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Photo contributed by the Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop

Cast and festival crew of “Rabbit Hole.” Sitting: Cole Phillips, John Neails, Terri Mateer, Carol MacAda and Taylor Lamerand, Standing: Kat Phillips, Harley Phillips, Lori Schneider, Lou Silverman, Jenny Silverman, Jim Fedroff, Emily Klucinec, Julianne Porter, Jim Schmidt and Derk Vanderwolde.

Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop wins big at festival

AUBURN, NY — At the Theatre Association of New York State Festival (TANYS) the weekend of November 20, the Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop was selected to perform two of the nine shows chosen for the festival.

In praise of small, local businesses

With the ascendency of Small Business Saturday, consumers are urged to shop at small, local businesses—and in particular on the Saturday after Black Friday. With both Black Friday and Small Business Saturday coming up, we thought a reminder of the benefits of shopping at local venues vs. national chains and internet stores would be in order.


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Seen at the annual reception of the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan are Linda C. Hartley, co-chair, Nonprofit Leadership Summit Nonprofit Innovation Awards committee, left, first prize Innovation Award winners Amanda Langseder of Catskill Regional Medical Center (CRMC), Damola Akinyemi of Ayo Fitness for the CRMC Warrior Kids program, and Elizabeth Rowley, president and CEO, Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan.

Nonprofit Innovation Awards announced

BETHEL, NY — Linda C. Hartley, co-principal of H2Growth Strategies, announced the five Nonprofit Innovation Award winners at the annual reception for the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan.


Photo contributed by the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan

Richard Coombe, president of the Time and the Valleys Museum, left, is seen with Elizabeth Rowley, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan; and Phyllis Coombe, chairperson of the museum’s program committee.  

Time and the Valleys receives Make a Difference grant

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — The Time and the Valleys Museum has received a $2,000 Make a Difference Fund grant from the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan.


Photo by Kristin Barron

Sticking snow

The first snow comes in stages

One dark afternoon you notice a few lazy flakes in the air. They melt before they hit the ground. “It’s snowing,” you shout. Everyone looks out the window. “Well, look at that,” they say. But mostly just the small children are enthusiastic about this “first snow.” They ask if they might be able to build a snowman.


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Faso swept out in blue wave

There has been some discussion about whether the election on November 6 was actually a “blue wave,” but when one party takes 33 seats away from the other party in the House of Representatives—which was the total at printing deadline—that’s a wave.

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