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November 28, 2015
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“Sarah Hale portrait” painted by James Reid Lambdin (1807-1889) — Richard’s Free Library, Newport, NH

REGION — Most Americans know that the first Thanksgiving was celebrated by the Pilgrims in the fall of 1621, with a feast that was shared with many members of the Wampanoag Tribe of Native Americans. What’s not as well known is that it did not become a national holiday celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November until many years later.

Bell plots future at DV

WESTFALL, PA — Superintendent and newly minted doctor of education, Dr. John Bell, presented his strategic plan for the Delaware Valley (DV) School District on November 19.  Read more

Sullivan West cancels trips to France and NYC

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Paris, Sullivan West Central School District has cancelled its spring recess trip to France.  Read more

Gutekunst: Highland not financially stressed

ELDRED, NY — A week after Highland voters returned two incumbent councilmen and elected a third as the town’s new supervisor, the board still felt the need to justify its financial planning.  Read more

Senate confirmation for PEMA head

HARRISBURG, PA — Those seeking to lead the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) will be subject to the Senate confirmation process if a bill sponsored by Sen. Lisa Baker is signed into law.

Baker, who sits on the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, said the responsibilities and profile of the PEMA Director have increased in recent years, making the role even more critical to state security and public safety.  Read more

PA House passes liquor privatization bill

DUNMORE, PA — The Pennsylvania House on November 19 advanced legislation that would privatize the wholesale and retail distribution of wine and spirits in Pennsylvania. House Bill 1690 passed by a 110-86 margin and was opposed by six Republicans and all Democrats.  Read more

Goshen murder/suicide

TOWN OF GOSHEN, NY — Early in the morning of November 21, Orange County 911 received a call reporting multiple gunshots in the area of Finnegan Lane in the Town of Goshen. Responding troopers and Town of Goshen police officers located Marie Giannone, age 55, of Goshen, sitting in the driver’s seat of her vehicle, deceased from multiple gunshot wounds.  Read more

DEP opens expanded reservoir acreage for hunting

NEW YORK STATE — With New York’s regular hunting season now underway, new or expanded access in four counties provides additional opportunities for sportsmen and sportswomen.  Read more

House abandoned because of compressor station; Family walks away from $250,000

MINISINK, NY — In June, Leanne and Rob Baum and their four children abandoned their house in Minisink, leaving it to the bank holding the mortgage and oversight by a friend. Ominous symptoms from emissions of a 12,600 horsepower gas compressor built in their rural neighborhood two years before by Millennium Pipeline, LLC, prompted their decision, said Leanne. After it had been six months on the market they had no offers on their house, and selling to another family felt morally questionable.  Read more

Pushing for $15

ALBANY, NY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on November 10 that all state employees will soon be paid a minimum of $15 per hour, a wage scale that will be phased in, becoming fully implemented in New York City in 2018 and in the rest of the state by the end of 2021.  Read more

Remembering those who served

ELDRED, NY — Sullivan County Veterans of Foreign Wars Commander Peter Carmeci is seen here at Veteran’s Day ceremonies at Highland’s Hero’s Park. Despite threatening skies and intermittent drizzle, about 70 people turned out Wednesday morning, November 11 for the annual observance of the national holiday honoring all those who served in the armed services. “The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” originally marked the date of the Armistice, which ended World War I in 1918.  Read more

Summer camps in Cochecton?

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — “Does Cochecton want summer camps?” Planning board chairperson Earl Bertsch’s pointed question to the Cochecton Town Board at its November 11 monthly meeting came after he told the board that the Stanzoni RV park application is currently on hold and before he said that the town presently has no regulations pertaining to summer camps.

Bertsch said that neighbors of the proposed RV park had voiced concerns about the proposal at a recent planning board meeting and that those concerns would be addressed before the application is allowed to proceed.  Read more

Plans would save ill-fated, historic Wayne ponds

HONESDALE, PA — New upstream earthen dams might be built at one-tenth of the state estimated replacement costs to either save or revive five doomed state-owned ponds, according to Wayne businessman Paul Ludick. He is referring to dams, deemed to be “high hazard,” that were built to accommodate the former Delaware and Hudson (D&H) Canal.  Read more

Pike feels state budget pinch

MILFORD, PA — The money is running out.

Pike County Commissioners joined neighboring Wayne in voicing concerns about the upcoming loss of county human services, failing the state’s completion of a new budget. The budget for the fiscally challenged Commonwealth is currently five months overdue and county services for the aging and for children and youth are endangered by cutbacks in those programs.

Commissioner Karl Wagner summed up the problem. “The legislature doesn’t want to increase taxes and the governor says they’re needed to fund the budget.”  Read more

Port Ambrose gas project nixed; Local group claims victory

LONG ISLAND, NY — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on November 12 vetoed the Port Ambrose Liquefied Natural Gas Deepwater Port, a proposed natural port that would have been located about 17 miles south of Long Island. The company that wanted to build it said it would be used to, “deliver additional, diverse supplies of natural gas directly into the growing markets in the downstate, New York City and Long Island areas to help meet existing and future load requirements, particularly during periods of peak winter and summer demand.”  Read more

An in-depth look at the bungalow voters challenged in Thompson

MONTICELLO, NY — After the unchallenged absentee ballots were counted, it turned out that Thompson Council candidate Scott Mace had enough votes that the 137 challenged votes would not have altered the outcome of his victory against opponent Jay Rubin, but Mace plans to continue his challenge to the votes anyway.  Read more

Shohola looking to assist elderly and disabled this winter

SHOHOLA, PA — Keith Raser, Shohola Township supervisor, is in the midst of organizing volunteers to assist clearing the walkways of those unable to do so themselves this winter. This initiative is Raser’s own and is not related to Shohola government. The idea came after last winter’s snowfall and the hazards it brought. These volunteers would only be clearing walkways and not driveways. Anyone who would like to volunteer, anyone who needs assistance, and anyone who knows someone who needs assistance is encouraged to call 570/559-7314.  Read more

Sullivan sheriff hosts U.S. Marshals Service

WHITE LAKE, NY — The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office recently hosted an orientation for local law enforcement agencies with the United States Marshals Service at the Emergency Training Center in White Lake. The keynote speaker was newly appointed U.S. Marshal for the Southern District of New York, Michael Greco.

Greco is a retired lieutenant from the New York State Police who had previously served as a trooper, sergeant and investigator with Troop F.  Read more

Benson legislative race still undecided

MONTICELLO, NY — It’s still not clear whether Republicans or Democrats will have the majority in the Sullivan County Legislature come January, because the outcome of the race between incumbent Democrat Gene Benson and Republican challenger Joseph Perrello has yet to be finalized.  Read more

Free child safety seat checks

DUNMORE, PA — During the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s “Click It or Ticket” campaign, the Pennsylvania State Police will be conducting free child safety seat checks. This year’s “Click It or Ticket” campaign runs through Sunday, November 29.  Read more

Independent considers run against Marino

WILLIAMSPORT, PA — Jerry Kairnes of Cogan Station announced on November 16 that he is considering running as an independent candidate in Pennsylvania’s 10th Congressional District against incumbent U.S. Representative Tom Marino.  Read more