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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.

Sullivan County ethics code considered

Three of the five members of the Sullivan County Board of Ethics have sent letters of resignation to county manager David Fanslau within the past couple of weeks.  Read more

Crematorium appeal dismissed, neighbors take objections to Pike’s county court

The Milford Township Zoning Hearing Board dismissed an appeal by the neighbors of a proposed crematorium to stop the project.  Read more

Kang’s intentions discussed, future of two buildings at stake

Looking at a serious budget crunch for next year, members of the board would very much like to sell the two extra school buildings the district owns. But the missed deadline on the closing of the purchase of the sports field in Narrowsburg has thrown the $3 million sale of the buildings into doubt.  Read more

Gas news at a glance

‘This American Life’ on the ‘Game Changer’ of gas

This week’s episode of ‘This American Life’ presents the issues surrounding natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale by telling the stories of two professors whose calculations land them differing outcomes. One gets acclaim, the other ends up out of a job.  Read more

Tom Quick Inn is back

The Tom Quick Inn has seen its ups and downs in recent years, opening and closing a little too often. But that’s all going to stop, according to George Lutfy, the son of Pam and Dick Lutfy, who ran the inn for 28 years.  Read more

UDC weighs in on Holbert Brothers quarry, Lackawaxen citizens group threatens lawsuit

More opposition to the proposed expansion of the Holbert Brothers Bluestone Quarry has surfaced. The Upper Delaware Council has sent a letter to the Lackawaxen supervisors asking them to reject the conditional use permit application because it would “constitute a clear violation of the Lackawaxen Township Zoning Ordinance, and it is not in substantial conformance with the Land and Water Use Guidelines in the River Management Plan (RMP) for the Congressionally-designated Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River, a unit of the National Park Service (NPS).”  Read more

News in Brief

Kang is a no-show at closing

NARROWSBURG, NY — Developer Ilwon Kang was supposed to have closed on a $70,000 deal to purchase the 14-acre sports field on Kirk Road in Narrowsburg before July 4, so that he could have a beer tent at the holiday festivities he planned for the space.  Read more

Pike’s Lutfy under microscope in Hatch Act investigation

Pam Lutfy, a Republican who pulled a surprise act in this past primary election by winning enough Democrat write-in votes to appear on the Democratic line in the general election on November 8, is being investigated by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) about how she achieved that success.  Read more

Tusten residents vote on bookkeeper

Voters in the Town of Tusten cast paper ballots on July 12 to decide who should have the authority to appoint a bookkeeper for the town. In the past, the supervisor had the sole authority, but past supervisors sought the approval of the other board members as a courtesy.  Read more

UDC reminded of historic workbook,studies, lifejacket regs, quarry expansion considered

The Upper Delaware Council (UDC) was reacquainted with an important workbook to enable its consistent review of projects in the river corridor at its monthly meeting on July 7 in Narrowsburg.  Read more

DA discussed again, expected jobs not created

If the average Joe is interested in knowing what companies are getting tax breaks through the Sullivan County Industrial Development Agency (IDA), he no longer has to get that information by sending a Freedom of Information Law request to Albany. Instead, Joe can simply go to www.sul livanida.com and click on the current projects tab.  Read more

Nursing home to remain in county hands

Sullivan County legislators indicated that they believe the county should not sell the Sullivan County Adult Care Center, which has been a topic of discussion for the past 18 months.
In a meeting at the government center on July 7, legislator Ron Hiatt said after a lengthy discussion on the topic, “We’re going to try to keep this.”  Read more

Hinchey has colon cancer surgery

Washington, DC -- The Office of Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) announced that the congressman underwent colon cancer surgery today at Albany Medical Center. The congressman is resting comfortably at the hospital where he will receive follow-up care and begin his recovery.  Read more

Boy Scout honored

On May 14, Neil R. Stasilli III of Eldred celebrated an accomplishment that not all Boy Scouts achieve when he was recognized as an Eagle Scout at the Eagle Scout Court of Honor Ceremony.  Read more

Rabies incidents confirmed in Sullivan County

Three rabid foxes have been confirmed in Sullivan County. The animaLs were found near Swan Lake, Yankee Lake and Wurtsboro. Local officials are warning residents in Sullivan County that there are very likely other rabid animals in the region, and residents should guard against them.  Read more

Getting buzzed to battle cancer

HONESDALE, PA — At times, the line stretched out the door, as people awaited their turn to have their hair or beard removed in support of a local fundraiser aimed at battling cancer. The decidedly festive event took place on July 1 at Mick’s Barber Shop in Honesdale and raised more than $6,000 for the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute.  Read more

Growing ‘Water’ to raise awareness of its worth

An artfully grown, one-word statement on the world’s most vital liquid is now abloom at Sky Dog Farm, 1724 County Route 23 in Tusten. The flowering buckwheat that spells out the word “Water” undulates softly when stirred by a passing breeze, reminding one of a chief characteristic of water—its flow.  Read more

Tightening a home

An environmental group active in this area for the last three years is training four high school students to do free energy assessments of homes in Wayne and Pike counties.  Read more

Road Use Agreement unveiled

What is an Equivalent Single Axel Load or ESAL? It’s the basic method that may be used by some Sullivan County towns to determine if truck traffic related to a given project, whether it is gas drilling or construction of a mall, is likely to damage town roads, and if so, what the town should collect from the responsible party to repair those damages.  Read more