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MONTICELLO, NY — On June 12, the Kindergarten students at the George L. Cooke Elementary School celebrated the completion of their first year of school. Parents were invited to see their children walk down the aisle with their fellow classmates to participate in the Kindergarten graduation.

Peck’s Market in Narrowsburg store to be sold

NARROWSBURG, NY — Multiple sources have been saying for weeks that the Peck’s Market in Narrowsburg will be sold, and the closing is scheduled for early in January.  Read more

Thompson man arrested after standoff with police

MONTICELLO, NY — John Ortiz, 45, has been arrested after a standoff with police. On December 14, at about 3 p.m., deputies from the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office were called to 20 Haddock Rd. in the Town of Thompson for a barricaded subject.  Read more

Demonstration spreads to Monticello; Mayor joins the effort

MONTICELLO, NY — The demonstrations that have erupted across the nation in recent weeks appeared in Monticello on December 14, when about 40 people turned out to demand justice for all.  Read more

Former Lackawaxen Township secretary arrested

LACKAWAXEN, PA — There was a full house at the Lackawaxen Township meeting on December 15 following news that the former secretary was arrested the previous week on charges of misappropriating more than $200,000 in funds over a 10-year period. Shawn Marie Roe, 54, faces six felony charges including theft, fraud and computer crimes.  Read more

One casino in the Catskills: Montreign in Monticello

ALBANY, NY — It was announced today, Wednesday, December 17, by the Gaming Facility Location Board that they recommend one casino in the Catskills and Hudson Valley region, and that casino is Empire Resorts' casino Montreign in Town of Thompson, Sullivan County.  Read more

Fracking to be prohibited in New York State

ALBANY, NY — During a cabinet meeting in Albany on December 17, Howard Zucker, M.D. the acting New York State health commissioner, said that he could not recommend that hydraulic fracturing should be allowed to go forward. Zucker cited several existing studies on fracking and its impacts on human health and said that many of them raised “red flags,” but he said that there were not enough studies, and specifically “longitudinal studies,” that could settle the question with certainty.  Read more

Announcement: Tusten Town Board meeting re-scheduled

The Tusten Town Board meeting that was supposed to be held on Tuesday, December 9 has been moved to Wednesday, December 17 at 7 p.m.

Historic bridges for sale

PENNSYLVANIA — The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has plans to replace the Pond Eddy Bridge, and therefore would like to sell the existing bridge to a willing buyer; but that’s not the only bridge the organization is trying to unload.  Read more

Pennsylvania school funding testimony; Start by counting the students

LANCASTER, PA — One of the more surprising things about the current formula for funding schools in Pennsylvania is that it does not take into account the number of students in the districts. That should change, said members of the benchmarking committee of the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials (PASBO).  Read more

Eldred School a cappella group to perform at Carnegie Hall; Still need to raise money

ELDRED, NY — An a cappella group at Eldred Junior and Senior High School called “The Eldred Key Elements” will have a very special opportunity when it goes to perform at New York City’s Carnegie Hall this spring. The performance is called Total Vocal and it is a concert by a cappella groups from all around the world that had to audition to get in.  Read more

Tax rate unchanged in Wayne

HONESDALE, PA — For the third consecutive year, Wayne County’s property tax millage rate will remain level.

That was the thrust of county business manager John Haggerty’s November 20 presentation of Wayne’s $30,513,407.57 appropriations budget for 2015.  Read more

Frein hearing postponed; Court-appointed attorney withdraws

MILFORD, PA — The preliminary hearing for accused cop-killer Matthew Frein had been scheduled for December 9, but has been pushed back because one of Frein’s court-appointed attorneys has been granted permission to withdraw from the case, and the court has granted the remaining attorney’s request for more time to bring a new attorney up to speed on the case.  Read more

New grand jury for Deerpark killing; Indictment thrown out by court

SPARROWBUSH, NY — David Carlson, 43, who is charged with shooting and killing Norris Acosta-Sanchez on October 11, 2013, will face a new grand jury after a judge threw out an indictment from late last year.  Read more

Man with knife arrested in Livingston Manor

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — A Livingston Manor man was arrested by New York State troopers on December 5, for threatening other people in the house with a knife and destroying the interior of the house. Troopers arrested Neal McCarthy, age 44. While under arrest, McCarthy was also found to be in possession of suboxone, an opiate substitute.

McCarthy was charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree, a felony; menacing, endangering the welfare of a child and criminal possession of a controlled substance, misdemeanors; and harassment, a violation.  Read more

Holiday crackdown on drunk driving

MATAMORAS, PA — Eastern Pike Regional Police have announced that there will be stepped-up law enforcement efforts concerning drunk driving from December 12 through January 1, 2015. According to the department, drunk driving increases during the holiday season. In December 2012, nationwide, there were 830 people killed in crashes involving at least one driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration .08 or higher; 26 of those deaths occurred on Christmas Day. On average, 31% of all crash fatalities in America involve drunk driving.  Read more

Kane declines to defend gun law

HONESDALE, PA — The Pennsylvania legislature earlier this year passed Act 192, which allows organizations such as the National Rifle Association to sue cities or other municipalities if they pass their own gun regulations.  Read more

Editorials endorse Gillibrand on military sexual assaults

WASHINGTON, DC —Editorials in The New York Times and USA TODAY support Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s call for reform in the handling of sexual assaults in the military. A new Department of Defense report shows that in 2014, almost the same number of service members—19,000—reported unwanted sexual contact as in 2010. Less than three out of 10 are willing to report the incidents, and the 62% retaliation rate went unchanged from the year before despite retaliation having being made a crime last year.  Read more

Gieger announces another run

NORTH BRANCH, NY — About 40 people braved the freezing rain and turned out to an event to honor Sullivan County Legislator Cindy Gieger in the Old North Branch Inn on December 5. Among those on hand were fellow legislators Gene Benson and Cora Edwards. On several issues, the three Democrats have teamed up with the two Republicans in the legislature to form a majority in the legislature.  Read more

Pharmacy opens in Callicoon

CALLICOON, NY — A new pharmacy has opened in Callicoon at 39 Lower Main St. Riverside Remedies Health Mart Pharmacy features a full pharmacy offering prescriptions, custom medications and over-the-counter needs. It also has toys and art supplies for children, cards, health and beauty supplies including e.l.f. Cosmetics, housewares, gifts and more.  Read more

Sullivan set to adopt ag plan; Goal is to promote and preserve farming

MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County Legislature is getting close to the adoption of an Agriculture and Farmland Protection Plan (AFPP) and as part of the process, county legislators received a briefing on the plan at a meeting on December 4.  Read more