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According to a source who has been reliable in the past, and is familiar with proposed sale of the Narrowsburg School, the deal fell through at the closing table either on September 12 or the previous day.

The source said the attorneys were at the closing table and Joan Buto, the person who wanted to buy the school and turn it into a drug and alcohol rehab facility, appeared at the closing and raised the price of the school from $751,000 to $1.5 million, doubling the asking price.

Bill would end tip minimum wage

HARRISBURG, PA — A bill that will be introduced by Senators Daylin Leach and Mike Stack would end the allowance of a sub-minimum wage for employees who receive tips and raise the overall minimum wage to $12 an hour.  Read more

Gibson to speak at UDC awards

ELDRED, NY — Congressman Chris Gibson will serve as keynote speaker at the Upper Delaware Council’s 26th Annual Awards Ceremony on April 27 at Henning’s Local.  Read more

Two arrested for Oxycodone in Rock Hill

ROCK HILL, NY — The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office has charged two men who used fraudulent prescriptions to illegally obtain hundreds of Oxycodone pills over the past several months. Richard Hand, 25, of Hurleyville and Arnold Palmer, 34, of Jamaica, NY were arrested on March 13, at the Rock Hill Pharmacy in the Town of Thompson.  Read more

Cochecton endorses two Sullivan casinos

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — At its March 13 meeting, the Cochecton Town Board passed a resolution urging that two of the four casinos under development in upstate New York be located within Sullivan County. Supervisor Gary Maas, Deputy Supervisor Ed Grund, and Councilperson Sean Nearing voted in favor of the resolution. Councilperson Larry Richardson voted against it, saying that his position of last year is unchanged. His position, that some negative consequences are an inherent and therefore unavoidable aspect of gambling, prompted his evaluation of the current proposal.  Read more

Noise permits, fireworks & closed roads Mysteryland is coming to town

WHITE LAKE, NY — A project manager for Mysteryland turned out to the Bethel town meeting on March 12, and asked the board for permission to close portions of two roads over Memorial Day weekend, when the Mysteryland event unfolds on the grounds of the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.  Read more

Sullivan tops in Oxycodone prescriptions

MONTICELLO, NY — Sullivan County has the higher percentage of people with prescriptions for Oxycodone than any other county in the state. That was a revelation disclosed by District Attorney Jim Farrell at a meeting of the county public safety committee on March 13.  Read more

Bloomingburg challenged voters undecided

BLOOMINGBURG, NY — More than 200 newly registered voters in the Village of Bloomingburg have been formally challenged, and on March 13, dozens of FBI agents moved into the village to serve search warrants on buildings owned by developer Shalom Lamm. Village residents believe the investigation is related to allegations that many of the new voters have listed their addresses as buildings that Lamm owns, but they don’t really live there.  Read more

Monticello parolee arrested

MONTICELLO, NY — Monticello Police arrested David Lee Ward (50) of Monticello on March 14. Ward was charged with felonies for criminal possession of stolen property, forgery, tampering with physical evidence and unlawful possession of marijuana.  Read more

River panel debates PA water rule

NARROWSBURG, NY — Issues related to natural gas drilling so deeply divided the Upper Delaware Council last week that at one point they gave up trying to comment on proposed changes to Pennsylvania’s proposed 25 PA Code Chapter 78 regulations.  Read more

Salt used up; auto show coming

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — At Callicoon’s regular town board meeting in February, Town of Callicoon Supervisor Tom Bose commended the highway superintendent and his team for handling the roads this winter. With frequent snows and plowing, the town’s annual salt supply is stretched. The team is making every effort to keep the roads appropriately salted while conserving salt.  Read more

Vets get a VA clinic in Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — Concluding a seven-year effort, county, state and federal officials came together at the March 6 meeting of the Wayne County Commissioners to celebrate the upcoming opening of a Veterans’ Administration (VA) clinic in the Stourbridge Mall satellite of Wayne Memorial Hospital.  Read more

Melody Lake water takeover; The town steps in when private operators fail

MONTICELLO, NY — According to town attorney Michael Mednick, the Town of Thompson is 90% complete with the process of taking over a private water company for the Melody Lake subdivision, which the town has been operating since February, 2013.  Read more

River access input sought; Six New York access points considered

UPPER DELAWARE RIVER VALLEY, NY — Sullivan County officials have been working for a couple of years on a project to enhance and upgrade six access points to the Upper Delaware River. There is one access point in each of the river towns. The broad outlines of the projects are posted on the county website, and can be viewed at tinyurl.com/n8gldml.  Read more

Ithaca mayor impresses and entertains; Turning around a city

FERNDALE, NY — If the goal of Sullivan Renaissance is to help communities improve, then Svante Myrick was an inspired choice to deliver the keynote speech at the Sullivan Renaissance annual Conference, Expo and Local Market on March 8 at the CVI Building in Ferndale.  Read more

Tusten highway superintendent resigns

NARROWSBURG, NY — Glenn Swendsen, the highway superintendent for the Town of Tusten, has announced his resignation.  Read more

Gillibrand wants lower-cost child care

WASHINGTON, DC — With the rising cost of child care across New York, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on March 11 unveiled what she said was her plan to make child care more affordable and accessible for working parents.  Read more

Honoring those who help others

HONESDALE, PA — It is estimated that between 500 and 1,500 people in Wayne County have developmental disabilities, and the coordinated services of many people and agencies are needed to aid them in “finding usefulness in their lives,” as noted by Wayne County Commissioners Chair Brian Smith on March 6. He was speaking at an event at which representatives of the county office of Behavioral and Development Programs and Early Intervention and the many service providers who work with them were honored, as the Wayne County Commissioners proclaimed March “Developmental Disabilities Month.”  Read more

Honesdale Council approves police contract

HONESDALE, PA — The Honesdale Borough Council approved a contract for the Honesdale Police Department that stretches over seven years, at its meeting on March 10. For the first two years, the pay increase is 3.0%, then it rises to 3.25% and after five years increases to 3.5%. The contract must now be approved by the union.  Read more

More Sullivan solar proposed

MONTICELLO, NY — The buildings, vehicles and transport needs of Sullivan County results in the county releasing 8,674 metric tons of carbon equivalent into the atmosphere every year, expressed as 8,647MTCO2e.  Read more

Sullivan wants two casinos; Initiatives to sway the gaming commission

MONTICELLO, NY — With two different groups expressing interest in building a casino in Orange County, and with the proposed project in Ellenville in Ulster County seen as a serious proposal, officials in Sullivan County are moving to maximize the chance of getting at least one and perhaps two casinos in Sullivan.  Read more