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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.

PA committee passes property tax reform bill

HARRISBURG, PA — The PA Senate Finance Committee on September 16 voted six to five to approve Senate Bill 76, which would reform the way schools generate revenue. The bill calls for eliminating property tax and raising money to pay for schools through amended sales and property tax programs.  Read more

Another lawsuit filed over Narrowsburg school

MONTICELLO, NY — Larry Wolinsky, one of the lawyers representing Brendan and Kathy Weiden in the matter of the sale of the Narrowsburg school, said on September 16 that he was working on a lawsuit that would be filed that day against Joan Buto. On September 12, Buto attended a meeting at which everyone believed she would sign over her contract with the Sullivan West School District to the Weidens.  Read more

Delaware councilmember’s residency questioned

HORTONVILLE, NY — Tempers flared at the Delaware town council meeting September 10 when Steve Lundgren, one of the residents and a former candidate to become town supervisor, spoke during the public comment period. “I want to address the matter of Councilman Roeder’s not being a resident in Hortonville anymore,” he said, and “I’m not questioning the legality of it, but is it ethical, moral, is it the right thing to do?”  Read more

Tailwaters Coalition holds inaugural conference

HALE EDDY, NY — The first-ever meeting of the Upper Delaware River Tailwaters Coalition (UDRTC) was held at the West Branch Angler Resort on September 12, drawing about 70 people concerned with trout fishing, the reservoirs, flooding and other river issues. The rivers at the center of the discussion are the main stem of the Delaware River north of Callicoon, and the West Branch and East Branch, which flow from the Cannonsville Reservoir and Pepacton Reservoir respectively to meet the main stem at Hancock.  Read more

Narrowsburg Beautification Group gives $25,000 to Main Street deck project

NARROWSBURG, NY — At the recent Tusten Town Board meeting on September 8, it was announced that the Narrowsburg Beautification Group is giving its Golden Feather Award of $25,000 to the rebuilding of the deck on Main Street. The committee received the award from Sullivan Renaissance in 2012.  Read more

Upper Delaware Tailwater Coalition seeks UDC support

Dean Frazier, Delaware County Commissioner of Watershed Affairs, left, and Sherri Resti, of the Friends of the Upper Delaware River, right, are pictured September 4 as they sought the support of the Upper Delaware Council for a new Upper Delaware Tailwaters Coalition, now in its formative stages. The coalition’s aims include regional marketing, getting transparency in New York City water-release management, and expanded and expedited flood damage protection for property owners. The UDC took no action on the proposal.  Read more

Shohola burglaries continue

SHOHOLA, PA — As Shohola’s crime wave continues unabated, the municipal meeting scheduled for September 11 is anticipated to be largely dedicated to the volatile subject that has residents on edge. In coordination with local police, Lt. Christopher Paris, area commander working out of Blooming Grove State Police Barracks, will be there to give the current status of state police’s and the district attorney’s increased involvement in this ongoing investigation.  Read more

Results of Democratic Primary

Candidates for Governor:
Zephyr R Teachout 167,773
Andrew M Cuomo 301,011
Randy A Credico 17,913

Candidates for Lt. Governor:
Kathy C Hochul 277,952
Timothy Wu 187,052

Exchanging ideas about justice: LaBuda in Africa

GHANA — New York State Judge and Surrogate Frank J. LaBuda recently visited a couple of countries in Africa as part of the Rule of Law Program, a U.S. State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development program that stresses democratic principles of government and justice in emerging countries throughout the world. In Ghana, he was invited by the Honorable Nene Amegatcher, president of the Ghana Bar Association, to meet with the chief judge of Ghana, Georgina Theodora Wood, the first woman to hold that office.  Read more

Riseling honored by SASD

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Dick Riseling, former executive director and now board member of Sullivan Alliance for Sustainable Development (SASD), was honored at a fundraising event at the Catskill Art Society in Livingston Manor on September 6.

Riseling is well-known throughout the region for his advocacy in the realm of alternative energy. He and Sonja Hedlund own Apple Pond Farm in Callicoon Center, and he also hosts a program on the radio station WJFF called Connections, which airs at 7 p.m. on Mondays.  Read more

Court rules against supervisors; Gas drilling battles continue

LYCOMING COUNTY, PA — A Pennsylvania court ruled on August 29 that a conditional use permit that was issued by the board of supervisors of Fairfield Township to Inflection Energy LLC for the construction of a drilling pad and operation was done in violation of the town’s zoning code.  Read more

Catfish in the Upper Delaware

NARROWSBURG, NY — Louie Gocek said he thinks channel catfish are just about the best-tasting fish in the Upper Delaware River. He posed with his catch after a night on the river.  Read more

Callicoon Center parade of firefighters

CALLICOON CENTER, NY — A parade of fire trucks and fire fighters marched down through the center of town on September 6 to mark the 100th anniversary of the Callicoon Center Volunteer Fire Department.

Fire companies from around the region joined in the celebration, with contingents from Youngsville, Roscoe, Livingston Manor, White Sulphur Springs and Callicoon, as the celebrated Callicoon Center Band provided a musical backdrop for the occasion.  Read more

New York City discovers Honesdale; Concern that vandals will tarnish tourist business

HONEDALE, PA — The September 8 meeting of the Honesdale Borough Council was all about growing, protecting and burnishing Honesdale’s new identity.  Read more

Suicide legislation introduced

HARRISBURG, PA — Pennsylvania State Rep. Warren Kampf has co-sponsored legislation to require that psychologists and therapists receive continued training to identify the warning signs of suicide. House Bill 2461 is named the Matt Adler Suicide Prevention Continuing Education Act.  Read more

Minisink gas leak closes road

MINISINK, NY — Dozens of emergency vehicles rushed into Minisink and blocked Jacobs Road on the evening of September 7, when a strong gas smell was detected in the vicinity of the Minisink compressor station, shortly after 7 p.m. Volunteer Fire Department officials reported the leak to Millennium/Columbia Gas, with fire and EMS vehicles stationed all along the road. Columbia Gas representatives arrived at approximately 8:45 p.m. and deemed the situation as safe, before dispersing the emergency response units.  Read more

Suspect jumps into river

MATAMORAS, PA — On September 8, at approximately 2:30 p.m., officers from the Eastern Pike Regional Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a red Honda Civic that was suspected of being involved in retail thefts that were under investigation.

The driver, Carol Baran, 53, of Port Jervis was taken into custody. Her son, Brian Baran, was handcuffed and being placed into a patrol car when he pulled away from the officer and jumped off the Matamoras/Port Jervis bridge into the Delaware River.  Read more

Sullivan County DPW lawsuit

MONTICELLO, NY — The law firm of Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein issued a press release on September 5, claiming a victory for Laborers’ Local 17 in New York State Supreme Court, when Sullivan County Justice Stephan G. Schick rejected a challenge by Sullivan County to prevent the union from arbitrating a dispute involving the failure of Sullivan County to maintain a workforce of 128 employees in the County’s Department of Public Works (DPW).  Read more

Smallwood golf course discussed

MONTICELLO, NY — After a bit of tension, the board of the Town of Bethel and the Sullivan County Legislature seemed to have reached an agreement about how the former Smallwood Golf Course property will move forward.  Read more

Collecting tires from the West Branch

River guide Patricia “Sam” Decker was one of 32 volunteers and nine drift boats that answered the call to help clean up the Mud Flats above Balls Eddy on the West Branch of the Delaware River. Many bags of trash were collected and an astonishing number of old tires. The day was organized by the West Branch Anglers, Friends of the Upper Delaware River (FUDR) and Patagonia Inc. According to Jeff Skelding, executive director of FUDR, there will be two river cleanups planned for 2015.  Read more