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October 22, 2016
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REGION — As the chlorophyll in green leaves breaks down letting reds, yellows and oranges shine through, the autumn show begins.

This information from Environmental Learning Resources from SUNY: “As the fall colors appear, other changes are taking place. At the point where the stem of the leaf is attached to the tree, a special layer of cells develops and gradually severs the tissues that support the leaf. At the same time, the tree seals the cut, so that when the leaf is finally blown off by the wind or falls from its own weight, it leaves behind a leaf scar.

Berlin Township adopts 2015 budget

BEACH LAKE, PA — In a December 16 meeting that lasted only 40 minutes, the Berlin Township Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted its proposed 2015 budget, without comment from the board or questions from the public. It also adopted a new ordinance electing township participation in the Pennsylvania State Association of Townships (PSATS) Unemployment Compensation Trust, which will allow the township to pay lower unemployment insurance premiums. And it passed a resolution to advertise public review of a proposed nuisance ordinance.  Read more

Triumph (for now) of the fractivists

REGION — They were so committed, active and numerous that a new name had to be created to describe them—fractivists, or activists opposed to high-volume hydraulic fracturing.  Read more

Racial bullying charges at Sullivan West; disabled veteran tax breaks discussed

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — Sparse attendance at a relatively brief December 18 Sullivan West Central School District Board of Education meeting may have undercut somewhat the serious student welfare and social conscience issues presented.  Read more

No new Pike taxes in 2015

MILFORD, PA — Beginning his announcement of the county’s new budget proposal last Wednesday, Commissioners Chair Rich Caridi began with the salient point, “There will be no new taxes in this budget.”

The combined county millage (tax) rate remains at 18.54 per $1,000 of assessed property value.

The proposed $37.9 million spending budget includes a $473,000 cut in spending, which reflects a similar projected reduction in county revenues.

This would be the third consecutive year without a tax increase, and county spending has dropped $3 million in that period.  Read more

Wayne seeks tax anticipation quotes

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Commissioners on December 3 approved a request to seek quotes for a $2 million tax anticipation note.  Read more

Buck sworn in as treasurer; Decision called bipartisan

MONTICELLO, NY — Nancy Buck was sworn in to become the Sullivan County treasurer on December 11, after the legislature unanimously voted to appoint her to the position the previous week.  Read more

WJFF transmitter location questioned

MONTICELLO, NY — Radio station WJFF, located in Jeffersonville, sends its broadcast signal out from a Sullivan County-owned tower on Elk Point Road in the town of Liberty. The tower was a topic of discussion at a public safety meeting in the government center on December 11. (This reporter provides WJFF with weekend news segments.)  Read more

Highland appoints assessor replacement

ELDRED, NY — A former assessor was chosen to return as the Town of Highland Town Board on December 11 hired Lorry King to serve the remaining term of Renee Ozomek, who has submitted her resignation as of January 1.  Read more

Returning Thanksgiving thanks

GLEN SPEY, NY — Electric linesmen working on Thanksgiving got an unexpected invitation for dinner, and Lumberland has received thanks for it.  Read more

Sullivan mulls expanded transportation program

MONTICELLO, NY — Much of the current transportation program in Sullivan County is concerned with getting seniors and Medicaid patients to appointments, and the Office for the Aging runs shopping buses, but there are also trips open to the general public. According to the county website, there are “two round-trip routes, one of which runs on Thursdays from Lumberland/Bethel to Monticello, and a second that runs on Fridays from Delaware/Callicoon to Monticello.”

Also, ShortLine Bus provides service between Fallsburg, Monticello, Liberty and Loch Sheldrake on a daily basis.  Read more

DWI arrest in Liberty

LIBERTY, NY — In the early morning hours of December 13, Sullivan County sheriff’s deputies responded to a one car motor vehicle accident on Clements road in the Town of Liberty. Deputies found that a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee had run off the road and struck a tree stump. The front and rear passengers had been ejected from the vehicle. Both victims were taken to Catskill Regional Medical Center by Mobile Medic and then transferred to Westchester Medical Center in Vahalla in serious condition. The driver, Hailey G.  Read more

PA Prevailing Wage act legislation

HARRISBURG, PA — Legislation to increase Pennsylvania’s prevailing wage threshold will be reintroduced in the next session by Sen. Gene Yaw.  Read more

PA trespass and hunting

HARRISBURG, PA — Legislation to crack down on hunters who trespass on private property will be reintroduced in the upcoming legislative session by Sen. Rich Alloway. The legislation would authorize Pennsylvania Game Commission officers to enforce trespass laws and issue citations.  Read more

Peck’s Market in Narrowsburg store to be sold

NARROWSBURG, NY — Multiple sources have been saying for weeks that the Peck’s Market in Narrowsburg will be sold, and the closing is scheduled for early in January.  Read more

Thompson man arrested after standoff with police

MONTICELLO, NY — John Ortiz, 45, has been arrested after a standoff with police. On December 14, at about 3 p.m., deputies from the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office were called to 20 Haddock Rd. in the Town of Thompson for a barricaded subject.  Read more

Demonstration spreads to Monticello; Mayor joins the effort

MONTICELLO, NY — The demonstrations that have erupted across the nation in recent weeks appeared in Monticello on December 14, when about 40 people turned out to demand justice for all.  Read more

Former Lackawaxen Township secretary arrested

LACKAWAXEN, PA — There was a full house at the Lackawaxen Township meeting on December 15 following news that the former secretary was arrested the previous week on charges of misappropriating more than $200,000 in funds over a 10-year period. Shawn Marie Roe, 54, faces six felony charges including theft, fraud and computer crimes.  Read more

One casino in the Catskills: Montreign in Monticello

ALBANY, NY — It was announced today, Wednesday, December 17, by the Gaming Facility Location Board that they recommend one casino in the Catskills and Hudson Valley region, and that casino is Empire Resorts' casino Montreign in Town of Thompson, Sullivan County.  Read more

Fracking to be prohibited in New York State

ALBANY, NY — During a cabinet meeting in Albany on December 17, Howard Zucker, M.D. the acting New York State health commissioner, said that he could not recommend that hydraulic fracturing should be allowed to go forward. Zucker cited several existing studies on fracking and its impacts on human health and said that many of them raised “red flags,” but he said that there were not enough studies, and specifically “longitudinal studies,” that could settle the question with certainty.  Read more

Announcement: Tusten Town Board meeting re-scheduled

The Tusten Town Board meeting that was supposed to be held on Tuesday, December 9 has been moved to Wednesday, December 17 at 7 p.m.