News of the closing of the Himalayan Institute’s Yoga Café on Main Street sent shocks reverberating through the local community well beyond Honesdale.
Bonnie Robinson’s reaction was typical of many others who frequented the café over the eight years of it history. “This is the hub of my joy. What am I going to do? Where will I go? I am a teacher and run a retreat center and purchase many things related to my business here.” Read more
For the past few years, Rock Hill resident Dave Colavito has been waging a campaign to have information about projects that receive tax breaks in Sullivan County made more readily accessible to the public. He served on the Sullivan County Charter Review Commission in 2007 and 2008, and that was one of the resolutions of the commission. Read more
CALLICOON CENTER, NY — Town officials say it’s an unsafe eyesore that must come down. Tom Ward, an engineer, determined that it is unsafe and the demolition work could be just weeks away.
However, Zeke Boyle, an historic preservation specialist who is certified in New York and Pennsylvania, walked through the building on January 8 and said that while there are some areas that clearly need work, the heart of the building is structurally sound. Read more
Published annually, the Literary Gazette is a unique niche product showcasing the region’s rich literary flair. Each issue centers around a certain theme, and poems, stories and essays by area writers explore that theme. Past themes have included “A Sense of Place,” “Compassion,” “Nature,” “Bridges,” “Roots” and (for the upcoming issue) “Dreams.” Each Literary Gazette also features the work of an accomplished area photographer, whose pictures provide images related to the theme, serving as emphasis and counterpoint to the poems and stories. Read more
At one of last year’s Upper Delaware Council (UDC) meetings, Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) Executive Director Carol Collier was asked what the agency would do if it issued a set of permitting rules and subsequent studies revealed that the regulations were insufficient to protect the watershed from harm.
The question was asked in light of two studies already planned, which will investigate the cumulative impact of hydro-fracking and related natural gas drilling technologies: the DRBC’s own study, to be carried out by the USGS, and another one to be undertaken by the EPA. Read more
Petitions signed by voters in the Sullivan West Central School District, which may force a voter referendum on the sale of the Narrowsburg School, were delivered to superintendent Dr. Ken Hilton on January 3.
According to Dick Riseling, the resident who had put in a rejected bid to purchase the school, there were 1,255 signatures opposing the sale which, according to everyone involved, is enough to trigger the referendum and, according to Riseling, is 200 more than needed. Read more
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — More than one 100 friends and customers crammed into the Hamish & Henry Booksellers store in Livingston Manor on December 30, to share food, door prizes and to show appreciation for the independent bookstore that served the community for seven years.
Owners Sue Barnett and Jeff Christensen opened the store in July 2004 as a small renaissance was sweeping the hamlet and the county. “It’s been a great seven years,” Barnett said. Read more
Saying they will not make any more concessions than they already have, three unions that represent workers in Sullivan County have teamed up to resist wage and benefit freezes instituted by the legislature for the fiscal year 2011.
The unions are: Teamster Local 445, which represents the bulk of the workers; International Laborers Local 17, which represents workers in the Department of Public Works; and the New York State Nurses Association, which represents county nurses. Read more
Small dairy farmers in Sullivan County, like dairy farmers across the country, are searching for ways to survive. With milk prices fluctuating wildly from year to year, and the swings driving many small dairies out of business, it’s easy to imagine the remaining dairy farms in Sullivan County will be gone in a couple of years. Read more