Compost Awareness Week, Everyday Hero award and more

What's new in your community May 6 to May 12

Posted 5/5/21

DEC announces Compost Awareness Week

NEW YORK — The New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has  announced that Compost Awareness Week is May 2 to 8 to raise awareness …

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Compost Awareness Week, Everyday Hero award and more

What's new in your community May 6 to May 12


DEC announces Compost Awareness Week

NEW YORK — The New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has  announced that Compost Awareness Week is May 2 to 8 to raise awareness statewide of the environmental benefits of composting. Recycling food scraps, grass, leaves, yard clippings and other organic materials through composting reduces dependence on landfills and combustors and helps to lower climate-altering emissions while producing valuable, nutrient-rich compost that improves soil health and water quality. 

PA Route 6 Alliance accepting nominations for ‘Do 6’ awards

PENNSYLVANIA — The PA Route 6 Alliance is requesting nominations for its annual “Do 6” awards, recognizing individuals, groups, projects and communities that exemplify and advance the alliance’s mission of protecting, preserving and promoting the scenic, cultural, historic and recreational resources across PA Route 6. 

With public health regulations causing the alliance’s 2020 event to be postponed, this year’s “Do 6” awards ceremony—which will take place at the 2021 PA Route 6 Educational Summit and Annual Meeting on September 15 to 16 in Kane, PA—will include awards for 2020 and 2021 for the categories of Heritage Partnership, Heritage Tourism and Leadership. Combination 2020–21 awards will be presented for the categories of Lifetime Achievement, Artisan of the Year and Heritage Community of the Year. The Artisan of the Year receives the honor of being featured on the 2022 Artisan Trail Poster and the Heritage Community of the Year the honor of hosting the Alliance’s 2022 event. 

Nominations may be submitted until Tuesday, June 1 by any individual or group through the online or printable form at

For more information, visit, email or call 814/435-7706.

SCSBA honors two members of the Monticello Central School District

MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County School Boards Association (SCSBA) is honoring two members of the Monticello Central School District family for excellence and their dedication to the school and greater community.

Tami Coney, physical education teacher at the Emma C. Chase Elementary School, will be presented with an Outstanding Educator Award. Barbi Neumann-Marty, senior unit director with the Town of Wallkill Boys and Girls Club, will be presented a Friend of Education Award.

According to a release from the SCSBA, Coney has always been known for the innovative ways she has fostered a love for physical activity in her students over the past 30 years. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she brought students outside much as possible and shipped home physical education kits to students learning remotely. Coney will be retiring in June after more than 30 years.

Neumann-Marty is well known for her work in providing fun, safe after-school experiences for the students of the Monticello Central School District through the Boys and Girls Club. Despite spending a great deal of time officially furloughed this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Neumann-Marty never lost touch with any of the students and families from the Monticello Boys and Girls Club program. Whether it was providing food and personal care items out of her own pocket or just reaching out say hello, she continued to seek out ways to ensure all students felt supported and that all families had their needs met.  

Greater Pike’s Barbara J. Buchanan Fund names grant recipients

MILFORD, PA — The Barbara J. Buchanan Fund of Greater Pike Community Foundation has announced three awards of $1,000 each that will help support local history and the elderly with grants to the Shohola Railroad and Historical Society (SRHS), the Pike County Historical Society and Growing Old Together. 

With their grant, SRHS will be able to display objects of historical interest for the public. The Pike County Historical Society will provide the details about 19th century transportation with an exhibit about the Delaware and Hudson Canal and Gravity Railroad. Growing Old Together (GOT), with its mission to help residents over 60 years old live independently in their homes, also received a grant. 

Online donations to the Barbara J. Buchanan Fund at Greater Pike Community Foundation can be made at

For more information, visit and

PRASAD donates kitchen equipment to the Sullivan County Federation for the Homeless

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — The PRASAD Project, a global charitable organization, has donated new food storage equipment to the Sullivan County Federation for the Homeless (SCFH). The full-size, double-door commercial freezer will be used to expand the storage capacity of such frozen items as meat, vegetables and dairy products.

SCFH for the Homeless operates the only full-time soup kitchen in Sullivan County, providing lunch five days a week. SCFH also operates a weekly food pantry, a veteran’s pantry and an after-hours emergency food hotline which collectively distributed enough food to prepare over 67,000 meals last year alone. SCFH also has several housing and utility assistance programs.

For more information, to volunteer, or to make a donation, visit or call the main office at 845/794-2604.

Monticello Kiwanis recognizes Sheila Lashinsky with ‘Everyday Hero Award’

MONTICELLO, NY — The Kiwanis Club of Monticello presented its Everyday Hero Award to Sheila Lashinsky in grateful recognition of her many years of service to Kiwanis and in appreciation for her giving back to the community through volunteer work in several other organizations that touched the lives of so many children and adults. 

Among her many activities for Monticello Kiwanis, Lashinsky has served as advisor for its builder’s club, comprised of Monticello Middle School students doing community service, and has coordinated the Monticello Kiwanis Sweet Dreams project, which provides personal grooming items and clothing for children moving into foster homes. In addition, she has been an active volunteer for the Mid-Hudson Alzheimer Association, Sullivan Renaissance, various Senior Citizen groups and her synagogue. 

For more information, contact Monticello Kiwanis President Marvin Rappaport at 845/701-1655.

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