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CALLICOON CENTER, NY — Bryan Kent is a show-me kind of guy. Now, having been won over by the performance of his electric vehicle, a 2013 Nisson Leaf, he is driving it on an epic road trip covering more than 26,000 miles in about 100 days. Along the way, he plans to visit the capitals of the 48 contiguous U.S. states and plant 100 trees.

Facelift at Eldred’s Sunshine Hall

ELDRED, NY — Workers from William Daw Construction are pictured at Eldred’s Sunshine Hall Library last week. The $45,000 exterior project, funded by a combination of grant money and donations, includes insulation, vinyl siding, window framing and entrance work. Daw said he expected to finish the project later this month. The vinyl replaces the largely original 1920 stucco exterior. The library, originally housed next door at Sunshine Hall, will celebrate its 100th anniversary next year.  Read more

DV okays ’15-’16 budget proposal

WESTFALL, PA — Described in terms of Cole Porter’s songs, it was “Anything Goes,” at the beginning and “Don’t Fence Me In,” at the end as the Delaware Valley (DV) Board of Education met on May 14.  Read more

Highland parking amendment completed

ELDRED, NY — After several months of debate, review and revision, the Highland Town Board on May 12 okayed a local law amending town zoning’s bulk regulations to ease commercial parking space requirements.  Read more

Senate passes two Baker bills

HARRISBURG, PA — The state Senate has unanimously approved a pair of bills sponsored by Sen. Lisa Baker that would create an “Honoring Our Veterans” license plate for motorcycles. Fifteen dollars of the license fee would be dedicated to supporting veterans in need through the Veterans Trust Fund.  Read more

Sullivan Sheriff’s Patrol treats overdose with Narcan

TOWN OF THOMPSON, NY — The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Patrol recorded its first life to be saved using Narcan on Saturday, May 16.  Read more

Arrests at Mysteryland for drugs, DWI

BETHEL, NY — The New York State Police in Sullivan County made several arrests of individuals who were attending or planning to attend the three-day Mysteryland Music Festival at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.  Read more

PA House passes property tax reform, would increase income, sales taxes

HARRISBURG, PA —The Pennsylvania House approved House Bill 504 on May 21, which would significantly reduce school property taxes across the Commonwealth through a dollar-for-dollar tax shift.  Read more

Taxpayers question Berlin supervisors

BEACH LAKE, PA — The climate of public mistrust that developed during the Berlin Township board of supervisors’ recent unsuccessful attempt to pass a nuisance abatement ordinance lingered on at the board’s May 19 meeting. With not a single agenda item judged sufficiently routine or inconsequential to escape scrutiny, taxpayers questioned both expenditures and revenue.  Read more

Mysteryland welcome back anytime

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.”  Read more

Former Liberty supervisor killed in accident

John Schmidt, the former supervisor of the Town of Liberty, was killed in a car accident in Pennsylvania according to the Pennsylvania State Police.  Read more

Court overturns Cochecton voter ruling; Co-op owners had right to vote

ALBANY, NY — The New York State Appellate Court has overturned a Supreme Court order and handed a victory to a group of second homeowners in Lake Huntington, saying that they did have a right to vote in the election in November 2013.  Read more

Port Jervis school renovations discussed

PORT JERVIS, NY — Thomas M. Bongiovi, superintendent of the Port Jervis City School District, attended the Port Jervis Common Council meeting on May 11 with updates about the projects that were approved in a referendum a year ago. The biggest item was the $3.7 million school renovation project.  Read more

Demonstrating for public education; Showing support on Main Street

LIBERTY, NY — There are a couple of major divisive issues facing the education system in New York State. One is the Common Core program, which has resulted in increased testing for students, which in turn has an impact on teacher evaluation. The other issue is the push for more charter schools in the state, which are funded with public school money.  Read more

Casino looms large in Sullivan; Samuelson gives state of county address

MONTICELLO, NY — The coming of the Adelaar/Montreign destination resort and casino was at the top of the State of Sullivan County address delivered by county chair Scott Samuelson on May 15 at the government center in Monticello.  Read more

Outdoor mural dedicated at Trout Day

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Trout Day at the Sullivan West Elementary School has become an annual favorite for the students, teachers and community. The eighth annual Trout Day was celebrated this year on Thursday, May 14, and the Sullivan West faculty and students began the day with the dedication of a large outdoor mural in honor of Sullivan West Friends of Education Pam and the late Val Reinhardt.  Read more

Tusten Ambulance benefits from Pete’s raffle

NARROWSBURG, NY — Nicole Peters of Tusten Volunteer Ambulance, left, Mickey Kenecht of Pete’s Market, Doreen Wyss and Chivani Shukla also of Pete’s Market pose under the market’s new sign.

Wyss won a new coffee maker through a raffle held by the new owners of the market. The raffle raised $335 for the Tusten Volunteer Ambulance Service. The market plans to hold a monthly raffle to benefit various non-profit organizations in the area.

Marching on Ideal Snacks; Protesters demand ‘justice for workers’

LIBERTY, NY — About 150 people from the community and beyond marched on May 18 in support of workers who were laid off two weeks ago from Ideal Snacks. All of the workers were reported to be undocumented immigrants, some of whom had worked for the company for 10 years.  Read more

Two dead in Cochecton crash

COCHECTON, NY — On May 16 at about 4 p.m. the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office was called to the scene of a motorcycle accident on State Route 97 near County Route 114 in the Town of Cochecton.

Deputies found a 2001 Harley-Davidson that had run off the road and ejected the two riders. The motorcycle failed to negotiate a curve. Gus Kerkoulas, 59, of Hortonville, who was the driver, was pronounced dead at the scene by Sullivan County Coroner Elton Harris.  Read more

Ice cream at Narrowsburg School?

NARROWSBURG, NY — Brendan and Kathleen Weiden went before the Tusten Planning Board on Monday, May 19 to submit an application for the redevelopment of the Narrowsburg school building. The Weidens won the bid for the vacant building this past October, and plan to close on it in the beginning of July.  Read more

Lawmaker wants earlier PA primary

HARRISBURG, PA — Legislation introduced on May 18 by Rep. Keith J. Greiner would change Pennsylvania’s presidential primary date from the fourth Tuesday of April to the third Tuesday of March, a move that Greiner says would increase the Commonwealth’s relevancy in the race for the White House and, as a result, aim to further stimulate voter participation.

Greiner said. “By moving Pennsylvania’s primary to the third Tuesday of March, my bill would restore the Commonwealth’s relevancy in shaping the direction of our country.”