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August 2013

Bagel Festival declared a hit

An estimated 5,000 people turned out to the first-ever Bagel Festival in Monticello on August 17 and 18. Jeffrey Siegel, owner of the Spencer Daniels Agency, which produced the festival, said, “The only way it could have been more fabulous would be maybe if President Obama stopped by. It was just great.”  Read more

Tusten becomes ‘friend of the court’ to Dryden and Middlefield

TUSTEN, NY — At the Tusten town board meeting on Tuesday, August 13, the board members discussed and voted on becoming an amicus curiae, or friend of the court, in actions involving municipal home rule in the court of appeals of the State of New York.  Read more

Cochecton endorses Class III gaming

The Town of Cochecton board passed two resolutions at its August 14 regular monthly meeting aimed at making Sullivan County more attractive and prosperous. One resolution endorsed pending New York State legislation designed to permit a limited number of Class III gaming facilities within the mid-Hudson region, defined to include Sullivan and Ulster counties. Another set hearing dates for review and determination of further action on decaying properties containing unsafe structures.  Read more

New emergency equipment for Blooming Grove

Blooming Grove Township will purchase new communication equipment for emergency services due to radio interference on the current frequency, the board of supervisors said.  Read more

Casino fever takes hold; A push for Proposition One

Proposition One on the ballot in the November election will be a question as to whether voters in the state want to alter the state constitution to allow non-Indian Class III gaming in the state. If the voters approve, that would open the way for four casinos to open in three regions in the state, the Capital Region, the Finger Lakes and the Catskills. One of the regions would be able to open two casinos.  Read more

Another drowning victim

New York State Police in Middletown are investigating the apparent drowning of a New Jersey man in the Delaware River. On August 17 at approximately 1:15 p.m., Jamel Rounds, age 21, of Paterson, NJ was swimming in the Delaware River near a private residence on Sleepy Hollow Road in the Sparrowbush section of the Town of Deerpark.  Read more

Novak murder trial continues

The murder trial of Paul Novak has been unfolding over the past week or so with sometimes dramatic testimony. Novak is accused of murdering his estranged wife, Catherine Novak, then burning down the house in Lava in 2008.  Read more

Sullivan residents asked to take health survey

If you are a Sullivan County resident, you are being called on to help improve the health of the community.  Read more

Pike woman dies after being struck by car

A Pike County woman has died after being hit by a car near Lake Wallenpaupack on August 11. According to Pennsylvania State Police, 56-year-old Diane Bernstel was hit as she was walking across Route 6 near Hawley.  Read more

Growing drug problem locally

“We have a severe drug problem,” Darnelle Prunka told the Lumberland Town Board last week, referring to the community at large.  Read more