REGION — The global weather data for the month of February is in, and according to the National Climatic Data Center, February was an extraordinarily cold month in the northeast section of the United States. The region’s average temperature of 13.5° F was 12.7° F below normal. This made it the second-coldest February on record behind 1934, which had an average temperature of 12° F. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — In explaining her opposition to the continuation of the Fraud Investigative Team (FIT), Sullivan County Legislator Kathy LaBuda read a letter allegedly written by a Sullivan County resident who had an unpleasant experience with a “investigator” in connection with receiving or applying for benefits from the Department of Family Services (DFS). Read more
ELDRED, NY — Superintendent Robert Dufour said during the Eldred Board of Education meeting on March 12 that all the charges brought against the school district regarding alleged bullying in December of 2013 have been dismissed by the Superior Court. Read more
LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — Most of the wide-ranging issues that the Cochecton Town Board dealt with at its March 11 meeting were concerned with accommodating tourists and visitors, a Lake Huntington campground proposal foremost among them. Tom Ward, engineer for property owner Robert Stanzoni, presented a site map and building plans for the 15-acre parcel located between lakeside Route 52 (opposite the former Cochecton ambulance garage) and Mitchell Pond East Road. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — National Park Service (NPS) Superintendent Kris Heister of the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River recently spent some time trying to convince Upper Delaware Council (UDC) members that a new collaborative NPS law enforcement plan is not a forerunner of the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River (UPDE) being merged into the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (DEWA).
Even before Heister spoke on March 6, Upper Delaware Council chair Al Henry stated, “The Upper Delaware Council is strongly against a merger.” Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — At the recent Town of Tusten town board meeting on March 10, two residents asked the board for help with funding their citizen’s group, the Narrowsburg Cat Patrol. In recent years it has become apparent that Narrowsburg has a feral cat problem. The Narrowsburg Cat patrol was formed in October 2013 with the goal to trap/neuter/release (TNR) and vaccinate for rabies all stray cats in Narrowsburg. In 2014, they spayed and neutered over 50 cats. At the meeting, the members asked the board for $4,500 to help cover the costs. Read more
BARRYVILLE, NY — New York State Police Tuesday morning were investigating what happened when, at about 2:30 a.m., this car was driven up onto this rock on Mail Road, just off the County Road 21 intersection.
The unidentified driver said he was driving on the road when he felt ill and pulled into the car wash at the County Road 21 and Mail Road intersection. Later, driving through the car wash, he accelerated up its steep rear exit ramp to Mail Road, apparently turned right toward the county road too soon, and mounted the rock. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — It was a very good showing for the First Annual Windy Kilt 5K marathon run through the streets of Narrowsburg on March 15. Ned Lang, a member of the town council and one of the organizers, said the event attracted some 80 runners to the rural hamlet.
That raised about $10,000, which was donated to the Narrowsburg Volunteer Ambulance Service and Sullivan County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). The course was about three miles long, and started at the Narrowsburg Inn and wound through the town, along the river and back to the inn. Read more
ROCK HILL, NY — A Rock Hill woman was killed while participating as part of a St. Patrick’s Day parade on March 14. The New York State Police in Wurtsboro responded to the scene of a reported fatal motor vehicle accident in the parking lot of the Citgo gas station on Glenn Wild Road at about 1:20 p.m. Read more
HARRISBURG, PA — Rep. Mike Peifer is requesting input on the proposed budget put forward by Gov. Tom Wolf. A press release from Peifer, who represents parts of Wayne, Pike and Monroe counties, said, “A 16% budget increase from last year, Wolf presented a $33.8 billion proposal that would take us to historic levels of spending, with nearly $4.7 billion in new spending alone. As proposed, Pennsylvania families would see a 21%increase in their personal income tax liabilities. Read more
BETHANY, PA — Nina Martin, left, who served as borough secretary for 60 years in Bethany, receives a plaque honoring her for her service from Pennsylvania state senator Lisa Baker on March 10. As the ceremony continued, Martin also received plaques and special recognition from state representative Sandra Major and the Wayne County commissioners.
MONTICELLO, NY — In the wake of Randy Parker being placed on administrative leave from the Sullivan County Division of Health and Family Services (DHFS), the new acting commissioner, Joe Todora, and deputy commissioner, William Moon, said they are seeking to remove redundancies from the process of applying for services. Read more
HARRISBURG, PA — A bill that would make it a crime for Pennsylvania residents to claim to be military veterans unless they have actually served passed in the Senate on March 4 and has been sent to the House for consideration. Read more