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August 2011

Crematorium case reaches county court

The two warring sides to the issue of a proposed crematorium finally had their day in court. It may be the first of many since there are at least two appeals on the docket of the Pike County Court of Common Pleas.  Read more

News in brief

Delaware to consider a sole assessor

HORTONVILLE, NY — Despite the fact that the idea was shot down by residents a number of years ago, the Town of Delaware board will consider changing the number of assessors from three to one. “We are one of the rare towns that have three assessors,” said Jim Scheutzow, board chairman. “Most, if not all, have only one.”  Read more

Court voids Tusten gas lease,property owner keeps the money

A Sullivan County Supreme Court judge has ruled that a gas-drilling lease in the Town of Tusten is void because restrictive covenants on the deed prohibit using the land for any kind of commercial activity.  Read more

Bethel looks at drilling and fracking; joins neighboring towns in zoning pursuit

As in other towns in Sullivan County, the issues of gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing have been percolating through the local political process in the Town of Bethel for the past couple of years. At a town meeting on August 27, the town board gave its clearest indication to date about the likely path the board will follow.  Read more

Did you feel the earthquake? What about fracking?

The 5.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Virginia on August 23 wreaked a bit of damage nearby: the tip of the Washington Monument was cracked. But its vibrations were felt as far away as Detroit and Canada. That’s according to information from the U.S. Geological Survey’s feature called “Did you feel it?” located at  Read more

Dinner & variety show benefit

October 1, 2011

Entertainment by country singer Dusti Callo, Aradia & the Ra Dancers direct from Las Vegas & MC Rich Wilson at Erie Trackside Manor, $60. Benefits Humane Society of Port Jervis. Tickets: 845/856-8485. Info: or 845/856-3677.

Walk for shelter animals

September 25, 2011

Refreshments, info booths, demonstrations, live music, vendors & more at D&H Canal Park Visitor Center, 11am, rain or shine. Benefits Humane Society of Port Jervis. or 845/856-3677.

Good night, Irene!

All it takes is one minor disaster to remind me of how dependent I have become on technology. Even though the hurricane could have been much worse, we still took a hit here in the mountains and I couldn’t help but think of Gilligan, his island... and how the song might have gone, were it today: “No phones, no lights, no Internet... ”  Read more

Pet adoption day

September 18, 2011

Meet local adoptable pets from Humane Society of Port Jervis at Deerpark Heritage Festival, 10am-5pm. or 845/856-3677.

Pet adoption day

September 3, 2011
September 4, 2011

Meet local adoptable pets from Humane Society of Port Jervis at All Occasion Fireworks, 10am-3pm. or 845/856-3677.