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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.

Rumor raises town’s gas concerns again

ELDRED, NY — By state high court decision, Highland and neighboring river towns are free of natural gas drilling, but outgoing Supervisor Andrew Boyar says a gas transmission line may prompt another new concern.  Read more

Long Eddy expanded river access moves forward

The Sullivan County Planning Department sent an email to interested parties this week explaining that the Delaware Highlands Conservancy has closed on the river-front parcel in Long Eddy to be used for expanded river access.  Read more

River basin committee criticized for bickering over reservoir release plan

HAWLEY, PA — Dysfunctional. Uncompromising. Non-transparent. In need of group therapy.

Those criticisms and more were heard at the Delaware River Basin Commission’s Regulated Flow Advisory Committee (RFAC), which put a focus on Upper Delaware concerns by agreeing to meet at the Lake Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center on December 3.

Perhaps the biggest beef concerned who was not at the table.  Read more

Awards at Sullivan County Visitors Association

ROCK HILL, NY — The Sullivan County Visitors Association held its annual dinner and awards event at The Sullivan in Rock Hill on December 2. Among those honored for their contributions to the tourism industry in Sullivan County were Kurtis Kreider, co-owner of ECCE Bed & Breakfast, left; Duke Devlin, recently retired site interpreter at Bethel Woods; Alan Rosenblatt, co-owner of ECCE; Tina Schlott of Roscoe Beer; Shannon Feeney of Roscoe Beer; and Josh Hughes of Roscoe Beer. They posed with State Sen. John Bonacic. See also page 17.

Greening the Roots and Rhythm Festival

HONESDALE, PA — The Roots and Rhythm Music and Arts Festival has become a summertime entertainment fixture in Honesdale, and organizers say it has also become an environmentally sustainable event.  Read more

Young farmers help the needy

GLEN SPEY, NY — Raising lettuce, squash and pumpkins at the Homestead School provided a lesson about hunger in our region for six students. Participants in an elective class on agriculture, these middle schoolers decided to donate $500 of their harvest earnings to the Seventh Day Adventist Food Pantry in Sparrowbush, associated with the Hudson Valley Food Bank.

Historic Sullivan sales tax proposal; Sharing the wealth from expected casino revenues

MONTICELLO, NY — The meeting brought together members of the current and future Sullivan County Legislature, as well as officials from many of the 15 towns and five villages in the county. They came in to hear the recommendations from a committee that had been working on a proposal to allow the sharing of sales tax revenue among the county and other municipalities.  Read more

New book on the history of the Catskills

NARROWSBURG, NY — Stephen Silverman grew up in Los Angeles but that didn’t stop him from thinking “everything in New York is better.” The author, a prolific journalist who worked for Time Inc. and was the founding editor of, was at The River Gallery on Main Street on Sunday to sign copies of his new book “The Catskills: Its History and How It Changed America.”  Read more

Pike opts in on $3 million dam project

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Commissioners on December 2 agreed to contract with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to provide partial funding for upgrade work on Kintz Creek Dam in Greene Township, following a public hearing and facing the higher cost of removing the dam.

Kintz Creek is a tributary of the East Branch of Wallenpaupack Creek. The dam, built in 1970, is one of seven built by the USDA in the Greene-Dreher watershed as a flood-control project. Pike County inherited the dam upon completion.  Read more

Sullivan West Task Force prepares for action

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — The Sullivan West Community Task Force has taken up the charge of confronting student substance abuse and other risky behaviors. They’ve decided that developing a unified message is the first critical step to focus their efforts.  Read more

Jenkins pleads guilty to misdemeanors

MONTICELLO, NY — Former Monticello Mayor Gordon Jenkins, who made national headlines for a taped display of foul language and bad behavior while handcuffed to a wall in a police station, pleaded guilty to three misdemeanors on December 3. The pleas involved bribery charges regarding a tear-down of the former village justice building.  Read more

PA Senate approves budget, Baker votes no

HARRISBURG, PA — The Pennsylvania Senate this week voted to approve a budget deal worked out with Gov. Tom Wolf that comes five months after the budget was due. The plan calls for more spending for education and in other areas, but it does not detail where the revenue will come from to pay for the spending, which remains to be worked out. Meanwhile, at press time, it seemed likely that Republicans in the House would not approve the deal.  Read more

PA heroin report released

HARRISBURG, PA — State Sen. John Wozniak is promoting a report released by The Center for Rural Pennsylvania concerning heroin addiction treatment and recovery services, saying it will help in better understanding the problem and how it impacts communities across Pennsylvania. “The findings are an important roadmap for understanding heroin addiction and treatment,” Wozniak said. “The report is comprehensive and includes recommendations from those who presented information during the center’s series of public hearings.”  Read more

Sullivan sheriff backs Ulster sheriff’s call to arms

NARROWSBURG, NY — Ulster County Sheriff Paul Van Blarcum stirred up a bit of controversy when he suggested in a Facebook post on December 3 that men and women who are licensed and trained to handle guns should carry them whenever possible.  Read more

Sullivan budget includes infrastructure spending

MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County Legislature will soon be voting on the 2016 budget, which as proposed would come with a tax increase of about 0.93%. The revenue picture for the county has improved a bit, and the budget proposes spending of about “$8.9 million in county-supported road and bridge infrastructure improvements. This includes $1.5 million of new funds for a road-surface treating program. Twenty percent of all county roads would have work performed on them under this plan in 2016.”  Read more

Dreams are not for postponing: A book shop on Main Street

NARROWSBURG, NY — It has been Aaron Hicklin’s dream to open a book store. No stranger to the written word, Hicklin is the editor in chief of Out magazine and has long been in the journalism business. One Grand Books had its grand opening on Saturday, and members of the community and visitors came out to support the new shop.  Read more

Local politicians weigh in on Syrian refugees

REGION — In the wake of the terror attacks in Paris and the subsequent raids in Europe, politicians on both sides of the aisle are taking stands on whether the United States should halt the process of allowing refugees from Syria, and perhaps other countries with majority Mulsim populations, into the United States.  Read more

Pennsylvania counties explore budget legal action

HARRISBURG, PA — The ongoing budget impasse in Harrisburg is having a negative impact on municipalities and especially on counties, with some, such as Pike, saying they will have to take out loans to make ends meet at the beginning of 2016. Further, federal funds to meet the special needs of seniors, children and other vulnerable residents are not being released to the counties.  Read more

Port Jervis tax increase less than feared

PORT JERVIS, NY — Taxes came up again at the November 23 meeting of the Port Jervis Common Council, as Mayor Kelly Decker explained the proposed budget, and clarified misconceptions. He said, “The job of mayor is to be the liaison between the council and everyone and trying to guide them.  Read more

Tight budget year in Pike

MILFORD, PA — Revenues and spending are down and Pike County will be tightening belts in 2016.  Read more