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ELDRED, NY — Forty-five years ago this month, Woodstock descended on Max Yasgur’s farm in Bethel and Sullivan County has never been quite the same since.

Legislature to consider casino tax breaks; role of IDA to be defined

At a meeting of the Sullivan County Casino Impacts Committee at the government center on May 5, legislator Alan Sorensen, chair of the committee, said the county legislator would be discussing the role of the Sullivan County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) regarding the possible establishment of one or possibly two casino resorts in the county.  Read more

Split DV vote OKs new administrators’ pact

SHOHOLA, PA — Following an hour and ten minute executive-session discussion on April 24, the Delaware Valley Board of Education returned to approve a new three-year contract for the district’s top 23 administrators.  Read more

Dollar Store in Hawley raises questions

HAWLEY, PA — Much of this area struggles with the balance between drawing commerce and jobs to the area and maintaining its quiet, rural character. This issue was strongly in evidence at the latest meeting of the Hawley Borough Council, when Jason Raleigh, an engineer representing Dollar General Development, gave a presentation of projected traffic. Raleigh’s job was to analyze the current traffic situation and roads near the proposed location of a Dollar Store, approximately 600 feet south of the Silk Mill off Route 6 East, and advise on the possible impact, problems and solutions.  Read more

Anti fracker wins top environmental award

REGION — Helen Slottje, who with her husband David Slottje has advised numerous municipalities in New York State on how to craft local laws to ban hydraulic fracturing and other high-impact industrial activities, has been named as one of the winners of this year’s Goldman Environmental Award. The award, which comes with a prize of $175,000, was announced on April 28.  Read more

Sullivan West milestones

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — The April 22 Sullivan West Central School District board meeting brought to light what everyone involved in the school already knows: spring is about passage, both public and private. Graduation, prom, retirement, tenure, hiring, board elections and budget submission set the stage for transitions that mark chapters in community and personal life.  Read more

‘Wayne Tomorrow’ helps provide food and jobs today

HONESDALE, PA — A county visioning plan for meshing the initiatives of Wayne County’s business, government and cultural communities is expected to produce new jobs for students and outlets for Wayne agricultural products, a county official reported on April 24.  Read more

Casino race is on

LIBERTY, NY — The Foxwoods/Muss Development team is just one of 12 different groups or organizations that have shelled out $1 million each for a chance at getting one of possibly two casino licenses that may be awarded in the Catskills/Hudson Valley region.  Read more

PA Senator vows sit-in over marijuana

HARRISBURG, PA — Sen. Daylin Leach held a news conference on April 28 with Pennsylvanians who Leach said would be directly and negatively impacted by a veto of a medical marijuana bill, Senate Bill (SB) 1182, to announce their plans to assemble in the governor’s reception room until he agrees to meet with them.  Read more

Lawmaker appeals right-to-know

HARRISBURG, PA — State Rep. Greg Vitali on April 28 appealed the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ denial of his right-to-know request seeking information about Gov. Tom Corbett’s plan to raise $75 million through the additional leasing of state parks and forests for natural gas drilling.  Read more

Jenkins sentenced

LIBERTY, NY — Gordon Jenkins, the mayor of Monticello, was sentenced to three years probation on April 29, with the first 45 days to be spent in Sullivan County Jail. Jenkins’ attorney Michael Sussman said he would file for a stay of the sentencing while the verdict is appealed. If the stay is denied, Jenkins will have to report to jail on May 1.  Read more

Bonacic to hold heroin forum

MONTICELLO, NY — Sen. John Bonacic has announced that he will host an afternoon forum, “Heroin and Opioid Addiction,” on Friday, May 9 at the Sullivan County Government Center, 100 North St., Monticello from 2 to 4 p.m.  Read more

PA considers SLAPP lawsuits

HARRISBURG, PA — Nearly a year ago, the Old City Civic Association of Philadelphia (OCCA), one of the longest-running and active community groups in Pennsylvania, shut itself down. The board voted to close the door because insurance for the organization had become too expensive.  Read more

Hunting or trapping wild boar now illegal; Hunting on reserves to phase out

ALBANY, NY — Joe Martens, the commissioner of the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced on April 28 that the state had formally adopted a regulation prohibiting the hunting or trapping of wild boars, also known as Eurasian boars.  Read more

Police tackle suspect in swamp; Monticello man arrested for drugs

MONTICELLO, NY — Two Monticello police officers soon had their hands full after a traffic stop on Hillside Avenue in the village on April 19.  Read more

Universal Kindergarten and pre-K examined for PA

PHILADELPHIA, PA — Pennsylvania is one of six states that does not require school districts to offer Kindergarten classes. A growing number of officials say not only is Kindergarten essential to a child’s wellbeing, but so is pre-K.  Read more

Vermont passes GMO labeling bill; Pressure on New York to follow suit?

NORTHEAST UNITED STATES — It seems likely that Vermont will become the first state to pass a stand-alone bill that will require that foods made of any amount of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) be labeled as such.  Read more

Town of Delaware to host two races

HORTONVILLE, NY — At the Delaware town meeting on April 9, two summer street race events were approved. First, on June 22, there will be a 5k run/walk down River Road. Second, on July 20 there will be an Aware Youth Center 10k River Race with road closure on July 20.  Read more

Polls relocation gets opposition

HONESDALE, PA — A county plan to relocate the polling site in Mount Pleasant Township is not being well received, township resident Bill Woodward told the Wayne County Commissioners on April 17.  Read more

Port Jervis man found guilty; Killed his girlfriend with knife and hammer

PORT JERVIS, NY — A Port Jervis man has been found guilty of killing his girlfriend. The jury found that David Stevenson, 39, took the life of TyRochelle Haughton, 35, at the house they shared with three of her children and one of his, on Mountain Avenue.  Read more

Shale gas monitoring report issued

HARRISBURG, PA — The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has issued its first Shale Gas Monitoring Report specifically related to gas drilling in state forests. Among many findings the report noted, “Overall, approximately 1,486 acres of forest have been converted to facilitate shale-gas development. This included 161 miles of new or improved roads, 191 pads (of all types), and 104 miles of new or widened pipelines.”  Read more