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 Online reservations and payments may be made securely through paypal at “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 or on the web at . Information about Nesin Cultural Arts can be found by calling 845 794-6013, email or on the web at

Liberty to induct two new members to the District Wall of Fame

March 28, 2014 – Alumni Joseph Rubin (Class of 1956) and Steven Schiff, MD, PhD (Class of 1972) will be the 2014 Inductees to the Liberty Central School District Wall of Fame this June. Rubin and Schiff join 16 fellow inductees who were selected over the past three years, since the Wall’s inception in 2011.

Joseph Rubin, is the founder and senior partner of Rubin & Balin, LLP, an international and domestic corporate and commercial law practice. As an international business consultant, he advises several governments and companies world-wide on economic and legal matters. Mr. Rubin is a professor at Columbia University, where he teaches courses in law, business management, entrepreneurship, and international privatization. He is also the founder and director of an international executive training institute, through which he conducts management training programs in Russia and China and the USA.

An accomplished photographer, Mr. Rubin’s work has been featured in the New York Times, Inter-American Magazine, Americas Magazine, and university publications. He has exhibited in galleries in New York City, Mexico, Italy, Guatemala, and Brazil. A number of his photographs in large format are on permanent display in office building lobbies, retail stores and corporate and professional offices. His work is periodically sold at art auctions at the Aguttes Galleries in Paris, France.  Mr. Rubin makes his home in New York City where he has published a photo book on his ‘Reflections” series.

Steven Schiff, MD, PhD is the director of the Penn State Center for Neural Engineering, Brush Chair Professor of Engineering, Professor of Neurosurgery, Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics and Professor of Physics at Penn State University. A Pediatric Neurosurgeon, Dr. Schiff’s research interests focus on understanding pathological dynamics in the brain in terms of the underlying physics, and how technology based on this understanding can treat diseases such as epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and chronic pain.

Dr. Schiff holds six patents for devices that help individuals who suffer from epilepsy and Parkinson’s Disease. Dr. Schiff is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is listed in the Guide to America’s Top Physicians, serves as the Divisional Associate Editor (Biological Physics) for Physical Review Letters, as an Advisory Editor for the Elsevier Book Series “Nonlinear Science and Complexity”.

The Wall of Fame was created by the Board of Education as a way to honor Liberty alumni (graduates who have made a significant contribution to society upon graduating from Liberty High School), past employees (teachers and staff whose professionalism and commitment went above and beyond standard expectations and benefited Liberty students and the district) and community members (individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to benefit the Liberty School District).

Altogether, seven nominations were submitted on behalf of potential candidates. Mr. Rubin and Dr. Schiff were chosen by the Wall of Fame Selection Committee, which is made up of individuals who represent various stakeholders associated with the Liberty Central School District and the Liberty community.

Rubin and Schiff will be honored at a breakfast reception on June 28, which is also graduation day for seniors.

“Each year the committee has the very difficult task of selecting inductees from many qualified and deserving applications,” explained Liberty Superintendent Dr. William Silver. “Each nominee has many outstanding qualities, however, the committee felt that the accomplishments of Mr. Rubin and Dr. Schiff were particularly exceptional and we are pleased to honor these gentlemen in June.

The Liberty Central School District Wall of Fame is located in the lobby of the David E. Panebaker Auditorium at Liberty High School. More information as well as complete biographies of all inductees can be found at


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


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

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

“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


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.


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.

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

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:

Click the top link “Local History Archive”

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