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TUSTEN, NY — This Delaware skipper, which was spotted during the 2014 Upper Delaware BioBlitz at Ten Mile River, is a rare find for Sullivan County. Skippers are known for their fast “skipping” flight.

LaBuda announces new run for office

MONTICELLO, NY — Judge Frank LaBuda, who has served as a judge in Sullivan County Supreme Court since 1997, announced on April 1 that he will seek another term in office. According to his biography, LaBuda has “authored more than 175 published decisions that have provided ‘legal precedent’ for other trial judges on issues of evidence, trial procedure, criminal, and civil law.  Read more

Port Jervis residency law changed

PORT JERVIS, NY — Residency requirements for Port Jervis official city positions came under scrutiny at the meeting on March 25, when Teresa Spradling, who has been working in the city’s assessor’s office for several years, was finally confirmed as the successor to the previous assessor. But it required passing a new law, causing comments and debate from council members, Mayor Kelly Decker and residents who came to voice their opinions in a public hearing.  Read more

Man arrested for Minisink grow house

TOWN OF MINISINK, NY — On Thursday, March 31, members of the New York State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team, troopers from Troop F Greenville and officers from the Town of Warwick Police Department, executed several search warrants in the Orange County area. Officers executed a search warrant at 103 Cosh Rd. in the Town of Minisink after receiving reports of unusual activity at the residence. The three-month investigation was conducted with the assistance of the Orange County District Attorney’s office.  Read more

NEPA Audubon Scholarship

HONESDALE, PA — Northeast Pennsylvania Audubon Society (NEPAS) is currently accepting applications for its annual $4,000 college scholarship, available to students who wish to pursue a career in an environmental field such as forestry, natural resources, environmental planning, environmental engineering, fish, game, or wildlife management, ecology and/or environmental science.  Read more

Wally Lake Fest seeks events, sponsors

HAWLEY, PA — The Wally Lake Fest committee reminds all businesses, non-profits and individuals that the deadline for new event and sponsorship forms for the seventh annual Wally Lake Fest is just around the corner. Sponsors who want to help make this year’s Wally Lake Fest a success should have their forms sent in by May 15.  Read more

Former Honesdale priest accused of sexual child abuse

SCRANTON, PA — Father Martin Boylan, who served as pastor of St. John the Evangelist in Honesdale from 2001 through 2009, has been accused of child sexual abuse. He was suspended from his most recent position at St. Patrick’s in Scranton by the Diocese of Scranton after the allegations surfaced.  Read more

Snow dampens the daffodil show

REGION — The heaviest and one of the few snows of the season came to the Upper Delaware Valley on April 3, making the roads slick and stopping the early-blooming daffodils in their tracks.

Most garden authorities say a little snow is not going to do permanent harm to the daffodils, but if the flowers are already showing color, it might be a good idea to snap them off and take them in the house to enjoy.  Read more

Sullivan West Task Force tackles opioid addiction; County ranks first in state overdose deaths

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — As Sullivan County bears the unfortunate distinction of recording the highest rate of drug overdose deaths per 100,000 people in New York State, Sullivan County Public Health officials are hoping that promises of looming economic growth will bolster resources dedicated to treatment, education and prevention of drug addiction.  Read more

Millennium holds outreach meeting; protesters turn out in force

As part of the permitting process to construct a compressor station near Eldred, Millennium Pipeline Company, LLC held a community outreach meeting at the Sullivan in Rock Hill on March 31.  Read more

Cuomo bans travel to North Carolina; Backlash grows against law seen as discriminatory

ALBANY, NY — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on March 29 signed an executive order that bars state employees from traveling to North Carolina on state business unless such a trip is considered essential. The order requires all New York State agencies, departments, boards and commissions to immediately review all requests for travel to the state and prevent any travel that is not directly related to the public health and welfare.  Read more

NY to allow mixed martial arts; Assembly votes to legalize exhibitions

ALBANY, NY — For the uninitiated, mixed martial arts (MMA) as defined by Wikipedia is “a full-contact combat sport that allows the use of both striking and grappling techniques, both standing and on the ground, from a variety of other combat sports and martial arts.” Competitions are sometimes held in cages.  Read more

PA budget battle is over—for now

HARRISBURG, PA — On March 23, Republican PA House Majority Leader Dave Reed declared a victory of sorts, and lauded Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf for not vetoing the rest of the 2015-16 state budget passed by the Republican-controlled general assembly. The budget battle had gone on for nearly a year, and had forced some school districts and other institutions that run on state funds to borrow money to keep the lights on.  Read more

Wayne wants state electronic recycling action

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Commissioners on March 24 approved a letter calling for state legislative action to stop discarded computers, televisions and other electronic equipment from continuing to pile up at Wayne County retailers.  Read more

UDC announces honorees for awards ceremony on April 24

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Upper Delaware Council, Inc. (UDC) will honor those who have enhanced the quality of life or protected the resources of the Upper Delaware River Valley at its 28th annual awards ceremony on Sunday, April 24.  Read more

Sullivan plans health forum

MONTICELLO, NY — It’s once again time for New York State’s County Health Rankings to be released, and again this year Sullivan County comes in 61 out of a total of 62 in terms of healthy living. The only county in New York less healthy than Sullivan is the Bronx.  Read more

Principals expected at RFAC meeting in Hawley

HAWLEY, PA — The last time there was a meeting of the Delaware River Basin Commission’s (DRBC) Regulated Flow Advisory Committee (RFAC), many of the attendees were disappointed that the people at the top of the hierarchy regarding control of the flow of the Upper Delaware River did not attend the meeting.  Read more

Pike courthouse addition bids opened

MILFORD, PA — After years of planning, picketing and permitting, an addition to the Pike County Courthouse came a big step closer to reality on March 23, when contractors’ construction bids were opened at the county commissioners meeting.  Read more

Millennium meeting and protest planned for Rock Hill

ROCK HILL, NY — Members from several area activist groups are expected to make an appearance at the mandated community outreach meeting Millennium Pipeline Company is holding at The Sullivan in Rock Hill at 6 p.m. on March 31 regarding the planned compressor station near Eldred. The project has sparked widespread opposition from the community.  Read more

Older Americans Act reauthorized

WASHINGTON, DC — Congressman Chris Gibson announced the passage of the Older Americans Act (OAA) Reauthorization Act of 2016, which supports a host of home- and community-based programs for seniors and their caregivers.  Read more

Legislation defines three-wheeled ‘autocycles’

HARRISBURG, PA — Legislation sponsored by Sen. Mario Scavello (R-40) to establish a legal definition for increasingly popular, three-wheeled “autocycles” was unanimously approved on March 24 by the full Senate.  Read more