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NARROWSBURG, NY — Amid a bit of finger-pointing, members of the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway, Inc. (UDSB) voted unanimously on July 25 to seek funding via the New York Department of Transportation (DOT) to fund a visitors’ center at Fort Delaware. Plans for the center were drawn up in 2011 with a $25,000 grant the UDSB obtained for a feasibility study of the project.

State money owed in ’15 tacked on to ’16-17 budget

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Commissioners are trying to decipher a cryptic letter describing how Harrisburg plans children and youth spending.  Read more

Treasurer applauds coworkers

MONTICELLO, NY — Sullivan County Treasurer Nancy Buck announced on January 28 that a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the County of Sullivan Treasurer’s Department by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) prepared in 2015, for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2014.  Read more

New Sullivan department heads appointed

MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County Legislature voted to appoint two people to important posts in county government.  Read more

Sidewalks, new law and the race track addressed

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Port Jervis Common Council addressed many issues at the meeting on January 25, starting with Phil Massey from the seventh ward, who wanted to know what the city was going to do about construction of a sidewalk to the trains many residents use. He said, “I approached you two years ago about this same thing. There’s snow and slush in the winter. It seems a reasonable thing to do; there’s no sidewalk. I’m a little baffled. What can be done?”  Read more

Frozen water line closes Sullivan West

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — Being at the top is a goal for every school district, but not when it results in an emergency closure and concerns over potential contamination of the water supply.  Read more

DV welcomes state money

WESTFALL, PA — The partial settlement of Pennsylvania’s six-month-long budget logjam has released some of the state’s public school basic education, at least last year’s portion.  Read more

Bethel gets $50,000

WHITE LAKE, NY — At the Town of Bethel town meeting on January 27, supervisor Dan Sturm announced that the town is once again the recipient of a grant of $50,000 from Albany. It will allow the town to pay for repairs and renovations to the Senior Citizen Center and the Town Justice Court Building.  Read more

Fair pay law in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, PA — On the seventh anniversary of the federal Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act becoming law on January 29, some legislators and advocates say Pennsylvania women need a stronger equal-pay law.  Read more

Sullivan County victim saved by Narcan

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — On January 31 at approximately 10:40 p.m., Sullivan County Deputy Sheriff Sean Grady responded to a report of a possible overdose at the Willowemoc Motel on DeBruce Road in Livingston Manor. At the scene, the deputy found a 32-year-old male who was unresponsive in the bathroom of one of the motel’s units. The victim was not breathing and had no pulse. The deputy interviewed witnesses at the scene and quickly determined that the victim had used heroin at another location before arriving at the motel.  Read more

Organization and website launched to halt compressor station

ELDRED, NY — A new organization, SCRAM (Sullivan County Residents Against Millennium) has been formed with the stated goal of halting the proposed compressor station on the Millennium Pipeline in the Town of Highland. A post on its website (www.nyscram.org) says, “The compressor station presents a danger to the health, environment, and property values of all of us who live nearby. Highland and surrounding towns have already passed laws forbidding this type of facility, but without action from all of us, these laws will not be enough to stop it.”  Read more

Wayne Memorial employee fired for accessing patient records

HONESDALE, PA — Wayne Memorial Hospital (WMH) officials announced on January 29 that they have terminated an employee for accessing patient records. CEO David Hoff said, “We have terminated a nurse’s aide who accessed patient records without authorization, and we have reported the incident to the police, who are investigating the matter.”  Read more

School Resource Officers compare notes at Sullivan West

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — How bad is the heroin problem in Sullivan County? It’s everywhere, according to two school resource officers (SRO) who cover the county from one end to the other.  Read more

Early spring predicted

UPPER DELAWARE VALLEY — The warm weather of the past few days has left Ten Mile River mostly free of ice, and the ice on many of the lakes in the region looks like it might not be thick enough to walk on.  Read more

Bloomingburg lawsuit settled for $555,000; Challenged voters avoid testifying [updated]

MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County Legislature has voted to accept a consent decree to settle a lawsuit brought by Hasidic voters from the Village of Bloomingburg. The lawsuit charged that two Board of Elections (BOE) commissioners, the late Rodney Gaebel and Anne Prusinski, discriminated against Hasidic voters by issuing a determination that they were not eligible to vote because they were not residents of the village.  Read more

County settling Bloomingburg lawsuit; Challenged voters to stay on rolls

The Sullivan County Legislature voted seven to one in favor of authorizing the county attorney to enter into a consent decree with petitioners who filed a federal lawsuit against the Sullivan County Board of Elections (BOE).  Read more

Fundraiser for a community man

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — The Whitehouse family had been in Maui for only eight hours when George had a stroke in his brainstem. It happened before dawn, and fortunately he was awakened by the symptoms and made it to the hospital before he lost consciousness.  Read more

Skate of the Union opens

NARROWSBURG, NY — It was a real community effort that made the ice skating rink in Narrowsburg happen. The Narrowsburg Union leased the ball field to the Town of Tusten and the Tusten Youth Commission for use of the rink during the winter season. The grand opening took place on Saturday, January 23 and everyone from young children to adults enjoyed a day on the ice.  Read more

Disgruntled resident complains about neighbors; Shohola board accused of ethics violations

SHOHOLA TOWNSHIP, PA — Joe Zenes has owned and lived on a small property near the Route 6 end of Shohola Falls Road for approximately 33 years. Nineteen years ago, a young family bought the adjoining 6.9 acre piece—wooded at the time—and over the years have made what some people would consider improvements to it to accommodate their growing family’s activities. The space has a putting green, an ornate tree house and a stocked pond for fishing and ice skating. The latest project involved clearing a sledding hill of stumps and rocks.  Read more

New Shohola zoning close to completion

SHOHOLA TWP, PA — After extensive work, research and training by township planners Aaron Robinson, Peter Wulfhorst and Gary Hoeper, the rezoning of Shohola Township is near completion. All the red tape has been completed and approved through the proper channels and will be up for approval at next month’s meeting.  Read more

Congressional Democratic candidates speak

WHITE LAKE, NY — There are at least six Democrats who’ve expressed interest in running for the New York 19th Congressional District, currently held by Republican Chris Gibson, who has said he will not run for a third term this year.  Read more