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LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — “Lake Huntington looks like pea soup. In my lifetime, I can’t recall a six-week algae bloom like this one. Most last only a few days, at most. The Department of Environmental Control (DEC) has taken water samples and we’re awaiting test results.” With those remarks at the October 8 Cochecton Town Board meeting, Supervisor Gary Maas introduced a topic familiar but unpleasant to all who live, work or play near the lake. Asked if the DEC might impose a ban on recreational activities for the duration of the bloom, Maas said, “We’ll just have to wait and see what the DEC says.”

Doctor outlines drug epidemic

GLEN SPEY, NY — Dr. Carlos Holden described “a national epidemic,” as he narrated a slide presentation on the impacts of young people’s illicit use of illegal heroin, purchased on the street, and prescription drugs often found in the family medicine cabinet.  Read more

Honesdale faces hard times, Halloween protest

HONESDALE, PA — It started on a high note, but the October 13 meeting of the Honesdale Borough Council quickly became one of grim reality. At the top of the meeting, Mayor Jack Bishop presented awards to Elizabeth (“Betty”) Baerenklau, Virginia (“Ginny”) Motsko, and Kathy Highhouse for lifetime service to special-needs children. Moments later, the council saw itself portrayed as the Grinch that moved Halloween. But there was worse to come, as it was revealed that Honesdale is almost in the red, with insufficient funds to meet its end-of-year expenses.  Read more

Hawley playground nearly ready to open

HAWLEY, PA — After months of planning and hard work the new Caleb Joseph Regenski Memorial Foundation Playground is nearly ready to be open to the public. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was planned for October 9, but the weather did not cooperate and resulted in the delay of some concrete work, which in turn has delayed the opening.  Read more

Cuomo: end of AIDS task force

ALBANY, NY — On October 14, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced the creation of the End of AIDS Task Force to implement his plan to end new HIV infections in the Empire State by 2020. Members of the task force include longstanding AIDS activists, HIV services providers and persons living with HIV/AIDS, making it what his office called “a true public-private partnership.” Amida Care, a Medicaid health plan designed for persons living with HIV/AIDS in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Bronx, commended the initiative.  Read more

Gunther to be honored

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — New Hope Community will present its Neighbor of Distinction Award to New York Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther. The presentation will take place during the agency’s seventh annual Neighbor-to-Neighbor Autumn Affair on Thursday, November 13 at New Hope’s campus in Loch Sheldrake. Assemblywoman Gunther will be the sixth such honoree.  Read more

Activity at Rohman Park

SHOHOLA, PA — New plaques commemorating Shohola’s history will be placed throughout Shohola’s Rohman Park on Twin Lakes Road, as revealed at the township meeting on October 9. Also at Rohman Park, on October 18 the Shohola Boy Scout Troop #76 will host the third annual Shohola-Barryville Bridge 5k/Run Walk at 9:30 a.m. At 11 a.m. there will be two running events for children that will lap the park.  Read more

Baker requests hearing regarding accused cop killer

HARRISBURG, PA — Sen. Lisa Baker (R-20) has sent letters to the chairmen of the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee and the Senate Law and Justice Committee requesting a joint public hearing be held in northeastern Pennsylvania to explore improvements to the state and local emergency response networks.  Read more

A town truck in Bethel; Should a foreman get to drive it home?

WHITE LAKE, NY — At the Bethel town meeting on October 8, there was quite a bit of discussion about whether a highway foreman should be taking a town-owned truck to his home at night. Councilmember Lillian Hendrickson, whose husband used to work for the highway department, said she had received questions about the matter from town residents.  Read more

Ballot question on redistricting; Is Proposition One a good idea?

ALBANY, NY — Redistricting at the state and national levels is considered by many to be a process heavily influenced by political considerations, and one that results in most elected seats being “safe” for one of the two major political parties or the other.  Read more

Reaching more women for lifesaving breast exams

HONESDALE, PA — Hoping to turn around what was described as “an alarming rate” of breast cancer mortality in Wayne County, women turned out for the October 2 proclamation of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Wayne, by the county commissioners. Lisa Champeau of Wayne Memorial Hospital said the recognition and the upcoming “Puttin’ on the Pink” day on October 10 are to highlight women’s health and bring mammography services to more women.  Read more

Eldred facilities upgrades planned

GLEN SPEY, NY — Although the proposed upgrades to both schools in the Eldred Central School District would mean a hike in school property taxes, only a handful of residents came to the public hearing October 2, where Superintendent Robert Dufour presented the final proposal, complete with artist’s rendering of the new sports fields and other improvements. After an executive session, the board agreed unanimously to support the plan; but in order for it to happen, the next step is a referendum.  Read more

River council awards annual TAG grants

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Upper Delaware Council (UDC) approved $28,928 in 2015 local Technical Assistance (TAG) grants on October 2.

The grants will fund 11 projects designed to help fulfill goals of the Upper Delaware’s river management plan.  Read more

Pike highlights domestic violence issue

MILFORD, PA — David Bever, executive director of Safe Haven of Pike County, spoke on October 2 as the county commissioners named October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Pike. Noting that both men and women are victims of domestic violence, Bever said incidents like the recent video of NFL running back Ray Rice punching his then fiancée quickly lose focus.  Read more

Police not commenting on Frein letter; search continues

BLOOMING GROVE, PA — Pennsylvania State Police say they will not comment on a letter reportedly written by accused cop-killer Matthew Frein. The letter was reported by CNN on October 6, and quoted law enforcement officials who were familiar with the nearly month-long search for Frein.  Read more

Changes at county nursing home; Facility gets new administrator, planned solar farm

MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County Adult Care Center, which is the county-owned nursing home in Liberty, was a topic of discussion at a meeting at the government center on October 2. It was announced that the facility has a new administrator named Shennoy Wellington.  Read more

Shorter homeless motel stays

MONTICELLO, NY — When individuals or families become homeless in Sullivan County, sometimes they are placed in a motel. These days, the average stay for a homeless family in a motel at county expense is nine days; in the past it was not unusual for a family to stay in a motel for up to two years.  Read more

Eldred music program shines

ELDRED, NY — Five students from Eldred High School have been selected to perform in advanced regional music programs. Audrey Mellan, Julia Kerhley and Alex D’Angelo will perform in the Hudson Valley Honors Youth Symphonic Band; and Natalie Gonzalez and Tyler Smith will perform with the Wind Ensemble at Monroe-Woodbury High School.  Read more

Narrowsburg school contract transferred

NARROWSBURG, NY — According to a note to supporters from Brendan and Kathy Weiden, the assignment of the contract to purchase the Narrowsburg school was completed on October 3. That means Joan Buto is no longer in line to purchase the school and the attached 14 acres, and the sale from the Sullivan West School District to the Weidens will move forward.  Read more

Senate passes Baker bill

HARRISBURG, PA — A long-time legislative goal of Sen. Lisa Baker (R-20) moved closer to reality with the Pennsylvania Senate’s unanimous passage recently of legislation to create a state disaster-assistance program. Similar to programs in more than 20 other states, her initiative would provide grants to county and municipal governments suffering from flash floods, tornadoes and other localized disasters.  Read more

Tusten goes solar

TUSTEN, NY — Amidst the chaos at the recent Tusten Town Board meetings concerning the sale of the Narrowsburg School, some news went unreported. The town board awarded a solar panel bid to Atlantech Solar, which means Tusten will be the first municipality in Sullivan County to go solar.  Read more