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Monticello

Long Term Care Council meeting

August 15, 2012

Information on long term care services in Sullivan County in Legislative Committee Room (Gov't Center), 3-4:30pm, free, all welcome. 845/807-0257.

Veterans fundraiser

August 9, 2012

Hosted by the Committee for the Families of Iraq & Afghanistan War Vets at Mr. Willy's, 5:30-7:30pm, $25 incl. unlimited wings & beer/soda. 845/418-5803.

Short story discussion

August 14, 2012

"Lost in the Funhouse" by John Barth will be discussed at E.B. Crawford Public Library, 7:30pm, free. New members welcome. 845/794-4660.

Violin concert

August 15, 2012

NY concert violinist Akiko Kobayashi performs at E.B. Crawford Public Library, 7:30pm, free, public welcome. 845/794-4660.

Pond Eddy Bridge rally postponed

Friends of the Pond Eddy Bridge, which had been planning a “Save the Pond Eddy Bridge” rally on August 4, has postponed the planned demonstration. The postponement is due to developments at the June 27 meeting in Monticello between NYS Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald and local officials, arranged by NYS Senator John Bonacic with support from Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther (see “New York meeting regarding Pond Eddy Bridge, TRR July 12 issue).  Read more

Hinchey and Medicare feted

Congressman Maurice Hinchey noted that everyone at some point needs healthcare, and without it, he would have died from the colon cancer he suffered with. Fortunately, two operations to address the problem last summer were successful, and though he will be retiring at the end of the year, he plans to remain active in matters that have long interested him. One of those is the strengthening of Medicare, which turned 47 years old on July 30.  Read more

Barryville man sentenced for vehicular manslaughter

When 19-year-old Charles Wolf lost control of the vehicle he was driving on Haring Road in the Town of Lumberland in December 2011, the resulting accident cost the life of his cousin, Kyle MacKechnie.  Read more

'Sullivan County in the Civil War'

August 8, 2012

Talk by Myron Gittel at E.B. Crawford Public Library, 7:30pm, free, public welcome. 845/794-4660.

Wide-ranging SCCC budget hearing; proposed increase in tuition, salaries

Nick Speranza, chairman of the board of Sullivan County Community College (SCCC), ticked off a list of accomplishments the college has achieved during the past year. Perhaps chief among them was that the college retained accreditation by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. He said that college officials were “very concerned about a visit from the accreditation team” because of past problems, but the visit went well. The team, however, said the college should make a few changes, such as the creation of a strategic plan, which the college did not have.  Read more

Pushing for more sunlight; legislator campaigns against caucus system

As a general rule, when making decisions about matters that will impact the public, elected officials in New York State are required to deliberate in public. But one important exception to the rule is the political caucus. When members of the same political party get together, they are allowed to discuss county business, and just about anything else they want to discuss, with no fear of running afoul of the state’s Open Meetings Law.  Read more

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