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October 25, 2014
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MONTICELLO, NY — The last commission to examine the Sullivan County Charter was convened in 2005. It met twice a month for two years and ultimately recommended changes to the county.

This process is scheduled to occur every 10 years, so the county legislature is beginning the process of forming a new commission, and the co-chair of the previous commission, Robert Green, met with the legislature to give his input on how the process might play out.

Cardinal comes to 150th anniversary; St. Francis Xavier Parish celebrates

If you attended the celebration of the 150th-year anniversary of St. Francis Xavier Parish on the Landers Campground on August 26, you would have had difficulty identifying the Archbishop of New York, Timothy Cardinal Dolan.  Read more

Corbett visits Promised Land State Park

Governor Tom Corbett, left, received two white pine saplings and other gifts during his visit to Promised Land State Park in Greentown, PA on August 23.

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Governor Corbett kayaks down the Delaware; Protestors line both sides of the river

THE DELAWARE RIVER – Gas drilling protestors occupied several sites along both sides of the Delaware River on Thursday, August 23 to greet PA governor Tom Corbett with anti-drilling signs and shouting anti-drilling slogans.  Read more

Monticello man sentenced to 11 years in prison

Sullivan County District Attorney Jim Farrell announced today that Ian Atkins, 43, of Monticello, N.Y. was sentenced in Sullivan County Court to 11 years in state prison and 5 years of post release supervision for the daytime burglary of a home in Fallsburg.  Read more

Act 13 injunction upheld

HARRISBURG, PA — The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court ruled on August 15 that municipalities are not required to obey Act 13 while the Robinson Township decision, which struck down the “pre-emption clause” of Act 13, is appealed to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. That clause would have had the effect of superseding municipalities’ ordinances local zoning laws, bans and moratoria on gas drilling.  Read more

Commissioners protest drastic cuts to victim programs

The Wayne County commissioners have decried the cutting of 50% of the funding for the county victim/witness program and juvenile victim assistance program. Last year, the program received about $50,000 for the two programs.  Read more

Gas drilling petition in Cochecton

A group called “Keep Cochecton Green” has put up a petition online at www.cochecton.org regarding horizontal hydrofracking for natural gas, and is passing around a circular requesting that residents of the Town of Cochecton sign it.  Read more

Pike cancels recycling program; costs are prohibitive

Shocking many residents, the Pike County Commissioners voted, at their meeting on August 15, to stop the countywide recycling program, effective October 1, 2012.  Read more

Residents say ‘don’t do it’; spotlight on overriding the tax cap

Resident Tom Manza said, “Actually, I’m here to ask for a 20% tax reduction,” which drew laughter from the legislature because, with the budget situation as bad as it is, a cut is out of the question and a double-digit increase seems likely.  Read more

Highland to consider climate pledge

The Town of Highland town board heard two special presentations at its recent monthly meeting on August 14.  Read more

Anti-gas drilling TV commercial unveiled

NEW YORK STATE — Television commercials touting the benefits of natural gas have become commonplace over the past couple of years with energy companies like Exxon and Chesapeake and industry lobbying groups like American Petroleum Institute and American Natural Gas Alliance spending millions on slick productions that paint drilling as an activity that will bring jobs and prosperity.  Read more

New arts and cultural center opens; international artists featured

If you happen to be driving on Route 6 in White Mills and wonder about a sign in front of the old mill that says “PaPA,” you should drive into the parking lot of the building and stop in.  Read more

Susan Beecher to retire from PCCD; concerns over pipeline impacts discussed

Susan Beecher, a well-respected guardian of Pike County’s natural resources will retire from her post as executive director of the Pike County Conservation District (PCCD) on December 31, concluding 23 years of service. The news was announced at the monthly meeting of the PCCD Board of Directors on August 20.  Read more

Pageant winners at the government center

Title holders from the Sullivan County International Pageant visited the government center on August 16 to receive certificates of recognition from the legislature. Lawmaker Kathy LaBuda said that, this year, the pageant would be donating a portion of the proceeds to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.  Read more

ECS board sets tax levy and more

The Eldred Central School District Board of Education (ECS BOE) met on August 9 and passed several resolutions intended to enable the district to prepare for future budgetary constraints.  Read more

105 years young: Carl Hentschel

Covering Carl Hentschel’s 100th birthday celebration five years ago was a special treat for this reporter, but seeing Hentschel still going strong at the age of 105 was truly icing on the cake.

A crowd of family, friends, veterans and dignitaries turned out at the Lumberland Senior Center in Glen Spey on August 15 to celebrate with Hentschel. Awards and recognitions were presented by various officials, including Town of Lumberland supervisor Nadia Rajsz and Town of Highland supervisor Andrew Boyar.  Read more

Judge upholds PA voter ID law

PENNSYLVANIA – A Pennsylvania judge rejected a challenge to the state’s controversial new voter ID law today. Lawyers for the groups bringing the suit, the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia (PILCOP), the Advancement Project, the ACLU of Pennsylvania, and the Washington, DC, law firm of Arnold & Porter, had argued that the law puts up unconstitutional barriers to the fundamental right to vote and threatens to disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of people without valid ID. The groups plan to appeal the judge’s decision to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.  Read more

Going after synthetic cannabinoids

RIVER VALLEY — The producers of bath salts, which also are know as synthetic drugs or synthetic cannabinoids, have been able to stay a step ahead of the drug laws by frequently changing the chemical makeup of their products ever so slightly so that the products did not match exactly any substances that were banned. Now, new laws at the state and federal level make it a crime to sell the stuff, and in Sullivan County, a local law has been proposed that would make the sale of bath salts punishable by a year in prison.  Read more

Pattern for Progress recruits fellows

NEWBURGH, NY — Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress is recruiting leaders from across the region to join the next class of its regional fellows program. The Pattern Fellows Program is designed to expand the horizons of those already acknowledged as leaders in their communities and disciplines by helping them explore regional approaches to their work.  Read more

Workforce development grants available

SUNY Sullivan’s 2012-2013 Workforce Development grant funds are now available. The maximum award available is $50,000.
Funding criteria give first priority to businesses that are newly relocated to New York State, business start-ups, businesses that are expanding their operations, and/or employers creating new jobs.  Read more