Free Tax Prep @ LM Free Library


AARP Tax-Aide Volunteers will provide free tax preparation and electronic filing at the Livingston Manor Library this tax season. AARP Tax-Aide is set up for taxpayers with low and middle income and particularly those age 50 and older. Participants do not need to be AARP members; all are welcome. Tax-Aide is a free, confidential service offered by friendly, trained volunteers, certified by the IRS. The program has helped nearly 50 million people since 1968 and currently has over 5,000 sites throughout the country. Call the Livingston Manor Free Library at (845) 439-5440 for an appointment.

Holiday Trains on Main Coloring Contest Winners!


Congratulations to the winners of the Holiday Trains on Main Coloring Contest! So many of the drawings were colored so very well by the elementary students of Livingston Manor Central School. Well done children! 1st Place: Ashley Hoag, 2nd Place: Cassie Wolcott and 3rd Place: Sean Nichols.Prizes (donated by Charles Angelo Irace and Jackie Jara-Cole will be available for pick-up in Mrs. Mills computer lab at LMCS when classes resume. Photo courtesy of Charles Angelo Irace.

8th Annual Holiday Trains on Main

Trains on Main is pulling into Livingston Manor for its eighth year in 2015! Bring the kids and enjoy this spectacular holiday treat! Grand opening at CAS Arts Center on Saturday, December 5 and running through December 27. Amazing model trains and real historical artifacts will be on display at the CAS Arts Center, the Laundry King, and many businesses in Livingston Manor throughout December. Visitors can enjoy the show up close or looking in the windows even when closed to experience the magical nostalgia of the season.

On Saturday, December 5th, the Livingston Manor Chamber of Commerce and CAS Arts Center kick off Holiday Trains On Main, a nostalgic trip back in time with model trains on view at many locations in town. Maps showing the locations will be available at CAS and participating businesses. In addition, the public is invited on December 5th and 12th to two special presentations about railroad history hosted by CAS at the Laundry King, 65 Main Street, Livingston Manor.

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A great old ad that was used by the O&W Railroad to promote travel to “the mountains”. Submitted by John Conway.

Visitors can enjoy the show up close or looking in the windows even when
closed to experience the magical nostalgia of the season.

Saturday, December 5th, 1:00 pm “The Quiz…And Other Stories” – presented by Fred Fries. The arrival of the Ontario & Western Railway hastened the growth and development of Livingston Manor from a wilderness mill-town into a thriving community. But likewise, Livingston Manor’s numerous industries played an important role in the railroad’s subsequent survival for eighty-five years. “The Quiz…And Other Stories” recollects the memory of Livingston Manor as a railroad town.

Saturday, December 12th, 1:00 pm “Doctors Say ‘Go to the Mountains!’ How the Railroad Built Tourism in the Sullivan County Catskills” – presented by John Conway, Sullivan County Historian. Both of the region’s two great periods of tourism came about largely because of its reputation as a healing environment and the railroad’s promotion of the pure air, pure water and pure milk to be found here. Sullivan County Historian John Conway takes a critical look at the role of the railroad in building a tourism industry here that eventually comprised more than 500 hotels and 50,000 bungalows.

Boxcar of Goodies
To thank patrons for shopping locally, Livingston Manor businesses are giving away an armload of gifts to three lucky shoppers. The 11th Annual Boxcar of Goodies, filled with gifts donated by local businesses, gives additional incentive to shop in Livingston Manor. The more you shop, the better your chances of winning. Receive one entry for every $20 spent in a participating business. The drawing is December 23rd.


Grand Prize $25,000 “Golden Feather” Awarded to Livingston Manor


Renaissance Honors Community’s Hard Work and Pride Toward a More Beautiful Town

[LOCH SHELDRAKE] – Hundreds of people attended the 100-minute Sullivan Renaissance Awards Ceremony on Monday, August 12, as over $100,000 in grants and scholarships were awarded to winning communities throughout Sullivan County.  For the second consecutive year, the ceremony was held at the Seelig Theater of SUNY Sullivan in Loch Sheldrake.


Livingston Manor Renaissance received the Golden Feather, a $25,000 grant presented by NYS Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther.  It was given to one of four large community projects that exhibited the highest level of excellence by incorporating beautification as part of a long-term strategy.  The Callicoon Business Association received the second place Silver Feather Award of $10,000.  Callicoon also got a $2500 award for the community’s planning efforts, while the Rock Hill Business and Community Association was given a special $2500 award in recognition of its environmental efforts.


The winner of the new $10,000 Community Mitzvah Award went to Skolya Bungalows on Route 42 in South Fallsburg for best maintaining and beautifying its facility.  This new contest included five camps and bungalow colonies in Sullivan County.  The three judges from outside the county were: Rabbi Moshe Frank of Ellenville, Mary Lewis of Cornwall and Country Yossi Toiv of Brooklyn.


Flower awards went to eight communities this year.  Narrowsburg Beautification Group was recognized with the “Best Overall Showing of Flowers Award” of $5000.  Judges were impressed by the overall number of gardens, planters and displays; an abundance of color, texture, unique combinations and liberal use of Sullivan Renaissance 2013 collection; a creative use of plant material that complimented the color palette of the numerous benches and storefronts; a repetition of colors and textures that entice the visitor to explore the community; innovative designs, including vertical plantings, that soften the stark backgrounds of buildings and walls; the cohesive use of perennials, annuals, shrubs and trees; and gardens and planters that are meticulously maintained.


Other communities receiving $1000 Judges’ Choice Awards for flowers included: Sullivan County Visitors Association for the “Best Established Small Garden;” Monticello United Methodist Church for the “Best New Garden in an Urban Setting;” Roscoe-Rockland Chamber of Commerce for “Best Business/Municipal Display” and Callicoon Business Association for the “Best New Display of Annuals.”


A special “Best Showing of Flowers Award – Maintenance” of $5000 was given to Our Lady of the Assumption Church for its Meditation Garden – for “wowing the judges.”  Judging criteria was based on an abundance and variety of colorful flowers, number of gardens, complexity of design and the variety of plants used.  A $2500 Judges’ Choice Awards also went to Neversink Renaissance for its beautiful multiple gardens and the complexity of the projects.  A $1000 Judges’ Choice Award was given to Lumberland Parks & Recreation for the “wow gardens” of Circle Park.


Grants – ranging from $1000 to $25,000 – were awarded to projects in Categories A, B and C.  Some projects were also recognized with Special Awards for history and youth engagement.  All of the communities that completed projects received a grant based on the size of their category, as well as certificates of recognition from Sullivan Renaissance and area legislators.



Category A projects are made up of single elements such as a new sign or hanging baskets.  This category was made possible, in part, through the sponsorship of WVOS/WSUL.

First place ($3000)

·         Friends of Liberty Library – Building Landscaping

Second place ($2000)

·         Smallwood Mongaup Valley Fire Department – 911 Memorial Park (Phase II)

Third place ($1000)

·         Sullivan County Childcare Council – Rebuild Forgotten Gardens


SPECIAL AWARDS – Sponsored by Sullivan County Democrat

Best Youth Engagement ($1000)

·         Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop – Garden Enhancements



Category B projects are made up of multiple elements such as park enhancements.  This category was made possible, in part, through the sponsorship of Thunder 102/Bold Gold Media.


First place ($10,000) :

·         Seed of Hope (Monticello Rotary – Memorial Garden at Town of Thompson Park

Second place ($7000) :

·         Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners – Herb Garden Extraordinaire

Third place ($5000) :

·         Kenoza Lake Fire Department – Firehouse and Church Beautification


SPECIAL AWARDS – Sponsored by The River Reporter

Historic Preservation ($1000)

·         Town of Fremont – Veteran’s Park and Landscaping

Best Youth Engagement ($1000)

·         Roscoe-Rockland Chamber of Commerce – Riverside Park Improvements



Category C projects are at multiple locations that incorporate beautification as part of a long-term community wide strategy.  Awards in the category were presented by Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther.


Golden Feather ($25,000 grant)

·         Livingston Manor Renaissance

Silver Feather ($10,000)

·         Callicoon Business Association

Planning Award ($2500)

·         Callicoon Business Association


SPECIAL AWARDS – Sponsored by Kristt Company

Environmental ($2500)

·         Rock Hill Business & Community Association

Historic Preservation ($1000)

·         Livingston Manor Renaissance

Best Youth Engagement ($1000)

·         Hurleyville-Sullivan First


Livingston Manor will be on display during a “Golden Feather Celebration” on Saturday, August 24 from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m.  Contact Sullivan Renaissance for more details.


Sullivan Renaissance core projects were judged for aesthetic improvement, collaboration, youth involvement, permanence and an ability to be maintained.  The team of eleven judges from outside Sullivan County included: Nicole Franzese, Donna Harrison, Michael Newhard, Linda Onofry, Peter Patel, Odette Sabourin-Dumais, Claudette Savaria, Karen Schneller-McDonald, Ann Smith, Deborah Sweeton and Michael Sweeton.


Memorial tributes were held for two long-time judges who died during the previous year: Ted Blowes and Tim Stoddard.


Before introducing the communities in the Maintenance Support Program, horticultural coordinator Diana Weiner introduced members of the design panel that reviewed gardens during the application process.  This year’s panelists were: Cindy Barber, Marietta Beanland, Helene Chappell, Maureen Charde, Caroline DeWilde, Susan Dollard, Kathy Fielding, Janet Gula, Susie Hull, Laurie McFadden, Danuta Skorulska, AnnaLise Vogel and Robin Wagner.


Diana Weiner also recognized the garden centers and nurseries that sold the Renaissance Collection of plants.  They were: Butterfly Botanicals in Bloomingburg, Catskill Harvest Market in Liberty, Delaware Valley Farm Home & Garden in Callicoon, Everlasting Springs in Liberty, Hillside Greenhouses in Liberty, Liberty Home Garden & Pet, L & M Greenhouses in Bethel, Monticello Farm Home & Garden, Monticello Greenhouses, Inc., The Cutting Garden in Youngsville, The General’s Garden in Warwick and Vita’s Farm & Garden in Jeffersonville.



The Maintenance Support Program provided financial support and technical assistance to established groups with a history of Sullivan Renaissance projects.  Participants received up to $1000, a Merchant Discount Card, $250 in Flower Dollars, assistance in organizing a volunteer work day, additional funding for infrastructure improvements, and other technical and gardening help.

The fifteen participants were: the Bethel Business Association; Our Lady of the Assumption Church; Town of Mamakating Park in Bloomingburg; Lumberland Parks & Recreation/Circle Park in Glen Spey; Jeffersonville JEMS; Cochecton Volunteer Ambulance Corps in Lake Huntington; Livingston Manor Rotary Park; Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library in Monticello; Neversink Renaissance; Phillipsport Community Center; Swan Lake Renaissance; Woodbourne Action Committee; Woodridge Housing Authority; Kiwanis Club of Woodridge and Wurtsboro Renaissance.



The Sullivan County Community College Foundation awarded two full time scholarships of $1000 to volunteers involved in Sullivan Renaissance projects who are attending SUNY Sullivan.

·         Billie Joe Gardner, Jr. of Hurleyville – SUNY Sullivan

·         Kaitlin Slater of Kenoza Lake – SUNY Sullivan



The Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan Counties awarded eight Sullivan Renaissance scholarships to volunteers who made a significant contribution to a Sullivan Renaissance project.  These scholarships to the college of one’s choice are of various amounts up to $2000.

·         Luis Arango of Spring Glen – Phillipsport – New York University

·         Mathew Bisland of Glen Spey – Circle Park – SUNY Orange

·         Jesse Corcoran of Glen Spey – Circle Park – Johnson & Wales

·         Jordan Fredell of Wurtsboro – Mamakating – Keuka College

·         Olivia Grady of Narrowsburg – Narrowsburg – Northeastern University

·         Virginia O’Rourke of Wurtsboro – Mamakating – Salisbury University

·         Ethan Porter of Swan Lake – Swan Lake – SUNY Orange

·         Kane Sauchuk of Swan Lake  – Swan Lake – Binghamton University



Volunteer coordinator Cara Kowalski talked about the new Sullivan Renaissance Volunteer Corps and introduced its members: Michelle Albrecht, Rachelle Carmack, Melinda Cormier, Marjorie Evans, Michelle Guidera, Mary Mancuso, Daniel McCormack, Meaghan McCormack, Diane Moss, Margaret Rubin and Eric Schramm.



The 2013 interns are: Luis Arango, Celina Castellano, Andrew David, Jordan Fredell, Brittany Fuller, Olivia Grady, Lauren Hazen, Dylan Jones, Jenna Lambrigger, Joshua Mace, Madison McCormack, Desmond Oxford McDaniel, Ethan Porter, John Schmidt, Nina Seehausen and Kyle Wallach.



In her opening welcome, SUNY Sullivan President Dr. Karin Hilgersom praised the work of Sullivan Renaissance and the volunteers.  The ceremony then began with the playing of “With a Little Help from My Friends”by the Hurleyville Ukulele Orchestra.  Sandra Gerry recognized dignitaries and thanked participants for the work they are doing.

Project recipients received framed certificates of excellence from Sullivan Renaissance, as well as individual certificates from U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, U.S. Representative Chris Gibson, NYS Senator John Bonacic, NYS Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther, NYS Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney and the Sullivan County Legislature.  As groups accepted their certificates, photographs of each project were displayed in a power point presentation created in part by Jennifer Avila of Monticello, a summer youth assistant with Sullivan Renaissance.

Before the ceremony, attendees viewed displays of the projects.  Refreshments included desserts supplied by Erin Lipsky and staff at Granite Associates.

Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.  For information about Sullivan Renaissance, contact 845-295-2445 or

Say Hi to ‘Hello Bistro’ in The TH-Record

Seven months after shutting down their venerable Flour Power Bakery, Denise and J.R. Rowley have opened a new bistro in the same Livingston Manor location.

By Leonard Sparks
Times Herald-Record
Published: 07/31/13


LIVINGSTON MANOR — Denise and J.R. Rowley indulged themselves with much-needed down time after they decided to close their popular Flour Power Bakery in January.

They visited family.

They rested.

Then they grew restless.

Now seven months later the couple has opened Hello Bistro, a 50-seat restaurant carved out of the same converted house on DeBruce Road where they operated the bakery for five years.

Hoping for a repeat

The bakery had been a gathering spot for local foodies, and the Rowleys are hoping for the same from the bistro. So far it appears their hopes may be realized. Friday’s opening day was booked, as was Saturday, Denise Rowley said.

“We just like to feed people,” Denise Rowley said Friday afternoon as the apron-clad couple hurried to get ready for a 5 p.m. opening. “Something about it makes us happy.”

Exhausting schedule

The Rowleys, who both have backgrounds in advertising, opened Flour Power about seven years ago, after deciding the area needed a bakery more than a restaurant.

They moved into a retrofitted white house overlooking the hills enveloping Livingston Manor five years ago. The year-round bakery, with its large porch, became a destination, and the Rowleys omnipresent at area farmers markets.

But both wearied of the challenge of surviving the county’s dead winter months and of the physical demands of running a bakery while also driving from market to market.

“It was exhausting,” Denise Rowley said. “There was a lot of rushing to get to market on time.” The decision to open a bistro meant renovating. One wall was removed to open up the dining room, and the Rowleys bought new furniture. J.R. Rowley did most of the woodwork, and the couple added new fixtures, trim and paint.

Why a bistro?

“A bistro is casual,” J.R. Rowley said. “It’s a very friendly atmosphere; people talk to each other.”

A bit of everything

Hello Bistro’s menu will feature “a little bit of everything,” J.R. Rowley said. Diners will be able to enjoy dishes ranging from American and French entrees to hamburgers.

The opening weekend menu included such fare as Asian pork tenderloin, pan-seared scallops, caramelized shallots and crème brulee. The menu will vary by season and will depend in part on what local farmers have available.

Upstairs, the Rowleys will continue to host book and poetry readings and display works by local artists. Downstairs, the rush to fill and deliver diners’ orders promises a special reward:

“The smile on their faces when they eat something really good,” Denise Rowley said.

Learn Old School Skills: Read Maps, Use a Compass

Old School Skills Are Focus of Saturday Session

Livingston Manor, NY   — Saturday, July 13, at 10:30 AM   Reconnect with a
skill set that is rapidly disappearing. Morgan Outdoors is hosting a
90-minute course in Reading Map & Compass for adults. Learn how to
interpret a topographic map, to better understand the lay of the land, and
use of a compass for navigation. These simple, increasingly forgotten
skills are practical to know and help us reconnect with a world often
overlooked in busy lives.

Register at Morgan Outdoors by calling Lisa at. 845 439 5507. The course
fee is $12 for 90 minutes of indoor and outdoor fun!  Class size limited
to 10. First come, first served.
Morgan Outdoors is at 46 Main Street in Livingston Manor, NY

LM, Get Your Visioning On

Livingston Manor Visioning Flyer (click link to download)

All are welcome.
Interested in the future of Livingston Manor? Want to make a difference in the community?
Consider coming to two interactive Community Visioning Workshops on January 24th and 31st, and we’ll make something happen together. Workshops co-sponsored by Livingston Manor Renaissance and Livingston Manor Chamber of Commerce; two small yet mighty volunteer-driven groups. Helen Budrock, an experienced facilitator and planner at Sullivan County Renaissance, will facilitate the workshops.
There’s never been a better time to pull together and harness collective strength. Let us know if you think you’ll come so we plan for chairs and refreshments!