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April 2016

Who can best fill the ECSD board seat?

For the last couple of years, the Eldred Central School District (ECSD) has undergone some serious changes relative to the prosperous 2000s. Many decisions have been made recently by the ECSD Board of Education that have directly—and indirectly—led to problems such as rapidly declining enrollment, deficits, and the loss of student and faculty pride. With all of these issues, it is no surprise that many ambitious parents have stepped up to run for the board of education seat this upcoming May 17.  Read more

Let’s move into the 21st century

A lot of politicians like to talk about open and transparent government, especially when they are on the campaign trail, but at a last week’s meeting of the Sullivan County Legislature, a couple of its members suggested that openness can be taken too far.  Read more

Three Berlin roads find salvation

BEACH LAKE, PA — The April 19 meeting of the Berlin Township Board of Supervisors began the last chapter in a story that started last September with the arrival of a letter announcing state grants earmarked for rebuilding low-volume roads located near pristine streams, a category into which numerous Berlin township roads fall.  Read more

Spending time in Pike County Correctional Facility

BLOOMING GROVE, PA — Very few people expect to spend any time in jail during their lives. But it’s a reality for millions in this country. Currently, there are 785,556 in local jails, such as the Pike County Correctional Facility (PCCF) housed in Blooming Grove.  Read more

Eldred library celebrating centennial

ELDRED, NY — Library board member Sue Vorstadt is pictured on April 12 as she announced the upcoming “Century of Sunshine” gala for the 100th year of Eldred’s Sunshine Hall Library.  Read more

Millennium to pay for health study

MONTICELLO, NY — The Millennium Pipeline Company has agreed to pay for a health study, according to Sullivan County Legislator Scott Samuelson.  Read more

Sullivan settles with whistleblower

MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County Legislature on April 21 authorized the settlement of a lawsuit brought against the county by an employee, who was caught up in the turmoil that gripped the Division of Family Services (DFS) during the tenure of former commissioner Randy Parker. The settlement is for $200,000.  Read more

Highland to limit clean-up debris

ELDRED, NY — Facing increasing tipping costs, Highland plans not to accept construction and demolition (C&D) debris at this year’s town-wide cleanup day.  Read more

Human trafficking in Wayne

HONESDALE, PA —The Wayne County Victims Intervention Program (VIP) provided services to 988 victims last year, of which 214 were victims of sexual violence. These included 98 adults, 34 children and 83 “significant others.”  Read more

College chief resigns

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — On April 21, the SUNY Sullivan Board of Trustees accepted Dr. Karin Hilgersom’s letter of resignation as president, effective May 31.  Read more