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Residents invited to join broadband effort

MONTICELLO, NY — Sullivan County residents are invited to participate in a process that will contribute to New York State’s efforts to increase high-speed Internet access by testing the speed of their broadband Internet connection. A newly launched website, www.nyspeedtest.org, allows residents to participate in the speed test that will help New York map unserved and underserved areas.

The speed-testing initiative is being conducted as part of New York’s Broadband Mapping Program. The state has received approximately $2.5 million in American Reinvestment and Recovery Act funding through the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration, for broadband mapping and planning activities.

Taking the speed test is fast and simple. The test measures the time it takes for a resident’s computer to send (upload) and receive (download) information. Residents will be able to view real-time information about the quality of their broadband connection, as well as information about the speed they need in order to access the types of Internet services of most interest to them. Visit www.cscic.state.ny.us/broadband .

Bethel polls stay at old court building

WHITE LAKE, NY — Despite the fact that the Town of Bethel Town Court has moved, the polling place for Bethel Election District #3 has not changed. All registered voters in District #3 will vote at the old Justice Court Building, 3586 Route 55, Kauneonga Lake. All four Bethel polling districts will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, November 2.

Homicide under investigation

TEXAS TOWNSHIP, PA — The October 17 shooting of June Jufer, 68, in her residence in Texas Township is under investigation by state police. The shooting has been ruled a homicide by the Wayne County Coroner’s Office.

Robert Jufer, June’s husband, said that he was attacked and rendered unconscious after returning home. After regaining consciousness he went to a neighbors house to call the police. Troopers responding to the call discovered the victim in the bedroom, already deceased.

The matter is under investigation. Anyone with information should call 866/672-7135.

County sells notes to cover expenses

MONTICELLO, NY — Sullivan County has sold $5 million in tax anticipation notes to help cover expenses for the remainder of the year. The interest rates on the notes was .51%, and they will be payable in March. The money will be repaid with taxes collected in the intervening period.

According to Sullivan County Legislature Chairman Jonathan Rouise, the county is currently owed an estimated $26 million in back real estate taxes, plus $6.5 million in state and federal grants.

The notes were sold on Wednesday, October 13, along with $7.5 million for the solid waste transfer and recycling facility, $5.5 million for capping and closing the landfill and $2 million to cover the purchase of land for the new county jail.

Conservancy seeks national accreditation

UPPER DELAWARE REGION — The Delaware Highlands Conservancy, a land trust dedicated to conserving the natural and cultural heritage of the Upper Delaware River Watershed, has applied for accreditation through the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the national Land Trust Alliance (LTA). The accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. Independent accreditation provides assurance of quality and permanence of land conservation and helps build public confidence in land conservation.

“This important step in the conservancy’s organizational growth indicates to the public, regulators and the land-conservation community that we take the call for self-regulation seriously,” said conservancy founder Barbara Yeaman.

A public comment period on the conservancy’s accreditation application is now open. Signed, written comments relating to how the Delaware Highlands Conservancy complies with national quality standards will be accepted.

For the full list of standards, and to submit a comment online, see www.landtrustaccreditation.org/getting-accredited/indicator-practices . Comments may also be mailed to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, Attn: Public Comments, 112 Spring Street, Suite 204, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

It is requested that comments by submitted by December 30.