BETHEL WOODS, NY — The annual Sullivan Renaissance awards were handed out to various volunteers and groups at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on August 10, and this year marked a bit of a change on the part of Sandra Gerry, the driving force behind the much-lauded county-wide beautification program. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — A week after July 8 test bore drilling created a turbid release below the dam, New York City officials revealed the incident, and announced on July 15 that the Cannonsville Dam was not leaking. The New York Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP) press release stated that “a preliminary investigation indicated that the drilling released ground water.”
At the same time, “out of an abundance of caution,” the city gathered downstream regional emergency management officials at the Deposit Theater on July 16 to view a slideshow with details about what had occurred. Read more
MILFORD, PA — Reps. Rosemary Brown and Mike Peifer are inviting all area seniors and their families to attend a Senior Expo on Thursday, September 3. The annual event will give seniors the opportunity to learn more about services and activities in the area that can enhance their quality of life.
The expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Dingman Township Fire Hall, at 680 Log Tavern Rd. Admission is free, and no reservations are necessary. Read more
WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Sen. Bob Casey on August 7 announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded $203,660 to the Lackawaxen Township Fire Commission in Pike County for hiring as part of the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Program. Read more
CANNONSVILLE RESERVOIR, NY — The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) provided an update on the repair and monitoring efforts downstream of Cannonsville Dam. On August 10, engineers and work crews began the second stage of repairs at the site. This stage focuses on sealing shut the original boreholes that led to the cloudy discharge downstream of the dam. Read more
MILFORD, PA — A fire that began near midnight on August 8 at the Milford Compressor Station is being investigated by the Pennsylvania State Police as a suspected arson. The fire resulted in an estimated $80,000 in damage to a turbine motor skid, but no one was injured.
The construction of the large compressor, owned by Columbia Pipeline Group, has been actively opposed by residents in the area and also by the group, Stop the Milford Compressor Station. Read more
The owner asked how many people in the audience would be willing to help save her building known as the Blue Victorian. About 35 of the 50 people in the room raised their hands. Read more
SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — A free, educational publication on local farmers’ market information is now available to the public. The Sullivan County Catskills Farmers’ Market Directory offers a listing of area markets that includes dates and times, location, contact information, and a description of what to expect. The directory highlights the importance of, and offers guidance for, supporting agriculture in our community, and eating fresh, healthy foods with your family. Read more
MILFORD AND HAWLEY, PA — Thanks to a successful annual antique show and sale last year, representatives from the Wayne, Pike (PA) and Sullivan County (NY) Antiques Dealer Association (WPSADA) recently presented a $500 donation to Lori Strelecki, the executive director of the Pike County Historical Society, to further its mission. The presentation took place at the society’s museum, the Columns. WPSADA President Lynn Valashinas said, “The Pike County organization was one of several selected to benefit from WPSADA’s 2014 event. Read more
LIBERTY, NY — Monticello Elks Lodge #1544 will hold its annual golf tournament at Grossingers Country Club on Sunday, August 16, with a shotgun start at 12 noon. It’s a scramble format, with dirty water dawgs and refreshments on the course. The cost of $100 includes refreshments, prizes and a steak dinner at the Lodge on North Street. The tournament benefits the Monticello Elks scholarship fund. Call Rich Hugel at 845/856-5341 or Paul Manz at 845/794-7907.
SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — According to the board of the Sullivan County Visitors Association (SCVA), tourist spending for 2014 was up 2.5% over 2013, with the total reaching about $372 million.
Spending was increased across all sectors, including second homes, food and lodging. According to a press release from SCVA, “In Sullivan County alone, spending on second homes totaled $125.8 million, while spending on lodging totaled $143.4 million, up $4 million from 2013.” Read more
POND EDDY, NY — A tree fell across the road on State Route 97 on August 1, temporarily stopping the heavy weekend visitor traffic on the very hot afternoon. Locals Mark Arundel and Ron Schneider also stopped, and Arundel attached a metal chain from his truck to the tree, and pulled it off with the truck. Passersby helped push the tree to the side so traffic could pass on one side before police or fire department arrived. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — Strongly encouraged by some 400 petition signatures and local agency letters requesting an update on the fate of the Narrowsburg bridge, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) responded by holding a public meeting July 29 to field all questions.
The 1953 bridge has been reduced to a single lane controlled by traffic signals since emergency repairs were completed two years ago to address advanced deterioration of the deck, which had caused a weight limit down-posting to 15 tons on January 8, 2013. Read more