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DV to be used for hunting, not filming

By Dan Hust
CALLICOON — October 8, 2010 — Sullivan West’s closed Delaware Valley campus isn’t likely to become a film set this month, but it may very well become the hunting grounds for a local club.
SW Superintendent Ken Hilton confirmed this week that the district received just one of the two bids it was expecting on leases of the DV building and its surrounding acreage.
The lone bid, from Pleasant Valley Rod and Gun Club, was to lease DV’s 63 vacant acres for the next year for $10 an acre as a private hunting ground.
Hilton was anticipating another bid – this one for the DV building itself – from a film crew interested in shooting a “teenage angst” movie called “The Art of Love.”
According to Sullivan County Partnership for Economic Development President Tim McCausland, the 2-3-week shoot would have involved an Oscar-winning actress, though he would not name her.
According to Hilton, McCausland and the district haven’t heard anything from the crew since, indicating they’ve secured other space.
“I guess we’re not going to have the next great ‘Gone With the Wind’ filmed at DV,” Hilton quipped.
The school board was expected to vote on the hunting club’s bid at last night’s meeting.
In the meantime, SW is preparing to seek bids on the actual sale of both DV and Narrowsburg, though DV’s 63 vacant acres and Narrowsburg’s 14 acres of athletic fields won’t be part of that. Instead, the sale includes just the buildings and the land on which they sit: five acres at DV (including its unattached bus garage) and two acres at Narrowsburg.

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