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June 2015

Thanks to Gieger and Edwards

It is easy to understand why Cindy Gieger and Cora Edwards are not running for the Sullivan County Legislature. If you did not join the “good old boys’ club” you were not informed, left out of little private political gatherings and lunches for a certain few. Also, caring about all residents of Sullivan County and being honest, you were harassed and threatened because of your hard work and knowledge.  Read more

Now, entering the game of life...

There’s something about hitting the 50th anniversary of one’s high school graduation that stokes a lot of juices. Add to that the current fundraising effort to fix the basketball court at Eldred Central School (ECS), my alma mater, and I feel like I want to say a few things to today’s students and athletes.  Read more

Forestburgh ag dispute continues

MONTICELLO, NY — When Ben Wechsler was alive, he and his neighbor, orchid magnate Stuart Salenger, were locked in a fierce legal battle, which included the charge that Wechsler’s dog killed six of Salenger’s alpacas.  Read more

Highland planners OK resort permit

ELDRED, NY — At a sparsely attended June 17 special meeting, the Highland Planning Board unanimously approved a conditional special- use permit sought by William Zaccari/Larry Rosner doing business as Catskill Woods LLC, for a proposed family resort on former Sokol Woodlands property at 211 Mail Rd.  Read more

Committee pushes for Narrowsburg fireworks change

NARROWSBURG, NY — A committee working on changing the location of the Narrowsburg Fourth of July fireworks display is hoping to get it moved back to its original location at Lander’s Narrowsburg Campground. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has said it could support such a move, which would keep the fireworks far enough from local eagles’ nests to satisfy regulatory requirements.  Read more

Shohola supervisors at odds with Humane Society

SHOHOLA, PA — At the Shohola Township meeting on June 11, resident Carrie Thomas raised the issue that the Pike County Humane Society (PCHS) is currently suffering from a lack of funds. The PCHS is the only non-kill shelter in the area. Thomas was upset that the PCHS will now accept animals only from townships that have donated money to the society this past year. Barry Heims, director of the PCHS, essentially confirmed this statement by writing in an email that “ order for us to survive we may have to cut the services to the municipalities that do not support us.”  Read more

Progress at Sullivan Family Services

MONTICELLO, NY — Joseph Todora, the acting commissioner of the Sullivan County Department of Family Services (DFS), said, “We had over 800 applications that were pending for more than 30 days when we walked into the job, today we have none. I would like to put into place a process that says, we’ll get your application done today.”  Read more

Charter Review Commission discussed; Three members are running for office

MONTICELLO, NY — Is it a conflict for a member of the Sullivan County Charter Review Commission (SCCRC) to remain on that commission while at the same time running for a seat on the Sullivan County Legislature? The commission will ultimately make suggestions to the legislature about possible changes to the county’s charter, and three members of the SCCRC have announced legislative campaigns.  Read more

Hydroponics firm to employ 200 in Pike

MILFORD, PA — In a joint announcement on June 17, the owners of All Fresh Farms LLC, the Pike Economic Development Agency (EDA) and the county commissioners revealed a new commercial vegetable-growing operation for Greene Township.  Read more

Arrests in thefts of farmers’ market

MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office has arrested three suspects in connection with thefts from the Monticello Farmers’ Market and the Monticello Greenhouse on East Broadway in the Town of Thompson.  Read more