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GLEN SPEY, NY — Pennsylvania and New York are going to spend $17.5 million to replace a historic one-lane bridge that many people didn’t want replaced. It will serve about 30 families, many of whom are part-time residents, and disrupt traffic on Route 97 for portions of four years.

Sullivan tax-exempt initiative moves forward

Sullivan County officials plan to seek the support of the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) in attempting to amend the law that covers tax-exempt properties in the state.  Read more

Sullivan approves fraud investigator; is it easier to get benefits in Sullivan

For years, the wisdom of the street said that it’s easier to sign up for benefits like food stamps in Sullivan County than it is in other locations. At a meeting of the county legislature on November 15, Randy Parker, the newly installed commissioner of the Department of Family Services (DFS), indicated that the perception of ease among potential applicants is, in fact, true.  Read more

Fracking health review deadline

ALBANY, NY — The three health experts who have been tasked with reviewing the state’s assessment of the health impacts of hydraulic fracturing have been asked to complete the review soon. That’s according to Lynn Goldman, dean of George Washington University’s School of Public Health. Goldman told several news organizations that the review completion date is December 3, but her agreement with the state runs through mid-February 2013.  Read more

Damascus passes its 2013 budget

The Damascus Board of Supervisors passed the township’s 2013 budget at its meeting on November 19. Budgets in Pennsylvania must be passed by December 31. There will be no cuts in services or cuts in personnel in this budget, as happened last year.  Read more

Local residents stuff a truck for victims of Sandy

Residents of the Honesdale area outdid themselves and sent a giant truck full of emergency supplies to the victims of Hurricane Sandy in Staten Island.  Read more

Peck’s stores will match customers’ donations to local food pantries

RIVER VALLEY COMMUNITIES — Up until December 15, the Peck’s markets in five towns will match any items contributed to local food pantries by shoppers. Collection bins are set up in Peck’s stores in Narrowsburg, Callicoon, Eldred, Jeffersonville and Livingston Manor in New York. All food items will be distributed by the stores to the pantries in their communities.  Read more

$5,000 nonprofit award unveiled; new element to nonprofit summit

From Bethel Woods Center for the Arts to the Discovery Center, nonprofit organizations play a large role in Sullivan County, and all of the nonprofits were invited to the first annual Sullivan Nonprofit Summit in March 2011.  Read more

Future of Livingston Manor landmark unclear

The Hoos Building, which was destroyed by a raging fire on November 20, was located right next to Little Beaver Kill Creek. Charlie Irace, the code enforcement officer for the Town of Rockland, said that as of November 26 the owner of the building, Barry Foster, has not yet settled with the insurance company and does not know if he is going to rebuild the structure, which dates to 1903. If Foster decides to rebuild, it will have to be done through the planning process.  Read more

The holiday season is here

With the arrival of Santa Claus in various locales throughout the region, including the James Dworetsky Holiday Parade in Jeffersonville, NY on November 23 and the Santa Parade in Honesdale, PA on the same night, the holiday season has officially arrived in the Upper Delaware Valley.  Read more

Eldred business official resigns; financial investigation underway

Statement by Robert M. Dufour, Superintendent of Eldred Central School District:

On Monday, Nov. 19, the Eldred Central School District Board of Education requested and accepted the unconditional resignation of School Business Official William Thornton, effective immediately.

The board asked for Thornton’s resignation after allegations of financial improprieties in the district came to light over the weekend.  Read more

Fire destroys four businesses in Livingston Manor

A huge blaze broke out in the Hoos Building in Livingston Manor at about 3:30 p.m on November 20. The building housed the popular eatery The Lazy Beagle, as well as the businesses Willow and Brown, Moose be Morning and Hot Corner Collectibles.  Read more

New Jersey man arrested for scamming elderly woman

On November 16, 2012, the New York State Police in Kingston announce the arrest of Rasheem O. Eccleston, 20, from East Orange, NJ for Grand Larceny in the third degree.  Read more

Honesdale weapon arrest

Brian Merritt, 34, of Honesdale was arrested for allegedly pointing a gun at a woman he had been living with.  Read more

Multi-year PA fishing licenses available

HARRISBURG, PA — With a new fishing season just around the corner, anglers can ready themselves for years to come by purchasing a multi-year fishing license, available for the first time this year from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC).  Read more

River walk hearing scheduled

There will be a public hearing on a proposed design for the Town of Tusten’s proposed Riverfront Walk/Big Eddy Waterfront Revitalization project on Wednesday, November 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the Tusten Town Hall on Bridge Street.  Read more

Teach students about climate change

Nearly three-quarters (72%) of school board members believe students should be taught about the impact of climate change on natural disasters, according to a new Pulse Poll by the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA).  Read more

Tax abatements recommended for Shohola; incentives only for improvements

Michael Sullivan has a plan to increase employment in Shohola and all the other townships in Pike County. Sullivan, the executive director of the Pike County Economic Development Authority, laid out his plans before the Shohola Township Board of Supervisors at its November 8 meeting.  Read more

Fundraisers bring $5,000 for Hawley budget

Tough economic times did not dampen the spirit of generosity of Hawley residents, as $5,000 was raised at the fourth annual event that benefits emergency services within the borough.  Read more

Cochecton considers road use agreement

The Town of Cochecton has received the final draft of the Road Use Law written for eight local towns, and it seems the way is paved for adoption. The board may vote on the law at its December meeting. “I would assume that the board would adopt the law at that point,” said Supervisor Gary Maas.  Read more

Lumberland pulls together through Sandy

Communities large and small were drenched, devastated and wind-swept by the fierce winds of Hurricane (or depending on the locale, “Superstorm”) Sandy. Sullivan County was not exempt. At the Lumberland Town Board meeting on November 14, supervisor Nadia Rajsz and the board, strongly seconded by community members, spoke about a small town valiantly coming together to cope with crisis.  Read more