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MONTICELLO, NY — On June 12, the Kindergarten students at the George L. Cooke Elementary School celebrated the completion of their first year of school. Parents were invited to see their children walk down the aisle with their fellow classmates to participate in the Kindergarten graduation.

In Berlin township, if it ain’t broke…

BEACH LAKE, PA — Unwitnessed by the public, save for this reporter, the Berlin Township board of supervisors held its January 5 annual reorganization meeting, as mandated by Pennsylvania law. It took the three-person board, consisting of Paul Henry, Cathy Hunt and Charlie Gries, less than 40 minutes to nominate, appoint and reappoint themselves, other individuals, and various firms to over 20 positions of authority in Berlin Township. But then, this seasoned board knows the drill well. Gries joined the board in 2008, Henry in 2009 and Hunt in 2010.  Read more

Pike fights heroin abuse epidemic

MILFORD, PA — In an effort to actively fight a growing heroin abuse problem locally, Pike County has instituted what has been called a unique drug and alcohol treatment program for its correctional facility.  Read more

UDC making a stink about Masthope sewage

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Upper Delaware Council is attempting to press for PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) action to stop holiday weekend sewage spills from the Masthope Mountain Community.  Read more

Senator Lisa Baker begins third term in Harrisburg

HARRISBURG, PA — Pennsylvania State Sen. Lisa Baker recently took the oath of office, beginning her third term in the Senate. “I would like to thank the voters for the privilege of serving,” she said.  Read more

Welfare fraud arrest in Liberty

LIBERTY, NY — New York State Police at Liberty arrested Grace Belmont, age 31, of Napanoch after an investigation conducted in conjunction with the Sullivan County Welfare Fraud Unit. The arrest took place on January 8. The investigation determined that Belmont applied for and received benefits from the Sullivan County Department of Health and Family Services that she was not entitled to. These benefits totaled more than $10,000.  Read more

Medical marijuana bill in PA

HARRISBURG, PA — Lawmakers Jim Cox (D-Berks/Lancaster) and Ed Gainey (D-Allegheny) plan to reintroduce legislation that would legalize medical marijuana in Pennsylvania. The legislation would allow PA doctors to recommend cannabis to patients who would medically benefit from such a treatment. Twenty-one states and the District of Columbia have similar laws.  Read more

Wayne working for Marcellus dollars

HONESDALE, PA — Wayne County Commissioner Wendell Kay recently reported on the county’s ongoing efforts to exploit the county’s Marcellus gas and the county’s relationship with the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC).  Read more

Sullivan development activity picks up

MONTICELLO, NY — The heads of organizations that issue monthly reports to the Sullivan County Community and Economic Development Committee agreed that since the awarding of a casino license to the Montreign/Adelaar project near Monticello, activity has increased significantly.  Read more

No parking variance for Dollar General store

ELDRED, NY — By a three-to-one vote, the Town of Highland’s Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) on January 8 denied the parking variance application of Primax Properties LLC, which has a controversial proposal to build a store to house the chain retailer Dollar General in Eldred.  Read more

Remembering Chuck Myers

When you reach the age of 66, as I have, you find that very few of the elders you learned from and respected as a child still survive. Fewer still continue in the same efforts they had in your youth. Then there was Chuck Myers.

Chuck helped found the American Legion Ambulance Service in 1948. I don’t recall whether he helped get my mom to the hospital when I was born, but I do know he drove the ambulance that got me to the hospital after I banged my head in an accident in 2007.  Read more

Milford native patrols in Mideast

GULF OF ADEN —Naval Air Crewman Third Class Kyle Daggett, a native of Milford, PA, assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 23, observes amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island aboard a MH-60S Sea Hawk as it patrols around the ship. The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group and the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) are deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.  Read more

Houses to be removed from creekside

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The way has been cleared for the removal of two badly damaged houses along Cattail Brook, which were undermined during Hurricane Sandy in October 2012.  Read more

Complacency and status quo in Cochecton

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — Any number of factors could reasonably explain the lack of attendance at the Cochecton town board’s January 2 reorganization meeting, including bitingly cold weather and holiday week scheduling, but it was probably driven primarily by voter complacency.  Read more

Commissioners look back at Wayne’s 2014

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Commissioners looked back on 2014 at the last meeting of the year, on December 30. Commissioners’ Chair Brian Smith went through a list of accomplishments and challenges. He ticked off a list.  Read more

Veterans group gets van

LIBERTY, NY — For some veterans, getting around in Sullivan County is a problem. The Veterans’ Administration provides transportation from two pick-up points in Sullivan County but it’s difficult for some vets to get to those locations.

Thanks to students at BOCES the vets have a new van, which will be used to help get them to move around the county. The van was an out-of-service 2000 Ford E350 ambulette donated by Albee Bockman, owner of MobileMedic EMS, to the Sullivan County Veterans Coalition.  Read more

Lumberland tax claim settled

GLEN SPEY, NY — The numbers were on hand and a tax-appeal settlement, tabled earlier in December, was finalized at the Lumberland Town Board’s end-of-year meeting on December 29.  Read more

Gibson will not run in 2016

NY 19TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT — Congressman Chris Gibson, who in November soundly defeated Democratic opponent Sean Eldridge, released a statement on January 6 saying he would not seek another term in office after the current one, which expires at the end of 2016.  Read more

Monticello man arrested for assault

MONTICELLO, NY — The Monticello police arrested Antonio Corchado, age 22, of Monticello on December 27. Earlier in the day, Monticello police responded to a 911 report of a victim of a stabbing at a residence located at the Fairground Estates on Harmony Lane in the Village of Monticello. When officers arrived, they found that a 24-year-old Monticello man had been stabbed in his left shoulder and also had sustained several lacerations. The victim was subsequently transported to Catskill Regional Medical Center by Mobile Medic Ambulance for medical treatment.  Read more

Trial for 10-year-old moved

DAMASCUS, PA — The trial of 10-year-old Tristen Kurilla has been moved from adult court to juvenile court in a ruling made on January 5.

Kurilla is charged with killing 90-year-old Helen Novak by pressing a cane to her throat and punching her in the throat. Kurilla’s mother and his court-appointed attorney had sought to have the trial moved to juvenile court, and a psychologist testified that Kurilla could benefit from the move, and that it might help with rehabilitation.  Read more

Man charged with fundraising fraud

MONTICELLO, NY — A Monticello man has been arrested for collecting money on behalf of a local not-for-profit organization that he is not affiliated with. Elgin A. Young, 46, was charged on December 24 after he solicited money for The Creative Dream Tank, a local program that serves “at risk” youth in Sullivan County.  Read more