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NARROWSBURG, NY — Celebrate the diverse artistic talents of the area at Riverfest, Narrowsburg’s 26th annual music, art, and environmental festival on Sunday, July 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Heastie lauds SAFE Act

ALBANY, NY — The U.S. Supreme Court on June 20 declined to hear challenges to gun control legislation in New York and Connecticut, which ban many types of semi-automatic weapons. Following the decision, Carl Heastie, speaker of the New York Assembly, issued a statement saying, “We have long recognized that military-grade weapons have no place in the streets and neighborhoods where our children play and where families deserve to live without fear.  Read more

Senator Casey on gun control vote

WASHINGTON, DC — In the wake of the U.S. Senate voting not to adopt four gun-control measures on June 20, Sen. Bob Casey issued the following statement: “The Senate defaulted on its basic obligation to keep America safe. Universal background checks and a ban of those on the terrorist watch list from buying guns represent the bare minimum steps the Senate should take to address gun violence. Some in the U.S. Senate believe that there’s nothing our nation, the most powerful in the world, can do to confront gun violence, which killed 33,646 Americans in 2014, but enforce existing law.  Read more

Honesdale man arrested for child sexual abuse

HONESDALE, PA — Jimmy Eugene Rife, 48, was arrested on June 20 for numerous charges of felony child abuse. According to Wayne County District Attorney Janine Edwards the charges include involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and statutory sexual assault.  Read more

New watershed recreational map

REGION — The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has a new digital map to help the public find properties that are open for fishing, hiking and other types of outdoor recreation. The digital map, which provides information on properties owned by New York City and New York State, is now available on DEP’s website by visiting  Read more

Legislators vote to lift tax cap

MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County Legislature voted unanimously on June 16 to override the 2% Albany-mandated property tax in Sullivan County. Extra revenue is needed to pay for the new $95 million Sullivan County Jail, which is due to go out for bids soon. County Manager Josh Potosek has estimated that the project will call for a 5% property tax increase on the county’s portion of the property tax, which consists of about 20% of the typical homeowner’s property tax bill.  Read more

Explore a treasure trove of life at the BioBlitz

TUSTEN, NY — This Delaware skipper, which was spotted during the 2014 Upper Delaware BioBlitz at Ten Mile River, is a rare find for Sullivan County. Skippers are known for their fast “skipping” flight.  Read more

Tusten camping law still being re-worked; Public hearing raises more questions

NARROWSBURG, NY — A public hearing was held at the Tusten town meeting on the new camping zoning law. Citizens turned out to voice their concern over the law, saying it doesn’t go far enough, while one person said it goes too far.  Read more

The Addict Next Door -- My year from hell: sentenced to jail

[This is the second installment of Part V of this series, printed on an ad hoc basis, which follows author Vera Moret’s journey into addiction and depression, and her subsequent entry into the ongoing process of recovery.]  Read more

New Josh Fox movie screening

NARROWSBURG, NY — The full name of Josh Fox’s new movie is “How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change.” Critics have generally liked it, though some also say it’s tough to watch because of the seemingly intractable situations the film considers. You can judge for yourself on Saturday, June 25, when Damascus Citizens for Sustainability (DCS) will host a screening of the film at the Tusten Theatre at 7 p.m.  Read more

Lamm’s attorney threatens legal action - again

There have been so many lawsuits pursued in relation to the development called the Villages at Chestnut Ridge in Bloomingburg, that it would appear the threat of another one would just seem like another step in the process. Still attorney John Henry used that threat in a letter to the Town of Mamakating planning board which was delivered on June 16.  Read more

Differences over farming in residential districts; Sullivan ag board recommends against including Liberty farms

There was a public hearing at the government center on June 16 regarding the addition of new farming operations into Agricultural District Four in Sullivan County. Inclusion in the ag districts gives farmers certain protections should towns attempt to diminish or halt farming operations through zoning.  Read more

Governor Cuomo to bring Catskills Challenge to Sullivan West June 30

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo will suit up for a soccer match at Sullivan West High School when he brings his first summertime Catskills Challenge to Sullivan County on June 30.  Read more

Honesdale: playgrounds, pension funds, traffic jams

HONESDALE, PA — At its June 13 borough council meeting, Honesdale considered a move to make its public playgrounds tobacco-free zones, as other Delaware River communities have done. Unlike some of those other communities, however, Honesdale’s playgrounds will likely be completely smoke-free environments, with e-cigarettes also banned.  Read more

Bethel to unveil eagle; Health volunteers sought

WHITE LAKE, NY — His work has been on display at the Stray Cat Gallery, and now will become part of the town fabric. Artist Paul Stark has carved an eagle, and a group of citizens known as the “Posse” have donated it to the town. The one-of-a-kind eagle will be unveiled in front of the town hall on Route 55 in White Lake on July 2, at 10:30 a.m.  Read more

ADDICT NEXT DOOR: My year from hell

The very night before a large family vacation and two months prior to my sentencing on the pill diversions, I managed to get a DUI for not having the energy and concentration to renew the car registration. Also for having a blood alcohol level well over the legal limit.  Read more

Millennium offers $50,000 for health study; Should be complete before construction begins

MONTICELLO, NY — In two different county meetings at the government center on June 9, the planned compressor station on the Millennium Pipeline near Eldred was discussed. Legislator Scott Samuelson said Millennium has agreed to pay $50,000 for a health study of the potential impacts of the facility.  Read more

Two Elks lodges honor flag

MONTICELLO, NY — Monticello Elks Lodge #1544 and Liberty Elks Lodge #1545 sponsored a special Flag Day service on Sunday, June 12 at the Sullivan County Government Center. More than 200 people heard the history of the American flag. Fire trucks were on hand from Monticello, Fallsburg and White Lake, along with officials, state police, sheriff’s deputies, firefighters, Scouts and Little League teams.  Read more

‘American Pickers’ coming to region?

REGION — A press release from the television show “American Pickers” says the crew will be filming in New York this summer, and the program is looking for collectors to feature from this area.  Read more

Liberty red meat facility dies

LIBERTY, NY — On June 12, the Sullivan County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) announced that it is dropping plans to try to bring in a person or entity to operate the planned red meat facility or slaughterhouse in Liberty. The IDA announced last fall that it had a party interested in going forward, but that party needed to obtain funding to finish the project, and that never happened. The new plan is to use the facility as a farmer’s hub to connect farmers to restaurants and distributors.