by Kathleen Sullivan, CHNA member
HURLEYVILLE – The Columbia Hill Neighborhood Alliance (CHNA) hosted the third annual “What the Hill?” friend raiser festival at the Hurleyville Fire House on Sunday, August 27, 2017. The atmosphere was festive as hundreds of community residents and visitors enjoyed the perfect weather.
Exhibitors provided important information on environmental issues that will arise from irresponsible development in our community, especially on Columbia Hill. These issues include possible harm to local wells and municipal water supplies, storm water runoff, discharge of treated water into the Hurleyville marsh wetland and an unsafe increase in the amount of local traffic.
Festival-goers enjoyed live entertainment and there were fun activities for kids of all ages. Local artisans and vendors were on hand to share their creations.
CHNA extends its thanks to everyone who helped make the festival a great success, including the Hurleyville Fire Department, Perry Gips of PartyMaster, Michael Schapiro of Snow H Productions, The Center for Discovery and the many volunteers who contributed their time and their expertise.
CHNA volunteers are dedicated to the preservation of natural resources and the rural character of Columbia Hill and the neighboring communities in the Towns of Thompson and Fallsburg. These goals can only be achieved when steps are taken to ensure our community infrastructure is balanced and sustainable.
Visit CHNA at www.columbiahill.org or on Facebook for more information on the Columbia Hill Neighborhood Alliance.