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Suzanne White - Correspondent
Posted 1/12/21

January 12 - I'm not supposed to get political in this Community Column. Not writing about recent events or expressing an opinion does not mean that I am not extremely upset. The Capitol, the actions …

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January 12 - I'm not supposed to get political in this Community Column. Not writing about recent events or expressing an opinion does not mean that I am not extremely upset. The Capitol, the actions of our President, the election, Covid, and BLM all deserve discussion and words...personally, I can't write them here.

Happy birthday to Todd Parlo, Bob Ernst, Mike Fisher, Rita Townsend, Kathleen Lasher, Pat Murtagh, Helen Manzione, Danielle Gaebel and Robin McClernon. In honor and in memory of Frances Rosenberg's birthday this week, order-in Chinese for dinner.

Public Service & Covid alert: Wear your mask. Get tested. The ‘UK strain' has been found in NYS and Covid19 is still with us! Upstate numbers are not good and hospital beds are lacking. Our medical staff is at the threshold of exhaustion. The vaccine has become available and we will have to be patient.

As of this writing Level #1 is receiving it. Level 1A, vaccinated next, includes most other emergency and health care workers and teachers. For more information, contact Public Health.

Be reminded that only with the second dose are you 95% protected. In the meantime, contact your doctor for advice on the flu and/or pneumonia shot. If traveling, check area Health Department restrictions and protocols.

Watch for Federal and State stimulus aid has come through. For those collecting benefits, the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance may need adjustment and your continual certification.

If what we've had to endure in 2020 - Covid, quarantining, financial, social and political challenges - have gotten to you and it feels too much to bare in ‘21, it is time to turn for help. Talk to a professional or a friend. Distract this dark side with a good walk or chance to commune with nature. Express yourself in a journal. Let's stay positive and help each other out.

The Empire State Trail is open from Manhattan to Canada and from Albany to Buffalo. Catskill Mountainkeeper and Trailkeeper.org also offer miles of hiking. Try Ora's Yoga classes (oraramat@gmail.com).

Town of Bethel - 583-4350. Community Assistance - 807-0925. Public Health - 292-5910. Mental Health - 292-8770. Food Security: This issue is serious and we still need to support our local resources.

More than ever, the contribution of a one-time Thanksgiving or holiday meals are not enough to make a difference to our children and seniors.

Consider making donations directly to the pantries: Shephard's Pantry - 583-5885, 707-2333. SC Federation for the Homeless - Veteran's Pantry Service (Monti) - 794-2604. Meals on Wheels - 807-0241. For food benefit service applications: www.MyBenefits.ny.gov or call 845-842-1232.

To Do: For Bethel resident program applications: CEAP heat aid or the Smoke CO2 Alarm Program (583-4350). The Property Tax Bills have been mailed. If you have questions, need further information or for payment office hours, use 583-4350 x108.

The Bethel Business Association is welcoming new businesses and volunteers for 2021. Contact bethelnybba@gmail.com with interest, ideas or to join. The Town of Bethel Dog Park is looking for committee volunteers. Call Supervisor Sturm at 583-4350 x102.

Check out Crawford Library programs: www.ebcpl.org. Browse the Duggan Past Perfect Bookstore.

Support the SPCA fundraisers hosted on ‘Sullivan County SPCA Prize Wheel' (fb).

Join the Jan. 13th “Get Ready to Renaissance Winter Symposium” being held online with gathering at 5:30 and Program start at 6pm. Pre-register at Sullivanrenaissance.org is required. Speakers are Steve Vegliante, updating O&W Rail Trail progress, and Sims Foster, speaking about why to invest in Sullivan County and how any community member can make a difference.

Celebrate Martin Luther King Day on Monday, the 18th. 2020 proved there is so much more to do in our communities and in America. Honor his work by continuing to support civil rights.

Culture: Call ahead for entertainment details at Catskill Distilling-The Cat. Catch local musicians on line: Albi, Aerial Acoustics, Fisher & Kean, Laura Garone, Joanna Gass, Keith Newman, Shlomo Franklin, or Steve and Antoine.

Support area artists and art centers: CAS, DVAA, NCA, HPAC, NACL, SCDW. Nesin Cultural Arts offers January In-Person Dance Workshops for 8-18yo in Monticello. Contact: 845-707-3044 or use nesinculturalarts.eventbrite.com for tickets. SC Dramatic Workshop will host virtual performances of “Poets Circle“ on the weekend of Jan. 22 and 29. Contact: 845-401-6364.

“Support Local 845”: Stop in and shop retail, use local services and order or dine in at our restaurants. Small business needs a boost to survive!

Suz Sez, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” MLK

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