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SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Now that the New York State Gaming Commission (SGC) has sent out requests for applications (RFA) for one of the four casino licenses that will be available this year, local officials have begun to adopt positions on which projects they support.

Earley wins unemployment compensation; borough loses appeal

Wayne Earley, Honesdale Borough’s former zoning officer who was fired by the borough council on March 12, applied for unemployment compensation and got it. The borough council did not support his application and appealed the decision.  Read more

Charges against Walls withdrawn; Nelia resigns as supervisor; Wall's statement

All of the charges against Donald and Nelia Wall have been withdrawn. The outcome came following a year and a half grand jury investigation of charges brought by Shohola resident/attorney Mark Hamill and other residents of Shohola Township.

In a statement issued by the Walls, they said the agreement reached with Pike County District Attorney Raymond Tonkin was not a plea bargain, and they did not admit to any wrongdoing. Part of the agreement called for the couple to pay $7,500 to Shohola Township as “restitution,” and that Nelia resign from her position as township supervisor.  Read more

Tyner and Schreibman vie for Hinchey’s seat; both claim they follow his progressive lead

NINETEENTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, NY — In the race for endorsements, Julian Schreibman, a former federal prosecutor, has picked up far more Democratic committees than rival Joel Tyner, a five-time Dutchess County legislator. But Tyner thinks his hard-line stand on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, will help him win the day.  Read more

Zombies, wounds and horror movies;Kelly Smith makes magic out of makeup

Zombies recently invaded Eldred Central High School (ECS), not long after a gory car crash and its lacerated victims were treated by emergency personnel in the school parking lot. The zombies never made the news, and the prom crash won’t appear in any police reports. That’s because both were staged events, with ultra-realistic special effects executed by a gifted ECS high school senior who appears to have found her calling.  Read more

Local Law 3 nears completion in Highland

In ongoing efforts to receive feedback from all concerned parties, the Town of Highland Town Board has scheduled two more opportunities to have questions answered and to offer public comment on proposed Local Law 3, which would ban high-impact industrial activity such as that associated with natural gas drilling, and recent revisions made to the draft.  Read more

Local Law 3 nears completion in Highland

In ongoing efforts to receive feedback from all concerned parties, the Town of Highland Town Board has scheduled two more opportunities to have questions answered and to offer public comment on proposed Local Law 3, which would ban high-impact industrial activity such as that associated with natural gas drilling, and recent revisions made to the draft.  Read more

A tip of the hat

Colorful headwear was the order of the day at a fundraiser at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) in Youngsville on June 17. The winners of the hat contest were Ramona Jan, left, Siena Klaber, Morgan Hamilton and Lucy Jan-Turan.  Read more

Good flower news, and bad

The good news is that the community was very generous and the large ceramic planters that had been stolen, with plants and all, from Veterans’ Park on May 20 have been replaced.  Read more

Community reserve may not be pierced; court sides with Beechwood over developer

Judge Mark Meddaugh was straightforward in his decision. He wrote, “The Boymelgreens are completely mistaken when they assert that they have an express easement to cross over Beechwood’s lands. The Boymelgreens have failed to present either express language or circumstances supporting their claims to unfettered access to and through Beechwood. The Boymelgreens are also mistaken in claiming that there is any ambiguity in the descriptions of the property and/or the rights of way that were transferred to them that would work in favor of their claims of greater access to Beechwood.”  Read more

Motion to renew in Middlefield case denied

WAMPSFIELD, NY -- The Supreme Court of the State of New York in the County of Otsego has denied a motion to renew by the plaintiff in the Middlefield home rule case, in which the town's zoning, banning natural gas drilling, is being challenged by Cooperstown Holstein Corporation. In its first ruling, the court affirmed the right of the town to zone drilling. The denial leaves that finding standing.

The motion to renew is separate from the appeal of the original ruling, and will not affect the progress of the appeal.  Read more

Lawmakers feel the squeeze; move to override tax cap

There are a couple of figures that sum up the reality facing Sullivan County lawmakers. One figure is $900,000; that’s the amount of tax revenue increase that will be generated by the Albany-mandated 2% property tax increase.  Read more

Veterans program correction

WAYNE COUNTY, PA - In the news brief "Veterans get discount program" in the June 7 paper, describing a program allowing veterans to obtain ID cards from the Veterans Affairs office to obtain discounts from participating merchants, the address of the office was incorrect. The correct address is 314 10th St., Honesdale, PA.

Is Monticello Wal-Mart the worst?

When it became known that the Wal-Mart located on Anawana Lake Road in Kiamesha Lake had, on June 8, failed its fifth inspection since September of 2011, Sullivan County Manager David Fanslau become involved and wrote a letter to an executive at Wal-Mart Realty Management, urging that someone with the appropriate authority immediately take action to remedy the situation.  Read more

Extension offers water testing

PENNSYLVANIA — Penn State Extension in Pike County is partnering with Prosser Labs, a state certified water testing lab, to provide a local pick-up/drop-off site for drinking water samples. You should test your water annually for coliform bacteria and every three years for pH and total dissolved solids. If you are concerned about potential pollutants, more extensive testing is warranted.  Read more

Attempted murder charged in Beach Lake stabbing

A Beach Lake woman has been charged with attempted murder of her estranged husband, and as of press time was awaiting a hearing on Wednesday.

Carolyn Verderber, 54, who previously resided for some years in Callicoon, NY, was sent to the Wayne County Jail without bail in connection with an incident with Joe Verderber, 47, on Thursday, June 7.  Read more

New environmental partnership formed

SULLIVAN AND DELAWARE COUNTIES, NY – Catskill Mountainkeeper and Delaware Highlands Conservancy have formed the Sullivan Delaware Environmental Partnership. It will mutually support the member organizations’ environmental goals and missions and present a cooperative front of conservation groups that has a bigger and more productive impact with local, state and federal legislative representatives than either can present individually.  Read more

Emergency alert coming to Wayne

An electronic emergency system soon will be available to Wayne County residents through a grant from the Homeland Security Administration.  Read more

Homeland security vehicles on hold

Sheriff Mike Schiff would like to be able to purchase three more all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) with a grant of $40,000 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). He needs the approval of the Sullivan County Legislature, but at a meeting on June 7, lawmakers put the matter on hold while they looked into whether or not there would be unforeseen expenses related to the acceptance of the grant.  Read more

Reaction to Hungry Hill compressor station; are other sites more suitable?

The 10.8-acre site on Hungry Hill Road, on which the Millennium Pipeline Company would like to build a compressor station, reportedly came into the company’s possession after the company caused serious damage to the home on the property.  Read more

Upper Delaware Council hires Ramie as executive director

The Upper Delaware Council, Inc. (UDC) promoted Laurie Ramie of Hortonville as executive director of the non-profit conservation organization, effective June 9.  Read more