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August 30, 2014
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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.

Most snowy owls in half a century

REGION — According to the website www.project snowstorm.org, which is concerned with snowy owls, every few years, “for reasons that are not entirely understood,” a number of the raptors leave their winter ranges in southern Canada, and migrate down into the United States in an event known as an “irruption.”  Read more

Honesdale has new mayor, council vacancy

HONESDALE, PA — At its April 14 meeting, the Honesdale Borough Council appointed John “Jack” Bishop to serve as mayor of Honesdale for the remainder of Ed Langendoerfer’s unexpired term; Langendoerfer resigned on April 1, citing long frustration with police department concerns, a fractious council and lack of progress on key issues.  Read more

A call for all weather volunteers

YULAN, NY — The NACL Theatre is in the midst of a two-year Weather Project, and this summer there will be an event in August that will be a fair, a play and a community event all wrapped together.  Read more

New boss at DRBC

NARROWSBURG, NY — A new executive director will be taking office at the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) in August.  Read more

Tusten 2.0: Pedestrian friendly, energy efficient

NARROWSBURG, NY — At a public hearing at the Tusten Town Hall on April 7, the Narrowsburg Master Plan was presented. The plan is comprehensive and long range, intended to guide growth and development in Narrowsburg. The Town of Tusten invited architect Buck Moorhead to assist the town with a conceptual development and redevelopment design plan for the hamlet of Narrowsburg. For the past year and a half, Moorehead and a committee worked to conceptualize the master plan, which they say is a “long-term vision” for Narrowsburg. Below are highlights from the plan. To view the entire plan, go to www.tusten.org and click on “Hamlet of Narrowsburg Master Plan.”  Read more

Well-being wanting in Scranton, Middletown

REGION — How do you feel about your life? The folks who compiled the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, asked thousands of people questions about their lives, and for the sixth year running released the results of their survey to the public.  Read more

Food hub conversation continued

MONTICELLO, NY — The conversation about the location of the proposed food hub continued at a meeting of the Sullivan County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) on April 8. Legislator Ira Steingart, chair of the IDA board, said there would be a meeting with a representative of Ginsburg Food to determine which direction the company wanted to go regarding the location of the facility.  Read more

Second parcel considered for food hub; Regional farmers said to benefit

MONTICELLO, NY — Sullivan County legislators heard a presentation on April 3 about a proposed food hub for which the county is being asked to allocate funds.  Read more

LaBuda backs Thompson, Liberty in casino race

MONTICELLO, NY — Legislator Kathy LaBuda supports a casino in the Town of Thompson and also perhaps in the Town of Liberty, but she does not support the effort in the Town of Mamakating, which she represents, to obtain a casinos license.  Read more

Bill would create Pennsylvania public financing for political campaigns

HARRISBURG, PA — Pennsylvania State Sen. Daylin Leach on April 7 announced plans to introduce a bill that would create a public financing option for state political campaigns. Specifically, the legislation would create a Clean Elections Fund to provide participating candidates with public money to finance their election campaigns.  Read more

PA lawmakers observe Equal Pay Day

HARRISBURG, PA — State lawmakers sponsoring pay-equity bills on April 7 joined with advocates at the Pennsylvania Capitol to call for action on the legislation.  Read more

Watershed groups get $35 million

DELAWARE RIVER WATERSHED — An extensive list of nature, environment and land preservation organizations in the Delaware River watershed will share a $35 million grant from the William Penn Foundation (WPF) aimed at protecting high-quality water resources and restoring water quality where needed. Over 15 million people rely on the watershed as their source of drinking water.  Read more

Alternative court plan proposed

MILFORD, PA — One of the critics of Pike’s plans for an addition to the county courthouse last week offered to submit an alternative.  Read more

Thompson wants two casinos; Liberty would like one

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Now that the New York State Gaming Commission (SGC) has sent out requests for applications (RFA) for one of the four casino licenses that will be available this year, local officials have begun to adopt positions on which projects they support.  Read more

Judge: ‘This was an attempt to stuff the ballot box;’ developer walks away from voting battle

Judge Stephan Schick had expected lengthy testimony and legal arguments; he told the lawyers he would be available for the entirety of the four days leading up to the swearing in of newly elected officials in the Village of Bloomingburg.  Read more

Eldred board election coming

ELDRED, NY — On March 13, the Eldred Central School District (ESD) announced it will hold an election for one seat on the school board to take place on May 20. The seat is filled by Carol Bliefernich, who has been appointed as the district’s representative to Sullivan County BOCES, and who is running for re-election to the five-year seat.  Read more

Peifer says education construction funding a priority

HARRISBURG, PA — Rep. Mike Peifer says that funding for school construction projects that have been approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) will be a priority as the budget process moves forward in Harrisburg.  Read more

Two named to seven-county alliance

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Commissioners conducted some surprisingly important business during their 14-minute meeting of March 30.  Read more

Sullivan West: it takes a state to raise a child

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — The March 13 Sullivan West Central School Board meeting was all about the kids. From superintendent Nancy Hackett, to the board members, to faculty and staff, to parents and public, there was universal agreement that the student musical, “Beauty and the Beast,” presented March 7 to 9, was nothing less than a triumph of talent, spirit and hard work. Cited by all as an example of what students can accomplish when properly motivated, it serves as testament to what Sullivan West is doing right.  Read more

Sullivan next to last in health; Wayne and Pike fare better

UPPER DELAWARE RIVER VALLEY — The fifth annual County Health Rankings, which measure the health outcomes and impacts of practically all of the counties in the United States, were published on March 16, and once again Sullivan County is second from last in New York State. Sullivan placed 61 out of 62 counties, ahead of only Bronx.  Read more