HURLEYVILLE, NY — Rebecca S. Salon, a native of Hurleyville, has been appointed by President Barack Obama to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities. Read more
MILANVILLE, PA — After being closed for repairs for nearly a year, the bridge at Skinners Falls over the Upper Delaware River is once again open to the public. Its closure had negatively impacted the Milanville General Store, the only business in the tiny hamlet. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — Board President Genevieve Reese and CEO Carl Wilgus of the Pocono Mountain Vacation Bureau (PMVB) delivered their fiscal 2016 annual report to the Wayne Commissioners on November 10. The non-profit regional tourism marketing agency reported that last year, some 25.6 million visitors spent some $3 billion, providing jobs for 34.9% of all workers in the region. Wilgus reported on cell phone-related updates to the PMVB website and efforts to market the area to the large Chinese-American community in New York City. Read more
Josh Santoro, Eldred Central School (ECS) varsity boys basketball-baseball coach and Highland-Lumberland summer basketball camp director, is pictured at the Highland Town Board meeting on November 10 as he introduces ECS colleague Sonia Kidney. Kidney coaches girls varsity soccer and junior varsity softball and has assisted at the basketball camp. Santoro, who started the widely acclaimed basketball camp four years ago, asked for and received their approval to expand the camp to include soccer, which Kidney would direct. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — It became apparent at the November 14 Honesdale Borough Council meeting that Mayor Melody A. Robinson has stepped into the breach between the council and its chief of police, Rick Southerton. As official police liaison, it is lawful that she does so and represents a marked transition from her predominantly ceremonial duties during her first 10 months in office. Read more
MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Commissioners and their voting-machine provider on November 2 responded to Internet rumors of vote rigging.
At last week’s meeting, commissioners’ Chair Matt Osterberg read a statement from Dominion Voting Systems, which denied any connection between Dominion and the Smartmatic Corporation, a Venezuelan multinational company headquartered in London, which also produces voting machines. Read more
CALLICOON, NY — At a November 2 public information meeting conducted jointly by the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) and its Pennsylvania counterpart, PennDOT, residents learned details of a $9.9 million rehabilitation of Interstate Bridge #7, spanning the Delaware River off lower Main Street in Callicoon. Project work and cost will be borne equally by NY and PA, with an ultimate goal of 20 years of safe bridge service. Read more
ALBANY, NY — New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on October 25 announced the results of a study of guns found at crime scenes. Using information provided by the federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, the analysis looked at all guns recovered statewide from crime scenes from 2010 through 2015. Read more
BERLIN TOWNSHIP, PA — A 32-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly trying to kill a four-year-old child and the child’s mother.
Janine Edwards, Wayne County District Attorney, issued a press release that said the assault was perpetrated by Steven Frank Wojtowicz against Aiden Kresge, the child, and Kristie Young.
The Affidavit of Probable Cause filed by Pennsylvania State Trooper John Decker states that the assault began on the afternoon of November 7, at a home on Perkins Pond Road in Berlin Township. Read more
SHOHOLA, PA — Barbara Child is a World War Two and Korean War veteran who has been a resident at Twin Cedars Senior Living since 1994.
Child joined the Women’s Army Corps after a year at the Rochester Institute of Technology. The year was 1944, and Barbara wanted a career. The army was happy to have her, and she embarked upon a 20-year stint in the armed forces, which allowed her to continue her education in the field of drafting and drawing. Read more
NEW YORK STATE — New York State Police reported 242 arrests for driving while intoxicated during the Halloween DWI Crackdown on impaired driving. The campaign, which started October 28 and ended November 1, is aimed at significantly reducing deaths and injuries caused by motorists driving drunk or impaired by drugs. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — Jimmy Rife, age 49, of Honesdale Borough, was sentenced to up to 20 years in a state prison after pleading guilty in August to one count of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, a first degree felony and one count of corruption of a minor related to sexual offenses, a third degree felony. Read more