Our Hearts Go Out to Everyone…

As you may know, the Hoos Building, located at Pearl and Main streets in Livingston Manor was destroyed by fire on Tuesday,  November 20. It is believed that an explosion started the fire approximately 3:30 p.m. No one was in the building at the time or injured by the explosion.

The building housed four businesses: Hot Corner Sports Collectibles, The Lazy Beagle Pub & Grill, Moose-Be-Morning Coffee Co., and Willow and Brown. Firefighters from Livingston Manor, Liberty and Roscoe responded, as well as Mobilemedic and
Livingston Manor EMS. Callicoon Center, White Sulphur Springs and Youngsville
were also on standby.

It took about two hours to bring the fire under control. No other buildings or businesses were significantly damaged.

Our hearts go out to everyone with ties to the Hoos building and we are all very thankful that everyone is safe.

Manor Ink’s Sept. 29 Benefit Will Also Help Flood Fund

The staff at Manor Ink, Livingston Manor’s library-based, youth-led newspaper has voted to give 75% of the proceeds from this Saturday’s I-Ching fundraiser to the Rockland Relief Fund, aka The Flood Fund. The benefit happens from 5 to 7 p.m. at Morgan Outdoors, 46 Main Street, Livingston Manor.

Students of the I-Ching will be giving personal readings from the ancient Chinese Book of Changes, the I-Ching which gives some pretty great advice about life. Donations of any size will be welcome and coffee, tea and homemade cookies (and fudge) will be served! Of the donations, 75% will now go to the flood fund; 25% will go toward Manor Ink’s printing and equipment expenses.

Copies of the latest issue will be available as a bonus to all participants. Morgan Outdoors is located at 46 Main Street in Livingston Manor, just up the block from Catskill Art Society.

For more information, contact Lisa Lyons, your host at Morgan Outdoors, at 845-439-5507, or Barbara Gref, a Manor Ink mentor, at 845-482-3458.

Author Nina Burleigh at CAS Oct. 6

This photograph of author Nina Burleigh was taken earlier this year at the Mosque of Nabi Musa, in the desert east of Jerusalem, where Muslims believe Moses is buried.

Reading with Author Nine Burleigh at Catskill Art Society

Livingston Manor, NY – Nina Burleigh, a journalist and the author of
five books including the bestseller “The Fatal Gift of Beauty,” will
be at the CAS Arts Center on Saturday, October 6, from 4:00 to 6:00
p.m. to read from her upcoming e-book, tentatively titled, “Under the
Black Blanket” and to discuss and answer questions about some of her
previous books, which will also be available for sale.

Burleigh spent six weeks in the Middle East during 2012, based in
Cairo and Jerusalem, working on various projects, including a short
book about the status of women in the wake of the Arab Spring. She
will share her observations on women, religion and politics in this
rapidly transforming and conflicted region, and read from her upcoming

Burleigh will also bring and answer questions about some of her
previous books, including her best-seller, “The Fatal Gift of Beauty,”
about the dark side of Italy revealed by the Amanda Knox trial;
“Unholy Business,” about Biblical relic forgery in Jerusalem; and
“Mirage,” about Napoleon’s scientists in Egypt and the first
interaction between scientists and Islam in the modern era.

Burleigh is the author of five books, has appeared often on television
and radio, and has written for numerous magazines, websites and
newspapers. She and her husband are residents of Narrowsburg and

The CAS Art Center is located at 48 Main Street in Livingston Manor,
NY.  There is no cost to attend this event. The CAS Arts Center is
fully wheel chair accessible.

About Catskill Art Society
Catskill Art Society is currently celebrating its 40th anniversary as
a non-profit cultivating public interest, participation, and enjoyment
of the arts. Through its multi-arts center, CAS explores contemporary
art practices and facilitates creative and professional development
for established and emerging artists. Located in Livingston Manor, the
renovated 4,500+ square foot facility includes a designated fine arts
gallery, a large multi-purpose space, a pottery studio, a painting
studio, and a digital arts lab. For more information, please visit

Bird of Prey Day – Saturday, Sept. 29th

On Saturday, September 29, a very exciting and educational event is taking place at the Livingston Manor Central School from 9 am to 3 pm. Mr. Peter Chiavaro, a resident of
Livingston Manor, together with many other members of the New York State Falconry Association will be on hand to display their raptors – including falcons, hawks, owls and possibly some eagles at this spectacular event. School grounds will be hosting these magnificent birds of prey under a large tent. The ball field will be used for the raptors’ flight demonstrations. The gym will be utilized for lectures and displays of different types of raptors. Falconers will be on hand to answer questions while demonstrations are taking place and the raptors are displayed on their gauntlets. It is the mission of the Falconry Association to promote scientific study of the raptorial species, their care, welfare and training; Admission is $3.
Proceeds will be donated to the needy families of the Livingston Manor Central School District. The event is sponsored by the Livingston Manor Chamber of Commerce. Businesses will be open to support this community-wide, educational event.  For more information, contact Chamber President David Walton at david@willowandbrown.com or Peter Chiavaro with the Falconer’s Association at singsingii@aol.com.

Rare Casting Simulator Acquired by Fly Fishing Museum

May 10, 2012, Livingston Manor, NY — The Castskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum is proud to announce the acquisition of the Dave Chermanski Rod Casting Simulator on April 28, 2012.

This one of a kind machine was one of the best-kept secrets in the fishing tackle industry for nearly 35 years.  Less than 30 people, prior to 2011, had ever seen or heard of the Chermanski Casting Simulator (CCS) despite the fact it provided important data concerning graphite and fiberglass fishing rods that benefited the entire fishing industry since 1977.

The primary objective was to describe and document the mechanical features, operational capabilities and diverse testing projects of the CCS  as part of a package being donated to a fishing museum.  Dave selected the Catskill Fly Fishing Museum just three weeks prior to his untimely death on March 17, 2012.  The CCS machine now resides in the center of the Catskill Fly Fishing Museum.

Based on the many testing projects and test results, composite materials and design concepts in the course of a 16 year period, the CCS provided numerous important and revealing insights to some major fishing topics.  The chronicles of this unique machine were documented and manifested into treatises on casting mechanics, flyrod performance, fishing reel drags systems, fishing rod dynamics, fish fighting techniques and fly line characteristics.  

Dave’s manuscript to the chronicles are highly technical will require extensive study before this machine is put back into use.  The CCS will remain in the center of the museum until it will be appropriately takes its permanent home in the planned  Catskill Rodmakers Workshop this fall.

For more information or photos please contact the CFFCM 845-439-4810, or   flyfish@catskill.net .   For the latest in CFFCM news, visit face book page:  www.facebook.com/cffcm

Harold VanAken

Town Historian Harold VanAken prepared a power point presentation about the beginnings of our town for the February 9 meeting of the Livingston Manor Chamber of Commerce.  Those in attendance were informed of our past, From the native Americans, to our native son John R. Mott who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1946.  They also learned of the sun path, were treated to ancient maps and surveys of the area, as well as postcard photos and anecdotes of local people of interest.  Aileen Gunther, assemblywoman, and Linda Cellini, YMCA representative, were also speakers at the dinner, held at King’s Catering.  Roscoe Chamber of Commerce was invited and Rick Baxter and Mary Muhlig spoke of their desire to keep contact with LM to share our histories.