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REGION — Forecasters generally agree that the strong El Niño that was in place last fall was responsible for bringing very warm temperatures to the region last winter. They also agree that El Niño—an area of warmer-than-usual water in the Pacific Ocean—faded months ago. El Niño is often soon replaced by La Niña, which brings colder temperatures to the Northeast United States.

Welcome to the world

HONESDALE, PA — Wayne County Commissioners Chair Brian Smith came into the June commissioners’ June 30 meeting with a big smile, as he showed around a cellphone photo of his newest grandchild.  Read more

Narcan used to save a life

LIBERTY, NY — A quick-thinking deputy sheriff saved a woman’s life on July 11 at the Travis Building in Liberty. Deputy Sheriff Elwin Wood was on duty at the county’s Liberty complex around 11:30 a.m. when he was alerted to a woman who had passed out in an interview room.  Read more

Wolf lets budget become law

HARRISBURG, PA — Gov. Tom Wolf let the $31.5 billion budget adopted by the House and Senate become law without his signature. Lawmakers have still not worked out the details about how they will fill the $1.3 billion budget gap in the plan, but it appears that part of the gap will be filled by an increase in the amount of taxes paid on a pack of cigarettes.  Read more

Honesdale man pleads no contest to fraud charge

HONESDALE, PA — David Borsdam pleaded no contest to a fraud charge related to overcharging people for a home improvement project and performing unnecessary work. David, 69, who with his 70-year-old wife Betty owns Borsdam’s Plumbing and Electrical Service in Texas Township, entered the plea on July 8, and he faces up to seven years behind bars. Sentencing is scheduled for September, and he is currently out on bail. He’s also facing a $10,000 fine.  Read more

Child visiting Swan Lake dies

SWAN LAKE, NY — A four-year-old who was pulled from a swimming pool in about two feet of water died at Westchester Medical Center on July 11. Shimon Weiz, who lived in Brooklyn, had wandered away from his family in a bungalow colony, and was lifted from the pool by his father just a few minutes after he left.  Read more

New director at Fly Fishing Center

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum (CFFCM) announced on July 11 that it has hired Glenn Pontier as its new executive director. He will be introduced to members and the public at the 2016 Summerfest and Anglers Market on August 6 and 7 at the center, located at 1031 Old Route 17 in Livingston Manor. A resident of Barryville, Pontier is the long-time former director of Sullivan Renaissance.  Read more

Lawsuit against Eldred may move forward

ELDRED, NY — The New York State Appellate Court on July 7 overturned a lower court ruling, and said a lawsuit against the Eldred Central School could move forward.  Read more

Burlesque visits NACL again

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — Performers from The Slipper Room, billed as “NYC’s Palace of Variety and Burlesque,” appeared at the NACL Theatre on July 9 with a show featuring dance, comedy and magic.
The performers will return for an encore presentation on September 3.

Meanwhile, for a look at NACL’s next show, “Courage,” a “walk in progress,” to be performed at Apple Pond Farm in Callicoon Center on July 22, 23 and 24, see page 15.

Petition launched to halt Sullivan jail

MONTICELLO, NY — An ad hoc group of Sullivan County residents is circulating a petition that calls for a referendum seeking to reverse the vote of the Sullivan County Legislature to acquire bonding of $95 million to pay for the planned new county jail.  Read more

Sullivan Family Services lawsuit to be settled for $10,000

The legacy of Randy Parker, the former commissioner of the Sullivan County Division of Family Services, (DFS) was felt in the halls of the Sullivan County Government Center on July 7, as legislators were updated about the status of a lawsuit brought by a woman who claimed she was denied emergency housing when she and her family needed it.  Read more

DeGroat family files lawsuit against cops, DA

HONESDALE, PA — The family of Derek DeGroat, who was shot to death by police in December 2015, has filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against Pennsylvania State Police and the Wayne County District Attorney’s office. The suit, which was filed on June 23, seeks $1 million in damages.  Read more

Pennsylvania Assembly passes budget; $1 billion hole in spending plan

HARRISBURG, PA — Last year, the general assembly never actually passed a budget, and the stalemate in the capital led to serious cash flow problems for school districts and other organizations that depend on payments from the state.  Read more

Cuomo rides the Upper Delaware

MINISINK FORD, NY — As part of his first-ever Catskill Challenge, Gov. Andrew Cuomo took a rafting trip on the Upper Delaware River on June 30 to bring attention to the attractions in the region such as Bethel Woods, fly fishing and other outdoor activities.  Read more

The Addict Next Door: Jail

To begin with, let’s get our terminology correct. Jail is where one is sent prior to being sentenced. Generally, people are only in jail from the time of their arrest until they are released on whatever bail requirements are set. So I never spent any time in jail. I was arrested and released both times conditional on meeting some basic requirements. After you are sentenced, you are serving a prison sentence. If your sentence is under a year, you will often serve out your prison sentence in a county jail. My husband always refers to it as my time in prison.  Read more

Monticello fire possibly related to cooking

MONTICELLO, NY — Two Monticello families were forced out of their homes because of a fire that broke out on the evening of June 29. Monticello firefighters responded to the blaze at 105 Cold Spring Rd., in the Town of Thompson. Engine 22-11 arrived on scene reporting a working structure fire in a single residence.

The residence was divided into two apartments and was housing two families, who have moved out because of the fire. Both are now staying with relatives. The first-floor apartment sustained heavy damage, and the basement apartment sustained water damage.  Read more

A congressional race worth watching

REGION — The race for the New York 19th Congressional District seat, which is currently held by Republican Chris Gibson, will be one of the more closely watched races in the country. The district, which includes parts or all of 11 counties, including all of Sullivan and Ulster, is considered one of just a handful that is truly competitive and could go to either a Republican or Democratic candidate.  Read more

Body found in Lake Wallenpaupack

HAWLEY, PA — Authorities found the body of a man who was swimming off a boat on Lake Wallenpaupack on July 4, but who disappeared into the water and did not return. The incident took place at about 2 p.m., and divers searched into the evening, but did not find the man. The divers returned the next day and found the body of 35-year-old Ernesto Atriencia of North Bergan, NJ.

The swimmer was identified by Wayne County coroner Edward Howell. According to officials on the scene he was not wearing a life preserver.

Fire destroys Wayne County home

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, PA — Emergency workers responded to a fire on White Oak Pond Road in Clinton Township in Wayne County on July 4, to battle a blaze that officials say was sparked by fireworks.  Read more

Upper Delaware bridge project meeting

NARROWSBURG, NY — The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and members of the Joint Interstate Bridge Commission, will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, July 13 to discuss work projects for the bridges on the Upper Delaware River.  Read more

Sullivan household hazardous waste collection

MONTICELLO, NY — There will be a hazardous household waste collection for Sullivan County residents at the Monticello transfer station on Broadway on July 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Two forms of identification are required for proof of residency.  Read more