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Panther Rock Creek and the Callicoon Creek, which converge in Youngsville, have flooded numerous times over the past decade, and now the state is moving to address the issue at Panther Rock.
At a public hearing on November 12, a representative from the NY State Department of Transportation (DOT) said the creek floods so often because the space below the bridge over the creek is too small. Root balls and trees get stuck in the opening and the water backs up and floods the surrounding buildings.

Rouis calls for change of government; opposition calls for separate legal representation

At a news conference at the government center on January 3, Legislator Jonathan Rouis, the former chairman of the legislature, called for the establishment of a charter revision committee to study the notion of changing the county government to one that would have a county executive as is the case in Orange and Ulster counties.
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Judge Schick sworn in; From legal aid to the bench

The swearing in of Judge Stephen Schick offered a look back at 30 years of jurisprudence in Sullivan County. Schick, who had served as executive director of Sullivan County Legal Aid and as a legal aid attorney, was sworn into office on December 29, at the county court house in Monticello. He is now New York State Supreme Court Justice for the Third Judicial District, which serves Sullivan County, as well as Ulster, Green, Albany, Schoharie, Rensselaer and Columbia counties.  Read more

Concord project on track again; Cappelli out, EPR Properties in

The project to turn the former Concord Hotel site into a destination resort seems to be moving forward again. A company called EPR Properties (EPR), formerly Entertainment Properties Trust, is in the driver’s seat, and developer Louis Cappelli, who was formerly driving the project, is now on the sidelines.  Read more

Shohola to hold public hearing; Tax abatement law considered

Shohola Township supervisors have approved advertising a public hearing for a proposed local tax abatement law.

“The law could give Shohola a fighting chance to compete for businesses that are seeking to locate in the Tri-State area, and specifically in Shohola, by giving such companies a tax break,” said Michael Sullivan, director of the Pike County Economic Development Authority (EDA).

The hearing will be held at the beginning of the township council meeting on February 14 at 7:30 p.m.  Read more

Pennsylvania launches PennWATCH

HARRISBURG, PA — Pennsylvania has launched the website PennWATCH, which officials say is “your window into Pennsylvania state government.” The site allows visitors in-depth information about the state budget and revenues, how that money is being spent and the results that the tax dollars are achieving.

Governor Tom Corbett signed the Pennsylvania Web Accountability and Transparency Act into law on June 30, 2011, providing for the establishment of a “searchable budget database-driven Internet website detailing certain information concerning taxpayer expenditures and investments.”  Read more

Sullivan Renaissance Annual Conference & Expo

Sullivan Renaissance will hold its “Annual Conference, Local Market & Expo” on Saturday, March 9 at the CVI Center in Ferndale.

The keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Peter Tarlow, an international consultant on the positive effects of community beautification, who has been assisting Sullivan Renaissance for the past two years. Dr. Tarlow will also present a workshop focused on youth leadership.  Read more

Honesdale business owner charged with illegally burning and burying waste

State officials have filed criminal charges against a Wayne County man accused of illegally burning and burying waste in Wayne County. Attorney General Linda Kelly identified the defendant as Joseph Bunnell, 50. Bunnell is the owner of Bunnell Waste Removal Inc., 267 Tryon St., Honesdale.

According to the complaint, from January 2009 through February 2012, Bunnell allegedly obtained thousands of dollars from customers by misrepresenting that their waste was being disposed of properly at a landfill.  Read more

Deal reached for Delaware Valley School; Proposed sale for $1.16 million

An agreement has been reached by the Sullivan West School Board to sell the shuttered Delaware Valley School building and campus to Emily Wu for $1.16 million. The board voted five to two to go ahead with the deal at a meeting two weeks ago.

Wu was first mentioned as a buyer back in September in a presentation by Nora Manzolillo, who said that Wu owned a private school in Queens and had made a verbal offer to buy the facility for $950,000. Wu’s plans also included purchase of additional acreage adjacent to the school because she intended to build a dormitory on it.  Read more

Washington extends 2008 Farm Bill

WASHINGTON, DC — Leaders in the Senate and House Agriculture committees on the last day of 2012 announced that they had reached a deal to extend the 2008 Farm Bill for a year. The agreement had not yet been voted by the full House and Senate, but they were expected to pass it.

Failure to pass it would mean that the formula used to price milk would revert to one that is decades old, and milk prices would skyrocket in the region and across the country.  Read more

Catskill Regional receives NICHE designation

Catskill Regional Medical Center (CRMC) announced it has received designation as a Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) site. According to a CRMC press release, NICHE is the only national designation that indicates a hospital’s dedication to elder care excellence.  Read more

Monticello man arrested

Monticello police arrested Anthony Garrett, 26, of Monticello on December 27. Garrett was charged with felony scheme to defraud in the first degree. Garrett was arrested at 9:45 p.m. on Broadway after police received a complaint that Garrett was soliciting for donations for the IBAM boxing club. Garrett had no affiliation with the boxing club. A person who was affiliated with the club saw what Garrett was doing and alerted Monticello police. When arrested, Garrett had a clipboard with IBAM flyers and a sheet of paper with the names of 13 people listing them as donating funds.  Read more

Vehicles stolen from Marshall Machinery

Pennsylvania State Police at Honesdale say six vehicles were stolen from Marshall Machinery located on Bethel School Road in Berlin Township. According to a press release from the police, “the vehicles and equipment were loaded onto a truck before the thieves departed the scene on December 27 or early December 28.

Police ask anyone who might have information about the incident to contact them at 570/253-7126.

Thieves hit Narrowsburg church

A thief or perhaps more than one broke into St. Francis Xavier Church and stole an undetermined amount of cash and unopened envelopes containing checks.

The back door of the church’s rectory had been kicked in while Father Bill Scully was performing the 8 p.m. Mass on Christmas Eve.

Along with money collected from a Mass earlier in the day, the intruder stole several hundred dollars in coins, several watches and a lamp.

As of December 31, 2012, Skully said that carpenters were at the church repairing the damage.  Read more

Groups opposed to new DV school turn to Internet; Milford Mayor creates Facebook page

A Facebook page was created by Milford Mayor Robert Fean to allow the public to become informed of the potential dangers at the site of the newly proposed Delaware Valley Elementary School if a gas pipeline were to be constructed near the site. The page is called Public Against School Site (PASS). Anyone can subscribe to it.  Read more

Fracking film gets mixed reviews; Multiple spoiler alerts for ‘Promised Land’

The broad outlines of the film “Promised Land” could have been found in numerous towns in the region in recent times. A landman, in the person of Steve Butler (played by Matt Damon), turns up in a struggling Pennsylvania farm town trying to convince local landowners to sign gas leases.

That might have been an easy task were it not for an outsider environmentalist named Dustin Noble, played by John Krasinski, who turns up to work against Butler’s goal, not to mention the efforts of a local teacher Frank Yates, played by Hal Holbrook.  Read more

Stephan Schick sworn in as judge

At a gathering of members of the Sullivan County legal profession, along with politicians, business people and assorted movers and shakers, Stephan Schick, who served as the executive director of Sullivan County Legal Aid and was a legals aid attorney for nearly 30 years, was sworn in as a New York State Supreme Court Justice for the Third Judicial District, which serves Sullivan County as well as Ulster, Green, Albany, Schoharie, Rensselaer and Columbia.  Read more

Winter storm warning, Sullivan County offices on normal business hours

Monticello, NY:

Sullivan County Manager David Fanslau issued the following statement: "All County Government Offices in Sullivan County will open today for normal business hours. The Commissioner of Public Safety and the Deputy Commissioner of Public Works have reported that all County roads have been treated, and that DPW is presently heading out with another round of salt.

Residents, visitors, and employees are urged to drive with caution, allowing extra travel time to arrive safely at their destination."  Read more

Minisink residents file petition

TOWN OF MINISINK, NY — On December 19, Carolyn Elefant, the lawyer representing Minisink residents, filed a joint petition for review with the DC Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals. The community intends to challenge the orders made by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) earlier this month to deny residents’ rehearing request, and to approve Millennium Pipeline’s compressor station proposal as the final order on Minisink’s docket. The commission ruled in an unprecedented 3-2 split.  Read more

PA to consolidate child care services

MILFORD, PA — Jill Gamboni, director of the Pike County Child Care Information Services (CCSI), announced to the Pike County Commissioners that the state is going to consolidate the delivery of child care services for families who need assistance in paying for child care.  Read more

CASA faces sharp budget cuts

ALBANY, NY — Sullivan County’s Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program faces the possibility of losing $18,000 in funding beginning in April. This is because New York State’s Unified Court System, in its proposed budget for the next fiscal year budget, has dropped funding for CASA programs statewide, a cut of about $800,000.  Read more