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July 2015

Sullivan’s Rodney Gaebel passes; A force in local politics

YOUNGSVILLE, NY — Rodney Gaebel, the Republican commissioner of the Sullivan County Board of Elections (BOE) died on July 23 after suffering a stroke a few days earlier. He was 66 years old.  Read more

PA House panel approves super-load bill

HARRISBURG, PA — The House Transportation Committee passed legislation on July 22 that would permit qualified private companies to facilitate transportation of super-sized loads, according to the bill’s sponsor, Sen. David G. Argall.  Read more

Gibson votes ‘no’ on GMO labeling ban

WASHINGTON, DC — The House of Representatives on July 22 voted overwhelmingly in favor of the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act (SAFLA) of 2015 by a margin of 250 to 175. The act would ban states from adopting their own laws requiring the labeling of food containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs.) The bill would continue to allow manufacturers to voluntarily label foods that contain GMOs, as is now the case, though none have chosen to do so.  Read more

Narrowsburg laundry still seeking stolen tank

NARROWSBURG, NY — Sometime between late March and early April thieves made off with a 150-gallon propane tank that belonged to Lauren’s Laundry Basket in the plaza on Kirk’s Road in Narrowsburg. Tom Lisoski, who is married to the owner, said he purchased the tank from Peck’s Market before that grocery store became Pete’s Market, and Lisoski said the couple is still trying to locate the missing tank.  Read more

Pastor who served in Lake Ariel sentenced for incest

HONESDALE, PA — Norman Theodore Faux, 55, of Lake Ariel, was sentenced on July 27 to 27 months to 180 months for incest with a minor and corruption of minors. Faux was ordered to pay for any victim counseling not to exceed $5,000. The Honorable Russell D. Shurtleff also found Faux to be a sexually violent predator pursuant to the Adam Walsh Act/Megan’s Law. Fuax must register his whereabouts along with other information with the Pennsylvania State Police for his lifetime.  Read more

Neighbors oppose training facility

FORESTBURGH, NY — The website of Advance Skills Training Institute (ASTI) shows people engaged in whitewater rafting, military training, motocross racing and many other types of outdoor activities. ASTI is seeking a special-use permit to open what it calls an outdoor recreational facility on about 300 acres on Route 52 and Tannery Road in Forestburgh.  Read more

State changes course on bridge project; Response to public input

YOUNGSVILLE, NY — About 60 people turned out to the Youngsville fire hall on July 23 to get a look at revised plans to replace the bridge over Panther Rock Creek on State Route 52 in Youngsville.  Read more

Audubon and Friends Too

August 8, 2015

This exhibition of birds and wildlife, featuring 25 artists/photographers including the Young Birders Club of NY State, opens at the Catskill Art Society (CAS). Artist talk 2pm, reception 3pm. Start the day with a bird walk at Morgan Outdoors at 10:30am with photographer Lance Verderame. On display until 8/23.

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Dam repairs ahead of schedule: Diversions shift could help conserve cold water

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — Operations to halt the turbid flow below New York City’s Cannonsville Dam are proceeding faster than originally envisioned, according to Adam Bosch, director of public affairs at the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP). As of Monday, engineers working on the project believed that it might only take three or four relief wells to halt the turbid flow, instead of the eight originally projected, meaning that stage one of the repair plan could be complete as early as sometime this week.  Read more

34 defendents arrested in Sullivan County on gun and drug charges

Local state and federal authorities on July 28 announced the unsealing of nine indictments charging a total of 34 defendants with committing various narcotics and firearms offenses in Sullivan County, New York.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said: “With the coordinated narcotics and firearms charges brought today, we seek to neutralize at least four different drug rings that allegedly have been selling massive amounts of heroin and crack cocaine for years. The devastating impact that this type of drug dealing can have on the small, rural communities like those in Sullivan County cannot be overstated. Heroin is back, with a vengeance, but so are we. The law enforcement effort today is the product of remarkable cooperation among federal, state and local agencies and I thank all of our partners.”  Read more