Representatives of a dozen companies lined up with their cardboard sleds at the Holiday Mountain Ski and Fun Park on February 9 to take part in a race. The sleds could be made only from cardboard, tape and paint. The Woodstock Wind Balloon Company took the prize for “most creative,” while the Poley Paving Company created the fastest sled. Read more
Deputy county treasurer Nancy Buck said, “It’s not really a horror film.” That was after county chair Scott Samuelson said, “I’d like to see maybe a non-horror movie next time,” which prompted a round of laughter. Read more
"Zusya on the Roof," a short story by Nicole Krauss, will be discussed at the next meeting of the great books discussion program at the E.B. Crawford Public Library, 7:30pm. Copies of the story are available at the library or in the February 4, 2013 issue of New Yorker Magazine. 845/794-4660.
The Literacy Volunteers of Sullivan County will sponsor their monthly Story Time at the Read it Again Book Store, 11am-12 noon. All children must be accompanied by an adult, who will remain with them throughout the hour. This month will be a Dr. Seuss Celebration. Free and for children in grades K-3. 845/794-0017.
Legislators have not yet voted, but it seems likely that they will move forward with a plan to build nine new emergency communications towers and purchase new frequencies to aid in the communication among emergency responders. Read more
Legislator Cindy Gieger said that only three farmers regularly receive recycled newsprint from Sullivan County transfer stations, and a fourth receives it occasionally. The policy to allow farmers to receive recycled newsprint for no cost was established in 2003. Read more
The Sullivan County Legislature, at a meeting on February 1, gave department heads permission to fill about 50 vacant positions that are considered critical for the smooth functioning of county government. The legislature changed the hiring policy because of the recession so that every new hire had to be approved by the legislature. Read more
Dennis DeGroat, 39, of Bloomingburg, will be spending 13 years in prison with 10 years of post-release supervision for the rape of a girl who was 13 years old. Read more
The final two members of a burglary ring have been sentenced. Elliot Hernandez, 19, of Monticello, was sentenced to seven years in state prison and five years of post-release supervision for his role in four burglaries of homes in the Towns of Forestburgh and Thompson. Read more
Sandy Shaddock, the business representative of Teamsters Local 445, which represents some 600 Sullivan County employees, is raising concerns about Randall Parker, the commissioner of the Division of Health and Family Services (DFS) and possible conflict of interest because of changes he has made to foster care and child protective services in Sullivan County. Read more