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August 29, 2014
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Thanks for giving!

Texaco Country Showdown winner Jason Casterlin performed at the CASA fundraiser held at SUNY Sullivan's Seelig Theater.


As folks gathered to learn about tweeting, we schmoozed, snacked and made some new friends, exchanging ideas and information, just as our hosts intended. Distillery proprietors Stacy Cohen and Monty Sachs were on hand and were the first to admit that tweeting was new to them. Guests ranged in age from 21 to 90, giving me the impression that the curiosity factor runs high here at home, and so we shared our “handles” (I can be followed [uh oh] by looking for @jonathanfoxIMHO) More importantly, The River Reporter is on board, and can be followed by searching for @TRRnews. Before leaving, I learned that there will be future events, scattered about the region... so stay tuned.

Giving out my twitter handle does not count as charity (LOL), so I packed up the dog and headed out to the M&M Auto Group in Liberty, NY to say “hi” to Santa and help kick off the Toys for Tots campaign with the fine folks at Thunder 102 radio (yep- @thunder102). Country singing sensation Jimmy Wayne (@jimmywayne) was in the house, and as the National Spokesperson for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), he gave of his time and (IMHO) considerable talents to lend a hand locally (www.sullivancountycasa.org).

Signing copies of his best-selling book, “Paper Angels,” in which Jimmy shares about his tough childhood growing up in the foster care system and the steps he’s since taken to support kids in similar circumstances. Wayne posed for pics with his legion of fans, and later that same day, he joined country crooners Al Stream (www.AlStreamMusic.com), local boys-make-good Nashville superstars Ken and Barry Somerville (www.somervillebrothers.com) and Texaco Country Showdown winner Jason Casterlin (www.jasoncasterlin.com) at SUNY Sullivan’s Seelig Theater where they performed many of their hits for a sold-out crowd, with proceeds benefiting CASA.