Members of the Town of Forestburgh Planning Board on July 29 questioned executives of Advanced Skills Training Institute (ASTI), who are seeking a special-use permit to open what they call a recreational facility on a 300-acre parcel currently owned by developer Shalom Lamm. James Sherman, CEO and founder of ASTI, said a closing on the property is scheduled for the end of August. Read more
WHITE LAKE, NY — The Bethel town board held a public hearing about adopting a new junkyard law on July 22.
Supervisor Dan Sturm explained that the previous town board in 2006 or ‘07 adopted a local law that prohibits the creation of any new junkyards in the town, and at that time the town board removed all language from town code that related to junkyards. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — The 25th anniversary of Riverfest, which was held on July 26 in Narrowsburg, marked a couple of records for the celebration of art and the river. According to Elaine Giguere, executive director of Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA), which hosts the event, the poster auction raised a record of about $15,500 or perhaps a bit more. The highest previous amount was some $3,000 less than that. Read more
NEW YORK STATE — Fast-food workers who have been pushing for a $15-per-hour wage in the industry celebrated after the Fast Food Wage Board on July 22 issued their recommendation that minimum wage be boosted to that level. But the proposed increase, if it comes—and most analysts believe it will—won’t happen right away. Read more
YOUNGSVILLE, NY — Rodney Gaebel, the Republican commissioner of the Sullivan County Board of Elections (BOE) died on July 23 after suffering a stroke a few days earlier. He was 66 years old. Read more
WASHINGTON, DC — The House of Representatives on July 22 voted overwhelmingly in favor of the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act (SAFLA) of 2015 by a margin of 250 to 175. The act would ban states from adopting their own laws requiring the labeling of food containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs.) The bill would continue to allow manufacturers to voluntarily label foods that contain GMOs, as is now the case, though none have chosen to do so. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — Sometime between late March and early April thieves made off with a 150-gallon propane tank that belonged to Lauren’s Laundry Basket in the plaza on Kirk’s Road in Narrowsburg. Tom Lisoski, who is married to the owner, said he purchased the tank from Peck’s Market before that grocery store became Pete’s Market, and Lisoski said the couple is still trying to locate the missing tank. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — Norman Theodore Faux, 55, of Lake Ariel, was sentenced on July 27 to 27 months to 180 months for incest with a minor and corruption of minors. Faux was ordered to pay for any victim counseling not to exceed $5,000. The Honorable Russell D. Shurtleff also found Faux to be a sexually violent predator pursuant to the Adam Walsh Act/Megan’s Law. Fuax must register his whereabouts along with other information with the Pennsylvania State Police for his lifetime. Read more
FORESTBURGH, NY — The website of Advance Skills Training Institute (ASTI) shows people engaged in whitewater rafting, military training, motocross racing and many other types of outdoor activities. ASTI is seeking a special-use permit to open what it calls an outdoor recreational facility on about 300 acres on Route 52 and Tannery Road in Forestburgh. Read more
YOUNGSVILLE, NY — About 60 people turned out to the Youngsville fire hall on July 23 to get a look at revised plans to replace the bridge over Panther Rock Creek on State Route 52 in Youngsville. Read more
GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — Operations to halt the turbid flow below New York City’s Cannonsville Dam are proceeding faster than originally envisioned, according to Adam Bosch, director of public affairs at the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP). As of Monday, engineers working on the project believed that it might only take three or four relief wells to halt the turbid flow, instead of the eight originally projected, meaning that stage one of the repair plan could be complete as early as sometime this week. Read more
The Sullivan County Sheriff's Office has arrested two suspects from Loch Sheldrake in connection with a burglary at the Monticello Farmer's Market.
Deputies were called to the store on East Broadway on Friday morning, July 24, 2015, when employees discovered the break in. Entry had apparently been gained through an outside milk cooler which leads into the store. Employees discovered that over $6,000 in cash and coins had been stolen. Read more
A storm in Liberty and Elsewhere in Sullivan County brought rain, strong winds and hail late in the afternoon of July 26.
YOUNGSVILLE, NY — Officials at the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) have changed their plan about how to mitigate flooding issues on State Route 52 in Youngsville. The road and two bridges there have been flooded numerous times over the past decade in the area of the confluence of the Panther Rock Creek and the Callicoon Creek. Read more