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TUSTEN, NY — This Delaware skipper, which was spotted during the 2014 Upper Delaware BioBlitz at Ten Mile River, is a rare find for Sullivan County. Skippers are known for their fast “skipping” flight.

Liberty man arrested on DWI

MONTICELLO, NY — Monticello police arrested Michael Towt, 23, on June 29, and charged him with driving while intoxicated, a felony and aggravated driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor.  Read more

Big noise on Burr Road; ‘If you call the cops, we’ll just do it more.’

BETHEL, NY — Bob Davidson told the town board, “He made a comment to me that ‘you can’t make us not do it, and if you call the cops, we’ll just do it more.’”  Read more

Sewage legislation passed in Harrisburg; Current standard to remain in place

HARRISBURG, PA — Legislation passed in the Pennsylvania General Assembly last week prevents new policy from being implemented that could have greatly increased the cost of installing new septic systems in areas with high quality (HQ) and exceptional value (EV) watersheds in Pennsylvania. The legislation was supported by Senator Lisa Baker, and representatives Sandra Major, Rosemary Brown and Mike Peifer.

The bill allows the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to approve septic systems using the current standards.  Read more

Deluge closes road in Hawley, Wayne

HAWLEY, PA — Over four inches of rain fell on Hawley on June 30, flooding many roads and causing the closure of all roads into and out of the borough for a few hours as a state of emergency was declared.  Read more

Groups call for more time on natural gas facility

FREMONT CENTER, NY — One hundred and thirty environmental and public advocacy groups on July 1 sent a letter to the U.S. Maritime Administration asking that the public be given more time to consider and comment on a proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) port that would be constructed in the waters off Long Island and the Jersey Shore. After the application was announced on June 14, the project sponsor subsequently released 1,500 pages of a 4,000-plus page application that federal agencies have found to be still incomplete in more than 150 specific areas.  Read more

Kayaker still missing

LACKAWAXEN, PA — A kayaker who got lost in the waters of the Lackawaxen River on June 14 is still missing. Shawn Martin, 28, of Beach Lake, was kayaking with a friend on the river in high water, each in individual boats.  Read more

Baker’s statement on budget

HARRISBURG, PA — Senator Lisa Baker said she voted yes on the Pennsylvania budget because, “I believe that this is a reasonable and responsible plan within the available revenues. It is consistent with previous efforts to control state spending, but there is also recognition that additional dollars are needed in key areas to avoid negative consequences for families and communities.  Read more

Peifer calls budget responsible

HARRISBURG, PA — Representative Mike Peifer said the $28,376 billion state budget adopted by the Pennsylvania House and Senate and signed into law by Governor Tom Corbett addresses the state’s ongoing fiscal challenges while prioritizing funding for education, public safety, health and the environment.  Read more

Casey, Gillibrand on voting rights

WASHINGTON, DC — Senator Bob Casey said the ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) on Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act on June 25, “gutted” the act. Both he and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued statements calling for quick action to restore the stricken part of the act, which determines which areas of the country need preclearance from the U.S. Department of Justice before making major changes to voting procedures.  Read more

Cops in Wallenpaupack schools

PALMYRA TOWNSHIP, PA — The Wallenpaupack Area School District has hired four law enforcement veterans to serve as school resource officers.  Read more

Sewage legislation passed in Harrisburg; current standard to remain in place

Legislation passed in the General Assembly this week prevents new policy from being implemented which could have greatly increased the cost of installing new septic systems in areas with high quality (HQ) and exceptional value (EV) watersheds in Pennsylvania. The legislation was supported by Senator Lisa Baker, and representatives Sandra Major, Rosemary Brown and Mike Peifer.  Read more

Delaware River Safety Advisory

Due to heavy rainfall on Thursday and Friday, the Delaware River level as measured at Montague, NJ is currently 6.82 feet. It is predicted to rise to 12.5 feet by 2 a.m. on Saturday, June 29, which is several vertical feet higher than normal for this time of the year.  Read more

Gillibrand, Casey statements on court action on Defense of Marriage Act

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement today after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional:  Read more

Two men now dead in Thompson accident

On June 25, 2013, State Police at Liberty were informed that Brett Laabs, age 48 of Hawley, PA has succumbed to injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident that occurred on June 24, 2013 in the Town of Thompson.  Read more

Gun maker considering Pike County Business Park

BLOOMING GROVE TOWNSHIP, PA — A Rockland County, NY gun manufacturer is looking to relocate and expand into Pennsylvania due mainly to increased production and stricter New York State gun laws, company officials said. They said they hope to break ground in Blooming Grove Township later this year and employ local residents.  Read more

Delaware River Sojourn sets a record

UPPER DELAWARE VALLEY — On June 24, which was day three of the 19th annual Delaware River Sojourn, after a day full of paddling on the river, Aiden Drusedum took the opportunity to broaden his skill set. Surrounded by four members of the National Park Service interpretive staff, Drusedum several times leaned his body over the side, upended his kayak and was turned upside down with his head underwater.  Read more

Eldred graduation: Class of 2013

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” were the words of Franklin D. Roosevelt, and were quoted by valedictorian Mikaela Balsano at the Eldred High School graduation ceremony. The 48 graduates of the Eldred Central School District walked fearlessly to receive their diplomas at the commencement ceremony on Saturday, June 22. The ceremony was held at the high school, outside on the front lawn in the bright early-morning sunshine.  Read more

Sullivan West Class of 2013 Graduates; Legacy of honors, achievement and memories

Arrayed in their caps and gowns, beaming with pride and savoring the moment, 93 Sullivan West graduates experienced a rite of passage through touching speeches, lovely music and finally the awarding of their well-deserved diplomas at the 2013 Sullivan West commencement ceremonies on June 22.  Read more

Lackawaxen zoning change would widen commercial areas

Mike Mancino’s plan for a commercial stable is awaiting the completion of the township’s amendment of its zoning ordinance. Lackawaxen is resolving several zoning issues in an amendment.  Read more

Voters to decide on casinos; Close call, especially in NYC

ALBANY, NY — The last time it seemed that a casino would open in Sullivan County, the hurdle standing in the way was the Bureau of Indian Affairs within the Department of the Interior. This time around, the potential hurdle is the voters of New York State.  Read more