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According to a source who has been reliable in the past, and is familiar with proposed sale of the Narrowsburg School, the deal fell through at the closing table either on September 12 or the previous day.

The source said the attorneys were at the closing table and Joan Buto, the person who wanted to buy the school and turn it into a drug and alcohol rehab facility, appeared at the closing and raised the price of the school from $751,000 to $1.5 million, doubling the asking price.

NY, PA politicians on bin Laden

The news that Osama bin Laden was shot dead by a special forces team of US military personnel reverberated around the world on the evening of May 1, after President Barack Obama announced it on national television.  Read more

Naughton sentenced to prison

Joe Naughton, owner of the Western Hotel in Callicoon, was sentenced on April 29 to 16 months to four years in prison for selling alcohol to a minor. Naughton was caught in a police sting on February 26 at liquor store in the hotel when he sold a bottle of wine to an undercover officer.  Read more

Sullivan County Manager issues flash flood warning

County Manager David Fanslau issued the following statement: "The National Weather Service in Binghamton issued a Flash Flood Warning for Sullivan County effective through 2:15 PM. Locations in the warning include but are not limited to Bethel, Bloomingburg, Callicoon, Grahamsville, Liberty, Livingston Manor, Loch Sheldrake, Monticello, Roscoe, and Wurtsboro in Sullivan County.  Read more

Mountain Laurel Music Center flowers again

The former Mountain Laurel Music Center, now called the Mountain Laurel Pocono Mountains Performing Arts Center, will open for business—it is hoped permanently—with concerts beginning in July.  Read more

Is DRBC a federal agency?

It’s not yet clear how the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) will react to the lawsuit threatened by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. The decision will ultimately come from the four commissioners, the governors of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware and the federal representative.  Read more

Probing Liberty police protection costs

On April 20, the union that represents the Village of Liberty police department reached an agreement with village officials on concessions that will avert the layoff of three officers. The concessions included giving up 3% raises, which settles the matter, for now.  Read more

Citizenship denied because of faulty arrest record

Artist Franciszek Kulon, well known in the region because of, among other things, his strikingly realistic depictions of local officials in various states of undress and compromising positions, is appealing to Congressman Maurice Hinchey.  Read more

Sustaining Sullivan farming from the ‘Ground Up’

Innovation and adaptability are just two of the characteristics common to six regional farmers profiled in a newly released report on the agricultural potential of the Catskills region.
“Ground Up,” which provides insights into elements of successful agricultural production in the Catskills and emphasizes the area’s potential as a viable foodshed for the New York metropolitan market, was presented last weekend at the Callicoon Farmers Market. “We were excited to see how many people showed up,” said Wes Gillingham of Catskill Mountainkeeper (CM), one of the organization’s responsible for the report. “It speaks to the desire of people to support local food.”  Read more

Gas news at a glance

Overview of PA law on municipalities and drilling available  Read more

Environmental groups build community

Despite the rain and raw weather, three environmental groups gathered at the Fred Miller Pavilion on Main Street in Honesdale for an Earth Day celebration.  Read more

Delaware residents argue against home rule

Noel van Swol, a tireless leader in supporting gas drilling in New York State, gathered with a phalanx of local supporters to oppose proposed legislation that could give towns certain limited powers over gas drilling.  Read more

News briefs

PA and NY take back unused drugs

MONTICELLO, NY AND SHOHOLA, PA – Two “take back” programs, a national movement to lessen the availability of unused prescription drugs, will take place in Sullivan County, NY on Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Monticello at the Ted Stroebel Center at 2 Jefferson Street.

In Pennsylvania, the program will take place on Friday, April 29 and on Saturday, April 30. The PA program on Friday, April 29 will be held at the Senior Center s in Hamlin and Honesdale from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm..  Read more

Keesler to challenge Canfield in Damascus

Dolores Keesler has decided to conduct a write-in campaign for the office of supervisor against Joe Canfield. Keesler, who was until recently the Damascus Township representative to the Upper Delaware Council and the president of that body for two months, was removed from her position at the instigation of Damascus supervisor Joe Canfield, with the agreement of the other two supervisors. Justifying the move, Canfield said “Just say that she doesn’t represent the whole township, that’s all.”  Read more

Pike library design approved

After literally years of squabbling, the brand new board of the Pike County Public Library has achieved a key approval in its fight to build a new, financially viable library.  Read more

No drilling in the region?

In a discussion about the fine points of the Marcellus Shale in the Upper Delaware Valley, professor Terry Engelder said, “I wish it would make Narrowsburg rich, but it’s not going to.” In this region that assessment will be met with a mix of glee, disappointment and skepticism.  Read more

Vote for Roscoe as America's 'Ultimate Fishing Town'

ROSCOE, NY — You can vote for Roscoe as America’s Ultimate Fishing Town at www.wfnfishingtown.com/home.php . As of this writing, Roscoe is in second place.

The contest is being run by Eagle Claw, a fishing tackle manufacturer. The winner will be awarded a $25,000 prize for a tourism boost and a 30 minute show on World Fishing Network about fishing in their town.  Read more

Neighbors protest proposed roads

James Bacon explained the meaning of a negative reciprocal easement. He said it’s just a fancy term to say that if you buy property in a community with deed restrictions, such as no businesses, no clotheslines or whatever the restriction might be, you must abide by those covenants, and every owner of a lot in the community has a right to enforce those covenants against everyone else.  Read more

Pipeline extension hits a snag

The dispute over the proposed gas pipeline among the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, the County of Pike and the National Park Service may soon be resolved.  Read more

Dispute over Hawley Silk Mill

Support for the Hawley Silk Mill project has been nearly universal. Praised for its innovative steps in updating the bluestone building that dates back to the 19th century, the project has brought new economic life to the area, and is billed as the “most prestigious business location in the region.”  Read more

Getting rid of electronic waste for free

Most people probably don’t think of Sullivan County as being on the cutting edge of much but, in the area of electronic waste, it has been. Way back in 2006, before almost any other county in the state, Sullivan County banned the dumping of electronic waste, such as televisions and computers, into the county landfill.  Read more