The request for proposals for organizations interested in running the tourism promotion business in Sullivan County, which went out on August 31, seemed to be an attempt to disqualify the Sullivan County Visitors Association (SCVA), the organization that has been doing the job for the past decade. The RFP said that “no more than one member of the nuclear family unit” could work for the company that wins the contract. Read more
If you have to get a photo ID in order to vote this November 8—only two months away— you’re not going to get much help from the PennDOT motor vehicle centers, one of the principal locations to obtain a photo ID. Read more
Water that used to flow across two parking lots and enter a stormwater drain that discharged into the Delaware River, carrying sediments and contaminants such as oil and grease, will now be cleaner due to installation of a new stormwater filtration system being tested by the National Park Service(NPS). Read more
PIKE AND WAYNE COUNTIES, PA — Despite increasing cases of confirmed Lyme disease that place Pennsylvania at the top of the heap in terms of health impacts from ticks, very little tracking of tick populations in the state is occurring.
Because ticks are vectors for diseases such as Lyme, Anaplasmosis, Ehrlichiosis, Babesiosis and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, growing tick populations could have serious public health implications. Read more
Jennifer Barrise has pleaded guilty to murder in the third degree bringing a close to the prosecution of the couple that were accused of killing their newborn daughter on May 28, 2011. The father, Christopher Fitzpatrick pleaded guilty to murder in the first degree in March. Read more
UPDATE -- location of caucus is Lava Firehouse
The Tusten Democratic Caucus will be held at the LAVA Firehouse on NYS Route 52 on Monday, September 17, at 7 p.m. The Democratic candidate for the town board seat currently held by Andrea Reynosa will be selected.
If you are a registered Democrat in the Town of Tusten, you must be present to participate. No absentee votes are allowed.
BARRYVILLE, NY — A rabid fox that attacked two people in the Town of Highland last weekend has been dispatched and tested positive for the rabies virus, according to animal control officer Fawn Schneider.
The encounters occurred in Barryville and are believed to be isolated incidents. One individual was able to fend off the fox. The other is being treated after receiving scratch or bite wounds.
Anyone observing unusual behavior in rabies vector species such as foxes, skunks, racoons, groundhogs, coyotes or bats should contact Schneider at 845/866-4137.
WASHINGTON, DC — Grants are available from the USDA to allow agricultural producers to add value to their products, expanding their markets and customer base, with the Value Added Producer Grant program (VAPG). Applicants have until October 15 to apply. Read more
REGION — The Progressive Agricultural Association of Meshoppen, PA is circulating a petition .requesting a national federal milk order pricing hearing for dairy farmers, who are under record pressure from rising costs. It has been prepared by Pete Hardin, editor of the Milkweed. Read more
The county commissioners on the Board of Elections approved a suggestion from Cindy Furman, Director of the Wayne County Department of Elections, to extend the hours of registration for the week of October 1 to October 6 in preparation for the presidential elections on November 6. The 4:30 p.m. closing will be extended to 5:30 p.m. and the office will be open on Saturday, October 6 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Read more
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and Eldred resident Lou Monteleone wants to make sure Sullivan County knows it. Monteleone’s awareness began in 2007 when he participated in a St. Baldrick’s (www.stbaldricks.org) signature head shaving event in Jeffersonville. “It changed my life,” Monteleone said, “and I became instantly involved.” Read more
SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — There are four primary races that are scheduled for voting on September 13. One of the most interesting is between Kathy Michell, the long-serving Tusten Town Clerk, and businessman Ned Lang. The two are vying to run on the Republican ticket for a chance to fill the vacancy that was created on the town board when Carol Wingert was elected supervisor. Read more
Two tow trucks strained to right a building supply tractor trailer that overturned when the driver failed to negotiate the turn onto Route 112 toward Lake Huntington. The truck was from Mariotti Building Products in Old Forge, PA. The Lake Huntington Fire Department and the New York State Police got the call at about 7:30 a.m. on the morning of September 4. The driver, who was not immediately indentified, suffered minor injuries and was taken to Catskill Regional Medical Center’s Grover M. Hermann Hospital Division Read more
Three years ago, when Port Jervis officials were looking for a way to revitalize the waterfront in the city, Adam Hubbard, a kayaking enthusiast, also known as a paddler, suggested that the city follow the lead of Boulder, CO and construct a whitewater park in the river. City officials investigated the idea, and quickly adopted it as a goal. Hubbard became chairman of the Port Jervis Whitewater Committee, and the project is moving forward. Read more