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JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Some 50 riders competed in the Cowboy Challenge held on May 23 in Jeffersonville at Stone Wall Farms, opened to the public by Ed and Barbara Moran in 1993. The event is a chance for riders to show off their skills working with their horse as a team to overcome obstacles and in some cases complete certain tasks.

Delaware Highlands Conservancy highlights two projects

BUSHVILLE, NY — Delaware Highlands Conservancy marked a milestone recently, having protected more than 14,000 acres of land since it was established. Here are the stories of two recent projects.  Read more

Sullivan West budget unveiled

The Sullivan West Central School District’s proposed spending plan for 2013-14 totals $34,470,595, a 3.10% increase from 2012-13. The preliminary local tax levy is listed at 1.99%, lower than six other districts in Sullivan County, according to a presentation given at the April 23 board meeting.  Read more

Kristina Kares raises $10,000; Money raised for literacy programs

A fundraiser held at Villa Roma Hotel and Resort raised $10,000, and marks a successful event for Kristina Assistance Relief Efforts Services (Kristina Kares), the non-profit organization that was founded in the memory of Kristina Adams. Adams was murdered in August 2012 in Damascus, PA by Rodney Ezrapour, according to the Wayne County District Attorney. Ezrapour then turned the gun on himself.  Read more

Yasgur’s Farm gets noise permit; smoke in the sewer

In addressing perhaps the last hurdle to Woodstock Reunion this summer, the Bethel Town Board voted to grant a noise permit to Yasgur Road Productions. However, perhaps mindful that at previous reunion events the loud music reportedly upset the dairy cows next door, which are owned by former supervisor Harold Russell, the planning board attached some conditions to the permit. Supervisor Dan Sturm read the conditions, “The speakers and amplified music shall be turned away from adjoining residences, and agricultural buildings, and shall be angled toward the ground.”  Read more

Milford Beach to stay open with donation

Superintendent John J. Donahue announced on April 29 that there is a plan in place to keep Milford Beach open for 2013. The closure had looked unavoidable until Kinder Morgan, the parent company of Tennessee Gas Company, created a proposal to donate the full $41,000 needed to pay for operations at Milford Beach this summer.  Read more

Former Honesdale man dies in avalanche

A man who graduated from Honesdale High School in 1999, Ryan Novak, 33, was one of five victims who were killed in an avalanche over the past weekend. The avalanche happened in Loveland Pass, which is located about 50 miles away from Denver, CO.  Read more

‘FrackNation’ director at Sullivan West

Phelim McAleer, director of the controversial “pro-fracking” documentary “FrackNation,” will speak at a screening of his film on May 8 at 7 p.m. at Sullivan West High School in Lake Huntington.  Read more

Cornell Extension ends furloughs

After a strong showing of support from individuals throughout Sullivan County to its emergency donation appeal, Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Sullivan County will reopen its office five days a week and bring staff back to work full-time on May 13. The board of directors’ executive committee voted on May 10 to end the furlough.  Read more

Cochecton keeps pace with the times; Ordinances and property records go digital

Although the greater part of the Cochecton Town Board’s special April 24 meeting was devoted to the Codification Project Workshop, the board managed to accomplish several additional objectives as well. The purpose of the workshop was to update, revise, and make uniform all Cochecton town ordinances. Under the guidance of acting town attorney Karen Mannino, the board reviewed all ordinances to ensure that they are in compliance with county, state and federal law and that the language of the ordinances accurately reflects both original intent and current purpose. Ordinances having outlived their usefulness will be struck from the books. Town Supervisor Gary Maas brought the workshop to a close, noting that he and Mannino must consult further with the town code officer and county engineer before ordinances can be finalized and submitted to General Code for uploading to the town’s website.  Read more

Deal reached on Pond Eddy Bridge; Replacement will be smaller than planned

An agreement regarding the replacement of the bridge that has been the center of controversy for over a decade has apparently been reached, and involves significant changes from the initial plan.

The Pond Eddy Bridge, which is currently 18 feet wide, is a truss style structure, and because it has deteriorated over the past century since it was built in 1905, it has a weight limit of seven tons. The replacement bridge that was originally agreed to was to be 32 feet wide, have an interstate style, and have a weight limit of 40 tons.  Read more

US News and World Report High School Rankings; Sullivan West ranks high

Sullivan West High School has been recognized nationally and in New York State as a silver medal award winning school, according to the 2013 US News and World Report High School rankings. Out of the 658 school districts and 1,149 high schools in New York State, Sullivan West ranked #144.  Read more

Lone WJFF board member presses on; Majority resigns in the wake of heated criticism

The mass resignation of all but one of the board members of radio station WJFF prompted this statement from Sonja Hedlund, the lone remaining member. “Sudden changes in the makeup of the WJFF Board of Trustees have created an unprecedented situation for us. We are working carefully with broadcast and non-profit attorneys to ensure that the proper steps are taken to re-build the board. Radio Catskill remains committed to making available to our listening community a broad range of ideas and ideals useful to a full and enlightened life. We are encouraged by support from our community of listeners and our family of volunteers and are eager to continue our services to the community.”  Read more

Eldred school budget seen as viable; Months in the making

At school board meetings over the past three months, with Albany promising a tight budget for schools statewide, tears were shed over proposed teacher layoffs. There was speculation that the school would operate without a sports program and there was the specter of programs dropped. The situation, however, led Superintendent Robert Dufour into action.  Read more

‘911, what’s your emergency?’

People seldom meet the calm and reassuring voice of the person on the other end of the phone who answers at the time of crisis. These voices belong to devoted and dedicated staff of Wayne County’s 911. They are stationed in a room ready to take calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including holidays.  Read more

Septic subjections; Townships say policy will reduce land values

DAMASCUS TWP & BERLIN TWP, PA — The supervisors in Damascus and Berlin townships have sent letters to the PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) objecting to a proposed policy regarding the installation of new on-lot septic systems in high quality and exceptional value watersheds.  Read more

Lumberland moves toward road use agreement; Large trucks to be restricted

By all indications, Lumberland will join surrounding towns protecting town roads by seeking to adopt a Road Use and Preservation Law it was learned at a public hearing April 10.  Read more

Walk to combat juvenile arthritis

Those who will take part in the 2013 Hudson Valley Arthritis Walk will be walking in part for two local children, Jailyn and Sami, Eldred Central School students who were identified only by their first names. Both of these young girls have been waging a war against juvenile arthritis from an early age. Juvenile arthritis is a disease of the immune system, which causes this normal defense system to attack its own cells and tissues. There are 300,000 children in the U.S. who suffer from the debilitating disease.  Read more

Sullivan ponders ethics law; Details remain to be worked out

For about 20 minutes, Sullivan County lawmakers discussed the timing of the next meeting regarding the proposed ethics law and the date of the proposed public hearing, because members wanted clarity about when they would be voting and what they might be voting on.  Read more

Fracking gag rescinded, lawsuit withdrawn

SANFORD, NY — The board members of the Town of Sanford were so sick of hearing residents complain about gas drilling and fracking that in September 2012, the board passed a resolution forbidding residents from talking about it during public comment.  Read more

Body recovered from Lake Wallenpaupak

LAKE WALLENPAUPAK, PA — A body was recovered when it floated to the surface of Lake Wallenpaupak on April 22. It was identified by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission as Jeffrey Carl Kochis, 33, from Jefferson Township in Lackawanna County.  Read more