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REGION — Fireworks were seen as a fitting way of celebrating the signing of the Declaration of Independence even before the famous document was signed in 1776. As the document was being created, John Adams, who would go on to become the second President of the United States, wrote to his wife Abigail that the signing would live on in history.

County chair lauds travel guide

Scott Samuelson, chair of the Sullivan County Legislature, took a minute to let his colleagues know he was pleased with the way the Sullivan County Visitors Association handled the cover of the new travel guide.  Read more

Beer for the community

“This is a true American project, hot dogs, baseball, old Ford truck and a good American beer. All of our products are made in the USA, we support our community, that’s what we will always be about,” said Phil Vallone, one of the investors in the Roscoe Beer Company.  Read more

Fracking bans okay in New York; Court rules against drillers in Dryden, Middlefield

ALBANY, NY — In an important victory for residents opposed to hydraulic fracturing in New York, the Third Appellate Division in Albany on May 3 ruled that municipalities have the right to adopt zoning laws that prohibit fracking.  Read more

UDC opposes PA DEP septic plan

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Upper Delaware Council (UDC) shares the sentiments of its Pennsylvania representatives about the PA Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) proposed policy for on-lot sewage systems in high quality and exceptional value watersheds. The UDC and its members in Wayne and Pike counties say the implementation of the policy would likely decrease land values because the most valuable land—adjacent to lakes and streams—would become unbuildable, undevelopable and unusable for most purposes.  Read more

Pike commissioners adopt tax abatement program

With the unemployment rate spiking to a hefty 12.1% nationwide, the Pike County Commissioners took a step that could help the county alleviate unemployment by voting to adopt a tax incentive program to help attract businesses to the county. The action was taken at the commissioners’ meeting on April 30.  Read more

Animal advocates turn out for Lexi; Urge jail time for dog abuser

About half a dozen turned out in front of the Pike County District Court to urge Judge Jay Rose to sentence a Greentown man to the maximum penalty under the law for allegedly abusing his dog “Lexi.” On March 29, Lexi was found muzzled and bound with duct tape. The owner, Russell Seese, who is a resource conservationist with the Pike County Conservation District, has been charged with two counts of animal cruelty.  Read more

Head-gnawing man sentenced

A Bucks County man who had been accused of gnawing on a woman’s head while naked and covered with blood was sentenced on May 3 to time in Wayne County Prison. Richard Cimino appeared in Wayne County Court, and will spend from 90 days to 23.5 months in prison.  Read more

Greater Pike Community Foundation announces directors and officers

The Greater Pike Community Foundation (GPCF) announced its executive officers and committee chairs in April. Legally incorporated late in 2012, the GPCF was created to maximize charitable donations from individuals, families and local businesses through organized targeted community philanthropy.  Read more

Body recovered from Upper Delaware River below Narrowsburg

New York State Police recovered a body from the Upper Delaware River on May 4 at about 3 p.m. Police say the body was discovered by a group of canoeists who alerted authorities.  Read more

Construction begins on skate park

Teamskate’s Liberty Skate Park is moving into its construction phase and celebrates the occasion with a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, May 10, at 1 p.m. at the future skate park site on Darbee Lane and Grant Street.  Read more

African-American woman confirmed to state’s highest court

ALBANY, NY — Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced that the New York State Senate confirmed Sheila Abdus-Salaam to serve on the New York State Court of Appeals. Justice Abdus-Salaam is the first African-American woman to serve on the Court of Appeals. She was nominated by the governor on April 5.  Read more

Sullivan legislators agree on ethics; Law will get public hearing

Sullivan County Legislators have come to an agreement about the make-up of a proposed new ethics law that will cover county employees, officials and members of various boards appointed by the legislature.  Read more

Complaint lodged against Tusten councilman; Limit on campaign spending at issue

Former Tusten council member Andrea Reynosa has filed a formal complaint with the New York State Board of Elections (BOE) against Ned Lang, who ran against her and won in the November 2012 election for a seat on the town council. The letter was sent on May 3.  Read more

Kite festival at the college

Winston Churchill once famously said, “Kites ride highest against the wind, not with it.” And so, at any given time, there were dozens of kites rising against the wind on May 4, at the 22nd Annual SUNY Sullivan Kite Festival on the great lawn.  Read more

UDC opposes PA DEP policy proposal

The Upper Delaware Council, Inc. (UDC) unanimously approved a letter to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) on May 2 expressing its opposition to the Sewage Facilities Planning Module Review for On-lot Sewage Systems Proposed in High Quality and Exceptional Value Watersheds.  Read more

Livingston Manor flood study to be aired at meeting

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (NYDEC), the Town of Rockland, and Sullivan County will hold a public meeting to discuss the results of a major study on flooding and ecosystem restoration in Livingston Manor. The meeting will take place on Thursday, May 9, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., at the Livingston Manor Firehouse.  Read more

Sullivan legislators agree on ethics; proposed law will get public hearing

The Sullivan County legislators have come to an agreement about the make-up of a proposed new ethics law that will cover county employees, officials and members of various boards appointed by the legislature.  Read more

Fracking bans ok in New York towns; Court rules in Dryden, Middlefield

ALBANY, NY — In an important victory for residents opposed to hydraulic fracturing in New York, the Third Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court in Albany on May 2 ruled that municipalities have the right to adopt zoning laws that prohibit fracking.  Read more

Honey without pollen?; Push for a national standard

REGION — Bees make honey from nectar and pollen; therefore one might think that honey would contain quite a bit of pollen. But, in fact, up to 75% of honey sold in grocery stores contains no pollen. The issue is spelled out in an article published in Food Safety News in November 2011, which tested 60 many brands of honey (www.foodsafetynews.com/2011/11/tests-show-most-store-honey-isnt-honey).  Read more

PA House split on natural gas legislation; Job creators or corporate giveaways?

HARRISBURG, PA — A package of legislation called “Marcellus Works” is making its way through the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, and three bills out of the package related to compressed natural gas (CNG) were passed by the House on April 18.  Read more