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LONG EDDY, NY — Three public meetings were held in Long Eddy on September 28 to gather public input on the proposed expansion of the fishing access point in the Upper Delaware River.

Pike seeks gypsy moth help from state

MILFORD, PA — The money for next year is yet uncertain, but the Pike County Commissioners on July 1 agreed to pursue PA gypsy moth suppression aid in 2016.  Read more

Zane Grey Festival next weekend

LACKAWAXEN, PA — The 11th annual Zane Grey Festival will take place on Saturday, July 18 on the grounds of the Zane Grey Museum in Lackawaxen, which was once this Western novelist’s residence. Doors open at 10 a.m., and festivities continue until 4 p.m.  Read more

Liquor privatization tied to budget

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

‘Pigeon drop’ scam in Wayne

HONESDALE, PA — A “pigeon drop” is a scam in which a mark, or “pigeon,” is persuaded to give up a relatively small amount of money in exchange for the opportunity to receive a larger amount of money, or something else of value, at a later time.  Read more

Hancock compressor devalues homes

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

Democratic committee chair asks town chair to step down

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

Fort Delaware opens for season

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

Sixth annual Wally Lake Fest on the way

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

Pill mill in Sullivan County?

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

New president, CEO for PennFuture

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

Lakeside lots up for auction

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

Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther celebrates

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.

UDC chair challenges Barryville livery base

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Who owns the land?” is the question central to an ongoing debate about a livery operation sited immediately adjoining the Barryville-Shohola Bridge.  Read more

Upper Delaware River remains open to boaters (correction)

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

Last day at Sullivan West

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

Eldred seniors say adieu

ELDRED, NY — Seniors of the class of 2015 gathered for a graduation ceremony from the Eldred Central School District on June 27 in the high school gymnasium.  Read more

The snow flies in Bethel

WHITE LAKE, NY — It’s the middle of summer here in the Catskills, but a focus at the Town of Bethel meeting on June 24 was about snow and its removal.  Read more

The signs were not there

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 Farmers Market reopens

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

New York sets energy goal

ALBANY, NY — New York State released the 2015 Energy Plan on June 25, which aims to put the state on a path to dramatically reduce energy-related emissions by 2030.  Read more