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The Wayne County Commissioners are pictured November 9, signing off on a resolution to issue 2017 obligation bonds in the amount $12,715,000 to fund the retirement of a $7.2 million 2012 bond issue and a series of nine proposed infrastructure capital projects estimated to cost $3,955,052. The commissioners said the action would provide a 2% interest savings amounting to $120,000 over the 12-year life of the bonds.

Wayne on hook for state shortfall

HONESDALE, PA — Human Services Director Andrea Whyte delivered the state’s bad news to the county commissioners on November 9.

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Corporal Seth Kelly

Trooper shot at DUI arrest recovering

FOUNTAIN HILL, PA — Cpl. Seth Kelly, a Honesdale native and a corporal with the Pennsylvania State Police, was upgraded from critical to stable condition on November 13. That was after two surgeries to treat multiple gunshot wounds suffered after Kelly and another officer pulled over a man suspected of driving under the influence.

Funding for the Upper Delaware Council is being investigated by the National Park Service.

Upper Delaware Council under threat

NARROWSBURG, NY — As the first year of the Trump Administration labors to a conclusion, the Upper Delaware Council (UDC) continues to struggle with this year’s newly intense financial oversight by the National Park Service (NPS).

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A crowd of over 100 gathered at the last school board meeting seeking information on the recent lawsuit and subsequent personnel changes.

Few details disclosed at Eldred School Board meeting

ELDRED, NY — Acknowledging a crowd of well over 100 community members, board president Carol Bliefernich began her report at the November 2 meeting stating that there are probably “100 different reasons why you are here.” She repeatedly stated that she looks forward to hearing from the public, either personally or in the forum of the public meet

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A black-capped chickadee feasts on a sunflower seed. For more photos and additional discussion of the lack of birds at bird feeders, see River Talk at

Disappearing birds explained

REGION — There has been a rash of comments on social media in recent weeks about birds disappearing from bird feeders. The phenomena is reportedly real but not of concern, according to an email sent from Marc Devokaitis, a public information specialist at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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Pennsylvania State Sen. Lisa Baker, left, attorney Warren Schloesser, Arthur Frey, Gail Frey, Daniel Mulligan (as Ben Franklin) and Donna Fritz pose at the Ben Franklin Award Ceremony.

Ben Franklin award bestowed

HAWLEY, PA — Arthur and Gail Frey were the recipients of the 2017 Ben Franklin Community Service Award. The honor was presented to the couple on November 2 by the Wayne County Community Foundation, which comes of a $1,000 grant that goes to the Newfoundland Food Pantry.

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An administrative law judge has ruled that the New York Department of Health does not have authority to prevent people from using the public access area of the reservoir for swimming. 

Toronto access update

SMALLWOOD, NY — The New York State Department of Health (DOH) filed a violation against Eagle Creek Renewables in July 2016 because the company, which owns the Toronto Reservoir, was not preventing residents from swimming in the reservoir.



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