and Bob Robinson
Dana and Jim Schmidt
Prizes for the winners were provided by the Arati Store, Casa Mia, Catskill Amusements, Fortress Bikes, the Hurleyville General Store, the Hurleyville Performing Arts Centre, izzy’s aunt, Jampond, La Salumina, the Pickled Owl, QQL Enterprises, LLC and LouAnn Rexford.
Bold Gold Media Group contributed a $1,000 advertising package for the winning business…the Hurleyville General Store.
The Ditchik Family, The Rose Family and Annette and Ernest Wood were selected to become part of the “DECK THE DOORS” Hall of Fame. Other “Hall of Famers” include:
The Dromazos Family
Ruth and Dick Forest
Dawn and Shawn McCarthy
Cathy and Bob Orlowsky
Leisha and E Snihura
Please visit www.hurleyvilleny.com for more information about Hurleyville-Sullivan First. You can also visit Hurleyville-Sullivan First on Facebook.
HURLEYVILLE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
The Bread of Life Food Pantry at the church will be open on Thursday, January 20 and on Thursday, January 27 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– 8 p.m. The prayer line phone number is 605-472-5491 and the access code is 251678.
Volunteers at the church plan to start “Messy Church” again in February. Children attending this event enjoy arts & crafts, singing and other activities that teach the Bible in a fun way. All children taking part in the fun must be accompanied by an adult. “Messy Church” is tentatively scheduled for the 2nd Saturday of each month at 5 p.m.
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
Guided tours of the museum…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 tours but registration is required. Please call 845-428-3111 to register.
“To the Mountains by Rail,” just republished by Myron Gittell of Load ‘n Go Press, is available for sale at the gift shop at the museum. The book, first published in 1970, describes the history of the railroads in the “Mountains” and their substantial impact on the resort industry in Sullivan County.
Donations to the Museum and the Historical Society are always welcome. Contributions help to meet the growing increase in the cost of operating the museum.
Anyone interested in genealogy and the history of life in Sullivan County can send an email to email@example.com for information on volunteering at the museum.
Please call the museum at 845-434-8044 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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.
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 email@example.com if you have any questions.
COLUMBIA HILL NEIGHBORHOOD ALLIANCE (CHNA)
The members of CHNA appreciate the support of the community for the group’s efforts to protect our environment and our community.
The CHNA steering committee meets monthly in preparation for the next appearance of the Gan Eden Estates project on the agenda of the Town of Thompson Planning Board.
The project is a disturbing threat to the environment and will have a grievous impact on the quality of life in the community. Major concerns that cannot be pointed out too often are:
• water supply
• wastewater treatment plant and discharge
• 534 units in 89 structures
• 4 miles of paved roads
• possibility of more than 3,000 residents
• 1,100 parking spaces
• storm water runoff
• noise pollution
• light pollution
• electric grid capacity
• 110-foot 400,000-gallon on-site water tank
Members of CHNA are also monitoring the dubious over development in the area of Huschke Road and East Mongaup Road.
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.