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December 02, 2016
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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.

Giving back is all important for these entertainers, and I decided to put my money where my (loud) mouth is and participate by donating to both worthy causes on behalf of The River Reporter. Dharma and I will also be on hand (and on-air) at Santa’s Village (sponsored by Hilltop Homes) on December 14 and 15 to join the Thunder team, whose mission states that “No child in Thunder Country should be without a toy for the holidays.” For more information on the spectacular (and free-to-the-public) holiday village in Monticello, call 845/807-7555.

Donating to Toys for Tots and CASA are only two of the many fine organizations and events scheduled for the season and it is my fervent wish to make many other stops along the way, including some photo-ops of the Santa Express which will be “Spreading the Magic of Christmas with Santa and all his North Pole friends on an annual 100-mile journey through Sullivan County on Santa’s lighted and musical sleigh” (www.facebook.comsantaexpress). Mustn’t forget that Hannukah is just around the corner (beginning December 8) but first—Thanksgiving!

[For another take on Thomas Fuller’s “Charity begins at home…” see today’s editorial on page 6.]