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REGION — Fireworks were seen as a fitting way of celebrating the signing of the Declaration of Independence even before the famous document was signed in 1776. As the document was being created, John Adams, who would go on to become the second President of the United States, wrote to his wife Abigail that the signing would live on in history.

Cappelli proposes casino for Liberty

Developer Louis Cappelli is proposing the development of a casino along with town houses and many other components at the location of the former Grossinger's Catskill Resort Hotel at the intersection of State Route 17 (soon to be Interstate Route 86) and State Route 52 in Liberty.  Read more

The late Richie Havens honored; ashes scattered over Bethel Woods

“I guess the watchword for the day is – don’t get any on you.” That line from performer John Sebastian drew a laugh as it acknowledged that a short time later the ashes of Richie Havens would be scattered over the field at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts where the original Woodstock Festival was held in 1969.  Read more

PA voter ID law blocked for 2013 election

A judge in Pennsylvania has decided that the state's controversial voter ID law may not be enforced in the 2013 election.  Read more

Body of NJ man recovered from Delaware River

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Superintendent John J. Donahue sadly announced that the body of twenty-year-old Amjed Hasan of Clifton, New Jersey, was recovered from the Delaware River by National Park Service (NPS) rangers at 5:15 p.m. His body was spotted by two fishermen near the old railroad bridge abutments just north of the Interstate 80 toll bridge. Rangers arrived on scene by boat and made the recovery a few hundred yards downstream concluding a multi-day, multi-agency search.  Read more

NPS rangers assist with search for another missing person

BUSHKILL, PA: Superintendent John J. Donahue announced today that park rangers from Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area are assisting New Jersey State Park Police with a search for a missing person. Amjed Hasan, 21, of Clifton, New Jersey, was last seen swimming in the Delaware River near the Douglas Trail parking area in Worthington State Forest on Old Mine Road in New Jersey just before 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 13.  Read more

Radio host Coop passes

Mark Cooper, who was a long-time radio host on WPDH in Poughkeepsie, which also has a transmitter in Jeffersonville, passed away. He had been off the air recently because of health issues, and he suffered a stroke on August 11.  Read more

Upper Delaware Council 5K walk/run seeks sponsors

Strides Across the Delaware, a 5K run/walk event set for September 28 to celebrate the Upper Delaware Council’s (UDC) 25th anniversary offers a variety of sponsorship opportunities with pledges requested by September 1.  Read more

Beach Lake man’s body recovered

The body of a Beach Lake man was discovered in the Delaware River nearly two months after he went missing on the Lackawaxan River. The body of Sean Martin, 29, was found far downstream on the river near Mashipacong Island on August 9. His kayak overturned in the Lackawaxen River near Hawley, PA on June 14.  Read more

Shohola man sentenced to four years for fraud

Nelson Ruiz, a resident of Shohola, was sentenced to four years in prison after being convicted of defrauding the New York City School District out of approximately $2.7 million. He must also repay the money.

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, said that Ruiz also bribed a Department of Education (DOE) employee in furtherance of the fraud scheme.  Read more

Honesdale addresses police, council vacancies

An unusually long Honesdale borough council meeting on August 12 was dominated by citizen input and timely addressing of vacancies in the police department and borough council.  Read more

Two cell towers proposed for Damascus

Two cell towers have been proposed that would be located in Damascus Township, but the names for the sites are from New York State locations. One, which would be located on Jurgensen Road, is called the Callicoon site, and another, which would be located in Milanville, is called the Narrowsburg site.  Read more

Business development ongoing in Pike

The search continues to replace Michael J. Sulllivan, who resigned his executive director’s position at the Pike County Economic Development Agency (EDA) in May.  Read more

Livingston Manor takes top Sullivan Renaissance Award

There was an overflow crowd of hundreds of people that spilled out into the lobby of the Selig Theater at Sullivan County Community College on August 12, as 2013 the Sullivan Renaissance Awards were bestowed on many volunteers and groups.

The largest award, the $25,000 Golden Feather, which was handed out by Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther, went to Livingston Manor Renaissance for its work on enhancements to Main Street. The group also picked up a $2,500 award for its community planning efforts.  Read more

Jail discussions resume; location is once again debated

The issue of constructing a new county jail has been dormant since 2010 because of sagging county revenues due to the Great Recession. The issue was brought up again at a meeting in the government center on August 9 after indication that officials in Albany are once again expecting the legislature to start moving on the project.  Read more

REAP Zone and the farm bill; Gillibrand and Gibson visit liberty

Sullivan County, along with the Town of Warwasing in Ulster County, is one of five special zones in the country designated as Rural Economic Area Partnership (REAP) Zones. The REAP Zone status allows the region to have priority access to federal funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA); in 2012 and 2013, communities and organizations in the county received over $485,000 in federal investments.  Read more

Cochecten Democrats endorse candidates

The Cochecton Democratic Club has endorsed six candidates for November’s election. Pictured at a recent “Meet and Greet” at Tony’s on the Lake Restaurant are Steve Sauer, justice incumbent, left; Joan Glase, town council; Sullivan County chair Scott Samuelson; Dr. Paul Salzberg, town council; Craig Fine, justice incumbent. Hollye Schulman, town clerk, and Eileen Hennessy, tax collector, both incumbents, are missing from the picture, because they were busy meeting and greeting.

Irish man drowns in Upper Delaware

After the heavy rains that turned the sometimes placid-looking Delaware River into a turbulent, choppy and muddy maelstrom, visitors to the area didn’t think of the dangers a trip down the river can bring.  Read more

Bethel lakefront development for sale; Bella Lago bankruptcy auction announced

An announcement heralding the bankruptcy auction of a number of lakefront properties that have stood empty for the past six years or so, says the development contains “18 substantially completed homes.”  Read more

Mixed messages in the local economy

As the nation’s economy rebounds, an unscientific survey of business in the Upper Delaware this week has provided mixed results.  Read more

Pike woman dies after being stuck by car

A pike county woman has died after being hit by a car near Lake Wallenpaupack on August 11. According to Pennsylvania State Police, 56-year-old Diane Bernstel was struck as she was walking across Route 6 near Hawley.  Read more