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According to a source who has been reliable in the past, and is familiar with proposed sale of the Narrowsburg School, the deal fell through at the closing table either on September 12 or the previous day.

The source said the attorneys were at the closing table and Joan Buto, the person who wanted to buy the school and turn it into a drug and alcohol rehab facility, appeared at the closing and raised the price of the school from $751,000 to $1.5 million, doubling the asking price.

Road update for Wayne & Pike counties

PIKE COUNTY
I-84 East Rest Area - Site 61, Promised Land, Pike County, closed until further notice

I-84 West Rest Area - Site 62, Promised Land, Pike County, closed until further notice

SR 402 is closed in both directions between Thunder Swamp Road and Silver Lake Road in Porter due to downed trees.

SR 409 is closed in both directions between Pine Flats Road and Silver Lake Road in Porter due to a downed tree.

SR 434 is closed in both directions between Shohola Falls Road and McKean Valley Road in Shohola for a downed pole and utilities.  Read more

Sullivan County roads update

Emergency Operations Center, Bethel, NY - Sullivan County David Fanslau issued the following statement: "The following County Roads remain closed: CR 31 in Glen Spey; CR 44 in Sackett Lake; CR 173 in Monticello and Bridgeville; CR 162 in Yankee Lake; CR 94 in Mileses/Hankins; and CR 95 in Obernburg. CR 56 is now closed due to wires down near the Mamakating Transfer Station.  Read more

Sullivan roads, warming stations, dry ice

Emergency Operations Center, Bethel, NY - Sullivan County Manager David Fanslau issued the following statement: "A limited State of Emergency remains in effect through 12:01 AM Saturday to permit County officials to continue to coordinate efforts with the Public Works crews and utilities crews to open County and Town Roads. We had a conference call with County and Town Highway officials at 7:30 AM this morning, and a call is scheduled for this afternoon for County and Town officials.  Read more

Monticello Village offices closed through November 5

An electrical malfunction on October 31st at about mid-day caused the closure of Monticello Village administrative offices, a direct consequence of damage inflicted by Hurricane Sandy.

Police, Code Enforcement, Public Works, and Water and Sewer Departments all remain open and are intently focused on storm cleanup, according to Mayor Gordon Jenkins.

All offices are expected to open on Monday, November 5th.

Pike County Light & Power is providing dry ice

Pike County Light & Power is providing dry ice to their customers at 105 Schneider Lane off of Rt 6 & 209 near Luhrs Ace Hardware at 7:00 PM.

Matamoras is holding Halloween from 4 PM to 8 PM.

Milford has cancelled Halloween this evening due to the hurricane emergency.

Sullivan manager requests assesment team from state; 34,000 locations without power

Sullivan County Manager David Fanslau issued the following statement: "I have sent a letter to New York State officials requesting that a team of State Emergency management officials be sent to Sullivan County to assess damage from Hurricane Sandy. A preliminary damage assessment has indicated that there is a need for both individual and public assistance as a result of Hurricane Sandy. I have requested that Governor Cuomo include Sullivan County in any disaster declaration that is made in New York State associated with impacts and damage from Hurricane Sandy.  Read more

Sullivan manager requests assesment team from state; 34,000 locations without power

Sullivan County Manager David Fanslau issued the following statement: "I have sent a letter to New York State officials requesting that a team of State Emergency management officials be sent to Sullivan County to assess damage from Hurricane Sandy. A preliminary damage assessment has indicated that there is a need for both individual and public assistance as a result of Hurricane Sandy. I have requested that Governor Cuomo include Sullivan County in any disaster declaration that is made in New York State associated with impacts and damage from Hurricane Sandy.  Read more

Monticello trick or treat

The village of Monticello is advising parents to keep their children home today and do not go out trick or treating. Sullivan county remains under a state of emergency. There are numerous power lines down, poor lighting conditions due to power outages and dangerous tree limbs. The current conditions are unsafe and the threat to the safety of children and will only increase during the evening hours.

DISASTER RELIEF for Small Businesses

Both the federal and state governments have made disaster declarations with respect to the effects of Hurricane Sandy in the State of New York. Beginning on October 28, 2012, federal aid may be made available to New York to supplement state and local recovery assistance in the areas affected by Sandy. Official notification and specific details are pending at this moment.  Read more

Honesdale woman found dead in car in pond

Divers found the body of Jessica Daniels, 31, of Honesdale in her car in a pond along State Road 296. According to the Pennsylvania Highway Patrol, sometime early in the morning of Sunday, October 28, Daniels drove her 2009 Honda Civic along South Smith Road through a stop sign. She travelled through the intersection, up an embankment and into the pond.

Her body was discovered by divers at about 9:30 a.m. on Sunday morning, and the Wayne County coroner pronounced her dead at the scene.  Read more

Robert Redford fracking ads hit the airwaves

Academy Award winning director and actor Robert Redford hopes that more people will turn more of their attention to one of the most contentious environmental issues of our time – hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Fracking is the process of injecting millions of gallons of chemically laced fluids into underground rock formations to release natural gas or oil. This summer he taped a series of ads on the issue.  Read more

Gibson’s lead over Schreibman cut

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 19, NY — Republican Representative Chris Gibson’s large 16-point lead in September, 52% to 36%, has now become a narrow five-point lead, 48% to 43%, over Democratic challenger, Julian Schreibman, according to a new Siena College Research Institute poll of likely voters released on October  Read more

Monticello man arrested on rape charge

A Monticello man has been arrested on rape charges. Michael Burnett, 31, was arrested on October 26 after the alleged victim alerted police about the incident. According to a press release, the victim had recently become acquainted with Burnett, and asked him for a ride to residence on Liberty Street. Burnett allegedly drove into a parking lot where he choked the victim before allegedly assaulting her.  Read more

Sierra Club sues NPS approval over powerline 10 organizations throw case into court

PENNSYLVANIA & NEW JERSEY — The New Jersey Sierra Club joined several local environmental and citizen groups and filed a challenge in federal court of the National Park Service’s (NPS) approval of the Susquehanna-Roseland Transmission line.
The two companies that are constructing the line are PPL Corporation (PPL) in Pennsylvania and Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSEG) in New Jersey.  Read more

It’s the weather … It’s the climate

REGION — Scientists have been predicting for years that as our world heats up, we can expect more intense weather phenomena more frequently. So can we blame climate change for Hurricane Sandy?  Read more

Gunther versus Linton in Sullivan

ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 100, NY — Go to Gary Linton’s website and click on the “About Gary” link, and the first sentence to appear is, “Born and raised as a registered Republican in Warwick, New York, I graduated from Orange County Community College with an AAS Degree in Social Science.”  Read more

Help for a helper: weathering Hurricane Sandy with the support of friends, family and strangers

When she’s not providing care for the three rescued poodles who live with Jennifer Maurizzio and her husband, Joe, one can often track Jennifer down at the Narrowsburg Ecumenical Food Pantry where she helps others in her role as president. But following Hurricane Sandy’s visit to the region, the couple found themselves receiving help after a massive white pine tree nearly cleaved their home in half.  Read more

Hurricane Sandy slices through the region

REGION — The remnants of Hurricane Sandy blew through the Upper Delaware Valley on October 29 and 30, snapping trees, downing power lines and wreaking havoc with winds that gusted over 60 miles per hour. By the morning of October 30 in Sullivan County, NY, 24,300 NYSEG customers were without power. In Wayne County, PA, PPL reported that 20,078 were out, and in Pike County, PA, the number was 13,705.  Read more

Mort Malkin walks his talk

UPPER DELAWARE REGION — With the general election looming, Milanville, PA resident Mort Malkin has taken to the streets to draw attention to the fact that voters have more than two candidates to choose from when casting their vote for the nation’s next president on November 6.  Read more

Minisink compressor fight continues; earth-moving machines in action

TOWN OF MINISINK, NY — Neighborhood children lined up in front of a prosperous-looking home on a street with acres of manicured lawn and echoed the chants of their parents. “Who are we?” the young girl shouted. “Minisink,” her friends responded. “What do we want?” “Justice.”  Read more