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REGION — After a brutally cold winter that left a lot of snow on the ground, the snow is finally mostly melted and has filled the rivers and started to replenish the reservoirs. The melt has given way to bare earth. In a growing number of spots that earth is yielding tentative batches of crocuses and daffodils. The examples shown hear poked through the soil in front of a residence on Main Street in Jeffersonville.

Pit bull attacks mother, daughter; dog to be euthanized

Jamie Fico, who is six months pregnant, received an alarming surprise on the afternoon of April 16. She said, “The neighbor down the road came knocking on the door screaming. She doesn’t speak English very well. I came out to find out what’s going on and she tells me, 'The dog bites in the woods.' So now, I’m hearing about a dog bite, I’m pregnant, so I put my daughter in the car and I drive down there,” a short distance away from her Smallwood home.  Read more

DV okays $8.8 million for gym expansion

SHOHOLA, PA — New construction plans at Delaware Valley moved forward on April 9 as the board finalized elementary school plans in Matamoras, approved bidders for the high school gym expansion and discussed funding for a new career technology education (CTE) wing.  Read more

It’s not just Cochecton’s dilemma

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — There are miles of crumbling road in the town of Cochecton. But the town can do almost nothing about it, because they are not town roads. They are county roads. Calling attention to a problem widespread in Sullivan County, Cochecton Supervisor Gary Maas said at the April 8 Cochecton town board meeting, “There’s going to come a time when the towns have to put the county on notice that its roads are dangerous.”  Read more

Towns want casino benefit

WHITE LAKE, NY — Elected officials around Sullivan County believe the sales tax revenue to the county will increase significantly in 2017, and many believe that additional revenue should be shared with the 15 town governments in the county. This belief is bolstered by the fact that 44 out of 57 counties outside of New York City already share sales tax revenue with the towns within their jurisdictions.  Read more

Highway super won’t yield to pressure

GLEN SPEY, NY — Noting that he is an independently elected official, the Lumberland highway superintendent said in an April 2 letter to Supervisor Nadia Rajsz that he would do town highway projects in the way he sees as best.  Read more

Inmate dead, three officers injured

FALLSBURG, NY — One inmate died and three officers were injured on April 13 at the Sullivan County Correctional Facility, a state prison. The incident has been confirmed by the State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS), but the details have not been released. Officials will say only that the matter is being investigated.  Read more

‘Jinx’ editor to lead workshop at Sullivan Renaissance Spring Forum

FERNDALE, NY — Zachary Stuart-Pontier, editor and co-producer of the documentary miniseries “The Jinx,” which covered the life and alleged crimes of millionaire Robert Durst, will host a workshop at the Sullivan Renaissance Spring Forum on Saturday, April 25 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. at the CVI Center, 165 Sullivan Ave.  Read more

Mountaindale man arrested

MOUNTAINDALE, NY — The New York State Police at Ellenville announce the arrest of Dylan A. Dordal, 18, from Mountaindale on strangulation and harassment charges.

On April 12, 2015, a female victim reported to the state police at Ellenville that she had gotten into a domestic dispute with her boyfriend, Dordal, on the previous evening. The victim explained she was at his residence in Mountaindale when the domestic incident took place. She told police she was slapped, choked and bitten by Dordal during this dispute.  Read more

PA automatic voter registration

HARRISBURG, PA — State Reps. Brian Sims (D-Philadelphia) and Scott Conklin (D-Centre) plan to introduce legislation reforming Pennsylvania’s voter registration system by instituting automatic registration of all eligible voters, with provisions for opting out.  Read more

Tightening veterans’ benefit applications

MONTICELLO, NY — A year ago, the Veterans Administration (VA) made headlines regarding revelations that sick and injured veterans were waiting months for treatment, and although Congress gave the VA more than $16 billion to speed up the treatment process, things have not improved much. According to a report by the Associated Press published on April 9, the number of patients experiencing delays of 30 to 90 days has stayed about the same, and those experiencing delays of more than 90 days has doubled.  Read more

DA makes strong case for Naloxone; Honesdale council reverses position on overdose antidote

HONESDALE, PA — Wayne County District Attorney Janine Edwards addressed the Honesdale borough council at its April 13 meeting to make plain the seriousness of the local heroin epidemic as well as the scope of legal and health implications stemming from it, and to dispel misconceptions surrounding Naloxone (Narcan) use as an opiate overdose antidote. Following her presentation, the council voted unanimously to permit borough police use of Naloxone, reversing its earlier decision to prohibit police use of the antidote.  Read more

Promoting awareness of sexual assault

HONESDALE, PA — Teal, the color for sexual awareness programs, was evident in both Wayne and Pike counties last week, as county commissioners recognized April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month with proclamations.  Read more

Jenkins attorney appeals ouster; Erik Rhulen to run for office

MONTICELLO, NY — Gordon Jenkins was ousted from office as mayor of Monticello by a referee’s report, which was confirmed by New York State Appellate Court on April 2. Jenkins said in a news conference he will appeal the decision to the state’s highest court, and his lawyer has filed for a stay.  Read more

EPA makes a pesticide move; Neonicotinoids targeted for restrictions

WASHINGTON, DC — A number of people who study honey bees and other pollinators have been saying for a few years that the class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids are responsible, at least in part, for Colony Collapse Disorder, in which the bees from a large number of hives—up to 80% in some cases—die or disappear in the winter.  Read more

New sewage system for Camp Simcha? Neighbor continues battle with camp

GLEN SPEY, NY — Mercedes Schneider has been complaining about the noise and smell from Camp Simcha on White Road in the Town of Lumberland for about 14 years. She has contacted the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and others. So far no one has done anything to mitigate what Schneider describes as the stench that comes from the two large sewage holding ponds that are located across a ravine some 75 feet from her property.  Read more

Ineligible voters decide election; Officials call on attorney general to step in

BLOOMINGBURG, NY — A group of 27 voters, most of whom were twice deemed ineligible to vote by the Sullivan County Board of Election (BOE), were permitted to decide the vote anyway, and the candidate they backed, Aaron Rabiner, has been certified as the winner of the March 18 election for a spot as a trustee in the Village of Bloomingburg.  Read more

Recycling kicks off Pike election campaign

MILFORD, PA — Last week, April arrived with the beginning of debate for Pike County’s 2015 election campaign.

The first issue to ignite the discussion was the commissioners’ October 2012 decision to end Pike’s municipal recycling program.  Read more

Sullivan County senior volunteers recognized

MONTICELLO, NY — Sullivan County elected officials join national officials who are increasingly turning to national service as a cost-effective strategy to address local challenges. By unleashing the power of its senior citizens, Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), is making our county a better place to live, especially for our most needy and fragile populations. To spotlight the impact of national service, elected officials across the country participated in the second-annual Elected Officials & County Day of Recognition for National Service on April 7.  Read more

Bill would expand alcohol training

HARRISBURG, PA — In order to prevent tragedies stemming from alcohol abuse, Sen. Ryan P. Aument is sponsoring legislation to expand Responsible Alcohol Management Training requirements to include all servers, sellers and distributors of alcohol.

Under current law, the training is required for owners and managers of liquor-licensed establishments, as well as at least 50% of alcohol service personnel. Aument’s bill would broaden this requirement to include all alcohol service personnel.  Read more

Wayne Highlands sexual assault

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — Another sexual assault case has occurred involving students in the Wayne Highlands School District. The case involves a male and female juvenile and took place on a middle school bus, last fall, but only recently became public.

This marks the third sexual assault incident involving minors from the district in recent months.