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According to a source who has been reliable in the past, and is familiar with proposed sale of the Narrowsburg School, the deal fell through at the closing table either on September 12 or the previous day.

The source said the attorneys were at the closing table and Joan Buto, the person who wanted to buy the school and turn it into a drug and alcohol rehab facility, appeared at the closing and raised the price of the school from $751,000 to $1.5 million, doubling the asking price.

New Chapin development lauded; emergency services a concern

About 50 people turned out to a public hearing for a new development in The Chapin Estate; unlike the previous ones created in the Town of Bethel, this one would be located in the Town of Lumberland.  Read more

Police halt fracking demonstration

MIDDLETOWN, NY — May 30 was a perfect day for a protest: sunny and bright with a light breeze. Among the first to show up was Tannis Kowalchuk, who came dressed in a doctor’s uniform with an oversized stethoscope and who stood tall on stilts. The outfit dovetailed nicely with the message of the day, which was to call for a health impact assessment regarding hydraulic fracturing.  Read more

For natural gas drilling, most NYS residents say risk outweighs revenue

The below is a press release from Cornell University

ITHACA, N.Y. — More than half of New York state residents believe that the environmental risks of natural gas drilling outweigh the revenues produced by such activity, according to the latest Empire State Poll conducted by Cornell’s Survey Research Institute.  Read more

Transit of Venus from Shohola

Our River Talk columnist Scott Rando sent us this photograph the morning of Wednesday, June 6, along with the following note:

“I gave up on seeing the transit of Venus due to the cloud cover and went to run errands and go to a meeting in NY. The meeting ended and as I reached home around sunset, there was a sliver of sun... just a sliver!  Read more

Gunther gets new chief of staff

Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther’s chief of staff/legislative director, Steven Wilkinson, will leave her office at the end of June. Wilkinson will move to the New York State Department of Labor, serving as Deputy Director of Business Services in the Division of Employment and Workforce Solutions.  Read more

WMHS closes Delaware Manor

BEACH LAKE, PA — The Wayne Memorial Health System (WMHS) will close Wayne Delaware Manor, a personal care residence located close to the Pennsylvania side of the Narrowsburg bridge, on July 31. The decision was made due to ongoing financial losses.  Read more

Veterans get discount program

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — Wayne County residents who are veterans can bring their Honorable Discharges to the Wayne County Veterans Affairs Office on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 12 noon for an application for the Wayne County discount program.  Read more

First river rescue of the season

The National Canoe Safety Patrol performed its first river rescue on Saturday, May 26 at Skinners Falls. Erika Poston rescued Danilo Carvajal, 59, a visiting Queens resident, on her first day of service on the patrol.  Read more

Tusten calendar goes online

The Town of Tusten now has an online calendar that shows the dates not only of the main town council and board meetings, but also meetings of committees like the zoning rewrite committee and design committee. Other events of importance to the town, like last weekend’s plant swap and the July 22 RiverFest, are also included. To see the calendar, go to www.tusten.org and click on “2012 calendar.” If you have an event you think should be listed, email tony.ritter@gmail.com.

Current flow management plan renewed

MILFORD, PA — New York State, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and the City of New York (NYC) announced last week that they have unanimously agreed to a one-year extension of the current Flexible Flow Management Program (FFMP) intended to meet water supply demands, protect fisheries habitat downstream of the NYC-Delaware Basin reservoirs, enhance flood mitigation and repel the upstream movement of salt water in the Delaware Estuary.  Read more

Current flow management plan renewed

MILFORD, PA — New York State, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and the City of New York (NYC) announced last week that they have unanimously agreed to a one-year extension of the current Flexible Flow Management Program (FFMP) intended to meet water supply demands, protect fisheries habitat downstream of the NYC-Delaware Basin reservoirs, enhance flood mitigation and repel the upstream movement of salt water in the Delaware Estuary.  Read more

DEP moves ahead with natural gas vehicle development

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has announced the launch of a Natural Gas Vehicle (NGV) website and a plan to help municipal and commercial fleet owners make informed decisions about converting their fleets to compressed natural gas and liquefied natural gas, in advance of a related grant program and workshops scheduled for the fall.  Read more

Wayne approves $7.2 million municipal bond

At their meeting on May 31, the Wayne County Commissioners took advantage of two things: a recent upgrade in the county’s Standard and Poor’s rating to A minus and a record-low interest rate.

Based on these two advantages, the commissioners approved a sale of county municipal bonds worth $7.2 million that will be used to pay for capital improvements. The funds will help pay for the county’s recently constructed $13.6 million county prison in Indian Orchard and the construction of the county’s $2.5 million emergency center in Beach Lake.  Read more

Will the farm bill save dairy farms?

WASHINGTON, DC — Dairy farmers across New York and Pennsylvania are once again looking for some leadership in addressing the structural problems facing the waning dairy industry here. But will they get it?  Read more

Sullivan 911 Center sees first retiree

George Schluer had a few hands to shake before signing in for his last day of work at the Sullivan County 911 Center on May 30. Schluer’s colleagues had arranged for some 45 fire trucks and ambulances to appear at the center, located in the Sullivan County International Airport, just in time to see Schluer pull up for his last day on the job.  Read more

Pike to purchase a new building; new quarters needed for expanding court system

Pike County needs to expand its old courthouse with an addition. Meanwhile, during construction, it will need an additional place to house judicial offices.  Read more

Mandate reform tops agenda;tax-exempt properties and welfare recipients also covered

“There are going to be tough choices. The way I look at it, unless New York State delivers mandate reform tomorrow, there are people losing their homes in Sullivan County; we can’t afford to live here,” said Sullivan County Legislator Cindy Gieger.  Read more

Communities welcome Kristin White to library post

The new director of the Western Sullivan Public Library (WSPL), Kristin White, was at the Tusten-Cochecton branch on June 4 and Jeffersonville branch on June 6 to meet and greet members of the public. A third opportunity to meet White is scheduled for June 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Delaware Free branch in Callicoon, NY. White will oversee all three branches.  Read more

Crumley remembered as straight talker; Bethel board member honored as politician, stock car driver

The Mongaup Valley United Methodist Church overflowed with friends and relatives on June 1. They came to remember Richard Crumley, who passed away on May 27. Crumley had been the Town of Bethel Highway Superintendent, a town councilman, a noted stock car driver and the owner of Seven X Motors.  Read more