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March 05, 2015
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NORTHEAST, U.S. — How cold is it? According to the Northeast Regional Climate Center in this region of the country, records for cold temperatures and snowfall were falling everywhere in February. The Center writes, “Six airport climate sites had their all-time snowiest start to February, with Boston, MA, seeing a whopping 58.5 inches (nearly 5 feet) of snow. In two weeks, Boston has had more snow than they normally get in an entire snow season (Oct-May) and Worcester, MA, has had more snow than they normally get during winter (Dec-Feb).

Petersheim stirs the pot

ELDRED, NY — A conflict between Highland officials and a local builder continued to simmer following the town board’s February 10 meeting.  Read more

Ice fishing derby in Shandelee

SHANDELEE, NY — This past weekend the owners of The Arnold House, Sims Foster and Kirsten Harlow Foster, and residents of Livingston Manor hosted friends and family on Shandelee Lake for their first annual ice fishing derby. It’s an event that the Fosters hope to turn into a recurring happening for local residents, part-time homeowners and out-of town-guests visiting the picturesque surrounding areas.  Read more

Spaying-neutering event in Port Jervis

PORT JERVIS, NY — More than 100 cats were spayed or neutered on February 12 at the Humane Society of Port Jervis/Deerpark’s shelter, thanks to the staff and state-of-the-art facilities of the mobile clinic of The Animal Rights Alliance (TARA).

Another clinic is planned at the Humane Society for April 9. Space for the clinic is limited. Residents can reserve spots early by calling the shelter at 845/856-3677. Payment by cash, check, or credit card is requested in advance in order to hold your spot.  Read more

No charges for gun discharge in school

VARDEN, PA — No charges will be filed against a school official who accidentally discharged his weapon in the Western Wayne High School. The Wayne County District Attorney Janine Edwards said the investigation of the incident was completed on February 27, and that findings indicated that the officer, Paul Semler, should not be prosecuted.  Read more

Three Sullivan drug arrests

MONTICELLO, NY — Three drug arrests have been announced by Sullivan County District Attorney Jim Farrell.

Smitty Williams, 36, of Bloomingburg, NY, was arrested for selling cocaine, heroin and oxycodone to three separate individuals in November 2014 in the Town of Thompson and Town of Mamakating. He was also charged with resisting arrest because he fled from officers, but he was apprehended after a short foot pursuit.  Read more

No measles in Sullivan

MONTICELLO, NY — Sullivan County public health officials sent out an email on February 27 announcing that the specimen they sent to the state to be tested turned out to be negative for measles.  Read more

PA Senate votes to deny benefits to illegal immigrants

HARRISBURG, PA — Federal law prohibits illegal immigrants from receiving state or local public benefits. However, Sen. Pat Stefano said Pennsylvania is too lenient in enforcing the federal provisions.  Read more

Ulster County man nearly dies of exposure

HIGHLAND, NY — On the evening of March 1, a Highland resident contacted Ulster County 911 to report her 60-year-old father had walked away from her residence in Sunday’s snow storm after a family dispute. The father had been drinking and was not dressed for the elements when he left her house three hours earlier. Ulster County 911 was able to contact the man via cell phone, but communication was difficult as hypothermia had set in and the man became more confused, lapsing in and out of consciousness.  Read more

Childcare forum in Wurtsboro

WURTSBORO, NY — Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther, in cooperation with the Hudson Valley Workforce Development Institute and the Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation, will hold a forum titled “Child Care – A Critical Building Block in the Sullivan and Orange County Economy. Good for Children; Good for Working Families; Good for Business and Economic Development.” The conference will take place on Friday, March 6 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Mamakating Library, 154 Sullivan St.  Read more

Livingston Manor man arrested twice in one night

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — On February 25, New York State troopers from Roscoe arrested the same Livingston Manor man twice in one night for driving while intoxicated.  Read more

Planners report Wayne’s inventory

HONESDALE, PA — Most people thinking of county planners would likely consider their work limited to keeping track of subdivisions, lot improvements and working with state and local municipal planners.  Read more

News analysis: Why towns will likely never secede

REGION — There have been numerous media reports about officials in 15 or so towns in Broome, Delaware and Sullivan counties who might like to secede from New York State because of issues such as the state-wide ban on fracking and high taxes.  Read more

CRMC official to addres heroin addiction

Dr. Carlos Holden from Catskill Regional Medical Center to speak at the Sullivan County Public Safety and Law Enforcement Committee Meeting March 5, 2015 at 9:15AM.

Dr. Carlos Holden, Medical Director of the Emergency Room at Catskill Regional Medical Center (CRMC) will be making a presentation to the Sullivan County Legislature in the Public Safety and Law Enforcement Committee meeting on the opioid drug
situation in Sullivan County: “One Year Later.” The presentation is a follow up on a presentation he gave last year to the legislators.  Read more

Tax exempt status bill concerns DV

WESTFALL, PA — A new law being considered in Harrisburg might strip state courts of the authority to determine the qualifications for tax-exempt status and assign it to the state legislature. Opponents say Senate Bill 4, already approved by the Senate, could result in exemption decisions based on politics, rather than qualifications of the applicant.  Read more

Time flies when you’re havin’ fun

HONESDALE, PA — After reviving the recognition of Wayne voters with lengthy uninterrupted readings of voting records, the Wayne County Commissioners realized they had never recognized the county’s senior employees.  Read more

Shohola seeks input on commercial zoning

SHOHOLA, PA — Shohola Township supervisors are advertising for resident participation from interested individuals at the next general meeting on March 12 at 7:30 p.m. While no changes have been made to the zoning map since 2009, there are approximately a half dozen properties that are currently under consideration for rezoning from residential to commercial in an effort to increase revenue and jobs in the area. These properties are primarily along either Route 6 or Twin Lakes Road. As well as receiving feedback on these properties, the supervisors are open to suggestions for other possible commercial locations. The meeting will be held in the township building at 159 Twin Lakes Rd.  Read more

Police presence recommended for Sullivan West

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — Sullivan West Central School District Superintendent Dr. Nancy M. Hackett announced at the district’s February 19 Board of Education meeting that the Safe Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE) Committee recommends that the district hire a full-time school resource officer (SRO) for its Jeffersonville and Lake Huntington campuses. SROs are Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department officers with special training in school-related policing.  Read more

New Pike tourism guide & map coming soon

MILFORD, PA — Spring can’t be far away, because the seventh annual “Pike County Visitors Guide & Map” is now in production.  Read more

Sullivan Charter Commission begins work

MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County Charter Commission is beginning its examination of the county’s charter, which lays out the basic details of the county government. The commission is tasked with recommending possible updates and changes to the charter to the county legislature, which then may consider making those changes or not.  Read more

Berlin nuisance abatement ordinance protest heats up

BEACH LAKE, PA — For a second consecutive month, the Berlin Township Board of Supervisors meeting was attended by a standing-room-only crowd protesting the proposed nuisance abatement ordinance currently under review by township solicitor Jeff Treat. But there was a marked difference in character between the January 20 public hearing and the February 17 meeting.  Read more