A group of voters who registered in 2015 to vote in the Town of Thompson and who gave addresses of bungalow colonies as their Sullivan County homes have been deemed not eligible to vote in the county by Judge Michael McGuire. There were 132 such voters in total, and McGuire’s decision, which was handed down in August of this year, applies to 126 of those registrant voters. Read more
WESTFALL PA — The buzz of construction continues in and around the Delaware Valley School District’s Westfall campus. A new high school gymnasium is finished, the old elementary school has been demolished to make way for new parking, and the new Delaware Valley (DV) Elementary School in nearby Matamoras is open under a temporary certificate of occupancy. Now the next step is underway. Read more
GLEN SPEY, NY — A cable television franchise bookkeeping error is now expected to all but eliminate any increase in the town portion of residents’ January tax bills, Lumberland Supervisor Jenny Mellan said as she released the town’s tentative 2017 budget on September 14.
Mellan said an audit of Time-Warner Cable (TWC) franchise payments had revealed that the town had received monthly franchise payments of 3% over a six-year period, when the agreement called for 5%. She said the missing 2% amounted to $43,748. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — Tom McDonnell, Wayne County’s director of veterans’ affairs for the past 11 years, said good-bye and introduced his successor at the commissioners’ September 22 meeting.
It was an emotional parting. The popular, retired 20-year Marine Corps gunnery sergeant was accompanied by his family.
Commissioners Chair Brian Smith’s voice broke several times as he read McDonnell’s five-paragraphs of a certificate of recognition, which expressed the commissioners’ “sincere gratitude… in recognition of his leadership and dedication to county government and his community.” Read more
MILFORD, PA — Solar energy advocates are trying to make inroads in a region best known for its forested hills, shaded roads and greenery-secluded home sites. But Pike residents, who have also repeatedly voiced complaints about energy prices, have also heard a good deal about sustainable energy, greenhouse gases and global warming. Read more
BEACH LAKE, PA — Less than 18 months after they publicly requested it, Berlin citizens have an official township website (www.berlintownship.org). Supervisor Cathy Hunt confirmed at the September 20 Berlin Board of Supervisors meeting that the site has been operational since it went live in August. “It’s up and running, but right now it’s pretty basic,” said Hunt. Read more
TOWN OF WALLKILL, NY — Peter LaBuda and Judge Frank LaBuda are brothers, but the relationship is clearly strained. Peter, who was being treated in Orange Regional Medical Center on September 27, has said in a published report Frank intentionally ran him over with an ATV on September 25, a Sunday afternoon. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — “This is an exciting time for Wayne Memorial, and we want everyone to help us celebrate,” said David Hoff, CEO of Wayne Memorial Hospital/Health System (WMH). On Sunday, October 16, from 1 to 3 p.m. the public is invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the helipad site, 1839 Fair Ave. (next to Highland Physicians Family Health Center). Read more
ROCHESTER, NY — Some 67 organic farmers in New York State have sent a letter to the Dean of Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and to the Trustees of the University requesting that the university evict the Alliance for Science from the campus. Read more
CALLICOON, NY — Catskill Regional Medical Center’s (CRMC) Grover M. Hermann Hospital Auxiliary will be celebrating its 45th anniversary on September 30 on the Grover M. Hermann Hospital campus. Over the last 45 years, the auxiliary has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to help bring quality healthcare to Sullivan County through the Grover M. Hermann Hospital. Most recently, it raised $16,000 to equip the hospital emergency room with new ultrasound technology. Read more
This video shot by Brandon Amato of Beach Lake, PA, is a creative depiction of the New York State Route 97 Hawk’s Nest using drone camera footage.
MILFORD, PA — A foster mother has been charged with multiple counts after she allegedly hit, bit and otherwise abused her 15-year-old daughter. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — At a September 26 conditional-use hearing before the Honesdale Borough Council, Wayne Memorial Hospital (WMH) representatives told the council why a proposed addition of 50 private patient rooms is needed and how it could benefit hospital, patients and borough alike. Read more
Charges in a wide-ranging corruption probe, conducted by federal prosecutor Phreet Bharara, have been filed against a former executive of Competitive Power Ventures (CPV), the company that is in the process of building a controversial 650-megawatt power plant in Orange County. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — Wayne Bank is open for business in Narrowsburg. The branch, located at 93 Main St., held a grand opening on Friday, September 16 with a Narrowsburg trivia contest where you could win prizes, and a chance to enter to win $25,000 or local gift cards. Read more
At a Wayne County proclamation of the month as Senior Citizen Center Month, Jacqueline Sturgis, the executive director for the Wayne County Area Agency on Aging, seated left, and Honesdale Senior Center Director Pat Perkins, seated center with proclamation, were joined by several clients of Wayne County’s three senior citizen centers on September 15 and the county commissioners, standing: Wendell Kay, left, Brian Smith and Jonathan Fritz. Several of those attending spoke of the importance of the centers in their lives. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — “People do recover” was the central message of comments delivered by Wayne County Drug and Alcohol Commission executive director Jeff Zerechek, as he spoke on September 15 during the county commissioners’ delivery of their proclamation of National Recovery Month in Wayne this month. Read more
ELDRED NY — Expeditiously approving two solar energy-related items on September 13, the Highland Town Board decided to protect both the earth and the local tax rate. The heavy hitter of the two items was a model resolution for a “unified solar [building] permit and expedited permitting process.” Read more
LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — By unanimous vote at its September 14 meeting, the Cochecton Town Board passed a six-month moratorium on large-scale commercial solar energy installations. The vote followed a public hearing on the proposed moratorium held immediately prior to the meeting. Read more
TOWN OF TUSTEN, NY — It came as a bit of a surprise to Geoffrey Gangel when workmen and machinery showed up in front of his house on September 15, and dug a trench for a new culvert at the end of his driveway. The driveway is connected to a small private road, which leads to County Road 25. Read more