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May 30, 2015
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BETHEL WOODS, NY — As far as the supervisor of the Town of Bethel is concerned, the Mysteryland Music Festival and its fans are welcome back to Bethel every year. Dan Sturm said the number of people camping at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts facility had increased this year over last, and this was confirmed by a spokesperson from Mysteryland who said that camping sold out at 10,000 campers, up 35% over last year.

Betty Kang, director of public relations for Mysteryland USA wrote, “Overall attendance for the weekend was 50,000.”

Wayne approves $7.2 million municipal bond

At their meeting on May 31, the Wayne County Commissioners took advantage of two things: a recent upgrade in the county’s Standard and Poor’s rating to A minus and a record-low interest rate.

Based on these two advantages, the commissioners approved a sale of county municipal bonds worth $7.2 million that will be used to pay for capital improvements. The funds will help pay for the county’s recently constructed $13.6 million county prison in Indian Orchard and the construction of the county’s $2.5 million emergency center in Beach Lake.  Read more

Will the farm bill save dairy farms?

WASHINGTON, DC — Dairy farmers across New York and Pennsylvania are once again looking for some leadership in addressing the structural problems facing the waning dairy industry here. But will they get it?  Read more

Sullivan 911 Center sees first retiree

George Schluer had a few hands to shake before signing in for his last day of work at the Sullivan County 911 Center on May 30. Schluer’s colleagues had arranged for some 45 fire trucks and ambulances to appear at the center, located in the Sullivan County International Airport, just in time to see Schluer pull up for his last day on the job.  Read more

Pike to purchase a new building; new quarters needed for expanding court system

Pike County needs to expand its old courthouse with an addition. Meanwhile, during construction, it will need an additional place to house judicial offices.  Read more

Mandate reform tops agenda;tax-exempt properties and welfare recipients also covered

“There are going to be tough choices. The way I look at it, unless New York State delivers mandate reform tomorrow, there are people losing their homes in Sullivan County; we can’t afford to live here,” said Sullivan County Legislator Cindy Gieger.  Read more

Communities welcome Kristin White to library post

The new director of the Western Sullivan Public Library (WSPL), Kristin White, was at the Tusten-Cochecton branch on June 4 and Jeffersonville branch on June 6 to meet and greet members of the public. A third opportunity to meet White is scheduled for June 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Delaware Free branch in Callicoon, NY. White will oversee all three branches.  Read more

Crumley remembered as straight talker; Bethel board member honored as politician, stock car driver

The Mongaup Valley United Methodist Church overflowed with friends and relatives on June 1. They came to remember Richard Crumley, who passed away on May 27. Crumley had been the Town of Bethel Highway Superintendent, a town councilman, a noted stock car driver and the owner of Seven X Motors.  Read more

The treasure in trash

One person’s trash is potential treasure from the perspective of Mark Rea, founder and president of Advanced Recovery, Inc. (AR) in Port Jervis. The recycling company, whose local branch operates out of a large warehouse on Mechanic Street, has been steadily growing and is set for more of the same. “2012 looks to be a big expansion year for us,” said Rea. “Ours is a business of pennies, but it all adds up.”  Read more

Beach Lake Bakery: it’s back!

The family who crafted beautiful artisan breads for seven years in the Upper Delaware region before selling their successful business—Beach Lake Bread—has found themselves back at the ovens once more.  Read more

Donations sought for Honesdale fireworks

Honesdale’s 2012 Fireworks Celebration will take place on Tuesday, July 3, with a rain date of Friday, July 6. The Greater Honesdale Partnership (GHP) is asking the community’s financial help to make the event possible. “Major Sponsors” ($500 or more) will be acknowledged in the GHP’s advertising about the event if donations are received by June 15.  Read more

Schreibman gets Sullivan Dems’ endorsement

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Democratic candidate for New York’s 19th Congressional District, Julian Schreibman has announced that he has been endorsed by the Sullivan County Democratic Committee. He was nominated for the endorsement by Sullivan County Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther.  Read more

Eldred appoints principal

At the special meeting of the Eldred Central School District Board of Education held on May 24, the board announced the appointment of Virginia Keegan to the position of principal at the George Ross Mackenzie Elementary School.  Read more

Neversink opens for recreational use

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP) officially opened the Neversink Reservoir to canoes, kayaks and sailboats on Friday, May 25. The Neversink Reservoir will be open now for boaters to enjoy from today through Columbus Day Weekend.  Read more

Wild about wildlife?

PENNSYLVANIA — For 22 years, Angie Colarusso has been giving orphaned or injured wildlife in seven Pennsylvania counties a second chance to live in the wild. The licensed mammal rehabilitator, one of less than 35 professionals serving 67 counties, speaks with considerable experience when she urges concerned citizens who encounter seemingly stranded wildlife not to take the animals into their homes.  Read more

Elementary students learn about crops

They’re probably not going to be farmers, but they’ll learn in school what is involved in growing a crop. In this instance, the school is the Stourbridge Primary Center and the crop is lettuce.  Read more

Strange days in Bethel; Lumberland development has an entrance in neighboring town

Jennifer Teitelbaum, who lives in The Chapin Estate, said, “From the very beginning three members of the board felt it was not in the Town of Bethel’s interest to meddle in the Town of Lumberland. We weren’t asking you to speak at their meetings, all we wanted was some information … Something strange is going on.”  Read more

A sign of the times in Narrowsburg

The proposed esplanade, which would run behind the stores on Main Street and above the Upper Delaware River, continues to stir emotions. A group of residents have complained loudly because the town is spending about $154,000 for a design for the project, with about half of the money coming from a state grant and the rest coming from the town. Town officials committed to spending the money more than three years ago in order to receive the grant.  Read more

Clean water, healthy communities

PIKE AND WAYNE COUNTIES — A regional group of organizations and agencies has combined efforts to offer a series of programs focused on the value of water resources in the Upper Delaware region. As a bonus, those who attend the programs will have the opportunity to win a free rain barrel donated by the Honesdale Agway.

The Conservation Partnership, comprised of more than 20 members, has compiled the programs in order to raise awareness of the importance of balancing economic development in Pike and Wayne counties while maintaining water quality.  Read more

Bullying - a major concern for schools; Wayne Highlands confronts bullying by encouraging good behavior

Whenever the subject of schools comes up today, bullying is apt to be of intense concern, especially for parents of young children who are the targets of some mean kids.  Read more