Omicron variant confirmed in New York State

ALBANY, NY — On Thursday, December 2, Governor Kathy Hochul announced the first confirmed cases of the COVID-19 Omicron variant in New York State. So far, the five cases appear unrelated and …

The price of feeding all

REGION — As food prices rise, families feel the bite. The cost of food rose 0.9 percent in October, the same as in September, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Meat, poultry, fish …

Part IV:  Ducks out of water

In 2006, the Chicago City Council passed a foie gras ban. “The silliest law that they’ve ever passed,” said Democratic mayor Richard M. Daley. Two years later, in response to a …
Press release

Heating assistance available in Bethel

BETHEL, NY — The Bethel Local Development Corporation (BLDC) has announced that the Citizens Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) will once again be a priority program in the Town of Bethel in …

Let’s talk about money

MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County Legislature held a public hearing before its meetings on Thursday, November 18 to discuss a grant application from The Center for Discovery. Jill Weyer, …

Waiting for certification

MONTICELLO, NY — Three weeks after the 2021 local elections in Sullivan County, official results are still pending. According to the Sullivan County Board of Elections (BOE), the board is …

As one door closes, others open

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY – On November 18, the Sullivan West school board formally accepted the resignation of Superintendent Stephen A. Walker, who is scheduled to step down from the helm on …

Celebrating National Rural Health Day and more

Sullivan County International Airport declared a Superfund site MONTICELLO, NY — Sullivan County has begun a detailed environmental investigation of contamination at the Sullivan County …

Back to the drawing board

HARRISBURG, PA — Pennsylvania is redrawing the maps that dictate which federal and state legislators represent which residents. Occurring every 10 years following the census, the redistricting …
Waiting for Carlina

Part III: The wheat from the chaff

On November 25, 2022, a foie gras ban takes effect in New York City, threatening the financial health of Hudson Valley Foie Gras and La Belle Farms, two of Sullivan County’s largest employers. …

The law or the dictionary?

UPPER DELAWARE REGION — The Upper Delaware Council (UDC) debated questions of home rule and substantial conformance at its Thursday, November 4 full council meeting. The debate continued a …

A waiting game for broadband in Sullivan County

MONTICELLO, NY — There’s lot of talk about the importance of improving broadband coverage, especially in rural areas. New York State Gov. Kathy Hochul announced a statewide survey to …

Cannabis and the community in Tusten

TUSTEN, NY — The end result was a foregone conclusion at Tusten’s cannabis public hearing on Tuesday, November 9. The board had voted several times before on the issue under …

Cochecton opts out of dispensaries and more

Children’s vaccination clinics in Sullivan County MONTICELLO, NY — In an effort to continue quickly and effectively rolling out COVID-19 vaccines, Sullivan County Public Health …

ShopRite of Westfall Town Center opens November 7

WESTFALL TOWNSHIP, PA —  ShopRite closed its Montague store on Saturday night, November 6 and opened ShopRite of Westfall Town Center, on Sunday morning. The 73,000-square-foot, …
Waiting for Carlina

Part II: All duck or no dinner

NEW YORK CITY — Three days before Thanksgiving 2019, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) signed into law a ban on the sale of foie gras in New York City, effective date: November 29, 2022. …

Getting teens back to work

MONTICELLO, NY — The numbers are sobering. According to a chart from the St. Louis Fed, the rate of teen labor force participation has been down since about the turn of the millennium. But …

Hungry at college

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — “During the 2020 spring and fall semesters, we surveyed our students to see how they were doing” in the pandemic, said Debra Waller-Frederick, associate dean of …

Filling the gap

MILFORD, PA — Of the United States’ 63 national parks, there are just nine that lie east of the Mississippi. And none of those belong to Pennsylvania, New Jersey, or New York …

Guilty plea announced in Bethel tax collector pension fraud case and more

What's new in the Upper Delaware region November 11 to 17

Bigfoot sighted in Sullivan County?

UPPER DELAWARE RIVER VALLEY — Reports of residents seeing something they “can’t explain” have been flooding social media in the past few days. People are claiming that a …

Sullivan West’s Walker moves on

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY – On November 4, Stephen A. Walker, superintendent of schools at Sullivan West, announced to the community via a letter posted on Twitter that after about three-and-a-half …