Winter StoryWalk® for Kids at CCE Sullivan Nature Trail

Screen shot 2014-01-10 at 11.39.45 PMLiberty Public Library (LPL) and CCE Sullivan County are collaborating to offer this free opportunity listed below. Interested families should pre-register for this free event by calling CCE at 845-292-6180 or LPL at 845-292-6070.The StoryWalk® Project is an innovative way for children and families to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time. Preschoolers and children up to 9 years of age can enjoy a winter StoryWalk® at 4 pm on Thursday, January 23, 2014 along the Turtle Spring Nature Trail at Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Sullivan County’s Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Road in Liberty. The highlighted story will be “Tracks in the Snow” by Wong Herbert Yee. After the walk, participants are invited to warm up indoors with hot cocoa while exploring and learning about wildlife tracks through some take-home crafts.   If you are unable to make this kick-off event, the story will remain posted along the trail throughout the winter months for you and your family to enjoy on your own.

FLYER. STEM Winter Story Walk. 2014

THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN’ @ LIBERTY PUBLIC LIBRARY’S SENIOR COFFEE CLUB

Liberty, NY–The Liberty Public Library Senior Coffee Club meets the first Monday of each month from 10:30 am to 11:30 am.  Seniors are invited to the library for coffee, socialization, and pastries provided by the Friends of Liberty Library.  Each month the coffee club discusses a special topic and frequently has guest speakers.

At our February 3rd meeting, we are thrilled to announce that we will be joined by Mr. Mark Robinson, the Education Program Manager of Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.  He will be presenting the newest of the Education Department’s traveling trunks called The Times They are a-changin’ which traces the broad range of changes in American society from 1945 (the end of WWII) to 1976 (America’s Bicentennial). This trunk explores the social, political, scientific, cultural and other changes during this 30-year period to contextualize the changes in the 1960’s. Among many items, the trunk contains clothes representative of each decade, and timeline panels outlining changes in society.

Mr. Barry Lewis, columnist for the Times Herald Record will be the featured speaker at our Monday, March 3rd meeting discussing his many years of writing about the Catskill area and his 2008 book, From Brooklyn to Bucolic: the Life of Columnist Barry Lewis.

Seniors may use our rear parking area and entrance which is handicapped accessible.  For more information or to sign-up for the free coffee club, please call us at (845)292-6070.

NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY DISPLAY AT LIBERTY PUBLIC LIBRARY

022 031Liberty, NY- We are bringing a bit of the outdoors, indoors this winter at Liberty Public Library with a gorgeous array of color photographs currently on display by local resident Marilyn Laufer.  Marilyn describes her photography as purely a hobby but her talent is remarkable. Some of the wildlife photos in this exhibit include: a variety of birds, deer, black bears, squirrels and even a small black house cat.

Vivid, bright colorful matted backgrounds bring cheer even the grayest, coldest winter day.  Photos will be on display now through February19th and may be seen during our open hours: Mon., Weds, Fri 10 am to 5 pm; Tues. & Thurs. 10 am to 7 pm; and Sat. 10 am to 4 pm.

For more information please call us at (845)292-6070 or visit our website at www. libertypubliclibrary.org.

2nd Annual Greater Liberty Chamber of Commerce Scarecrow Contest Winners Announced.

winners_Layout 1First of all thank you to every business who participated. This year the participation was amazing! Including the Liberty High School student and the business members we had approximately 60 scarecrows in all! All the scarecrows were fun and creative which made choosing very difficult. We added a category for White Sulphur Springs because of their overwhelming participation and community spirit! Way to go White Sulphur Springs. We also selected some additional scarecrows for honorable mention. Congratulations!

In our eyes, every single one of you who participated are all winners! You helped to make our community more fun and inviting and showed everyone in Sullivan County and beyond, LIBERTY and her surrounding hamlets has true community spirit!

Next year we hope to make the contest bigger and better with more twists! If you have ideas and would like to be on the committee email us at info@LibertyNychamber.com

Awards will be presented at our holiday mixer!

Click here to see all the scarecrows!

Click here to see the Liberty Central High School scarecrows!

Lockdown Drill Conducted at Liberty High School

Liberty, NY…On Tuesday, November 19, a lockdown drill was conducted at Liberty High School. The drill, which was planned a month in advance by middle/high school administration, Liberty SRO Devin Brust and Superintendent Dr. William Silver, also involved the Village of Liberty Police and the New York State Police.  A stay-put drill was implemented in the middle school.

“It is important to conduct drills of this nature on a regular basis,” said Liberty Middle/High School Principal Jack Strassman. “It gives us an opportunity to work with our local law enforcement and to put our safety procedures to the test.”

Strassman noted that students and staff were so quiet during the drill that an officer from the NYS Police Department asked if any students were actually present in the building, due to the complete silence throughout. “It gives me great pride that our students’ behavior was outstanding during the drill and that everyone involved took it very seriously,” said Strassman.

In addition to the surprise lockdown drill, four drug-sniffing dogs were brought into the school to canvas the entire building. “We have the dogs come in as a part of the drill scenario we are practicing,” explained Strassman. “It becomes a training exercise for them.” Once again, as in previous years, the dogs did not uncover any illegal or criminal substances.

“In today’s world, it is crucial to be prepared and conducting drills is essential to that preparedness,” explained Dr. Silver. “I commend Principal Strassman, the administration at the middle and high schools, teachers, staff and especially our students for a job well done today. I hope we never have to use these procedures, but it is comforting to know that we are ready if need be.”

If you have questions or concerns about today’s lockdown drill, please contact Mr. Jack Strassman at 845-292-5400.

Nearly 100 Years of The Liberty Register Newspaper Now Online

Screen shot 2013-11-16 at 8.19.22 PMThe library recently got funding from our Friends of Liberty Library (FOLL) group to digitize all 34 of our microfilm reels of The Liberty Register spanning the years of 1878 – 1971.  The best part of this project is that it is now available off of the Liberty Public Library’s website with a searchable index.  If you’d like to check it out, go to:

http://www.libertypubliclibrary.org

Click the top link “Local History Archive”

Please share this news or post to others who might find this useful or who are interested in local history.

America’s Food Basket Stores Opens Newest Store on Liberty’s Main Street

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of the new Ideal Food Basket on Main Street in Liberty with company principals, co-owner, Frank Diaz (far right), CEO, Daniel Cabassa (right center center) and Store Operations Supervisor, Randy Phillips (left center) along with Liberty Village Mayor, Dan Ratner Sr., Liberty Chamber of Commerce President and newly elected Liberty Town Councilman, Russell Reeves and members of the Greater Liberty Chamber of Commerce and Liberty’s business community.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of the new Ideal Food Basket on Main Street in Liberty with company principals, co-owner, Frank Diaz (far right), CEO, Daniel Cabassa (right center center) and Store Operations Supervisor, Randy Phillips (left center) along with Liberty Village Mayor, Dan Ratner Sr., Liberty Chamber of Commerce President and newly elected Liberty Town Councilman, Russell Reeves and members of the Greater Liberty Chamber of Commerce and Liberty’s business community.

Our newest member to The Greater Liberty Chamber of Commerce, Ideal Food Basket, donating 154 pumpkins to the Liberty Elementary School, one for each Kindergarten student in the district. The children were given their pumpkins recently during a field trip to the totally remodeled grocery store. Pictured along with Ms. Daurio's class is, Mr. Randy Phillips, Store Operations Supervisor of Liberty store, and newly appointed President of the Chamber, Russell Reeves.

Our newest member to The Greater Liberty Chamber of Commerce, Ideal Food Basket, donating 154 pumpkins to the Liberty Elementary School, one for each Kindergarten student in the district. The children were given their pumpkins recently during a field trip to the totally remodeled grocery store. Pictured along with Ms. Daurio’s class is, Mr. Randy Phillips, Store Operations Supervisor of Liberty store, and newly appointed President of the Chamber, Russell Reeves.

The Greater Liberty Chamber of Commerce proudly introduced AMERICA’S FOOD BASKET STORES newest store, IDEAL FOOD BASKET to Liberty. The Liberty Chamber welcomed their newest member with a ribbon cutting ceremony on November 8, 2013 at IDEAL FOOD BASKET’S new location, 261 North Main Street in liberty, the location of the former Great American.

Present at the ribbon cutting were company principals, co-owner, Frank Diaz, CEO, Daniel Cabassa and Store Operations Supervisor, Randy Phillips along with Liberty Village Mayor, Dan Ratner Sr., Liberty Chamber of Commerce President and newly elected Liberty Town Councilman, Russell Reeves and members of the Greater Liberty Chamber of Commerce and Liberty’s business community.

Company CEO, Dan Cabassa stated that IDEAL FOOD BASKET will strive to serve the needs of the community and plans to be an active member of the neighborhood. Just recently the store donated 154 pumpkins to the Liberty Elementary School, one for each Kindergarten student in the district. The children were given their pumpkins during a field trip to the totally remodeled grocery store.

For more information, please contact the Greater Liberty Chamber of Commerce by phone at 845-292-9797 or email info@LibertyNYChamber.com. Find us online at www.LibertyNYChamber.com and Facebook at Greater Liberty Chamber of Commerce.

Caption #1: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of the new Ideal Food Basket on Main Street in Liberty with company principals, co-owner, Frank Diaz (far right), CEO, Daniel Cabassa (right center center) and Store Operations Supervisor, Randy Phillips (left center) along with Liberty Village Mayor, Dan Ratner Sr., Liberty Chamber of Commerce President and newly elected Liberty Town Councilman, Russell Reeves and members of the Greater Liberty Chamber of Commerce and Liberty’s business community.

Caption #2: Our newest member to The Greater Liberty Chamber of Commerce, Ideal Food Basket, donating 154 pumpkins to the Liberty Elementary School, one for each Kindergarten student in the district. The children were given their pumpkins recently during a field trip to the totally remodeled grocery store. Pictured along with Ms. Daurio’s class is, Mr. Randy Phillips, Store Operations Supervisor of Liberty store, and newly appointed President of the Chamber, Russell Reeves.

Liberty Central School District offers summer food service program Children under the age of 18 eat free of charge throughout July and August

Liberty Central School District offers summer food service program
Children under the age of 18 eat free of charge throughout July and August
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June 27, 2013 – Summer is an exciting time for children to enjoy playtime with friends, time at summer camp, a family vacation, or afternoons at the pool. But for many children, summer can also mean hunger. Just as learning does not end when school lets out, neither does a child’s need for good nutrition.

Beginning on July 8, children age 18 and younger, who resides in the Liberty School District, are welcome to visit the Liberty Elementary School cafeteria each weekday for lunch. There is no charge for this meal and there are no income requirements or registration required to enjoy a meal. Meals will be served from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday until August 16.

The program is being offered as a part of the Summer Food Service Program, a federal program sponsored by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service. “We are really excited to be able to offer this program,” said Liberty Superintendent Dr. William Silver. “Food insecurity is a very real problem in our community, and hopefully this program will help fill some of the nutrition gaps that some children may experience.”

If you need further information please call Dara Smith at (845) 292-5400 ext 2018 or email at dara.smith@scboces.org or visit the school website at www.libertyk12.org

MORE INFORMATION:Liberty CSD Summer Food site:
WHERE: Liberty Elementary School Cafeteria
WHEN: Monday through Friday
DATES: July 8 through August 16, 2013
TIME: 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

About the National Summer Food Service Program:
http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/summer
Find Free Summer Meals for Children in Your Community: Call 1-866-3-HUNGRY or 1-877-8-HAMBRE (en Espanol) and a live operator will tell you where the closest sites serving free, nutritious summer meals are located. Or visit www.whyhunger.org/findfood to locate sites using an online map.