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SMALLWOOD, NY — Dozens of residents gathered at the recreation area of the Toronto Reservoir on August 20 for a demonstration in support of keeping the access area open to the public. The New York State Department of Health (DOH) said the area was a public beach and it was being operated without a permit.

New Lumberland history brochure

GLEN SPEY, NY — Lumberland Historian Frank Schwarz and resident and designer Christine Smetaniuk of Color Tek are pictured on August 10 as Schwarz introduced the town’s newly published history brochure. Schwarz said the color brochure amounts to a self-guided tour of Lumberland’s many historic sites. It will be available at the town museum room in the town hall at 1054 Proctor Rd., as well as at other town offices. Schwarz credited Smetaniuk for her time and effort in visiting sites and sorting details with him in its preparation.  Read more

Ukrainian independence observed

GLEN SPEY, NY — Lumberland Supervisor Jenny Mellan, center left, is pictured August 10 with former Supervisor, now county Legislator Nadia Rasjz and other members of the town’s Ukrainian-American community after the town board approved a proclamation noting the 25th anniversary of the August 24, 1991 declaration of Ukraine’s independence from the Soviet Union. The proclamation called Russia’s recent occupation of Crimea illegal and called on the U.S. to respond to further Russian aggression against Ukraine. Lumberland recognizes the anniversary annually.

Fiberglass landmark cow stolen from Bethel yard

TOWN OF BETHEL, NY — Janice Meyerson, who lives on Hurd Road in Bethel, wrote this on her Facebook page about the theft of a fiberglass cow from her property:  Read more

Grumbling about local economy

GLEN SPEY, NY — The slow local economy stole the show at last week’s town board meeting in Lumberland.

The highlights at the August 10 town board meeting were supposed to have been passage of an abandoned building ordinance, the so-called “zombie” law; and a hearing and finalization for Lumberland’s updated comprehensive plan. It didn’t work out that way.  Read more

Wayne Commissioners address state issues

HONESDALE, PA — Wayne County’s commissioners have been working on statewide jail reforms, technology changes in how the Penn State Cooperative Extension delivers information to farmers and dairy people, and getting more resources for tourism marketing.  Read more

Division of Family Services update

MONTICELLO, NY — Timothy Ball of the consulting firm The Bonadio Group gave an update regarding performance of the Sullivan County Division of Family Services (DFS) on August 18 to the county legislature. Ball reminded the legislature that when Bonadio was hired to consult on improving DFS in the wake of the exit of former Commissioner Randy Parker, the DFS had over 800 applications for various services per month that were over 30 days old. In July the number was down to five and the number continues to hold in the low single digits.  Read more

PA’s Climate Action Plan update

HARRISBURG, PA — Gov. Tom Wolf on August 22 accepted the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) 2015 Climate Change Action Plan Update, which details how increasing energy efficiency in all sectors will play a key role in reducing Pennsylvania’s greenhouse gas emissions by target year 2030.  Read more

Identity of stabbing victim released

MONTICELLO, NY — Police have released the identity of the 37-year-old victim who was stabbed to death early on the morning of August 20. Police say that Maximino Rosa Jr. was killed in a domestic dispute, but they did not reveal further details of the incident.  Read more

Historic dam at Hankins Pond to be demolished

MOUNT PLEASANT TWP, PA — A nearly 200-year-old stone dam at Hankins Pond is set to be demolished by the state. Gov. Tom Wolf released funding on August 17 to address this dam and six others in the state that are classified as high-hazard.  Read more

Police investigate 30-year-old case

WARWICK, NY — New York State Police continue to investigate the 1981 disappearance of 20-year-old Dawn Marie Marino from Pine Island. On May 16, 1981, Marino was last seen standing in the parking lot of the Corner Tavern Bar located near the intersection of Liberty Corners Road and County Route 1 in Pine Island.  Read more

A memorial for battle dead

ELDRED, NY — John and Debra Conway of Barryville and The Delaware Company are trying to honor the names of some of the first to die for American independence in the place where they died—Minisink Ford.  Read more

School officials angry about state charter policy

According to a PA School Boards Association (PSBA) report charter schools performance appears to be “poor to miserable” while their funding in some cases exceeds public schools by a two to one ratio, Delaware Valley Schools Board member John Wroblewski said as he summarized the report on August 18.

Wroblewski said that PSBA requested financial information from 173 charter schools; initially received records from 53% of them; appealed for court orders for 75 more; of which 39% complied following the appeal. The remaining 25% of the total, he said, refused.  Read more

New bank stabilization process tested; Soil nailing avoids “thermal pollution”

MONTICELLO, NY — At a meeting at the government center on August 8, Ed McAndrew the commissioner of the Sullivan County Division of Public Works (DPW), said his department is testing a new method called “soil nailing” to stabilize stream banks next to roads.  Read more

Triathlon in Port Jervis

PORT JERVIS, NY — Despite the sweltering heat, several participants came to the second annual Tri-State Triathlon held on Sunday August 7, battling to win in the combined time results of a swim, a bike ride and a run. The race started from the West End Beach in Port Jervis, followed by a bike ride to Hawk’s Nest in Deerpark, with a 5k run through the city of Port Jervis to finish it off. The bike ride length was about 10k, and the swim 500 meters.  Read more

Dueling regulators at Toronto access; Activists schedule demonstration

SMALLWOOD, NY — Tensions at the public access in the Toronto Reservoir are rising again, as someone called in a trespassing complaint to Bethel Constables regarding a person or persons who were on a marked-off area of the access.  Read more

Unexpected resignation catches Honesdale council off guard

HONESDALE, PA — The announcement at the August 15 meeting of the Honesdale borough council that longtime borough treasurer Karen Breidenstein had submitted a letter of resignation earlier that day was greeted with shock and dismay from council members Bill Canfield and Bob Jennings, both of whom had worked with her for years during their council tenures.  Read more

Remaking a local zombie movie

PIKE COUNTY, PA — Two years ago, three young men decided they wanted to make a movie using the classic young-adult-stuck-in-remote-cabin kind of thing. The threat in the movie was very quickly established to be zombies. This movie was called “Dusk of the Dead.” As much as they enjoyed it, the three young men— Fernando Irizarry, Nathanaël King and Elias Johnson—decided that it wasn’t fitting with their original vision.  Read more

Bethel cleanup continues

WHITE LAKE, NY — Bethel Supervisor Dan Sturm ticked off a few of the projects the town has been working on that may have helped the town win the highest pride at this year’s Sullivan Renaissance awards ceremony.  Read more

Cochecton seeks moratorium on solar farms

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — After trying unsuccessfully at its August 10 meeting to hash out details of the abandonment clause in a proposed solar farm ordinance, the Cochecton Town Board voted unanimously to schedule a public hearing regarding adoption of a temporary moratorium on commercial solar farms.  Read more

Michigan man arrested in Ellenvile

ELLENVILLE, NY — New York State Police have arrested a man from Michigan who stole five grams of marijuana from a house in which his girlfriend was staying.  Read more