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NARROWSBURG, NY — Some 20 tanker cars have been stationed on the railroad tracks running under Bridge Street in Narrowsburg for more than a week. Some residents of the community have expressed concern because the cars are marked as carrying “Liquefied Petroleum Gas,” which is also known as propane.

A dispatcher with the New York, Susquehanna and Western Railway, which owns the tracks, said in a phone call on September 19 that the cars are empty. He said the cars are there for “storage” because there was no other place to put them.

Delaware Water Gap gets trail grant

BUSHKILL, PA — The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (DWG) was awarded $20,625 from the 2016 Active Trails grant program. The grant will be used to conduct the “Active Adventures: Find your Path to Wellness” program in 2016. The program will be carried out by the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) in Dingmans Ferry.  Read more

Gunther cosponsors GMO law

MONTICELLO, NY — Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther has cosponsored legislation that would require labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in New York State. “Assembly member Gunther showed real leadership by standing up for the right of New Yorkers to know whether the food we feed our families is genetically engineered,” said Alex Beauchamp, Northeast Region director at Food & Water Watch (FWW) on April 8. “It’s time for her colleagues in the Assembly and the Senate to follow suit and pass GMO labeling into law now.”  Read more

Another push for single payer

MONTICELLO, NY — It’s been widely reported that Sullivan County has the second least healthy population in the state, and part of the cause is a lack of access to affordable healthcare. While Obamacare has improved the situation somewhat, there are still too many people who can’t afford premiums or co-pays.  Read more

Beauty and the Beast and more

MONTICELLO, NY — Austin-Michael Komat (The Beast) wasn’t concerned about frightening seven-month-old Cheyenne during a “Beauty and the Beast” pre-show meet and greet because “she’s my niece,” he explained to the crowd.

They were part of the scene at a Monticello High School student performance of the musical on April 10. For Jonathan Fox’s take on the show, and more goings on in the region, turn to page 16.

Honesdale police: hires and fires

HONESDALE, PA — It was former mayor Jack Bishop who introduced the topic that must not be discussed. Speaking during the citizen input segment of the April 11 Honesdale borough council meeting, he urged swift action by the council to make final the dismissal of a police officer suspended from duty without pay since the December incident when he allegedly failed to respond to a call for backup.  Read more

New York budget reaction

ALBANY, NY — The most trumpeted feature of the newly passed New York State budget is the hike in the minimum wage to $15 per hour. But that might not necessarily take effect in the entire state.  Read more

Catching up on recognition

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Commissioners have been sporadically, as they’ve described it, making up for years of oversights by honoring senior county employees for their length of service.  Read more

Flood prevention for Livingston Manor? The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has a plan

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Livingston Manor, which sits at the confluence of the Willowemoc Creek, the Little Beaver Kill River and Cattail Creek, has regularly been hit with flooding since the end of the 19th Century. In the early part of the 21st century, the town was hit hard multiple times, especially in 2004, 2005 and 2006, when it seemed that flooding was going to be an annual occurrence.  Read more

LaBuda announces new run for office

MONTICELLO, NY — Judge Frank LaBuda, who has served as a judge in Sullivan County Supreme Court since 1997, announced on April 1 that he will seek another term in office. According to his biography, LaBuda has “authored more than 175 published decisions that have provided ‘legal precedent’ for other trial judges on issues of evidence, trial procedure, criminal, and civil law.  Read more

Port Jervis residency law changed

PORT JERVIS, NY — Residency requirements for Port Jervis official city positions came under scrutiny at the meeting on March 25, when Teresa Spradling, who has been working in the city’s assessor’s office for several years, was finally confirmed as the successor to the previous assessor. But it required passing a new law, causing comments and debate from council members, Mayor Kelly Decker and residents who came to voice their opinions in a public hearing.  Read more

Man arrested for Minisink grow house

TOWN OF MINISINK, NY — On Thursday, March 31, members of the New York State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team, troopers from Troop F Greenville and officers from the Town of Warwick Police Department, executed several search warrants in the Orange County area. Officers executed a search warrant at 103 Cosh Rd. in the Town of Minisink after receiving reports of unusual activity at the residence. The three-month investigation was conducted with the assistance of the Orange County District Attorney’s office.  Read more

NEPA Audubon Scholarship

HONESDALE, PA — Northeast Pennsylvania Audubon Society (NEPAS) is currently accepting applications for its annual $4,000 college scholarship, available to students who wish to pursue a career in an environmental field such as forestry, natural resources, environmental planning, environmental engineering, fish, game, or wildlife management, ecology and/or environmental science.  Read more

Wally Lake Fest seeks events, sponsors

HAWLEY, PA — The Wally Lake Fest committee reminds all businesses, non-profits and individuals that the deadline for new event and sponsorship forms for the seventh annual Wally Lake Fest is just around the corner. Sponsors who want to help make this year’s Wally Lake Fest a success should have their forms sent in by May 15.  Read more

Former Honesdale priest accused of sexual child abuse

SCRANTON, PA — Father Martin Boylan, who served as pastor of St. John the Evangelist in Honesdale from 2001 through 2009, has been accused of child sexual abuse. He was suspended from his most recent position at St. Patrick’s in Scranton by the Diocese of Scranton after the allegations surfaced.  Read more

Snow dampens the daffodil show

REGION — The heaviest and one of the few snows of the season came to the Upper Delaware Valley on April 3, making the roads slick and stopping the early-blooming daffodils in their tracks.

Most garden authorities say a little snow is not going to do permanent harm to the daffodils, but if the flowers are already showing color, it might be a good idea to snap them off and take them in the house to enjoy.  Read more

Sullivan West Task Force tackles opioid addiction; County ranks first in state overdose deaths

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — As Sullivan County bears the unfortunate distinction of recording the highest rate of drug overdose deaths per 100,000 people in New York State, Sullivan County Public Health officials are hoping that promises of looming economic growth will bolster resources dedicated to treatment, education and prevention of drug addiction.  Read more

Millennium holds outreach meeting; protesters turn out in force

As part of the permitting process to construct a compressor station near Eldred, Millennium Pipeline Company, LLC held a community outreach meeting at the Sullivan in Rock Hill on March 31.  Read more

Cuomo bans travel to North Carolina; Backlash grows against law seen as discriminatory

ALBANY, NY — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on March 29 signed an executive order that bars state employees from traveling to North Carolina on state business unless such a trip is considered essential. The order requires all New York State agencies, departments, boards and commissions to immediately review all requests for travel to the state and prevent any travel that is not directly related to the public health and welfare.  Read more

NY to allow mixed martial arts; Assembly votes to legalize exhibitions

ALBANY, NY — For the uninitiated, mixed martial arts (MMA) as defined by Wikipedia is “a full-contact combat sport that allows the use of both striking and grappling techniques, both standing and on the ground, from a variety of other combat sports and martial arts.” Competitions are sometimes held in cages.  Read more

PA budget battle is over—for now

HARRISBURG, PA — On March 23, Republican PA House Majority Leader Dave Reed declared a victory of sorts, and lauded Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf for not vetoing the rest of the 2015-16 state budget passed by the Republican-controlled general assembly. The budget battle had gone on for nearly a year, and had forced some school districts and other institutions that run on state funds to borrow money to keep the lights on.  Read more