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BETHEL WOODS, NY — As far as the supervisor of the Town of Bethel is concerned, the Mysteryland Music Festival and its fans are welcome back to Bethel every year. Dan Sturm said the number of people camping at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts facility had increased this year over last, and this was confirmed by a spokesperson from Mysteryland who said that camping sold out at 10,000 campers, up 35% over last year.

Betty Kang, director of public relations for Mysteryland USA wrote, “Overall attendance for the weekend was 50,000.”

‘Distressed’ Hawley designation makes Cozza ‘walk’

Lines were drawn and battles were waged to the point where an incensed Hawley Planning Commission member stormed out of the meeting on January 1 amid angry words from the public and the commission. While the fiscal cliff in Washington was averted New Year’s Eve, and still with unanswered questions, Hawley seems poised on its own fiscal cliff, with no answers in the foreseeable future.  Read more

DEP to present radon program

HARRISBURG, PA — As part of National Radon Action Month, the PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will present an episode on the subject as part of its quarterly webinar series, DEP at Home, on Wednesday, January 16, from 7 to 8 p.m.

“Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and affects almost half of all Pennsylvania homes,” DEP Secretary Mike Krancer said. “Everyone needs to test their homes for radon.  Read more

Longtime Narrowsburg fixture retires

When Charlie Knapp first started cutting hair in Narrowsburg, the Second World War had ended just three years earlier. Knapp took over the business from his father who started in back in 1911.

Knapp has now officially retired, saying he was forced to do so because of a problem with his arm. But, he said, there will still be a hair-cutter in town, as Diane Daley is still taking customers. Knapp and Daley joined forces in one business location since 2004.  Read more

DRBC goes paperless

WEST TRENTON, NJ — The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) has announced the launch of an online reporting system for its Water Supply Charges Program (WSCP). Designed to simplify surface water use reporting for WSCP participants, the new system eliminates the need for paper reports.  Read more

Hudson Valley Regional Council honors retiring chairman

The Hudson Valley Regional Council (HVRC) recently honored A. Alan Seidman on the occasion of his retirement, after 11 years as chairman and 18 years as a member. The ceremony, held at Washington’s Headquarters in Newburgh, recognized Seidman, the former chairman of the Orange County Legislature, for his extensive work for the HVRC.

“It was so appropriate to honor him at Washington’s Headquarters,” said the council’s executive director, Patricia Pomeroy.  Read more

UDC 2013 officers elected

Jeff Dexter, supervisor of Damascus Township in Pennsylvania, has been elected chairman of the Upper Delaware Council (UDC) for 2013. Andy Boyar, supervisor of the Town of Highland, was elected vice-chair, and John B. Niflot, the Town of Fremont representative, was elected secretary-treasurer.

The election was held at the UDC meeting in Narrowsburg on January 4. There will be a swearing-in ceremony and public reception at the February 7 UDC meeting.  Read more

Deer rescued from frigid river; New air boat passes the test

The picture of the deer in the back of the ambulance went viral on Facebook, and the tale is sure to go down in the annals of local rescue lore.

On January 5, the Lumberland Fire Department was dispatched in response to a call that an animal had fallen through the ice in the Upper Delaware River near the Pond Eddy Bridge. Fire chief Eric Robles and a crew went to the scene to check out the situation.  Read more

Residents, businesses urged to ‘Take the Tusten Energy Survey’

TOWN OF TUSTEN, NY — Starting this week, Tusten residents and business owners are being asked to take the Tusten Energy Survey as part of a town-wide initiative to improve energy efficiency and to reduce energy costs in homes, businesses and in-town operations. The survey is part of Phase Two of an ongoing energy project by the town.  Read more

Rouis calls for change of government; opposition calls for separate legal representation

At a news conference at the government center on January 3, Legislator Jonathan Rouis, the former chairman of the legislature, called for the establishment of a charter revision committee to study the notion of changing the county government to one that would have a county executive as is the case in Orange and Ulster counties.
  Read more

Judge Schick sworn in; From legal aid to the bench

The swearing in of Judge Stephen Schick offered a look back at 30 years of jurisprudence in Sullivan County. Schick, who had served as executive director of Sullivan County Legal Aid and as a legal aid attorney, was sworn into office on December 29, at the county court house in Monticello. He is now New York State Supreme Court Justice for the Third Judicial District, which serves Sullivan County, as well as Ulster, Green, Albany, Schoharie, Rensselaer and Columbia counties.  Read more

Concord project on track again; Cappelli out, EPR Properties in

The project to turn the former Concord Hotel site into a destination resort seems to be moving forward again. A company called EPR Properties (EPR), formerly Entertainment Properties Trust, is in the driver’s seat, and developer Louis Cappelli, who was formerly driving the project, is now on the sidelines.  Read more

Shohola to hold public hearing; Tax abatement law considered

Shohola Township supervisors have approved advertising a public hearing for a proposed local tax abatement law.

“The law could give Shohola a fighting chance to compete for businesses that are seeking to locate in the Tri-State area, and specifically in Shohola, by giving such companies a tax break,” said Michael Sullivan, director of the Pike County Economic Development Authority (EDA).

The hearing will be held at the beginning of the township council meeting on February 14 at 7:30 p.m.  Read more

Pennsylvania launches PennWATCH

HARRISBURG, PA — Pennsylvania has launched the website PennWATCH, which officials say is “your window into Pennsylvania state government.” The site allows visitors in-depth information about the state budget and revenues, how that money is being spent and the results that the tax dollars are achieving.

Governor Tom Corbett signed the Pennsylvania Web Accountability and Transparency Act into law on June 30, 2011, providing for the establishment of a “searchable budget database-driven Internet website detailing certain information concerning taxpayer expenditures and investments.”  Read more

Sullivan Renaissance Annual Conference & Expo

Sullivan Renaissance will hold its “Annual Conference, Local Market & Expo” on Saturday, March 9 at the CVI Center in Ferndale.

The keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Peter Tarlow, an international consultant on the positive effects of community beautification, who has been assisting Sullivan Renaissance for the past two years. Dr. Tarlow will also present a workshop focused on youth leadership.  Read more

Honesdale business owner charged with illegally burning and burying waste

State officials have filed criminal charges against a Wayne County man accused of illegally burning and burying waste in Wayne County. Attorney General Linda Kelly identified the defendant as Joseph Bunnell, 50. Bunnell is the owner of Bunnell Waste Removal Inc., 267 Tryon St., Honesdale.

According to the complaint, from January 2009 through February 2012, Bunnell allegedly obtained thousands of dollars from customers by misrepresenting that their waste was being disposed of properly at a landfill.  Read more

Deal reached for Delaware Valley School; Proposed sale for $1.16 million

An agreement has been reached by the Sullivan West School Board to sell the shuttered Delaware Valley School building and campus to Emily Wu for $1.16 million. The board voted five to two to go ahead with the deal at a meeting two weeks ago.

Wu was first mentioned as a buyer back in September in a presentation by Nora Manzolillo, who said that Wu owned a private school in Queens and had made a verbal offer to buy the facility for $950,000. Wu’s plans also included purchase of additional acreage adjacent to the school because she intended to build a dormitory on it.  Read more

Washington extends 2008 Farm Bill

WASHINGTON, DC — Leaders in the Senate and House Agriculture committees on the last day of 2012 announced that they had reached a deal to extend the 2008 Farm Bill for a year. The agreement had not yet been voted by the full House and Senate, but they were expected to pass it.

Failure to pass it would mean that the formula used to price milk would revert to one that is decades old, and milk prices would skyrocket in the region and across the country.  Read more

Catskill Regional receives NICHE designation

Catskill Regional Medical Center (CRMC) announced it has received designation as a Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) site. According to a CRMC press release, NICHE is the only national designation that indicates a hospital’s dedication to elder care excellence.  Read more

Monticello man arrested

Monticello police arrested Anthony Garrett, 26, of Monticello on December 27. Garrett was charged with felony scheme to defraud in the first degree. Garrett was arrested at 9:45 p.m. on Broadway after police received a complaint that Garrett was soliciting for donations for the IBAM boxing club. Garrett had no affiliation with the boxing club. A person who was affiliated with the club saw what Garrett was doing and alerted Monticello police. When arrested, Garrett had a clipboard with IBAM flyers and a sheet of paper with the names of 13 people listing them as donating funds.  Read more

Vehicles stolen from Marshall Machinery

Pennsylvania State Police at Honesdale say six vehicles were stolen from Marshall Machinery located on Bethel School Road in Berlin Township. According to a press release from the police, “the vehicles and equipment were loaded onto a truck before the thieves departed the scene on December 27 or early December 28.

Police ask anyone who might have information about the incident to contact them at 570/253-7126.