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July 31, 2016
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NARROWSBURG, NY — Amid a bit of finger-pointing, members of the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway, Inc. (UDSB) voted unanimously on July 25 to seek funding via the New York Department of Transportation (DOT) to fund a visitors’ center at Fort Delaware. Plans for the center were drawn up in 2011 with a $25,000 grant the UDSB obtained for a feasibility study of the project.

Controversial power project investigated

ALBANY, NY — The company that wants to build a $1 billion power plant in Wawayanda in Orange County has been identified as being at the center of an investigation by federal prosecutor Preet Bharara.  Read more

Buckingham moves forward on pipeline agreement; Residents’ pleas for postponement ignored

STARLIGHT, PA — As numerous residents were asking for a postponement of the vote and offering critical comments on the project before the board, supervisors chairman Kurt Mueller figured he had heard enough and called for a vote. It was unanimously passed by the board. The exact nature of what the board had just agreed to, however, was the subject of dispute.  Read more

Three Berlin roads find salvation

BEACH LAKE, PA — The April 19 meeting of the Berlin Township Board of Supervisors began the last chapter in a story that started last September with the arrival of a letter announcing state grants earmarked for rebuilding low-volume roads located near pristine streams, a category into which numerous Berlin township roads fall.  Read more

Spending time in Pike County Correctional Facility

BLOOMING GROVE, PA — Very few people expect to spend any time in jail during their lives. But it’s a reality for millions in this country. Currently, there are 785,556 in local jails, such as the Pike County Correctional Facility (PCCF) housed in Blooming Grove.  Read more

Eldred library celebrating centennial

ELDRED, NY — Library board member Sue Vorstadt is pictured on April 12 as she announced the upcoming “Century of Sunshine” gala for the 100th year of Eldred’s Sunshine Hall Library.  Read more

Millennium to pay for health study

MONTICELLO, NY — The Millennium Pipeline Company has agreed to pay for a health study, according to Sullivan County Legislator Scott Samuelson.  Read more

Sullivan settles with whistleblower

MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County Legislature on April 21 authorized the settlement of a lawsuit brought against the county by an employee, who was caught up in the turmoil that gripped the Division of Family Services (DFS) during the tenure of former commissioner Randy Parker. The settlement is for $200,000.  Read more

Highland to limit clean-up debris

ELDRED, NY — Facing increasing tipping costs, Highland plans not to accept construction and demolition (C&D) debris at this year’s town-wide cleanup day.  Read more

Human trafficking in Wayne

HONESDALE, PA —The Wayne County Victims Intervention Program (VIP) provided services to 988 victims last year, of which 214 were victims of sexual violence. These included 98 adults, 34 children and 83 “significant others.”  Read more

College chief resigns

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — On April 21, the SUNY Sullivan Board of Trustees accepted Dr. Karin Hilgersom’s letter of resignation as president, effective May 31.  Read more

Lumberland burn ban continues

GLEN SPEY, NY — With a burning ban still in effect, Lumberland Fire Department President Ann Steimle told the town board on April 13 that 2016 fire calls, then about 100, were running at about the same rate as last year’s record number. The annual outdoor burning ban remains in effect through May 15.  Read more

American Pickers coming to Northeast PA

NORTHEAST, PA — “American Pickers,” the hit TV series based on two guys who travel around the country “free-styling” and trying the score antiques—sometimes from unwilling buyers—will be visiting Northeast Pennsylvania in May.  Read more

Town of Lumberland gets $50,000

GLEN SPEY, NY — Sen. John J. Bonacic announced on April 22 that he has secured a $50,000 grant for the Town of Lumberland, for the purchase of a tandem diesel truck for the highway department. The grant was secured through the State Municipal Grant Program, funding for which was included in the 2015-2016 state budget. Currently, there is an immediate need to replace a truck in the highway department’s fleet, and this grant will help the town with that purchase.  Read more

DEC denies permit to Constitution Pipeline

NEW YORK, NY — Officials from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced on April 22 that they were denying a Water Quality Certification, which is a necessary permit for the proposed Constitution Pipeline.  Read more

It’s Little League season

GLEN SPEY, NY — Saturday, April 23 marked the opening day of Little League in Glen Spey. The young players took to the field to learn, according to the league’s mission statement, “the ideals of good sportsmanship, honesty, loyalty, courage and respect for authority, so that they may be well adjusted, stronger and happier children and will grow to be decent, healthy, and trustworthy citizens.”

The photo was taken by Glen Spey resident John Cassidy. Check out next week’s paper for more of his delightful photos of the event.

Blowback in Bloomingburg; Former mayor gets $960k offer for mobile home park

BLOOMINGBURG, NY — Documents that were unsealed and revealed in multiple news stories last week indicated that, even as developer Shalom Lamm and his partner Ken Nikdiman were selling the concept of a retirement community with a golf course, the real plan was to build a Hasidic community with eventually 5,000 families.  Read more

A fire spreads in Pike and Monroe counties; Pike fires intentionally set

DINGMAN TOWNSHIP, PA — One of two large fires was still raging as of Tuesday along the Monroe County/Pike County border near Cresco at Sixteen-Mile Road, but the other, at Bear Town forest, had been extinguished by Sunday, April 24, according to an email sent on that date by Jim Hyland, forest program specialist from the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Bureau of Forestry.  Read more

Pike Plaza progresses slowly

PORT JERVIS, NY — William Paladino, CEO of Elliott Development, which owns Pike Plaza next to the railway station in Port Jervis, came to the April 11 common council meeting with project manager Tim O’Brien to give a presentation about the Pike Plaza progress. O’Brien showed an artists’ rendering of the exterior façade still being worked on.  Read more

Public health and the rites of spring

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — When Americans elect a medical doctor to political office, they expect a proactive public health advocate. Councilman Paul Salzberg, MD, proved to be just that at the April 13 meeting of the Cochecton town board.  Read more

So, what does MIS do, anyway?

MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County Management Information Systems (MIS) or networks of computers, telephones and other hardware and software, has a long reach. It spreads from the government center in Monticello, to the social services complex in Liberty, the courthouse, the sheriff’s office and more. In fact, MIS serves 31 physical locations and 91 vehicles such as those belonging to the sheriff’s office.  Read more