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CALLICOON CENTER, NY — Bryan Kent is a show-me kind of guy. Now, having been won over by the performance of his electric vehicle, a 2013 Nisson Leaf, he is driving it on an epic road trip covering more than 26,000 miles in about 100 days. Along the way, he plans to visit the capitals of the 48 contiguous U.S. states and plant 100 trees.

Health guardians recognized in Wayne

HONESDALE, PA — Wayne County provided honors for scores of health care workers on August 13, when the commissioners proclaimed the week of August 15 as National Health Center Week in Wayne County.

There are about 180 staff members from 15 health service locations affiliated with Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers. The centers employ 40 health professionals in these medical, dental and behavioral health sites and more recently at the new Veterans Administration Outpatient Clinic.  Read more

Ukraine anniversary recognized in Sullivan

MONTICELLO, NY — Global geopolitical matters intruded a bit into Sullivan County affairs at the monthly meeting of the county legislature on August 20, at the government center. County Chairman Scott Samuelson read a proclamation recognizing the 24th anniversary of the independence of Ukraine from the former Soviet Union.  Read more

Keeping order in Lumberland

GLEN SPEY, NY — By a unanimous vote, the members of the Lumberland Town Board on August 12 approved a strict new set of “rules of conduct” to govern their meetings.  Read more

DV reviews recent academic performance

WESTFALL, PA — On the verge of a week of elementary and middle school student orientation leading to the August 31 opening of a new year, Delaware Valley officials on August 20 heard the annual review of the last graduates’ achievements.  Read more

Port Jervis bluestone re-examined

PORT JERVIS, NY — At the Port Jervis Common Council meeting on August 10, the fate of the city’s old bluestone sidewalks was discussed again, and at the end, the council decided to advertise for other bids to do the same work that Peter Hill from New England Architectural Center has proposed. Hill made an offer to the city on July 25th to take what’s left of the old Church Street School’s bluestone, which is now located at Children’s Park and also at Mother’s Playground and Skinners Park, and replace it with concrete at no cost to the city.  Read more

Pike man accused of homicide; Man killed outside of bar

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — According to the affidavit of probable cause, Pennsylvania State Police at Blooming Grove have charged Jared Masker, 31, of Milford of killing Kristopher Hanscom, 23, of Bushkill outside a tavern in Dingmans Ferry.  Read more

Highland Democrat caucus names Haas

ELDRED, NY — As expected, at the August 18, Highland Democratic Party caucus, Highland Supervisor and Democrat Andrew Boyar nominated Councilman Donald “Jeff” Haas, a Republican, to be the candidate to run on the Democratic line in the November election.  Read more

Gunther announces new veteran staffer

MONTICELLO, NY — Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther on August 21 announced the addition of Daniel Ryan to her district office staff. Ryan will serve as legislative aide specializing in veteran’s services.  Read more

National Park Service ranger-led canoe instruction

NARROWSBURG, NY — Park rangers from Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River will demonstrate proper canoe paddling techniques and safety on Saturday, August 29 at 10:30 a.m. Two park rangers from the National Park Service (NPS) will teach basic paddling techniques as well as ways to stay safe while canoeing on the river. The event will be held at the New York Department of Environmental Conservation river access in Narrowsburg.  Read more

Honoring Wayne’s youthful competitors

HONESDALE, PA — Twelve young Wayne County athletes were honored by the county commissioners on August 13. Sponsored by the commissioners, they all competed in local, regional and finals competitions in what has for years been known as Hershey Track and Field. Wayne Recreation Director Karri Miszler said that this year Hershey moved to change the program from competitive to learning. Some areas, including Wayne decided to retain the competition, as Pennsylvania Youth Track and Field; and its final meet once again was held at Penn State University.  Read more

Rep. calls for Porngate hearing

HARRISBURG, PA — Pennsylvania state Rep. John Payne on August 21 renewed his call for action on legislation he introduced in response to the Porngate scandal. Payne’s House Bill 780 would establish penalties for state employees who use state-owned computers, networks or cellular phones to view and/or exchange pornography.  Read more

Shohola and Pike humane society find common ground

SHOHOLA, PA — The Pike County Humane Society (PCHS) has lately been under tremendous pressure on several fronts: it is in serious need of funds; the shelter is always or nearly always full; and there have been questions regarding their handling of finances, which at one point left Shohola believing that over $120,000 was missing from the shelter’s books.  Read more

Bethel board denies lakeside septic waiver

WHITE LAKE, NY — Developer Shaya Boymelgreen suffered a setback this week as the Bethel town board voted to deny the septic waiver he had sought. He has been trying for several years to create a four-lot subdivision and build a 12,000-square-foot home on one of the lots.  Read more

Traffic problems shifted downstream

ELDRED, NY — Highland officials are hoping that moving the landing of river boating traffic further downstream in Barryville will alleviate traffic problems raised in last month’s complaints from River Road residents.  Read more

Staffing levels at nursing home questioned

MONTICELLO, NY — Staffing levels at the Sullivan County Adult Care Center (ACC) and the quality of some of the new hires at the facility were among the topics touched on at a wide-ranging discussion of the facility at a meeting of the Health and Family Services Committee at the government center on August 13.  Read more

Asian longhorned beetle month

HARRISBURG, PA — Gov. Tom Wolf proclaimed August Asian Longhorned Beetle Awareness Month in recognition of the danger the beetles pose for multiple Pennsylvania hardwood species.  Read more

Boyar to nominate Haas for supervisor

ELDRED, NY — Highland Supervisor and Democrat, Andrew Boyar confirmed Tuesday that he would not seek re-election, and planned to nominate councilman Donald “Jeff” Haas, a Republican, as his successor at the August 18, Highland Democratic Party caucus.

Boyar, who served close to two decades in two separate incumbencies, said he is now dealing with serious health issues. “I love the area and plan to stay involved, but I don’t want to spend so much time in meetings anymore,” he said.  Read more

Household hazardous waste event

MONTICELLO, NY — The second Household Hazardous Waste Event will take place in Sullivan County from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, August 30, at the Monticello Transfer Station, located at 91 Landfill Dr.  Read more

Meetings to be held on finished Cannonsville repairs

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — As of Tuesday, August 18, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYDEP) expected final repairs downstream of the Cannonsville dam to be complete. It has announced a series of public meetings to provide residents of the Delaware River Valley with an update on the successful repairs. The public meetings will take place at the following dates, times and locations:

• Tuesday, Aug. 25 at 6 p.m. at the State Theater, 148 Front St., Deposit, NY.

• Thursday, August 27 at 6 p.m. at the Upper Delaware Council office, 211 Bridge St., Narrowsburg, NY  Read more

Triathlon in Port Jervis

PORT JERVIS, NY — Fifty participants from four states came to take part in the first annual Tri-State Triathlon on Sunday, August 16. The event was organized jointly by the City of Port Jervis and the Town of Deerpark in order to promote the area profile, and to encourage more tourists to visit the area.  Read more