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RIVER VALLEY — As many people know by now, founding father Ben Franklin thought more highly of the American Turkey than the American Bald Eagle and wrote as much in a letter home from France in 1784.

New calls for reservoir flood mitigation

TRENTON, NJ — With a mounting number of Pennsylvania and New Jersey counties seeking Delaware River flooding relief, a new spotlight has come onto four-state/New York City negotiations to extend existing management agreements.  Read more

Duggan School reconsidered

WHITE LAKE, NY — When the board of the Monticello Central School District began to consider the closure of the Dr. Cornelius Duggan Elementary School back in 2009, there was a big reaction from members of the community connected to the school in Bethel to try to keep it open. Some said at the time that it would not be long before the district would need more classroom space and might regret the closure. It turns out they might have been right.  Read more

Bonacic pushes Jobs for Heroes

ALBANY, NY — At the State of the State Address this year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo suggested that 5% of state contracts be awarded to veterans. In his budget address a bit later, however, Cuomo said the state should study the proposition.  Read more

Legal snarl possible for Bloomingburg election; Court challenges playing out

BLOOMINBURG, NY — In the last mayoral election in Bloomingburg, 24 people turned out to vote. This time around, the turn-out is likely to be quite a bit higher, but the outcome may not be known for some time because of challenges to petitions and voter registrations.  Read more

Paula’s Law would protect the most vulnerable; A brother campaigns for his late sister

SWAN LAKE, NY — Bill Liblick, a local columnist and media personality who is active in Democratic politics, is once again pushing for the passage of Paula’s Law, now that the state legislature is again in session.  Read more

New proposal for Narrowsburg School

NARROWSBURG, NY — According to the minutes of the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway (UDSB) on February 24, businessman Rick Lander presented a proposal to utilize the vacant Narrowsburg School as a multi-purpose building which could serve as a visitors center for the river valley, environmental conference center, and house consolidated National Park Service facilities as well as the Upper Delaware Council and UDSB. The auditorium, classrooms and kitchen/cafeteria could be utilized as meeting and extension/outreach/adult education class sites, etc. The concept was well received.  Read more

Honesdale prescription drop-off box

HONESDALE, PA — Prescription drug abuse is on the rise in Pennsylvania and Wayne County District Attorney Janine Edwards together with Sheriff Mark Steelman are responding by installing a secure medicine-return box that will allow people to dispose of unused and expired prescription and over-the-counter medication safely and anonymously.  Read more

Monticello man arrested for assault

MONTICELLO, NY — Monticello police arrested Daniel Ridley, 28, of Monticello on February 28. Ridley was charged with felony assault and misdemeanor menacing. Ridley was arrested after Monticello police received a complaint from a 29-year-old Monticello woman reporting that Ridley had punched her in the face and also displayed what appeared to be a revolver and threatened to kill her.  Read more

River creates $10 million benefit

UPPER DELAWARE RIVER VALLEY — A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 255,586 visitors to Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River in 2012 spent $10,152,000 in communities near the park unit. That spending supported 105 jobs in the local area.  Read more

IDA reports to Liberty board

LIBERTY, NY — Allan Scott, chief executive officer, and Jen Flad, vice president at the Sullivan County Industrial Development Agency (IDA), made a presentation to the Town of Liberty board at their regularly scheduled meeting on February 18.  Read more

Eldred board approves tax breaks for veterans; What’s the value of military service?

ELDRED, NY — The five members of the board of the Eldred Central School District voted unanimously to grant tax credits for veterans who live in the district. Veterans have been able to obtain tax credits from towns and counties for about the past decade, and last December Gov. Andrew Cuomo decided that the credits could be extended to include school taxes, but each district must decide whether to grant them.  Read more

PA State Senator Baker urges electricity consumers to complain

HARRISBURG, PA — Some electricity consumers in the Keystone State have been hit with skyrocketing charges in recent months, specifically consumers who have signed variable rate contracts with electricity suppliers.  Read more

Sullivan West grapples with weather, budget challenges; Spring musical to offer affordable family package

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — The February 18 Sullivan West Central School District (SWCSD) Board of Education meeting drew only a handful of faculty and administration officials as observers, public attendance undoubtedly discouraged by dicey weather and road conditions, confusion over the rescheduling, and assumption that the meeting cancellation would naturally follow the day’s weather-related school closure. However, sparse attendance did not put a damper on the lively budget work session that preceded the board meeting and ran long as board members weighed their hopes, dreams, fears, and concerns against budgetary realities.  Read more

Wayne funds joint tourism planning

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Commissioners on February 20 approved the dispersal of some $28,000 in tourism promotion funding for the coming tourist season.  Read more

Rustic lifestyles, emergency services and roads

LACKAWAXEN, PA — The Lackawaxen township supervisors on February 24 voted approval of an amendment to township zoning, requiring the installation of blue or green reflective signs with four-inch-high white numbers at each registered E-911 address in Lackawaxen.  Read more

Pike resident considers Marino challenge; Nick Troiano seeks community-supported campaign

MILFORD, PA — Just 24 years old, Nick Troiano is no stranger to the limelight. He has been active in various causes, most recently as the organizer of a Generational Equity Tour, which was organized to “educate and engage young Americans on the issues of the federal budget and the growing national debt.”  Read more

Change in local Catholic churches

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — For 110 years in one case and 120 in another, Franciscan friars from the Holy Name Province (HNP) have served as pastors for the St. Anthony of Padua Church in Yulan and St. Mary’s in Obernburg. That arrangement will be coming to an end sometime this summer because the order doesn’t have as many friars as it did in years past.  Read more

Hawley missing person sought

HAWLEY, PA — A 69-year-old man is being sought by officials and his family after going missing on February 23. Anthony Calvitti went missing from the Hawley Village Apartments. Family members located his car, but he was not with the vehicle. Blood was found inside the car along with Calvitti’s wallet and a key.  Read more

Bonacic invites nominations for Veterans Hall of Fame

ALBANY, NY — Sen. John Bonacic is inviting nominations for induction into the New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame from the 42nd Senate District. The online Hall of Fame represents extraordinary New Yorkers whose heroism in the United States Armed Forces is complimented by their service to the people in their community.  Read more

Major joins call for investigation

HARRISBURG, PA — Rep. Sandra Major has joined three of her colleagues in calling for an investigation into Chesapeake Energy Company’s practice of deducting gas royalty payments for post-production costs.  Read more