MONTICELLO, NY — Michael Chase, 43, of Liberty, was arrested on January 31 by deputies from the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office. Chase was wanted on two bench warrants, one charging violation of probation, a felony, the other charging possession of a controlled substance and evidence tampering. Read more
ITHACA, NY — A 23-year-old Honesdale, PA man has been convicted on burglary and sex abuse charges, but the jury deadlocked on the most serious charge: first-degree rape. The district attorney who prosecuted the case has not yet determined if he will re-try on the rape charge. Read more
REGION — The National Weather Service says the Upper Delaware Valley received about 15 inches of snow in the seven-day period ending on February 3, but some areas seem to have received quite a bit more.
The precipitation caused an accident involving a school bus in the Livingston Manor school district, resulting in injuries to several school children, but otherwise the area survived the snowstorm dubbed “Linus” without too much trouble.
For the rest of the snow season, the service predicts there is an equal chance for precipitation to be either above average or below average.
WHITE LAKE, NY — A heated debate broke out at the Town of Bethel meeting on January 27 over the snow removal practices of the highway supervisor William Crumley. Board member Lillian Hendrickson addressed rapidly rising cost of snow removal and asked Crumley, “Who’s going to pay for it?” Read more
WURTSBORO, NY — The morning of New Year’s Day, I went to the Bashakill to try to spot some New Year birds. I hiked to a couple of spots before heading to the Birch Trail, heading east from the main boat launch. I spoke with a couple of women at the launch, and then headed out on the trail. Read more
ALBANY, NY — Going into the 2015/16 budget year, the state is looking at a $5 billion budget surplus, mostly due to some one-time settlements with banks and insurance companies. Read more
BEACH LAKE, PA — A large January 20 public hearing turnout put the Berlin Township Board of Supervisors—Paul Henry, Cathy Hunt and Charlie Gries—on the hot seat, along with township solicitor Jeff Treat. The purpose of the hearing was to invite public questions about a proposed township nuisance abatement ordinance, designed to provide legal redress of blighted and unsafe properties as well as noise complaints. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — When students at Honesdale High School displayed interest in starting a literary arts magazine, English teacher Jason Macey jumped at the opportunity to begin a creative writing class with a curriculum that includes creating a journal. Read more
Scores of friends, colleagues in his many civic functions and family filled the Eldred Congregational Church on the afternoon of January 11 attending a memorial service for Charles H. “Chuck” Myers, 88, who died on December 31. The emotionally charged service featured eulogies from Chuck’s granddaughter, Wendy Myers, neighbor and Town of Highland Supervisor Andrew Boyar, emergency services colleague and Town of Highland Justice Anthony LaRuffa, and Sullivan County Commissioner of Public Safety Richard Martinkovic. As Myers had wished, private funeral arrangements were completed earlier.
ALBANY, NY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo said, “The good news is we have teacher evaluation systems for every district in the system. The bad news is they are baloney.” The remark came as he addressed education in the state at his State of the Union and Budget Address on January 21. He went on to say, “38% of high school seniors are prepared for college—38%; 98.7% of high school teachers are rated effective. How can that be?” Read more
HAWLEY, PA — The January 14 meeting of the Hawley Borough Council saw the board reluctantly accept the resignation of patrol officer Jane Varcoe after over a decade of service. Mayor Kevin Hawk and Chief Daniel Drake both spoke highly of Varcoe and her years of service. Her grant-writing skills had proven especially useful to the borough. She was honored with a plaque, flowers, a cake and several rounds of applause. Read more
WAYNE & PIKE, PA — With the passage of Act 88 of 2012, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives authorized the creation of the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. The project uses public-private partnerships to fix bridges, with the intention of saving taxpayer dollars, providing jobs and encouraging business investment in the state. According to PennDOT, construction will begin this summer to replace 558 bridges across the state. The following bridges are scheduled to be replaced in Pike and Wayne counties:
Shohola: State Route 1007, over Twin Lakes Creek Read more
HARRISBURG, PA — Sen. Lisa Baker has sent letters to the chairmen of the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness and Law and Justice committees requesting a joint public hearing be held in Pike County to explore improvements to the state and local emergency response networks. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — Sullivan County Manager Josh Potosek issued a press release on January 23 saying the county was taking immediate action to address a large backlog of applicants applying for the federal Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) through the Department of Family Services (DFS). Read more
HONESDALE, PA — The urgency of the parking issue in Honesdale became increasingly apparent at the borough council meeting on January 12, cropping up repeatedly and from different quarters throughout the evening. Introduced by Greater Honesdale Partnership (GHP) member Jeff Hiller, who claimed that parking meter privileges are being routinely abused in front of his place of business, it was raised again by Police Chief Rick Southerton, who requested a clarification of parking violation policy. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — A visitor to the Sullivan County Legislature showed lawmakers a map of the world at a meeting of the agricultural and sustainability committee on January 15. The map showed which areas are likely to be most negatively affected by climate change. The impact on the Catskills is going to be much less than other areas. Read more