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August 25, 2016
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SMALLWOOD, NY — Dozens of residents gathered at the recreation area of the Toronto Reservoir on August 20 for a demonstration in support of keeping the access area open to the public. The New York State Department of Health (DOH) said the area was a public beach and it was being operated without a permit.

Beach Lake man’s body recovered

The body of a Beach Lake man was discovered in the Delaware River nearly two months after he went missing on the Lackawaxan River. The body of Sean Martin, 29, was found far downstream on the river near Mashipacong Island on August 9. His kayak overturned in the Lackawaxen River near Hawley, PA on June 14.  Read more

Shohola man sentenced to four years for fraud

Nelson Ruiz, a resident of Shohola, was sentenced to four years in prison after being convicted of defrauding the New York City School District out of approximately $2.7 million. He must also repay the money.

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, said that Ruiz also bribed a Department of Education (DOE) employee in furtherance of the fraud scheme.  Read more

Honesdale addresses police, council vacancies

An unusually long Honesdale borough council meeting on August 12 was dominated by citizen input and timely addressing of vacancies in the police department and borough council.  Read more

Two cell towers proposed for Damascus

Two cell towers have been proposed that would be located in Damascus Township, but the names for the sites are from New York State locations. One, which would be located on Jurgensen Road, is called the Callicoon site, and another, which would be located in Milanville, is called the Narrowsburg site.  Read more

Business development ongoing in Pike

The search continues to replace Michael J. Sulllivan, who resigned his executive director’s position at the Pike County Economic Development Agency (EDA) in May.  Read more

Livingston Manor takes top Sullivan Renaissance Award

There was an overflow crowd of hundreds of people that spilled out into the lobby of the Selig Theater at Sullivan County Community College on August 12, as 2013 the Sullivan Renaissance Awards were bestowed on many volunteers and groups.

The largest award, the $25,000 Golden Feather, which was handed out by Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther, went to Livingston Manor Renaissance for its work on enhancements to Main Street. The group also picked up a $2,500 award for its community planning efforts.  Read more

Jail discussions resume; location is once again debated

The issue of constructing a new county jail has been dormant since 2010 because of sagging county revenues due to the Great Recession. The issue was brought up again at a meeting in the government center on August 9 after indication that officials in Albany are once again expecting the legislature to start moving on the project.  Read more

REAP Zone and the farm bill; Gillibrand and Gibson visit liberty

Sullivan County, along with the Town of Warwasing in Ulster County, is one of five special zones in the country designated as Rural Economic Area Partnership (REAP) Zones. The REAP Zone status allows the region to have priority access to federal funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA); in 2012 and 2013, communities and organizations in the county received over $485,000 in federal investments.  Read more

Cochecten Democrats endorse candidates

The Cochecton Democratic Club has endorsed six candidates for November’s election. Pictured at a recent “Meet and Greet” at Tony’s on the Lake Restaurant are Steve Sauer, justice incumbent, left; Joan Glase, town council; Sullivan County chair Scott Samuelson; Dr. Paul Salzberg, town council; Craig Fine, justice incumbent. Hollye Schulman, town clerk, and Eileen Hennessy, tax collector, both incumbents, are missing from the picture, because they were busy meeting and greeting.

Irish man drowns in Upper Delaware

After the heavy rains that turned the sometimes placid-looking Delaware River into a turbulent, choppy and muddy maelstrom, visitors to the area didn’t think of the dangers a trip down the river can bring.  Read more

Bethel lakefront development for sale; Bella Lago bankruptcy auction announced

An announcement heralding the bankruptcy auction of a number of lakefront properties that have stood empty for the past six years or so, says the development contains “18 substantially completed homes.”  Read more

Mixed messages in the local economy

As the nation’s economy rebounds, an unscientific survey of business in the Upper Delaware this week has provided mixed results.  Read more

Pike woman dies after being stuck by car

A pike county woman has died after being hit by a car near Lake Wallenpaupack on August 11. According to Pennsylvania State Police, 56-year-old Diane Bernstel was struck as she was walking across Route 6 near Hawley.  Read more

Gillibrand, Gibson support Narrowsburg School project

The vision of the future of the Narrowsburg School, as developed by The Solution Project (TSP), continues to garner support from various quarters. Most recently Senator Kirsten Gillibrand voiced support for the effort.  Read more

Youthful track and field athletes lauded in Wayne

Top Wayne County finishers at the recent finals of the annual Hershey Track and Field competition were recognized by the county commissioners on August 1. Wayne County Parks and Recreation Director Ray Ofner has been coordinating the local program for more than 35 years. Ofner said local first-place competitors were invited to regional competitions in Easton, and first- and second-place finishers there went on to compete at the finals at Penn State in State College.  Read more

Thompson property forever protected; Another Delaware Highlands Conservancy achievement

TOWN OF THOMPSON, NY — Love of a family property and the history entwined with it led two brothers to write a book and to place a conservation easement on 26 acres of land that have been owned by Henry and Gordon MacAdam’s family since 1874.  Read more

Town of Delaware adopts zoning changes

The board of the Town of Delaware voted unanimously to adopt amendments to the town’s zoning code at a special meeting on July 31. The most controversial change was that some parcels in the river corridor that were formerly listed as being in the Delaware River District (DR) are now listed as being in the Rural Use District (DU).  Read more

Senator Casey statement on 48th anniversary of Voting Rights Act

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) released the following statement on the 48th anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act on August 6:  Read more

Weight restrictions coming for PA bridges

HARRISBURG, PA — Because Pennsylvania lawmakers have been unable to agree on the details of transportation bills, PennDot officials are now considering lowering the weight limit on 1,200 state bridges and possibly 1,000 local bridges.  Read more

Volunteers sought for river managing

ALBANY, NY — The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is actively recruiting citizen scientists to collect biological samples from streams and rivers in the Genesee, Delaware, Hudson, and Mohawk River watersheds as part of the Wadeable Assessments by Volunteer Evaluators (WAVE) project to assess water quality.  Read more