The Livingston Manor School District announced Gemma de Choisy, daughter of Kevin de Choisy and Anny Rehwaldt, has been named the valedictorian of the graduating class of 2007.

The Livingston Manor School District announced Gemma de Choisy, daughter of Kevin de Choisy and Anny Rehwaldt, has been named the valedictorian of the graduating class of 2007.

Gemma maintained an A-plus average in her coursework, earned numerous appearances on the Superintendent's List and has been an active member of the National Honor Society since her induction in the eighth grade.

As Livingston Manor's recipient of the Rotary Youth Leadership Award, Gemma represented LMCS at the Rotary Conference and has performed many extracurricular and community services.

Gemma will attend Sarah Lawrence College to earn her degree in liberal arts and writing. Her goal is to become a photojournalist for National Geographic.

Colleen Casey, daughter of Patrick and Patti Casey, is this year's salutatorian. Colleen is an A-plus student and a member of the National Honor Society since eighth grade. She earned a New York state Higher Education Services Scholarship for the highest Regents test average and numerous appearances on the Superintendent's List.

Colleen has been a member and captain of the soccer and softball teams and has given many hours of school and community service. She earned a 2007 New York state Lottery Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship.

Colleen will attend Syracuse University and work toward a degree in liberal arts.

Jeffersonville Enhances More of Sullivan, a Sullivan Renaissance group, will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, upstairs at the Jeffersonville Village Hall.

The agenda includes youth groups planting flowers, solar lights, community improvements, Sullivan West athletic fields, the Duck Race at 1 p.m. June 9 and the special Flag Day ceremony at 7 p.m. June 14, with veterans and Boy Scout Troop 106, sponsored by the Jeffersonville Lions Club.

Volunteers of all ages are needed any time, especially in June for Duck Race Day. Contact Jack or Doris Costello at 482-3731 or jdjeffctry@yahoo.-com for information or to buy ducks to enter in the race.

Fish fans, fin-heads and lovers of fun are invited to join the fourth annual Trout Parade at 1 p.m. June 9 on Main Street in Livingston Manor.

Every year during the Trout Parade, Livingston Manor is a riot of color, costume and sound. Hundreds come out to experience it. Others jump right in and swim along, since everyone is invited to join the fish-themed parade of floats, puppets and costumed marchers.

This year, the public can join Bash the Trash, a performance group using instruments built from found objects. Bash the Trash performers demonstrate the science of sound (acoustics) with weird instruments such as the Bendjo, Singing Bowl, Strawmbone and the Balloon Flute — all recycled.

The Trout Parade has become a local tradition. Proceeds from the event benefit the art and music programs at Livingston Manor School.

Expressive groups and individuals who want to create artistic fish-themed floats for the parade or join Bash the Trash should call Sue at Hamish & Henry Bookstore, 439-8029, or e-mail sue@hamishandhenry.-com.

The fifth annual Jake Classic 2007 Golf Outing will begin with registration and continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m. June 9 at Tarry Brae Golf Course in South Fallsburg. Tee-off at 9:30 a.m. is a shotgun start/scramble format.

The fee is $75 per golfer, including awards luncheon. Guest and nonplayer tickets are available for $25.

All proceeds will benefit the Jacob E. Gunther III Criminal Justice Scholarship Fund. During the luncheon, the names of this year's scholarship winners will be announced. Two seniors from high schools in the 98th legislative district will each receive $1,000.

Sponsorship banners are also available for $25-$1,000. For information, call 791-8021.


Literacy Volunteers of Sullivan County is offering tutor training 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. June 16 and 5:15-8:15 p.m. June 18-19, at the Literacy Center at 63 North St., Monticello. The training includes all three dates.

For information or to register, call Connie Keller at 794-0017.

"Please consider giving the gift of literacy to an adult," said Keller, a longtime LVSC board member. "You can make a difference in someone's life by tutoring one and a half hours a week. So many adults in Sullivan County need literacy skills to improve the quality of their lives."

The Monticello Joint Fire District was recently awarded the Seal of Excellence by the National Fallen Firefighter Life Safety Initiative Program.

The district completed the NFFF course, "Everyone Goes Home," which offers 16 training, safety, lifestyle, wellness and exercise initiatives to improved performance and outcomes for firefighters. The Monticello district is the first department in the country to earn the award.

Melissa Rennie

Nicole Accomando, daughter of Sal and Debbie Accomando of Monticello, has been named an All-American Scholar-at-Large Award winner by the United States Achievement Academy.

The Monticello High School senior was among thousands of students nominated by teachers across the U.S. and selected by the USAA from the top 10 percent of nominees. The award also makes Accomando eligible to apply for a USAA scholarship.

The Town of Liberty Parks and Recreation Department is looking for a tennis instructor to give tennis lessons to youths ages 7-17 during a seven-week program starting in July.

Applications will be accepted at the Parks and Recreation office at 119 N. Main St. For information, call 292-7690.

The Catskill Mountain Business and Professional Women's Association is accepting applications for scholarships available to mature women returning to school.

Sullivan County residents who are attending, or planning on attending, college this fall may apply. Contact Kathleen LaBuda, scholarship chairwoman, at 794-3000, ext. 3300, during the day and 888-4910 in the evenings. The $500 scholarships will be presented at the BPW's Scholarship Dinner on June 20.