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RIVER VALLEY — As many people know by now, founding father Ben Franklin thought more highly of the American Turkey than the American Bald Eagle and wrote as much in a letter home from France in 1784.

The Addict Next Door: Waiting for the call and arrest

I had had no reason to anticipate an arrest from my pill pilfering. I knew the nursing department where I worked was not taking that route. They were good people who wanted me well. It was the pharmacist at Wayne Memorial in 2008, whoever he may have been, who made that call. I called Eric in a state of panic. I was very fragile emotionally as it was. Going through the criminal justice system for over a year nearly destroyed me. Jail was easy. We’ll get to that. But I was not in any way prepared to face criminal charges. I can feel the adrenaline surging now, seven years after the event. I was told to expect to be arrested around Labor Day.  Read more

Narrowsburg Cat Patrol Receives $750 Donation

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Narrowsburg Cat Patrol, with the mission of spaying and neutering the stray cats of Narrowsburg, received a donation of $750 on June 3 from Ned Lang, owner of the local Roto Rooter. Over the past two years, with the help of John Biagi of Animal Rescue Resources, the women of the cat patrol have spayed and neutered close to 200 cats, and also had the cats vaccinated for rabies.  Read more

Wayne emergency staff upgrade recognized

HONESDALE, PA — Anthony Camillocci, eastern area director for the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA), is pictured June 2 before the Wayne County Commissioners with Wayne Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator Steve Price, right, and Deputy Coordinator Pete Hooker, left, for formal presentation of certificates earned by Price and Hooker for their completion of advanced PEMA training requirements.

Conversation with the Delaware Riverkeeper

DELAWARE RIVER WATERSHED — Maya K. van Rossum has been the Delaware Riverkeeper and head of the Delaware Riverkeeper Network (DRN) for more than 20 years. In recent years, she and her team of about 20 have been kept busy in the battle against natural gas pipelines and fracking, and have earned some precedent-setting victories along the way.

The focus of the DRN is the Delaware River watershed, but they take action in any part of the four states that are adjacent to the river, or at the federal level if the issue in question would have an impact on DNR’s ability to protect the river.  Read more

Solar farms: no noise, odor, discharge or traffic, but . . .

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — “How will a solar farm next door affect the value of my property?” asked Amy Miller of Lake Huntington. The question left John Schmauch, director of Delaware River Solar (DRS), momentarily speechless. Recovering, he said, “I don’t know; but if studies have been done, I’ll try to get that information for you.”  Read more

Sullivan man pleads guilty in drug death

WHITE PLAINS, NY — Terrance Johnson, who is identified as a Sullivan County resident by the U.S. Attorney’s office, has pleaded guilty to distributing a mix of heroin and fentanyl that resulted in the death of Liberty resident Malcolm Perry, who was 35.  Read more

PA property tax and rent rebate application deadline extended

HARRISBURG, PA — Seniors, widows, widowers and persons with disabilities who qualify for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax and Rent Rebate Program will now have until December 31 to apply.  Read more

State senator opposes beer sales in gas stations

HARRISBURG, PA — State Sen. Anthony H. Williams on June 6 released a letter to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) expressing his “adamant opposition” to the issuance of licenses to sell alcohol at gas stations and convenience stores in the state.  Read more

Kenoza Lake man sentenced to prison

MONTICELLO, NY — Adam Mones, 33, of Kenoza Lake, was sentenced on June 1 in Sullivan County Court to six-and-a-half years in state prison for a residential burglary. Sullivan County District Attorney Jim Farrell said Mones admitted to burglarizing a home in the Town of Delaware located on State Route 52 in the early morning hours of October 27, 2011. Farrell said that Mones stole a number of rifles and shotguns from the residence.  Read more

Monticello man arrested for violating order of protection

NEW YORK, NY — The New York State Police at Wurtsboro arrested Michael Snowden, age 25, of Monticello, on June 3 for criminal contempt in the first degree, a felony, and aggravated harassment in the second degree, a misdemeanor.  Read more

Police seek bank robber; Local veteran was in the store

LACKAWAXEN, PA — Pennsylvania State Police are seeking a man who robbed the branch of the Honesdale National Bank located at 180 Scenic Dr. at approximately 10:30 a.m. on June 1.  Read more

Campground plan for Yasgur’s Farm progresses; Planning board sets public hearing

BETHEL, NY — The relationship between property owner Jeryl Abramson and officials of the Town of Bethel is still rather rocky, but that hasn’t stopped the town from moving forward with her plan to open a campground on the parcels she owns. They comprise some 100 acres and are known throughout the world as Yasgur’s Farm.  Read more

Kenoza Lake Man Sentenced to 6 ½ years in State Prison for Residential Burglary

Sullivan County District Attorney Jim Farrell announced today that Adam Mones, age 33, of Kenoza Lake, N.Y., was sentenced on June 1, 2016, in Sullivan County Court to 6 ½ years in state prison and 5 years of post-release supervision for a residential burglary. Farrell said Mones previously entered a plea of guilty to Burglary in the 2nd Degree in Sullivan County Court and faced a minimum of 5 years in prison and a maximum of 8 years in prison under the terms of the plea agreement.  Read more

Multi-generational park plan unveiled

NARROWSBURG, NY — The children’s park on the Flats in Narrowsburg is getting an upgrade. The space will be turned into a multi-generational park as part of the Town of Tusten Master Plan. At a public hearing prior to the recent town board meeting on May 10, architect Buck Moorhead presented plans for the new park.  Read more

Healthy Sullivan County: Initiative aims to raise county’s low health ranking

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — For the past three years, Sullivan County has ranked 61 out of 62 counties in New York State in terms of public health. This dire number is in the works to change, as multiple organizations come together to improve our health.  Read more

State budget raises indigent bar; Sullivan legal costs may increase

MOTNICELLO, NY — One of the gifts sought by the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) from the state budget process this year, is that the state would give more money to counties to help the counties pay for the defense of indigent residents. Officials in Albany did not provide additional money to the counties, but they did change the rules so that it might become more expensive for counties to provide the services.  Read more

Bonacic in Forestburgh

FORESTBURGH, NY — Sen. John J. Bonacic joined veterans and community members Monday at the Town of Forestburgh’s Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony, which was held at the Veteran’s Memorial Triangle in the town. Several local veterans’ organizations were on hand, including American Legion Post #73, Jewish War Veterans Post #206 and the VFW Post #9588. Bonacic was the keynote speaker and spoke of the sacrifice that our service men and women have made and how we must never forget them.

Sullivan West names new electives and staff

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — The announcement of five new hirings and eight introductory elective courses dominated the May 19 Sullivan West Central School District Board of Education meeting.  Read more

Millennium not stopping progress; Compressor station will not await health study

ELDRED, NY — Millennium Pipeline Company is not doing any physical preparation work for its proposed compressor station in Eldred just now. But that’s not because it’s waiting for the completion of a health study proposed by activists and local government officials, according to Millennium representative Michelle Hook. It’s because the company first needs to finish filing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and has not received the necessary permits to begin work.  Read more

Black Bear Film festival launches schools partnership

MILFORD, PA — The 17th annual Black Bear Film Festival is five months away, but planning activities and a new educational initiative have already launched. Four regional schools—Dingman Delaware Middle School, Delaware Valley High School, Sussex County Technical School and Wallenpaupack Area High School—have signed on as school partners for 2016.  Read more