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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.

Campground plan for Yasgur’s Farm progresses; Planning board sets public hearing

BETHEL, NY — The relationship between property owner Jeryl Abramson and officials of the Town of Bethel is still rather rocky, but that hasn’t stopped the town from moving forward with her plan to open a campground on the parcels she owns. They comprise some 100 acres and are known throughout the world as Yasgur’s Farm.  Read more

Kenoza Lake Man Sentenced to 6 ½ years in State Prison for Residential Burglary

Sullivan County District Attorney Jim Farrell announced today that Adam Mones, age 33, of Kenoza Lake, N.Y., was sentenced on June 1, 2016, in Sullivan County Court to 6 ½ years in state prison and 5 years of post-release supervision for a residential burglary. Farrell said Mones previously entered a plea of guilty to Burglary in the 2nd Degree in Sullivan County Court and faced a minimum of 5 years in prison and a maximum of 8 years in prison under the terms of the plea agreement.  Read more

Multi-generational park plan unveiled

NARROWSBURG, NY — The children’s park on the Flats in Narrowsburg is getting an upgrade. The space will be turned into a multi-generational park as part of the Town of Tusten Master Plan. At a public hearing prior to the recent town board meeting on May 10, architect Buck Moorhead presented plans for the new park.  Read more

Healthy Sullivan County: Initiative aims to raise county’s low health ranking

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — For the past three years, Sullivan County has ranked 61 out of 62 counties in New York State in terms of public health. This dire number is in the works to change, as multiple organizations come together to improve our health.  Read more

State budget raises indigent bar; Sullivan legal costs may increase

MOTNICELLO, NY — One of the gifts sought by the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) from the state budget process this year, is that the state would give more money to counties to help the counties pay for the defense of indigent residents. Officials in Albany did not provide additional money to the counties, but they did change the rules so that it might become more expensive for counties to provide the services.  Read more

Bonacic in Forestburgh

FORESTBURGH, NY — Sen. John J. Bonacic joined veterans and community members Monday at the Town of Forestburgh’s Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony, which was held at the Veteran’s Memorial Triangle in the town. Several local veterans’ organizations were on hand, including American Legion Post #73, Jewish War Veterans Post #206 and the VFW Post #9588. Bonacic was the keynote speaker and spoke of the sacrifice that our service men and women have made and how we must never forget them.

Sullivan West names new electives and staff

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — The announcement of five new hirings and eight introductory elective courses dominated the May 19 Sullivan West Central School District Board of Education meeting.  Read more

Millennium not stopping progress; Compressor station will not await health study

ELDRED, NY — Millennium Pipeline Company is not doing any physical preparation work for its proposed compressor station in Eldred just now. But that’s not because it’s waiting for the completion of a health study proposed by activists and local government officials, according to Millennium representative Michelle Hook. It’s because the company first needs to finish filing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and has not received the necessary permits to begin work.  Read more

Black Bear Film festival launches schools partnership

MILFORD, PA — The 17th annual Black Bear Film Festival is five months away, but planning activities and a new educational initiative have already launched. Four regional schools—Dingman Delaware Middle School, Delaware Valley High School, Sussex County Technical School and Wallenpaupack Area High School—have signed on as school partners for 2016.  Read more

Delaware Valley preliminary budget

WESTFALL, PA — Meeting a week early to allow time for final alterations in June, the directors of the Delaware Valley School District on May 12 agreed to a proposed final budget of $78,139,586, meaning no tax increase and an unchanged rate of 108.19 Mills.  Read more

Trails open in Port Jervis park

PORT JERVIS, NY — About seven miles of trails have been opened to mountain bikers in previously closed-off acreage in Elks-Brox Memorial Park in Port Jervis near the watershed and reservoir, making the area a haven for mountain bikers this summer. For those who prefer to stay on the roads, there are several tours on the calendar over the next few months.  Read more

Verizon workers return to work

NEW YORK, NY — Some 40,000 Verizon workers were set to return to their jobs on June 1, after settling a strike that began in mid-April. The settlement includes a nearly 11% wage increase over four years, and also 1,300 new jobs in East Coast call centers.  Read more

Liberty Skate Park opens

LIBERTY, NY — Children of all ages turned out to the grand opening of the Liberty Skate Park on May 28, at the intersection of Grant Street and Darbee Lane in the Village of Liberty.  Read more

Does Port Jervis need more than 2%?

PORT JERVIS, NY — There was disagreement at the May 23 Port Jervis Common Council meeting when two newly elected council members, Sarah Hendry and Kristin Trovei, voiced their opposition to any possible tax increase above the state cap of 2%.  Read more

Torah Center receives tax exemption; Former home of Daytop Village

WHITE LAKE, NY — An organization called YGS Torah Center, which now owns the facility on Route 55 in Swan Lake that was the former home of the drug treatment center Daytop Village, was the subject of a resolution at the Bethel town meeting on May 25.  Read more

Approvals for Bloomingburg development may be rescinded

The Mamakating planning board, which at least for now still has jurisdiction over Bloomingburg planning decisions, unanimously adopted a resolution on May 24 calling for developer Shalom Lamm to explain why the approvals granted for his controversial development Villages at Chestnut Ridge should not be rescinded. The resolution explains that the planning board will consider rescinding the approvals.  Read more

The Addict Next Door: Disappear

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

I began to self-medicate around 2003. Both girls were in school. I worked three days a week and was home the rest of the time. And that’s around the time I started taking tramadol, because I became so depressed during those years that the drinking and the arguing between me and my first husband would get really bad. I would stand in a corner for an hour as he quizzed me on some minor issue that was huge in his mind. I would sit on the couch for hours after this, staring into space and crying. He thought I was exaggerating for sympathy.  Read more

Wayne Memorial’s new Heart & Vascular Center

HONESDALE, PA — Wayne Memorial Hospital’s (WMH)new diagnostic and interventional cardiac catheterization laboratory, the Heart & Vascular Center at Wayne Memorial Hospital, will officially open June 1.

The lab was granted approval by the PA Department of Health this month. The multi-million dollar investment by WMH grew out of a 2013 Community Health Needs Assessment that pointed to a high need for more cardiology services and particularly for cardiology specialists in Wayne County.  Read more

Here comes the judge

MONTICELLO, NY — Commissioner of Jurors George Cooke and Judge Frank LaBuda shared the courtroom with enthusiastic students from the Eldred Elementary School on May 4, and explained the workings of the court system and the importance of jury service. “Throughout the morning, the students observed some court proceedings and had dozens of good questions,” said LaBuda. In a few years the students will have the opportunity and the privilege of serving as “real” jurors in the jury box, but for now they enjoyed being center stage in the courtroom.

Caterpillar spraying to begin

MILFORD, PA — State-contracted pilots are waiting for “a week of perfect weather,” Kelly Rodemich, Pike’s gypsy-moth-spray-program coordinator, reported to the county commissioners on May 18. Wet weather works with state’s Bt, non-chemical spray, providing a platform for the resulting fungus that kills the caterpillars.  Read more