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PA arts center funding announcement anticipated

BUSHKILL — Govenor Tom Ridge was expected to attend an October 3 press conference to announce the long-awaited approval of state funding for the proposed Mountain Laurel Center for the Performing Arts.

Center proponents, who organized the afternoon announcement at the former Unity House in Bushkill, would not say what portion of the possible $17.5 state grant they had matched through private fundraising.

The Kiesendahl family of Woodloch Pines took over promotion of the arts center after an earlier attempt failed to win Pike County bonding support.

Milford Realtor Davis Chant, who is handling the property transaction, reportedly expects a closing sometime this month.

Ridge was to visit the region two days before leaving office to head President Bush’s new Homeland Security Office.

Wayne teen arrested for homicide

HONESDALE — State police have arrested a Wayne County teen on more than a half dozen charges stemming from a fatal accident late last year.

Ryan Scott Clemo, 19, of RD 2, Honesdale is charged with homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence, two counts of DUI and other related charges. Clemo crashed his car along Route 652 in Berlin Township last December, causing the vehicle to flip over several times. His passenger, 19-year-old Charles Avery of Beach Lake, died from injuries sustained in that accident. Clemo, who was picked up on a warrant on September 27, was arraigned on the charges and released on $100,000 bail pending a November 1 preliminary hearing.

County approved for block grant

MONTICELLO — Sullivan County has won a $600,000 federal Community Development Block Grant. The grant, entirely for neighborhood housing revitalization projects within the Village of Monticello, is divided into three sections with a portion going to owner-occupied housing, a portion going to housing renovation for first-time buyers and another going toward rehabilitating rental housing. In all, at least 25 housing units will be rehabilitated through the grant, according to county planning commissioner Alan Sorensen.

The federal Small Cities grants are administered through the Governor’s office.

Clinton to appear in Sullivan

MONTICELLO — Senator Hillary Clinton is scheduled to be the guest of honor at the county Democrats’ annual fundraising dinner.

New York’s junior Senator’s October 14 appearance at the 85th annual Jeffersonian Dinner will be her first in Sullivan since taking office, but not her first Jeffersonian. The former First Lady was also the guest of honor at the 1999 dinner.

Callicoon man is ‘world renowned’

CALLICOON — Author Alred Lees has been selected for inclusion in an international biographical directory.

Lees will be profiled in the 19th edition of “Who’s Who in the World,” published by Marquis Who’s Who. Lees, who has published seven books and hundreds of bylined magazine articles, has been included in “Who’s Who in America” for several years.

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