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October 13, 2015
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UPPER DELAWARE VALLEY — The Upper Delaware Scenic Byway (UDSB), which runs parallel to the Upper Delaware River, took second place in the USA Today survey of scenic byways, as well as the contest in which supporters voted for the Best Scenic Autumn Drive.
The UDSB is 70 miles long and runs along NY State Route 97 between Port Jervis, NY and Hancock, NY, and along the way offers some majestic views of the river.

Democratic committee chair asks town chair to step down

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Daryl Kaplan, the chair of the Sullivan County Democratic Committee, who has said he is stepping down after the party primary in September, has written to Nadia Rajsz, supervisor of the Town of Lumberland, who is running in a primary against Kathy LaBuda for the Democratic nomination to be the candidate for legislature in District Two.  Read more

Fort Delaware opens for season

NARROWSBURG, NY — Fort Delaware is a representation of the first white settlement on the Upper Delaware River, called Cushetunk, in 1754 by the Delaware Company Pioneers. A tour of the facilities includes demonstrations of early settlers’ lifestyles and craft-making. A gift shop, vending area and picnicking facilities are located on the grounds.  Read more

Sixth annual Wally Lake Fest on the way

HAWLEY, PA — The sixth annual Wally Lake Fest will be held from August 28 to 30, and features fun on Lake Wallenpaupack as well as in and around the Lake Region, with activities and events for people of all ages, from boat parades to craft shows and ice cream socials to kayak demonstrations.  Read more

Pill mill in Sullivan County?

MONTICELLO, NY — Jeffrey Mulinelli, director of the Sullivan County Probation Department, told county legislators at a meeting at the government center on July 2, that there may be a “pill mill” operating in Sullivan County, providing prescriptions to parolees. Mulinelli said that people on probation had tested positive for substances such as Oxycodone and Vicodin but were able to produce prescriptions that entitled them to 200 or 300 such pills a month.  Read more

New president, CEO for PennFuture

HARRISBURG, PA — PennFuture announced on July 6 the appointment of Larry J. Schweiger as president and CEO of the statewide environmental advocacy organization after a four-month national search. He succeeds Cindy Adams Dunn, who left the organization in January to assume the role of Secretary of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR).  Read more

Lakeside lots up for auction

PARKSVILLE, NY — In what is being called a “developer liquidation auction,” 10 lakefront lots in The Legends at Tanzman Lake development will be on the auction block on July 19, in the gated community at 245 Tanzman Rd. in Parksville. An open house is scheduled for Sunday, July 12 from 2 to 5 p.m.  Read more

Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther celebrates

NARROWSBURG, NY — Despite ominous clouds in the sky, residents and visitors lined the streets of Narrowburg, NY for the annual Fourth of July parade. Families applauded the floats, firefighters and classic cars cruising through town, and New York State Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther marched in the parade, handing out balloons to the kids. “I love Narrowsburg!” Gunther quipped during a quick stop on Main Street. “Who doesn’t?”

For more on Fourth of July festivities go to Jonathan Fox’s column and photos on our Facebook page.

UDC chair challenges Barryville livery base

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Who owns the land?” is the question central to an ongoing debate about a livery operation sited immediately adjoining the Barryville-Shohola Bridge.  Read more

Upper Delaware River remains open to boaters (correction)

Erroneous Facebook posts Tuesday evening reported that the National Park Service (NPS) had ordered the Upper Delaware River be closed to all recreational boating and rafting from Skinner's Falls to Sparrowbush.

Even though there have been website posts from some towns that the river is closed, NPS never closed the river. The river is open.  Read more

Last day at Sullivan West

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — There were far more smiles than tears at Sullivan West Central School District’s June 27 high school graduation. At 10:30 a.m. sharp, beaming graduates filed into the high school gymnasium to the sounds of the senior band playing Edward Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance,” and the unrestrained cheers of proud parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. One excited mother told everyone within earshot that she’d waited 20 years for this day and that nothing, not even the threatening sky, could put a damper on it.  Read more

Eldred seniors say adieu

ELDRED, NY — Seniors of the class of 2015 gathered for a graduation ceremony from the Eldred Central School District on June 27 in the high school gymnasium.  Read more

The snow flies in Bethel

WHITE LAKE, NY — It’s the middle of summer here in the Catskills, but a focus at the Town of Bethel meeting on June 24 was about snow and its removal.  Read more

The signs were not there

DAMASCUS, PA — Following a conditional-use public hearing for a cell phone tower, the Damascus Township Board of Supervisors on June 15 turned their attention to the worrisome problem of street signs of all kinds that have been disappearing from township roads. Operations manager Steve Adams reported that five stop signs had gone missing in one week alone.  Read more

Milford Farmers Market reopens

MILFORD, PA — From organic, locally sourced vegetables and grass-fed meats to a dazzling variety of homemade juice mixes, raw salads and soups; from scented soaps and candles to gourmet coffee beans to organic pet food, Milford’s farmers market has taken another leap forward, and Sunday afternoons just won’t be the same in downtown Milford. Oh! and don’t forget the frittatas, wool items, plants and jams; and throw in free, live music.  Read more

New York sets energy goal

ALBANY, NY — New York State released the 2015 Energy Plan on June 25, which aims to put the state on a path to dramatically reduce energy-related emissions by 2030.  Read more

The Fluhr name in Shohola

SHOHOLA TOWNSHIP, PA — Shohola Supervisor George C. Fluhr has fired back at Shirley Masuo, following her announcement that she will remain a candidate for supervisor despite the fact that her legal challenge to Fluhr’s name on the Republican ballot has been denied.  Read more

Port Jervis tax-cap vote

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Port Jervis Common Council meeting started with two public hearings, the first one to amend a local law so that the city could, if necessary, raise property taxes over the 2% state-mandated cap. When questioned by a member of the public, both Mayor Kelly Decker and councilman Frank Bell explained that this was being done in case there was “something catastrophic between now and the end of the year; this is to protect against something catastrophic.”  Read more

WMH to open cardiac cath lab

HONESDALE, PA — When Wayne Memorial Hospital (WMH) initiates a new cardiac catheterization program in early 2016, Dr. Raymond Resnick is expected to be at the helm. Resnick, who is board certified in both interventional cardiology and cardiovascular diseases, joins the staff this summer after 10 years in practice with Great Valley Cardiology in Scranton. He will see general cardiology patients beginning in July, while helping Wayne Memorial pave the way for cardiac catheterization.  Read more

Salzberg certified Cochecton winner

COCHECTON, NY — The Sullivan County Board of Elections (BOE) has re-certified the vote in the race for a council seat in the Town of Cochecton between Dr. Paul Salzberg and Ed Grund. The final tally was 325 votes for Grund and 332 for Salzburg.  Read more

Exit on I-84 to honor memory of Cpl. Bryon K. Dickson II

HARRISBURG, PA — Exit 30 off Interstate 84 in Pike County will soon be named in memory of Cpl. Bryon K. Dickson, II, a member of the Pennsylvania State Police who was killed at the Blooming Grove barracks, approximately one mile away from that interchange along Route 402. Legislation designating the exit in honor of the fallen trooper was unanimously approved June 29 and sent to the governor for his signature, according to Sen. Lisa Baker, who sponsored the bill.  Read more