REGION — The debate over the labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMO) continues to play out. The State of Vermont has passed a law requiring labeling of GMO foods. The law is being challenged by food industry groups who say there is no need for a law because there is “consensus” among experts that GMO foods pose no danger to public health. Read more
LIBERTY, NY — Howard Braunstein, the owner of the M&M Auto Group in Liberty, assembled his staff to the Ford showroom on February 6 to receive a plaque from the automaker to commemorate 25 years in business with the car maker. Wendy Daley, a market representation manager for Ford, presented the plaque.
Braunstein said that with the coming of the casino about 10 miles away in the Town of Thompson he expects M&M Auto Group to expand a bit. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — Sullivan County legislators briefly discussed a proposed new whistleblower policy, the creation of which was prompted by an investigation of complaints “by and about” Randy Parker, the commissioner of the Department of Family Services (DFS), who has been placed on administrative leave. Read more
ELDRED, NY — After years of planning, the re-facing of the exterior of the Sunshine Hall Free Library will begin in April 2015.
“For many years we’ve been able to carefully put aside funds to dedicate to this necessary project. The bidding process has been completed and we are now ready to proceed,” said Shain Fishman, treasurer for the Board of Trustees. Read more
SCRANTON, PA — A Beach Lake man is in jail after flagging down cars on an interstate highway and assaulting their passengers.
State police say 25-year-old Gregory Lee Nicholas Jr. flagged down two separate vehicles while standing in the middle of Interstate 81 in Scranton on February 8 at about 12:30 a.m. After the first car stopped, according to police, the suspect jumped into the back seat of the vehicle with a couple sitting in the front seat. Nicholas used a box knife and cut the male driver’s face and then warned him not to call anyone or he said, “I swear I’ll cut your throat.” Read more
HARRISBURG, PA — On February 4, the Pennsylvania Senate passed SB210, introduced by State Sen. Stewart Greenleaf, which would allow exemptions from jury duty for senior citizens age 75 and older. Read more
REGION — Ever wonder how high-pressured medical professionals unwind? Dr. Paramjeet Singh, who is a surgeon with the Orange Regional Medical Group, found an outlet in outdoor photography while taking a much needed break a few years ago. “I took a short break two years ago from my busy schedule, and went hiking on Perkins Memorial Drive in Bear Mountain,” he explained. “I met a couple who were counting hawks in their fall migration. They got me into hawk counting and hawk photography.” He’s never looked back and spends his spare time now photographing hawks and eagles. Read more
ELDRED, NY — Acting on town board resolutions for review, the Town of Highland Planning Board on February 4 recommended updates to local zoning that would provide relaxed parking requirements for new businesses and allow small craft brewery operations like the one planned in Eldred. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — Monticello Police have issued a press release detailing how they responded to a call on Christmas Eve at 8 p.m. to the Horizons Apartment Complex at Harmony Lane in the Village of Monticello. When they arrived, they found a 31-year-old man with a stab wound to his left arm. The victim was then transported to Catskill Regional Medical Center by Mobile Medic Ambulance for medical treatment. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — The Ichud Bungalow Colony recently hosted a meet and greet with the newly appointed New York State Health Department district director Christine Westerman.
Westerman met with the many religious Bungalow Colony and Children’s Camp operators located in the Sullivan County area. The purpose of this pre-season meeting was to discuss common issues that concern all involved as well as to form a better relationship with the State authorities. Read more
HIGHLAND, LAKE, NY — This photo of Engine 69-51 was taken on January 20, the last day of service of the fire truck affectionately known as Old Smokey. The truck served the Highland Lake Fire Department and was parked in front of the station with the American flag flying at half mast, as though in honor of her last day on the job. After 27 years of faithful service to the Delaware Valley community, Smokey was retired.
MONTICELLO, NY — Dr. Randy Parker, the commissioner of the Sullivan County Department of Family Services (DFS) who was put on administrative leave on January 29, is once again at the center of legal maneuvering and differences of opinion at the Sullivan County legislature. Read more
GLEN SPEY, NY — Colin Dickerman, who lives in New York City but has been spending weekends in Yulan for 15 years, decided he would build a new home in the Black Forest Community in Glen Spey. He hired a contractor and the house was well on its way to being habitable when it burned down in May 2014. Read more
HARRISBURG, PA — Senators Mike Folmer and Daylin Leach have reintroduced legislation that would allow physicians to provide medical cannabis to patients in Pennsylvania. The medical cannabis legislation is Senate Bill 3 for the 2015-16 legislative session, and has been reintroduced as passed by the full Senate last session 43-7. The bill has 25 co-sponsors with bipartisan support (11 Republicans and 14 Democrats). Read more