Celebrating women's bar association, HEAP season beginning and more

What's going on in your community September 26 to September 30

Posted 9/23/20

What's going on in your community September 26 to September 30

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Celebrating women's bar association, HEAP season beginning and more

What's going on in your community September 26 to September 30


Mamakating receives Silver Feather Award

MAMAKATING, NY — The Silver Feather Award, under the first year of the Sullivan Renaissance Impact Grant Program, grants Mamakating $175,000 to be used for the repair of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Bloomingburg. The required $25,000 town share will create a $200,000 project.

Work to be done as detailed in a May 2019 Building Condition Report by architect Stephen Tilly includes repair of exterior wood elements, securing window frames, restoring damaged tower louvers and interior plaster repair. A thorough structural examination of the 80-foot tower may also be completed.

Grant funds are a combination of $50,000 from Sullivan Renaissance and $125,000 in state funds secured for the Renaissance grant program by Sen. Jen Metzger.

Mamakating has benefitted from numerous grants from Sullivan Renaissance in the past. These have improved the Town Park, landscaping at Town Hall and the rail trail and new windows for the town-owned art gallery at 73 Sullivan Street. 

For more information, visit www.sullivanrenaissance.org.

Celebrating the Women’s Bar Association 

BLOOMINGBURG, NY — The Women’s Bar Association of Orange and Sullivan Counties (WBAOSC) traditionally hosts an Awards Dinner in April and the Installation Dinner in June. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the events were combined and held at the Eagle’s Nest in Bloomingburg. Social distancing and COVID-19 precautions were observed.  

The 2020-2021 Board members were installed by the Honorable Sandra Sciortino of the Orange County Supreme Court. The incoming board is president Kelly A. Pressler, president-elect Rebecca Johnson, vice president and delegate to WBASNY Michele Babcock, vice president Sharon Worthy-Spiegl, treasurer Eve Lincoln, recording secretary Cynthia Hand, corresponding secretary Susie Sohn and immediate past president Jacqueline Ricciani.

Every year, the Chapter recognizes members who have made significant contributions to the chapter, their community and/or the profession. Christina Randazzo Esq. was presented with the Outstanding New Attorney Award, Gillian Menza received the Public Interest Member Award and Anne Hunter was presented with the Distinguished Attorney Award.  

The Rose Rosen Award is presented each year at the Installation Dinner. This year, the Rose Rosen Award was presented to Barbara Strauss for her exceptional contributions to the legal community.

Farm Bureau awards scholarships

WAYNE and PIKE COUNTIES, PA — “Agriculture, the Heart of Wayne/Pike County” scholarships were awarded to six area students by the Wayne/Pike Farm Bureau. Each recipient received a check for $1,000 to assist them with their college expenses such as tuition, books and supplies.

Rachel Olver will attend SUNY Cobleskill where she will study conservation and wildlife management in her pursuit of becoming a PA Game Warden. Leah Neu plans to attend SUNY Cobleskill where she will study wildlife management with the goal of becoming a fishery technician for the PA Game Commission or the Pleasant Mount Fish Hatchery. Lydia Grossman will attend the University of Scranton to study secondary English education with a minor in agriculture science. She hopes to teach not only English but agriculture classes as well. Krystal Crawn plans to attend Northampton Community College to become a registered nurse. Macey Rutledge will attend Penn State to study animal science. She plans to pursue a career in law enforcement to become an environmental conservation police officer. Kassandra Diehl will attend SUNY Delhi to major in Veterinary Science Technology with a focus on large animal medicine.

Wayne/Pike Farm Bureau is proud to support these outstanding students. The Farm Bureau would also like to thank all of the individuals and local businesses who helped to sponsor this program.

HEAP season begins next month

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY – As one Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) season comes to a close, another is about to begin.

“The 2019-2020 HEAP eligibility period is now ending after an unprecedented nine months,” notes Sullivan County Director of Temporary Assistance Giselle Steketee. “It was extended several times because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, before ending on August 31. However, the Heating Equipment Repair & Replacement (HERR) and the Heating Equipment Clean & Tune (C&T) components remain active through Wednesday, September 30. They provide funding to have trained professionals inspect, service and even replace furnaces, boilers, stoves and other heating equipment.”

The 2020-2021 HERR and C&T programs will begin the very next day, Thursday, October 1, while HEAP’s regular component will start Monday, November 2. The regular component of HEAP provides a one-time payment to help pay for the fuel to heat a home. Eligibility and benefits are based on income, household size, the primary heating source and the presence of a household member who is under age six, over age 60 or permanently disabled.

Note that Sullivan County’s new four-percent energy tax will apply to recipients of HEAP who are not otherwise on public assistance. The tax is assessed on all heating fuel deliveries in Sullivan County, regardless of where the fuel vendor is located (including out-of-state vendors).

To apply for a 2020-2021 HEAP grant, visit www.mybenefits.ny.gov/mybenefits/begin. The Sullivan County HEAP Office can be reached at 845/807-0142 or heap@co.sullivan.ny.us. The fax number is 845/292-4651. In-person applicant interviews will not be required this year due to coronavirus. All interviews will be conducted via phone.


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