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October 21, 2016
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REGION — As the chlorophyll in green leaves breaks down letting reds, yellows and oranges shine through, the autumn show begins.

This information from Environmental Learning Resources from SUNY: “As the fall colors appear, other changes are taking place. At the point where the stem of the leaf is attached to the tree, a special layer of cells develops and gradually severs the tissues that support the leaf. At the same time, the tree seals the cut, so that when the leaf is finally blown off by the wind or falls from its own weight, it leaves behind a leaf scar.

Firefighter background checks urged

ROCK HILL, NY — In New York State, firefighters are allowed to check the background of potential volunteer firefighters for arson convictions, but are not allowed to check for convictions of sexual offences.  Read more

$2.6 million sought for human services

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County commissioners authorized the county’s human services department to file for 2014-15 “block grant” funding of $2,601,930.  Read more

Press release from NORSU: Narrowsburg-based group marshals resources to oppose drug rehab clinic in downtown business district

NARROWSBURG, NY — Narrowsburg Organized For Responsible School Usage (NORSU), a group of concerned home and business owners who want to encourage economic growth by promoting and preserving the character, natural resources and cultural heritage of the pre-Revolutionary War hamlet of Narrowsburg, in the Town of Tusten, NY, officially announced its formation. NORSU was founded to prevent the conversion of the historic Narrowsburg Rural School—decommissioned in 2005—into a drug and alcohol rehabilitation clinic slated for a downtown zoning district which currently prohibits such a use.  Read more

Damascus takes on state and federal agencies

DAMASCUS, PA — The first order of business at the July 21 regular monthly meeting of the Damascus Township Board of Supervisors was apparent even before it was announced by operations manager Steve Adams. Acting as board chairman in Jeff Dexter’s absence, Adams said that township secretary Karyle Woods has been replaced by treasurer Delores Card, who now holds the title secretary-treasurer. A resolution amending the township personnel manual to reflect this change was introduced by Adams, seconded by Supervisor Joe Canfield, and passed unanimously by the two supervisors present. A board-appointed position, the secretary-treasurer reports to the operations manager and serves at the board’s pleasure.  Read more

New showroom for B&B Dodge

HONESDALE, PA — John Carmody, president of B&B Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, said the new building on Route 6 was built because that facilitated the process of expanding the business by adding Chrysler and Jeep vehicles to its previous lineup.  Read more

Texas Township addresses zoning

TEXAS TOWNSHIP, PA — Zoning issues related to rental properties were among the topics addressed in this week’s Texas Township supervisors’ meeting, led by Chairman Don Doney. The supervisors have discovered that single-family homes are being converted to two- and three-family dwellings without permits.  Read more

Hearing on compressor station

MILFORD, PA — The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will hold a public hearing on August 18 to discuss the Air Quality Plan Approval application submitted by Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC to modify its existing natural gas compressor station in Milford.  Read more

Sullivan poll workers sought

MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County Board of Elections is looking for Sullivan County residents of voting age to work the polls on Primary Day, September 9 and Election Day, November 4. All interested parties, and particularly those fluent in English and Spanish, are welcomed to apply.  Read more

Arrest in Kauneonga Lake stabbing

KAUNEONGA LAKE, NY — Early on the morning of July 27, the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office responded to a fight in progress at the Table and Tap Restaurant in the Kauneonga Lake section of the Town of Bethel. When deputies arrived at the location they found a large crowd on the sidewalk in front of the restaurant.  Read more

Village to vote on dissolving; Concern over Hasidic development spurs initiative

BLOOMINGBURG, NY — More than 20% of the Village of Bloomingburg’s 400 or so residents have signed a petition that has triggered a voter referendum on whether or not the village should continue to exist as a political entity. If the village is dissolved, its various functions would be absorbed by the Town of Mamakating, which has a population of about 12,000.  Read more

Celebrations in the Upper Delaware Valley

NARROWSBURG, NY — The stilt walkers from NACL Theater, representing the two-year long Weather Project, were some of the sights on display at Riverfest on July 27. Riverfest was one of several summer events that unfolded in the Upper Delaware Valley over the weekend.

For a closer look at the celebration of the river, the celebration of Callicoon and the largest concert crowd of the season at Bethel Woods turn to Jonathan Fox’s column on page 18.

Three hundred letters to state comptroller; Community organizes to oppose school sale

NARROWSBURG, NY — According to Tony Staffieri, the coalescing of the community around the sale of the Narrowsburg School is similar to the public reaction to the threats of high-voltage power lines and hydraulic fracturing coming to the Upper Delaware Valley: many members of the community don’t want the school to become a drug rehab center, and they have organized to oppose it.  Read more

Legislators vote to halt investigation; more arrests in department to come?

The Sullivan County Legislators voted five to three on July 24 to rescind a resolution that authorized county manager Josh Potosek to spend up to $175,000 on an investigation.  Read more

Wayne honors and appoints

HONESDALE, PA — Dyllon Fillebrown on July 17 was recognized by the Wayne County Commissioners for his first-place finish in the recent qualification meet for the state-wide Hershey Track and Field competition. The 14-year-old Wayne Highlands freshman ran a 5:18.03 mile to qualify for the state competition among 13- and 14-year-olds. Dyllon is the son of Melissa and David Fillebrown.  Read more

Carr returns to board

GLEN SPEY, NY — Lumberland Councilman Joe Carr, who is continuing his recovery from a lengthy illness, returned to his duties at the town’s July 9 board meeting. Upon his return, Supervisor Nadia Rajsz presented him with congressional and state senate certificates of recognition for his having been named earlier this year as Lumberland’s 2014 Senior of the Year in the county’s Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP).

New direction for Gasland filmmaker

UPPER DELAWARE VALLEY — Josh Fox, the director of “Gasland” and “Gasland II,” is unveiling a new performance event at the Delaware Youth Center in Callicoon on July 27 called the “Solutions Grassroots Tour.” The website for the performance, www.solutionsgrassroots.com, says it is, “A groundbreaking and interactive theatre, film and concert event that inspires communities and gives them the tools and resources to build renewable energy.”  Read more

Gillibrand, local officials address childhood hunger

TOWN OF THOMPSON, NY — Childhood hunger is a personal thing for Monticello Central School District Food Service Director Andy Yeomans. Each Monday through Friday during the summer, he and his food-service staff prepare breakfast and lunch for 850 to 875 children at 12 different locations in the Monticello Central School District. Another location will be added in August.  Read more

Orange casino discussed in Port Jervis

Port Jervis, NY — After the Town of Tuxedo council released a statement expressing its support for a proposed casino in Tuxedo in Orange County, one Port Jervis resident took issue, speaking at the July 14 meeting during the public comment period.  Read more

Sullivan jail redesign: $440,000

MONTICELLO, NY — A sharply divided Sullivan County legislature deliberated giving LaBella Associates an additional $440,000 for another redesign of the proposed new county jail.  Read more

Sullivan DFS battle intensifies

MONTICELLO, NY — The battle that has been brewing for nearly two years in the Sullivan County Department of Family Services (DFS) boiled into the open on July 22, with a lawyer for DFS commissioner Randy Parker issuing a press release that harshly criticizes an investigation that targeted Parker.  Read more