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June 28, 2016
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TUSTEN, NY — This Delaware skipper, which was spotted during the 2014 Upper Delaware BioBlitz at Ten Mile River, is a rare find for Sullivan County. Skippers are known for their fast “skipping” flight.

Casino Notes

Sullivan County and the Town of Wawarsing in Ulster County are in a federally designated Rural Economic Area Partnership (REAP) zone, which helps projects in the zone to obtain grants or loans from the United States Department of Agriculture. The board of the REAP Zone held a news conference on June 11 to announce their support for the remaining three proposed casino projects in the zone.  Read more

Narrowsburg Central School: going, going... Sullivan West Board of Education considers bids from two buyers

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — There was standing room only in the high school library for area residents, many of them from Narrowsburg, who attended the June 12 meeting of the Sullivan West Central School District Board of Education. They were there to influence the board’s pending decision on sale of the Narrowsburg Central School building and grounds, which have been unused by the district for nine years. As of the meeting’s start, Tuesday, June 17, was the deadline for a sale decision.  Read more

Corbett opposes ‘job-killing’ EPA rule

HARRISBURG, PA — On June 2, the U.S. Department of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unveiled a proposed rule to limit emissions from coal-fired power plants, and within hours the campaign of Gov. Tom Corbett issued a press release characterizing the proposed rule as “job killing,” and tying his opponent, Tom Wolf, to the policy and to president Barack Obama.  Read more

Funding sought for Highland river access; State funding application deadline nears

MONTICELLO, NY — Since Gov. Andrew Cuomo took office in 2010, a large chunk of the grant money the state gives to businesses and municipalities is awarded through something called a Consolidated Funding Application (CFA). This year there is a six-week window between the release of information about the available grant programs and the application deadline, which is June 16.  Read more

Daniel W. Barnes appointed to Honesdale Borough Council

HONESDALE, PA — The first order of business at the June 9 Honesdale Borough Council meeting was the appointment of Daniel W. Barnes to fill the vacancy created by Carolyn Lorent’s May 12 resignation. The resolution appointing Barnes to a council seat passed 4-2, with President James Brennan, Juanita Pisano, Harry DeVrieze and Bob Jennings supporting his candidacy, Bill Canfield and Scott Smith opposing it.  Read more

New superintendent for the Upper Delaware

NARROWSBURG, NY — Kristina Heister, the newly appointed National Park Service (NPS) superintendent for the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River, was introduced at the June 5 meeting of the Upper Delaware Council (UDC).  Read more

Cookin’ up a state award

HONESDALE, PA — Members of the Wayne Dietary Department kitchen staff were recognized by the commissioners on June 5 after having won the 2014 Secretary’s Award from Pennsylvania Department of Aging Secretary Brian Duke.  Read more

Liberty teen arrested for stabbing

LIBERTY, NY — A 16-year-old girl who attends Liberty High School was arrested on June 6 for allegedly wielding a knife that wounded two of her fellow students.  Read more

Disagreement over tax breaks for Sullivan casino projects

MONTICELLO, NY — Would tax breaks help or hurt the chances of a casino or two coming to Sullivan County? That’s a question still being debated by members of the Sullivan County legislature.  Read more

Casino dream shaky for Sullivan

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Four projects had applied for a class-three gaming license in Sullivan County; now one of those establishments has backed out of the running completely and another is weighing its options. Both organizations cite competition from a possible Orange County casino as the cause of concern.  Read more

Military tax exemption bill

HARRISBURG, PA — A bill sponsored by Pennsylvania State Sen. Lisa Baker that would reinstate the local tax exemption for active-duty military pay passed the senate by a unanimous vote on June 9.  Read more

NY boat rule targets invasives

ALBANY, NY — As part of an effort to prevent invasive species from entering and damaging New York water bodies, the State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) on June 8 adopted new regulations that require boaters to remove all visible plant and animal materials from boats, trailers and associated equipment, and to drain boats prior to launching from DEC lands.  Read more

Narrowsburg marijuana arrests

NARROWSBURG, NY — New York State Police at Narrowsburg have arrested Rafael Olivio, 56, and Melvin Santiago, 58, both of Narrowsburg, for the violation of unlawful possession of marijuana.  Read more

Honesdale councilmember arrested

HONESDALE, PA — Pennsylvania State Police at Honesdale say they have arrested Honesdale Borough Councilman Harry DeVrieze for allegedly taking money for a construction job that was never begun and materials that were never ordered. A press release from the police says that the incident occurred on May 2, 2011, and the amount of money that was paid to DeVrieze by 69-year-old John Robinson of Honesdale was $4,500, and was to pay for the installation of custom countertops.  Read more

Pike catering to local volunteers

MILFORD, PA — “We’re trying to promote recruitment, trying to make it easier for people to volunteer,” said Commissioner Matt Osterberg.  Read more

Two bids placed for Narrowsburg School

NARROWSBURG, NY — Two bids have recently been placed for the abandoned Narrowsburg School. One is from Joan Buto, who plans to turn the school into a drug and alcohol treatment center, and the other is from Brendan and Kathy Weiden, who said in a press release that they plan to turn it into “a multiuse facility that supports the education, arts, agriculture and food, municipal needs, fitness, wellness, recreation and tourism, with flexible use spaces for special events.”  Read more

Federal court sides with environmental groups; FERC did not properly conduct environmental review

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a victory for environmental groups, a federal court ruled on June 6 that a federal agency ran afoul of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) in granting certificates for the upgrade of pipeline projects in Northeast Pennsylvania and Northern New Jersey.  Read more

Disagreement over tax breaks for Sullivan casino projects

Would tax breaks help or hurt the chances of a casino or two coming to Sullivan County? That’s a question still being debated by members of the Sullivan County legislature.

At a meeting at the government center on June 5, legislator Alan Sorensen unveiled a resolution he crafted that would prohibit the Sullivan County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) from granting tax breaks from the casino portion of any resort destination that might come to the county.  Read more

Vietnamese restaurant opens in Callicoon

CALLICOON, NY — Sullivan County’s first Vietnamese restaurant celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting on May 29 at 26 Upper Main St. Bà & Mẹ will serve homemade Vietnamese bánh mi sandwiches, vermicelli bowls, rice bowls, summer rolls and more. Whenever possible, the small, seasonal menu includes the freshest ingredients from local farms and purveyors. Bà & Mẹ offers meats that are locally or naturally raised and free of antibiotics and hormones.  Read more

Prayer OK at municipal meetings

REGION — It’s possible that the Town of Deer Park is the only municipality in the Upper Delaware Valley that opens its meetings with an invocation or prayer, but as far as the majority opinion of the United State Supreme Court is concerned, the council is free to continue the practice and it does not violate the country’s constitutional separation of church and state.  Read more