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November 2012

Sullivan eligible for FEMA Funds

Sullivan County has been declared eligible for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Individual Assistance (IA) program that will help families recover from the effects of Hurricane Sandy.  Read more

Toy drive for leukemia victim

Toys and monetary gifts are being collected for four-year-old Alonzo Wood of Damascus and his family. According to Vanessa DeGori, proprietor of The Milanville Store, Alonzo has been diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) which will require lengthy treatment.  Read more

Replacing spoiled food in Wayne & Pike

PIKE & WAYNE COUNTIES — The Pennsylvania Department of Welfare (DPW) has informed victims of Hurricane Sandy that disaster agencies are not offering assistance in replacing food lost as a result of the recent power outages.  Read more

Red Cross explains how you can help

BETHLEHEM, PA — When disaster hits, people generally leap up to help. Hurricane Sandy was not an exception. But help is most effective when it is coordinated. So here’s what the American Red Cross thinks is helpful:  Read more

Proposed Sullivan budget increase: 13.77%

There are no layoffs or cuts in services in the Sullivan County proposed 2013 budget, but county officials are anticipating raising the property tax rate by 13.77%. Moreover, according to the budget message prepared by county manager David Fanslau, in order to keep the budget from rising more than that amount, the county legislature must take a number of steps.  Read more

ECS board hears about hurricane impacts

Members of the Eldred Central School (ECS) Board of Education heard from school administrators at the monthly meeting on November 8 regarding Hurricane Sandy’s disruptive visit to the region.  Read more

Iraq: The aftermath; a veteran returns home

“What made you want to join the army?” I ask.
William Knibbs gives a short chuckle and responds, “I’ve thought about that quite a bit. I don’t really have a good answer for that.”  Read more

RJ Thiele: Lumberland youth recognized

While some young people make the headlines for less than admirable reasons, Eldred Central School senior RJ Thiele has drawn attention for his commitment to his passions and recent achievements in those areas.  Read more

Heroes’ Park site of Veteran’s Day ceremony

“We gather to recognize all veterans and VFWs in their unwavering service to God and country,” said Peter Carmeci, Commander of the Tusten Highland Lumberland VFW Post 6427 and senior vice commander of the Sullivan County Council VFW to the crowd assembled at Heroes’ Park in the Town of Highland on Veteran’s Day.  Read more

Barryville book looks back at ex-cop’s imprisonment; newly married couple separated for a year

When Matthew Smith talks about that incident back in November 1975, he seems intelligent, energetic, frustrated and perhaps a bit wistful about the way things might have been. Back then, he was a cop with the New York City Police Department (NYPD) stationed in the Alphabet City section of Manhattan, making at least a couple of drug busts a week and racking up the overtime.  Read more