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TOWN OF BETHEL, NY — Guests who turned out to a cookout at Cobalt Studios in the Town of Bethel on August 28 were treated not only to a hearty meal, but also to a visit with a Eurasian eagle owl who was brought to the occasion by local falconer Brian William Bunce.

Bunce said the Eurasian eagle owl is the second largest in the world and is a quick and lethal hunter. Because of its hunting prowess, this species of bird has been used to clear smaller birds out of large buildings such as those that house Home Depot stores.

Postal workers sue post office; Healthcare remains an issue

WASHINGTON, DC — Readers of The River Reporter know that their papers are not being delivered through the mail on time, and the paper has reported this is mostly attributable to consolidation of United States Postal Service (USPS) mail sorting facilities, which has been taking place across the country.  Read more

Pike honors Safe Haven, supports March of Dimes

“Where else would these women go? Thank you for doing what you do, for opening your hearts to complete strangers,” Pike County Commissioners Chair Rich Caridi said in presenting a proclamation commending the domestic violence intervention work of Safe Haven of Pike County (SHPC).  Read more

Common Cause gaming report

ALBANY, NY — According to a report issued on October 7 by Common Cause NY, since 2011, gambling interests have paid out over $3.2 million to New York politicians and committees. During that period the legislature voted twice to approve casino-style gambling.  Read more

Lacawac receives $390,000 grant

The Lacawac Sanctuary Foundation has received a $390,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for the construction of a state-of-the-art library. According to a press release from the organization, “The addition of the library will enable Lacawac to continue with its vital studies, while helping to attract scientists from around the country to come and conduct climate and water quality research.”  Read more

Court rules against Cappelli

Empire Resorts, Inc. and EPR Properties announced that on October 2, the New York Supreme Court in Sullivan County denied in its entirety the Article 78 petition filed by Louis Cappelli’s Concord Associates, LP on or about May 14. The petition named the Town of Thompson and its Town Board and Planning Board and EPR’s wholly owned subsidiary, EPT Concord II, LLC (“EPT”), as respondents. Monticello Raceway Management, Inc. (MRMI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Empire, asked and received intervener status in the proceeding in light of its interest in the outcome of the matter.  Read more

Corbett’s request for aid granted

HARRISBURG, PA — Governor Tom Corbett announced on October 2 that President Barack Obama has approved his request for a federal disaster declaration for those Pennsylvanians severely impacted by storms and flooding from June 26 to July 11.  Read more

PA marriage equality act

PHILADELPHIA, PA — Against the backdrop of Philadelphia’s Love Park, Democratic state representatives Brian Simms and Steve McCarter introduced the Pennsylvania Marriage Equality Act on October 3.  Read more

Fleeting leaf-peeper season

REGION — The picture above was taken at Crystal Lake in the Town of Rockland last week. The fall leaf viewing season is quickly passing with some areas of the region already past peak with most leaves on the ground. There are, however, many areas in the region providing 100% color change in the leaves and, according to the Sullivan County Visitors Association, the weekend of October 11, 12 and 13, the foliage in Sullivan will be at its peak, “with bright bouquets of butterscotch and burnt oranges, caramel and russet reds with a touch of green.”  Read more

Honesdale council members found guilty; subpoena for judge quashed

Attorneys for both sides objected to the fact that the subpoena for Judge Ted Mikulak had been quashed, and that the judge would not be testifying during the proceeding. But testimony regarding a complaint lodged by the judge against the acting police chief of Honesdale, Ronald Kominski, was among the most interesting of the proceeding.  Read more

Upper Delaware Council sets shutdown date

Following a brief executive session at their Thursday evening meeting, members of the Upper Delaware Council (UDC) set an October 25 date to shutdown the panel.  Read more

Gibson joins bipartisan group with proposal to shutdown

Press release from Congressman Chris Gibson:

Washington, DC - Congressman Gibson joined with a bipartisan group of Members today to express support for a solution that would reopen the federal government. The legislation would fund the government and repeal the medical device tax, a proposal that has significant support in the House and Senate. A medical device tax repeal passed the House 270-146 last year and a symbolic vote in the Senate passed 79-20 earlier this year.  Read more

The Sullivan County WIC program Is open

Sullivan County Public Health Services announced that although the Federal Government has shut down, the Supplemental Nutrition program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) in New York State is able to continue to serve WIC participants until further notice.  Read more

Camping permits for 7,500; Electronic music festival headed for Bethel Woods

Mysteryland is billed as “The world’s longest-running electronic music festival,” and next year the event, which was created in the Netherlands 20 years ago, is having a North American premier in May, and is set to take place at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.  Read more

Poll: gaming proposition language an issue

LOUDONVILLE, NY — According to a new poll from Siena College, New York voter support for Proposition One, which would allow for the creation of a limited number of casinos in the state, will be influenced by the language of the proposition.  Read more

DV school board adjusting to change

DINGMAN, PA — The Delaware Valley School District Board of Education meeting was considerably shorter than usual last Thursday.  Read more

Wayne cites the efforts of seniors

Noting that they “understand the important needs of the county’s aging population and the integration of the boomer generation,” the Wayne County Commissioners on September 19 proclaimed September as 2013 Senior Center Month in Wayne County.  Read more

Cochecton addresses unsafe structures, introduces budget

At its September 25 special meeting, the Cochecton Town Board held three hearings, presented a first draft of the town’s 2014 budget and addressed several extraneous matters.  Read more

White Lake creation irks neighbors; DEC officials say it’s a violation

There is a newly created bit of land surrounded by rocks in White Lake that has been the subject of complaints from neighbors. The matter was addressed at the Bethel Town Board meeting on September 23.  Read more

Free licenses for vets

HARRISBURG, PA — Sens. Lisa Baker and Scott Hutchinson have introduced legislation to help more disabled veterans receive free hunting and fishing licenses.  Read more

NY pharmacy bill signed

Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther announced that Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently signed legislation that would include pharmacies as disposal sites for unused controlled substances once federal regulations are adopted.  Read more