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TOWN OF BETHEL, NY — Guests who turned out to a cookout at Cobalt Studios in the Town of Bethel on August 28 were treated not only to a hearty meal, but also to a visit with a Eurasian eagle owl who was brought to the occasion by local falconer Brian William Bunce.

Bunce said the Eurasian eagle owl is the second largest in the world and is a quick and lethal hunter. Because of its hunting prowess, this species of bird has been used to clear smaller birds out of large buildings such as those that house Home Depot stores.

Mysteryland’s parent files chapter seven

BETHEL, NY — The Mysteryland weekend is still on this year and scheduled to take place on June 10 to 13, even though the parent company of the organization—SFX Entertainment—has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.  Read more

Port Jervis sidewalks addressed

PORT JERVIS, NY — A Safe Sidewalk project prompted discussion at the Port Jervis Common Council meeting on February 22, bringing back to life the old debate about the city’s bluestone paving, and who’s responsible—and liable—for maintenance and accidents.  Read more

NYC seeking river panel’s hydro plan support

NARROWSBURG, NY — Two representatives of New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) last week came before the monthly meeting of the Upper Delaware Council looking for help.  Read more

Sending free-range kids down the goat path; Sullivan Renaissance tackles county health woes

BETHEL, NY — “We’ve unwalked ourselves as a species,” said the fast-talking, race-walking guy with the un-American ideas, biting wit and moustache from a previous century. Mark Fenton (, former host of the PBS television series “America’s Walking” and keynote speaker at the March 5 Sullivan Renaissance Conference & Expo at Bethel Woods, was explaining why Sullivan County is a model for all that is wrong with modern life.

According to Fenton, American life now revolves around cars and their operating requirements, not people and their needs.  Read more

DEC reminds ice anglers to remove fishing shanties by March 15

ALBANY, NY — All ice fishing shanties must be removed from ice on water bodies by March 15, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) reminded ice anglers on March 7. Due to the warm winter and the forecast early arrival of spring-like conditions, owners are advised to remove ice fishing shanties early.  Read more

DRBC to meet in Hawley

HAWLEY, PA — The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) Regulated Flow Advisory Committee (RFAC) will meet on Tuesday, April 5 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Lake Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center, 126 PPL Dr.  Read more

Bonacic bill protects correction officers

ALBANY, NY — Sen. John J. Bonacic issued the following statement on the passage of his legislation, S.1900, which would protect correctional employees by enhancing penalties when inmates intentionally expectorate on correction officers. The bill would provide that such behavior would be classified as aggravated harassment of an employee, a Class E felony. A previous version of this legislation passed the Senate in 2014 and 2015.  Read more

Anti SLAPP legislation gaining support

HARRISBURG, PA — Eight months after the PA Senate voted overwhelmingly in favor of his bill to stop corporations from filing lawsuits against people or groups just to quiet them, state Sen. Larry Farnese on March 4 said he is pleased to hear that Philadelphia City Council is supporting the idea and urging the legislature to finish the job.  Read more

Wolf increases minimum wage for some workers

HARRISBURG, PA — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf seems to be taking a page out of New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s playbook. Wolf, like Cuomo, can’t convince his state’s legislative body to increase the minimum wage for workers across the board, so like Cuomo, Wolf has passed an executive order to increase the minimum wage for some workers in a move he can make unilaterally.  Read more

Local photographer a finalist

HAWK’S NEST, NY — This section of Route 97 in Orange County is a familiar sight to most in the region, providing breathtaking views of the Delaware River. It also served as the foundation for a photograph by Tusten photographer Charlie Hoffman, who entered the picture in a contest sponsored by Corel Discovery Center.

The contest was called Matter of Time, and entries “captured special moments in time, or expressed the concept of time….” This entry showcasing Hawk’s Nest was called “Time Flies” and was one of about 20 finalists announced in February.

Delaware Riverkeeper calls FERC biased; Lawsuit filed in federal court

WASHINGTON, DC — The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the agency that approves pipelines and other gas and oil infrastructure projects, is the the subject of a federal lawsuit filed on March 2 by the Delaware Riverkeeper Network (DRN.)  Read more

Will Sullivan legislature block Democratic Party vote? Cora Edwards won the election, but legislature may withhold approval

People in Sullivan County have been paying more attention than usual to the Board of Elections (BOE) commissioners. In part, it's because of the unprecedented deal reached between a small block of Hasidic voters in the Village of Bloomingburg and the BOE. Many people in the village say the BOE caved to the demands of people who don’t live in the village and have no right to vote there. The lawsuit related to the deal is presumably why the current Democratic BOE commissioner is resigning effective March 11.  Read more

DEP secretary lays out budget woes

HARRISBURG, PA — John Quigley, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Preservation (DEP), told members of the Senate Appropriations Committee on February 25 that his reduced budget has left the department with antiquated equipment, especially in the area of information technology (IT).  Read more

Bonacic meets with DVAA

ALBANY, NY — Sen. John J. Bonacic met on February 25 with representatives from the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) in his Albany office. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss funding for the arts in the fiscal year 2016-2017 state budget. DVAA was founded in 1976, and serves as arts council for Sullivan County. They present programs in the visual, performing, literary and media arts, and service a county and valley-wide constituency of artists, art groups, and the general public.

‘Spotlight’ in Callicoon

CALLICOON, NY — On the eve of the Oscars telecast, Callicoon Theater started showing the movie “Spotlight,” which went on to win the Best Picture Award. It features Sullivan County resident Mark Ruffalo in the role of an investigative reporter at the Boston Globe, for which he was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. Ruffalo ended up not winning, but climbed on the stage with the rest of the crew to accept the Oscar, standing next to Michael Rezendes, one of the real-life investigative reporters who were instrumental in breaking the case of systematic cover-up of child molestation by priests within the Catholic Church.  Read more

Thompson voter case advances: Who are the challenged voters?

MONTICELLO, NY — The lawsuit against 137 voters who have been challenged and are the defendants in a lawsuit, is inching forward slowly, although it’s not known how many of the challenged voters are actually being represented by an attorney.  Read more

Development dies hard in Wayne

HONESDALE, PA — With a large portion of the regional economy based on tourism and the second-home market, last week’s annual report from the Wayne County Planning/GIS Department did not carry good news.  Read more

Pit bull terrier left to die

PORT JERVIS, NY — A white pit bull terrier had been abandoned and left to die in Orange County, but was picked up by a passerby on February 24, and taken to the Humane Society of Port Jervis/Deerpark. Shelter staff named the dog Sweet Sally, because she behaved so good-naturedly to her caregivers despite her grave physical condition.  Read more

Cuomo tells FERC to halt Algonquin pipeline construction

OSSINING, NY — New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration on February 29 notified the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that state agencies will begin an independent safety risk analysis of Spectra Energy’s Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) natural gas pipeline. The analysis specifically focuses on where the project would cross the 240-acre property of the Indian Point nuclear facility.  Read more

Pike County man arrested for attempted murder

LACKAWAXEN, PA — A Pike County man has been arrested and jailed after police say he fired a pistol into a vehicle that was occupied and caused an injury.  Read more