NARROWSBURG, NY — Mary Amato, who uses her computer to run a small business on eBay, was recently scammed by a man who claimed to be from Microsoft. Amato was using Windows Mail when she experienced a bit of trouble. She then got a call from a man that sounded to be Indian, who said he was from Microsoft tech support. He said he was there to help and prompted her through a set of instructions, and before long had remote control of her keyboard. Read more
HARRISBURG, PA — The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) invites teachers, non-formal educators, homeschoolers and youth group and scout leaders to attend a free Peregrine Falcon Educator’s Workshop, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5 in the second floor auditorium of the Rachel Carson State Office Building. The workshop is sponsored by DEP and the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) in cooperation with ZooAmerica–North American Wildlife Park and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Read more
LIBERTY, NY — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has completed its investigation of Sullivan County snack manufacturer Ideal Snacks. The investigation was the result of a July 2015 complaint about dangerous working conditions submitted by the Committee for Justice at Ideal Snacks, a group representing approximately 200 workers who were fired last May. Read more
HURLEYVILLE, NY — To encourage film and television producers to create programming in upstate New York counties, two years ago the state expanded the New York State (NYS) Film Tax Credit Program. The expansion allows for productions that have budgets of $500,000 or more to receive an additional 10% for certain expenses related to film and television production on top of other incentives for the industry. Read more
Norwood Financial Corp., the holding company for Wayne Bank, Honesdale, Pennsylvania and Delaware Bancshares, Inc., the holding company for NBDC Bank, Walton, New York, jointly announced on March 10 the signing of a definitive merger agreement pursuant to which Norwood Financial Corp. will acquire Delaware Bancshares, Inc. in a stock and cash transaction. Read more
A recent story in The River Reporter about a town’s questions regarding a potential application for a permit to build a large-scale solar array prompts this fact sheet. Note first that the type of solar array intended to be built is called a solar “farm,” but it is not a farm. “Farm” is defined as an area of land used for growing crops or animals. What this article addresses is, in reality, a utility-scale solar array engineered, designed and built to sell power via the electric grid to prescribed customers. Read more
TOWN OF THOMPSON, NY — On March 5 at approximately 6 p.m., the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Patrol responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle in a driveway on Dillon Farm Road in the Town of Thompson. Deputy Joseph Calvello located and stopped the vehicle just after it left the scene.
A passenger who was riding in the car, Charles Shortridge, 52, of Liberty, gave a false name. He was observed trying to throw his ID away when the deputy approached the car. Further investigation revealed that Shortridge was wanted on a parole warrant. Read more
BETHEL, NY — “We’ve unwalked ourselves as a species,” said the fast-talking, race-walking guy with the un-American ideas, biting wit and moustache from a previous century. Mark Fenton (www.markfenton.com), former host of the PBS television series “America’s Walking” and keynote speaker at the March 5 Sullivan Renaissance Conference & Expo at Bethel Woods, was explaining why Sullivan County is a model for all that is wrong with modern life.
According to Fenton, American life now revolves around cars and their operating requirements, not people and their needs. Read more
ALBANY, NY — All ice fishing shanties must be removed from ice on water bodies by March 15, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) reminded ice anglers on March 7. Due to the warm winter and the forecast early arrival of spring-like conditions, owners are advised to remove ice fishing shanties early. Read more
ALBANY, NY — Sen. John J. Bonacic issued the following statement on the passage of his legislation, S.1900, which would protect correctional employees by enhancing penalties when inmates intentionally expectorate on correction officers. The bill would provide that such behavior would be classified as aggravated harassment of an employee, a Class E felony. A previous version of this legislation passed the Senate in 2014 and 2015. Read more