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This non-controversial painting and many others were on display in Frank Kulonís home on May 19 as he prepared for an exhibit.

The unusual case of Franciszek Kulon

Local artist may lose his house

By FRITZ MAYER

PARKSVILLE, NY—Franciszek (Frank) Kulon’s rambling house on Aden Hill Road is full of paintings, some of them quite recognizable as being controversial depictions of local officials. Now that home may be taken away and put up for auction at the Sullivan County tax sale on June 9.

Kulon admits that he has not paid all of his taxes. In May of 2009, he thought he paid the taxes that were due for 2008. But according to county treasurer Ira Cohen, state law dictates that if a person owes back taxes for multiple years, the most recent bill must be paid first. Therefore, because the overdue tax bill was two years old, the county began foreclosure proceedings and took title to the house.

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Sager nomination appears likely

Pressure mounts for him to withdraw

By FRITZ MAYER

FORTY SECOND SENATE DISTRICT, NY—David Sager won the support of the Sullivan County Democratic Committee on May 23, and he won the support of the Ulster County Democratic Committee on May 24 as the choice to run on the Democratic line in a race against state Senator John Bonacic this fall. Earlier in the month, the Delaware County Democratic Committee supported him; the Orange County committee has not acted yet.

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Goodbye to Gazebo Park

By SANDY LONG

BARRYVILLE, NY—Native plants selected for their “resilience and hardiness” have brought out those same qualities in the volunteers who lovingly landscaped “Gazebo Park” at the intersection of routes 55 and 97 in Barryville, now that the property on which the park sits has been sold.

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