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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.

Wayne’s budget finalized

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Commissioners on December 18 voted final approval of Wayne County’s $30,513,407.57 appropriations budget for 2015.  Read more

Tourism recovering slowly

MILFORD, PA — In an area where tourism is king, the nurturing of the hotel and tourism industry is economic development.

Carl Wilgus, president and CEO of the four-county Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau (PMVB) emphasized that point early on in his annual report to the Pike County Commissioners, saying the bureau’s business is “economic development through tourism marketing.”  Read more

Cuomo lands at Bethel Woods

BETHEL, NY — With a line that got a pretty good laugh, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said of New York State Sen. John Bonacic, “When I first met him, I thought he had a speech impediment: ‘casino, casino, casino.’” The joke ultimately became praise for Bonacic and for his persistence in pursuing a casino for Sullivan County for so many years.  Read more

Toys stolen in Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — A lot of toys, worth between $2,000 and $3,000, were stolen from the Toys for Tots program in Honesdale on December 19. Shari Tirado, the coordinator of Toys for Tots in Wayne and Pike counties, said a thief made off with the toys that were intended to go to teenage boys and girls, as the organization was preparing to go into a second round of handing out the toys.  Read more

Winter photo contest

FERNDALE, NY — The Sullivan County Visitors Association (SCVA) is hosting its second online photo contest, this time centered on the region’s beauty during the winter season.

The organization’s first contest, focusing on fall foliage, resulted in more than 1,000 votes cast for 174 photos submitted by 91 photographers.  Read more

Port Jervis judge to be sworn in

PORT JERVIS, NY — The race for city court judge in Port Jervis has been certified by the Orange County Board of Elections, and James Hendry will be sworn in by outgoing Judge Victoria B. Campbell on December 31 at 1 p.m. in city council chambers. The ceremony is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.  Read more

Fourth year for Liberty CFA grant

LIBERTY, NY — For the fourth year in a row, the Town of Liberty was successful in obtaining a grant from the New York State Consolidated Funding (CFA) process. This year’s award is in the amount of $599,500 for a much needed replacement of a major water line in the White Sulphur Springs Water District. This water line replacement represents Phase 5 of the plan to address the town’s water infrastructure needs. Past grant awards have been used to correct deficiencies at the Loomis wastewater treatment facility and other work in the White Sulphur Springs Water District.  Read more

Berlin Township adopts 2015 budget

BEACH LAKE, PA — In a December 16 meeting that lasted only 40 minutes, the Berlin Township Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted its proposed 2015 budget, without comment from the board or questions from the public. It also adopted a new ordinance electing township participation in the Pennsylvania State Association of Townships (PSATS) Unemployment Compensation Trust, which will allow the township to pay lower unemployment insurance premiums. And it passed a resolution to advertise public review of a proposed nuisance ordinance.  Read more

Triumph (for now) of the fractivists

REGION — They were so committed, active and numerous that a new name had to be created to describe them—fractivists, or activists opposed to high-volume hydraulic fracturing.  Read more

Racial bullying charges at Sullivan West; disabled veteran tax breaks discussed

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — Sparse attendance at a relatively brief December 18 Sullivan West Central School District Board of Education meeting may have undercut somewhat the serious student welfare and social conscience issues presented.  Read more

No new Pike taxes in 2015

MILFORD, PA — Beginning his announcement of the county’s new budget proposal last Wednesday, Commissioners Chair Rich Caridi began with the salient point, “There will be no new taxes in this budget.”

The combined county millage (tax) rate remains at 18.54 per $1,000 of assessed property value.

The proposed $37.9 million spending budget includes a $473,000 cut in spending, which reflects a similar projected reduction in county revenues.

This would be the third consecutive year without a tax increase, and county spending has dropped $3 million in that period.  Read more

Wayne seeks tax anticipation quotes

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Commissioners on December 3 approved a request to seek quotes for a $2 million tax anticipation note.  Read more

Buck sworn in as treasurer; Decision called bipartisan

MONTICELLO, NY — Nancy Buck was sworn in to become the Sullivan County treasurer on December 11, after the legislature unanimously voted to appoint her to the position the previous week.  Read more

WJFF transmitter location questioned

MONTICELLO, NY — Radio station WJFF, located in Jeffersonville, sends its broadcast signal out from a Sullivan County-owned tower on Elk Point Road in the town of Liberty. The tower was a topic of discussion at a public safety meeting in the government center on December 11. (This reporter provides WJFF with weekend news segments.)  Read more

Highland appoints assessor replacement

ELDRED, NY — A former assessor was chosen to return as the Town of Highland Town Board on December 11 hired Lorry King to serve the remaining term of Renee Ozomek, who has submitted her resignation as of January 1.  Read more

Returning Thanksgiving thanks

GLEN SPEY, NY — Electric linesmen working on Thanksgiving got an unexpected invitation for dinner, and Lumberland has received thanks for it.  Read more

Sullivan mulls expanded transportation program

MONTICELLO, NY — Much of the current transportation program in Sullivan County is concerned with getting seniors and Medicaid patients to appointments, and the Office for the Aging runs shopping buses, but there are also trips open to the general public. According to the county website, there are “two round-trip routes, one of which runs on Thursdays from Lumberland/Bethel to Monticello, and a second that runs on Fridays from Delaware/Callicoon to Monticello.”

Also, ShortLine Bus provides service between Fallsburg, Monticello, Liberty and Loch Sheldrake on a daily basis.  Read more

DWI arrest in Liberty

LIBERTY, NY — In the early morning hours of December 13, Sullivan County sheriff’s deputies responded to a one car motor vehicle accident on Clements road in the Town of Liberty. Deputies found that a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee had run off the road and struck a tree stump. The front and rear passengers had been ejected from the vehicle. Both victims were taken to Catskill Regional Medical Center by Mobile Medic and then transferred to Westchester Medical Center in Vahalla in serious condition. The driver, Hailey G.  Read more

PA Prevailing Wage act legislation

HARRISBURG, PA — Legislation to increase Pennsylvania’s prevailing wage threshold will be reintroduced in the next session by Sen. Gene Yaw.  Read more

PA trespass and hunting

HARRISBURG, PA — Legislation to crack down on hunters who trespass on private property will be reintroduced in the upcoming legislative session by Sen. Rich Alloway. The legislation would authorize Pennsylvania Game Commission officers to enforce trespass laws and issue citations.  Read more