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BETHEL WOODS, NY — As far as the supervisor of the Town of Bethel is concerned, the Mysteryland Music Festival and its fans are welcome back to Bethel every year. Dan Sturm said the number of people camping at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts facility had increased this year over last, and this was confirmed by a spokesperson from Mysteryland who said that camping sold out at 10,000 campers, up 35% over last year.

Betty Kang, director of public relations for Mysteryland USA wrote, “Overall attendance for the weekend was 50,000.”

Cochecton seeks share of tourism tax dollars

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — Tourism, and all that comes with it, loomed large at the February 11 Cochecton town board meeting. In the absence of deputy supervisor Ed Grund and councilperson Anna Story, the board tackled no resolutions. Instead, it discussed some of the various avenues it is exploring to capitalize on new revenue expected from the proposed higher county sales tax.  Read more

Foie gras wars continue; Activist arraigned in Sullivan County court

FERNDALE, NY — Hudson Valley Foie Gras (HVFG), which is the largest producer of foie gras in the country and is located in Ferndale, was the subject of a story in the New York Times on February 22, and the central question of the piece was whether or not activist Amber Canavan stole two of the large ducks that produce the foie gras, or fatty liver.  Read more

Henry assumes UDC chair

NARROWSBURG, NY — The first former National Park Service (NPS) employee to hold the gavel of the Upper Delaware Council (UDC) was installed when Al Henry, of Berlin Township assumed the UDC chair on February 5.  Read more

Damascus approves conditions for campground

DAMASCUS, PA — At its February 16 meeting, the Damascus Township Board of Supervisors approved conditions of use for a 10-site campground on Hickory Lane owned by Hal and Gladys Kaufmann. The document outlining conditions of use for the property, which was granted a nonconforming use variance by the board in 1984, was drafted by township solicitor Jeffrey Treat and addresses most of the suggestions and concerns voiced by residents at a January 19 public hearing on the topic.  Read more

High bear yield in Pennsylvania

NORTHEAST, PA — The number of bears taken across the state of Pennsylvania continues to remain high, with the official number of bears taken by hunters in 2014 confirmed by the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) at 3,366.  Read more

Town sets brewery hearing, tables parking

ELDRED, NY — The Highland Town Board on February 10 had two agenda resolutions concerning zoning changes on its agenda.  Read more

Bethel highway dustup continues

WHITE LAKE, NY — At the Bethel town meeting on February 11, it seemed as if Supervisor Dan Strum wanted to turn the temperature down a bit after the previous town meeting turned into a shouting match over the snow removal and overtime budget. Sturm and Councilperson Vicky Simpson said highway superintendent William Crumley was using too much salt and overtime, and was going to break the budget, while Crumley argued he was doing what was necessary.  Read more

Milk prices falling again

HONESDALE, PA — Farmers and others gathered for the 37th annual Wayne County, PA/ Sullivan County, NY Dairy/Ag Day on February 16. One attendee was Wayne County Commissioners chair Brian Smith, who recently announced he is running for office again this year, and who is also a dairy farmer.  Read more

Ukraine war hits home on Wayne’s dairy farms

HONESDALE, PA — Wayne County farms are responsible for 35% to 40% of the county’s economy, and that economy is suffering from a European war, the county commissioners were told on February 12.  Read more

Parker demands to be reinstated

MONTICELLO, NY — Randy Parker, the commissioner of the Sullivan County Division of Family Services (DFS) who was placed on paid administrative leave, says his rights are being violated. In an interview published on February 17, Parker said he is entitled to a public hearing over the matter.  Read more

Lawmakers oppose PA severance tax

HARRISBURG, PA — Several Republican members of the legislature have issued statements in opposition to Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed 5% severance tax on gas released from the Marcellus Shale.  Read more

Housing funds for Hudson Valley

NEW YORK STATE — Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand have announced $6,659,460 in federal funding for Hudson Valley housing authorities. These funds have been allocated through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Public Housing Capital Fund. Schumer and Gillibrand said this funding will help support the housing authorities in Dutchess, Orange, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester counties to develop, finance and modernize their public housing facilities for people in the community.  Read more

Arrests in child porn cases

NORTHEAST, PA — Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane has announced that the her Child Predator Section, in partnership with several law enforcement agencies, has arrested 16 suspected child predators over the past two weeks in Northeast PA.  Read more

Port Jervis seeks housing grants

PORT JERVIS, NY — At what was to be the second public hearing on a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) application on February 16, Valerie Maginsky, the Community Development Agency’s liaison officer, reported, after a lot of research, the grant will not be pursued by the city this time, but instead the agency will seek another, more suitable housing program to address Port Jervis’ housing needs.  Read more

Confusion over Narrowsburg deck; Engineer bashes consultant’s survey

NARROWSBURG, NY — At the recent Tusten Town Board meeting held on February 10, town engineer Wes Illing was there to make a presentation about the Chazen Companies’ design for the Narrowsburg deck. During his presentation, it became apparent that the geo-technical (or geo-tech) survey that Chazen conducted under the existing deck was not sufficient, in Illing’s view.  Read more

Wolf declares death penalty moratorium

HARRISBURG, PA — Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced on February 13 a moratorium on the death penalty until a report is issued by the Pennsylvania Task Force and Advisory Commission on Capital Punishment.  Read more

County manager appoints acting DFS commissioner

Sullivan County Manager Joshua Potosek has named Joseph Todora, MSW, LMSW as Acting Commissioner of the Division of Health and Family Services and the Acting Commissioner of Social Services effective February 10, 2015.  Read more

New priest for ministry

MONTICELLO, NY — The Reverend Diana Southwick Scheide has been ordained into the Sacred Order of Priests in the Episcopal Church. She will serve a new collaboration of churches called the Delaware Catskill Episcopal Ministry.  Read more

Waymart woman sentenced for statutory rape

HONESDALE, PA — A 22-year-old Waymart woman has been sent to the Wayne County Correctional Facility for six to 23 months for having sex with a 15-year-old boy. She had previously pleaded guilty to statutory sexual assault, which is a felony.  Read more

Pike goes outdoors for economic development

MILFORD, PA — Pike County again combined tourism and economic development, with the county economic development authority’s participation at the Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg this week.  Read more