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REGION — Forecasters generally agree that the strong El Niño that was in place last fall was responsible for bringing very warm temperatures to the region last winter. They also agree that El Niño—an area of warmer-than-usual water in the Pacific Ocean—faded months ago. El Niño is often soon replaced by La Niña, which brings colder temperatures to the Northeast United States.

Lackawaxen supports Wayne libraries

LACKAWAXEN, PA — The township supervisors on November 15 approved a letter to the Pike County Commissioners asking “proportionate allocations” of library funds to the Wayne County libraries in Hawley and Newfoundland, which are heavily patronized by western Pike residents.  Read more

Lumberland tax levy down

GLEN SPEY, NY — The Lumberland Town Board on November 13 approved a final $3,031,633 appropriations budget for 2014.  Read more

Apollo project moving forward; Legislators vote to continue sale process

MONTICELLO, NY — There were dozens of professionally printed signs on display at the Sullivan County Government Center on November 21, urging the legislature to turn over the Apollo Plaza property to the Sullivan County Funding Corporation (SCFC) as another step in the process of selling the land to developer Butch Resnick and the Resnick Group.  Read more

River ice watchers wanted

REGION —With the rivers low and snow in the forecast, the thought of flooding typically takes somewhat of a back seat in our minds, but the winter season brings freeze and thaw cycles to our rivers that can easily lead to ice jams and serious flooding.  Read more

Potosek named county manager

MONTICELLO, NY — Josh Potosek, who has been serving as acting county manager since David Fanslau left the position in February of this year, has been named permanent county manager. The announcement was made on November 22, at a press conference called by Scott Samuelson.  Read more

Pennsylvania hikes gas tax

HARRISBURG, PA — Citing the significant deterioration of roads and bridges in the Pocono region, PA Rep. Sandra Major, Rep. Mike Peifer and Sen. Lisa Baker voted last week to invest more money in the state’s transportation infrastructure.  Read more

Fishs Eddy man found dead

HANCOCK, NY — A man from Fishs Eddy, north of Delaware County, was found dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound on the morning of November 23. Police had been summoned to the house several hours earlier after 52-year-old Ronald Milke reportedly had a physical altercation with a 52-year-old woman.  Read more

Wayne endorses water baseline study

The Wayne County Commissioners on November 14 added their support for a grant application that would fund a baseline water quality study for Wayne County.  Read more

Pike’s library funding still at issue

Mary Ann Teeter says the Hawley Public Library serves almost a quarter of Pike’s population but receives only about $2,000 in Pike aid, compared to some $200,000 funding for the Pike County Public Library (PCLP).  Read more

Cancellations and delays for November 26, 2013

New York
Two-hour delay
Center for Discovery
Center for Spectrum Support (Ellenville site)
Hebrew Day School
New Paltz Central School
St. Peter’s Regional School (Liberty)  Read more

Cochecton election may turn on second home owners; court to rule on challenged voters

The votes of second home-owners did not make much of an impact in most of the towns in western Sullivan County, and in fact the issue may have sparked a backlash among voters in some towns. But in the Town of Cochecton, the race for one of the council member’s seats may be decided by a court because of second home owners.  Read more

Season for the ages

Cheered on by adoring fans including fellow students, staff and of course, their family members, the Eldred Lady Yellow Jacket soccer team boarded a bus bound for the state semifinals in Cortland hoping to continue their historic ride. After defeating Livingston Manor 3-2 with a pair of goals in a minute and a half to win their first Section IX title since 1986, the Eldred juggernaut notched a 2-1 regional final win over Oppenheim/Ephratah/St. Johnsville on a late goal by Jordan Lepes to advance to its first-ever state final four.  Read more

Proposed windmill stirs controversy

Property owner and Hollywood legend Judd Hirsch has applied for a variance to allow him to construct a 176-foot turbine on Eve Eden Road in the Town of Denning, which is on the north side of the remote Roundout Reservoir.  Read more

Monticello mayor arrested; Driving while intoxicated and other charges

Gordon Jenkins, the mayor of Monticello, reportedly turned up at the site of a car accident on Broadway on November 16, and a volunteer firefighter suspected that he had been drinking. He reported his suspicion to the Monticello police. Jenkins left the scene but was later arrested by the Monticello police and taken to the station.  Read more

Tax hike for Hawley; New board member joins

The Hawley Borough Council plans a tax hike and also has a new member on board.  Read more

Four success stories and one work in progress at Sullivan West

There were five presentations to the Sullivan West Board of Education at its November 14 meeting. Four described successful projects. The fifth described a work in progress, so far unsuccessful. But the night really belonged to the success stories: the peer tutoring lab; the pre-K program; the elementary school roof replacement; and the Sullivan West Enrollment/Facilities Study (reviewed at the public forum immediately preceding the board meeting).  Read more

Cochecton signs climate pledge

The Cochecton Town Board voted unanimously at its November 13 monthly meeting to adopt the newly amended Climate Smart Community Pledge provided by Sullivan County. Cochecton became a target of criticism from the Department of Environmental Conservation for its failure to adopt all elements of the first Climate Action Plan (CAP) received from the county earlier this year, when town supervisor Gary Maas edited the first CAP document to include only those elements with which Cochecton could currently comply. Making no attempt to conceal his satisfaction at this outcome, Maas remarked that he felt a sense of personal vindication and was pleased that feedback from other towns of Cochecton’s size and demographics had prompted the county to draft a document containing more realistic near-term goals.  Read more

Bloomingburg mayor under fire; Assemblywoman Gunther enters the fray

Mayor Mark Berentsen is under fire from several directions after a published report that he allegedly was set to receive water and sewer services after the controversial approval of a 396-unit development, which is being marketed to the Hasidic community.  Read more

Car Larcenies - The Latest Crime wave in Sullivan County

MONTICELLO – Sheriff’s Deputies are battling the latest crime wave to besiege Sullivan County: larcenies from automobiles. In the last 3 months deputies have investigated 53 incidents from Livingston Manor to Rock Hill, from Smallwood to Glen Spey. All the vehicles involved had one thing in common, they were unlocked.  Read more

Man drowns in Lake Wallenpaupack

The body of a Pennsylvania man was recovered on November 17 after two canoes capsized on Lake Wallenpaupack. There were seven people in the canoes on the lake on November 15, when they capsized. Six of the boaters managed swim to shore, but 24-year-old Ben Culton of Harleysville, did not make it.  Read more