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BINGHAMTON,NY — The New York-Pennsylvania Joint Interstate Bridge Commission approved $37.5 million worth of replacement and repair costs targeting five Upper Delaware River bridges at its May 18 annual meeting, while agreeing to hold a public meeting locally to discuss the overall coordination of bridge projects.

Bungalow colony votes in Thompson blocked for now

Some 137 absentee ballots are being challenged in the Town of Thompson by council candidate Scott Mace, who is 234 votes ahead of his opponent Jay Rubin. It is not yet clear whether the challenged ballots will turn the election, but at a hearing at the Sullivan County Court House on November 12, Judge Mike McGuire ordered that a temporary restraining order against counting the votes stay in place until all the other absentee votes are tallied.  Read more

Narrowsburg School project launches as Narrowsburg Union

NARROWSBURG, NY - Today, Kathy and Brendan Weiden, owners of the former Narrowsburg Central School building, have announced the new name for the property.

The property will now be called "The Narrowsburg Union."

The goal of “The Narrowsburg Union” is to reimagine one of Narrowsburg's most iconic buildings as a multi-use commercial facility that builds on the existing strengths of the Upper Delaware River Valley region and communities, while providing an environment for new ideas to germinate and flourish.  Read more

Valley needs front money to get cell service

NARROWSBURG, NY — Dead spots for cell-phone service are likely to be with us for the foreseeable future, unless government funding can be found to offset provider building costs, a wireless expert told the Upper Delaware Council last week.  Read more

Lumberland tax levy unchanged

GLEN SPEY, NY — Lumberland costs will increase in 2016, but the town share of the January property tax levy will remain unchanged.  Read more

National Geographic begins geo-tourism project; Seeks nominations to tell story of the area

REGION — The National Geographic Society is developing an interactive geo-tourism website that will promote the upper and middle regions of the Delaware River. This includes nine counties in three states: Sussex and Warren counties in New Jersey; Delaware, Orange and Sullivan counties in New York; and Monroe, Northampton, Pike and Wayne counties in Pennsylvania.  Read more

Port Jervis tax increase coming; Proposed hike of 14.4%

PORT JERVIS, NY — Business was far from ordinary at the recent Port Jervis Common Council meeting, as Mayor Kelly Decker, fresh from his November 3 election victory, left the podium and strode to the center of the floor. “I have good news and not-so-good news,” he told the council and assembled citizens.  Read more

Wayne joins EPA Chesapeake Bay lawsuit

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Commissioners on November 5 joined in a farm and agriculture industry legal action to stop a federal water cleanup plan for the Chesapeake Bay, which is seeking a hearing before the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS).  Read more

More controversy in Long Eddy

LONG EDDY, NY — In the proposed expansion of the fishing access on the Upper Delaware River in Long Eddy, the plan has been for the owner, the estate of Juanita Copeland, to sell the parcel of land to the Delaware Highlands Conservancy (DHC), which would then transfer the parcel to the New York Department of Environmental Conservation. But the transfer has been held up because of legal issues.  Read more

Solar project for Cooperage; Leasing arrangement with Clean Energy Cooperative, Inc.

HONESDALE, PA — The solar industry continues to soar in the United States, and according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), through the first half of the year, solar supplied 40%of new generating capacity, more than any other type of energy. For the entirety of 2015, 8,000 megawatts of solar power is expected to have come online. According to SEIA, on average in the United States a megawatt can provide energy for 164 homes, so the new solar available this year will provide power for the equivalent of more than 1.3 million homes.  Read more

Hunting in the Catskills

MT. TREMPER, NY — Hunting in the Catskills will be the topic for the kick-off of the “Second Saturday” program at the Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center (CIC) on November 14 at 1 p.m. at 5096 Rte. 28. The first presentation will feature Charles “Sonny” Somelofski, a New York State licensed guide and well-known outdoors expert, who will lead the conversation on the hunting tradition, its heritage and what you need to know to enjoy hunting in the Catskills today.  Read more

Senator urges changes to immunization exemptions

HARRISBURG, PA — State Sen. Daylin Leach commented on revisions to immunization regulations for school children and urged his colleagues to pass his bill to eliminate the statute allowing parents to exempt their school children from vaccination requirements for philosophical or religious reasons.  Read more

NY, PA score low on integrity

REGION — The Center for Public Integrity has published a survey that awards a grade to all 50 states for their level of integrity. The center “used extensive research to grade the states based on the laws and systems they have in place to deter corruption.”  Read more

Gillibrand legislation regarding military sexual orientation discharges

WASHINGTON D.C. — U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has announced legislation to help service members discharged solely due to their sexual orientation correct their military records to reflect their honorable service and reinstate the benefits they earned.  Read more

Democrats capture PA Supreme Court; The next redistricting process may be impacted

HARRISBURG, PA — It was an off-year election that just passed; normally that means more Republicans turn out to the polls than Democrats and thus Republicans win more state-wide races. But that was not the case for the state-wide races for judgeships this year, which were swept by Democrats.  Read more

Challenges in Thompson voting

TOWN OF THOMPSON, NY — Before the election on November 3, Bill Rieber, the incumbent supervisor of the Town of Thompson who was running again for the office, told his supporters that it had come to his attention that “hundreds of questionable absentee votes from closed and boarded-up camps and colonies in Thompson have been submitted to the Sullivan County Board of Elections.”  Read more

A run for the food pantry

Staff of Catskill Hudson Bank (CHB) took time out of their busy schedule to take the Shopping Cart Challenge at Pete’s Market on Monday, November 9 at 9 a.m. Debbie Reimer, manager of CHB Narrowsburg Branch, was the lucky shopper.

Reimer was cheered on by coworkers Joann Letendre, Laurel Anderson and Sandi Jay, and ran around Pete's collecting as many groceries as she could in only three minutes. The value of the final amount of food that was collected was $267. All groceries will be donated to the Narrowsburg Ecumenical Food Pantry.  Read more

Big changes at Sullivan Legislature (Updated)

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Voters decided it was time for a change in several of the county legislative districts, and that will mean a decidedly different make-up in the legislature, which currently has seven Democrats and two Republicans.  Read more

Five-month running champs honored

HONESDALE, PA — Paraphrasing the proverb, Commissioner Jonathan Fritz last week lauded a victorious group of Wayne runners, saying, “It takes a village…”  Read more

Sullivan West task force aims to keep kids safe

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — With many sharing emotional tales of how drug abuse has touched their lives, members of the Sullivan West Community Task Force gathered for the first time to start strategizing over how to help their youth avoid that risk.  Read more

Highland finalizes budget

ELDRED, NY — Following a brief and sparsely attended October 29 public hearing, the Highland Town Board approved a new spending budget for 2016.  Read more