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Sunday, February 1, 2015

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Hall in the Family

ROSCOE - Longtime Roscoe girls' basketball coach Becky Ahart is going into the New York State Basketball Hall of Fame.
The Basketball Coaches Association of New York (BCANY) will induct Becky on Sunday, March 15 at 10 a.m. with a brunch in the ...
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Salty exchanges

By Dan Hust - staff writer

Bethel Supervisor Dan Sturm (left) got into a heated argument with Highway Supt. Bill Crumley (facing away from the camera) over road salt usage during Wednesday's town board meeting in White Lake. Also involved in the battle were Deputy Supervisor Vicky Vassmer-Simpson (center) and Councilwoman Lillian Hendrickson.
WHITE LAKE — A tense argument between Bethel Town Board members and Highway Superintendent Bill Crumley exploded into a top-of-the-lungs screaming match during Wednesday's board meeting.
“We have used 53 percent of our salt budget through today,” Supervisor Dan Sturm said, referring to the salt the highway department utilizes to clear roads of ice and snow.
Though Sturm acknowledged the price of salt has risen precipitously, “at this point, there's a problem,” he told Crumley, projecting Bethel could be well over $200,000 in the red should current salt usage continue - possibly facing a 6-10 percent tax increase as a result.
“There's no negotiating when it comes to maintaining roads,” replied Crumley, who said he only uses straight salt in Smallwood and the White Lake Homes area ...
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HEAP backlog whittled; residents have legal recourse

By Dan Hust - staff writer

MONTICELLO — Sullivan County Manager Josh Potosek said that as of Wednesday evening, the county continues to try to get a handle on HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program) requests.
In the meantime, Health and Family Services Commissioner Randy ...
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Hogue can't operate town equipment, vows to continue serving as highway superintendent

By Dan Hust - staff writer

FORESTBURGH — Forestburgh Highway Supt. Dan Hogue's guilty plea to a misdemeanor DWI charge has caused the township's insurer to drop him from coverage for the next three years.
In response, on Tuesday the town board forbid Hogue from driving any vehicle, on- or off-road, except his own car ...
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Firefighting is a 'family business'

By Eli Ruiz - staff writer
Carl Houman served 33 years with the Monticello Fire Department, and remains in the field as an instructor.

MONTICELLO — Upon graduation from Monticello High in 1979, Sullivan County native Carl Houman did what many young men his age have always done: he joined the military, and served three years in the U.S. Army, receiving an honorable discharge. ... read more
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