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November 23, 2021

Fran Kurpil
Posted 11/23/21

Hello Everyone: It’s Fran Defilippi Kurpil here in my hometown of Liberty. It is a sunny, calm, mid-November morning in the 40’s outside, with just a sprinkling of white on our still …

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November 23, 2021


Hello Everyone: It’s Fran Defilippi Kurpil here in my hometown of Liberty. It is a sunny, calm, mid-November morning in the 40’s outside, with just a sprinkling of white on our still green lawns.

Goodbye Autumn: I read that you shouldn’t destroy the fallen leaves that litter your space because they provide shelter and sustenance for various little critters. I certainly love my big, old maple trees and I hope our new neighbor, Valerie Palmeterie, doesn’t mind those that blow down to her new home at 98 Cold Spring. She recently hosted a great open house to meet the neighbors. In this location of “forever” folks, everyone welcomed her and her special outreach. Her Mom said, “God bless”. Leave it to loving Moms to say the best words.

Sullivan Renaissance: I love the remarks posted by this great group of volunteers. A quote from President Kennedy says we should always remember to thank the people who make a difference in our area, as their efforts have planted a seed of Community pride that will continue to grow. That is so true and I am always so thankful to those who love Liberty as I do, such as Mr. Davidson who is restoring that section on South Main that included the theater and several stores. Yes, things are happening here.

Liberty Mall: This is the absolutely great location just off EXIT 100... I just spoke to Jim Donohue, who has managed there for years. Jim said he has had several businesses interested in looking at spaces in both buildings but no commitments yet. I’m sure that will improve in the new year as things get back to normal. It certainly is a truly perfect business location and the new billboard looks great and Jim’s contact number is there.

Supervisor Frank Demayo: Submitted the Downtown Revitalization Grant Application. Liberty is eligible and running for the 10 million dollar grant. John Liddle mentioned that he spoke to the owner of the old motel just up from Exit 99 where there is activity as it is being converted into eighteen studio apartments... single, affordable apartments. Sounds great and there is a real need.

Rocky’s Refuge and Rocky’s Re-Usables work together. The volunteer run thrift store money is used to help hundreds of cats get spayed and neutered and find warm homes. Rocky’s Thrift Store has to relocate by December 31st... and are looking for a small rentable space, a garage or such. Discuss with Virginia Grant... 1-607-498-5445. She pleads: “Help Our Animals in Sullivan County... It is truly needed”. Patricia Bennett is on Rocky’s Board of Directors and had reached out to me to spread this word. A donation will be greatly appreciated. Ok... my son, Mike!! You are a cat lover!!

Vet To Vet: I’m thankful to these Vets for forming a community support group for Veterans to bring back camaraderie and bonds created during their service: Action Toward Independence, Inc. | Non-profit in Monticello, NY www.atitoday.org/call Ryan or Kevin... (845) 794-4228.

County Petroleum: I spoke to Mitchell Blank whose family has owned this local business in Ferndale for years. I was concerned about winter delivery, being aware of trucking issues. Mitchell said they own their own trucks which is a great positive and he doesn’t expect any issues with their contact companies. Right now County Petroleum has a great offer for automatic customers. Sam and I are, so our delivery will have a greatly reduced price. A special thank-you, County Petroleum and Mitchell Blank. Every bit helps as we approach a bitter winter? Farmer’s Almanac usually has a prediction, if you see a colored spider?

Signing off for today. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Be safe, enjoy family and let’s count our blessings. Next Liberty Column... December 7th.


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