HARRISBURG, PA — The state lottery is a cash cow for Pennsylvania, bringing in some $3.48 billion in the year ending June 2012. That represents an 8.5% increase over the previous year, which was also a year in which profits grew 10.4% to about $1.06 billion.
All that money is used to pay for programs that benefit the state’s senior citizens. According to the Pennsylvania Lottery Commission, the money pays for Pennsylvania’s low-cost prescription drug programs for older adults, home-delivered meals as well as property tax and rent rebates among other things. Read more
Lines were drawn and battles were waged to the point where an incensed Hawley Planning Commission member stormed out of the meeting on January 1 amid angry words from the public and the commission. While the fiscal cliff in Washington was averted New Year’s Eve, and still with unanswered questions, Hawley seems poised on its own fiscal cliff, with no answers in the foreseeable future. Read more
HARRISBURG, PA — As part of National Radon Action Month, the PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will present an episode on the subject as part of its quarterly webinar series, DEP at Home, on Wednesday, January 16, from 7 to 8 p.m.
“Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and affects almost half of all Pennsylvania homes,” DEP Secretary Mike Krancer said. “Everyone needs to test their homes for radon. Read more
When Charlie Knapp first started cutting hair in Narrowsburg, the Second World War had ended just three years earlier. Knapp took over the business from his father who started in back in 1911.
Knapp has now officially retired, saying he was forced to do so because of a problem with his arm. But, he said, there will still be a hair-cutter in town, as Diane Daley is still taking customers. Knapp and Daley joined forces in one business location since 2004. Read more
WEST TRENTON, NJ — The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) has announced the launch of an online reporting system for its Water Supply Charges Program (WSCP). Designed to simplify surface water use reporting for WSCP participants, the new system eliminates the need for paper reports. Read more
The Hudson Valley Regional Council (HVRC) recently honored A. Alan Seidman on the occasion of his retirement, after 11 years as chairman and 18 years as a member. The ceremony, held at Washington’s Headquarters in Newburgh, recognized Seidman, the former chairman of the Orange County Legislature, for his extensive work for the HVRC.
“It was so appropriate to honor him at Washington’s Headquarters,” said the council’s executive director, Patricia Pomeroy. Read more
Jeff Dexter, supervisor of Damascus Township in Pennsylvania, has been elected chairman of the Upper Delaware Council (UDC) for 2013. Andy Boyar, supervisor of the Town of Highland, was elected vice-chair, and John B. Niflot, the Town of Fremont representative, was elected secretary-treasurer.
The election was held at the UDC meeting in Narrowsburg on January 4. There will be a swearing-in ceremony and public reception at the February 7 UDC meeting. Read more
The picture of the deer in the back of the ambulance went viral on Facebook, and the tale is sure to go down in the annals of local rescue lore.
On January 5, the Lumberland Fire Department was dispatched in response to a call that an animal had fallen through the ice in the Upper Delaware River near the Pond Eddy Bridge. Fire chief Eric Robles and a crew went to the scene to check out the situation. Read more
At 22 St. Johns Street, 8:30am-4:30pm. Call the Adult and Continuing Education Program at 845/295-4900 or 845/791-4070.
Story time at the Liberty Public Library will begin immediately following Liberty Elementary School am preschool, 10:40am. Fun crafts and great stories. 845/292-6070.