Tiny Arts Day in tiny West Fulton

Written by Charlene V. Martoni
Published in The Watershed Post

The town of West Fulton may be tiny, but it has a lot of heart—and art.

“West Fulton is a very interesting place, made up of extremely creative people,” said Cornelia McGiver, the artistic director of Panther Creek Arts, a new arts venue in the small Schoharie County town. “And what I find special about that place is that there is a willingness to exchange and complement ideas.” Continue reading “Tiny Arts Day in tiny West Fulton”

Family searches for bone marrow match

Written by Charlene V. Martoni
Published in The Journal News

STONY POINT—Matthew Monsour is a 9-year-old Yankee fan who loves to play outside and volunteer around town.  Matthew also wants to do well in school, and he looks forward to being an engineer when he grows up.

But Matthew and his family added a more short-term goal to his list in February when he was diagnosed with leukemia.

That goal was to find a bone marrow match.

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PowWow to share art, music traditions

Written by Charlene V. Martoni
Published in The Journal News

HARRIMAN STATE PART—A celebration of Native American culture will take place this weekend at the 14th annual Bear Mountain PowWow.

The two-day event, organized by the Redhawk Native American Arts Council, is expected to draw crowds at Anthony Wayne Recreation Area for its abundance of song and dance, lively storytelling, native foods, indigenous arts and activities.

Since 1994, the council, a nonprofit organization based in Brooklyn, has been dedicated to preserving indigenous culture and educating people about Native American heritage.

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Boulders games will help raise money for charity

Written by Charlene V. Martoni
Published in The Journal News

RAMAPO—The Rockland Boulders and Active International are teaming up this summer to offer a series of 10 baseball games that will benefit Rockland charities and community organizations.

The 2011 Charity Challenge, to take place at the Provident Bank Park in Ramapo, will be held throughout July and August.

Thursday’s game against the Pittsfield Colonials, which sponsored People to People, was a success, said Joe Allen, senior vice president of Active International.

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Suffern cyclist plans event for Livestrong

Written by Charlene V. Martoni
Published in The Journal News

SUFFERN—Anne Bari watched as cancer took hold of her grandparents and two of her uncles.  When her mother was diagnosed with stage-four renal cancer in 2008, she decided to fight back.

Bari, 48, of Suffern, got on her bike and got involved with the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

Armstrong started the foundation, commonly referred to as Livestrong, in 1997 after being diagnosed with testicular cancer.  The foundation was created to encourage cancer education and screening, promote a healthy lifestyle, and brig together a community of support.

Since its creation, Livestrong has raised more than $400 million, according to its website.

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Event to mark new firetruck

Written by Charlene V. Martoni
Published in The Journal News

SUFFERN—The Suffern Hook & Ladder Company 1 recently expanded its fleet with a 2010 Seagrave 100-foot Tiller Ladder.

The new truck is the first of its kind to be purchased by the village of Suffern since 1973, and its arrival will be celebrated by local fire departments at a traditional “wetdown” this weekend.

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