Take Part in Your Town’s Healthy Economy

by Robyn Almquist, The Delightful Place

Something amazing is happening in downtown Livingston Manor: the storefronts are full and open for business, there is pedestrian traffic on the sidewalks, and there’s even a little bit of nightlife on the weekends. How does a town go from many vacancies and foreclosures to a happening—some might even say, “trendy”—downtown in just a few years? It happens when a community joins together and realizes it is stronger when everyone works toward a common goal. This is the driving force of the Livingston Manor Chamber of Commerce (LMCC).

Currently, the LMCC is made up of the owners and operators of local Livingston Manor, Parksville, and Roscoe businesses. However, one does not have to own a local business, or work in a local business to become a LMCC member. Many members of the local Chamber are people who reside in the area and want to be active in town planning and events.

Individual citizens of the LMCC are crucial to producing events like the annual Trout Parade, Town Tag Sale, and the most recent event, Be Bop A Lula Block Party. The LMCC is also responsible for decorating the lampposts during the holiday season, maintaining the caboose at the end of exit 96 off Route 17, and recently spearheaded a fundraiser so the town could purchase American flags to decorate the downtown lampposts for Memorial Day, Flag Day, and the Fourth of July. Events and decorations are fun ways to get together as a community, and a great way to show town pride.

They also help to promote tourism in Livingston Manor which supports local businesses. Supporting local business not only makes the town more aesthetically pleasing with cute little shops lining the streets; it also makes good economic sense for the entire community. Here are some national statistics that explain how important locally owned, independent businesses are to a community like Livingston Manor:

• Small businesses have generated over 65% of the net new jobs since 1995*
• Over 50% of the working population works in a small business*
• Money spent at a local business generates 3.5 times more wealth for the local economy compared to money spent at a chain-owned business.***
• Local shops produce a net annual return of $326 per 1000 square feet; Big Box retailers generate a net annual deficit of $468 per 1000 square feet.***
• If every family in the US spent an extra $10 per month at a locally owned, independent business instead of a national chain over $9.3 billion would be directly returned to the local economy.***
• Local business owners are more likely to give back to the community.**

Because locally owned, independent businesses are so vital to Livingston Manor, the Livingston Manor Chamber of Commerce is actively recruiting individuals to become members. To become a member of the LMCC at the individual level, all one has to do is make an annual contribution of $30. How one actively participates is up to the individual.

The LMCC meets once per month. Coming to the meetings is voluntary, but all are encouraged to attend to keep informed of all the upcoming Livingston Manor Chamber-sponsored events, to learn how Livingston Manor is marketed to tourists and the community at large, and to participate and volunteer in community events. The LMCC feels that the more active the members are, the more successful the Chamber—and the community—will be.

If you would like more information on becoming a LMCC member at the individual level, please visit livingstonmanor.org, click on the “Contact” link and write a little note expressing your interest, or stop by Life Repurposed at 8 Pearl Street to chat with the Chamber president, Maria Bivins.


* https://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonnazar/2013/09/09/16-surprising-statistics-about-small-businesses/#35663e025ec8
** https://www.forbes.com/sites/nicoleleinbachreyhle/2014/09/02/why-you-need-to-support-small-businesses/#58795a067b0d
*** http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mike-salguero/why-buying-local-is-worth_b_4310520.html

Pre-Eclipse Solar Viewing at Morgan Outdoors on 8/19

Morgan Outdoors will host the Catskills Astronomy Club for a Pre-eclipse Solar Viewing on August 19th, out front on the sidewalk at 1pm. The Club will set up telescopes with solar filters. A great opportunity to learn more about our closest star AND the Solar Eclipse happening on Monday, Aug. 21st!  Pick up a pair of Thousand Oaks Optical certified Solar Viewer glasses to protect those baby blues while looking at the sun.

Solar Eclipse Poster-Making Workshop at Morgan Outdoors

Solar eclipse posterMonday, Aug. 14th at 3:00pm, join John Kocijanski of the Catskills Astronomy Club at Morgan Outdoors for a Solar Eclipse poster-making workshop. We’ll make colorful posters that teach others about the upcoming eclipse. They’ll be on view during our Solar Viewing session on Saturday, Aug. 19th, and in our windows for passers by to enjoy. All participants enter drawing for a solar-powered Luci Light!  RSVP: reserve a spot at 845 439 5507.

Take a Hike with Morgan Outdoors 8/13

You can bring the current photography exhibition “Catskill Rivers & Trails” at Morgan Outdoors to life. Sunday, August 13, 10:00am come hike to the pond on the Shavertown Trail overlooking Pepacton Reservoir. Did you know Pepacton is actually the East Branch of the Delaware River? Total hike length is 2.3 miles. The trail leads to a beautiful view. More details at Morgan Outdoors  RSVP: at (845) 439-5507 or email back.

Steven Weinberg Watercolors @Wulff Gallery CFFC&M

19984014_10156426444559972_4918144074303635137_oOpening Reception July 22 at 9am – Paintings of trout by watercolorist Steven Weinberg will be exhibited in the Wulff Gallery at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum in Livingston Manor from July 19 through September 5. Opening reception will be held of July 22 at 9am. Steven Weinberg also writes and illustrates kids’ books when he’s not fly fishing in the Catskills and he and his wife run Spruceton Inn in West Kill, NY. For more about his work, go to stevenweinbergstudio.com.

Catskill Rivers & Trails @ Morgan Outdoors

Have you seen our special exhibition of photographs from the book “Land of Little Rivers” by Austin McK. Francis?

The exhibition includes stunningly beautiful photographs of the Beaverkill, Willowemoc, Neversink, East Branch, Esopus and West Kill by Enrico Ferorelli, on loan from the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum. And our map display illustrates the wealth of public trails throughout the Catskill Park. A tribute to the natural beauty of the Catskills and a great room to relax or host a meeting in.

Stay tuned for details on our guided hikes, July 30 and August 13th, and a program on the wonderful skill of reading topographic maps in early August.

Hiking Pole Clinic @ Morgan Outdoors

Mondays at 5:45 pm  During July, we’re holding hiking pole clinics on Mondays. They are free and will give you a chance to sample the great things hiking poles can add to your walking/hiking experience. All participants score a 25% off coupon, good for all Leki and Kelty poles in stock. To RSVP and ask any questions, call 845 439 5507.