VIP CrossFit Welcomed to Main Street in Liberty, NY.

 
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On Saturday, January 30th a large gathering of area residents and local officials welcomed VIP CrossFit to their new location at 40 North Main Street in Liberty, NY.
 
The Greater Liberty Chamber of Commerce sponsored an open house/ribbon cutting for their member, VIP CrossFit in Liberty, NY on Saturday, January at VIP CrossFit’s new location at 40 North Main Street in Liberty, New York 12754. Festivities included a Paleo Potluck in which owner, Dustin Pritzert, discussed healthy eating, attendees enjoyed a free workout, 50/50 and special 1 day only offers! In attendance was Louis Alvarez, Chairman of the Sullivan County Legislature and Terri Ward, Sullivan County Legislature District 5, Liberty Town Councilmen Russell Reeves, Vincent McPhillips, and Brian McPhillips and Village Trustees Sal Cracolici and Rob Mir. 
 
About VIP CrossFit
 
VIP CrossFit is a gym that focuses on human optimization.  They are a one stop shop for health. They incorporate functional fitness that is constantly varied and performed at a high intensity. They track their results to show their progress over time.
Additionally, VIP CrossFit sells very high quality supplements. They offer the best fish oil and very high quality protein supplements. Their food is organic, grain and dairy free, free range and grass fed.
In their 2 years of business, VIP CrossFit has been constantly striving to improve their program. Their head trainer holds 7 different CrossFit Certifications and has worked with Olympians in both Olympic Lifting and Gymnastics. He has worked with National Champions in Kettlebell and doctors of Physical Therapy to hone his craft of human performance.
Visit VIP Crossfit at vipfitnessny.com. To learn more about their program or to enroll in classes, please contactDustin Pritzert at 845-292-7214 or email Dustin5706@hotmail.com
The Greater Liberty Chamber of Commerce is a 100% Volunteer Organization and is funded entirely through its own fundraising efforts. Please call for more information on this
or other upcoming Liberty Chamber events, as well as to join, or to volunteer. Contact the Greater Liberty Chamber of Commerce by phone at 845-292-9797 or email
info@LibertyNYChamber.com. Information can also be found on the Greater Liberty Chamber ofCommerce Facebook page or online at www.LibertyNYChamber.com.
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Barry Foster Memorial Kids Yankee Baseball Trip

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As a result of the funds raised on the 2nd Annual Barry Foster Memorial Yankee Baseball Trip which took place on June 22nd and the generous support of the sponsors listed below, the Barry Foster Memorial Kids Yankee Baseball Trip took place on Thursday, July 27th.  It was a fantastic trip where 132 excited kids and their chaperones participated getting a ticket to the Yankees vs Texas Rangers game, round trip transportation, a bagged lunch and snacks.  There were 3 full school bus loads of kids from Liberty, Livingston Manor, and Fallsburg. There was a great deal of support from all three communities.  The following people were a great help in gathering and organizing the kids in each community:

Livingston Manor – Carol Shaver and Sandy Johnson
Liberty – Eileen Whitaker-Conway, Laurie Maier and Mary Ellen-Whittington
Fallsburg – Alexis Eggleton, Barbi Neumann Marty and Chris Henry.

These people contributed a great deal of effort and time to make this trip a success. There were kids from the Livingston Manor Little League, Livingston Manor RISE Program, Liberty Special Education Summer School Program, Hudson Valley Migrant Education Program, and Fallsburg Boys and Girls Club Summer  Camp.  Many of the kids had never been outside of Sullivan County much less to a major league baseball game and they were awed by being at the stadium.  There was one young man who was so excited that he was going to Yankee Stadium and told his chaperone that his grandfather had shaken Babe Ruth’s hand.  You could tell the young boy loved the game of baseball because of his grandfather’s experiences and he was eager to go for the first time.  When he walked in the stadium, his face lit up and the first thing he did was buy a Yankee Foam Finger Souvenir. He was so excited that he ended up buying a baseball, a Yankee Bucket, Yankee hat and other souvenirs.  The boy had his hands full and a glow for the entire afternoon.  This was typical of the kids that attended.  There were 21 Migrant Education Program kids from Liberty who had never been to a game before and their instructors used the trip as an educational lesson where they learned about the game of baseball.  Each of the kids wrote a short paragraph about why they would like to go on the trip and how it could benefit them. Some of the essays were written in Spanish.  Although not everyone who went on the trip wrote the persuasive essay, the organizers did collect over 50 written pieces from the kids.  There was one in particular from a youngster from Livingston Manor who wrote that he knew Barry and used to go to his store.  He expressed how Barry would always smile and take an interest in him and how he always left with much more memorabilia then he paid for.  Barry would have been so proud to have seen the joy that these kids experienced!

None of this could have happened without the generous support of this year’s sponsors:

WALK-OFF GRANDSLAM
Barry Foster Memorial Roto League, CD Trips, LLC, Dr. Jorge Delgado – Chiropractor, Lazare and Charlotte Kaplan Foundation, Liberty Rotary Club, Livingston Manor Rotary Club, The Foster Family

THIRD BASE HOT CORNERS TRIPLE:
Leon (“Uncle Lee”) Siegel

SECOND BASE DOUBLE
Arthur Steinhauer, Boys & Girls Club of Wallkill Serving Sullivan and Orange Counties, Dr. Phil Olsen & Dr. Jon Sutherland, DDS, Jeff Bank, Jack & Sherry Strassman Family, Nick Constantino, Rolling V Bus Corp, Sullivan County Democrat, The Plevel Family

FIRST BASE SINGLE:
Art is Liberty, Charles Levine, Mary & Joe Inghrim

MEDIA SPONSORS:
Sullivan Enews, Thunder 102

It is our hope that we can make this an annual event as the pride and joy seen on those kids faces is the entire reason why the Barry Fund was formed in the first place.

Sims Foster (Barry’s son) said it best in his eulogy…..
“It is up to all of us now to carry out the life’s work that was Barry’s.  There is void that we must fill.  We must love more….. We must hug each other more…..  We must bring joy to more people who come into our lives.  And at the beginning of each day we must consider it the most important goal to bring as many smiles to others as we can.”

ParksvilleUSA Music Festival continues their 2014 concert series with the unique sounds of the Coyote Anderson Quartet on Sunday, May 18@ 3PM

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The ParksvilleUSA Music Festival is underway with its second concert coming up right around the corner. The Coyote Anderson Quartet will intrigue audiences with their unique sounds on Sunday, May 18@3pm at The Dead End Café in Parksville.

The Coyote Anderson Quartet is a new modern-jazz group that performs primarily the original compositions of guitarist Coyote Anderson, who won Honorable Mention in the 2014 ASCAP Young Jazz Composer’s Awards and is a regular member of the BMI Jazz Composer’s Workshop. One thing that makes this ensemble unique is that vocalist Corina Hernandez is used to replace the traditional role of a horn. This allows the ensemble to not only do instrumental tunes but also newer works of Coyote’s that set the poetry of others into a jazz context.

The quartet is rounded out by Carl Limbacher on bass and Max Maples on drums, who play together regularly in many NYC based ensembles, including the free jazz trio Ammocake.

Coyote Anderson was born and raised right here in Sullivan County, in nearby Glen Spey. He began playing the guitar at age 12 and within a year was frequenting local blues jams. His first paid gig was playing in the pit orchestra at the Forestburgh Playhouse, which he returns to every summer to do at least one musical.

Though he started by playing rock, blues and americana music, he soon became intrigued by jazz and classical music. He moved to NYC in 2007 to begin working towards a BFA in Jazz Performance from CCNY on a full scholarship. Being in NYC has given Coyote opportunities to study and perform with some of the best musicians the city has to offer and has allowed Coyote to become incredibly versatile, both as a guitarist and a composer, playing and writing in almost every genre imaginable.

Since moving to NYC, Coyote has had opportunities to study and perform with some of the best musicians the city has to offer including John Patitucci, Chris Potter, Fred Hersch and Mike Holober. He has had the honor of collaborating with such established ensembles as The Westchester Jazz Orchestra and The Nouveau Classical Project.

Coyote is featured on more than a dozen recordings as both a guitarist and a bassist. He plans to record his own compositions within the year. Coyote continues his studies as a member of the BMI Jazz Composer’s Workshop and through private lessons with Pulitzer Prize winning composer David Del Tredici.

You can learn more about Coyote at http://parksvilleusa.com/concert-bios.html.

The 2014 ParksvilleUSA Music Festival showcases music for every taste from around the world. The festival continues with a concert each month concluding with a Holiday Feast and Musical Celebration in December. The 2014 concerts are co-sponsored by the Animal Hospital of Sullivan County.

Join The Coyote Anderson Quartet at the Dead End Café on Sunday, May 18th. Refreshments will be served after the concert. For tickets, concert schedule or more information, please call 845-292-0400 or visit the website at www.parksvilleusa.com.

Photo Caption:  Coyote Anderson, “ “A unicorn among musicians.” – Brandon Judell (culturecatch.com)”

Broadway Trip to Benefit Two Local SC Arts Groups

phantom Photo2Liberty, N.Y. (April 21, 2014) – A trip to Broadway will be benefiting two arts groups in Sullivan County. The dual fundraiser will take place on Saturday, May 3rd when the Rolling V motor coach will depart with a bus load of theater goers to see The Phantom of the Opera at the Majestic Theater on Broadway in New York City. The package includes roundtrip transportation and a ticket to see the Saturday matinee performance of The Phantom of the Opera. Participants will have the option to experience “THE RIDE” if they have already seen Phantom, or just take the bus into NYC. Portions of the proceeds will be split between the Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop (SCDW) and Nesin Cultural Arts (NCA).

The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop has served our community with quality live performances for over 64 years. The 2014 season will be featuring productions of Snow White and Guys and Dolls just to mention a couple. The organization is raising funds to restore the workshop’s Marquee and Blade Sign at the Rivoli Theater in South Fallsburg which they purchased in 1998 and is the home of their productions and movies. “This is going to be an exciting experience for all in attendance and SCDW is looking forward to partnering with Nesin Cultural Arts and CD Trips in this fundraising endeavor,” says Board President, Heather Strauss.

Nesin Cultural Arts is one of Sullivan County’s newest arts organizations and is no stranger to doing fundraisers with CD Trips as past trips have raised nearly $1000 for the organization.

According to Ellen Nesin, one of NCA’s founding members, “our mission is to provide our local youth in Kindergarten through 12th grades with performing arts opportunities in music, art, drama and the visual arts throughout the year. We also offer multi-generational programs and outreach in our surrounding communities. In 2014 NCA will present student recitals, benefit concerts featuring Slam Allen and his Blues, Band, The Rock Ridge Band, our Children’s Chorus and our Summer Integrated Arts Institute among others. Our Aspiring Young Musicians program provides lessons in piano, strings and voice with the support from the Nesin Scholarship. All funds raised through NCA’s fundraisers benefit student programing.”

The price is $121 per person. Reservations may be made by calling 845 798-2188 or emailing cdtripsLLC@gmail.com. Online reservations and payments may be made securely through paypal at www.cdtrips.com. “Let us take you out to the theater,” says Siegel. “We are proud to be the ‘common denominator’ to bring these two great organizations together to benefit from this event.”

For more information about the Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop call 845 436-5336, email scdwemail@aol.com or on the web at www.scdw.net . Information about Nesin Cultural Arts can be found by calling 845 794-6013, email ellen@nesinculturalarts.org or on the web at www.nesinculturalarts.org.

The Cyber Shack 1 Year Anniversary & Re-Grand Opening Celebration

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42 South Main Street, Liberty, NY

March 30, 2014 from 10am – 7pm
(Ribbon Cutting at 1:00pm)

Join the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce on Sunday, March 30, 2014 from 10am – 7pm for the Re-Grand Opening and 1 Year Anniversary Celebration of The Cyber Shack. The Cyber Shack is located at 42 South Main Street, Liberty, NY.   The Cyber Shack is a computer repair shop and internet café.

Stop in all day for refreshments and check out their amazing internet café and gaming area, where you can enjoy coffee, tea or a cold beverage. Play a game on a pc or any XBOX 360, XBOX One, PS3, PS4, or WII console.

Your ultimate internet cafe in Sullivan County located in Liberty, New York, gaming, surfing and productivity programs are available by the hour or half-hour increments.  Computer repairs and upgrades are done in-house as well.  They are open 7 days a week and even offer repairs for cracked screens on your cell phone or tablet.

In celebration of their 1 year anniversary – they are offering a special for the month of April – check out The Catskill Shopper for full details!

For more information on The Cyber Shack, please call (845) 397-0034 or e-mail thecybershack@yahoo.com.

Liberty Central School Wall of Fame nominations due Feb. 14 – outstanding individuals wanted for the Class of 2014

LibertyHParrayPic1Jan. 31, 2014…Do you know someone who deserves to be honored on the Liberty Central School District Wall of Fame? Applications to nominate worthy individuals are due in two weeks, on Fri. Feb. 14, to be considered for the 2014 Wall of Fame.

The Liberty Central School District Wall of Fame was established four years ago by the Board of Education as a way of honoring extraordinary LCSD alumni, inspirational past LCSD employees and community members who have made a lasting contribution to the school district. Nominees are judged on exceptional accomplishments or significant contributions within their school, family, career, community or personal life.

The fourth group of inductees will be selected in early 2014 and honored at a ceremony and breakfast reception prior to the Liberty High School Commencement Exercises on graduation on Saturday, June 28, 2014. To date, 16 outstanding individuals have been inducted to the Wall of Fame – eight alumni, six former faculty members and two community members. Information about each inductee can be found at www.libertyk12.org.

“The inductees are from many different walks of life, but they all have one thing in common: Liberty,” explained Assistant Superintendent and Wall of Fame Co-Chairperson Carol Napolitano. “The school and the community have in some way touched or influenced the lives of every individual on the Wall of Fame. When we honor them, we also honor the spirit of our community, past and present.”

The Wall of Fame is located in the lobby of the David E. Panebaker Auditorium at the Liberty High School. The nomination application can be downloaded at the district web site or picked up at the District Administration Office at 115 Buckley Street, Liberty, NY. Please call Mrs. Tania DeFrank at 845-292-6990 for more information.

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!