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NARROWSBURG, NY — Some 20 tanker cars have been stationed on the railroad tracks running under Bridge Street in Narrowsburg for more than a week. Some residents of the community have expressed concern because the cars are marked as carrying “Liquefied Petroleum Gas,” which is also known as propane.

A dispatcher with the New York, Susquehanna and Western Railway, which owns the tracks, said in a phone call on September 19 that the cars are empty. He said the cars are there for “storage” because there was no other place to put them.

Summer residents’ voter registrations challenged

When Gary Mass, supervisor of the Town of Cochecton, heard that there were about six residents of a seasonal community who registered to vote in Sullivan County, he said he was not really concerned. But when that number rose to 24, a figure that represents about 5% of the voting population, he decided he should take action.  Read more

Wayne library seeks Pike help

As they did earlier this year, Wayne County library officials came before the Pike County Commissioners saying they deserve Pike funding because a large portion of their patrons are Pike residents.  Read more

Sullivan IDA signs Concord deal

Now that there are two lawsuits challenging the proposed casino resort at the site of the former Concord Hotel, the way seems clear for the project to go forward.  Read more

Bethel boar on the way out; Governor signs bill banning boar

According to elected officials and wildlife advocates, there are numerous operations across the country and New York State in which wild boars are kept in fenced enclosures and shot by people who pay for the experience.  Read more

Globe-trotting judge in Slovenia

LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA —In conjunction with the U.S. State Department Rule of Law Program and the University of Ljubljana Law School in Slovenia, Sullivan County Judge Frank LaBuda was a guest lecturer on the topic of Traditional Criminal Courts and Alternative Drug Courts in the United States.  Read more

Convicted Shohola teacher sued

The victim of a teacher convicted of molesting a third-grade student is seeking restitution from the teacher that was convicted of molesting many years ago. In 2006, Thomas Matthews, a former teacher at Shohola Elementary School, was convicted of various charges after students testified about how he put his hands under their clothing.  Read more

Eldred builder arrested for harassment

TOWN OF LaGRANGE , NY — According to a press release from New York State Police, “On October 23, 2013 at approximately 12:00 p.m., state police from the LaGrange satellite station arrested Charles Petersheim, 43, of Eldred, New York, for aggravated harassment 2nd, a misdemeanor. On October 1, the state police were dispatched to investigate an Aggravated Harassment complaint. The complainant reported that a former employee continues to call and text him, with no legitimate purpose other than to annoy him.”  Read more

Honesdale comic receives short sentence

HONESDALE, PA — Matthew Holmes, 39 of Honesdale, who was also known as the comedian Superfox, was sentenced to the Wayne County Correctional Facility for a period of not less than 45 days nor more than 12 months for one count of recklessly endangering another person.  Read more

Eisenhower’s last surviving wartime staff member honored

Noel Jacob Wiener of Newfoundland was honored for his wartime service in the United States Army at the Hawley Senior Center on October 23 and again by the Wayne County Commissioners the following day.  Read more

Signs of the season: Spirits, orange needles and clocks falling back

UPPER DELAWARE VALLEY — With the gales of November straining at the region from the north, there is change in the air. The memory of August tomatoes dims and thoughts of winter coats and snow shovels push their way into consciousness.  Read more

Divisions color elections in Western Sullivan

Since Hess Corporation and Newfield Appalachia cancelled their gas leases in Wayne County, PA this summer, much of the steam surrounding the gas drilling issue seems to have been lost. But the divisions it created in many communities, especially in western Sullivan County, are still very visible in municipal elections this year.  Read more

Cochecton summer residents voter registrations challenged

When Gary Mass, supervisor of the Town of Cochecton, heard that there were about six residents of a seasonal community who registered to vote in Sullivan County, he said he was not really concerned. But when that number rose to 24, a figure that represents about 5% of the voting population, he decided he should take action.  Read more

Kauneonga Lake man killed in Route 17B accident

On Wednesday, October 23, 2013, at approximately 12:45 p.m. the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 report of a head on collision on State Route 17B and Kitz Road in Monguap Valley.  Read more

CRMC’s Behavioral Health Unit renovation aims for patient safety

A complete renovation and name change has come to the former mental health unit of the Catskill Regional Medical Center (CRMC).  Read more

Damascus considers tower, budget

Verizon has submitted conditional-use applications for the installation of two broadband communications towers, one to be located on Jurgensen Road near Callicoon, NY and the other to be located on MacCubbins Road in Beach Lake. The announcement came from Damascus Township Board of Supervisors Chairman Jeffrey Dexter at the board’s October 21 monthly meeting.  Read more

What will happen to the TLDC?

The Tusten Town Council met on Tuesday, October 8. Councilman Ned Lang was not in attendance. During the division reports, Andrea Reynosa of the Tusten Local Development Corporation (TLDC) reported that they had recently met and discussed the audit of the TLDC. She said that there are no funds to cover the cost of the audit, and that if it cannot be done, the TLDC will dissolve by January. She also mentioned that a private citizen might pay for the cost. However, if the TLDC dissolves, the Tusten Community Garden will still function.  Read more

Pike child abuse program Saturday

A Child Abuse and Safety Symposium will take place on October 26 from 1 to 3 p.m., at the auditorium of the Dingman-Delaware Middle School on State Route 739.  Read more

Smallwood Forest Preserve unveiled; Positive ending to a long struggle

The 200 acres were once the center of a battle between a developer and a local pressure group. Now, about 137 of those acres are called the Smallwood Forest Preserve, and will remain forever wild under a conservation easement to be overseen by the Delaware Highlands Conservancy.
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Court appeal could send hospitalized Afghan vet to jail

A group of military veterans calling themselves “Tim’s Support Team” is sponsoring an October 27 spaghetti dinner from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Marsch-Kellogg American Legion Post in Milford. The $15 donations would go to raise funds to assist the family of Tim Flaherty, an Army combat veteran of the Afghanistan war with four-plus tours.  Read more

Proposed Sullivan County budget

Sullivan County Acting Manager Joshua Potosek recently issued a statement on the county budget. He wrote, “Sullivan County has faced extreme budgetary challenges through the financial crisis over the past five years. As we approach the conclusion of 2013, the county is slowly beginning to improve financially. This proposed budget is the first since the beginning of the recession that does not include drastic service cuts, layoffs, exorbitant tax increases, or the use of fund balance in the general fund, but instead maintains existing service levels and modestly builds capacity in a few key strategic areas.”  Read more