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Panther Rock Creek and the Callicoon Creek, which converge in Youngsville, have flooded numerous times over the past decade, and now the state is moving to address the issue at Panther Rock.
At a public hearing on November 12, a representative from the NY State Department of Transportation (DOT) said the creek floods so often because the space below the bridge over the creek is too small. Root balls and trees get stuck in the opening and the water backs up and floods the surrounding buildings.

Guinness World Record™ set at Camp Simcha

It took more than a quarter of a mile of gold ribbon, but the girls of Camp Simcha, an area camp for children and teens with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses, created the longest awareness ribbon for children’s cancer and broke an existing Guinness World Record ™ on July 18.  Read more

Marino: Cut, Cap, and Balance Act Is What Americans Want

WASHINGTON (July 19, 2011) -- U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, PA-10, voted in favor of The Cut, Cap, and Balance Act Tuesday night and said he holds out hope that Senate Democrats will “do what the American people want.”  Read more

Hinchey Statement on Looming Default Crisis

Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) today released the following statement regarding the need to raise the debt ceiling in order to prevent the United States from defaulting on its obligations for the first time in American history.  Read more

News in brief

Arts grants awarded

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Eleven local cultural organizations received $11,375 in Sullivan County Arts & Heritage Grants for cultural programming in 2011. The grants are allocated to nonprofit organizations by the Sullivan County Legislators and administered by the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA).  Read more

Tie on Tusten bookkeeper vote

A tie has been declared in the public vote on whether the Tusten supervisor should maintain the sole authority to appoint the bookkeeper, or that authority should shift to the full town board.  Read more

Golf and rafting to celebrate David Curreri’s memory

A new tradition will be born this summer when David Curreri’s family and friends join together with strangers to set forth on what will become an annual rafting trip down the Delaware River on August 6. David was a lifelong resident of Narrowsburg who died in an ATV accident last year. He was 27 years old.  Read more

Gas at a glance

July 21 webinar to focus on natural gas pipelines
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Park service concerned over Holbert Quarry expansion

The supervisors of Lackawaxen Township approved the proposed expansion of the Holbert Brothers Bluestone Quarry at a meeting on July 20, but before doing so, township solicitor Tony Waldron read a list of 10 conditions that he recommended by attached to the approval, and the supervisors agreed to the conditions.  Read more

Lumberland sets info session on zoning rewrite

During its meeting on July 13, the town board of Lumberland took the next step in finalizing the rewrite of its existing zoning law by scheduling a public informational meeting on July 28 at 7 p.m. in the town hall in Glen Spey.  Read more

The Grammy Museum at Bethel Woods

It’s an exhibit called, in part, Strange, Kozmic Experience. Devotees of the music of what was then called the counter-culture in the 1960s will associate those words with Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix.

They were three superstar performers who all died within a few months of each other, and were all 27 years old at the time.  Read more

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