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HALE EDDY, NY — The first-ever meeting of the Upper Delaware River Tailwaters Coalition (UDRTC) was held at the West Branch Angler Resort on September 12, drawing about 70 people concerned with trout fishing, the reservoirs, flooding and other river issues. The rivers at the center of the discussion are the main stem of the Delaware River north of Callicoon, and the West Branch and East Branch, which flow from the Cannonsville Reservoir and Pepacton Reservoir respectively to meet the main stem at Hancock.

Paula’s Law would protect the most vulnerable; A brother campaigns for his late sister

SWAN LAKE, NY — Bill Liblick, a local columnist and media personality who is active in Democratic politics, is once again pushing for the passage of Paula’s Law, now that the state legislature is again in session.  Read more

New proposal for Narrowsburg School

NARROWSBURG, NY — According to the minutes of the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway (UDSB) on February 24, businessman Rick Lander presented a proposal to utilize the vacant Narrowsburg School as a multi-purpose building which could serve as a visitors center for the river valley, environmental conference center, and house consolidated National Park Service facilities as well as the Upper Delaware Council and UDSB. The auditorium, classrooms and kitchen/cafeteria could be utilized as meeting and extension/outreach/adult education class sites, etc. The concept was well received.  Read more

Honesdale prescription drop-off box

HONESDALE, PA — Prescription drug abuse is on the rise in Pennsylvania and Wayne County District Attorney Janine Edwards together with Sheriff Mark Steelman are responding by installing a secure medicine-return box that will allow people to dispose of unused and expired prescription and over-the-counter medication safely and anonymously.  Read more

Monticello man arrested for assault

MONTICELLO, NY — Monticello police arrested Daniel Ridley, 28, of Monticello on February 28. Ridley was charged with felony assault and misdemeanor menacing. Ridley was arrested after Monticello police received a complaint from a 29-year-old Monticello woman reporting that Ridley had punched her in the face and also displayed what appeared to be a revolver and threatened to kill her.  Read more

River creates $10 million benefit

UPPER DELAWARE RIVER VALLEY — A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 255,586 visitors to Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River in 2012 spent $10,152,000 in communities near the park unit. That spending supported 105 jobs in the local area.  Read more

IDA reports to Liberty board

LIBERTY, NY — Allan Scott, chief executive officer, and Jen Flad, vice president at the Sullivan County Industrial Development Agency (IDA), made a presentation to the Town of Liberty board at their regularly scheduled meeting on February 18.  Read more

Eldred board approves tax breaks for veterans; What’s the value of military service?

ELDRED, NY — The five members of the board of the Eldred Central School District voted unanimously to grant tax credits for veterans who live in the district. Veterans have been able to obtain tax credits from towns and counties for about the past decade, and last December Gov. Andrew Cuomo decided that the credits could be extended to include school taxes, but each district must decide whether to grant them.  Read more

PA State Senator Baker urges electricity consumers to complain

HARRISBURG, PA — Some electricity consumers in the Keystone State have been hit with skyrocketing charges in recent months, specifically consumers who have signed variable rate contracts with electricity suppliers.  Read more

Sullivan West grapples with weather, budget challenges; Spring musical to offer affordable family package

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — The February 18 Sullivan West Central School District (SWCSD) Board of Education meeting drew only a handful of faculty and administration officials as observers, public attendance undoubtedly discouraged by dicey weather and road conditions, confusion over the rescheduling, and assumption that the meeting cancellation would naturally follow the day’s weather-related school closure. However, sparse attendance did not put a damper on the lively budget work session that preceded the board meeting and ran long as board members weighed their hopes, dreams, fears, and concerns against budgetary realities.  Read more

Wayne funds joint tourism planning

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Commissioners on February 20 approved the dispersal of some $28,000 in tourism promotion funding for the coming tourist season.  Read more

Rustic lifestyles, emergency services and roads

LACKAWAXEN, PA — The Lackawaxen township supervisors on February 24 voted approval of an amendment to township zoning, requiring the installation of blue or green reflective signs with four-inch-high white numbers at each registered E-911 address in Lackawaxen.  Read more

Pike resident considers Marino challenge; Nick Troiano seeks community-supported campaign

MILFORD, PA — Just 24 years old, Nick Troiano is no stranger to the limelight. He has been active in various causes, most recently as the organizer of a Generational Equity Tour, which was organized to “educate and engage young Americans on the issues of the federal budget and the growing national debt.”  Read more

Change in local Catholic churches

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — For 110 years in one case and 120 in another, Franciscan friars from the Holy Name Province (HNP) have served as pastors for the St. Anthony of Padua Church in Yulan and St. Mary’s in Obernburg. That arrangement will be coming to an end sometime this summer because the order doesn’t have as many friars as it did in years past.  Read more

Hawley missing person sought

HAWLEY, PA — A 69-year-old man is being sought by officials and his family after going missing on February 23. Anthony Calvitti went missing from the Hawley Village Apartments. Family members located his car, but he was not with the vehicle. Blood was found inside the car along with Calvitti’s wallet and a key.  Read more

Bonacic invites nominations for Veterans Hall of Fame

ALBANY, NY — Sen. John Bonacic is inviting nominations for induction into the New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame from the 42nd Senate District. The online Hall of Fame represents extraordinary New Yorkers whose heroism in the United States Armed Forces is complimented by their service to the people in their community.  Read more

Major joins call for investigation

HARRISBURG, PA — Rep. Sandra Major has joined three of her colleagues in calling for an investigation into Chesapeake Energy Company’s practice of deducting gas royalty payments for post-production costs.  Read more

Liberty man gets 10 years

LIBERTY, NY — Raymond Copeland, 37, of Liberty, was sentenced on February 24 in Sullivan County Court to 10 years in state prison. Copeland admitted to selling cocaine to an undercover police officer on February 23, 2013 on Edgar Street, and possessing a loaded handgun on March 7, 2013 at his residence on Lake Street.  Read more

Bonacic opposes free college for prisoners

ALBANY, NY — New York State Sen. John Bonacic opposes Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal that state prisoners should be able to get free college courses and a degree.  Read more

Pike making new business marketing push

HAWLEY, PA — “If you don’t ask, you don’t get. It’s that simple,” was his opening line as Pike County’s economic development guru, Mike Sullivan, introduced a new marketing plan for the county.  Read more

Artist’s home burns to the ground; another daunting hurdle to overcome

Artist Franciszek Kulon has faced a string of hardships since purchasing a home in Aden Hill Road Parksville in 1997: his neighbor tried to shoot him, local officials initially sided with the neighbor and Kulon was twice jailed, a judge sued Kulon for painting a likeness of the judge and the county attempted to foreclose his home.  Read more