If Governor Andrew Cuomo keeps a vice-like grip on the purse strings in Albany for the next three years, it will prove to be disastrous. That’s what superintendent Robert Dufour told a packed house at the March 15 meeting of the board of the Eldred Central School District. Dufour said that the district has tapped into $700,000 of its reserve account in an attempt to compensate for paltry state aid out of Albany in recent years. If this pattern plays out for the next two years, reserves will be tapped out and the “prognosis would not look good.” Read more
Their smiling, expectant faces in the photographs belie the nature of the danger faced by those who comprise the 101st Airborne Division in one of the most inhospitable countries that lies half way around the world—Afghanistan.
While President Obama may have re-defined the nature of the military’s role in Afghanistan, these young men know that they must remain vigilant, aware that if they let their guard down, they can be hurt or killed. Read more
On March 13, 2013 State Police at Liberty arrested two subjects for possessing marijuana and ecstasy after a vehicle and traffic stop on Eldred -Yulan Road in the Town of Highland. At approximately 1:15pm, a Trooper patrolling the Eldred area conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle occupied by MARTIN CORA, age 23 and CHELSEA CURTIS age 23, both of Bloomsburg, PA. Read more
Thanks to a vigilant resident, Town of Highland constables are hot on the heels of the person or persons responsible for a series of home break-ins. It was noted at the town board meeting on February 12 that there have been in the neighborhood of 20 to 30 break-ins reported in recent months. Because of that, the board unanimously voted to add $10,000 to the constabulary budget to beef up patrols. Read more
The board of the Eldred Central School District is still wrestling with how to balance the budget for the next school year, and the sports program was the topic of discussion at a workshop on February 26. A majority of the 35 residents in attendance supported the idea of cutting the sports program in order to save nearly $300,000. Read more
Former Eldred School Business Official William Thornton was arrested on Friday, February 15 and charged with three felony counts related to the theft of $20,000 from district funds in November. He was arraigned later in the day in the Town of Highland Court on the following charges: two counts of grand larceny in the third degree (both class D felonies); and one count of falsifying business records in the first degree, a class E felony. Read more
Sponsored by the Auxiliary of the Highland Lake Fire Dept. at the Eldred Town Hall, 4:30-7pm. Lasagne, vegetable lasagne, eggplant Parmesan, spaghetti with meatballs, ziti, Rosie's Italian goulash and Skip's chili. Takeout only. Adults $7, children $4.
Huge video sale at Sunshine Hall Free Library. Hundreds of used VHS tapes for .50 each. Classics, childrens, and blockbusters. A little of everything. A limited number of DVDs for one dollar each, while supplies last. For hours: call 845/557-6258 or visit www.rcls.org/eld.
None of the missing funds with which former Eldred Central School District Business Administrator William Thornton allegedly absconded has been recovered to date. Superintendent Robert Dufour’s only reference to the matter at the school board meeting on January 10 was that he was grateful to the New York State Police for all that they did in bringing out the improprieties alleged against the embattled Thornton.
“In Eldred, it’s the state police that handle a matter of this kind,” said Doug Reiser, school board president. Read more
With reports of the economy finally on a slight upswing and housing starts leading the way, the Town of Highland vigorously debated the merits and detrimental effects of Local Law Number Four at the town board meeting on December 11. Essentially, the law would impact large projects that would result in a significant number of truck trips, and cause the owner of those trucks to pay for any damage to local roads. Local contractors see it as infringing on their businesses in particular and the economy in general. Read more