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LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — “Lake Huntington looks like pea soup. In my lifetime, I can’t recall a six-week algae bloom like this one. Most last only a few days, at most. The Department of Environmental Control (DEC) has taken water samples and we’re awaiting test results.” With those remarks at the October 8 Cochecton Town Board meeting, Supervisor Gary Maas introduced a topic familiar but unpleasant to all who live, work or play near the lake. Asked if the DEC might impose a ban on recreational activities for the duration of the bloom, Maas said, “We’ll just have to wait and see what the DEC says.”

Sullivan college budget slashed; lawmakers suggest “change in leadership”

Over 80 supporters turned out to praise the college and ask lawmakers not to cut its budget.  Read more

Visitors Association annual tailgate party; Phish arrival anticipated

Dozens of tourist related businesses turned out to Sonoma Falls Cider Mill and Country Store in Livingston Manor on May 11, to exchange promotional literature in an annual event sponsored by the Sullivan County Visitors Association.  Read more

Kiamesha Lake man arrested for murder

The New York State Police at Liberty announced the arrest of Lars Ryder, age 22 of Fraser Road, Kiamesha Lake, NY, for Murder in the 2nd degree, as a result of the homicide of Elizabeth Mucci, 31 of Hankins, NY.  Read more

The town, the village and the Liberty cops

There was a general agreement that the village is facing dissolution at some point in the not too distant future. Richard Winters, mayor of the Village of Liberty, said, because Governor Andrew Cuomo is pushing for the consolidation of municipalities, and because the sour economy has pushed the village to the brink of insolvency, it seems that ultimately the village may cease to exist.  Read more

Fanslau: Another chance to vote for Roscoe

Sullivan County Manager David Fanslau is urging all Sullivan County residents and visitors to support the county's tourism and economy by voting in an online contest to have Roscoe, New York named as the Ultimate Fishing Town. The contest is sponsored by the World Fishing Network, and the first place prize is $25,000 for the community and a half-hour cable television show.

The final voting round began at 12:00 noon on May 10 and continues through May 31. The following link may be used to vote for Roscoe: http://www.wfnfishingtown.com/town/roscoe-ny  Read more

Shohola candidates’ night without supervisor Hoeper

It was like a birthday party where the birthday boy didn’t show up.  Read more

News briefs

Bemused intruder found in town hall

GLEN SPEY, NY — Officials in the Town of Lumberland found an intruder sleeping in the meeting room of the town hall when they opened it up at around 8 a.m. on Monday, May 9. They called the sheriff's patrol, which responded and took 31-year-old Joseph Zonca of Sussex, NJ into custody.  Read more

Clearing underway for TGP 300 Line

The owners of this property across from the Wayne County Fairgrounds on Route 191 will have a front-row view of the activities associated with expansion of Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s 300 Line Project. Last weekend, right-of-way clearing activities took place just adjacent to the home depicted here.

The line is being expanded to transport natural gas which is being extracted from the Marcellus Shale further west in Pennsylvania.

Steep reduction proposed in college funding

The board of Sullivan County Community College (SCCC) turned out to a special meeting of the county legislature to discuss how much money the county will give the college for the 2011-2012 fiscal year.  Read more

Cappelli gets a new Concord partner, old partner growls

The forlorn-looking footings out at the sight of the old Concord Hotel may yet be put to use if the latest plans by developer Louis Cappelli bear fruit.  Read more

Calkins Baptist Church organizes Alabama relief effort

“Where do you begin?” That’s the question that Josh Sheard and his wife, Lori, found themselves pondering as they learned of the devastation wrought by tornadoes and severe storms that ravaged Alabama in late April. “How can we just continue to go on with our everyday lives?” the couple wondered, in the wake of the deaths and destruction.  Read more

Richardson elected to chair UDC

Larry H. Richardson, who has represented the Town of Cochecton, NY on the Upper Delaware Council (UDC) for the past 22 years, was unanimously elected on May 5 as chairperson for the balance of 2011. A vacancy in the position was created on March 21, when the Damascus Township Board of Supervisors voted to remove Dolores A. Keesler as its representative to the UDC.  Read more

Dolores seeks Damascus seat

When Dolores Keesler was unexpectedly removed from her appointment as Damascus Township’s representative to the Upper Delaware Council (UDC), where she had been serving as chair following her election in January 2011, she was stunned.  Read more

Liberty residents protest camp violations

Highview Acres Road is a dead-end street full of tidy ranch houses. At the end of the road is a newly built construction road cut into the woods to allow the owners of Hasc Summer Camp to access a remote portion of the property to build two large dormitories, 52 feet by 90 feet in size, and a single-family house.  Read more

Honesdale community garden in bloom

Come and get your hands dirty in the cool, rich earth and start to grow your own food.

That’s the motto of a group called Transition Honesdale (TH) that has constructed a fenced-in garden of approximately 110’ x 50’ with 25 raised beds at the Ellen Memorial Health Care Center on Golf Hill Road in Honesdale.

The other motto of the group is “building community.”  Read more

20th annual Kite Festival at the college

The 20th Annual Sullivan County Community College Kite Festival was held on May 7, with lots of activities including kite sales, craft sales, food, and all those inflatable slides and bouncy things for the kiddies.  Read more

Sullivan County committee supports Marriage Equality Act

The Sullivan County Human Rights Commission, the members of which are appointed by the Sullivan County Legislature, issued a press release on May 9, saying the commissions supports Governor Andrew Cuomo and other s who are pressing for passage of the Marriage Equality act. The act would legalize same-sex marriage.  Read more

Concord Associates announces deal with Mohegan Sun, Empire Resorts vows to fight it

Concord Associates announced on May 5 that it has reached a deal with Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority (MTGA) to develop the long-delayed Concord Resort in Kiamesha Lake NY.  Read more

Protester drills spokesman at gas hearing

Here's a remarkable piece of tape from a hearing of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett's Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission last week, which media reports have noted is well-stocked with campaign contributors from the energy industry.
(Oringal post can bee seen at http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/off-mic/item/18941-protestor-drills-s...)  Read more

It doesn't work

It was announced with much enthusiasm back in 2007. Don Perry, then the vice president of the Sullivan County Partnership of Economic Development, told lawmakers that a Japanese company called Environmental Technologies, Inc. (ETI) would build a brand new experimental type of windmill, one with a vertical axis, and erect it on the campus of Sullivan County Community College (SCCC).  Read more