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TUSTEN, NY — This Delaware skipper, which was spotted during the 2014 Upper Delaware BioBlitz at Ten Mile River, is a rare find for Sullivan County. Skippers are known for their fast “skipping” flight.

Canaan man killed by police

CANAAN TOWNSHIP, PA — Wayne County District Attorney Janine Edwards said Pennsylvania State Police responded to a “frantic” 911 called after 11:30 p.m. on December 21 “describing a scene involving multiple weapons, multiple potential victims and multiple threats of harm,” at 9 Volunteer Way, Canaan Township.  Read more

Dam bill passed by committee

HARRISBURG, PA — The House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee voted in favor of House Bill 1712, legislation sponsored by Rep. Rosemary M. Brown to establish the freestanding Private Dam Financial Assurance Act.  Read more

Bloomingburg man convicted of sexual assault of a child

MONTICELLO, NY — Robert Johnson, 51, of Bloomingburg, was found guilty of predatory sexual assault against a child on December 21, after a six-day jury trial in Sullivan County Court. The assaults occurred beginning it 2011, when the victim was 10 years old.  Read more

Wayne catches up with senior workers

HONESDALE, PA — Perhaps it was the upcoming year end that nudged the county’s memory, or maybe it was just scheduled catching up.

On December 17, in their second such ceremony this year, the Wayne County Commissioners provided recognition for 20 employees with lengthy service.  Read more

Lighting up the season

REGION — The Upper Delaware River Valley is filled with lights this time of year, like this display on Boyd’s Mills Road in Milanville, PA, but the tradition of using light to celebrate Christmas dates back a few centuries. In Germany in the 18th century, candles were placed on Christmas trees inside of houses and lit, where they would be admired by the family, but usually only for a brief time.  Read more

Wrapping up business for 2015

MONTICELLO, NY — Several local veterans’ organizations were represented at the meeting of the Sullivan County Legislature on December 17, when the lawmakers voted on a number of resolutions. One getting a lot of attention would have authorized a raise for John Crotty, the director of the Sullivan County Veterans Service Agency.  Read more

Casino license awarded for Montreign

About 60 county residents gathered at Bernie’s Holiday Restaurant in Rock Hill on December 21, to watch a live video feed of a meeting of the NYS Gaming Commission. The commission voted unanimously to approve a casino license for the Montreign Casino in the Adelaar Resort in the Town of Thomson. The casino should be ready to open its doors sometime in 2017.

Among the people on hand was legislator-elect Nadia Rajsz, who said she was excited to have the license issued, and that over time it may have an impact in some of the outlying towns, such as her Town of Lumberland.  Read more

Dissension again in Shohola

SHOHOLA, PA — Up until its last moments, Shohola’s monthly meeting was business as usual. The meeting came to life when several local citizens commented on the current board of supervisors. Carrie Thomas, a frequent township meeting attendee, first complimented the board for the new ladies’ restroom. However, she then rattled off a list of complaints, citing several laws that she believed had been violated by the board, in particular supervisors’ chair George Fluhr. She said she believes that six years has been long enough for Fluhr to serve in the position and a new chair should be chosen.  Read more

New life for the Clair; Breakfast, lunch and atmosphere

YOUNGSVILLE, NY — The dining room at the Clair Inn & Café was packed on December 12, as an invitation-only crowd sampled offerings from the lunch menu of the freshly renovated landmark.  Read more

Pike holds the tax line

MILFORD, PA — They haven’t received any state money for six months, they’re down to dipping into savings and year-end surplus to keep things running and they don’t know if they’re going to get through January and February without borrowing.  Read more

Sullivan budget passes; Outgoing legislator objects

MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County Legislature on December 11 passed the 2016 $207 million budget on a 7-1 vote. The average increase in taxes for property owners will be .93%, bringing the total increase well under the state-mandated property tax cap.

While a couple of the legislators expressed reservations about how some proposed salary increases were handled in executive session, only one legislator voted “no” to the budget.  Read more

Christmas party and grand opening; New Catskill Mountains Resort in Barryville

BARRYVILLE, NY — The newly opened Catskill Mountains Resort will hold a community Christmas party and grand opening on Saturday, December 19 from 5 to 9 p.m. Residents are invited to stop by the resort at 211 Mail Rd. for the festivities.

Santa will be arriving by fire truck at 5 p.m. He will make his way down to The Wilderness Lounge to sit by the fire and sit for photos with children. Children can bring a letter for Santa or fill one out right there and put it in Santa’s mailbox. A stocking filled with goodies will be given to each child as well as a complimentary photo to take home.  Read more

Lumberland approves highway contract

GLEN SPEY, NY — It was a long time coming, but with the town board’s 3-2 vote for approval on December 9, workers on the Lumberland Highway Department now have a new contract.  Read more

Long Eddy access moves forward; No parking for boats with trailers

LONG EDDY, NY — The proposed expanded fishing access at Long Eddy is moving forward, according to sources familiar with the project. But, it will almost certainly not include parking spaces for cars with drift boat trailers. And there may be no parking at all in the parcel in question.  Read more

Judge LaBuda bags a bear

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Sullivan County Supreme Court Judge Frank LaBuda hunts in countries all over the globe, but this year he can say he finally bagged a bear in his home territory. He wrote, “After hunting almost 50 years in Sullivan County, this was my first Sullivan bear. Having hunted in Germany and Africa there is no better feeling than harvesting such a trophy in our own back yard!”  Read more

Skinners Falls Bridge closed indefinitely

SKINNERS FALLS, PA — The bridge between New York and Pennsylvania at Skinners Falls has been closed indefinitely by PennDOT. James May, a spokesman for the agency said the main problem with the bridge is that it is 114 years old, and was built to handle horses and buggies, or early cars, and not the heavy vehicles that have been crossing it nowadays.  Read more

PA bill to ban gun sales to those on terror watch list

HARRISBURG, PA — State Rep. Steve Santarsiero, (D-Bucks), on December 14 joined local, state and national gun safety organizations in marking the third anniversary of the Sandy Hook massacre and calling for stronger background checks for firearms purchases.  Read more

Ceremony at Narrowsburg Union

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Narrowsburg Union co-principals Kathy and Brendan Weiden, Tusten Town Supervisor Carol Wingert and members of Narrowsburg Organized for Responsible School Usage (NORSU) invite the public to an open house and lighting ceremony at the facility, formerly the Narrowsburg school building, at the corner of Erie Avenue and Bridge Street.  Read more

A helipad in Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — The first mention of a helipad at the December 14 meeting of the Honesdale borough council came during the public comment portion of the meeting. Citing engine noise, wind and dust generated by helicopter blades, and the glare of navigation and landing lights, borough resident Paul Non said that he objected to a helipad located near his home. He went on to say that realtors had informed him his real property could lose a significant percentage of its current value if a helipad were located close to his property.

The council did not respond immediately to Non’s comments.  Read more

Dickens on the Delaware

CALLICOON, NY — Members of the Delaware Valley Opera serenaded passers-by from the front steps of the historic Western Hotel in Callicoon during the second annual Dickens on the Delaware town-wide celebration on December 12. Carriage rides, live music, art shows and vendors lit up the town late into the night as residents and visitors celebrated in Victorian style. For more on the holiday celebration, see Jonathan Fox’s column on page 21.