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October 07, 2015
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LONG EDDY, NY — Three public meetings were held in Long Eddy on September 28 to gather public input on the proposed expansion of the fishing access point in the Upper Delaware River.

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

Walter withdraws from county race

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — Kenneth Walter, a local government critic and member of the Sullivan County Charter Review Commission and the Sullivan County Ethics Review Committee, announced on June 24 he is withdrawing from the primary race to become the Democratic candidate for county legislator from District Three.  Read more

Ideal Snacks workers march again; Company sold, to remain in Liberty

LIBERTY, NY — A crowd of about 70 people, which included workers fired from Ideal Snacks in May, gathered at Lapolt Park in Liberty on June 26 for another march through to town to the company’s location.  Read more

Fourth of July fireworks

REGION — Fireworks were seen as a fitting way of celebrating the signing of the Declaration of Independence even before the famous document was signed in 1776. As the document was being created, John Adams, who would go on to become the second President of the United States, wrote to his wife Abigail that the signing would live on in history.  Read more

U.S. offers new tech tool for dam oversight

HONESDALE, PA — Wayne County has a new technological tool to monitor some of its many flood control dams.  Read more

Tusten special meeting

Tusten Town council members Jane Luchsinger and Tony Ritter called a special meeting of the town board for the purpose of setting a date for a public hearing regarding a Community Development Block Grant Program. The reason for this is that Luchsinger has a deadline on this grant work and the board needs to get the public hearings set for the month of July; this can't wait until the July meeting. This Special Meeting is to be held on Friday, June 26 at 11 a.m. in the front office of the Town Hall.

Forestburgh ag dispute continues

MONTICELLO, NY — When Ben Wechsler was alive, he and his neighbor, orchid magnate Stuart Salenger, were locked in a fierce legal battle, which included the charge that Wechsler’s dog killed six of Salenger’s alpacas.  Read more

Highland planners OK resort permit

ELDRED, NY — At a sparsely attended June 17 special meeting, the Highland Planning Board unanimously approved a conditional special- use permit sought by William Zaccari/Larry Rosner doing business as Catskill Woods LLC, for a proposed family resort on former Sokol Woodlands property at 211 Mail Rd.  Read more

Committee pushes for Narrowsburg fireworks change

NARROWSBURG, NY — A committee working on changing the location of the Narrowsburg Fourth of July fireworks display is hoping to get it moved back to its original location at Lander’s Narrowsburg Campground. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has said it could support such a move, which would keep the fireworks far enough from local eagles’ nests to satisfy regulatory requirements.  Read more

Shohola supervisors at odds with Humane Society

SHOHOLA, PA — At the Shohola Township meeting on June 11, resident Carrie Thomas raised the issue that the Pike County Humane Society (PCHS) is currently suffering from a lack of funds. The PCHS is the only non-kill shelter in the area. Thomas was upset that the PCHS will now accept animals only from townships that have donated money to the society this past year. Barry Heims, director of the PCHS, essentially confirmed this statement by writing in an email that “...in order for us to survive we may have to cut the services to the municipalities that do not support us.”  Read more

Progress at Sullivan Family Services

MONTICELLO, NY — Joseph Todora, the acting commissioner of the Sullivan County Department of Family Services (DFS), said, “We had over 800 applications that were pending for more than 30 days when we walked into the job, today we have none. I would like to put into place a process that says, we’ll get your application done today.”  Read more

Charter Review Commission discussed; Three members are running for office

MONTICELLO, NY — Is it a conflict for a member of the Sullivan County Charter Review Commission (SCCRC) to remain on that commission while at the same time running for a seat on the Sullivan County Legislature? The commission will ultimately make suggestions to the legislature about possible changes to the county’s charter, and three members of the SCCRC have announced legislative campaigns.  Read more

Hydroponics firm to employ 200 in Pike

MILFORD, PA — In a joint announcement on June 17, the owners of All Fresh Farms LLC, the Pike Economic Development Agency (EDA) and the county commissioners revealed a new commercial vegetable-growing operation for Greene Township.  Read more

Arrests in thefts of farmers’ market

MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office has arrested three suspects in connection with thefts from the Monticello Farmers’ Market and the Monticello Greenhouse on East Broadway in the Town of Thompson.  Read more

Matamoras man sentenced for thefts, heroin

PIKE COUNTY, PA —Matthew Paul Trentacosta, 31, of Matamoras, was sentenced to 19 months to seven years in a state correctional facility, fined $1,100 and had his driver’s license suspended for 18 months for the crimes of retail theft and two counts of possession of a controlled substance.

Trentacosta took merchandise totaling $596 from a retail store in Westfall Township without paying for it on October 16, 2014.  Read more

PA funding formula praised

HARRISBURG, PA — Legislators on both side of the aisle praised the new Pennsylvania State Education Funding Formula created by a bipartisan task force over the past year, although many Democrats have said it can’t be effective unless education funding cuts imposed under former Gov. Tom Corbett are reversed.  Read more