WASHINGTON, DC — Grants are available from the USDA to allow agricultural producers to add value to their products, expanding their markets and customer base, with the Value Added Producer Grant program (VAPG). Applicants have until October 15 to apply. Read more
REGION — The Progressive Agricultural Association of Meshoppen, PA is circulating a petition .requesting a national federal milk order pricing hearing for dairy farmers, who are under record pressure from rising costs. It has been prepared by Pete Hardin, editor of the Milkweed. Read more
The county commissioners on the Board of Elections approved a suggestion from Cindy Furman, Director of the Wayne County Department of Elections, to extend the hours of registration for the week of October 1 to October 6 in preparation for the presidential elections on November 6. The 4:30 p.m. closing will be extended to 5:30 p.m. and the office will be open on Saturday, October 6 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Read more
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and Eldred resident Lou Monteleone wants to make sure Sullivan County knows it. Monteleone’s awareness began in 2007 when he participated in a St. Baldrick’s (www.stbaldricks.org) signature head shaving event in Jeffersonville. “It changed my life,” Monteleone said, “and I became instantly involved.” Read more
SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — There are four primary races that are scheduled for voting on September 13. One of the most interesting is between Kathy Michell, the long-serving Tusten Town Clerk, and businessman Ned Lang. The two are vying to run on the Republican ticket for a chance to fill the vacancy that was created on the town board when Carol Wingert was elected supervisor. Read more
Two tow trucks strained to right a building supply tractor trailer that overturned when the driver failed to negotiate the turn onto Route 112 toward Lake Huntington. The truck was from Mariotti Building Products in Old Forge, PA. The Lake Huntington Fire Department and the New York State Police got the call at about 7:30 a.m. on the morning of September 4. The driver, who was not immediately indentified, suffered minor injuries and was taken to Catskill Regional Medical Center’s Grover M. Hermann Hospital Division Read more
Three years ago, when Port Jervis officials were looking for a way to revitalize the waterfront in the city, Adam Hubbard, a kayaking enthusiast, also known as a paddler, suggested that the city follow the lead of Boulder, CO and construct a whitewater park in the river. City officials investigated the idea, and quickly adopted it as a goal. Hubbard became chairman of the Port Jervis Whitewater Committee, and the project is moving forward. Read more
There has been another step forward in the on-again, off-again progress of the redevelopment of the Apollo Mall site. The Monticello Village board has voted to agree to annex a piece of land adjacent to the mall site, a strip along Rose Valley Road, into the village. The property is important to the plans of Butch Resnick, the Rock Hill developer chosen to handle the project, and the move will make it easier for him to handle the needed paperwork, as he will be able to deal just with the Village of Monticello, rather than the village and the Town of Thompson. Read more
The Sullivan County Partnership for Economic Development has named Josh Sommers, president and CEO of Focus Media, Inc., as the 2012 recipient of the Walter A. Rhulen Award. The Partnership also recognized Darlene Fedun, CEO, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, as Distinguished Service Award winner.
Both Sommers and Fedun will be honored at the Partnership’s annual meeting on October 4 at The Sullivan in Rock Hill. Read more
It’s usually not a good sign when Noel van Swol says, “I almost feel like saying, ‘I told you so.’” And that’s what the board member said at a meeting of the Sullivan West Central School District at the high school on August 23.
Speaking as the chairman of the Facilities Needs Committee, van Swol informed his colleagues that a sinkhole had been discovered at the high school, and the estimated cost to repair it was $3,000 to $8,000. Read more
Volunteer firefighter and supervisor Brian Stuart wasn’t trained in fire school to fight this type of fire. Sparks flew at the August 20 Lackawaxen Township meeting between one of the Lackawaxen Fire Commission departments, Greeley, and representatives from the fire commission, whose mission is to pool resources from the four fire departments in the township. Read more
Wayne Earley, the former zoning officer of the Borough of Honesdale, has filed a lawsuit against The Wayne Independent (TWI) newspaper for defamation of character and other matters. Read more
The rebuilding of the White Lake Mansion on Route 17B has been in the planning phase for at least three years. It has now progressed to the point where the town board is considering an extension of the Kauneonga Lake Sewer District to accommodate the project. Read more
UPPER DELAWARE REGION — “When I arrived at the site and looked down the bank, I thought, ‘this is going to take all day’,” said Town of Highland Supervisor Andrew Boyar, an avid fisherman involved with regional fishing organizations. Boyar was pleasantly proven wrong as more than 30 volunteers showed up to contribute their efforts to a riverbank cleanup organized by longtime river advocate Lee Hartman on August 11. Read more