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
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
Ridge was to visit the region two days before leaving
office to head President Bush’s new Homeland Security Office.
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
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
The federal Small Cities grants are administered
through the Governor’s office.
to appear in Sullivan
MONTICELLO — Senator Hillary Clinton is scheduled
to be the guest of honor at the county Democrats’ annual fundraising
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.
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.