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ELDRED, NY — Forty-five years ago this month, Woodstock descended on Max Yasgur’s farm in Bethel and Sullivan County has never been quite the same since.

Rural Heritage candidates advance despite Callicoon Republican surprise

Several candidates who are running on the recently announced Rural Heritage (RH) line in Sullivan County have also captured Democratic Party nominations, though not without a bit of a struggle.  Read more

Scenic Byway resolution urges ban of some truck traffic

The Upper Delaware Scenic Byway has passed a resolution that urges all levels of government to exercise their authority to prohibit heavy trucks involved in “new forms of heavy industrial use and mining” from New York State Route 97.  Read more

Rural Heritage Party unveiled;trumpeting agriculture, tourism, healthcare

About 30 candidates and their supporters turned out to the government center on August 16 to announce a new line that will appear on the ballot this fall—the Rural Heritage line.
The party has endorsed candidates in the towns of Fremont, Delaware, Callicoon, Cochecton and Tusten and they are running for the positions of supervisor, councilperson and highway superintendent. At the county level, there is one candidate, Cindy Geiger, who is running for the county legislator seat in District Five.  Read more

Employing off the books; the art of getting around workers’ comp

Contractor Patrick Murtagh estimates that there are hundreds of construction employees who work off the books every season in Sullivan County.  Read more

Monticello Motor Club defended

Ari Straus, president and one of the owners of the Monticello Motor Club, turned out to the government center on August 11 to defend the facility and to spell out for lawmakers the benefits it provides to the community.  Read more

LEAF: life-changing nature internships

Preparing tomorrow’s environmental leaders is an effort underway today, in a special program with a 17-year history conducted by The Nature Conservancy (TNC). Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future (LEAF) is a long-term initiative to empower future conservation leaders and equip them with the skills and knowledge to address pressing environmental challenges.  Read more

Illegal fishponds to be closed; no permits sought before construction

A blue heron was trapped in monofilament line that had been strung across the pond to prevent it and other birds from eating the teaming tilapia fish in the water below. Exhausted, the big bird struggled to lift its head out of the water to take a breath then let its head drop back below the surface.  Read more

Support sought for special memorial

As September nears, volunteers involved with the 9/11 World Trade Center (WTC) Memorial Monument in the Town of Highland continue working to complete tasks and to raise the necessary funds to establish the community site. But can it be done?  Read more

Peace Vodka unveiled

The Dancing Cat Saloon, located on Route 17B, just a stone’s throw from Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, has been up and running for more than a year. But the Catskill Distilling side of the business is now offering its first locally distilled product called Peace Vodka.  Read more

Firefighting: a family affair

Residents of the Town of Lumberland and surrounding region can rest more soundly now that six young men from the area have completed the demanding Sullivan County Fire Training Center Firefighter One course and will shore up the ranks of their town’s firefighting team.  Read more

News in brief

Rally pushes jobs, not spending cuts

MONTICELLO, NY — Citizens led by local MoveOn members rally in front of the Monticello office of Congressman Maurice Hinchey on August 10. Among them were Kathie Aberman, who waved a sign that said, “Corporate America: Share your Wealth with the Workers! Create JOBS not higher profits!”  Read more

'Little Farm Show' performances postponed

BARRYVILLE AND CALLICOON, NY — The performances of "The Little Farm Show" originally scheduled for this week's Barryville and Callicoon farmers' markets have been postponed. The Barryville show has been postponed to Saturday, September 3 at 12 noon.

As of 2 p.m. on Friday, a new date for the Callicoon show on Sunday, September 4 was tentative but not confirmed. We will post the confirmation or an alternate date as soon as it is available.

Post offices face “right-sizing”

The United States Postal Service (USPS) can no longer service the current 32,000 retail offices, so some are going to go.
Seven local post offices appear on a “study list” of possible closures, which probably means that they, if not closed totally, will be “right-sized.”  Read more

Holbert defends bluestone quarry, lawyer ups the ante

“None of my detractors have ever been harmed in any way by me or my business; two of my biggest detractors are trying to sell their over-priced riverfront homes.” That was from Wayne Holbert who spoke at a meeting of the Upper Delaware Council (UDC) on August 4, about the Holbert Bluestone Quarry in Lackawaxen, PA.  Read more

News in brief

Shots fired outside Monticello housing complex
MONTICELLO, NY — Monticello police are investigating a shots-fired incident that occurred at approximately 9:40 p.m. on Tuesday, August 2 at the Evergreen Drive housing complex in the village of Monticello. A 2005 Dodge caravan being operated by a 28-year-old Monticello woman was struck twice by gunfire as she was driving out of the complex. Also in the vehicle were the woman’s four children (two sets of twins ages two and eight).  Read more

Another referendum on Tusten bookkeeper coming; temporary position is created

An audio recording of the meeting of the town board on August 8 reveals a heated exchange of words and accusations that eventually led to the board voting in favor of another referendum of the bookkeeper position.  Read more

Voices from the Narrowsburg Food Pantry

The food pantry had only been open for 15 minutes on July 28, when there was a line out the door. Adults waited with their children to receive rationed food from the ecumenical food pantry in Narrowsburg.  Read more

Lumberland learns more about zoning rewrite

The Town of Lumberland recently conducted an informational meeting to answer questions on the proposed rewrite of its existing zoning law, a process prompted by the earlier update of the town’s Comprehensive Plan and performed by the Zoning Rewrite Committee over the past two years.  Read more

Callicoon takes the Golden Feather

The top award of the night went to the Callicoon Business Association for the project they pursued. The project included the installation of window boxes, planters and historic panels at the Callicoon Train Station, enhancement of the entrance to Callicoon with freshly painted murals and flowers, and the installation of a new nature and fitness trail at the Delaware Valley Youth Center. The group received the Golden Feather Award, which is worth $25,000.  Read more

Hawk’s Nest project plows along

Work is underway at the Hawk’s Nest area of Route 97, where drainage improvements and other masonry repairs, including restoration of mortar-laid stone along the cliff’s edge, is being completed by RVS Construction Corporation of Astoria.  Read more