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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.

U.S. to buy excess NY grape juice

WASHINGTON, DC — Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand have successfully petitioned the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to spend $11.5 million in Section 32 funds to purchase Concord grape juice for use in domestic nutrition programs. The grape industry currently has a surplus of Concord grapes used to make juice, from a large 2013 crop.  Read more

Baker bill would encourage interstate assistance in disasters

HARRISBURG, PA — When a major snowstorm or other natural disaster strikes, Pennsylvania will have a streamlined system for accepting help from neighboring states under a bill introduced by Sen. Lisa Baker.  Read more

UDC seeks nominations

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Upper Delaware Council, Inc. (UDC) is accepting public nominations through March 10 for its 26th annual awards ceremony, to be held on April 27 at Henning’s Local in Eldred.  Read more

Hutchins, former Monticello trustee, sentenced

MONTICELLO, NY — Theodore Hutchins, 41, has been sentenced to six months in the Sullivan County Jail and five years of probation for two felony convictions of coercion.  Read more

Cappelli announces deal with Foxwoods/Muss

LIBERTY, NY — Developer Louis Cappelli, who has proposed building various casino resorts over the years, has announced a deal with Foxwoods and Muss Development regarding the former Grossinger’s Hotel property, which Capelli owns through his company Sullivan Resorts.  Read more

Two Smallwood homes may be demolished

WHITE LAKE, NY — There were two public hearings regarding derelict homes in the hamlet of Smallwood at the town board meeting on January 22. No one turned up to speak at either one.  Read more

Impact of new farm bill on New York State

WASHINGTON, DC — Congress has passed a new five-year farm bill, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management (FARRM) Act, and while Rep. Chris Gibson (R-19) and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) are touting the benefits of a new law for New York State farmers, New York’s Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) voted against it because of cuts to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) food stamps program, now called the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, or SNAP, for short.  Read more

Cancelations and Delays for Wednesday, February 5

Center for Discovery - CLOSED

Eldred School - CLOSED

Hancock Central - CLOSED;

S.C. Boces Adult Program - DELAY; Opening at 10 a.m.

Sullivan County Boces - CLOSED; Offices open at 10

Sullivan West - CLOSED

S.C. Community College – Cancelled, All classes and activities

S.C. Office for the Aging Nutrition Sites, All Nutrition Sites Closed. Homebound Use Emergency Meals

.S.C. Public Healt, Woodridge WIC Clinic is canceled and participants should call the WIC Office

Jeff Bank; All branches will open at 10am  Read more

Sullivan County manager issues Winter Storm Warning

Sullivan County Manager Joshua Potosek has issued a Winter Storm Warning from 10:00 PM Tuesday evening through 7:00 PM Wednesday evening.  Read more

Bloomingburg developer stopped with preliminary injunction

The developer who plans to build 396 units in 40 townhouses in the Village of Bloomingburg, which are being marketed to the Hasidic community, has been ordered to not work on any new units. Some 10 townshouses appear to be complete from the outside, and two more are partially complete. The judge ruled that Shalom Lamm may finish those two townhouses to protect them from the weather, but may not begin any additional ones.  Read more

Novak Sentenced for Narrowsburg murder

Paul Novak has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his wife, Catherine, on December 13, 2008. The sentence was handed down on January 31.  Read more

Pike Courthouse addition debate continues

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Commissioners keep saying the decisions have already been made, but constituents are continuing the argument about demolishing a historic building to site an addition to the county courthouse.  Read more

A tree grows in Texas Township

TEXAS TOWNSHIP, PA — A picture taken of a tree in Amy Minnich’s yard shows that it is clearly brushing up against her chimney. She considers this a safety issue, but beyond that, the towering pine, which is owned by her neighbor, is costing her money. According to Minnich, she has had to bear the cost of replacing her rear roof three times in recent years because of damage done by pine needles collecting heavily on the roof and in the gutters.  Read more

Parksville Hamlet Committee presents zoning recommendations

LIBERTY, NY — At its regularly scheduled board meeting on January 22 (postponed from January 21) the Town of Liberty board heard about zoning recommendations for the hamlet of Parksville.  Read more

Bethel reports increased building activity in 2013; Aquatic invasive species also addressed

WHITE LAKE, NY — The year that just ended was a good one for the Town of Bethel in terms of construction and building activity. At the town meeting on January 22, Supervisor Dan Sturm went over some of the figures for 2013.  Read more

Changes at Wallenpaupack

PALMYRA TOWNSHIP — Recent changes in the Wallenpaupack Area School District include the appointment of a new board president and vice president, as well as the resignations of several athletic coaches.  Read more

Pike inmate security and state violence reduction effort

MILFORD, PA — Early last year, in the wake of the Newtown school massacre, Pennsylvania and many other states decided to take a look at how they were handling school security, bullying, gun ownership, gang violence and other issues related to violent crime.  Read more

Luxury condos reborn in Monticello

MONTICELLO, NY — The complex then called Dunbar Towers was about 80% complete four years ago, when construction halted with the onset of the Great Recession. But there is renewed activity at the site, with the new owners planning to market 92 luxury units to second-home owners from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.  Read more

Bill would prevent elected officials from profiting from schools

HARRISBURG, PA — Pennsylvania state Rep. Rob Matzie introduced legislation on January 24 that would prevent members of the general assembly from using their positions or knowledge to profit from the activities of schools while in office.  Read more

Monticello woman charged with forging prescription

MONTICELLO, NY — On January 27, New York State Police at Liberty arrested a Monticello woman for forging a prescription for the painkiller Oxycodone. Authorities were alerted when 26-year-old Kimberly Cleveland attempted to obtain the drug at the Monticello Walmart.  Read more