Tuesday, November 21, 2017


RailRiders announce offers for Black Friday and Cyber Monday
Special ticket deals find their way to SWB RailRiders website this weekend

MOOSIC, PA (November 21, 2017) – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders will offer fans two special options on 2018 tickets this Friday and next Monday. The RailRiders, Triple-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, will run online offers on Black Friday and Cyber Monday for the 2018 season.

On Friday, November 24, fans purchasing any ticket package will receive a free blackout RailRiders replica jersey. The team wore the authentic blackout tops during every Friday home game in 2017 and will do so again in 2018. The replica jersey offer is valid Friday only and limited to one jersey per ticket package purchased.

On Monday, November 27, fans buying 2018 ticket packages online at swbrailriders.com will receive 25% off each package purchased. The offer includes full season, half season and partial plans, but is not valid on holiday ticket promotions or premium seats.

Both ticket offers will begin at 12:00 A.M. and expire at 11:59 P.M. on their respective dates.

The 2018 season opens on Friday, April 6, at PNC Field. For more information on these special offers, visit www.swbrailriders.com or contact the RailRiders front office at (570) 969-2255.


Saturday & Sunday, December 2nd & 3rd

BETHEL, NY (November 21, 2017) –  The annual Holiday Market returns to Bethel Woods on Saturday and Sunday, December 2nd and 3rd, 2017 from 11:00am to 4:00pm daily. The free event provides guests with a wide selection of unique holiday gift options created by regional artists, crafters, and specialty food vendors.

The Event Gallery and Market Sheds provide a warm and festive atmosphere for this special opportunity to "shop local.” A visit from and pictures with Santa and his Elves from 1-3PM (line closes at 2:30PM), and a family art project all take place in front of a cozy fire in the Event Gallery. Live performances by the Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop and 50% off Museum tickets will be sure to provide holiday fun for the entire family. As part of the 2017 Flicks film series, Home Alone will be shown on Saturday and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York will be shown on Sunday, in The Museum Theater beginning at 4:00pm. Tickets are $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for children.

An addition to this year’s Holiday Market festivities includes an opportunity to expand your holiday taste palate in a Live Tasting & Cooking Demo with Executive Chef Armand Vanderstigel and Executive Sous Chef Carl Venezianio. The Demo will feature holiday themed foods and helpful holiday cooking tips. Chef Armand’s talents are recognized by many major food companies, and he has been a featured chef on almost 100 TV network shows, and has penned three widely recognized cookbooks.
In The Museum Lobby there will be a variety of vendors, including The Bindy Bazaar Museum Shop, and Cornell Cooperative will host a Poinsettia Sale on Saturday, while Friends of Liberty Library will have a Book Sale on Sunday. Hudson Valley Toys for Tots will also be collecting new, unwrapped toys each day for local children in need this holiday season.

See below for a full list of the 2017 Holiday Market Vendors (* denotes Saturday Vendor, ^ denotes Sunday Vendor)
And Here’s Your Sign*^
Anna Marri Soy Candles*^
Aunt Nenes*^
Be Still All Natural Handmade Soap & Such*^
Beezix Candy Company*^
Bindy Bazaar Museum Shop*^
Bracelets Under the Gunks*^
Cereghino Smith LLC*^
Chestnut Creek Baked Goods*^
Chikara Works*^
Country Turned Wood*^
Creekside Art Company*^
Damn Good Honey Farm*^
Dawn's Eternal Roses*
Elm Garden Design*^
Energy Inspired Art^
Fieldstone Artistry LLC*^
Fire Mountain Kitchen LLC*^
Good Wood Studios*^
Grandpa Pete’s Gourmet Sauce*^
Hetta Glogg, LLC*^
Helpless Moon Fused Glass*
Hollyberries Boutique*^
Hudson Valley Chocolates*^
Ideuma Creek Alpacas*
Iris Alpaca^
Janice Brigante Scarfwear^
Java Love Coffee Roasting Co*^
Jewelry by LaPierre*^
Kate Poland Clay*^
Lakeside Maple LLC*^
Light Curves Glass*^
Lori Rae LLC*^
Marchesin Florals*^
Mayas Jams, LLC*^
Munro Aranite Cheeseboards*^
Muthig Farms*^
Natural Adornment by Elena McCabe*^
Neversink Productions LLC^
Northern Farmhouse Pasta*^
Palatine Cheese*^
Pazdar Winery*^
Perry's Pickles*
Petie's Biscuits*^
Pure Mountain Honey*
Recycled Treasures by Pat K*^
Red Barn Crafts*
RoseAnna's Glass Art*^
Saratoga Crackers*
Saratoga Peanut Butter Company*^
Senza Glutine by Carmela*^
Smashfire Designs*
Studio 1435*^
The Ardent Homesteader*^
Tree Juice Maple Syrup*^
Violet & Blue*^
Whipped Cupcakes*^
Wired Gems and Break it Up Designs*^

Sunday, November 19, 2017


CME Group Tour Championship
Naples, Fla.
Nov. 19, 2017

Hometown/Resides: Bangkok, Thailand/Orlando, Fla.
Birthdate: Nov. 23, 1995; currently 21 years, 11 months, 27 days
Qualified for LPGA Tour: T3 at the 2014 LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament
Turned Professional/Rookie Year: 2012/2015
LPGA: Seventh career victory and second of 2017
PREVIOUS LPGA WINS: 2017 Manulife LPGA Classic; 2016 Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic, 2016 Kingsmill Championship Presented by JTBC, 2016 LPGA Volvik Championship, 2016 Ricoh Women’s British Open, 2016 Canadian Pacific Women’s Open

With her win, Jutanugarn earns $500,000; she has earned $1,549,858 this season and $4,583,332 in her career

2016 – T4; 2015 – T30

27 events played, 22 cuts made, $1,549,858, two victories, eight other top-10 finishes

  • With her second win, Jutanugarn becomes the ninth multiple winner of the 2017 LPGA Tour season
  • Jutanugarn was World No. 1 from June 12-25, 2017

Saturday, November 18, 2017


RENO, Nev. – Three-time reigning Professional Women’s Bowling Association Player of the Year Liz Johnson of Palatine, Illinois, has made a career out of producing historic moments on the lanes, and now she’s added arguably the greatest accomplishment of her historic career.
Johnson defeated Anthony Pepe of Elmhurst, New York, 220-206, to win the Professional Bowlers Association Chameleon Championship on Saturday at the National Bowling Stadium to become the second woman to win a PBA Tour title.
She joins Kelly Kulick of Union, New Jersey, who won the 2010 PBA Tournament of Champions, as the only women to capture victories on the PBA Tour. The PBA first allowed women to compete in 2004 after the PWBA abruptly went on hiatus in 2003.
“It feels absolutely amazing,” said Johnson, who also finished 14th in the PBA World Championship this week in Reno. “It’s officially one of the best bowling days of my life and probably the icing on the cake as far as my career goes. I’ve been very lucky to have the career that I’ve had. I never thought having the chance to win a PBA title would come when it did. It’s been an awesome journey.”
The event was livestreamed online through ESPN 3 (WatchESPN.com) and the WatchESPN app. The show will be broadcast on ESPN on Dec. 17 at 1 p.m. Eastern.
The Chameleon Championship is part of the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX, presented by Eldorado Reno Resorts Properties and the 2017 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule. The event began Nov. 7 and will conclude Sunday.

Johnson started the title match of the Chameleon Championship with three consecutive strikes, before a 10 pin stopped the run in the fourth frame, but she’d built a sizeable lead as Pepe missed a 7 pin in the second frame.
Pepe quickly got back on track and struck in frames four, five and six to stay in the match. Johnson picked up where she left off by stringing three more strikes.
Stepping up first in the 10th frame, Pepe had the opportunity to put pressure on Johnson, but a 4-7 leave on his first attempt handed Johnson the win and $20,000 top prize.
Johnson and Pepe advanced to the title match by outdistancing PBA Tour champions Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Michigan, and Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, in the opening four-player shootout round. All four players competed simultaneously, and the two highest scores advanced to the championship.
The shootout was exactly as described with every player having an opportunity to advance through the final frames. Pepe was the first player to finish and solidified his spot in the championship match with a strike on the first shot in the 10th frame to finish with 255.
Johnson, a United States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer, needed a double to lock out Malott and Smallwood, who finished with 248 and 236, respectively. With the help of a late-falling 10 pin on her second offering, she finished with all three strikes in the 10th for 257.
“My legs were shaking and felt really light at that point,” Johnson said. “I was trying to focus on staying down and coming through the shot, but the nerves were going. I was just trying to focus on making the shots I needed, and to punch out at that moment was pretty awesome.”
This year’s Chameleon Championship was Johnson’s third career PBA TV appearance and fourth championship-round appearance overall.
She made history by becoming the first woman to make a televised appearance on the PBA Tour at the 2005 PBA Banquet Open, where she was the runner-up to Tommy Jones, 219-192.
Johnson also owns a pair of fourth-place finishes at the 2014 PBA Cheetah Championship and 2015 DHC Japan Invitational (championship round streamed on Xtra Frame).
With the victory, Johnson added another layer to her immeasurable legacy that continues to grow. Her accomplishments in 2017 now include three PWBA titles (two majors), including her sixth U.S. Women’s Open and the Go Bowling PWBA Players Championship, a third consecutive PWBA Player of the Year award and the 2017 PBA Chameleon Championship.
It’s a legacy that Johnson is not only proud of, but one which she hopes inspires other young ladies not only within bowling, but all sports.
“I’m not good at giving myself those perks, but this ranks up there,” Johnson said. “There are so many great bowlers that I’ve always looked up to and are part of the reason why I’m here today. Hopefully, I can give back in that way to the girls who are coming up in the sport. It’s a pretty amazing and very surreal day. I’m very proud of myself and what I’ve been able to accomplish over the years. These two weeks have been exhausting but couldn’t have ended on a better note.”
The journey to the title for Johnson began on Nov. 8 when she bowled 10 qualifying games, with the top 16 competitors advancing to match play Nov. 15.
After qualifying 12th for match play, Johnson defeated Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, New York, 3-2, in a best-of-five format in her opening match. She advanced to the show by defeating Josh Blanchard of Mesa, Arizona, in the best-of-three quarterfinals, 2-0.
The PBA Chameleon Championship featured 195 players, including six PWBA members.
For more information, visit PBA.com.
About the PWBA
The Professional Women’s Bowling Association (PWBA) originally was formed in 1960. The PWBA Tour has events throughout the country, offering high-level competition and top prize money for women bowlers. The PWBA is supported by the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America (BPAA) and the United States Bowling Congress (USBC)
At National Bowling Stadium, Reno, Nev.
Saturday's results

Final Standings
1, Liz Johnson, Palatine, Ill., 477 (two games), $20,000
2, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 461 (two games), $10,000
3, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 248 (one game), $5,000
4, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 236 (one game), $4,000

Shootout Round
(Two highest scores advance to championship match)

Johnson 257, Pepe 255, Malott 248, Smallwood 236
Championship - Johnson def. Pepe, 220-206

Wednesday, November 15, 2017


Funds Will Help Support Free Teen Program Project Identity

BETHEL, NY (November 15, 2017) – On Monday, November 13, 2017, AT&T External Affairs Director Ed Bergstraesser presented a $5,000 contribution to support Project: Identity, the not-for-profit’s free teen program.

Acknowledgement of AT&T's support kicked off the Monday Project: Identity session. The teen participants were joined by Sullivan County Legislative Chairman Luis Alvarez, Liberty Town Supervisor-Elect Brian Rourke, and Village of Liberty Deputy Mayor Rob Mir in their new space on the third floor of The Left Bank, 59 N Main Street in Liberty, NY.

As the pilot program of Bethel Woods on Main, Project: Identity takes place in downtown Liberty, so that as many teens as possible can participate while furthering the organization’s mission to inspire, educate and empower through the arts and humanities.

Project: Identity was developed by Bethel Woods as a free program to help high school students build self-confidence and develop creative and problem solving skills, while becoming actively involved in their communities. Visit bethelwoodscenter.org/arts-education/projectidentity-1 to learn more.

Support for Bethel Woods’ Project: Identity is part of AT&T’s legacy of supporting educational programs in New York through AT&T Aspire, the company’s signature $400 million philanthropic initiative that drives innovation in education by bringing diverse resources to bear on the issue including funding, technology, employee volunteerism and mentoring.

Photo Caption: Ed Bergstraesser, Director of External Affairs for AT&T, presented the check to teen participants of Bethel Woods’ Project: Identity program. Photo Credit: Kevin Ferguson for Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.
About Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts inspires, educates, and empowers individuals through the arts and humanities by presenting a diverse selection of culturally-rich performances, popular artists, and community and educational programming.  Located 90 miles from New York City at the site of the 1969 Woodstock festival in Bethel, NY, the lush 800-acre campus includes a Pavilion Stage amphitheater with seating for 15,000, an intimate 440-seat indoor Event Gallery, the award-winning Museum at Bethel Woods, and a Conservatory for arts education programming.

Through the in-depth study and exhibition of the social, political, and cultural events of the 1960s, as well as the preservation of the historic site of the Woodstock Music and Art Fair, Bethel Woods educates individuals about the issues and lessons of the decade while inspiring a new generation to contribute positively to the world around them. The not-for-profit organization relies on the generous support of individuals, corporations, and foundations to develop and sustain programs that improve the quality of life in the region and beyond.


Rumble Ponies Announce Promo Madness
BINGHAMTON, NY - It’s Tournament Time in Binghamton! The Binghamton Rumble Ponies are pleased to announce the start of Rumble Ponies Promo Madness, a six-week tournament in which fans will help select which promotions make the cut for 2018 season. The Rumble Ponies have created a special website, www.poniespromomadness.com, for fans to cast their vote and follow the tournament action.
The Rumble Ponies have started with 80 possible promotions, organized into four divisions: Collectible & Novelty Giveaways, Useable & Wearable Giveaways, Theme Nights, and Acts & Appearances. Five promotion ideas from each division, decided via two rounds of head-to-head voting, will be incorporated into the Rumble Ponies 2018 schedule.
Voting for Round 1 starts on Monday, November 13 at 9:00 AM. Fans are encouraged to visit www.poniespromomadness.com to make their pick on 40 head-to-head matchups. The winning promotions advance to Round 2 with voting starting on November 30. The final 20 promotions will be announced over the course of two weeks starting December 6.
Fans can also fill out a hard copy of their bracket which are available for download online.
Additionally, any fan who completes a bracket and submits it into eddie@bingrp.com before Friday, November 17 at Noon will have the opportunity to walk away with some great prizes from the Ponies. In the event that one or multiple individuals fill out a perfect bracket they will walk away with a prize including, but not limited to:
·       4 tickets to a home game in 2018 (excluding July 4) based on availability and the chance to watch batting practice on the field
·       4 Tickets to a home game in 2018 (excluding July 4) and a FREE parking pass
·       4 Tickets to a home game in 2018 (excluding July 4) and the opportunity to throw out a first pitch
·       4 Tickets to a home game in 2018 (excluding July 4) and the opportunity to deliver the lineup card to the plate

Fans are also encouraged to follow along with all of the tournament action on the Rumble Ponies social media platforms by following the Rumble Ponies on Twitter, @RumblePoniesBB and on Facebook at Facebook.com/RumblePonies.
Each morning will feature highlighted matchups throughout the bracket.
“As an organization, the Rumble Ponies strive to provide the best fan experience to all of those who visit RumbleTown from April through September,” said Eddie Saunders, the Ponies’ Director of Marketing and Promotions. “We feel it is important to ask our fans what they would like to see when they come out to the ballpark every season. Promo Madness is the perfect platform to get our fans thinking warm thoughts as winter approaches and as we gear up for an exciting 2018 season.”
The Rumble Ponies open the 2018 season at home on Thursday, April 5th vs. the Portland SeaDogs (AA-Red Sox). Download the entire Rumble Ponies schedule at www.BINGRP.com today!

Monday, November 13, 2017


LOCH SHELDRAKE--Special ceremonies at the SUNY Sullivan Veterans Day luncheon last Thursday included the presentation of the John J. Bonacic Scholarship for Public Service to 28-year-old White Lake resident and second year SCCC student Rosemary Guerra.
  In ceremonial remarks SUNY Sullivan President Jay Quaintance noted, "today we are honored to have Senator Bonacic here to personally congratulate a very special student who is the recipient of the John J. Bonacic Scholarship for Public Service."
  The college president said, "Rosemary was nominated for this scholarship by Frank Sinigaglia, Director of Student Activities."
  Quaintance pointed out that Rosemary is a Sullivan County resident in her second year, majoring in Business Administration and will be graduating this coming May.
  Rosemary, who noted she is the mother of two children, four years of  age and three-years old, has been involved with the Student Government Association (SGA) since Day 1 of her academic career at SUNY Sullivan. Last October she was elected as the Vice President of the SGA and she assumed the Presidency in January.
  Her public service extends well beyond SUNY Sullivan....recognized by the SUNY System Student Government Association as an emerging leader and was appointed the Community College Representative by, and for that body, who also then appointed her Interim Secretary.
  This past September, the college participated with the Liberty Rotary Club in a Hurricane Relief effort and when the college had the opportunity to select someone from the  SUNY Sullivan campus to send to Texas on the receiving end of the relief efforts Rosemary didn't hesitate to go.
  The college President pointed out that "during the entire relief effort Rosemary was a true advocate for SUNY Sullivan and was interviewed by many media outlets during the relief efforts and always represented herself and the college in a polished professional way.....just what you would want for an ambassador for your college."
  "Rosemary is the perfect person to receive this scholarship and it's my pleasure to announce that you'll be receiving a $1,000 check this year, College president Quaintance added.
  Senator Bonacic  offered congratulatory remarks thanking Rosemary for her many contributions to the college and public service.

SUNY Sullivan President Jay Quaintance, left, and 42nd Senate District Senator John J. Bonacic, right, pose with the John J. Bonacic Scholarship for Public Service recipient Rosemary Guerra.