By: Chris Mathews, Town of Neversink Supervisor
It has been some time since I wrote a column so I would like to spend some time catching up.
Back in the beginning of December we had a phenomenal Tree Lighting Ceremony at Bi-Centennial Park. New ideas brought new energy and life into a beloved and cherished town tradition. I was truly proud to be a part of it. But, the real praise must go to all involved. The Town Board would like to thank Santa and Mrs. Claus, the Grahamsville Fire Dept., the Boy and Girl Scouts, Jamie Brooks and her hardworking Parks and Rec Board, the Town Hall staff, the library and Cher Woehl, organizer extraordinaire!
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I just got home from helping serve at the Neversink-Grahamsville Pancake Breakfast. It was a great turnout. The firefighters and Boy Scouts worked hard. Thanks everyone for your patience while we put together your order and thanks for supporting the fire departments!
The Sullivan County Visitors Association and the County have purchased large fiberglass Peace Doves to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Woodstock Festival. Their plan is to provide a Dove to every town and create a trail of Doves throughout the County to promote tourism. Every town’s Dove will be unique to them. Our Dove will highlight our unique Barn Quilt theme. Local artist, Margaret Helthaler, is currently putting the finishing touches on it. It will be located in Bi-Centennial Square right next to the Heartbeat Music Hall.
I would like to once again thank Mr. Hayes and his students for their help in fertilizing the fields at the Route 42 Park. The Tri-Valley School District has also purchased two loads of dirt to be used on the ball fields. The Town is thankful for the support and welcomes the cooperation and communication.
So the big topic around town these days seems to be that town, specifically Route 55 and the hamlets have gone downhill. Despite the fact that we have beautiful parks and gardens throughout town, a magnificent world class library and museum and an active volunteer beautification force, there remain many areas that quite frankly do look shabby. This, of course, is intensified at this time of year when the snow melts and leaves behind litter and other debris. However, many properties have been in disarray for years. Some of this is due to the crash of 2008 where many families simply left their homes and abandoned their mortgages, leaving homes unrepaired and lawns unkempt. Faceless distant banks that have no stake in our community are often unresponsive to repeated calls and/or letters. In an effort to improve the community as a whole, the Town, in conjunction with the Sullivan Renaissance Municipal Partnership Grant, will be sending out courtesy notices summarizing our town code in regard to NYS Property Maintenance. It’s up to all of us to help and encourage our neighbors. With that in mind, the Town is again offering Spring Clean-up Days, this year adding one additional day (April 27, May 1, 4 & 8). Details can be found on the Town’s website, the Townsman, the Transfer Station or the Town Clerk’s Office 985-2262 ext. 307. It is up to every individual to live as they like, but also to be courteous and conscience of their neighbors and community.