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September 2013

Wasted

If you Google “drunken concert fans,” you’ll find that the problem of obnoxious drunks is not uncommon at large concert venues. From the U.S. to the U.K. to Australia and beyond, you’ll find YouTube videos posted of drunken fan behavior along with written postings by sober (or less inebriated?) concert goers, telling how their evening was ruined by the alcohol-fueled misconduct of someone seated or standing nearby.  Read more

Sullivan strategic plan

In reiterating some of the pressing goals that should be addressed by Sullivan County officials if possible, legislator Kitty Vetter said one of her priorities was expanding broadband internet throughout the county.  Read more

Blooming Grove adopts emergency management plan

The Blooming Grove Township supervisors unanimously adopted an emergency management resolution at a brief business meeting on September 2.  Read more

No axes to grind in Honesdale

The Honesdale Borough Council spent a good part of its September 9 monthly meeting listening to the public second-guess it. Ed Kraus of Narrowsburg, NY, Earl Mohn of Beach Lake, Stan Pratt and Jerry Theobald of Honesdale, each witnessed multiple incidents occurring between June and August of this year in which serious vehicular accidents were narrowly averted. Because each incident involved a driver attempting to go the wrong way on one-way streets, all of the men were of the opinion that the one-way traffic pattern was responsible for those close calls.  Read more

Election dirty tricks suit in Orange

TOWN OF NEW WINDSOR, NY — Town of New Windsor Board member Bonnie C. Brennan has initiated a lawsuit arising from the conduct of her opponents during the 2012 elections. Brennan charges that her opponent, Jack D’Angelo, assisted by the chair of the Town of New Windsor Republican Committee, Carmen Dubaldi, obtained a photo from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, and ran a series of advertisements in a local newspaper and sent a mailer falsely accusing Brennan of having a criminal record.  Read more

Grant for Sullivan airport

WASHINGTON, DC — Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced on September 9 that $63,810 in federal funding is being awarded to the Sullivan County International Airport to upgrade airport drainage in the terminal area and the Runway 33 safety area. The funding is allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Airport Improvement Program.  Read more

Honesdale woman sentenced to six years for heroin

A Honesdale woman who failed to dim her bright lights to oncoming traffic was stopped, searched and eventually sentenced to up to six years in state prison. The sentence was handed down on September 9 in Pike County. When Jessica Cargill was initially stopped in Lackawaxen Township, officers became suspicious of her and a passenger and looked through the vehicle. They discovered a locked safe in the trunk of the car. The state troopers obtained a search warrant, opened the safe and discovered 430 bags of heroin valued at $8,600.  Read more

Fifty-five dogs taken from Waymart Home

The owner of 55 dogs that were removed from a house on Belmont Turnpike in Waymart will likely face charges for animal cruelty. Ten of the dogs in his care were dead or dying when officials entered the home; the owner, who was not named in news reports, could also be facing a charge of operating a kennel without a license.  Read more

Call center for Hancock?

A global company called Qualfon is considering the Village of Hancock as the site for a new call center. Qualfon serves the “business process outsourcing” for various businesses and also provides “interactive voice response” services. According to the company’s website (www.qualfon.com) Qualfon has facilities in the Philippines, Guyana, Mexico, Costa Rica, the United States and China.  Read more

Library competes for more county funding

Looking for a change in the way budget money is divided, a spokesman for the Hawley Library came before the Pike County Commissioners last Wednesday asking for a bigger piece of the county’s library funding.  Read more