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April 29, 2016
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Photo by John Cassidy

GLEN SPEY, NY — Saturday, April 23 marked the opening day of Little League in Glen Spey. The young players took to the field to learn, according to the league’s mission statement, “the ideals of good sportsmanship, honesty, loyalty, courage and respect for authority, so that they may be well adjusted, stronger and happier children and will grow to be decent, healthy, and trustworthy citizens.”

The photo was taken by Glen Spey resident John Cassidy. Check out next week’s paper for more of his delightful photos of the event.

Principals expected at RFAC meeting in Hawley

HAWLEY, PA — The last time there was a meeting of the Delaware River Basin Commission’s (DRBC) Regulated Flow Advisory Committee (RFAC), many of the attendees were disappointed that the people at the top of the hierarchy regarding control of the flow of the Upper Delaware River did not attend the meeting.  Read more

Pike courthouse addition bids opened

MILFORD, PA — After years of planning, picketing and permitting, an addition to the Pike County Courthouse came a big step closer to reality on March 23, when contractors’ construction bids were opened at the county commissioners meeting.  Read more

Millennium meeting and protest planned for Rock Hill

ROCK HILL, NY — Members from several area activist groups are expected to make an appearance at the mandated community outreach meeting Millennium Pipeline Company is holding at The Sullivan in Rock Hill at 6 p.m. on March 31 regarding the planned compressor station near Eldred. The project has sparked widespread opposition from the community.  Read more

Older Americans Act reauthorized

WASHINGTON, DC — Congressman Chris Gibson announced the passage of the Older Americans Act (OAA) Reauthorization Act of 2016, which supports a host of home- and community-based programs for seniors and their caregivers.  Read more

Legislation defines three-wheeled ‘autocycles’

HARRISBURG, PA — Legislation sponsored by Sen. Mario Scavello (R-40) to establish a legal definition for increasingly popular, three-wheeled “autocycles” was unanimously approved on March 24 by the full Senate.  Read more

Pilot killed in Pike helicopter crash

PIKE COUNTY, PA — A helicopter crashed in Greene Township, Pike County on March 27, leaving the pilot, who was the sole person on board, dead. The chopper went down in Skytop, not far from Promised Land State Park. The crashed chopper is said to have been operated by a civilian and crashed in a heavily wooded area. The wreckage was located after rescuers pinged the cell phone of the pilot.  Read more

Region loses population

UPPER DELAWARE VALLEY — According to the U.S. Census Bureau, most of the counties in the Upper Delaware Valley lost population in the year ending on July 1, 2015. Sullivan County, NY had the biggest population loss of any county in the valley as well as in New York State, dropping to 74,877, for a loss of about 1.18%, or 760 people.  Read more

Cochecton favors solar farms, with caveats

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — “Who benefits if solar farms are permitted in Cochecton?” asked board member Paul Salzberg at the March 22 meeting of the Cochecton Town Board.  Read more

Narrowsburg deck will not go to re-bid; Town board requests new engineer

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Tusten Town Board met at a special meeting on the morning of Wednesday, March 30 to discuss how to proceed with the Main Street deck. Chazen Companies designed a new deck at the cost of $300,000, however no bids were received.  Read more

More proposed laws in Port Jervis

PORT JERVIS, NY — Council member and Code and Legislative Committee chair David Bavoso introduced four local laws at the March 14 Port Jervis Common Council meeting, and all were voted to be scheduled for public hearings at the next meeting on March 28.  Read more

Upgrades for Wayne Memorial Hospital

Wayne Memorial Hospital (WMH) CEO David Hoff, right, and hospital bonding attorney Brian Koscelansky appear before the Wayne County Commissioners on March 17 seeking approval of a guaranty declaration for the Wayne County Hospital and Health Facilities Authority’s $41 million revenue bond. The commissioners approved the required ordinance, which will fund what Hoff said was a “major addition,” to feature a Level-Four trauma unit, which will reduce trauma patient transfers to the larger and more distant Geisinger–Community Medical Center in Scranton. Groundbreaking is anticipated next spring.  Read more

Voters choosing sides for Presidential primary

HONESDALE, PA — Pennsylvania voters shopping for candidates may change their party affiliations up to a month before the state’s April 26 primary, and for varying reasons many have done so again this year.

Wayne Elections Director Cindy Furman reported last week that Republicans gained 458 adherents, while 171 others became Democrats between January 1 and March 16.  Read more

The craters of March

BEACH LAKE, PA — “It’s like a cavity. You go to the dentist when it’s small and he fixes it. But if you do nothing about it for years, you’ve got big trouble.” Addressing Berlin Township supervisors at their March 15 meeting, John Marshall of Marshall Machinery was talking about Cosgrove Road.

“It could be a tank trap or Ho Chi Minh Trail,” said Marshall, who added that the situation hadn’t developed overnight. Marshall went on, “[Supervisor and former roadmaster] Charlie [Gries] and I have gotten into it before about the condition of Cosgrove Road.”  Read more

Edwards voted in five to four; Alvarez casts deciding vote

MONTICELLO, NY — In one of the more dramatic votes at the government center in Monticello in recent days, Luis Alvarez, chair of the Sullivan County Legislature, cast the deciding vote approving the appointment of Cora Edwards to the post of Democratic Election Commissioner on the Sullivan County Board of Elections.  Read more

Planning board approves 10-family apartment; Former seasonal hunting camp project opposed by neighbors

NARROWSBURG, NY — A building that was a former seasonal hunting cabin is now set to become a 10-family apartment building off Route 97 in Narrowsburg, near the intersection with Route 23. The project has been before the Town of Tusten Planning Board since August 2015, and on the evening of March 21 the board issued a special-use permit for the project to go forward.  Read more

Sullivan West faces negative tax cap

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — While the Sullivan West Central School District (SWCSD) anticipates having to figure the impact of a projected -2.8% tax cap into its proposed $36,403,209 budget for 2016-2017, officials say they have a plan that will avoid cutting essential programs.  Read more

Smokey Robinson to play Bethel Woods

BETHEL, NY — Smokey Robinson will play Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on August 20. Robinson founded the group The Miracles while still in high school. The group was Berry Gordy’s first vocal group, and it was at Robinson’s suggestion that Gordy started the Motown Record dynasty. Their single of Robinson’s “Shop Around” became Motown’s first #1 hit on the R&B singles chart.  Read more

Sheriff warns of IRS scam

MONTICELLO, NY — With tax season in full swing, Sheriff Mike Schiff is warning county residents of a continuing telephone scam. Citizens across Sullivan County have received phone calls from scammers pretending to be IRS agents. The callers are aggressive and threaten to arrest their victims in order to get them to make a payment on a non-existent tax bill. The callers sometimes “spoof” the telephone number of the sheriff’s office or other law enforcement agency, which appears on the victim’s caller ID.  Read more

No hunting hunters with drones

HARRISBURG, PA — State Rep. Gerald Mullery on March 15 introduced legislation that would prohibit individuals and organizations from using drones to interfere with lawful hunting, fishing and boating activities.  Read more

SEEDS wins environmental award

HARRISBURG, PA — Gov. Tom Wolf on March 21 announced that 17 organizations involved in 14 projects from across the Commonwealth will receive the prestigious Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence. These award winners represent the best in using innovation, collaboration and public service to improve and protect Pennsylvania’s environment.  Read more