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UPPER DELAWARE VALLEY — The Upper Delaware Scenic Byway (UDSB), which runs parallel to the Upper Delaware River, took second place in the USA Today survey of scenic byways, as well as the contest in which supporters voted for the Best Scenic Autumn Drive.
The UDSB is 70 miles long and runs along NY State Route 97 between Port Jervis, NY and Hancock, NY, and along the way offers some majestic views of the river.

Bagel Festival declared a hit

An estimated 5,000 people turned out to the first-ever Bagel Festival in Monticello on August 17 and 18. Jeffrey Siegel, owner of the Spencer Daniels Agency, which produced the festival, said, “The only way it could have been more fabulous would be maybe if President Obama stopped by. It was just great.”  Read more

Tusten becomes ‘friend of the court’ to Dryden and Middlefield

TUSTEN, NY — At the Tusten town board meeting on Tuesday, August 13, the board members discussed and voted on becoming an amicus curiae, or friend of the court, in actions involving municipal home rule in the court of appeals of the State of New York.  Read more

Cochecton endorses Class III gaming

The Town of Cochecton board passed two resolutions at its August 14 regular monthly meeting aimed at making Sullivan County more attractive and prosperous. One resolution endorsed pending New York State legislation designed to permit a limited number of Class III gaming facilities within the mid-Hudson region, defined to include Sullivan and Ulster counties. Another set hearing dates for review and determination of further action on decaying properties containing unsafe structures.  Read more

New emergency equipment for Blooming Grove

Blooming Grove Township will purchase new communication equipment for emergency services due to radio interference on the current frequency, the board of supervisors said.  Read more

Casino fever takes hold; A push for Proposition One

Proposition One on the ballot in the November election will be a question as to whether voters in the state want to alter the state constitution to allow non-Indian Class III gaming in the state. If the voters approve, that would open the way for four casinos to open in three regions in the state, the Capital Region, the Finger Lakes and the Catskills. One of the regions would be able to open two casinos.  Read more

Another drowning victim

New York State Police in Middletown are investigating the apparent drowning of a New Jersey man in the Delaware River. On August 17 at approximately 1:15 p.m., Jamel Rounds, age 21, of Paterson, NJ was swimming in the Delaware River near a private residence on Sleepy Hollow Road in the Sparrowbush section of the Town of Deerpark.  Read more

Novak murder trial continues

The murder trial of Paul Novak has been unfolding over the past week or so with sometimes dramatic testimony. Novak is accused of murdering his estranged wife, Catherine Novak, then burning down the house in Lava in 2008.  Read more

Sullivan residents asked to take health survey

If you are a Sullivan County resident, you are being called on to help improve the health of the community.  Read more

Pike woman dies after being struck by car

A Pike County woman has died after being hit by a car near Lake Wallenpaupack on August 11. According to Pennsylvania State Police, 56-year-old Diane Bernstel was hit as she was walking across Route 6 near Hawley.  Read more

Growing drug problem locally

“We have a severe drug problem,” Darnelle Prunka told the Lumberland Town Board last week, referring to the community at large.  Read more

Cappelli proposes townhouses, possible casino for Liberty

Kevin McManus of McManus and Associates Land Development Services presented a conceptual master plan for a new Grossinger Country Resort at the Town of Liberty board meeting on August 19.
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Cappelli proposes casino for Liberty

Developer Louis Cappelli is proposing the development of a casino along with town houses and many other components at the location of the former Grossinger's Catskill Resort Hotel at the intersection of State Route 17 (soon to be Interstate Route 86) and State Route 52 in Liberty.  Read more

The late Richie Havens honored; ashes scattered over Bethel Woods

“I guess the watchword for the day is – don’t get any on you.” That line from performer John Sebastian drew a laugh as it acknowledged that a short time later the ashes of Richie Havens would be scattered over the field at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts where the original Woodstock Festival was held in 1969.  Read more

PA voter ID law blocked for 2013 election

A judge in Pennsylvania has decided that the state's controversial voter ID law may not be enforced in the 2013 election.  Read more

Body of NJ man recovered from Delaware River

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Superintendent John J. Donahue sadly announced that the body of twenty-year-old Amjed Hasan of Clifton, New Jersey, was recovered from the Delaware River by National Park Service (NPS) rangers at 5:15 p.m. His body was spotted by two fishermen near the old railroad bridge abutments just north of the Interstate 80 toll bridge. Rangers arrived on scene by boat and made the recovery a few hundred yards downstream concluding a multi-day, multi-agency search.  Read more

NPS rangers assist with search for another missing person

BUSHKILL, PA: Superintendent John J. Donahue announced today that park rangers from Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area are assisting New Jersey State Park Police with a search for a missing person. Amjed Hasan, 21, of Clifton, New Jersey, was last seen swimming in the Delaware River near the Douglas Trail parking area in Worthington State Forest on Old Mine Road in New Jersey just before 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 13.  Read more

Radio host Coop passes

Mark Cooper, who was a long-time radio host on WPDH in Poughkeepsie, which also has a transmitter in Jeffersonville, passed away. He had been off the air recently because of health issues, and he suffered a stroke on August 11.  Read more

Upper Delaware Council 5K walk/run seeks sponsors

Strides Across the Delaware, a 5K run/walk event set for September 28 to celebrate the Upper Delaware Council’s (UDC) 25th anniversary offers a variety of sponsorship opportunities with pledges requested by September 1.  Read more

Beach Lake man’s body recovered

The body of a Beach Lake man was discovered in the Delaware River nearly two months after he went missing on the Lackawaxan River. The body of Sean Martin, 29, was found far downstream on the river near Mashipacong Island on August 9. His kayak overturned in the Lackawaxen River near Hawley, PA on June 14.  Read more

Shohola man sentenced to four years for fraud

Nelson Ruiz, a resident of Shohola, was sentenced to four years in prison after being convicted of defrauding the New York City School District out of approximately $2.7 million. He must also repay the money.

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, said that Ruiz also bribed a Department of Education (DOE) employee in furtherance of the fraud scheme.  Read more