Alcohol awareness poster winners, trauma library and more

What's going on in your community April 15 to April 21

Posted 4/14/21

Local students win alcohol awareness poster design contest

MONTICELLO, NY — Each April, in recognition of Alcohol Awareness Month, Catholic Charities of Orange, Sullivan and Ulster announces …

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Alcohol awareness poster winners, trauma library and more

What's going on in your community April 15 to April 21

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Local students win alcohol awareness poster design contest

MONTICELLO, NY — Each April, in recognition of Alcohol Awareness Month, Catholic Charities of Orange, Sullivan and Ulster announces the winners of the annual Prevention Poster Contest in a ceremony at the Sullivan County Government Center. However, the 26th annual awards ceremony was canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions. Students earning the top prizes for their posters highlighting the theme “Hold on Tight to What is Right When Choosing to be, Alcohol, Tobacco, Gambling and Drug Free” were invited to Catholic Charities’ Monticello campus to pick up their prize and pose for a photo with their award-winning poster.

Each year, the contest awards prizes for three different grade level categories, as well as English and Spanish language grand prizes. The 2020/2021 contest had 378 posters submitted for judging.

The grand prize winner for the Spanish language poster was Abigail Keller, a 10th grader at Sullivan West High School. The grand prize winner for the English language poster was Julia Almodoval, a 10th grader at Liberty High School. They each received a $250 cash prize for their winning artwork.

For more information, visit www.cccsosorg

Local groups curate resources for trauma library collection

HONESDALE – The Wayne County System of Care (SOC), as part of its efforts to create a more responsive child-serving system, recently collaborated with the Wayne/Pike Northeast Suicide Prevention Initiative (NSPI) to provide a curated list of trauma informed care resources to the Wayne County Public Library.

SOC Coordinator Dave Hartung said the Wayne County Human Services Agency has made it a priority to train its staff in trauma informed care. It is also a goal and objective of SOC to provide that training to employees, human services professionals and the community, with several people now trained as trainers.

One of them, Faith Phillips, who also serves as SOC Family Tri-Chair, wanted to make sure that everyone has access to these powerful resources. The trainers and Wayne County Behavioral Program Director John Nebzydosky selected the titles, which range from children’s books to adult non-fiction, and patrons may request them from any of the libraries in Wayne or Pike Counties.

Sullivan County’s financial reporting lauded as ‘exemplary’

MONTICELLO, NY — For the 30th consecutive time, the Sullivan County Treasurer’s Office has been accorded the Financial Reporting Achievement Award from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). The county also received a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the GFOA.

The award was given after an impartial panel of judges determined the county’s 2019 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report met GFOA’s high standards, including demonstrating a constructive “spirit of transparency and full disclosure” in communicating financial details and motivating people to read it.

National Safe Digging Month: call 811 before digging

NEW YORK — April is National Safe Digging Month and, with warmer weather approaching, New York State Gas & Electric (NYSEG) and Rochester Gas and Electric (RG&E) remind homeowners and contractors starting any projects that involve excavation or digging to have underground utilities marked to prevent damage. This is essential to protect themselves and others from injury and prevent damage to the electric lines and gas pipes that lay underground. Customers and contractors are reminded to contact Dig Safely New York by calling 811 at least two and no more than 10 full working days before the start of any excavation project. Underground utility marking requests can also be submitted online at www.digsafelynewyork.com. Dig Safely New York is free and available to receive calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

For more information, visit www.digsafelynewyork.com.

DVAA looking for volunteers

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) is looking for volunteers. The alliance is made up of two galleries, a recital hall, a shop featuring local and regional makers, and the Tusten Theatre.

Volunteers are needed to cover the welcome desk and the shop. Currently, there are openings for one to four times a month from 12 noon to 4 p.m. on Thursdays through Sundays. For more information, visit www.delawarevalleyartsalliance.org/volunteers-jobs. 

WSPL budget vote and trustee election

CALLICOON, NY — The Western Sullivan Public Library will hold its annual vote for the 2021-2022 budget on Wednesday, April 21 from 2 to 8 p.m. at each of the library branches: Delaware Free Branch at 45 Lower Main St. in Callicoon; Jeffersonville Branch at 19 Center St. in Jeffersonville; and the Tusten-Cochecton Branch at 198 Bridge St. in Narrowsburg.

In addition to the tax appropriation, voters will be asked to elect one library trustee to fill a one-year-plus term commencing on Thursday, April 22.

Not a registered voter? Continuous voter registration has been authorized in the office of the district clerk at the Sullivan West Elementary School between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. The latest date on which the district clerk will register voters is Friday, April 16. To check if you are already registered, and find out where to vote, visit www.swcsd.org/Page/2685 .

For more information, visit www.WSPLonline.org or email wspldirector@rcls.org.  

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