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BINGHAMTON,NY — The New York-Pennsylvania Joint Interstate Bridge Commission approved $37.5 million worth of replacement and repair costs targeting five Upper Delaware River bridges at its May 18 annual meeting, while agreeing to hold a public meeting locally to discuss the overall coordination of bridge projects.

No grant for Lumberland

The state grant for the visitor center didn’t materialize, but Lumberland isn’t giving up.  Read more

Showering in the snow

“The colder, the better,” said Michael G. Stanton, the brave soul who takes a shower on Main Street in the bitter cold temperatures of December every year to raise funds for the Wayne County Children’s Christmas Bureau. His comment, however, came late last week before the snowstorm that rolled through on Saturday, making this annual event even more interesting.  Read more

Pike County Business Park sold

Press release: Pike County Business Development Corporation is pleased to announce that on December 11, 2013 Kahr Arms, a subsidiary of Saeilo Enterprises, Inc. closed the purchase of the Pike County Business Park on Well Road.

Mr. Justin Moon, President of Saeilo Enterprises, Inc. said he hopes to break ground by the end of the year. The New York arms manufacturing company will begin constructing a 40,000 square foot facility to house both their corporate offices and a manufacturing center on the 12 acre parcel (Lot 5) on the 600 acre property.  Read more

Captain Bludde in Narrowsburg

NARROWSBURG, NY — A couple of swashbuckling entrepreneurs held a grand opening for their new shop on Bridge Street in Narrowsburg on December 7. John Pisanelli and his son Chris Pisanelli are the owners of Captain Bludde’s Collectibles.

Among the collectibles in stock are lots of Star Wars-related items and pirate paraphernalia.

The shop is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and can be identified by the Skull and Crossbones flag flying above the front door.

China City plans for Thompson

TOWN OF THOMPSON, NY — A project that was first proposed as a Chinese Disneyland has now been transformed into an educational project that is planned for about 570 acres in the Town of Thompson off Wild Turnpike. According to the environmental impact statement that was presented to the town planning board on December 3 by developer Sherry Li, the China City of America Project (CCAP) will include four college classroom buildings, four student activity centers, and related facilities such as 2,056 dormitory units.  Read more

Wayne recognizes expressions of hope

The artistic and personal efforts of Karen Reynolds, Judy Colon, Lisa Firmstone, Kathleen Reynolds, Manny Maestre, Robin Dunn, Deborah Everett, Renee Kiefer, and Joe Cruz Jr. were recognized by the Wayne County Commissioners on December 5.  Read more

No new taxes as Pike spending dips

Pike officials last week offered a pre-Christmas package for county taxpayers—no new taxes.  Read more

Visitors center get together

Members of the Sullivan County Visitors Association (SCVA) gathered at the Villa Roma Resort and Conference Center on December 5, for their annual meeting. There were quite a few comments about the type of development that may come with the establishment of a full Las Vegas-style gaming casino in the Town of Thompson.  Read more

UDC pans Damascus cell towers

After a lengthy December 5 debate, the Upper Delaware Council (UDC) approved a letter to Damascus Township warning that two Verizon broadband cell towers awaiting final local approvals will not meet River Management Plan (RMP) standards.  Read more

PA Carbon monoxide measure

HARRISBURG, PA — A bill that would establish Carbon Monoxide Alarm Standards Act is on its way to Gov. Tom Corbett’s office for his signature. The bill was co-sponsored by Sen. Pat Browne.  Read more

Proposed credit for PA teachers

HARRISBURG, PA — State Rep. Jake Wheatley on December 9 unveiled his bipartisan bill to reimburse teachers who spend their own money on school supplies for their students.  Read more

Deerpark supervisor announces run

GREENWOOD LAKE, NY — Deerpark Supervisor Karl A. Brabenec officially kicked off his campaign for the New York State Assembly on December 8 at the Greenwood Lake American Legion Hall. Approximately 100 friends, family members, and colleagues attended the official announcement, where Brabenec said he will seek the Republican, Conservative, and Independence party lines to become the next assemblyman in the 98th Assembly District.  Read more

Bloomingburg residents file for mayor’s removal

Two residents of the Village of Bloomingburg have filed papers with the intention of removing Mayor Mark Berentsen from office for alleged violations in the permitting process of a 396-unit development, which is being marketed to the Hasidic community.  Read more

Honesdale police, public works seek council action

The bulk of action requests received at the Honesdale Borough Council’s meeting on December 9 came not from the public but from its own officials. Icy roads kept public attendance sparse, so only the few routine public requests received by correspondence were considered at the monthly meeting chaired by Vice President James Brennan, in President F. J. Monaghan’s absence. Newly-appointed Police Commissioner Rick Southerton and Director of Public Works Richard Doney described exasperating situations that they regard as dangerously unacceptable, asking the council for action to remedy them.  Read more

Kids take delight at Santa in the night

Hundreds of people turned out to see Santa Claus and his pals on Saturday night in Narrowsburg in front of the old school. Many kids ran around in the snow, slipping and sliding down the hill, as they awaited Santa’s arrival. Soon music and lights could be heard as the Santa Express made its way onto Bridge Street from Route 97, after already making stops in Eldred, Glen Spey, Barryville and Yulan.  Read more

Of small businesses and casinos; A conversation about the future of Sullivan County

What most county officials see as a near-certainty of one or two casinos coming to Sullivan County colored the conversation at a meeting of the county Community and Economic Development Committee on December 5.  Read more

Family near Hancock Compressor Station evacuated

A family that lives across the street from the Hancock Compressor Station, which has been under construction on Hungry Hill Road in the Town of Hancock, was evacuated late in the evening on December 5th, and were warned that the crew working on constructing the station had encountered a problem.  Read more

Honesdale traffic heats up; Pedestrian safety remains an issue

The question of whether traffic on Main Street and Church Street in the borough should be two way or one way is heating up again. The spark this time is a study done by the Honesdale traffic engineer, and paid for by the council, which found that since the traffic pattern changed in 2009, traffic accidents have increased by 30%.  Read more

Rising costs bring new urgency to jail decision

One of the most frustrating issues confronting Sullivan County legislators is the construction of the proposed county jail. The decision had been pushed back over the past several years because of the tough economic climate, but now lawmakers are slowly moving forward again.  Read more

Bethel pledges climate action

The Town of Bethel has become the latest municipality in Sullivan County to adopt the Climate Smart Communities Pledge. At the town meeting on November 13, the board voted unanimously to adopt the pledge, which is promoted by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).  Read more