HARRISBURG, PA — In passing legislation to privatize Pennsylvania’s public state-owned beer, wine and liquor industry, which is run by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) Republicans in the House and Senate were counting on the revenue such a move would bring to help balance the state’s budget next year. Gov. Wolf vetoed the Republican budget and the privatization legislation on July 2, and Republicans don’t have the votes to override the veto, so the lawmakers will continue to negotiate. But the arguments regarding privatization will remain. Read more
Press release from Catskill Citizens
HANCOCK, NY — Homeowners living near the Millennium Pipeline Company’s 15,000 horsepower compressor station on Hungry Hill Road in Hancock have seen the value of their homes decline by as much as 50% since the industrial facility was constructed in the midst of what used to be a quiet, rural community. Read more
SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Daryl Kaplan, the chair of the Sullivan County Democratic Committee, who has said he is stepping down after the party primary in September, has written to Nadia Rajsz, supervisor of the Town of Lumberland, who is running in a primary against Kathy LaBuda for the Democratic nomination to be the candidate for legislature in District Two. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — Fort Delaware is a representation of the first white settlement on the Upper Delaware River, called Cushetunk, in 1754 by the Delaware Company Pioneers. A tour of the facilities includes demonstrations of early settlers’ lifestyles and craft-making. A gift shop, vending area and picnicking facilities are located on the grounds. Read more
HAWLEY, PA — The sixth annual Wally Lake Fest will be held from August 28 to 30, and features fun on Lake Wallenpaupack as well as in and around the Lake Region, with activities and events for people of all ages, from boat parades to craft shows and ice cream socials to kayak demonstrations. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — Jeffrey Mulinelli, director of the Sullivan County Probation Department, told county legislators at a meeting at the government center on July 2, that there may be a “pill mill” operating in Sullivan County, providing prescriptions to parolees. Mulinelli said that people on probation had tested positive for substances such as Oxycodone and Vicodin but were able to produce prescriptions that entitled them to 200 or 300 such pills a month. Read more
HARRISBURG, PA — PennFuture announced on July 6 the appointment of Larry J. Schweiger as president and CEO of the statewide environmental advocacy organization after a four-month national search. He succeeds Cindy Adams Dunn, who left the organization in January to assume the role of Secretary of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR). Read more
PARKSVILLE, NY — In what is being called a “developer liquidation auction,” 10 lakefront lots in The Legends at Tanzman Lake development will be on the auction block on July 19, in the gated community at 245 Tanzman Rd. in Parksville. An open house is scheduled for Sunday, July 12 from 2 to 5 p.m. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — Despite ominous clouds in the sky, residents and visitors lined the streets of Narrowburg, NY for the annual Fourth of July parade. Families applauded the floats, firefighters and classic cars cruising through town, and New York State Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther marched in the parade, handing out balloons to the kids. “I love Narrowsburg!” Gunther quipped during a quick stop on Main Street. “Who doesn’t?”
For more on Fourth of July festivities go to Jonathan Fox’s column and photos on our Facebook page.
Erroneous Facebook posts Tuesday evening reported that the National Park Service (NPS) had ordered the Upper Delaware River be closed to all recreational boating and rafting from Skinner's Falls to Sparrowbush.
Even though there have been website posts from some towns that the river is closed, NPS never closed the river. The river is open. Read more
LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — There were far more smiles than tears at Sullivan West Central School District’s June 27 high school graduation. At 10:30 a.m. sharp, beaming graduates filed into the high school gymnasium to the sounds of the senior band playing Edward Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance,” and the unrestrained cheers of proud parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. One excited mother told everyone within earshot that she’d waited 20 years for this day and that nothing, not even the threatening sky, could put a damper on it. Read more
DAMASCUS, PA — Following a conditional-use public hearing for a cell phone tower, the Damascus Township Board of Supervisors on June 15 turned their attention to the worrisome problem of street signs of all kinds that have been disappearing from township roads. Operations manager Steve Adams reported that five stop signs had gone missing in one week alone. Read more
MILFORD, PA — From organic, locally sourced vegetables and grass-fed meats to a dazzling variety of homemade juice mixes, raw salads and soups; from scented soaps and candles to gourmet coffee beans to organic pet food, Milford’s farmers market has taken another leap forward, and Sunday afternoons just won’t be the same in downtown Milford. Oh! and don’t forget the frittatas, wool items, plants and jams; and throw in free, live music. Read more