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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.

Dad, sons arrested on weapons charges

Eric Ivan, 48, and his sons Conner, 25, and Dustin, 26, all of whom live on Edward Avenue in Monticello, have been arrested on multiple weapons charges.  Read more

May is Water Safety Month

UPPER DELAWARE RIVER — Marking May as Water Safety Month, the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River has launched its 2013 Water Safety Campaign. Last summer’s successful campaign saw zero drownings in the National Park.  Read more

Background checks, zoning; Issues at Liberty meeting

Beginning January 1, 2014, every prospective employee in the Town of Liberty will undergo a background check before being hired.  Read more

Child Abuse Prevention Month

REGION — “The symbol of child abuse prevention is the pinwheel, and so there are 1,514 pinwheels outside to represent the number of calls that we received for potential child abuse and neglect in Sullivan County last year.”

That was Dr. David Sager, deputy commissioner of the county Department of Family Services, addressing the county legislature on April 19, and informing them that April is Child Abuse Prevention Month.  Read more

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes; Raising money for RISE

There was a sea of T-shirts atop a smattering of men wearing candy-red woman’s shoes at the government center in Monticello on April 20, as a healthy crowd turned out to raise money for Rape Intervention Services and Education (RISE) program of Sullivan County.  Read more

WJFF names interim manager

Adam Weinreich has been named interim station manager at WJFF, a public radio station in Jeffersonville, NY. Weinreich was appointed by the WJFF Board of Trustees after the resignation of Winston Clark, WJFF’s station manager since 2009.  Read more

Sullivan ponders ethics law; details remain to be worked out

For about 20 minutes Sullivan County lawmakers discussed the timing of the next meeting regarding the proposed ethics law and the date of the proposed public hearing, because members wanted clarity about when they would be voting, and what they might be voting on.  Read more

Majority of WJFF board resigns; a new era for Radio Catskill?

“The past four years have not been fun at WJFF.” That statement, made by one long-time volunteer during the heated April 17 meeting of WJFF’s Board of Trustees (BOT), apparently characterized the feeling of many volunteers at the meeting toward WJFF management during Station Manager Winston Clark’s tenure; Clark resigned his post at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 12. Adam Weinreich was named interim station manager until a new station manager can be hired.  Read more

Narrowsburg man arrested for assault

A Narrowsburg man has been arrested after allegedly shooting another man in the face with an air gun that fired a pellet.  Read more

Schumer pushes plans for dams

NEW YORK STATE — There are hundreds of dams in New York State that have a classification as “high” hazard. Many don’t have plans should a problem with a dam develop.  Read more

Inmate mental health costs decreasing; Sullivan officials targeting costs

So far this year, the amount of criminal inpatient costs in Sullivan County is $0. In recent years, the cost has fluctuated a great deal, and soared to more than $500,000 in 2011.  Read more

Heat pump, burn ban, found money and new lawyers; Full plate at Cochecton meeting

At its regular monthly meeting on April 10, the Cochecton Town Board faced two significant challenges: replacing a costly courtroom heat pump and the review and revision of town codified law.  Read more

Farm workers campaign for rights; A presentation in Monticello

Two Latino farm workers appeared at a meeting of the Sullivan County Chapter of the NAACP as part of the New York State Justice for Farm Workers Campaign, which is advocating that the state legislature adopt the Farm Workers Fair Labor Practices Act. The act would extend rights, such as overtime pay, a day of rest per week and protection when seeking collective bargaining to farm workers. These are rights that are already enjoyed by most workers in the state.  Read more

Four arrested for stealing copper pipes

HARRIS, NY — Courtney Kashan, 24, and Joshua Boyles, 24, of Livingston Manor and Juan Morales, 35, and Jorge Ramirez, 40, of White Lake have been arrested in connection with a burglary at a home on Harris/Bushville Rd. According to the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office Town of Bethel the suspects crawled under the home and used a battery-powered saw to remove numerous copper pipes.  Read more

Health survey in NEPA Marcellus area

NORTHEAST PA — Pennsylvania’s Northeast Regional Cancer Institute (NRCI) recently completed a Community Health Survey in the Marcellus Shale region of Northeast Pennsylvania. The project was funded by the PA Department of Public Welfare.  Read more

Pete Seeger to perform Milford benefit

Pete Seeger, together with R.J. Storm and Old School, will play at the Milford Theatre on Saturday, June 8 at 7 p.m. The concert will benefit the non-profit environmental group Air Soil Water whose mission is dedicated to advancing renewable energy sources through education.  Read more

Honesdale man pleads not guilty to rape

ITHACA, NY — Cornell University student Peter Mesko, 22, has entered a not guilty plea on April 12 to a rape charge in Ithaca. Mesko was charged with first degree rape after allegedly having sex with a female student at the university.  Read more

Of playgrounds, ballfields, proms, and ‘drag’ races

The April 8th meeting of Honesdale Borough Council opened to a room packed with citizens patiently waiting their turns to address the council and its officials.  Read more

Daffodil days in the Catskills and Poconos

REGION — It’s the season for daffodil blooms in the region and their colorful petals can be seen everywhere, from tended gardens to lots that have not been actively tended in decades. According to the Amercian Daffodil society (www.daffodilusa.org) daffodil bulbs last a very long time. This fact is posted on their website: “Under good growing conditions, they should outlast any of us. While some kinds of bulbs tend to dwindle and die out, daffodils should increase.”  Read more

Pike ALS wins ambulance war; Companies vie for coverage

Pike County ALS (Advanced Life Support) received some good news at the April 10 meeting of Hawley Borough Council. The Milford-based emergency agency will remain the borough’s primary ALS provider after the council turned down a suggestion by Wayne Ambulance to designate the closest available paramedic service as the primary provider.  Read more