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June 2012

HEAL grant to help nursing home

The New York State Department of Health has awarded Sullivan County $1.1 million for improvements to the county nursing home located in Liberty. The county had applied for this funding in February, through a competitive grant process.  Read more

Baseline water testing to be offered

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Chris Talbott, a Sullivan County homeowner, and the Community Science Institute (CSI) are set to launch an area-wide initiative to test groundwater in the area. The CSI project will create a public database reporting test results for area water supplies, providing a baseline measurement that could be used in the case that fracking activities are conducted in the future to help diagnose contamination.  Read more

Resolution to reverse Citizens United

MONTICELLO, NY — Members of the Sullivan County branch of the grassroots organization MoveOn will introduce a draft resolution to the Sullivan County Legislature’s public session on Thursday, June 21 at 2 p.m. in the County Administration building to nullify the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision known as “Citizens United,” which, combined with other recent Supreme Court rulings, has resulted in unlimited anonymous funding to political campaigns. Similar resolutions have already been introduced in a number of states, counties and municipalities. Call 845/292-4895.  Read more

Earley wins unemployment compensation; borough loses appeal

Wayne Earley, Honesdale Borough’s former zoning officer who was fired by the borough council on March 12, applied for unemployment compensation and got it. The borough council did not support his application and appealed the decision.  Read more

Charges against Walls withdrawn; Nelia resigns as supervisor; Wall's statement

All of the charges against Donald and Nelia Wall have been withdrawn. The outcome came following a year and a half grand jury investigation of charges brought by Shohola resident/attorney Mark Hamill and other residents of Shohola Township.

In a statement issued by the Walls, they said the agreement reached with Pike County District Attorney Raymond Tonkin was not a plea bargain, and they did not admit to any wrongdoing. Part of the agreement called for the couple to pay $7,500 to Shohola Township as “restitution,” and that Nelia resign from her position as township supervisor.  Read more

Tyner and Schreibman vie for Hinchey’s seat; both claim they follow his progressive lead

NINETEENTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, NY — In the race for endorsements, Julian Schreibman, a former federal prosecutor, has picked up far more Democratic committees than rival Joel Tyner, a five-time Dutchess County legislator. But Tyner thinks his hard-line stand on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, will help him win the day.  Read more

Zombies, wounds and horror movies;Kelly Smith makes magic out of makeup

Zombies recently invaded Eldred Central High School (ECS), not long after a gory car crash and its lacerated victims were treated by emergency personnel in the school parking lot. The zombies never made the news, and the prom crash won’t appear in any police reports. That’s because both were staged events, with ultra-realistic special effects executed by a gifted ECS high school senior who appears to have found her calling.  Read more

Local Law 3 nears completion in Highland

In ongoing efforts to receive feedback from all concerned parties, the Town of Highland Town Board has scheduled two more opportunities to have questions answered and to offer public comment on proposed Local Law 3, which would ban high-impact industrial activity such as that associated with natural gas drilling, and recent revisions made to the draft.  Read more

Local Law 3 nears completion in Highland

In ongoing efforts to receive feedback from all concerned parties, the Town of Highland Town Board has scheduled two more opportunities to have questions answered and to offer public comment on proposed Local Law 3, which would ban high-impact industrial activity such as that associated with natural gas drilling, and recent revisions made to the draft.  Read more

A tip of the hat

Colorful headwear was the order of the day at a fundraiser at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) in Youngsville on June 17. The winners of the hat contest were Ramona Jan, left, Siena Klaber, Morgan Hamilton and Lucy Jan-Turan.  Read more