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RIVER VALLEY — As many people know by now, founding father Ben Franklin thought more highly of the American Turkey than the American Bald Eagle and wrote as much in a letter home from France in 1784.

Liberty man gets 10 years

LIBERTY, NY — Raymond Copeland, 37, of Liberty, was sentenced on February 24 in Sullivan County Court to 10 years in state prison. Copeland admitted to selling cocaine to an undercover police officer on February 23, 2013 on Edgar Street, and possessing a loaded handgun on March 7, 2013 at his residence on Lake Street.  Read more

Bonacic opposes free college for prisoners

ALBANY, NY — New York State Sen. John Bonacic opposes Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal that state prisoners should be able to get free college courses and a degree.  Read more

Pike making new business marketing push

HAWLEY, PA — “If you don’t ask, you don’t get. It’s that simple,” was his opening line as Pike County’s economic development guru, Mike Sullivan, introduced a new marketing plan for the county.  Read more

Artist’s home burns to the ground; another daunting hurdle to overcome

Artist Franciszek Kulon has faced a string of hardships since purchasing a home in Aden Hill Road Parksville in 1997: his neighbor tried to shoot him, local officials initially sided with the neighbor and Kulon was twice jailed, a judge sued Kulon for painting a likeness of the judge and the county attempted to foreclose his home.  Read more

WJFF radio station appoints new general manager

WJFF Radio Catskill announced on February 20 that Adam Weinreich will assume the role of General Manager and Development Director of the listener-supported, community radio station located in Jeffersonville, NY.  Read more

Wayne names eight-year-old hero

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Commissioners and Wayne 911 recognized a small hero on February 13.  Read more

Study: better water management means millions for valley

NARROWSBURG, NY — The value of real estate and business returns in the corridors of the Upper Delaware above Callicoon and on it two major tributaries would be increased by some $78 million over the next 20 years, if river management practices were changed, according to the preliminary findings of a new economic study.  Read more

Wheelchair ballroom dancing movie at SCCC

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — There is a connection between a movie based on wheelchair ballroom dancing and Sullivan County, and that connection is Janet Carrus. She is one of the producers of the film “Musical Chairs,” and the Carrus Institute at the Center for Discovery is named after her and her late husband Gerry.  Read more

PSC seeks input on power plant; Facility opposed by fracking, compressor foes

TOWN OF WAWAYANDA, NY — A company called Competitive Power Ventures Valley (CPV Valley) is seeking to build a gas-fired power plant that will generate enough power to supply more than 650,000 homes and provide what the company calls “a growing demand for power and need for increased reliability in the lower Hudson Valley.”  Read more

Public input wanted at waterfront revitalization open house

COCHECTON, NY — A design workshop focused on improving river access to the Delaware River in Sullivan County will be held at the Cochecton Town Hall, 74 Smales Rd., on Thursday, February 27 from 4 to 7:30 p.m. A project presentation will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The river access points are Long Eddy, Callicoon, Skinners Falls, Ten Mile River, Barryville and Pond Eddy.  Read more

Lumberland takes the climate change pledge

GLEN SPEY, NY — The Town of Lumberland last Wednesday joined several Sullivan County towns in signing on to a state initiative to combat climate change.  Read more

Town pans zoning change for counseling program

ELDRED, NY — A public hearing brought out a room filled with skeptical residents, and the Highland Town Board subsequently unanimously rejected a proposed zoning amendment that would have allowed a New Jersey-based counseling group to operate at the former Sokol Camp, located on a 25-acre site zoned R-2 along Mail Road.  Read more

Heroin found in Fallsburg school

FALLSBURG, NY — A baggie of heroin was found in a faculty bathroom at Benjamin Cosor Elementary School. The discovery was made by a school employee on February 11. That followed another discovery of drugs and paraphernalia in the same restroom back in December 2013.  Read more

Calls for Chesapeake investigation

HARRISBURG, PA — Gov. Tom Corbett and Sen. Gene Yaw are both calling on Attorney General Kathleen Kane to investigate gas lease payments to residents from Chesapeake Energy.  Read more

Cornell Sullivan executive director Sandor to exit

LIBERTY, NY — Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Sullivan County will begin an immediate nationwide search to hire a new executive director. The board of directors took the action at a special meeting on February 11, after accepting the resignation, with regrets, of its present executive Greg Sandor. He will be taking a position as head of the Nassau County CCE, which is closer to his home and family. An interim director will be named until the new executive is on board.  Read more

Ledges Hotel temporarily closed

HAWLEY, PA — Ledges Hotel experienced a fire at 10 p.m. on February 14, and due to roof and water damage the hotel and restaurant are temporarily closed while repairs are made.  Read more

Cochecton honors Sal Indelicato

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — The first order of business at the Cochecton town board’s February 12 meeting was a formal tribute to former town supervisor Salvatore B. Indelicato, who died on January 13. His voice choked with emotion, Supervisor Gary Maas read aloud the board’s tribute, recognizing Indelicato for his strength of character as well as his contributions to the town as citizen, councilperson and supervisor. Twelve of Indelicato’s 18 years of service on the town board were spent as supervisor, a position he held from 1998 to 2009; he served as councilperson from 1992 through 1998.  Read more

Historic snow, downed mailboxes and the jet stream

UPPER DELAWARE RIVER VALLEY — Just in case it escaped anyone’s attention, it has snowed more than usual over the past couple of weeks. In Scranton, for the period between February 1 and February 15, the normal snowfall amount is about five inches; this year the total was 24.4 inches. In New York City’s Central Park, the normal is also five inches, and this year the total was 27.3 inches.  Read more

Cancellations and delays for February 18

Center for Discovery Closed

Center For Spectrum Services – Ellenville Site Closed

Eldred Central School District Closed  Read more

Cancellations and delays for February 13

Center for Discovery - CLOSED

Hancock Central - CLOSED

S.C. Comm. College - CLOSED  Read more