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The Sullivan County Legislature on July 17 considered new election districts during two lengthy meetings and a public hearing. With little time to make a decision, Legislator Cindy Gieger asked, “With one public hearing and then a vote, at what time do we consider constituents' concerns?”

Lackawaxen dicusses impact fee

“The jury is out,” said Anthony Waldron, solicitor at Lackawaxen Township. Waldron spoke at the township meeting on March 21, and was referring to the Act 13 Impact Fee in Pike County. (Since then, county officials have indicated they will adopt the fee.)  Read more

Putting the brakes on the Pond Eddy Bridge; Hinchey, Bonacic, UDSB and SC legislature weigh in

The fate of the Pond Eddy Bridge, which crosses the Delaware River and connects the communities of Pond Eddy, NY and Pond Eddy, PA, continues to hang in the balance as a growing number of individuals, organizations, businesses and towns weigh in on the matter.  Read more

Republican lawmakers bash Gasland; want it pulled from international program

WASHINGTON, DC — A group of 32 mostly Republican members of the House of Representative have written a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asking that the movie “Gasland” be dropped from the American Film Showcase program.  Read more

Esplanade plan dates back 20 years; design phase moves forward

The plan to build an esplanade behind the shops on Main Street has been on the drawing board for a couple of decades. In the offices at the Tusten Town Hall, there are a series of sketches, which were part of a study called the Big Eddy Waterfront Revitalization Program.  Read more

School board petitions available

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — The Sullivan West School District Election and vote on the 2012-2013 budget will be held on May 15 at each of the Sullivan West election districts between 12 noon and 9 p.m. Petitions are available for the following seats: a term of three years commencing on July 1 to fill the board seat currently occupied by Rose Marie Crotty; a term of three years commencing on July 1 to fill the board seat currently occupied by John Reggero; and a term of three years commencing on July 1 to fill the board seat currently occupied by Noel van Swol. All three terms expire on June 30.  Read more

Scouts have a doggone good idea

Callicoon’s Girl Scout Junior Troop #356 is aiming to get its bronze medal, and the idea they’ve come up with to get it is called “Doggie Day in Callicoon.” Presented to the Town of Callicoon Town Board at its latest meeting by troop leader Joanne Rosenberger—with a phalanx of the girls backing her up—the idea is to hold a day for dog owners and their pets in Callicoon Creek Park that combines an opportunity to have fun with education about maintaining a clean park.  Read more

Connecting farms and markets, building community

Attendees from Sullivan and surrounding counties congregate at the trade show for the Farm to Market Connection conference held at the CVI building on March 25. The conference, organized by the Pure Catskills Buy Local Campaign, featured keynote speaker Chris Fowler of Syracuse First, who discussed the importance of localization vs. globalization with regard to small businesses in general and agriculture in particular, and a “transformational, not transactional” paradigm of economic development that targets community building as well as economic growth.  Read more

New lead in 1996 North Branch murder;‘I think he just wanted to kill somebody’

In 1996, the body of 48-year-old Demetrius Carter was found in a basement of a North Branch residence. Carter had been shot, tied up with duct tape and rolled up into a rug. The residence at the time was called Loyalty Lodge and was a home for adult AIDS patients. It was owned by the parents of a man named Besham “Brian” Sugrim.  Read more

The wall comes tumbling down; barrier to Toronto Reservoir public access cleared

In perhaps one of the final acts of the long-running Toronto Reservoir saga, workers on March 27 began disassembling the wall that had blocked the road to the public access area by the dam at the reservoir.  Read more

DEC: State Ban on Residential Brush Burning Began March 16 during High Fire-Risk Season

All residential brush burning is prohibited in smaller communities during the state's historically high fire-risk period from March 16 through May 14, state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens reminded New Yorkers today.  Read more

Hinchey: Pond Eddy Bridge Replacement Plan Wastes Taxpayer Dollars

WASHINGTON, DC -- Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) today wrote New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Commissioner Joan McDonald to request that plans to replace the Pond Eddy Bridge in Sullivan County be changed to preserve and improve the current historic bridge. According to the Federal Highway Administration, NYSDOT plans to spend more than $5 million in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) for the construction of a new bridge, which has an estimated total price tag of $12 million.  Read more

Ground to be broken for fly fishing museum addition

Ground will be broken for a two-story 5000-square-foot addition to the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum (CFFCM) Paul Dahlie Education Building at the opening day ceremonies at the museum on April 1. The addition will house the Catskill Rodmakers Workshop and Heritage Craft Center on the lower level and on the upper, the Wulff Gallery.  Read more

Residential brush burning ban in effect

NEW YORK STATE — All residential brush burning is prohibited during the state’s historically high fire risk period beginning March 16 through May 14. The risk is especially high this year due to the lack of snow cover and meltoff.  Read more

Nominations open for ‘Women of Distinction’

NEW YORK STATE — State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) invites local residents from the 42nd Senate District to nominate friends, coworkers and neighborhood leaders whose outstanding work on behalf of their communities make them deserving of a special recognition by the State Senate as a New York “Woman of Distinction.”  Read more

Highland adopts comprehensive plan

The Town of Highland Town Board voted unanimously to adopt its 2012 Comprehensive Plan following a lengthy process that involved hundreds of volunteer “person hours,” workshops and two public hearings. Copies of the plan are available at the town hall in Eldred. A zoning rewrite process is now underway. The Phase One Zoning review, focused on heavy industrial uses, has already begun. Volunteers are still needed to participate in Phase Two. Call supervisor Andrew Boyar at 845/557-8901 for more information.

Community garden planned for Hawley

Kyle Hannel would like to build a community garden in Riverside Park. And to move forward with his intention, Hannel, a student at Lackawanna College Lake Region Center, approached the Hawley Borough Council on March 14. He said he is working on the project with his friend, Sean Brown, also of Hawley.  Read more

Lumberland to clamp down on amplified sound; another public hearing set for zoning rewrite

The Town of Lumberland Town Board began discussing the need to address noise levels at its monthly meeting on March 14. The move came in response to a letter of complaint filed by the Loch Ada Taxpayers Association (LATA) as well as the first permit request of the upcoming camp season, which seeks a “noise permit” allowing sound to be generated until 11:30 p.m. on most weekends through the summer, as well as some weekdays.  Read more

WCD to launch county-wide committee on biomass

The Wayne Conservation District (WCD) held its monthly meeting on March 14. Among the topics discussed, the board of directors approved establishment of a county-wide committee on the development of biomass as part of an effort to “keep county farmland in farmland,” according to WCD director Robert Mueller.  Read more

New precious metals law passed;DA rebuts gold dealers’ claims

The Sullivan County Legislature on March 15 held a public hearing on a new law that regulates the second-hand sale of jewelry, gold and other precious metals. With the price of gold soaring and the recession still hurting, thefts of jewelry from private homes have spiked in recent months.  Read more

Commissioners and judge approve bond for new courthouse annex; new bond sale consolidates old debt

The action by the Pike County Commissioners—with the absence of Judge Joseph Kameen, who is a party to the bond sale—approved the issuance of a $12 million bond to pay for a new annex to the ancient courthouse.  Read more