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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.

American Pickers coming to Northeast PA

NORTHEAST, PA — “American Pickers,” the hit TV series based on two guys who travel around the country “free-styling” and trying the score antiques—sometimes from unwilling buyers—will be visiting Northeast Pennsylvania in May.  Read more

Town of Lumberland gets $50,000

GLEN SPEY, NY — Sen. John J. Bonacic announced on April 22 that he has secured a $50,000 grant for the Town of Lumberland, for the purchase of a tandem diesel truck for the highway department. The grant was secured through the State Municipal Grant Program, funding for which was included in the 2015-2016 state budget. Currently, there is an immediate need to replace a truck in the highway department’s fleet, and this grant will help the town with that purchase.  Read more

DEC denies permit to Constitution Pipeline

NEW YORK, NY — Officials from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced on April 22 that they were denying a Water Quality Certification, which is a necessary permit for the proposed Constitution Pipeline.  Read more

It’s Little League season

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.

Blowback in Bloomingburg; Former mayor gets $960k offer for mobile home park

BLOOMINGBURG, NY — Documents that were unsealed and revealed in multiple news stories last week indicated that, even as developer Shalom Lamm and his partner Ken Nikdiman were selling the concept of a retirement community with a golf course, the real plan was to build a Hasidic community with eventually 5,000 families.  Read more

A fire spreads in Pike and Monroe counties; Pike fires intentionally set

DINGMAN TOWNSHIP, PA — One of two large fires was still raging as of Tuesday along the Monroe County/Pike County border near Cresco at Sixteen-Mile Road, but the other, at Bear Town forest, had been extinguished by Sunday, April 24, according to an email sent on that date by Jim Hyland, forest program specialist from the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Bureau of Forestry.  Read more

Pike Plaza progresses slowly

PORT JERVIS, NY — William Paladino, CEO of Elliott Development, which owns Pike Plaza next to the railway station in Port Jervis, came to the April 11 common council meeting with project manager Tim O’Brien to give a presentation about the Pike Plaza progress. O’Brien showed an artists’ rendering of the exterior façade still being worked on.  Read more

Public health and the rites of spring

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — When Americans elect a medical doctor to political office, they expect a proactive public health advocate. Councilman Paul Salzberg, MD, proved to be just that at the April 13 meeting of the Cochecton town board.  Read more

So, what does MIS do, anyway?

MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County Management Information Systems (MIS) or networks of computers, telephones and other hardware and software, has a long reach. It spreads from the government center in Monticello, to the social services complex in Liberty, the courthouse, the sheriff’s office and more. In fact, MIS serves 31 physical locations and 91 vehicles such as those belonging to the sheriff’s office.  Read more

Sullivan West to present $36.35 million budget; Backs legislation to end negative tax levy limits

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — As the Sullivan West Central School District prepares to seek voter approval for its new $36.35 million budget on May 17, the Board of Education is endorsing legislation that proposes to scrap the possibility of future negative tax caps in New York State.  Read more

Pond Eddy brush fire

POND EDDY, NY — The Lumberland Voluntary Fire Department got a 911 call around 1:30 p.m. on April 18, when thick smoke started billowing down Route 97 in Pond Eddy next to the Delaware River.  Read more

Frein seeks to block death penalty; Also suppression of statements

MILFORD, PA — Accused cop-killer Eric Frein appeared in the Pike County Courthouse on April 20, and his lawyer William Ruzzo made two motions regarding significant issues in the trial.  Read more

Does Honesdale need a manager?

HONESDALE, PA — The April 18 meeting of the Honesdale Borough Council saw two of the borough’s longstanding debates reignited, neither by council instigation.  Read more

Write-in challenges Marino in PA’s 10th

GREENTOWN, PA — Mike Molesevich announced on April 20 that he will be a write-in Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania 10th Congressional District seat in the upcoming primary election on April 26.  Read more

Wolf signs medical marijuana bill

HARRISBURG, PA — On April 17, Gov. Tom Wolf signed Senate Bill 3, legalizing medical marijuana in Pennsylvania.  Read more

Wallenpaupack hires concussion specialist

WALLENPAUPACK, PA — The board of the Wallenpaupack Area School District has voted to hire a physician to deal with situations where a student might suffer a concussion.  Read more

New Jersey man arrested for drugs in Monticello

MONTICELLO, NY — On Sunday, April 10, deputies from the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office went to a residence in Melody Lake Estate in the Town of Thompson following a report about a subject who was wanted as a fugitive from justice in the state of New Jersey.  Read more

Tusten mulls over camping law; What to do with waste?

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Tusten Town Board continued its discussion on the Camping Local Law at its recent meeting on April 12. A public hearing was held at the last meeting, but it was not properly advertised, so another public hearing was held this month prior to the regular meeting.  Read more

It’s turtle season again

NARROWSBURG, NY — A line of turtles basking in the sun is a sure sign that spring is in full swing. This group of turtles took advantage of the warm temperatures on Monday to climb up out of Little Lake Erie in Narrowsburg onto logs where they warmed themselves.

These are Eastern painted turtles, and they require the warmth of the sun to raise their body temperatures high enough—above 63 degrees Fahrenheit—that they can become active and feed.  Read more

Sullivan legislator blasts FERC; Says county needs to support towns

MONTICELLO, NY — Sullivan County Legislator Nadia Rajsz began the meeting of the Health and Family Services Committee on April 14 by asking her follow lawmakers to pass a resolution supporting four towns in the county that oppose the proposed compressor station near Eldred.  Read more