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Copyrighted photo by David B. Soete
This photo of a spectacular wild turkey was taken on April 15, 2006 at 5:14 pm in Dyberry Township in Wayne County, PA.

The original Thanksgiving bird

RIVER VALLEY—In the modern era, people gather at the Thanksgiving table to gobble up domesticated turkeys. But, they’re not nearly as colorful as the wild turkeys that have strutted across the region for thousands of years.

Wild turkeys were so plentiful in the area in the early 1700s that Dutch hunters named Callicoon Creek after the noisy birds, originally calling it Kolikoonkill, which meant cackling turkey stream.

And Benjamin Franklin famously believed that the wild turkey should have been named the national bird rather than the bald eagle. He thought that eagles were lazy because they stole fish from other birds, and in a letter to his daughter, Franklin wrote, “In truth, the turkey is in comparison a much more respectable bird, and withal a true original native of America. He is besides, though a little vain and silly, a bird of courage.”

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Licenses for contractors?

Supervisors register dissent

By FRITZ MAYER

MONTICELLO, NY—The conflict between whether it’s more important for governments to protect their citizens or more important to stay out of citizen’s affairs played out in a discussion at the government center on November 21.

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Verizon and NEPA to aid country folk with broadband

By TOM KANE

DAMASCUS, PA - If you live in the beautiful Damascus countryside, you may have a lot of tranquility but you most likely have to use dial-up to access the Internet. But that may change soon.

“We want [Damascus residents] to have the advantages of broadband service like the rest of the community,” said Brian Langan of the Northeast Pennsylvania Alliance (NEPA) during the monthly meeting of the Damascus Township Board on November 17.

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