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MONTICELLO, NY — The last commission to examine the Sullivan County Charter was convened in 2005. It met twice a month for two years and ultimately recommended changes to the county.

This process is scheduled to occur every 10 years, so the county legislature is beginning the process of forming a new commission, and the co-chair of the previous commission, Robert Green, met with the legislature to give his input on how the process might play out.

Bonacic lauds ethics agreement; time will tell if it works

State Senator John J. Bonacic said on June 6 he would vote for the ethics reform legislation announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. The legislation is named the “The Clean Up Albany Act of 2011.”  Read more

Gillibrand pushes transparent government

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced on June 6, she is supporting two new efforts in an ongoing effort to make government more transparent and accountable.  Read more

Man flees Sheriff's Office, steals lawyers car

Suffern, NY man arrested for possession of drugs and attempting to allude Sheriff’s Deputies after being stopped for swerving while driving  Read more

Write-in votes affect local PA primaries

In the Pike County Commissioners’ primary race, write-in votes put a Republican candidate, Pam Lutfy, who lost to fellow Republican candidates Rick Caridi and Matt Osterberg, on the Democratic ticket opposite incumbent Karl Wagner, who ran unopposed.  Read more

Long Island man drowns in Upper Delaware

The body of 71-year-old Angelo Zotto of Seldon, NY was recovered on May 30, in the Middle Delaware River near Dingman’s Ferry, PA. The body had drifted some 25 miles downstream from where Zotto fell off a raft in the Upper Delaware River in the rapids at Butlers Rift near the Hawk’s Nest two days earlier. He was discovered by boaters near the Dingman’s Ferry bridge in the Delaware Water Gap.  Read more

Honesdale nixes B&B

The Honesdale Borough Council voted unanimously on May 24 to deny a conditional use permit to a renovated building on West Street that the owner had sought to turn into a bed and breakfast. Council member Barbara Lewis introduced the measure to deny the permit because the building does not meet borough code specifications for such an establishment.  Read more

Concord project a go; brownfield site clean-up to begin

Developer Louis Cappelli’s long-delayed plans to rebuild the old Concord Hotel in Kiamesha Lake seem to be back on track. On May 26, the New York State Racing and Wagering board informed Cappelli that if he builds a racetrack, the board will give him a license to operate it.  Read more

News in brief

‘Life Under A Log’ leads to real-life learning

HONESDALE, PA — Rachael Bayly, left, Samantha Howey and Gage Simons met a ringneck snake, a harmless, diminutive woodland inhabitant, during a new outdoor education program that took place at the Stourbridge Primary Center in Honesdale, PA recently. Second-grade classes participated in the exploratory woodland ecology program on the school grounds.  Read more

Boy Scouts Troop One celebrates 100 years

One of Wayne County’s oldest traditions is celebrating 100 years of service—Troop One of the Boy Scouts of America.

The troop is perhaps the oldest scout organization, if not in America, at least in Pennsylvania and is the longest continually operating Boy Scout troop.

Chartered in 1911, just one year after the birth of the organization, Troop One lists as one of its alumni General Lyman Lemnitzer, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1960 to 1962.  Read more

Sojourn swiftly approaching

The opportunity to paddle one of the last free-flowing rivers in America as part of one of the oldest river sojourns in the nation will soon be here when the 17th Annual Delaware River Sojourn transpires on June 18-25. Early bird savings are still available to those who register by June 5.  Read more

Memorial Day remembrance in Honesdale regales the community

Despite displays of storms and thunder in the morning, the weather cooperated perfectly as the Honesdale community came out in big numbers on Memorial Day to honor its veterans and residents now serving in the military. Streams of spectators crowded every side of the route from the upper borough to
Central Park where a dedication ceremony was held.  Read more

Highland receives first WTC artifact

Sirens sounded in the Town of Highland on May 25, no doubt stirring memories of the sirens signaling the horrific events of September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center in New York City. This time, the crowd clustered at the town hall in Eldred awaited the arrival of the first World Trade Center artifact to be awarded in Sullivan County.  Read more

Phish tales at Bethel Woods

For months, some in the community worried that the three-day Phish event would bring traffic nightmares, vandalism and worse. But when the jam band finally appeared at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, the holiday weekend unfolded relatively smoothly.  Read more

Storm hammers region

A fierce storm ripped through the region on the night of May 26, downing trees, knocking out power to various areas and causing destruction.  Read more

Traffic turned away at Howard/Abramson Phish-fest venue

BETHEL, NY — On Thursday, May 19, the entrance to the property of Jeryl Abramson and Roy Howard on Route 17B in Bethel was barred and traffic was being turned away as the owners sought to comply with the Town of Bethel’s orders to desist from their plans of hosting a crowd of about 5,000 people for the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend. The planned event on the property was related to the Phish concert at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, scheduled to take place over all three days of the weekend.  Read more

News in brief

SCCC has another go at the windmills
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Gas at a glance

DRBC schedules new public hearing on proposed water withdrawal

Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) Executive Director Carol Collier has announced that a second hearing will be held on June 1 to give the public another opportunity to provide feedback on XTO Energy’s proposed water withdrawal draft docket.  Read more

World Trade Center artifact heads for Highland

A 380-pound piece of steel from the World Trade Center (WTC) is making its way from New York City to the Town of Highland. The artifact will be used to establish a WTC Memorial honoring all emergency service providers. Town of Highland Supervisor Andrew Boyar made the announcement at the town meeting in Eldred on May 10.  Read more

Pike County challenges pipeline “wet” crossing

The Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company (TGP) wants to cross the Lackawaxen River with a “wet crossing” of its pipeline at the height of the summer season. “No way,” say the Pike County Commissioners.  Read more

Price of the two percent tax cap

At the government center in Monticello two weeks ago, county manager David Fanslau went over the projected rise in the cost of state-mandated county-run programs in 2012. And the numbers are sobering. The cost of county Medicaid payment, for instance, will increase by $600,000. The cost of pension will increase by $2 million. All together, the total for nine separate state-mandated programs would be an increase of $3.1 million.  Read more