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Lumberland pulls together through Sandy

Communities large and small were drenched, devastated and wind-swept by the fierce winds of Hurricane (or depending on the locale, “Superstorm”) Sandy. Sullivan County was not exempt. At the Lumberland Town Board meeting on November 14, supervisor Nadia Rajsz and the board, strongly seconded by community members, spoke about a small town valiantly coming together to cope with crisis.  Read more

Hurricane briefing in Highland

Andy Boyar said he was pretty well prepared for Hurricane Sandy, but even so, there are always more things that a person can learn when the remnants of a hurricane blow through and knock out power for an extended period of time.  Read more

Sandy aftermath in Bethel

Like officials in other towns that survived Hurricane Sandy, officials in the Town of Bethel went through a bit of post-storm analysis at their latest meeting on November 14.  Read more

An education in sustainability

The college is doubling down on the bet that sustainable energy is the future of the region with the opening of what it calls a “state-of-the-art” sustainability lab.  Read more

Beach Lake restaurant destroyed

A fire ripped through Joe’s Ranch House in Beach Lake on November 15, entirely destroying one building and damaging one next to it. An employee of the restaurant said it was difficult for firefighters to get water onto the blaze because the building had a metal exterior.  Read more

The triumph of the wild turkey

Region - The wild turkey is native to North America. According to the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), turkeys were widespread when the Europeans arrived in the United States and may have predated the earliest human inhabitants.  Read more

County legislature picks Visitors Association

The organization that has been responsible for promoting tourism in Sullivan County for the past decade will retain that responsibility at least through 2013. The legislature voted seven to two to award the contract to the Sullivan County Visitors Association (SCVA) rather than the new company that sought to fill the role, Sullivan County Tourism and Promotion (SCTP).  Read more

Sullivan eligible for FEMA Funds

Sullivan County has been declared eligible for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Individual Assistance (IA) program that will help families recover from the effects of Hurricane Sandy.  Read more

Toy drive for leukemia victim

Toys and monetary gifts are being collected for four-year-old Alonzo Wood of Damascus and his family. According to Vanessa DeGori, proprietor of The Milanville Store, Alonzo has been diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) which will require lengthy treatment.  Read more

Replacing spoiled food in Wayne & Pike

PIKE & WAYNE COUNTIES — The Pennsylvania Department of Welfare (DPW) has informed victims of Hurricane Sandy that disaster agencies are not offering assistance in replacing food lost as a result of the recent power outages.  Read more

Red Cross explains how you can help

BETHLEHEM, PA — When disaster hits, people generally leap up to help. Hurricane Sandy was not an exception. But help is most effective when it is coordinated. So here’s what the American Red Cross thinks is helpful:  Read more

Proposed Sullivan budget increase: 13.77%

There are no layoffs or cuts in services in the Sullivan County proposed 2013 budget, but county officials are anticipating raising the property tax rate by 13.77%. Moreover, according to the budget message prepared by county manager David Fanslau, in order to keep the budget from rising more than that amount, the county legislature must take a number of steps.  Read more

ECS board hears about hurricane impacts

Members of the Eldred Central School (ECS) Board of Education heard from school administrators at the monthly meeting on November 8 regarding Hurricane Sandy’s disruptive visit to the region.  Read more

Iraq: The aftermath; a veteran returns home

“What made you want to join the army?” I ask.
William Knibbs gives a short chuckle and responds, “I’ve thought about that quite a bit. I don’t really have a good answer for that.”  Read more

RJ Thiele: Lumberland youth recognized

While some young people make the headlines for less than admirable reasons, Eldred Central School senior RJ Thiele has drawn attention for his commitment to his passions and recent achievements in those areas.  Read more

Heroes’ Park site of Veteran’s Day ceremony

“We gather to recognize all veterans and VFWs in their unwavering service to God and country,” said Peter Carmeci, Commander of the Tusten Highland Lumberland VFW Post 6427 and senior vice commander of the Sullivan County Council VFW to the crowd assembled at Heroes’ Park in the Town of Highland on Veteran’s Day.  Read more

Barryville book looks back at ex-cop’s imprisonment; newly married couple separated for a year

When Matthew Smith talks about that incident back in November 1975, he seems intelligent, energetic, frustrated and perhaps a bit wistful about the way things might have been. Back then, he was a cop with the New York City Police Department (NYPD) stationed in the Alphabet City section of Manhattan, making at least a couple of drug busts a week and racking up the overtime.  Read more

Damascus baseline methane study completed; insurance against gas migration

A recurring question in the gas drilling debate is “does hydraulic fracturing lead to gas migration?” The answers are opposite of each other: Many residents who live near gas wells that have undergone hydraulic fracturing insist that it does, while drilling companies almost always insist that it does not, even when they agree to pay settlements.  Read more

Honesdale for the Holidays

Honesdale, the historic town that is the birthplace of the nation’s railroad system and the beginning point of the Delaware and Hudson Canal, will host several events on November 23 and 24 in preparation for the upcoming holiday celebrations.  Read more

Youth give back to community

Richard Lander and Drew Billard are two seniors from Sullivan West High School who went the extra mile in completing their mandatory school senior project. Each year, seniors at the high school must complete a minimum of 15 hours toward a community service project. The boys put in 32.5 hours and surpassed their fundraising goal by more than double.  Read more