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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.

Bishop departs with county’s thanks

“I didn’t know I was that good,” Jack Bishop joked in recalling his learning that he was to be honored by the Wayne County Commissioners.  Read more

No parking tickets, please; Also, Smallwood golf course project moves forward

TOWN OF BETHEL, NY — It is a problem that many communities would welcome. Since the opening of Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, the rebirth of Kauneonga Lake has been so successful that parking issues now surface on summer nights because of all the cars.  Read more

Senator remembers Governor Scranton

HARRISBURG, PA — Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa released the following statement concerning the death of former Pennsylvania Governor William Scranton, who died on July 28.  Read more

Fishkill investigated in Lake Ariel

The PA Fish and Boat Commission is looking into a fishkill in Lake Ariel that involved an estimated 9,000 minnows and about 1,000 other types of fish, including some game fish.  Read more

Assembly holds hearing on GMO labeling

ALBANY, NY — The New York State Assembly held a public hearing to discuss the use of biotechnology in foods and its effects on consumers on July 30. Specifically, the committee considered the prospect of labeling foods that contain genetically modified organisms (GMO).  Read more

Hit and run in Callicoon

Judy Feldman, a Long Eddy resident and former reporter for Money Magazine, was seriously injured on July 29, when she was struck by a vehicle that then fled the area. Feldman was crossing Bridge Street at the time.  Read more

Funding increased for PA’s DNA law

HARRISBURG, PA — The state budget has been increased $1.5 million to support the state’s forensic laboratories. This will help the Pennsylvania State Police continue to reduce the backlog of DNA samples to be tested, as the General Assembly moves forward on legislation to strengthen and modernize Pennsylvania’s DNA law.  Read more

Christmas tree meeting Monticello

The 60th anniversary of the Christmas Tree Farmers Association of New York (CTFANY) summer meeting was held in Sullivan County on July 19, with over 200 people attending.  Read more

Who is in charge in an emergency?

After a lively discussion, the Lumberland Town Board on July 24 decided to table its anticipated approval of the town’s emergency plan.  Read more

Reprieve for state health centers; Twenty-six scheduled for closure, including Pike

PENNSYLVANIA — The mission of 60 PA Department of Health (DOH) state health centers is to prevent possible epidemics by offering services to deal with such illnesses as tuberculosis and HIV. The centers also provide services to residents who are ill and have no health insurance.  Read more

Sullivan surrounded by invasive insects; Gillibrand seeks funding

TOWN OF BETHEL, NY — Emerald ash borers, those invasive bugs from Asia that are devouring millions of ash trees in the Northeast and Midwest in the United States, have now been discovered in locations in Orange, Ulster and Delaware counties, and it’s only a matter of time before they turn up in Sullivan.  Read more

PA Supreme Court Issues ruling regarding one element of Act 13 litigation

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a ruling today on one of the outstanding issues in the litigation over Act 13. Act 13 deprived municipalities of their ability to zone oil and gas operations as all other land uses are zoned. In July 2012, the Commonwealth Court declared this part of Act 13 unconstitutional. The case is currently on appeal before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.  Read more

Building fences

Visitors to the popular river spot, Skinners Falls, will notice a change this summer. Surrounding the field near the parking lot is now a fence, and there is now a $1 fee to get inside. The field, which one can walk through to get to the path that leads to the rocks down by the falls, is private property owned by Rick and Lisa Lander of Landers River Trips.  Read more

Damascus eyes grant money

“It’s an opportunity that almost never comes around. I can’t remember the last time it happened.” Addressing all present at the July 15 Damascus Township Board of Supervisors meeting, chairman Jeffrey Dexter was referring to Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development grant monies available for use at the discretion of the township. Dexter asked the board members present, “If we were to go forward with a grant application, how would we spend the money?” The immediate consensus was that it would be designated for long-needed road rebuilding.  Read more

Trayvon Martin decision protested in Monticello

About 40 people turned out to the lawn in front of the courthouse in Monticello on July 20 to join the hundreds of groups in cities across the country who were protesting the decision in the Trayvon Martin shooting death.  Read more

Wayne public alerts texted to your home

The Wayne County Commissioners on July 18 authorized a new public alert system to go live.  Read more

College update from the president: A solar field, a new program, international students

The relatively new president of Sullivan County Community College, Dr. Karin Hilgersom, gave a presentation to county legislators on July 11 about the budget for next year and other developments at the facility.  Read more

Cool trout during heat wave; Releases from the reservoir

UPPER DELAWARE VALLEY — Trout-fishing enthusiasts have long had a goal of keeping water temperatures in a stretch of the Upper Delaware River cool enough during heat waves to protect the health of the trout and ensure the survival of the cold-water fishery.  Read more

Railroad cars damaged

On July 23, The Honesdale Lackawaxen Shipping Association reported to the Honesdale Borough Police that a railroad car sustained damage sometime within the past few weeks. Upon inspection it appeared as though one or more unknown actors attempted to forcibly open two of the rail car doors causing minor damage. Anyone with information is urged to contact the police department at 570/253-1900.

Brooklyn man drowns in Delaware River Scenic Byway visitors center

BUSHKILL, PA — Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Superintendent John J. Donahue announced that a 51-year-old Brooklyn man drowned in the Delaware River on July 20 near Kittatinny Point on the New Jersey side of the park. This is the second drowning in the Delaware River within the recreation area in 12 days.  Read more