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October 09, 2015
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UPPER DELAWARE VALLEY — The Upper Delaware Scenic Byway (UDSB), which runs parallel to the Upper Delaware River, took second place in the USA Today survey of scenic byways, as well as the contest in which supporters voted for the Best Scenic Autumn Drive.
The UDSB is 70 miles long and runs along NY State Route 97 between Port Jervis, NY and Hancock, NY, and along the way offers some majestic views of the river.

Damascus fills positions

DAMASCUS, PA — In just over one hour at its March 16 meeting, the Damascus board of supervisors made several key appointments and put out the word that the township needs volunteers to staff its emergency services and riverfront cleanup efforts.  Read more

Ice out in Narrowsburg

NARROWSBURG, NY — This picture of the Upper Delaware River was taken on April 4 by Tony River, fishing guide and a member of Tusten Town Board.

The river is now largely free of ice and will soon see anglers and boaters plying the waters, and with daffodils emerging through the chilly earth, it seems that spring has finally arrived.

River council will not support DRBC funding request

NARROWSBURG, NY — For many years the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) has been trying unsuccessfully to get Congress to renew its share of funding of the interstate agency.  Read more

PA senators differ on budget

WASHINGTON, DC — The Senate followed the lead of the House and passed a budget that is not binding on President Barack Obama, but could shape spending legislation in the future. Before the vote, Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey, a Democrat, held a conference call with reporters on March 26 to denounce the Republican-authored legislation and specifically its impact on children.  Read more

Bethel holds off on septic waiver adjacent to White Lake

WHITE LAKE, NY — At the Bethel town board meeting on March 25, the board held off on approving an application for a waiver of some sections of town code regarding an on-site wastewater treatment system for four houses that are proposed to be built in the Plum Beach section of a peninsula that juts into White Lake.  Read more

Monticello residents busted in heroin ring

NEW YORK CITY, NY — Two Monticello residents were arrested as part of a regional heroin ring that peddled the drug from New York City to Sullivan County and beyond. The two men were identified as 34-year-old Jamaul Aziz and 22-year-old Gilbert Maxi.  Read more

Sullivan still next to last; County health rankings released

LIBERTY, NY — The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute released their annual health rankings on March 25, and in New York State, Sullivan County was rated 61 out of 62 counties in terms of health.  Read more

PennDOT repeats the bridge message

HONESDALE, PA — A state highway official has repeated her message about keeping the Narrowsburg bridge open during planned repairs. The question is whether the message was directed at the people voicing concerns.  Read more

Pike DA addresses Lackawaxen residents

LACKAWAXEN, PA — Pike County District Attorney Ray Tonkin addressed Lackawaxen residents regarding two major cases at a township meeting on March 18. The first to be addressed was the case of Shawn Marie Roe, past township secretary/treasurer, who was dismissed in 2013. Roe was recently charged with the misappropriation of approximately $200,000 of township funds over her decade-long tenure in her position. Roe has been charged with six felony counts by the state.  Read more

Port Jervis landlords grumble

PORT JERVIS, NY — In an effort to catch up with absent landlords who don’t keep up, or abandon, their properties and also owe the city taxes, city council is proposing a license for landlords; but it was met with resistance from the landlords who are present in town. Many of them stood up one by one in the recent Port Jervis common council meeting to protest something they believe would merely add more unnecessary fees and take away their rights, comparing it to government interference with Nazi techniques.  Read more

Pride Awards announced

MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce has announced its annual Sullivan County Pride Awards. The 24th annual Pride Awards Gala will be held on Sunday, May 3 at the Villa Roma Resort. Tickets cost $50/person. For tickets email of fice@catskills.com or call 845/791-4200.  Read more

Man arrested for driving 106 mph

MONTICELLO, NY — On March 29, New York State Troopers from Wurtsboro arrested 21-year-old Hermann Gutierrez of Newburgh, for driving while intoxicated.  Read more

Child immunizations addressed by Pennsylvania legislation

HARRISBURG, PA — Pennsylvania state senator Tom McGarrigle has introduced legislation to increase access to child immunizations.  Read more

Pike Democrats announce forum

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Democratic Committee is sponsoring a candidates’ forum to introduce the three Democratic candidates for Pike County Commissioners for this year’s election. Each candidate will present his platform in person, followed by a question-and-answer period.  Read more

Sullivan West and BOCES

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — The days of the rural one-room schoolhouse are long gone, but even today three former rural school districts, after consolidation into one, with a current K-12 enrollment of 1,195 students, can’t meet 21st-century educational demands without the supplementary and complementary services of the Sullivan County Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES).  Read more

More talk on executive versus manager

MONTICELLO, NY — Judging by the experts invited to address them, the members of the Sullivan County Charter Review Commission seem especially interested in exploring the differences between the form of government Sullivan County has—an elected legislature with an appointed county manager—and the form some other counties have, which is an elected legislature and an elected county executive.  Read more

Tusten approves Chazen design concept for Main Street deck

At the recessed Tusten Town Council meeting on Wednesday, March 25, the board voted in favor of the Chazen design plan for the Main Street overlook deck, with Councilman Ned Lang voting against it. The vote came after a lengthy discussion and presentation by Chazen’s vice president Joe Lanaro and Project Manager/Structural Engineer Mike Baron.  Read more

Forestry chief to address UDC banquet

BEACH LAKE, PA — Pennsylvania’s new chief forester will deliver the keynote address on April 26 as the Upper Delaware Council (UDC) renews its annual recognition of those who have enhanced the quality of life or protected the resources of the river valley at the council’s 27th annual banquet and awards ceremony.  Read more

Volunteers, veterans and ticks in Pike

MILFORD, PA — With declining numbers of volunteers, Pike County has decided to engage professional marketers to get new ones and keep the ones now staffing its fire departments and ambulance squads.  Read more

DV wraps up construction paperwork

DINGMAN, PA — With a groundbreaking scheduled for this Friday, the Delaware Valley School District Board of Education on Thursday finished up approvals of the state’s paperwork for the long delayed Delaware Valley Elementary School project.

After years of controversy, the board approved project bids without discussion on March 19, some 10 years and two properties after DV took it on.  Read more