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ELDRED, NY — Forty-five years ago this month, Woodstock descended on Max Yasgur’s farm in Bethel and Sullivan County has never been quite the same since.

Rabid fox in Barryville no longer public threat

BARRYVILLE, NY — A rabid fox that attacked two people in the Town of Highland last weekend has been dispatched and tested positive for the rabies virus, according to animal control officer Fawn Schneider.

The encounters occurred in Barryville and are believed to be isolated incidents. One individual was able to fend off the fox. The other is being treated after receiving scratch or bite wounds.

Anyone observing unusual behavior in rabies vector species such as foxes, skunks, racoons, groundhogs, coyotes or bats should contact Schneider at 845/866-4137.

Grants available for value-added ag projects

WASHINGTON, DC — Grants are available from the USDA to allow agricultural producers to add value to their products, expanding their markets and customer base, with the Value Added Producer Grant program (VAPG). Applicants have until October 15 to apply.  Read more

Damascus gets extension

The chairman of the Damascus town supervisors, Jeff Dexter, has expressed concern that the township needed more time to revise it storm water management plan. Recently, it was given such an extension, as were other townships with the same problem.  Read more

Dairy petition seeks hearing on milk price relief

REGION — The Progressive Agricultural Association of Meshoppen, PA is circulating a petition .requesting a national federal milk order pricing hearing for dairy farmers, who are under record pressure from rising costs. It has been prepared by Pete Hardin, editor of the Milkweed.  Read more

Wayne County extends voter registration hours; new program announced for photo ID

The county commissioners on the Board of Elections approved a suggestion from Cindy Furman, Director of the Wayne County Department of Elections, to extend the hours of registration for the week of October 1 to October 6 in preparation for the presidential elections on November 6. The 4:30 p.m. closing will be extended to 5:30 p.m. and the office will be open on Saturday, October 6 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.  Read more

St. Baldrick’s Foundation Human Line of Hope

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and Eldred resident Lou Monteleone wants to make sure Sullivan County knows it. Monteleone’s awareness began in 2007 when he participated in a St. Baldrick’s (www.stbaldricks.org) signature head shaving event in Jeffersonville. “It changed my life,” Monteleone said, “and I became instantly involved.”  Read more

Sullivan County primary races

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — There are four primary races that are scheduled for voting on September 13. One of the most interesting is between Kathy Michell, the long-serving Tusten Town Clerk, and businessman Ned Lang. The two are vying to run on the Republican ticket for a chance to fill the vacancy that was created on the town board when Carol Wingert was elected supervisor.  Read more

Honesdale EMS out of business

Wayne Ambulance, owned by Lackawanna Ambulance Company, which is new to Honesdale Borough, will take over Honesdale EMS with all its equipment, and hire most of its employees.  Read more

Community: the heart of health

A renowned pioneer of the holistic health movement, and author of such classics as “Radical Healing” and “Diet and Nutrition,” returned to Honesdale on August 30 to share a hopeful and helpful message centered around the importance of community.  Read more

Building supply truck overturns

Two tow trucks strained to right a building supply tractor trailer that overturned when the driver failed to negotiate the turn onto Route 112 toward Lake Huntington. The truck was from Mariotti Building Products in Old Forge, PA. The Lake Huntington Fire Department and the New York State Police got the call at about 7:30 a.m. on the morning of September 4. The driver, who was not immediately indentified, suffered minor injuries and was taken to Catskill Regional Medical Center’s Grover M. Hermann Hospital Division  Read more

Groundwater study underway in Upper Delaware

UPPER DELAWARE RIVER — An effort to better understand the magnitude and significance of groundwater discharge (GWD) to the hydrology and ecology of the upper reaches of the Delaware River is underway.  Read more

Progress on the Whitewater Park; river bottom being studied

Three years ago, when Port Jervis officials were looking for a way to revitalize the waterfront in the city, Adam Hubbard, a kayaking enthusiast, also known as a paddler, suggested that the city follow the lead of Boulder, CO and construct a whitewater park in the river. City officials investigated the idea, and quickly adopted it as a goal. Hubbard became chairman of the Port Jervis Whitewater Committee, and the project is moving forward.  Read more

Man sentenced in Jeff Bank robbery

John Armbruster, 52, of Monticello, has been sentenced in Sullivan County Court to one and two-thirds to five years in state prison for the daytime robbery of the Eldred branch of the First National Bank of Jeffersonville.  Read more

Newfield to plug Wayne test wells

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — Newfield Exploration Co. is plugging its test wells in Damascus and Manchester townships. According to the company, the move is being made to satisfy regulations, and has no implications for the ultimate viability of the wells.  Read more

Another step for the Apollo site

There has been another step forward in the on-again, off-again progress of the redevelopment of the Apollo Mall site. The Monticello Village board has voted to agree to annex a piece of land adjacent to the mall site, a strip along Rose Valley Road, into the village. The property is important to the plans of Butch Resnick, the Rock Hill developer chosen to handle the project, and the move will make it easier for him to handle the needed paperwork, as he will be able to deal just with the Village of Monticello, rather than the village and the Town of Thompson.  Read more

Sommers, Fedun get partnership awards

The Sullivan County Partnership for Economic Development has named Josh Sommers, president and CEO of Focus Media, Inc., as the 2012 recipient of the Walter A. Rhulen Award. The Partnership also recognized Darlene Fedun, CEO, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, as Distinguished Service Award winner.
Both Sommers and Fedun will be honored at the Partnership’s annual meeting on October 4 at The Sullivan in Rock Hill.  Read more

Sinkhole at the high school; no interest in mothballed buildings

It’s usually not a good sign when Noel van Swol says, “I almost feel like saying, ‘I told you so.’” And that’s what the board member said at a meeting of the Sullivan West Central School District at the high school on August 23.

Speaking as the chairman of the Facilities Needs Committee, van Swol informed his colleagues that a sinkhole had been discovered at the high school, and the estimated cost to repair it was $3,000 to $8,000.  Read more

Greeley Fire Department to quit association

Volunteer firefighter and supervisor Brian Stuart wasn’t trained in fire school to fight this type of fire. Sparks flew at the August 20 Lackawaxen Township meeting between one of the Lackawaxen Fire Commission departments, Greeley, and representatives from the fire commission, whose mission is to pool resources from the four fire departments in the township.  Read more

Earley sues Wayne Independent; O’Day says Earley did nothing wrong

Wayne Earley, the former zoning officer of the Borough of Honesdale, has filed a lawsuit against The Wayne Independent (TWI) newspaper for defamation of character and other matters.  Read more

Resurrected mansion to focus on health stays; sewer extension considered for 17B establishment

The rebuilding of the White Lake Mansion on Route 17B has been in the planning phase for at least three years. It has now progressed to the point where the town board is considering an extension of the Kauneonga Lake Sewer District to accommodate the project.  Read more