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Senator Max Cleland is shown at a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Washington, D.C. in 1999.

Max Cleland is Memorial Day Grand Marshal

Former senator and veteran is a powerful spokesman for veterans’ rights

By FRITZ MAYER

HONESDALE, PA—Former U.S. Senator Max Cleland will serve as the grand master at the Memorial Day Parade. Cleland, who lost his legs and an arm to an exploding grenade in Vietnam in 1968, served as the president of the U.S. Veterans Administration under President Carter.

John Visci, a co-chairman of the Memorial Day Parade committee and a district manager of the American Legion in Pennsylvania, said the grand marshal is chosen with the input of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, the Disabled American Vets, the Marine Corp and representatives of Wayne County and Honesdale.

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Confusion between Albany and Monticello leads to budget cuts

Cunningham says sales tax increase is dead

By FRITZ MAYER

MONTICELLO, NY—Financial committee chairman Jonathon Rouis said, “This is real,” and then finance commissioner Richard LaCondre detailed the budget cuts that may come because lawmakers in Albany and Monticello could not come to an agreement about raising the percentage of sales taxes that Sullivan County can collect.

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Fort Delaware in Narrowsburg will remain closed on Memorial Day weekend

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY—Fort Delaware in Narrowsburg was scheduled to open for the summer on Saturday, May 27. But according to Sullivan County legislative aide Alexis Eggleton, the landmark museum, which turns 50 year old next year, will not open as scheduled, except for previously scheduled school visits. The fate of the facility awaits action from the legislature as it decides how to fill a $4.6 million budget gap created by differences between lawmakers in Albany and Monticello.

But while the fort is closed, there are plenty of other activities to take part in this weekend, including parades, antique fairs, canoeing, hiking, flea markets and cooking demonstrations. For a look at all the goings on, turn to the arts and leisure section, Currents.

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