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GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — Operations to halt the turbid flow below New York City’s Cannonsville Dam are proceeding faster than originally envisioned, according to Adam Bosch, director of public affairs at the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP). As of Monday, engineers working on the project believed that it might only take three or four relief wells to halt the turbid flow, instead of the eight originally projected, meaning that stage one of the repair plan could be complete as early as sometime this week.

FrackNation draws 35

The stand-out scene in the anti-fracking documentary “Gasland” where a homeowner’s water is set afire is sensational but misleading, said Phelim McAleer, director of the pro-fracking documentary “FrackNation,” which was screened Saturday at Sidetracks Bar & Lounge.  Read more

‘Gasland Part II’ screens to hundreds in Callicoon

“Gasland Part II” played to a packed house in the Callicoon Theatre on Saturday, June 8. The documentary about hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, by director and Milanville, PA resident Josh Fox picks up where it left off in the 2010 release of Academy Award nominated “Gasland.” Fox said Callicoon is his favorite theatre, and that they hadn’t had that many people there since “Titanic.”  Read more

Sullivan West bus tires deflated

The tires on some buses that serve students that go to the Sullivan West Central School District were deflated sometime before school began on June 7.  Read more

Support for fired deputy commissioner; homeless housing down, arrests up

The meeting of the Sullivan County Health and Family Services Meeting was packed with onlookers at the government center on June 6, with many people coming to show support for Dr. David Sager, who had recently been fired from his job as deputy commissioner of the Division of Family Services (DFS).  Read more

Pike awaiting sewage relief legislation

Pike County officials are hoping that new legislation proposed in Harrisburg will divert “a lot of expense” for homeowners who would have to modify waterfront on-lot sewage systems under new PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) policy.

Pike Commissioners’ Chair Rich Caridi said at the meeting on June 6 that area Assembly and state Senate members have proposed legislation to mitigate the new policy.  Read more

Accident fells seven drivers in race at Monticello Raceway

Seven drivers were involved in a racing accident at Monticello Raceway on Monday afternoon, June 4. Only one of the eight trotters in the race finished, and the race was declared a non contest by the judges and all wagers were refunded.  Read more

Arrests in connection with Sullivan County burglaries

Three people have been arrested in connection with a rash of burglaries in Sullivan County. The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office announced that on May 28 deputies investigated a break-in at a home on Sackett Lake Road in the Town of Forestburgh and an attempted break-in on East Glen Wild Road in the Town of Thompson.  Read more

Congressman visits BOCES

“Do you know Obama?” the student asked. Congressman Chris Gibson responded that he did. “That’s so cool,” she said. Gibson then talked about his conversation with President Barack Obama about basketball. He said, “We may disagree on some policies, but he’s a very personable guy, and I appreciate that.”  Read more

A vision for Tusten in 20 years

TOWN OF TUSTEN, NY — In a brightly lit and chilly town hall basement, a committee meets regularly every two weeks to discuss the details of a Design Master Plan for the Town of Tusten. At a recent meeting, the group sat around a small table, their heads bowed over, looking at a large map of an aerial view of Tusten with numbered sections. Number by number, the committee discussed ideas for the future of the Town of Tusten.  Read more

Monticello arrests helped by video; Stolen donation jar, stolen credit cards

In separate incidents, Monticello police arrested three men recently for theft with the help of video evidence. In the first case, Monticello police arrested Isaiah Roberts, 22, and Keron Neils, 20, both of Brooklyn, for stealing a donation jar from a fast food establishment.  Read more

PA House mulls merger of Game and Fish and Boat Commission

HARRISBURG, PA — The Pennsylvania House has adopted a resolution calling for a study of the potential impacts of merging the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC). House Resolution 129 calls on the nonpartisan Legislative Budget and Finance Committee (LBFC) to study the financial feasibility, impact, costs and savings that may be realized by combining the agencies.  Read more

Bonacic seen as key in Women’s Equality Act; Abortion issue is a sticking point

ALBANY, NY — One of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s priorities this year has been the passage of his Womens’ Equality Act (WEA). The act, which has a 10-point agenda, contains language on abortion that was introduced by Cuomo on June 1, and codifies the Roe V. Wade decision of the U.S. Supreme Court into New York State law.  Read more

Supreme Court decision on DNA collection clears way for PA law

HARRISBURG, PA — Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi announced on June 3 that he expects his Senate Bill 150 to be scheduled for a vote in the senate in the near future. Senate Bill 150 would modernize and strengthen Pennsylvania’s DNA collection law in several ways, including requiring individuals arrested for serious crimes to submit DNA samples.  Read more

Livingston Manor man arrested

Sullivan County Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested a maintenance worker at BOCES in Liberty for stealing students’ money. Justin M. Wood, 19, of Livingston Manor was charged on May 31 after a month-long investigation.  Read more

Farmers’ market nutrition vouchers available for eligible seniors

The Wayne County Area Agency on Aging will be administering the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program to eligible Wayne County Senior Citizens. This program is made possible through the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Food Distribution.  Read more

Easter Seals Monticello school earns accreditation

Easter Seals New York Project Excel located in Monticello has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals.  Read more

Granddaughter responds to road name debate

The granddaughter of the couple named Rosenberg has added new information to the discussion about Segar and Rosenberg Road, and the request of some residents that it be shortened to Segar Road.  Read more

Dueling fracking films; ‘Gasland Part ll’ and ‘FrackNation’

There will likely be more than 300 people in the seats at the Callicoon Theatre on June 8, when the screening of “Gasland Part II” and conversation with director Josh Fox is held. It’s not clear how many people will crowd into the Sidetracks Bar & Lounge next door to the theatre when the movie “FrackNation” will also be shown, along with a conversation with director Phelim McAleer. Both events will begin at 10:30 a.m.  Read more

Damascus students take over

DAMASCUS TOWNSHIP, PA — The makeup of the Damascus Township Board of Supervisors had a different look at the monthly meeting on May 20. Four students from the Damascus Area School presided over the proceedings—with assistance from the actual supervisors—while taking part in a Supervisors for a Day program.  Read more

Sullivan West budget approved; Slate roof bid granted for elementary school

Voters in the Sullivan West School District overwhelmingly approved a $34.4 million budget, 453-185, for 2013-14. The spending plan comes with a tax levy increase of 1.99%, which is beneath the district’s state-mandated tax cap and lower than six other districts in Sullivan County.  Read more