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June 30, 2015
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MONTICELLO, NY — On June 12, the Kindergarten students at the George L. Cooke Elementary School celebrated the completion of their first year of school. Parents were invited to see their children walk down the aisle with their fellow classmates to participate in the Kindergarten graduation.

Sullivan still next to last; County health rankings released

LIBERTY, NY — The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute released their annual health rankings on March 25, and in New York State, Sullivan County was rated 61 out of 62 counties in terms of health.  Read more

PennDOT repeats the bridge message

HONESDALE, PA — A state highway official has repeated her message about keeping the Narrowsburg bridge open during planned repairs. The question is whether the message was directed at the people voicing concerns.  Read more

Pike DA addresses Lackawaxen residents

LACKAWAXEN, PA — Pike County District Attorney Ray Tonkin addressed Lackawaxen residents regarding two major cases at a township meeting on March 18. The first to be addressed was the case of Shawn Marie Roe, past township secretary/treasurer, who was dismissed in 2013. Roe was recently charged with the misappropriation of approximately $200,000 of township funds over her decade-long tenure in her position. Roe has been charged with six felony counts by the state.  Read more

Port Jervis landlords grumble

PORT JERVIS, NY — In an effort to catch up with absent landlords who don’t keep up, or abandon, their properties and also owe the city taxes, city council is proposing a license for landlords; but it was met with resistance from the landlords who are present in town. Many of them stood up one by one in the recent Port Jervis common council meeting to protest something they believe would merely add more unnecessary fees and take away their rights, comparing it to government interference with Nazi techniques.  Read more

Pride Awards announced

MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce has announced its annual Sullivan County Pride Awards. The 24th annual Pride Awards Gala will be held on Sunday, May 3 at the Villa Roma Resort. Tickets cost $50/person. For tickets email of fice@catskills.com or call 845/791-4200.  Read more

Man arrested for driving 106 mph

MONTICELLO, NY — On March 29, New York State Troopers from Wurtsboro arrested 21-year-old Hermann Gutierrez of Newburgh, for driving while intoxicated.  Read more

Child immunizations addressed by Pennsylvania legislation

HARRISBURG, PA — Pennsylvania state senator Tom McGarrigle has introduced legislation to increase access to child immunizations.  Read more

Pike Democrats announce forum

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Democratic Committee is sponsoring a candidates’ forum to introduce the three Democratic candidates for Pike County Commissioners for this year’s election. Each candidate will present his platform in person, followed by a question-and-answer period.  Read more

Sullivan West and BOCES

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — The days of the rural one-room schoolhouse are long gone, but even today three former rural school districts, after consolidation into one, with a current K-12 enrollment of 1,195 students, can’t meet 21st-century educational demands without the supplementary and complementary services of the Sullivan County Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES).  Read more

More talk on executive versus manager

MONTICELLO, NY — Judging by the experts invited to address them, the members of the Sullivan County Charter Review Commission seem especially interested in exploring the differences between the form of government Sullivan County has—an elected legislature with an appointed county manager—and the form some other counties have, which is an elected legislature and an elected county executive.  Read more

Tusten approves Chazen design concept for Main Street deck

At the recessed Tusten Town Council meeting on Wednesday, March 25, the board voted in favor of the Chazen design plan for the Main Street overlook deck, with Councilman Ned Lang voting against it. The vote came after a lengthy discussion and presentation by Chazen’s vice president Joe Lanaro and Project Manager/Structural Engineer Mike Baron.  Read more

Forestry chief to address UDC banquet

BEACH LAKE, PA — Pennsylvania’s new chief forester will deliver the keynote address on April 26 as the Upper Delaware Council (UDC) renews its annual recognition of those who have enhanced the quality of life or protected the resources of the river valley at the council’s 27th annual banquet and awards ceremony.  Read more

Volunteers, veterans and ticks in Pike

MILFORD, PA — With declining numbers of volunteers, Pike County has decided to engage professional marketers to get new ones and keep the ones now staffing its fire departments and ambulance squads.  Read more

DV wraps up construction paperwork

DINGMAN, PA — With a groundbreaking scheduled for this Friday, the Delaware Valley School District Board of Education on Thursday finished up approvals of the state’s paperwork for the long delayed Delaware Valley Elementary School project.

After years of controversy, the board approved project bids without discussion on March 19, some 10 years and two properties after DV took it on.  Read more

Letter slams former supervisor; Mamakating mine violates zoning

BLOOMINGBERG, NY — A letter from a law firm to the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) accuses the former supervisor of the Town of Mamakating and a property owner in the town of violating zoning law in the establishment and operation of a sand and gravel mine.  Read more

Wayne decides lesser time is still a long time

HONESDALE, PA — After recognizing the county’s most senior employees last month, the Wayne County Commissioners decided that a lot of other senior employees also deserved recognition.  Read more

Shohola Township considers zoning changes

SHOHOLA, PA — Shohola Township officials opened up a conversation with residents regarding potential changes to the existing township zoning map in order to promote growth to the area. Supervisor George Fluhr opened the discussion at the regular March 12 township meeting.  Read more

NPS seeks public input

BUSHKILL, PA — Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area wants your input so that park managers, partners and stakeholders can plan appropriately for the next century. The park is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and the National Park Service (NPS) is celebrating its Centennial in 2016. A series of public listening sessions and focus group meetings are scheduled to solicit input from the public about visitor use in the park.  Read more

Sullivan AMBER Alert successful

MONTICELLO, NY — On March 17, a warrant was issued for Alfred Franklin Jr., 30, and Tina Esquilin, 27, by Sullivan County Family Court. The pair had missed a scheduled court appearance concerning four children that were in their custody. Esquilin is the mother of all four children; Franklin is the father of one child.

A court order was then issued by Sullivan County Family Court removing custody of the children from the suspects due to a history of child neglect, violent behavior and substance abuse.  Read more

Peifer, Major announce grants

HARRISBURG, PA — The Pike County Historical Society and the Wayne County Historical Society have each been awarded a $4,000 grant by the state’s Cultural and Historical Grant Program.  Read more