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September 05, 2015
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REGION — There’s no question that last year’s winter was one for the record books, with temperature records falling all across the eastern United States and here in the Northeast, while most of the rest of the planet experienced above-normal temperatures. In fact, temperatures were so far above normal for most of the planet that by the end of August climate scientists were projecting that 2015 will be the warmest year since record taking began in 1880. Coming in right behind this year is 2014, which will then become the second warmest year on record.

New Jersey man killed in Greeley home

Pennsylvania State Police have not yet released a possible motive for the killing of a man in a Greeley residence in the early morning hours of May 22. They are investigating the death of Peter Wislotski, 29, from Sussex, NJ.  Read more

Honesdale man accused of accidentally shooting daughter

HONESDALE, PA — Matthew Holmes, 38, of Honesdale has been charged with accidentally shooting his daughter in the face. According to the Wayne County District Attorney and Honesdale Borough Police Department, on May 25, Holmes was visiting friends on 11th Street with his 15-year-old daughter.  Read more

Lackawaxen horse farm expansion

LACKAWAXEN TOWNSHIP, PA — In the Republican primary election on May 21, Michael Mancino received 177 votes, incumbent Brian Stuart received 170 and Ronald Tussel Jr. got 63. With no Democratic candidate in the race, it seems likely that Mancino will replace Stuart on the township board in 2014.  Read more

Sullivan adopts ethics law; Subpoena power remains an issue

The Sullivan County Legislature adopted the long-awaited new ethics law at a meeting at the government center in Monticello on May 23. Before the vote, legislator Cindy Gieger said she would vote in favor of the law with the understanding that a vote to restore a provision that would grant subpoena power to the new ethics board would be held before the law takes effect in 60 days.  Read more

Fired family services deputy issues statement

Former Sullivan County Legislator Dr. David Sager, who was fired from his position as deputy commissioner of the Department of Health and Family Services (DHFS) on May 16, has issued a statement about the matter.  Read more

Bonacic introduces casino legislation; three proposed for the Catskills

ALBANY, NY — State Senator John Bonacic has introduced legislation that would create three casinos in the Catskills and authorize up to seven in the state, if voters in November approve a referendum to change the state’s constitution to allowing non-Indian gambling.  Read more

Former Sullivan Sheriff Hogue dies

Former Sheriff Dan Hogue, who served two terms in Sullivan County, passed away on May 22. He was 74 years old.

Friends said he had been ill for some time.

He remained active after retiring in 2005 and last year was appointed to a committee in charge of reviewing the state of law enforcement in the county.

Originally from Pittsburgh, Hogue was known to many in the county as "a cop's cop," who was firm but compassionate.  Read more

Sullivan County tornado alert

The National Weather Service In Binghamton Has Issued A * Tornado Warning For... South Central Delaware County In Central New York... Northwestern Sullivan County In Central New York... * Until 145 PM EDT.  Read more

Tourism businesses press on

About 50 tourism businesses exchanged rack cards and other literature in advance of the opening of the summer tourist season in Sullivan County. The event this year was held at the Fort Delaware Museum of Colonial History in Narrowsburg on May 16.  Read more

Pike commissioners abolish juror positions

The Pike County Commissioners joined officials in 41 other counties in the state when they voted to abolish the commissioner of jurors positions at the county meeting on May 15. Pike has two such commissioners: Republican Marjorie Wassmer and Democrat Getrude Smith.  Read more

Beagles, eels and embezzlement

The lighter side of local government was evident at the Cochecton Town Board’s May 8 monthly meeting, after the board addressed the serious issues on its agenda, including highway maintenance materials bid and litter pluck results.  Read more

Armed resource officers for school; Wallenpaupack approves budget

The Wallenpaupack Area School District on May 13 unanimously approved a proposed $63.2 million budget for 2013-14 that includes the hiring of four armed school resource officers. The board hopes to adopt the budget at its June 17 meeting.  Read more

Wine, speed, and Little Baseball

Honesdale Borough Council bylaws decree that a tied vote by the council must be broken by the mayor. Mayor Ed Langendoerfer was called on to exercise his vote more than once at the council’s May 13 monthly meeting. Councilman James L. Brennan was absent. All other council members were present.  Read more

Legislation to restore DRBC funding

WEST TRENTON, NJ — Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) announced that the U.S. Senate on May 15 passed the Water Resources Development Act of 2013 (WRDA) by a 83-14 vote that included a provision directing the federal government to pay its share of the commission’s annual budget. The bill must still be approved by the House of Representatives.  Read more

Town of Delaware meetings changing

The Town of Delaware Board meeting dates have been changed as follows: town board meetings will be held on the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. Planning board meetings will be held on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m.

Eldred, Sullivan West votes

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — The public voted yes to the proposed budgets of the Eldred Central School District and the Sullivan West Central School District. In Eldred, the vote for the $16. 3 million budget was 344 yes votes and 121 no votes. The voters also approved a $14,000 levy for the Sunshine Hall Free Library by a margin of 352 to 121. Linda Bohs was unopposed and was elected to the school board.  Read more

Staff cuts at local medical centers

The Greater Hudson Valley Health System (GHVHS) has announced that due to substantial reductions in reimbursement from the federal and state governments, as well as other decreases in revenue which they claim are caused by healthcare reform, that it has been forced to immediately reduce its labor force. Catskill Regional Medical Center will lay off the equivalent of 60 full-time positions. Orange Regional Medical Center will lay off the equivalent of 80 full-time positions.  Read more

Rabid fox in Mount Pleasant Township

MOUNT PLEASANT TOWNSHIP, PA — A red fox tested positive for rabies after it attacked three family pets and reportedly tried to enter the family home. Rabies is a fatal disease that threatens the lives of humans and animals and has been spreading across Pennsylvania for more than a decade, according to Marlene Metzger, PA humane officer, at the Dessin Animal Shelter.  Read more

Small increase in Delaware Valley taxes

For the first time in a half a dozen years, residents living in the Delaware Valley School District may have to dig deeper into their pockets to pay for an increase in school taxes, it was announced at the monthly school board meeting on May 16. The proposed final 2013-2014 budget of $70,610,660 is 2.3% above the current budget, and will translate into an average tax increase of $66 per household.  Read more

Appellate court on Toronto Reservoir; Ruling against Chapin Estate developer

Another court has weighed in on the matter of the Toronto Reservoir, and said that residents have the right to use a road in Chapin Estate to reach the recreational access area at the reservoir.  Read more