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BINGHAMTON,NY — The New York-Pennsylvania Joint Interstate Bridge Commission approved $37.5 million worth of replacement and repair costs targeting five Upper Delaware River bridges at its May 18 annual meeting, while agreeing to hold a public meeting locally to discuss the overall coordination of bridge projects.

Public input wanted at waterfront revitalization open house

COCHECTON, NY — A design workshop focused on improving river access to the Delaware River in Sullivan County will be held at the Cochecton Town Hall, 74 Smales Rd., on Thursday, February 27 from 4 to 7:30 p.m. A project presentation will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The river access points are Long Eddy, Callicoon, Skinners Falls, Ten Mile River, Barryville and Pond Eddy.  Read more

Lumberland takes the climate change pledge

GLEN SPEY, NY — The Town of Lumberland last Wednesday joined several Sullivan County towns in signing on to a state initiative to combat climate change.  Read more

Town pans zoning change for counseling program

ELDRED, NY — A public hearing brought out a room filled with skeptical residents, and the Highland Town Board subsequently unanimously rejected a proposed zoning amendment that would have allowed a New Jersey-based counseling group to operate at the former Sokol Camp, located on a 25-acre site zoned R-2 along Mail Road.  Read more

Heroin found in Fallsburg school

FALLSBURG, NY — A baggie of heroin was found in a faculty bathroom at Benjamin Cosor Elementary School. The discovery was made by a school employee on February 11. That followed another discovery of drugs and paraphernalia in the same restroom back in December 2013.  Read more

Calls for Chesapeake investigation

HARRISBURG, PA — Gov. Tom Corbett and Sen. Gene Yaw are both calling on Attorney General Kathleen Kane to investigate gas lease payments to residents from Chesapeake Energy.  Read more

Cornell Sullivan executive director Sandor to exit

LIBERTY, NY — Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Sullivan County will begin an immediate nationwide search to hire a new executive director. The board of directors took the action at a special meeting on February 11, after accepting the resignation, with regrets, of its present executive Greg Sandor. He will be taking a position as head of the Nassau County CCE, which is closer to his home and family. An interim director will be named until the new executive is on board.  Read more

Ledges Hotel temporarily closed

HAWLEY, PA — Ledges Hotel experienced a fire at 10 p.m. on February 14, and due to roof and water damage the hotel and restaurant are temporarily closed while repairs are made.  Read more

Cochecton honors Sal Indelicato

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — The first order of business at the Cochecton town board’s February 12 meeting was a formal tribute to former town supervisor Salvatore B. Indelicato, who died on January 13. His voice choked with emotion, Supervisor Gary Maas read aloud the board’s tribute, recognizing Indelicato for his strength of character as well as his contributions to the town as citizen, councilperson and supervisor. Twelve of Indelicato’s 18 years of service on the town board were spent as supervisor, a position he held from 1998 to 2009; he served as councilperson from 1992 through 1998.  Read more

Historic snow, downed mailboxes and the jet stream

UPPER DELAWARE RIVER VALLEY — Just in case it escaped anyone’s attention, it has snowed more than usual over the past couple of weeks. In Scranton, for the period between February 1 and February 15, the normal snowfall amount is about five inches; this year the total was 24.4 inches. In New York City’s Central Park, the normal is also five inches, and this year the total was 27.3 inches.  Read more

Cancellations and delays for February 18

Center for Discovery Closed

Center For Spectrum Services – Ellenville Site Closed

Eldred Central School District Closed  Read more

Cancellations and delays for February 13

Center for Discovery - CLOSED

Hancock Central - CLOSED

S.C. Comm. College - CLOSED  Read more

Bedbug epidemic reaches Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — The scope and severity of a local bedbug epidemic was made apparent to the Honesdale Borough Council at its February 10 meeting. Armed with visual aids that included photographs of bedbug bites, as well as a bedbug specimen in a plastic vial, citizen Gerald Beltran educated council members about the plight of bedbug victims.  Read more

Change of leadership at Forestburgh Playhouse

FORESTBURGH, NY — The Forestburgh Playhouse announced on February 7 that longtime producer Norman Duttweiler is stepping down effective immediately and will be replaced by Franklin Trapp, who has long experience with the theater, and also experience in law. To facilitate the transition, Duttweiler will stay on as managing director through the 2014 season.  Read more

Jenkins found guilty of misdemeanor

MONTICELLO, NY — On February 5, a jury convicted Monticello Mayor Gordon Jenkins of obstructing governmental administration, a misdemeanor; and disorderly conduct, a violation.  Read more

Members announced for gaming committee

ALBANY, NY — Three of the five people who will decide the location of the four casinos in upstate New York have been named by the New York Gaming Commission.  Read more

Casino dreams inch along

MONTICELLO, NY — With Gov. Andrew Cuomo having now appointed three members of the siting committee that will determine the location of the first four casinos in the state, talk about who will receive the coveted licenses has begun at the local level.  Read more

PRASAD seeks to provide dental treatment to children

MONTICELLO, NY — Dr. Maria Escarra, the executive director of the (Philanthropic Relief, Altruistic Service and Development) PRASAD Project in Sullivan County, announced a statistic that demonstrated just how much need there is in the county regarding the dental health of children. She held up a placard which said that statewide, 24% of third graders live with untreated cavities. In Sullivan County, the number is 53%.  Read more

Bonacic joins call for Common Core delay

ALBANY, NY — Sen. John Bonacic has joined the growing chorus of voices calling for a delay in the implementation of Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS), which have been adopted by New York and 44 other states. The goal of CCLS is to bring standards up among students and teachers, and to ensure that all students are as prepared as possible for college or the workforce. But parents and educators across the state are complaining that the implementation has been rushed, teachers have been inadequately prepared, and the CCLS has lead to an unsustainable amount of testing.  Read more

Troopers rescue dog thrown from vehicle

PORT JERVIS, NY — A New York State Trooper moved to stop a Chevy Impala, which was identified with a burglary, when a male pit bull puppy was thrown out of the vehicle as it was still moving.  Read more

Schumer pushes for food chemical ban

NEW YORK, NY — U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer on February 11 announced a major push to ban a chemical commonly found in fast-food bread products, and suspected to be a carcinogen, from all food products nationwide. Schumer is undertaking this push in light of the Subway Sandwich chain’s decision this week to remove the chemical, azodicarbonamide, from its bread.  Read more