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RIVER VALLEY — As many people know by now, founding father Ben Franklin thought more highly of the American Turkey than the American Bald Eagle and wrote as much in a letter home from France in 1784.

Complacency and status quo in Cochecton

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — Any number of factors could reasonably explain the lack of attendance at the Cochecton town board’s January 2 reorganization meeting, including bitingly cold weather and holiday week scheduling, but it was probably driven primarily by voter complacency.  Read more

Commissioners look back at Wayne’s 2014

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Commissioners looked back on 2014 at the last meeting of the year, on December 30. Commissioners’ Chair Brian Smith went through a list of accomplishments and challenges. He ticked off a list.  Read more

Veterans group gets van

LIBERTY, NY — For some veterans, getting around in Sullivan County is a problem. The Veterans’ Administration provides transportation from two pick-up points in Sullivan County but it’s difficult for some vets to get to those locations.

Thanks to students at BOCES the vets have a new van, which will be used to help get them to move around the county. The van was an out-of-service 2000 Ford E350 ambulette donated by Albee Bockman, owner of MobileMedic EMS, to the Sullivan County Veterans Coalition.  Read more

Lumberland tax claim settled

GLEN SPEY, NY — The numbers were on hand and a tax-appeal settlement, tabled earlier in December, was finalized at the Lumberland Town Board’s end-of-year meeting on December 29.  Read more

Gibson will not run in 2016

NY 19TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT — Congressman Chris Gibson, who in November soundly defeated Democratic opponent Sean Eldridge, released a statement on January 6 saying he would not seek another term in office after the current one, which expires at the end of 2016.  Read more

Monticello man arrested for assault

MONTICELLO, NY — The Monticello police arrested Antonio Corchado, age 22, of Monticello on December 27. Earlier in the day, Monticello police responded to a 911 report of a victim of a stabbing at a residence located at the Fairground Estates on Harmony Lane in the Village of Monticello. When officers arrived, they found that a 24-year-old Monticello man had been stabbed in his left shoulder and also had sustained several lacerations. The victim was subsequently transported to Catskill Regional Medical Center by Mobile Medic Ambulance for medical treatment.  Read more

Trial for 10-year-old moved

DAMASCUS, PA — The trial of 10-year-old Tristen Kurilla has been moved from adult court to juvenile court in a ruling made on January 5.

Kurilla is charged with killing 90-year-old Helen Novak by pressing a cane to her throat and punching her in the throat. Kurilla’s mother and his court-appointed attorney had sought to have the trial moved to juvenile court, and a psychologist testified that Kurilla could benefit from the move, and that it might help with rehabilitation.  Read more

Man charged with fundraising fraud

MONTICELLO, NY — A Monticello man has been arrested for collecting money on behalf of a local not-for-profit organization that he is not affiliated with. Elgin A. Young, 46, was charged on December 24 after he solicited money for The Creative Dream Tank, a local program that serves “at risk” youth in Sullivan County.  Read more

Frein to go to trial

MILFORD, PA — A judge declared that there is enough evidence for accused cop-killer Eric Frein to stand trial. The decision came after prosecutors played a video of the ambush-style slaying of Corporal Bryon Dickson and the serious wounding of Trooper Alex Douglas. The two officers were seen collapsing to the ground at separate locations after being hit by bullets.  Read more

Duo arrested for Christmas burglary

LIBERTY, NY — Daniel Doty, 26, and Kaitlin Doty, 24, both of Liberty, were arrested for allegedly breaking into a house on Christmas Day and stealing several items including an AR-15 rifle.  Read more

Bonacic points out new laws for 2015

ALBANY, NY — With the new year, a number of new laws take effect in New York State. State Sen. John Bonacic has highlighted a few of them in a release to constituents.  Read more

Dollar General expands in region; One planned for Eldred sparks opposition

REGION — Dollar General currently operates discount stores in Fallsburg, Liberty, Wurtsboro and White Lake in New York; and Honesdale, PA. The company has plans to open four more in our area: in Jeffersonville, Eldred, Beach Lake, PA, and a project for Hawley, PA, that has been put on hold due to issues about truck traffic into the proposed site.  Read more

Queens couple arrested in credit card scam

MONTICELLO, NY — Monticello police arrested a couple from Queens after they tried to get a cash advance at an ATM machine with a fraudulent credit card at Monticello Casino and Raceway.  Read more

Wayne getting and borrowing money

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Commissioners on December 23 got word on the interest rates for this year’s tax anticipation note, and they said the word was very good.  Read more

2014 Milestones: A look back at the top stories from this past year


After voters statewide approved casino gambling in New York State in 2013, numerous applicants this year sought licenses to operate gaming facilities, presenting their proposals to the selection committee. On December 17, 2014, the Gaming Facility Location Board announced its decision: one casino for Sullivan, in the Town of Thompson, and none in Orange—a relief to those who had argued that a casino in Orange would have made one in Sullivan irrelevant.

Casinos by the Numbers

16 applications submitted

4 or fewer to be awarded  Read more

Sports machine king downsizing

TEXAS TOWNSHIP, PA — The sprawling sports machine palace at the corner of Route 6 and Route 652 in Texas Township is up for sale. Rusty Palmer, the colorful owner of the property, told media outlets he is looking to downsize, but he says he is still in business and selling lots of sports equipment.

Palmer built the vast facility, which is more than 100,000 square feet, after a 2005 fire totally destroyed the original building that housed his business.  Read more

Pension fund debt worries continue

DINGMAN, PA — If you want to get Delaware Valley School District (DV) board member Jack Fisher’s attention, just mention Public School Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS) and then stand back.  Read more

Public hearing for Highland Dollar General

ELDRED, NY — A public hearing will be held on January 8 at 7 p.m. for variances so that a Dollar General Store can be built in Eldred. In order for the plan to go forward, the Town of Highland Zoning Board of Appeals must grant two variances. A Facebook page had been established in opposition to the plan at www.facebook.com/saynotodollargeneral, which says the store will have negative impacts on the community.

Pike man fails to register for SORNA

MILFORD, PA — A Pike County man, Jeremy Daniel Rose, 38, was sentenced by Pike County for failing to register his address under Pennsylvania’s Sexual Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA). Rose, with a last known address of Bushkill, was sentenced to five to 10 years in a state correctional facility.  Read more

Driver killed in Cherry Ridge Township

CHERRY RIDGE TWP., PA — Vanessa Van Gorder, 24, of Paupack was killed on Christmas Day at 11 p.m. when she lost control of the vehicle she was driving and her car left the road. According to details provided by Pennsylvania State Police, after the car left the road, it struck a ditch and rolled over several times. Van Gorder was ejected from the driver’s side window.

There were no other injuries in the incident and the investigation is continuing.