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NARROWSBURG, NY — Celebrate the diverse artistic talents of the area at Riverfest, Narrowsburg’s 26th annual music, art, and environmental festival on Sunday, July 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

State senator pushes for severance tax

HARRISBURG, PA — Pennsylvania State Sen. John Yudichak, on March 27, joined leaders in education, environmental protection and business at the Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center to unveil details of a plan to enact what he called a fair and reasonable severance tax proposal on the Marcellus shale industry.  Read more

Bonacic announces $40 million for potholes

ALBANY, NY — Senator John J. Bonacic announced on April 1 that the New York State 2014-2015 budget agreement includes $40 million in funding to help fix the many potholes that are left after a rough winter throughout the state.  Read more

Fighting colon and rectal cancer

HONESDALE, PA — The numbers are getting better, but Northeastern PA counties still have colon and rectal cancer incidence rates 15% or 16% higher, and mortality rates 16% higher, than the national average.  Read more

Pure heroin in Woodridge

WOODRIDGE, NY — Jeffrey Hershewsky, 30, of Woodridge, and 20-year-old Alison Killian of Liberty have been arrested in connection with the sale of uncut heroin.  Read more

The growing heroin problem

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Signs of the heroin epidemic in Sullivan County and beyond are everywhere. The police agencies in the county send a seemingly endless stream of notices about heroin-related arrests to local media outlets. At a recent Town of Liberty meeting, resident Terry Bauer sought support for addiction treatment programs and said she was providing shelter to a friend who is dealing with heroin withdrawal; state Sen. John J. Bonacic announced that he is part of a joint task force, which will examine the “alarming” rise of use of heroin and other opioids in New York.  Read more

Honesdale mayor resigns

Honesdale Mayor resigned on April 1, and his resignation letter was effective immediately.

Mayor Ed Langendoerfer told news outlets he has become increasingly frustrated with the board of the borough and especially critical of the way the board has handled hiring in the police department.

The board hired a police commissioner to head the department instead of the former acting police chief, and has been involved in a legal dispute with the former acting police chief.

The board has 30 days to appoint a new mayor.

Judge declines to recuse himself in voter case; board of elections determination submitted

The court case about the legitimacy of more than 100 voters in the March election in Bloomingburg got off to an surprising start, with an attorney for one of the candidates asking the judge to recuse himself because of the judge’s wife’s social media activities.  Read more

Siting cell towers in the scenic Upper Delaware River Valley

NARROWSBURG, NY — A free workshop sponsored by the Upper Delaware Council, Inc. (UDC) will be held on Saturday, March 29 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the Tusten Town Hall.  Read more

Hawley learns from challenging winter, looks forward

HAWLEY, PA — It was a full agenda at Hawley Borough Council’s March 12 meeting. While much of the meeting was focused on this past difficult winter, there were also plans discussed for the upcoming spring season.  Read more

Food hub resolution tabled

MONTICELLO, NY — Four Sullivan County legislators voted to move now on the creation of a food hub in Glen Wild, but five of them ultimately voted to table the matter until it can be further investigated.  Read more

Wayne updating local polling place

HONESDALE, PA — Keeping polling places up to modern standards is more than routine business in rural parts of northern Wayne County.  Read more

A new courthouse debate – ballot question proposed

MILFORD, PA — New voices last week joined in the Pike courthouse addition debate that has dominated county commissioners’ meetings since the beginning of the new year.  Read more

Sullivan endorses two casinos, approves $25,000 for analysis

MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County Legislature on March 20 passed a resolution to support and advocate for two casino resorts to be located in the county. The resolution said the county has been seeking casinos for four decades, and said the casinos would provide financial support for education and desperately needed property tax relief.  Read more

Bill for making up snow days

HARRISBURG, PA — The state senate this week unanimously approved a bill that would give schools greater flexibility to make up time missed as a result of weather emergencies, according to Sen. Jake Corman, the bill’s sponsor.  Read more

Salary increase for Berlin official

BEACH LAKE, PA — Berlin Township officials voted to give Cathy Hunt a salary increase after she had not had a raise since 2009. At the township meeting on March 18, supervisor Charles Gries and supervisors’ chair Paul Henry voted to increase Hunt’s salary from $350 to $375 per week.  Read more

Fallsburg teachers speak out on heroin investigation

FALLSBURG, NY — Teachers and members of the Fallsburg teachers union turned out to the Fallsburg town meeting on March 24 to protest the way they have been treated by police and the school resource officer in the wake of two discoveries of heroin in a men’s bathroom at Benjamin Cosor Elementary School in recent months.  Read more

Shohola explores new directions toward business

SHOHOLA, PA — Much of the Shohola supervisors meeting of March 13 was devoted to topics related to potential growth in the Shohola business districts. Of particular interest is the portion of Route 6 that runs through Shohola Township and is designated as commercial. This is, in fact, one of the very few areas of Shohola that does permit commercial businesses, since such a large area of the township is devoted to state game lands. The supervisors are working towards bringing businesses and jobs to this area in a variety of ways.  Read more

A year in the sun Solar powers a school

GLEN SPEY, NY — One option becoming popular for organizations that wish to move into solar power is for the organization to lease part of its land to an investment company, which will then install the solar panels and sell reduced-cost electricity to the organization.  Read more

Liberty board hears heroin concerns

LIBERTY, NY — At its regularly scheduled board meeting on March 17, the Liberty town board heard from Terry Bauer regarding the increase in heroin use and the lack of crisis intervention in the county.  Read more

Horsemen appeal to legislature; No race track at the casino?

MONTICELLO, NY — Horsemen and their supporters filled the room at the meeting of the Sullivan County Legislature on March 20 to sound off about their ongoing dispute with management of Monticello Raceway. At issue is the amount of casino revenue, if any, the horsemen will receive if Empire Resorts, which owns the raceway, and its partners receive a license to open a casino at the site of the former Concord Hotel.  Read more