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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.

Gibson’s position on GMO labeling

REGION — The debate over the labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMO) continues to play out. The State of Vermont has passed a law requiring labeling of GMO foods. The law is being challenged by food industry groups who say there is no need for a law because there is “consensus” among experts that GMO foods pose no danger to public health.  Read more

M&M Ford Lincoln turns 25

LIBERTY, NY — Howard Braunstein, the owner of the M&M Auto Group in Liberty, assembled his staff to the Ford showroom on February 6 to receive a plaque from the automaker to commemorate 25 years in business with the car maker. Wendy Daley, a market representation manager for Ford, presented the plaque.

Braunstein said that with the coming of the casino about 10 miles away in the Town of Thompson he expects M&M Auto Group to expand a bit.  Read more

Sullivan whistleblower policy examined

MONTICELLO, NY — Sullivan County legislators briefly discussed a proposed new whistleblower policy, the creation of which was prompted by an investigation of complaints “by and about” Randy Parker, the commissioner of the Department of Family Services (DFS), who has been placed on administrative leave.  Read more

Shooting incident in Parksville

SPRING GLEN, NY — A Livingston Manor man, Balsey DeWitt, 30, has been arrested by the New York State Police at Liberty on several charges in connection with a shooting.  Read more

Sunshine Hall Free Library to receive face lift

ELDRED, NY — After years of planning, the re-facing of the exterior of the Sunshine Hall Free Library will begin in April 2015.

“For many years we’ve been able to carefully put aside funds to dedicate to this necessary project. The bidding process has been completed and we are now ready to proceed,” said Shain Fishman, treasurer for the Board of Trustees.  Read more

Beach Lake man jailed

SCRANTON, PA — A Beach Lake man is in jail after flagging down cars on an interstate highway and assaulting their passengers.

State police say 25-year-old Gregory Lee Nicholas Jr. flagged down two separate vehicles while standing in the middle of Interstate 81 in Scranton on February 8 at about 12:30 a.m. After the first car stopped, according to police, the suspect jumped into the back seat of the vehicle with a couple sitting in the front seat. Nicholas used a box knife and cut the male driver’s face and then warned him not to call anyone or he said, “I swear I’ll cut your throat.”  Read more

Jury exemptions for PA seniors over 75 years of age

HARRISBURG, PA — On February 4, the Pennsylvania Senate passed SB210, introduced by State Sen. Stewart Greenleaf, which would allow exemptions from jury duty for senior citizens age 75 and older.  Read more

Healthy hearts in Wayne

HONESDALE, PA — If you want to live longer, you need to exercise. That was the message as the Wayne County Commissioners proclaimed last week as Cardiac Rehabilitation Week.  Read more

For the birds

REGION — Ever wonder how high-pressured medical professionals unwind? Dr. Paramjeet Singh, who is a surgeon with the Orange Regional Medical Group, found an outlet in outdoor photography while taking a much needed break a few years ago. “I took a short break two years ago from my busy schedule, and went hiking on Perkins Memorial Drive in Bear Mountain,” he explained. “I met a couple who were counting hawks in their fall migration. They got me into hawk counting and hawk photography.” He’s never looked back and spends his spare time now photographing hawks and eagles.  Read more

Planners recommend brewery and parking changes

ELDRED, NY — Acting on town board resolutions for review, the Town of Highland Planning Board on February 4 recommended updates to local zoning that would provide relaxed parking requirements for new businesses and allow small craft brewery operations like the one planned in Eldred.  Read more

Monticello woman arrested for assault

MONTICELLO, NY — Monticello Police have issued a press release detailing how they responded to a call on Christmas Eve at 8 p.m. to the Horizons Apartment Complex at Harmony Lane in the Village of Monticello. When they arrived, they found a 31-year-old man with a stab wound to his left arm. The victim was then transported to Catskill Regional Medical Center by Mobile Medic Ambulance for medical treatment.  Read more

Bungalow operators meet with health department

MONTICELLO, NY — The Ichud Bungalow Colony recently hosted a meet and greet with the newly appointed New York State Health Department district director Christine Westerman.

Westerman met with the many religious Bungalow Colony and Children’s Camp operators located in the Sullivan County area. The purpose of this pre-season meeting was to discuss common issues that concern all involved as well as to form a better relationship with the State authorities.  Read more

Carl Heastie elected speaker

ALBANY, NY — Carl Heastie, a Democratic assemblyman from the Bronx, was elected as Speaker of the New York State Assembly on February 3. He is the first African-American ever to hold the office in the 238 year history of the body.  Read more

Catching the rain in Wayne

HONESDALE, PA — We use reservoirs to catch and store our most precious resource, but what can one person do to help conserve water? The Wayne County Conservation District revived an old idea: the rain barrel.  Read more

Old Smokey retires

HIGHLAND, LAKE, NY — This photo of Engine 69-51 was taken on January 20, the last day of service of the fire truck affectionately known as Old Smokey. The truck served the Highland Lake Fire Department and was parked in front of the station with the American flag flying at half mast, as though in honor of her last day on the job. After 27 years of faithful service to the Delaware Valley community, Smokey was retired.

More to Dairy/Ag Day than cows

HONESDALE, PA — Where would you go to talk to experts about Marcellus Shale, drones, Lyme disease and well-water quality?  Read more

Anti-compressor appeals continue

MILFORD, PA — A Pike resident opposed to an upgraded Columbia gas pipeline compressor station on Fire Tower Road came to the county commissioners Wednesday, looking for county help in continuing efforts to stop the project.  Read more

DFS commissioner at center of new storm; Legislature may again clash

MONTICELLO, NY — Dr. Randy Parker, the commissioner of the Sullivan County Department of Family Services (DFS) who was put on administrative leave on January 29, is once again at the center of legal maneuvering and differences of opinion at the Sullivan County legislature.  Read more

Lumberland house burns down twice

GLEN SPEY, NY — Colin Dickerman, who lives in New York City but has been spending weekends in Yulan for 15 years, decided he would build a new home in the Black Forest Community in Glen Spey. He hired a contractor and the house was well on its way to being habitable when it burned down in May 2014.  Read more

Medical marijuana bill re-introduced

HARRISBURG, PA — Senators Mike Folmer and Daylin Leach have reintroduced legislation that would allow physicians to provide medical cannabis to patients in Pennsylvania. The medical cannabis legislation is Senate Bill 3 for the 2015-16 legislative session, and has been reintroduced as passed by the full Senate last session 43-7. The bill has 25 co-sponsors with bipartisan support (11 Republicans and 14 Democrats).  Read more