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REGION — The global weather data for the month of February is in, and according to the National Climatic Data Center, February was an extraordinarily cold month in the northeast section of the United States. The region’s average temperature of 13.5° F was 12.7° F below normal. This made it the second-coldest February on record behind 1934, which had an average temperature of 12° F.

Damascus road workers retained

The Damascus Township Board of Supervisors on February 18 voted unanimously to extend the employment of two township road workers who were appointed last month as foremen for 30 days. Supervisor chairman Jeffrey R. Dexter was absent from the meeting.  Read more

Children and Youth Committee discusses on Child Protection Bills

HARRISBURG, PA — The Children and Youth Committee of the Pennsylvania State House, chaired by Representative Kathy Watson, held a public hearing February 26 on a number of bills designed to further protect children. The measures deal with mandated reports of child abuse, improvement of procedures for reporting child abuse, protections from employment discrimination for those who report child abuse, and training for mandated reporters, including state-licensed professionals and child care workers.

Wayne County commissioners meeting

At the commissioners meeting on February 21, the Wayne County Historical Society was granted permission by the commissioners to have access to the Old Stone Jail and the Bethel School for the tourism season.  Read more

Honesdale bank robber sought

Police are still looking for a man who robbed the Citizens Savings Bank on Willow Avenue in Honesdale on February 20. Honesdale police chief Joseph LoBasso said the suspect is a white male who entered the bank and handed a teller a note demanding money. The note said the intruder had a gun.  Read more

Gibson named most liberal Republican

WASHINGTON D.C. — The National Journal has named Congressman Chris Gibson as the most liberal Republican in the House of Representatives.  Read more

Lumberland officials support return to board of supervisors

Town of Lumberland officials on February 13 approved a resolution supporting the restoration of a countywide board of supervisors to replace the current county legislature.  Read more

County manager moving on; Proposed change to county charter moves forward

The effort by five of the nine county legislators to remove the county manager was finalized February 21 with the announcement that the legislature had voted to approve a separation agreement. A statement issued jointly by county manager David Fanslau and Scott Samuelson, chair of the legislature, read, “Mr. Fanslau and the Sullivan County Legislature have amicably agreed to enter into a Separation Agreement, ending Mr. Fanslau’s position as Sullivan County Manager, effective at 12:01 a.m. on March 2. The legislature thanks Mr.  Read more

Eldred facing serious cuts; Sports program considered

The board of the Eldred Central School District is still wrestling with how to balance the budget for the next school year, and the sports program was the topic of discussion at a workshop on February 26. A majority of the 35 residents in attendance supported the idea of cutting the sports program in order to save nearly $300,000.  Read more

Cancellations and delays for March 19

Liberty School District closed

Sullivan County BOCES:Closed for students and 10-month staff. Offices will open at 11am  Read more

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Hitler invoked in gun debate: Elected official calls for registering journalists

The national debate over gun control spilled into the Sullivan County Government Center on February 21 with an elected official calling for the prosecution of Governor Andrew Cuomo and any state legislators who voted in favor of the Secure Ammunition Firearms and Enforcement Act (SAFE NY).  Read more

County manager moving on; charter change moves forward

The effort by five of the nine county legislators to remove the county manager was finalized February 21 with the announcement that the legislature had voted to approve a separation agreement.  Read more

Cardboard sled race and donations for food pantry

Representatives of a dozen companies lined up with their cardboard sleds at the Holiday Mountain Ski and Fun Park on February 9 to take part in a race. The sleds could be made only from cardboard, tape and paint. The Woodstock Wind Balloon Company took the prize for “most creative,” while the Poley Paving Company created the fastest sled.  Read more

Fireworks, flagpoles and firearms; Tusten gets closer to final decisions

While no resolution has been made concerning the Narrowsburg fireworks, steps have been taken to reach a final decision. At a town board meeting on February 12, councilman Anthony Ritter read a report from the fireworks committee detailing those steps.  Read more

Film to shoot in Sullivan County; Legislators discuss ‘horror’ film

Deputy county treasurer Nancy Buck said, “It’s not really a horror film.” That was after county chair Scott Samuelson said, “I’d like to see maybe a non-horror movie next time,” which prompted a round of laughter.  Read more

Relief for trout proposed

At a meeting of the Water Use and Resource Management Committee of the Upper Delaware Council (UDC) on February 19, Columbia Professor Emeretis Peter Kolesar of New York City and Eldred, and Jim Serio of Hancock presented a proposal to relieve thermal stress on trout in the coldwater fisheries of the Upper Delaware by releasing precisely targeted pulses from the reservoirs (see information box below for details).  Read more

Residents attempt to stop pipeline construction

It’s not clear if workers intended to work on Presidents’ Day on February 18, but two young people took steps to stop construction. Allison Petryk, of Vernon, NJ, and Alex Lotorto, of Milford, PA, chained themselves to a gate at the Delaware State Forest, part of which is being clear-cut to lay new pipe for the Tennessee Gas Pipeline (TGP) Northeast Upgrade.  Read more

Shohola may break with ambulance company

The Shohola Township Board of Supervisors is considering cutting ties with its ambulance provider, Pike County Advanced Life Support (ALS), due to “problems at scenes.” The news came as a shock to the ambulance service.  Read more

$42 million track expansion debated; Noise still an issue for the Monticello Motor Club

There is no doubt that Monticello’s upscale, private racing club has an impressive history in the county. Investing some $40 million in the facility, and creating 60 jobs, the Monticello Motor Club (MMC), which serves wealthy client s, has gained a national and international reputation in racing circles in a few short years.  Read more

Film festival moves to Middletown

The Hoboken International Film Festival (HIFF), which has grown in popularity over the past seven years of its existence, will be moving to Middletown this summer. An announcement about the move was made at a press conference with New York Senator Chuck Schumer, the head of the film festival Kenneth Del Vecchio on February 19. Middletown Mayor Joe DeStefano was also on hand.  Read more