To begin with, let’s get our terminology correct. Jail is where one is sent prior to being sentenced. Generally, people are only in jail from the time of their arrest until they are released on whatever bail requirements are set. So I never spent any time in jail. I was arrested and released both times conditional on meeting some basic requirements. After you are sentenced, you are serving a prison sentence. If your sentence is under a year, you will often serve out your prison sentence in a county jail. My husband always refers to it as my time in prison. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — Two Monticello families were forced out of their homes because of a fire that broke out on the evening of June 29. Monticello firefighters responded to the blaze at 105 Cold Spring Rd., in the Town of Thompson. Engine 22-11 arrived on scene reporting a working structure fire in a single residence.
The residence was divided into two apartments and was housing two families, who have moved out because of the fire. Both are now staying with relatives. The first-floor apartment sustained heavy damage, and the basement apartment sustained water damage. Read more
REGION — The race for the New York 19th Congressional District seat, which is currently held by Republican Chris Gibson, will be one of the more closely watched races in the country. The district, which includes parts or all of 11 counties, including all of Sullivan and Ulster, is considered one of just a handful that is truly competitive and could go to either a Republican or Democratic candidate. Read more
HAWLEY, PA — Authorities found the body of a man who was swimming off a boat on Lake Wallenpaupack on July 4, but who disappeared into the water and did not return. The incident took place at about 2 p.m., and divers searched into the evening, but did not find the man. The divers returned the next day and found the body of 35-year-old Ernesto Atriencia of North Bergan, NJ.
The swimmer was identified by Wayne County coroner Edward Howell. According to officials on the scene he was not wearing a life preserver.
NARROWSBURG, NY — The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and members of the Joint Interstate Bridge Commission, will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, July 13 to discuss work projects for the bridges on the Upper Delaware River. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — There will be a hazardous household waste collection for Sullivan County residents at the Monticello transfer station on Broadway on July 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Two forms of identification are required for proof of residency. Read more
LIBERTY, NY — There are currently 10 confirmed cases of pertussis—also known as whooping cough—in Sullivan County, and the Sullivan County Public Health Department (PHD) is urging residents to make sure their immunizations are up to date.
PHD issued its second release about the matter on June 30, and said patients with the illness are being treated, and the healthcare community is seeking to identify any other cases. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — Meeting on the last day of the state’s fiscal year, June 30, the Wayne County Commissioners OK’ed new full- and part-time salary schedules for 193 county human services employees, whose jobs are largely funded by state funding.
The commissioners action provided 2.75% wage increases for employees of agencies dealing with human services and the aged (107 employees), behavior development, early intervention (36 employees), the county’s drug and alcohol commission (10 employees) and children and youth services (40 employees). Read more
REGION — Chipmunks hibernate in the winter, but this time of year they are seen nearly everywhere in the Upper Delaware Valley, collecting seeds and other food and already preparing for the winter. Chipmunks are related to squirrels and typically live for about three years in the wild. Read more
DAMASCUS, PA — A June 28 presentation by Wayne County Coroner Edward Howell to the Damascus Historical Society was billed as a history of the Wayne County Coroner’s Office, but it quickly morphed into a freewheeling question-and-answer session about death and the laws surrounding it. Read more
New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo experienced the fun and beauty of the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River from a raft on June 30 when he brought his Catskills Challenge to western Sullivan County. Read more
TAFTON, PA — After turning down a purchase twice, members of the Tanglwood North Community Association (TNCA) in early June voted overwhelmingly to have their community purchase the former Tanglwood Ski Area, which has fallen into disrepair. Read more
ELDRED, NY — A warm, beautiful day was the perfect setting to send off Eldred’s 2016 graduating class last Saturday. As the graduates began to pour out of the front entrance of the building, parents, teachers and community members proudly cheered the 52 students for their accomplishments. The ceremony lasted around 90 minutes and included many diverse speakers. Read more
LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — There was an overflow crowd on hand for the Sullivan West graduation ceremony on June 25, as the class of 2016 collected their diplomas and said goodbye.
Superintendent Dr. Nancy Hackett likened the journey of the students through high school to the classic film The Wizard of Oz. She said the students had all the brains that the Scarecrow had, the heart that the Tin Man had and the courage that the Lion had. But she said, if the world sometimes seemed confusing, the students could always come home for advice. Read more
WESTFALL, PA — A crowd at the June meeting of the Delaware Valley (DV) Board of Education usually means a battle over the final approval of the new budget, but music and love for a teacher overrode the budget. Read more