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RIVER VALLEY — Is the wild turkey more noble than the bald eagle? Ben Franklin thought so, or at least he expressed that view once in a letter to his daughter.

Second PA hearing on medical marijuana

HARRISBURG, PA — Following a hearing in February regarding legislation to legalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, the senate Law and Justice Committee will hold a second public hearing on the issue on June 10.  Read more

Short Line service to Jeffersonville

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — The ShortLine Bus Company has initiated service from Jeffersonville to New York City on a daily basis. There are two departures each day, leaving at 9:30 am and 11:30 a.m., and two arrivals at 11:20 a.m. and 7 p.m. The bus departure point is across the street from the post office on Main Street.  Read more

State acquires 590 more acres in the Catskill Park

SHANDAKAN, NY — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced on May 20 that New York State has acquired 590 acres of land on the upper slopes of Balsam Mountain in the Catskill Park, which will help to preserve critical habitats and expand outdoor recreation opportunities for visitors. According to the governor’s office, this effort supports the goals of the governor’s 2014 Tourism Summit as well as the state’s weeklong celebration of the beginning of the summer travel season, which features various outdoor recreational opportunities.  Read more

Suspect identified in hit and run

BUCKINGHAM TOWNSHIP, PA — A suspect has been identified in a hit-and-run incident that killed 19-year-old Zachary Passemato of Hancock, NY. Television station WNEP reported that Jason Day is being investigated as being the driver of a pick-up truck that killed Passemato in the accident, which occurred on May 16 at about 8:30 p.m. at State Route 191 at Winterdale Road, in Buckingham Township, Wayne County.  Read more

Cochecton considers term changes

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — Highway superintendent Kevin Esselman’s request to have his current two-year term extended to four years prompted discussion at the Cochecton Town Board’s May 14 meeting of term changes for other elected officials as well. Esselman’s request was made after he claimed that the demands of campaigning can interfere with an incumbent’s job performance, which in his case often requires round-the-clock work.  Read more

Memorial Day kicks off the season

REGION — Memorial Day was formerly known as Decoration Day and was started after the Civil War to honor the memories of more than 600,000 soldiers who died fighting for one or the other side of the Mason Dixon Line. Now, it’s a time to honor all the men and women who lost their lives while serving in the United States military throughout history.

It’s also a time that marks the unofficial beginning of the summer season, bringing lots of visitors to the region.  Read more

Two messages for Washington

MONTICELLO, NY — Among the 33 resolutions passed by the Sullivan County Legislature at their monthly meeting on May 15, two were meant to specifically address issues that can be most effectively addressed by lawmakers in Washington, DC. One is the direct-to-consumer advertising by pharmaceutical companies that became legal with legislation allowing it passed by Congress in 1997. The resolution requested that Congress move to ban such advertisements. It noted that only two countries, the United States and New Zealand, allow such advertising, and that the ads “may unduly influence the prescribing of prescription medication based on consumer demand when, in some cases, they may not be medically necessary.”  Read more

NYC man charged for producing child porography in Lumberland

On May 13, 2014 State Police at Liberty arrested Stephen P. Brown, age 62 of New York, NY for producing child pornography at a location in the Town of Lumberland. Brown was originally arrested by State Police on March 4th, 2014, after arriving at a predetermined location where at he had made plans to meet a boy who he knew to be 12 years of age for the purpose of engaging in sexual conduct. He has been held in the Albany County Jail since that date. Further investigation revealed that Brown had produced child pornography in Sullivan County during 2012 and 2013.  Read more

Wayne County employees records breached

Press release from Wayne County Commissioners:
Wayne County has been notified by Paytime, Inc., the vendor that processes the county’s payroll, that they had an unauthorized access into their system on or about April 30, 2014.  Read more

Courthouse no longer before the commissioners

MILFORD, PA — Any alternate plans or concerns about county plans for an addition to the Pike County Courthouse should go to the borough’s architectural review board (ARB), Commissioner Karl Wagner said on May 7.  Read more

Heroin and opioid forum

MONTICELLO, NY — “We’re fooling ourselves if we think we can educate these kids, and at the same time pass laws that legalize marijuana. We cannot do that… It is a gateway drug. When we see people who are in trouble with the law, people who are in prison now, what do we see in their presentencing reports? They started with marijuana.”  Read more

First GALA Awards bestowed; Congressional hopeful attacks incumbent’s gay rights record

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Gay and Lesbian Alliance (GALA) of the Catskills handed out their first ever GALA Awards to “local GLBT leaders and allies” on May 3, at the Kraus Recital Hall above the home of the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance in Narrowsburg.  Read more

WJFF penalized for 2011 deficiencies; New board and general manager establish compliance measures

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — One year after the resignations of its station manager and eight of nine trustees, public radio station Radio Catskill-WJFF faces a $15,000 penalty imposed by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) for failures of compliance in 2011. The new board of trustees this week posted notice of the penalty on the station website, wjffradio.org, and mailed a letter regarding this matter to supporters regarding the penalty and the ways the station is moving forward.  Read more

Is FERC biased in favor of gas companies? A central question in the Minisink case

WASHINGTON, DC — In case after case involving gas infrastructure projects, residents opposed to those projects say it appears that regulatory agencies, in this case the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), are too cozy with the industry they are regulating, and that those relationships create an unequal playing field for residents who try to influence projects.  Read more

Knotweed is sprouting and spreading

NARROWSBURG, NY — If you’ve been along the river’s shore lately, there is a good chance you’ve seen bright red sprouts pushing through the shoreline soil.  Read more

In memory of Mark North

NARROWSBURG, NY — By all accounts, Mark North had a lot of friends in Narrowsburg when his life was cut short on August 6, 2006 in a car accident. Mike “Chip” McGrath still gets a bit choked up when he remembers his friend.  Read more

Today’s tech is tomorrow’s recycling

HONESDALE, PA — Wayne County’s Recycling Center dealt with 128 tons of old technology last year, and the facility is on schedule to match that volume in 2014, reported recycling coordinator Mary VanPatten on May 1.  Read more

Cappelli Liberty project complements Muss/Foxwoods

LIBERTY, NY — Back in August, the Cappelli Organization, represented by Kevin McManus and Henry Zabata, presented a conceptual master plan for a new resort for the former Grossinger’s Catskill Resort in the Town of Liberty.  Read more

Lumberland gets $50,000

ALBANY, NY — Sen. John Bonacic announced on May 5 that the Town of Lumberland has been awarded $50,000 in funding from the Municipal Facilities Program.  Read more

PA House adopts law dealing with tenant’s abandoned property

HARRISBURG, PA — The Pennsylvania house on May 5 gave its approval to legislation sponsored by Rep. Scott Petri that would clarify the Landlord/Tenant Act with regard to the disposition of personal property left behind when tenants move out. Petri says his bill would save money on court costs that would be passed along to future tenants and would allow vacant properties to get back on the market sooner, increasing the availability of housing.  Read more