A $600,000 cut in funding from the county will trigger a massive cut in state funding, with the total reduction amounting to $2.6 million.
That was the message Johanna Duncan-Poitier, vice chancellor for community colleges for the State University of New York (SUNY) system, brought to Sullivan County lawmakers at the government center on May 19. Duncan-Poitier brought a handful of other SUNY officials to try to persuade lawmakers that the proposed cut in county funding to Sullivan County Community College will have devastating consequences. Read more
Three Sullivan County towns are believed to be the first within the county to voluntarily agree to fly the POW/MIA Flag on a daily basis at town facilities. Leading the movement by passing a resolution to display the flag was the Town of Highland, followed soon thereafter by the towns of Lumberland and Tusten. Read more
As promised, James Bacon, an attorney representing property owners in the neighborhood called Beechwood, produced a letter from a title company that said that a five-foot boundary created during a land dispute back in the 1930s cannot legally be breached. Read more
Sometimes a helping hand comes along just when you need it most. For two children battling cancer in the Town of Highland, that time is now. To aid in their plight, a new community charity has formed, and the founders of Neighbor’s Helping Hand have begun organizing fundraisers that they plan to conduct on an annual basis to continue helping community members in need. Read more
Back in November 2009, Jill Padua closed her catering business in order to focus solely on producing Jill’s Kitchen Open Sesame Sauce, which had been a hit with her customers. The first bottling came in March of 2010, and about two weeks ago, bottle number 10,000 was purchased at Peck’s Market in Jeffersonville. Read more
For the second year in a row, the most endangered river in the United States, accoriding to the conservation group American Rivers, is a victim of natural gas drilling and the environmental hazards associated with hydraulic fracturing, also known as “fracking.” Read more
Over 80 supporters turned out to praise the college and ask lawmakers not to cut its budget. Read more
Dozens of tourist related businesses turned out to Sonoma Falls Cider Mill and Country Store in Livingston Manor on May 11, to exchange promotional literature in an annual event sponsored by the Sullivan County Visitors Association. Read more
There was a general agreement that the village is facing dissolution at some point in the not too distant future. Richard Winters, mayor of the Village of Liberty, said, because Governor Andrew Cuomo is pushing for the consolidation of municipalities, and because the sour economy has pushed the village to the brink of insolvency, it seems that ultimately the village may cease to exist. Read more
Sullivan County Manager David Fanslau is urging all Sullivan County residents and visitors to support the county's tourism and economy by voting in an online contest to have Roscoe, New York named as the Ultimate Fishing Town. The contest is sponsored by the World Fishing Network, and the first place prize is $25,000 for the community and a half-hour cable television show.
It was like a birthday party where the birthday boy didn’t show up. Read more
Bemused intruder found in town hall
GLEN SPEY, NY — Officials in the Town of Lumberland found an intruder sleeping in the meeting room of the town hall when they opened it up at around 8 a.m. on Monday, May 9. They called the sheriff's patrol, which responded and took 31-year-old Joseph Zonca of Sussex, NJ into custody. Read more
The owners of this property across from the Wayne County Fairgrounds on Route 191 will have a front-row view of the activities associated with expansion of Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s 300 Line Project. Last weekend, right-of-way clearing activities took place just adjacent to the home depicted here.
The line is being expanded to transport natural gas which is being extracted from the Marcellus Shale further west in Pennsylvania.
The forlorn-looking footings out at the sight of the old Concord Hotel may yet be put to use if the latest plans by developer Louis Cappelli bear fruit. Read more
“Where do you begin?” That’s the question that Josh Sheard and his wife, Lori, found themselves pondering as they learned of the devastation wrought by tornadoes and severe storms that ravaged Alabama in late April. “How can we just continue to go on with our everyday lives?” the couple wondered, in the wake of the deaths and destruction. Read more
Larry H. Richardson, who has represented the Town of Cochecton, NY on the Upper Delaware Council (UDC) for the past 22 years, was unanimously elected on May 5 as chairperson for the balance of 2011. A vacancy in the position was created on March 21, when the Damascus Township Board of Supervisors voted to remove Dolores A. Keesler as its representative to the UDC. Read more