HIGHLAND, LAKE, NY — This photo of Engine 69-51 was taken on January 20, the last day of service of the fire truck affectionately known as Old Smokey. The truck served the Highland Lake Fire Department and was parked in front of the station with the American flag flying at half mast, as though in honor of her last day on the job. After 27 years of faithful service to the Delaware Valley community, Smokey was retired.
MONTICELLO, NY — Dr. Randy Parker, the commissioner of the Sullivan County Department of Family Services (DFS) who was put on administrative leave on January 29, is once again at the center of legal maneuvering and differences of opinion at the Sullivan County legislature. Read more
GLEN SPEY, NY — Colin Dickerman, who lives in New York City but has been spending weekends in Yulan for 15 years, decided he would build a new home in the Black Forest Community in Glen Spey. He hired a contractor and the house was well on its way to being habitable when it burned down in May 2014. Read more
HARRISBURG, PA — Senators Mike Folmer and Daylin Leach have reintroduced legislation that would allow physicians to provide medical cannabis to patients in Pennsylvania. The medical cannabis legislation is Senate Bill 3 for the 2015-16 legislative session, and has been reintroduced as passed by the full Senate last session 43-7. The bill has 25 co-sponsors with bipartisan support (11 Republicans and 14 Democrats). Read more
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.