About Manor Ink

Manor Ink is a youth-driven, community-supported monthly newspaper that was started in 2012. Since then we have come a long way. We’ve covered everything from high school graduations and annual trout parades to fires and devastating floods.

ON DEADLINE  An early  Manor Ink  staff meeting at the Livingston Manor Free Library. Graphic artist and production manager at the time, Carolyn Bivins, is seated second from left.  Manor Ink file photo

ON DEADLINE An early Manor Ink staff meeting at the Livingston Manor Free Library. Graphic artist and production manager at the time, Carolyn Bivins, is seated second from left. Manor Ink file photo

Manor Ink began because there was a need in our community. Livingston Manor, a small town on the edge of the Catskill Mountains in Sullivan County, NY, had no local news outlet. The hamlet’s newspaper had ceased publication in 2009, a victim of the great recession, and even the high school newspaper had closed due to lack of funding.

After several years without a hometown news source, a local mom had an idea. “Why not start a community-wide newspaper staffed by the hamlet’s teens?” she asked. “It can be sponsored by the Manor’s library.” It was a brilliant idea, and within a few months, Manor Ink was born.

The paper has been a vehicle to grow awareness of events, opportunities and businesses locally. Manor Ink has empowered its young staff to find and use our voice in the greater community and given us skills that we will use for the rest of our lives. It has highlighted the importance of local news production and literacy as part of the “glue” of a community.

After providing our community with local news for four years Manor Ink took a short hiatus and is now restarting with new energy and continued support from the library and local community. To support our local newspaper, written by young people in our little town, please consider becoming a sponsor! Help to keep our story going. For more info email manorink@gmail.com and keep your eyes out for the papers coming out once a month!


Who we are

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Marlee Madison, Editor-in-Chief

A member of Livingston Manor Central School’s Class of 2020, Marlee Madison came to the paper as a reporter and after a few years, took over from Iris Gillingham as the Ink’s editor. She runs our weekly newsroom budgeting sessions, helps other reporters with their stories, does main bars herself and works as a liason between adult mentors and our student staff.

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Emily Ball, Features Editor, Reporter

One of the Ink’s ace reporters, Emily has written about a controversial “glamping” project proposed for Livingston Manor, has covered Rep. Antonio Delgado and Assemblywoman Aileen Guther, and has polled residents on numerous topics for her popular “Pulse at Peck’s” column. She is a member of LMCS’s Class of 2022.

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Osei Helper, News Editor, Reporter

With a flair for the humorous and a style all his own, Osei writes our monthly movie reviews and frequently interviews newly-arrived entrepreneurs who plan to open businesses in the hamlet and in the surrounding area. His article on the Willowemoc Motel updated residents on the impending fate of the long vacant hostel.

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Edward Lundquist, Reporter

Eddie regularly reviews books for Manor Ink’s “Ink Well of Happiness” feature pages, but he also tackles tough subjects like the potential for a measles outbreak here in Sullivan County. He has also profiled new businesses in Livingston Manor. Eddie also occasionally shares some of his fantasy drawings in the paper’s “Sketchbook.”

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Jacob Pasquale, Reporter

Whether it’s a new Tesla charging station in Roscoe or a profile of Livingston Manor Central School’s new principal, Jacob is adept at getting facts required for a good story. His recent interviews with long-time Manor residents for the “100 Club” have supplied readers with fascinating anecdotes about the hamlet’s distant past.

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Demi Budd, Reporter

One of the newest members of Manor Ink’s staff, Demi has shown a flair for in-depth stories about businesses that are new in town, including the home goods store Long Weekend and the craft beer maker Upward Brewery. She has also displayed a talent for photography, taking lively pictures that help illustrate her articles.

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Hunter Krause, Reporter

A member of the LMCS Class of 2023, Hunter has written numerous insightful music reviews for the Ink’s “Ink Well of Happiness” pages. Recently, he profiled a new outdoors-and-camping business in the hamlet. He has also tackled the Town of Rockland Comprehensive Plan, offering readers a glimpse of things to come.

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Jenson Skalda, Reporter

When it comes to gaming, whether online or console-based, Jenson is the Ink’s go-to man. he writes regular game reviews for the “Ink Well of Happiness” pages and has provided neophytes with a lexicon of arcane gaming terms. He has also written about plans for the Woodstock festival’s 50th anniversary celebration.

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Zach Dertinger, Reporter

The paper’s puzzle master, Zach creates regularly Word Search challenges for the Ink Well of Happiness. He has also written about plans to alleviate flooding in Livingston Manor and about LMCS sports, a subject he has first-hand knowledge of as a member of the Wildcats cross country team.

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Luca Larizzati, Reporter

Manor Ink’s newest staff member, Luca has written about the possibility of creating a skate park in Livingston Manor for bike, scooter and skateboard riders. He himself is an accomplished skateboarder and was inspired by the recent addition of a skatepark in Liberty to investigate the possibility in the Manor.

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Jessica Mall, LMCS School Advisor

As the liaison between Manor Ink and Livingston Manor Central School, art teacher Jessica Mall helps the paper’s student reporters with their articles, provides arts services as needed to the Ink production staff and provides her classroom for the paper’s weekly newsroom planning sessions.


The Ink’s adult mentors

 
GUIDING HANDS   Manor Ink  mentors include, from left, Les Mattis, Art Steinhauer, Amy Hines, David Dann and Robin Chavez. Below, Marge Feuerstein reviews an article with reporter Osei helper.  Manor Ink photo

GUIDING HANDS Manor Ink mentors include, from left, Les Mattis, Art Steinhauer, Amy Hines, David Dann and Robin Chavez. Below, Marge Feuerstein reviews an article with reporter Osei helper. Manor Ink photo

 
 
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