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May 2013

Kristina Kares raises $10,000; Money raised for literacy programs

A fundraiser held at Villa Roma Hotel and Resort raised $10,000, and marks a successful event for Kristina Assistance Relief Efforts Services (Kristina Kares), the non-profit organization that was founded in the memory of Kristina Adams. Adams was murdered in August 2012 in Damascus, PA by Rodney Ezrapour, according to the Wayne County District Attorney. Ezrapour then turned the gun on himself.  Read more

Yasgur’s Farm gets noise permit; smoke in the sewer

In addressing perhaps the last hurdle to Woodstock Reunion this summer, the Bethel Town Board voted to grant a noise permit to Yasgur Road Productions. However, perhaps mindful that at previous reunion events the loud music reportedly upset the dairy cows next door, which are owned by former supervisor Harold Russell, the planning board attached some conditions to the permit. Supervisor Dan Sturm read the conditions, “The speakers and amplified music shall be turned away from adjoining residences, and agricultural buildings, and shall be angled toward the ground.”  Read more

Milford Beach to stay open with donation

Superintendent John J. Donahue announced on April 29 that there is a plan in place to keep Milford Beach open for 2013. The closure had looked unavoidable until Kinder Morgan, the parent company of Tennessee Gas Company, created a proposal to donate the full $41,000 needed to pay for operations at Milford Beach this summer.  Read more

Former Honesdale man dies in avalanche

A man who graduated from Honesdale High School in 1999, Ryan Novak, 33, was one of five victims who were killed in an avalanche over the past weekend. The avalanche happened in Loveland Pass, which is located about 50 miles away from Denver, CO.  Read more

‘FrackNation’ director at Sullivan West

Phelim McAleer, director of the controversial “pro-fracking” documentary “FrackNation,” will speak at a screening of his film on May 8 at 7 p.m. at Sullivan West High School in Lake Huntington.  Read more

Cornell Extension ends furloughs

After a strong showing of support from individuals throughout Sullivan County to its emergency donation appeal, Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Sullivan County will reopen its office five days a week and bring staff back to work full-time on May 13. The board of directors’ executive committee voted on May 10 to end the furlough.  Read more

Cochecton keeps pace with the times; Ordinances and property records go digital

Although the greater part of the Cochecton Town Board’s special April 24 meeting was devoted to the Codification Project Workshop, the board managed to accomplish several additional objectives as well. The purpose of the workshop was to update, revise, and make uniform all Cochecton town ordinances. Under the guidance of acting town attorney Karen Mannino, the board reviewed all ordinances to ensure that they are in compliance with county, state and federal law and that the language of the ordinances accurately reflects both original intent and current purpose. Ordinances having outlived their usefulness will be struck from the books. Town Supervisor Gary Maas brought the workshop to a close, noting that he and Mannino must consult further with the town code officer and county engineer before ordinances can be finalized and submitted to General Code for uploading to the town’s website.  Read more

Deal reached on Pond Eddy Bridge; Replacement will be smaller than planned

An agreement regarding the replacement of the bridge that has been the center of controversy for over a decade has apparently been reached, and involves significant changes from the initial plan.

The Pond Eddy Bridge, which is currently 18 feet wide, is a truss style structure, and because it has deteriorated over the past century since it was built in 1905, it has a weight limit of seven tons. The replacement bridge that was originally agreed to was to be 32 feet wide, have an interstate style, and have a weight limit of 40 tons.  Read more