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October 06, 2015
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LONG EDDY, NY — Three public meetings were held in Long Eddy on September 28 to gather public input on the proposed expansion of the fishing access point in the Upper Delaware River.

Season for the ages

Cheered on by adoring fans including fellow students, staff and of course, their family members, the Eldred Lady Yellow Jacket soccer team boarded a bus bound for the state semifinals in Cortland hoping to continue their historic ride. After defeating Livingston Manor 3-2 with a pair of goals in a minute and a half to win their first Section IX title since 1986, the Eldred juggernaut notched a 2-1 regional final win over Oppenheim/Ephratah/St. Johnsville on a late goal by Jordan Lepes to advance to its first-ever state final four.  Read more

Proposed windmill stirs controversy

Property owner and Hollywood legend Judd Hirsch has applied for a variance to allow him to construct a 176-foot turbine on Eve Eden Road in the Town of Denning, which is on the north side of the remote Roundout Reservoir.  Read more

Monticello mayor arrested; Driving while intoxicated and other charges

Gordon Jenkins, the mayor of Monticello, reportedly turned up at the site of a car accident on Broadway on November 16, and a volunteer firefighter suspected that he had been drinking. He reported his suspicion to the Monticello police. Jenkins left the scene but was later arrested by the Monticello police and taken to the station.  Read more

Tax hike for Hawley; New board member joins

The Hawley Borough Council plans a tax hike and also has a new member on board.  Read more

Four success stories and one work in progress at Sullivan West

There were five presentations to the Sullivan West Board of Education at its November 14 meeting. Four described successful projects. The fifth described a work in progress, so far unsuccessful. But the night really belonged to the success stories: the peer tutoring lab; the pre-K program; the elementary school roof replacement; and the Sullivan West Enrollment/Facilities Study (reviewed at the public forum immediately preceding the board meeting).  Read more

Cochecton signs climate pledge

The Cochecton Town Board voted unanimously at its November 13 monthly meeting to adopt the newly amended Climate Smart Community Pledge provided by Sullivan County. Cochecton became a target of criticism from the Department of Environmental Conservation for its failure to adopt all elements of the first Climate Action Plan (CAP) received from the county earlier this year, when town supervisor Gary Maas edited the first CAP document to include only those elements with which Cochecton could currently comply. Making no attempt to conceal his satisfaction at this outcome, Maas remarked that he felt a sense of personal vindication and was pleased that feedback from other towns of Cochecton’s size and demographics had prompted the county to draft a document containing more realistic near-term goals.  Read more

Bloomingburg mayor under fire; Assemblywoman Gunther enters the fray

Mayor Mark Berentsen is under fire from several directions after a published report that he allegedly was set to receive water and sewer services after the controversial approval of a 396-unit development, which is being marketed to the Hasidic community.  Read more

Car Larcenies - The Latest Crime wave in Sullivan County

MONTICELLO – Sheriff’s Deputies are battling the latest crime wave to besiege Sullivan County: larcenies from automobiles. In the last 3 months deputies have investigated 53 incidents from Livingston Manor to Rock Hill, from Smallwood to Glen Spey. All the vehicles involved had one thing in common, they were unlocked.  Read more

Man drowns in Lake Wallenpaupack

The body of a Pennsylvania man was recovered on November 17 after two canoes capsized on Lake Wallenpaupack. There were seven people in the canoes on the lake on November 15, when they capsized. Six of the boaters managed swim to shore, but 24-year-old Ben Culton of Harleysville, did not make it.  Read more

Sterling Township man arrested after stand-off

STERLING TOWNSHIP, PA — Robert Brundage, 62, of Sterling Township was arrested on November 17 on 10 counts of attempted homicide and 10 counts of aggravated assault.  Read more

PA minimum wage hike proposed

HARRISBURG, PA — In what she calls an effort to provide low-income earners with a livable wage, Pennsylvania State Rep. Patty Kim announced on November 15 she will introduce a bill to increase the state’s minimum wage.  Read more

Gunther legislation regarding volunteer firefighters signed

ALBANY, NY — Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther announced that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation she sponsored providing relief to fire districts and volunteer fire-based emergency medical service (EMS) providers.  Read more

Grants available—try and get them

Widespread northeastern hurricane damage last fall led to a grant opportunity for town officials to finally relocate a historically flood-prone town facility, but actually getting to the money turned out to be like snagging an elusive brass ring.  Read more

Thanksgiving seating for 100

TOWN OF COCHECTON, NY — Stacey Millman and Scott Goodman are relatively new to farming, having established Butchie’s Organic Farm off Route 97 in Cochecton only two years ago. But they are successful enough that this year they have decided to share the bounty.  Read more

Sullivan legislators mark arrests; New direction for county announced

With dozens of staff of the Department of Family Services (DFS) attending, legislator Cindy Gieger held a press conference outside of the Travis Building in Liberty to mark the arrests of two members of the DFS team. Since the formation of the DFS Fraud Investigative Unit earlier this year, dozens of cases of fraud and abuse have been uncovered, but this is the first time an investigation has resulted in the arrest of individuals within the department.  Read more

Sullivan legislators mark DFS arrests; new direction for county announced

With dozens of staff of the Department of Family Services (DFS) looking on, (DFS) legislator Cindy Geiger held a press conference outside of the Travis Building in Liberty on November 19 to mark the arrests of two members of the DFS team.  Read more

Bomb threat at RJK Middle School in Monticello

Press release from Monticello Central School District:
On Monday, November 18, 2013 at approximately 12:30 p.m., the Robert J. Kaiser Middle School received a bomb threat. A note was found, turned into a teacher, who then brought it to the attention of the administration.  Read more

Pike commissioners reject court building opposition

Milford Borough does not readily accept changes to its appearance that involve the demolition of any buildings in its historic district. The Rite-Aid Corp. went through several designs and hearings on the demolition of an adjoining office building before its West Harford Street expansion won approval.  Read more

Wayne grant would promote tourism

Looking to spur its tourism industry, the Wayne County Commissioners on November 7 announced the county’s 2014 tourism marketing grant program.  Read more

A pause to honor veterans

The sound of three shots from three rifles split the air as veterans from all wars involving United States military personnel were honored on November 11. Members of the Tusten, Highland and Lumberland VFW Post #6427 were on hand for the occasion as Commander Peter Carmeci officiated.  Read more