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TUSTEN, NY — This Delaware skipper, which was spotted during the 2014 Upper Delaware BioBlitz at Ten Mile River, is a rare find for Sullivan County. Skippers are known for their fast “skipping” flight.

Sullivan legislators mark arrests; New direction for county announced

With dozens of staff of the Department of Family Services (DFS) attending, legislator Cindy Gieger held a press conference outside of the Travis Building in Liberty to mark the arrests of two members of the DFS team. Since the formation of the DFS Fraud Investigative Unit earlier this year, dozens of cases of fraud and abuse have been uncovered, but this is the first time an investigation has resulted in the arrest of individuals within the department.  Read more

Sullivan legislators mark DFS arrests; new direction for county announced

With dozens of staff of the Department of Family Services (DFS) looking on, (DFS) legislator Cindy Geiger held a press conference outside of the Travis Building in Liberty on November 19 to mark the arrests of two members of the DFS team.  Read more

Bomb threat at RJK Middle School in Monticello

Press release from Monticello Central School District:
On Monday, November 18, 2013 at approximately 12:30 p.m., the Robert J. Kaiser Middle School received a bomb threat. A note was found, turned into a teacher, who then brought it to the attention of the administration.  Read more

Pike commissioners reject court building opposition

Milford Borough does not readily accept changes to its appearance that involve the demolition of any buildings in its historic district. The Rite-Aid Corp. went through several designs and hearings on the demolition of an adjoining office building before its West Harford Street expansion won approval.  Read more

Wayne grant would promote tourism

Looking to spur its tourism industry, the Wayne County Commissioners on November 7 announced the county’s 2014 tourism marketing grant program.  Read more

A pause to honor veterans

The sound of three shots from three rifles split the air as veterans from all wars involving United States military personnel were honored on November 11. Members of the Tusten, Highland and Lumberland VFW Post #6427 were on hand for the occasion as Commander Peter Carmeci officiated.  Read more

Lifestyle Center for Kutshers; Double play for Sullivan boosters

A visit to Bethel by Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week to celebrate passage of the New York State casino referendum brought a shot of development revelry to Sullivan County, and about an hour later, Sullivan County boosters engaged in another bout of developmental cheerleading at a public hearing over a project called the Veria Lifestyle Management Center.  Read more

UDC offers help in former DV school development

Finding that the development of a residential school at the site of the former Delaware Valley School could create significant environmental impacts, the Upper Delaware Council (UDC) on November 7 approved a letter to Fremont Supervisor George Conklin, seeking to assist in the planning.  Read more

Highland approves 2014 budget

T’was the night before elections and all through the hall, the new budget was heard and the increase was small.  Read more

Gun manufacturing plan approved

The Blooming Grove Township supervisors have unanimously approved a land development plan for Kahr Firearms Group. The gun manufacturer, currently located in Pearl River, NY, plans to construct corporate headquarters and a manufacturing plant in the Pike County Business Park at Route 434 and Well Road.  Read more

Casey calls on Boehner to allow ENDA vote

WASHINGTON, DC — On November 12, U.S. Senator Bob Casey called on Speaker John Boehner to quickly bring the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which recently passed the Senate in a bipartisan fashion, to the floor of the U.S. House for an up or down vote. The legislation would bar discrimination against LGBT Americans in the workplace. Casey, a cosponsor of the bill, voted to bring the measure to the Senate floor last week. Speaker Boehner has yet to commit to an up or down House vote on this Senate-passed bill.  Read more

Firefighters aid in DWI arrest

TOWN OF FORESTBURGH, NY — On the evening of November 9, the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office responded to a head-on collision on State Route 42 in the Town of Forestburgh. Upon arriving at the scene, deputies observed members of the Forestburgh Fire Department physically restraining one of the drivers. “The subject who caused the accident was apparently trying to leave the scene,” said Sheriff Mike Schiff. “The firemen did a good job keeping him there until the patrol arrived.”  Read more

PA: merit-based judge appointments?

HARRISBURG, PA — Pennsylvania state lawmakers on November 12 introduced legislation to establish a merit-based system for appointing statewide judges. Republican Rep. Bryan Cutler said, “I believe that it is time to have a conversation about how we select our judges. I personally believe that the integrity of our justice system requires that we select judges based on more than voter turn-out, name ID or fundraising ability. I believe we should be looking for the members of the bar with the highest qualifications, not just the best political skills.”  Read more

Sullivan County Human Rights Commission urges passage of ENDA

The Sullivan County Human Rights Commission has issued the following statement: “We are pleased that the U.S. Senate passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) that will provide basic protections against workplace discrimination to LGBT people. However, we are concerned that the House of Representatives will not get enough votes to make this important bill into the law of the land. The Human Rights Campaign has been working toward this moment for nearly two decades.  Read more

Sullivan to transfer property to Cornell

Everyone agreed that the building that houses Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Sullivan County is in serious need of repair. The heating system, for example, is on its last legs, and staff this year strung some temporary wires and thermostats to coax heat into some of the colder places used for public programs.  Read more

Scenic Route 6 proposal in Honesdale?

Before broaching familiar debates on traffic flow and the police chief job description at its November 11 monthly meeting, the Honesdale Borough Council was treated to a slide presentation by Ed Coar of the Wayne County Planning Department. Honesdale has been invited to join the 110 municipalities that currently comprise the Pennsylvania Route 6 Heritage Corridor that runs through 427 miles and 11 counties of the state’s northern tier. Coar described the presentation’s purpose as “full disclosure regarding the implications of Honesdale’s decision to sign on as a participating municipality in the corridor management plan.”  Read more

Denning residents irked by proposed turbine; citizens want their voices heard

TOWN OF DENNING, NY — The Town of Denning Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) is considering an application for a variance that would allow a wind turbine to be built on Eve Arden Road. According to minutes of the ZBA meeting on October 30, the structure would stand a total of 176 feet.  Read more

Cuomo lands at Bethel Woods; gaming hailed as breathing new life into Catskills

The old-timers in Sullivan County say that the county died as a tourist destination because of the three “A”s: airplanes, automobiles and air conditioning. Now, Governor Andrew Cuomo and many local leaders are betting that a casino or two can breathe new life into the tourism sector of the Catskills and beyond.  Read more

Training for Sullivan firefighters

MONTOUR FALLS, NY — For the 19th consecutive year Sullivan County Firefighters traveled to the New York State Fire Academy in Montour Falls to attend five different training classes.  Read more

Foundation targets watershed

DELAWARE RIVER WATERSHED — The William Penn Foundation (WPF) is well known in the Philadelphia area. In early October, the Philadelphia Business Journal reported that the foundation gave a $5 million grant to the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation to help pay for increased public access to the city’s waterfront.  Read more