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NARROWSBURG, NY — Amid a bit of finger-pointing, members of the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway, Inc. (UDSB) voted unanimously on July 25 to seek funding via the New York Department of Transportation (DOT) to fund a visitors’ center at Fort Delaware. Plans for the center were drawn up in 2011 with a $25,000 grant the UDSB obtained for a feasibility study of the project.

Stress and safety in Lumberland

GLEN SPEY, NY — Appointees in political jobs are often replaced when administrations change, but a recent change has left bad feelings at the Lumberland Town Hall.  Read more

Shooting deemed justified by Wayne DA

HONESDALE, PA — Wayne County District Attorney (DA) Janine Edwards has ruled that the shooting of 21-year-old Derek DeGroat was justified. She said she believes that the troopers on the scene the night of the incident on December 21, 2015, had “reasonable fear for their lives and the lives of others.”  Read more

Camping and zoning

NARROWSBURG, NY — A discussion about zoning laws pertaining to camping became heated at the recent Town of Tusten Town Board meeting on January 5. The question of regulating camping trailers, or RVs, was at issue.  Read more

Group home counselor sentenced on sex counts

MONTICELLO, NY — Special Prosecutor Patricia E. Gunning announced on January 8, that Michael Cubero, 39, was sentenced to eight years in prison for sexually abusing a woman in his care in a group home. It is the maximum penalty allowed by law.

In June of 2015, a Sullivan County jury found Cubero guilty on two counts of a criminal sexual act in the third degree, one count of endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person and two counts of sexual abuse.  Read more

Peckham named river council chair

NARROWSBURG, NY — In keeping with a report from their nominating committee’s report last week, 12 of 13 voting town and township delegates on hand for their January 7 meeting elected a new trio of Upper Delaware Council (UDC) officers, headed by Fred Peckham of Hancock, who was named as chair.  Read more

Chief Judge Judith Kaye remembered

ALBANY, NY — The first woman to be appointed to the New York Court of Appeals, Chief Judge Judith Kaye, also headed the highest court in the state for about 15 years, longer than any other jurist in that position. She passed away on January 7.  Read more

Honesdale reopens budget, finds errors

HONESDALE, PA — At the January 11 meeting of the Honesdale Borough Council, President Mike Augello admitted that the previous week, the first ever of his council tenure, had been a learning experience more intense and surprising than he had anticipated. That admission set the stage for two disclosures: that much of the work he thought was handled by council is actually performed by borough employees and that reopening the 2016 budget had led to discovery of calculation errors.  Read more

Updated: Millennium Pipeline buys 80 acres from Eldred Preserve; Plans compressor station

ELDRED, NY — On December 23, Millennium Pipeline Company bought about 80 acres of land from the Eldred Preserve, according to documents in the Sullivan County Clerk’s office.  Read more

Case against Milford compressor station survives

HARRISBURG, PA — The PA Environmental Hearing Board at the end of December refused to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a group of residents against the Columbia Gas Transmission Company and the PA Department of Environmental Preservation (DEP) regarding the Milford Compressor Station.  Read more

Coroner report released in Wayne police shooting

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Coroner Edward Howell released his report the morning of January 7, on the death of 21-year-old Derek DeGroat. The report officially rules the death a homicide, and also uses the term “suicide by cop.”  Read more

Representative Sandra Major will not seek re-election

HONESDALE, PA — After nearly three decades in public service, Pennsylvania State Representative Sandra Major at the end of December announced she will not seek re-election in 2016.  Read more

PA legislation would eliminate plea bargains for gun crimes

HARRISBURG, PA — State Sen. John N. Wozniak plans to introduce legislation soon to remove the possibility of a plea bargain for any individual charged with using a firearm in the commission of a crime.  Read more

Hanson named to Highland vacancy

ELDRED, NY — Reorganizing on January 5, the Highland Town Board unanimously named long-time Yulan resident Jim Hanson to fill the council seat vacated by Jeff Haas, who was elected as supervisor last fall.  Read more

Schumer bill would help disabled; Legislation would give them choice to stay at home

HURLEYVILLE, NY — Heaping praise upon the Center for Discovery and the cutting-edge treatment it provides to people with disabilities, Sen. Charles Schumer on January 7, appeared at a new Center for Discovery facility to announce new legislation intended to give disabled Americans a choice.  Read more

Teachout considers a run for Gibson’s seat; Endorsement by Working Families

NINETEENTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT — Zephyr Teachout, who challenged Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the race to become the Democratic nominee for governor in 2014, is reported to be considering running for the congressional seat for New York’s 19th District, which is currently held by Republican Chris Gibson. Gibson has said he would not run again.  Read more

Millennium buys 80 acres from Eldred Preserve

On December 23 Millennium Pipeline Company bought about 80 acres of land from the Eldred Preserve, according to documents in the Sullivan County Clerks office.  Read more

Coroner report released in Wayne police shooting

CANAAN TOWNSHIP, PA — The Wayne County Coroner Edward Howell released his report Thursday morning on the death of 21-year-old Derek DeGroat. The report officially rules the death a homicide, and also uses the term “suicide by cop.”

DeGroat was shot and killed by police outside a home near Waymart on December 21. On that night, police responded to a 911 call saying DeGroat was suicidal. The coroner report states he had possession of lethal weapons. The primary cause of death is “multiple gunshot wounds” but does not say how many police fired.  Read more

Berlin is ready for disaster

BEACH LAKE, PA — The recent regularity of extreme weather, terrorist attacks and mass shootings have convinced Americans that no place is disaster proof. From those same events, Americans have learned that preparing for the worst is the best way to minimize and recover from them, lessons Berlin Township has taken to heart.  Read more

Woodstock icon Duke Devlin retires

BETHEL, NY — Often referred to as the “hippie who came to Woodstock and never left,” Duke Devlin has finally done so. Well, not “left” so much as stepped down, as far as his official duties as “site interpreter” for Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is concerned.  Read more

Mellan named Lumberland supervisor

GLEN SPEY, NY — Jenny Mellan has been chosen as Lumberland’s new supervisor.

Mellan was unanimously chosen by Republican town board colleagues to replace Nadia Rajsz, who left after winning election to the Sullivan County Legislature as its District 2 representative.  Read more