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CALLICOON CENTER, NY — Bryan Kent is a show-me kind of guy. Now, having been won over by the performance of his electric vehicle, a 2013 Nisson Leaf, he is driving it on an epic road trip covering more than 26,000 miles in about 100 days. Along the way, he plans to visit the capitals of the 48 contiguous U.S. states and plant 100 trees.

A beautiful Main Street

NARROWSBURG, NY — Although she has classic summer plans like vacationing in Florida and swimming in the Delaware River, Narrowsburg teen Ember Cemelli is also getting her hands dirty and making her community a beautiful place to live. Ember is an intern for Sullivan Renaissance, a beautification program whose mission is to enhance the appearance of Sullivan County while building a sense of pride and community spirit. She works for pay for 15 hours a week for the entire summer doing everything from weeding and mulching, to planting and watering.  Read more

Wizard of Oz invades the Trout Parade

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — “Gill-Inda, the Good Fish” leads The Mountain Tones down Livingston Manor’s wacky version of the Yellow Brick Road during the annual Trout Parade on June 13. This year’s theme—“Somewhere Over the Rainbow Trout”—inspired creative costumes, music and performers from all around the region who showed up in droves to enjoy the festivities during the day. To view more photos from the parade, visit our Facebook page and read Jonathan Fox’s column “In My Humble Opinion” on page 20.

Community Choice Aggregation; Buying electricity cheaper in bulk

MOTNICELLO, NY — Residents in New York State have the option of choosing which company will supply them with electricity, but it turns out that 75% of residents don’t bother to research the issue and change suppliers, and they are left with the default choice. In much of Sullivan County, the default company is NYSEG.  Read more

Sullivan Democrats deeply divided

Democrats outnumber Republicans on the Sullivan County Legislature by a margin of seven to two, but anyone who follows the legislature knows there has been a deep divide among Democrats since the last election, which ushered in a slate of political newcomers.  Read more

Masthope wastewater operator appears before UDC

NARROWSBURG, NY — After several years of neighbors’ complaints and National Park Service testing at its outflow to the Delaware River, representatives of Aqua America last week appeared before the Upper Delaware Council (UDC) to detail their wastewater operations at the Masthope Community in Lackawaxen Township.  Read more

Honesdale faces $100 million lawsuit

HONESDALE, PA — At the June 8 Honesdale Borough Council meeting, Bob Jennings told the council he had received a call from Michael Morris, who left a voicemail message saying a lawsuit in the amount of $100 million would be filed this week against council members serving in the early months of 2014. That would include some present and some former council members alleged by Morris to have participated in improper administration of Department of Community and Economic Development funds intended for a commercial building renovation.  Read more

New brewery coming to Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — Cheers to new beginnings. Karl Schloesser, Allaina Propst and Steven Propst will begin transforming the former Country Dawn store into Here & Now Brewing Company in early June.

Here & Now will be a 7BBL brew café that crafts seasonal, local, and whimsical beers that are primarily served on-site alongside food the company describes as “simple and well-prepared.” The focus will be on retail sales along with growlers to go. Down the line, if laws allow, the brewery plans to expand, with distribution to local restaurants, including exclusive, custom beers.  Read more

Program to spur economic growth via tax breaks expands

MILFORD, PA — The number of Pike municipalities offering tax benefits to businesses developing LERTA-certified properties expanded by one last week.

Pennsylvania’s Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance Act (LERTA) allows local taxing authorities to provide for tax exemption for certain deteriorated industrial, commercial and other business property and for new construction in deteriorated areas of economically depressed communities.  Read more

Casino license is coming; Local contractors wanted

MONTICELLO, NY — Charles Degliomini, the executive vice president of Empire Resorts, is hearing a lot of comments these days from people who are skeptical that the state will ever grant the company a license for the Montreign Casino at the Adelaar Resort.  Read more

Free PA background checks

HARRISBURG, PA — Pennsylvania State Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-Montgomery) has drafted a House bill that would grant free background checks every three years to all current and future first-responder volunteers in Pennsylvania.  Read more

Community bulk purchases of electricity

MONTICELLO, NY — The Agriculture and Sustainability Committee of the Sullivan County Legislature will hear a presentation by Mike Gordon on Community Choice Aggregation (CCA), a program that allows municipalities to negotiate low-cost electric rates for businesses and residential customers, to be held at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 11.  Read more

Three arrests in Liberty for heroin

ALBANY, NY — Village of Liberty Police on June 7 arrested three individuals after an investigation into heroin sales. Police had begun investigating after a series of non-fatal heroin overdose incidents and one fatal suspected heroin overdose on June 2, in Liberty.  Read more

Walter to challenge Democratic candidate for legislator

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — Kenneth Walter, a government watchdog well known at meetings of the Sullivan County Legislature and Sullivan County Community College announced on June 8 that he is seeking the Democratic Party’s nomination for the 3rd District legislative seat that encompasses Neversink, Rockland and the Parksville area of Liberty. Walter has the endorsement of the area’s Working Families Party and will be on the November 3 general election ballot.  Read more

Erratic driver hits two cars

MILFORD, PA —An erratic car ride up the busy 4th Street next to the new location of the Milford Farmers’ Market at the Grotto Restaurant grounds ended up in the arrest of the two men in the car, both the driver and the other man who is believed to be his brother. No names were released by the arresting police officer.  Read more

Backyard chickens and bird flu

REGION — For people in some parts of the country, for instance Texas, egg rationing has begun in some food store chains and the cost of eggs is soaring. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, as of June 1, the price of a dozen large eggs in the Northeast has increased from an average of $1.16 at the end of April to $2.43.  Read more

Ben Wechsler acreage to be auctioned; More than 1,500 acres in Neversink Gorge

FORESTBURGH, NY —More than 1,500 acres of forested land belonging to the estate of the late Ben Wechsler with some acreage along the Neversink River will be put up for auction on June 30 by Max Spann Real Estate & Auction Co. The auction will be held at the Westchester Marriot, 670 White Plains Rd., Tarrytown. The property is being auctioned in two parcels: a 1,051-acre tract and a 512-acre tract that has been subdivided into seven lots.  Read more

Gieger won’t run again; Isaac Green Dieboll to run for seat

MONTICELLO, NY — Cindy Gieger, the crusading legislator who waged a war on “waste, fraud and abuse” in the Sullivan County Division of Family Services (DFS) and who stepped on quite a few toes in the process, announced on June 8 that she will not be seeking another term in office.  Read more

Casino license is coming; Local contractors wanted

Charles Degliomini, Executive Vice President of Empire Resorts, is hearing a lot of comments these days from people who are skeptical that the state will ever grant the company a license for the Montreign Casino at the Adelaar Resort.  Read more

College asks legislature for $8 million; Healthy World Institute proposed

MONTICELLO, NY — The president of Sullivan County Community College (SUNY Sullivan) Dr. Karin Hilgersom, has asked the Sullivan County Legislature to commit to spending $8 million or perhaps $10 million, depending on other funding, to help the college pay for a Healthy World Studies and Tech Transfer Institute (HWI).  Read more

Too many street lights

NARROWSBURG, NY — Towns in New York are beginning to reduce street lighting and replace existing bulbs with LED bulbs to be more energy efficient and environmentally friendly. There’s another benefit too: a major cost reduction. The Town of Tusten is on its way to reap these benefits. Through the work of the Tusten Energy Committee, the town could see a cost reduction in their energy bill of 20%.  Read more