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The death of Robert Schenk, 33, of Narrowsburg in a head-on collision on State Route 17B on August 2 sparked action on the part of Sullivan County Sheriff Mike Schiff, who vowed to step up police presence in an effort to curb the many accidents that occur on the busy highway.

Courthouse no longer before the commissioners

MILFORD, PA — Any alternate plans or concerns about county plans for an addition to the Pike County Courthouse should go to the borough’s architectural review board (ARB), Commissioner Karl Wagner said on May 7.  Read more

Heroin and opioid forum

MONTICELLO, NY — “We’re fooling ourselves if we think we can educate these kids, and at the same time pass laws that legalize marijuana. We cannot do that… It is a gateway drug. When we see people who are in trouble with the law, people who are in prison now, what do we see in their presentencing reports? They started with marijuana.”  Read more

First GALA Awards bestowed; Congressional hopeful attacks incumbent’s gay rights record

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Gay and Lesbian Alliance (GALA) of the Catskills handed out their first ever GALA Awards to “local GLBT leaders and allies” on May 3, at the Kraus Recital Hall above the home of the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance in Narrowsburg.  Read more

WJFF penalized for 2011 deficiencies; New board and general manager establish compliance measures

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — One year after the resignations of its station manager and eight of nine trustees, public radio station Radio Catskill-WJFF faces a $15,000 penalty imposed by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) for failures of compliance in 2011. The new board of trustees this week posted notice of the penalty on the station website, wjffradio.org, and mailed a letter regarding this matter to supporters regarding the penalty and the ways the station is moving forward.  Read more

Is FERC biased in favor of gas companies? A central question in the Minisink case

WASHINGTON, DC — In case after case involving gas infrastructure projects, residents opposed to those projects say it appears that regulatory agencies, in this case the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), are too cozy with the industry they are regulating, and that those relationships create an unequal playing field for residents who try to influence projects.  Read more

Knotweed is sprouting and spreading

NARROWSBURG, NY — If you’ve been along the river’s shore lately, there is a good chance you’ve seen bright red sprouts pushing through the shoreline soil.  Read more

In memory of Mark North

NARROWSBURG, NY — By all accounts, Mark North had a lot of friends in Narrowsburg when his life was cut short on August 6, 2006 in a car accident. Mike “Chip” McGrath still gets a bit choked up when he remembers his friend.  Read more

Today’s tech is tomorrow’s recycling

HONESDALE, PA — Wayne County’s Recycling Center dealt with 128 tons of old technology last year, and the facility is on schedule to match that volume in 2014, reported recycling coordinator Mary VanPatten on May 1.  Read more

Cappelli Liberty project complements Muss/Foxwoods

LIBERTY, NY — Back in August, the Cappelli Organization, represented by Kevin McManus and Henry Zabata, presented a conceptual master plan for a new resort for the former Grossinger’s Catskill Resort in the Town of Liberty.  Read more

Lumberland gets $50,000

ALBANY, NY — Sen. John Bonacic announced on May 5 that the Town of Lumberland has been awarded $50,000 in funding from the Municipal Facilities Program.  Read more

PA House adopts law dealing with tenant’s abandoned property

HARRISBURG, PA — The Pennsylvania house on May 5 gave its approval to legislation sponsored by Rep. Scott Petri that would clarify the Landlord/Tenant Act with regard to the disposition of personal property left behind when tenants move out. Petri says his bill would save money on court costs that would be passed along to future tenants and would allow vacant properties to get back on the market sooner, increasing the availability of housing.  Read more

Assembly proclaims Nurse’s Week in New York State

ALBANY, NY — Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther announced passage of a resolution she sponsored proclaiming May 6 to May 12, 2014 Nurses Week in the State of New York.  Read more

Seven arrested on heroin and charges in Wayne

HONESDALE, PA — In an effort dubbed “Operation Spring Clean-Up,” Wayne County District Attorney Janine Edwards announced on May 2 that seven individuals have been arrested on charges related to heroin or cocaine distribution.  Read more

Food hub discussed

MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) figured prominently in discussions about the proposed food hub at a meeting at the government center on May 1.  Read more

Legislature to consider casino tax breaks; role of IDA to be defined

At a meeting of the Sullivan County Casino Impacts Committee at the government center on May 5, legislator Alan Sorensen, chair of the committee, said the county legislator would be discussing the role of the Sullivan County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) regarding the possible establishment of one or possibly two casino resorts in the county.  Read more

Split DV vote OKs new administrators’ pact

SHOHOLA, PA — Following an hour and ten minute executive-session discussion on April 24, the Delaware Valley Board of Education returned to approve a new three-year contract for the district’s top 23 administrators.  Read more

Dollar Store in Hawley raises questions

HAWLEY, PA — Much of this area struggles with the balance between drawing commerce and jobs to the area and maintaining its quiet, rural character. This issue was strongly in evidence at the latest meeting of the Hawley Borough Council, when Jason Raleigh, an engineer representing Dollar General Development, gave a presentation of projected traffic. Raleigh’s job was to analyze the current traffic situation and roads near the proposed location of a Dollar Store, approximately 600 feet south of the Silk Mill off Route 6 East, and advise on the possible impact, problems and solutions.  Read more

Anti fracker wins top environmental award

REGION — Helen Slottje, who with her husband David Slottje has advised numerous municipalities in New York State on how to craft local laws to ban hydraulic fracturing and other high-impact industrial activities, has been named as one of the winners of this year’s Goldman Environmental Award. The award, which comes with a prize of $175,000, was announced on April 28.  Read more

Sullivan West milestones

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — The April 22 Sullivan West Central School District board meeting brought to light what everyone involved in the school already knows: spring is about passage, both public and private. Graduation, prom, retirement, tenure, hiring, board elections and budget submission set the stage for transitions that mark chapters in community and personal life.  Read more

‘Wayne Tomorrow’ helps provide food and jobs today

HONESDALE, PA — A county visioning plan for meshing the initiatives of Wayne County’s business, government and cultural communities is expected to produce new jobs for students and outlets for Wayne agricultural products, a county official reported on April 24.  Read more