NARROWSBURG, NY — Last week’s Upper Delaware Council (UDC) meeting ended much like a trip down memory lane for those who saw its contentious beginnings 30 years ago. Read more
DAMASCUS, PA — The question was important enough for Shakespeare to ponder centuries ago. Today, multinational corporations pay nomenclature experts small fortunes to help enhance their identities and boost their visibility with the perfect name. But it was in the first century of our nation’s history that the naming of cities, towns, villages, hamlets and boroughs reached its zenith, when settled places sought official recognition as incorporated municipalities. Read more
KINGSTON, NY — The Ulster County Democratic Committee endorsed Pramilla Malick for state senate on August 25 for the 42nd Senate District, an office currently held by Sen. John Bonacic. Read more
LAKE ARIEL, PA — “There are old mushroom hunters. And there are bold mushroom hunters. But there are no old, bold mushroom hunters.” With the warning implicit in those words uppermost in their minds, 50 wild mushroom hunters headed onto a Lacawac Sanctuary trail to learn the difference between edible and poisonous mushrooms. Nathaniel Whitmore, experienced local herbalist and president of the Delaware Highlands Mushroom Society (DHMS), had just given them a 15-minute crash course in plant biology. Read more
BLOOMINGBURG, NY — Another document created by developer Shalom Lamm and called “highly confidential” has surfaced in the ongoing court battle between Lamm and the Town of Mamakating. In an email sent from Lamm to his associates in October 2013, Lamm says that Mark Berentsen, the mayor of the Village of Bloomingburg at the time, agreed to run for mayor again the next year after Lamm “guaranteed” that he would win the election. Read more
POND EDDY, NY — Attorney Jeff Zimmerman, who has been researching the permitting process for the replacement of the Pond Eddy Bridge for Damascus Citizens for Sustainability (DCS), has had a bit of trouble locating the actual engineering plans for the project, and at least part of the reason is because of the way the permits were issued. Read more
BARRYVILLE, NY — On August 27, the New York State Police received a call for a reported drowning in the Delaware River near the Kittatinny Campground in Barryville. First responders and the Sullivan County Dive Team attempted to locate the victim in water and searched until dusk with negative results. Read more
MILFORD, PA — Michael Anthony Scully, 27, of Hawley, was sentenced in Pike County Court last week to between 16 and 54 months in a state correctional facility, fined $3,000, and had his driver’s license suspended, for the crimes of burglary, forgery and driving under the influence of a controlled substance. Read more
LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — At their last quiet summer meeting before the schools amp up for the return of students on September 6, Sullivan West Central School District Board of Education members put on their walking shoes to check out the readiness of their buildings and grounds. Read more
TOWN OF BETHEL, NY — Guests who turned out to a cookout at Cobalt Studios in the Town of Bethel on August 28 were treated not only to a hearty meal, but also to a visit with a Eurasian eagle owl who was brought to the occasion by local falconer Brian William Bunce.
Bunce said the Eurasian eagle owl is the second largest in the world and is a quick and lethal hunter. Because of its hunting prowess, this species of bird has been used to clear smaller birds out of large buildings such as those that house Home Depot stores. Read more
WESTFALL, PA — According to a PA School Boards Association (PSBA) report, charter schools performance appears to be “poor to miserable,” while their funding in some cases exceeds that of public schools by a two-to-one ratio, Delaware Valley School Board member John Wroblewski said as he summarized the report on August 18. Read more
GLEN SPEY, NY — Lumberland Historian Frank Schwarz and resident and designer Christine Smetaniuk of Color Tek are pictured on August 10 as Schwarz introduced the town’s newly published history brochure. Schwarz said the color brochure amounts to a self-guided tour of Lumberland’s many historic sites. It will be available at the town museum room in the town hall at 1054 Proctor Rd., as well as at other town offices. Schwarz credited Smetaniuk for her time and effort in visiting sites and sorting details with him in its preparation. Read more
GLEN SPEY, NY — Lumberland Supervisor Jenny Mellan, center left, is pictured August 10 with former Supervisor, now county Legislator Nadia Rasjz and other members of the town’s Ukrainian-American community after the town board approved a proclamation noting the 25th anniversary of the August 24, 1991 declaration of Ukraine’s independence from the Soviet Union. The proclamation called Russia’s recent occupation of Crimea illegal and called on the U.S. to respond to further Russian aggression against Ukraine. Lumberland recognizes the anniversary annually.
GLEN SPEY, NY — The slow local economy stole the show at last week’s town board meeting in Lumberland.
The highlights at the August 10 town board meeting were supposed to have been passage of an abandoned building ordinance, the so-called “zombie” law; and a hearing and finalization for Lumberland’s updated comprehensive plan. It didn’t work out that way. Read more
ELDRED, NY — Highland resident and designer Dorene Warner of W Designs displays a new monarch butterfly informational brochure that she and resident Debra Conway recently completed. Conway said she hoped the brochure would help do what has been done for the bald eagle in terms of preserving the species. She said the Upper Delaware is a flyway for annually migrating monarchs and hoped that the brochure would encourage property owners’ cultivation of milkweed, on which they feed. Read more