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It’s not unusual to see large numbers of people floating down the Upper Delaware River on a summer’s day, but some in the group that were floating through Skinner’s Falls on August 14 were clearly distressed.

The race for Congressional District 19;healthcare and Medicare are issues

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 19, NY — With the new congressional districts drawn and in place, the race for District 19, which includes Sullivan County, has begun in earnest. On the Republican side is Congressman Chris Gibson, who was swept into office in the Republican wave in 2010, which occurred, at least in part, in reaction to President Barack Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare.  Read more

Chancellor Livingston, LLC withdraws from Apollo project

Monticello - Chancellor Livingston LLC, previously designated by the County Legislature as the preferred developer for the East Broadway Redevelopment Project (The former Apollo Mall property and the former Landfill Phase II property) has notified County officials that they are withdrawing from this project. Sullivan County will recognize their withdraw, and the County Legislature will consider options that will move the development of the area forward.  Read more

Gas news at a glance

Coalition launches campaign to ban hydro-fracking in NY  Read more

Eileen Haworth Weil dies; remembered as passionate activist

Eileen Haworth Weil of Summitville died at her home on March 23, after a battle with cancer. She was 69.  Read more

Wayne election bureau prepares for photo voter ID;‘It’s a solution in search of a problem’

Since Governor Tom Corbett signed into law HB 934, also known as the Photo Voter ID Bill, on March 14, county election coordinators, including Cindy Furman of the Wayne County bureau, are busy getting ready.  Read more

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.