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REGION — As the chlorophyll in green leaves breaks down letting reds, yellows and oranges shine through, the autumn show begins.

This information from Environmental Learning Resources from SUNY: “As the fall colors appear, other changes are taking place. At the point where the stem of the leaf is attached to the tree, a special layer of cells develops and gradually severs the tissues that support the leaf. At the same time, the tree seals the cut, so that when the leaf is finally blown off by the wind or falls from its own weight, it leaves behind a leaf scar.

Appellate court on Toronto Reservoir; Ruling against Chapin Estate developer

Another court has weighed in on the matter of the Toronto Reservoir, and said that residents have the right to use a road in Chapin Estate to reach the recreational access area at the reservoir.  Read more

Skinners Falls Bridge reopens

The Skinners Falls Bridge, which has been closed for repair since December 2012, is once again open to traffic as of May 21, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The bridge runs between Milanville and Sullivan County, NY.  Read more

Turmoil in Tusten

If you’ve been to a Town of Tusten board meeting recently, you know they have been rife with arguments and shouting matches.  Read more

Body found in river identified

The body of a man located in the Upper Delaware River by a group of canoeists on May 4, has been positively identified through dental records.

On May 4, State Police at Liberty responded to the Delaware River in the Town of Tusten, approximately 5 miles south of Narrowsburg for a report of a body being located by a group of canoeists.

An autopsy was conducted by Dr. Margaret Prial on May 5, 2013.  Read more

Kids release fingerling trout

About 100 fifth graders swarmed onto an inviting parcel of land in Jeffersonville alongside the pleasantly babbling Callicoon Creek on May 10 to release trout fingerlings into the creek.  Read more

Sullivan chair backs Cuomo’s casino plan

The chair of the Sullivan County Legislature says he is pleased with Governor Cuomo’s plan that would bring a casino to the county. On May 12, Scott Samuelson issued a press release saying, “While I am still evaluating the details of the governor’s proposal, clearly this presents an opportunity for a real discussion and debate to occur ... I remain hopeful that Sullivan County will benefit greatly from this endeavor.”  Read more

Kadampa center donates $6,900 to town

LUMBERLAND, NY — The Manjushri Kadampa Buddhist Center has contributed $6,900 to various organizations within the town, it was announced on May 7 at the town meeting.  Read more

Bid placed on Narrowsburg school; Solution Project makes offer, has big plans

A formal offer to buy the Narrowsburg School was made on Thursday, May 9 by The Solution Project (TSP), a community group with a seven-member board founded in December 2012. TSP is currently making plans to turn the vacant building into a center for community, local food development projects, education and more.  Read more

Callicoon adopts frack-friendly comp plan; Move to form committee abandoned

After promising to appoint a committee to examine the issue of fracking in the proposed town comprehensive plan, the board did an about-face and adopted the plan at the town meeting on May 13.  Read more

Delaware Valley school approves abatement

The Delaware Valley School District and Pike County commissioners have voted to support Shohola Township’s real-estate tax abatement program. As reported in our May 9 issue, the commissioners had already approved the program, the Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance Act (LERTA) plan for the entire county. However, in order to go into effect in any given locality, the plan must also be approved by the township in question and the affected school district. This has now happened in Shohola.  Read more

Over 100,000 campaign finance violations; Who must file with NYS BOE?

NEW YORK STATE — The laws in New York State regulating campaigns and elections are voluminous and complex, and they run to many hundreds of pages. On the website of New York State Board of Elections (BOE), there is a 132-page election handbook that attempts to boil them all down, but even so, it is dense reading.  Read more

PPL closes island to protect bald eagles

LAKE WALLLENPAUPACK, PA — Kipp Island will be unavailable for recreational activities through the end of July to protect a bald eagle nesting area.  Read more

New Liberty Elementary School principal

The Liberty Central School District Board of Education unanimously approved the selection of Scott Brown as the new principal of the Liberty Elementary School at the Board of Education meeting on May 7. Brown will replace long-time principal Jeri Finnegan, who will retire in June.  Read more

Hawley man sentenced to prison

Christopher Castellano, 22, has been sentenced to three to six months for trespass, breaking and entering, and driving under the influence (DUI). According to the Wayne County District Attorney’s Office, the sentencing involved two separate incidents.  Read more

Gibson introduces FRAC Act

WASHINGTON, DC — Representative Chris Gibson joined with his colleague Representative Diana DeGette on May 10 to introduce the Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act (FRAC Act), a bipartisan bill that the representatives say establishes common sense safeguards to protect groundwater from risks associated with the oil and gas drilling technique “hydraulic fracturing,” better known as “fracking.” The FRAC Act would require disclosure of the chemicals used in fracking fluids and would remove the oil and gas industry’s exemption from the Safe Drinking Water Act. DeGette has introduced the FRAC Act in each Congress since 2008, but today marks the first time it has been introduced on a bipartisan basis.  Read more

Resident calls Eldred budget a ‘gimmick’

After a brief respite, the budget was once again a bone of contention as one resident labeled the board’s handling of Albany’s cuts as a “gimmick.”  Read more

Scenic Byway Visitors Center still a goal; Where will the money come from?

At one time there was some $850,000 available to build a Scenic Byway Visitors Center on Route 97. But because there was a county match required of $150,000, and tough economic times gripping the county and world, the project has not come to fruition.  Read more

FrackNation director at Sullivan West; McAleer mocks alternative energy, progressives

The film FrackNation was screened at Sullivan West High School on May 8, and played to an audience of perhaps 100 people, a majority of whom were clearly in favor of gas drilling.  Read more

County chair lauds travel guide

Scott Samuelson, chair of the Sullivan County Legislature, took a minute to let his colleagues know he was pleased with the way the Sullivan County Visitors Association handled the cover of the new travel guide.  Read more

Beer for the community

“This is a true American project, hot dogs, baseball, old Ford truck and a good American beer. All of our products are made in the USA, we support our community, that’s what we will always be about,” said Phil Vallone, one of the investors in the Roscoe Beer Company.  Read more