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Friday, August 7, 2020


‘They saved my life'

CALLICOON — Denise Whipple still cries as she tells the story about being pulled from the Callicoon Creek by two volunteer firefighters on Tuesday night.
“It was like a miracle,” an emotional Whipple said through tears.
The scene unfolded shortly after 5 p.m. as Whipple and her friend, Kate, ... read more

Claryville deals with ‘Blue Hole' situation

TOWN OF NEVERSINK - The Claryville swimming hole on the Neversink River has long been a summer respite for locals to take a dip. But now the popular swimming spot is swarming with people, who leave behind their trash and park haphazardly.
Locals are speaking out and asking town and state ... read more

Parents react to schools reopening

REGION — Schools in New York State had to turn in their reopening plans to the governor's office on Friday of last week.
Amid the coronavirus pandemic, schools across the country are grappling with the decision to open in-school instruction.
While each plan is different, many schools are ... read more

Kartrite stays closed: Local economy continues to struggle

MONTICELLO -- The Kartrite Resort and Indoor Waterpark will not be reopening anytime soon.
Currently, New York State regulations requires the closure of attractions/recreation businesses, such as The Kartrite, until further guidance is issued.
“While we await the required guidance, we have ... read more

Two teens rescued from Middle Mongaup River

LIBERTY — Members of the Liberty Fire Department (LFD) responded to 445 Stanton Corners Road for a water rescue operation around 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
Two teenagers were riding on a light-duty raft on the Middle Mongaup River when a passing motorist saw them stranded on a small island overgrown ... read more

Boy struck by vehicle in Yulan

YULAN — Emergency personnel shut down a section of Airport Road in the Town of Highland on Monday afternoon after responding to reports of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle.
According to New York State Police Public Information Officer, Steve Nevel, a 7-year-old male child was struck by a pickup ... read more

Tropical Storm Isaias causes power outages and flash flooding

SULLIVAN COUNTY — Heavy rain and winds battered Sullivan County on Tuesday afternoon as a result of Tropical Storm Isaias. By that night, it had dropped between three and six inches of water in some areas and left thousands of residents without power.
Nearly 12,000 people in Sullivan County ... read more

River ‘observer' gets stranded after driving to river

CALLICOON - What was supposed to be an innocent trip to the old Callicoon boat landing to watch the rising flood waters turned into a sophisticated water rescue by the National Park Service on Tuesday afternoon.
New York City resident Al Juda, who said he also has a residence near Callicoon, ... read more

Renaissance workers help Callicoon

Workers from Sullivan Renaissance made a visit to Callicoon last week to fix up the flower bed on Lower Main St., across from the Sullivan County Democrat office. The three-person horticulture crew, working alongside community volunteer Janine Kroner, worked on the bed and also dug up and moved ... read more

Meeting 8/7-8/11

Until further notice, all future Town/Village Board meetings will be held via videoconferencing, as permitted by the NYS Open Meetings Law. Due to public health and safety concerns, the public will not be permitted to attend the meeting in person. The public, however, will be able to fully observe ... read more

Resorts World unveils new health and safety plan

THOMPSON — Resorts World Catskills recently spent over $1 million on new health and safety measures, but that might not be enough as concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic persist more than five months after the first positive case was recorded in New York.
During a conference call with reporters ... read more

Comptroller releases annual report on IDAs

NEW YORK STATE -- New York's Industrial Development Agencies (IDAs) reported $784 million in net tax exemptions in 2018, up 4.4 percent from 2017, according to an annual report that summarizes the performance of IDAs recently released by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. See stats for ... read more

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