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NARROWSBURG, NY — Celebrate the diverse artistic talents of the area at Riverfest, Narrowsburg’s 26th annual music, art, and environmental festival on Sunday, July 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Lake Huntington and the people around the lake

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — The Cochecton Town Board turned for advice to town attorney Karen Mannino numerous times at its July 13 meeting.  Read more

Narrowsburg in Bloom

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Narrowsburg Beautification Group has won numerous awards through the Sullivan Renaissance (SR) beautification program including the $10,000 Silver Feather Award in 2015 and the $25,000 Golden Feather Award in 2012. Jane Luchsinger pointed out that the group has been entering the SR contests every year since the first one in 2001.  Read more

Sullivan native battles addiction with music

LIBERTY, NY — Paul Pellinger, chief strategy officer at the Recovery Unplugged Treatment Centers in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and Austin, Texas, visited a combined meeting of the Sullivan County Rural Health Network and Drug Task Force in Liberty on July 11.  Read more

Speaking out against motorcycle noise

BARRYVILLE, NY — “I never had anxiety before; I heard about it, but never had it.” Now, Betty Speaker said, the anxiety is so intense, she takes medication for it.  Read more

Lawmaker urges lawsuit against opioid companies

HARRISBURG, PA — Democratic Rep. Thomas Caltagirone has introduced a resolution that urges the governor and attorney general to initiate a lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies responsible for causing the opioid epidemic.  Read more

Serfilippi wins NEPA Audubon scholarship

HONESDALE, PA — Rachel Serfilippi is this year’s winner of the Northeast Pennsylvania Audubon Society (NEPAS) scholarship. The $4,000 scholarship is awarded every year to a graduating senior who plans to pursue a career in an environmental field.  Read more

Gas infrastructure activist petitions to challenge Bonacic

NEW YORK STATE 42ND SENATE DISTRICT — Pramilla Malick, a long-time activist against the drilling and fracking industry, is in the midst of a petition drive to allow her to get her name on the ballot in the fall. If successful, she will run as a Democrat and challenge Sen. John Bonacic, who represents Sullivan County and parts of Orange, Ulster and Delaware counties.  Read more

New business breaking ground in Glen Wild Industrial Park

GLEN WILD, NY — The Aerospace Materials Division of a company called Metalized Carbon Corporation has plans to open a new facility in the Glen Wild Industrial Park. A ground-breaking ceremony was scheduled at the park for July 20.  Read more

Honesdale names borough manager

HONESDALE, PA — Seven months after four council members were elected on their promise to create a borough manager position, the promise was kept. By a 4-2 vote at its July 18 meeting, the Honesdale Borough Council named longtime borough secretary Judy Poltanis to the position. Vice President Bob Jennings, who at first sought to abstain, and Bill Canfield cast the dissenting votes. Jeremy Ebert was absent.  Read more

A dozen solar farms for Sullivan County; Solar company hosts public meeting

The company named Cypress Creek Renewables received some negative comments from the community back in January of this year because of the language of the lease they had offered to many Sullivan County landowners. Critics said the lease was good for the company, but not so good for the landowners.  Read more

The Addict Next Door: Jail: Part 2

Jail was relatively uneventful. I had one bad two weeks when we were all moved to a dormitory setting with about 12 of us in one room. And that didn’t count the same number of girls housed upstairs in the same dorm. The common area was smaller. There was no peace to be found there, ever. One of the only true losers in jail with us, who was in her late 20s, thought it was hilarious to keep people from sleeping every night.  Read more

Why Honesdale police are asleep on the job

HONESDALE, PA — As aggressive police tactics come under increasing scrutiny elsewhere in the nation, Honesdale faces an entirely different scenario: long police response times, insufficient police manpower response, and sometimes no police response at all. It’s not a matter of slackness, though. It’s a matter of overwork.  Read more

Farm, fare, libations: Farmers’ market comes to Narrowsburg

NARROWSBURG, NY — There’s a new farmers’ market in town, and it’s at the Narrowsburg Union. The market began July 1 and is held every Friday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. outside the Union.  Read more

Welcome to the world

HONESDALE, PA — Wayne County Commissioners Chair Brian Smith came into the June commissioners’ June 30 meeting with a big smile, as he showed around a cellphone photo of his newest grandchild.  Read more

Narcan used to save a life

LIBERTY, NY — A quick-thinking deputy sheriff saved a woman’s life on July 11 at the Travis Building in Liberty. Deputy Sheriff Elwin Wood was on duty at the county’s Liberty complex around 11:30 a.m. when he was alerted to a woman who had passed out in an interview room.  Read more

Wolf lets budget become law

HARRISBURG, PA — Gov. Tom Wolf let the $31.5 billion budget adopted by the House and Senate become law without his signature. Lawmakers have still not worked out the details about how they will fill the $1.3 billion budget gap in the plan, but it appears that part of the gap will be filled by an increase in the amount of taxes paid on a pack of cigarettes.  Read more

Honesdale man pleads no contest to fraud charge

HONESDALE, PA — David Borsdam pleaded no contest to a fraud charge related to overcharging people for a home improvement project and performing unnecessary work. David, 69, who with his 70-year-old wife Betty owns Borsdam’s Plumbing and Electrical Service in Texas Township, entered the plea on July 8, and he faces up to seven years behind bars. Sentencing is scheduled for September, and he is currently out on bail. He’s also facing a $10,000 fine.  Read more

Child visiting Swan Lake dies

SWAN LAKE, NY — A four-year-old who was pulled from a swimming pool in about two feet of water died at Westchester Medical Center on July 11. Shimon Weiz, who lived in Brooklyn, had wandered away from his family in a bungalow colony, and was lifted from the pool by his father just a few minutes after he left.  Read more

New director at Fly Fishing Center

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum (CFFCM) announced on July 11 that it has hired Glenn Pontier as its new executive director. He will be introduced to members and the public at the 2016 Summerfest and Anglers Market on August 6 and 7 at the center, located at 1031 Old Route 17 in Livingston Manor. A resident of Barryville, Pontier is the long-time former director of Sullivan Renaissance.  Read more

Lawsuit against Eldred may move forward

ELDRED, NY — The New York State Appellate Court on July 7 overturned a lower court ruling, and said a lawsuit against the Eldred Central School could move forward.  Read more