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Copyrighted photo by David B. Soete

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.

Highland looking at therapeutic center

Town of Highland planners are considering zoning changes that would allow the Stepping Forward Therapeutic Center to open a facility at the former Sokol Woodlands property on Mail Road.  Read more

Wayne court districts reorganized

Wayne County’s Magisterial District Judge positions will be reduced by one as of the first of the year.  Read more

Lackawaxen bids Stuart good-bye

Brian Stuart ended 18 years as a Lackawaxen supervisor on December 16. A light agenda and a short meeting ended with a presentation of a plaque to the board’s outgoing chairman.  Read more

Legislature split over new position; Department of Family Services attorney

Members of the Sullivan County Legislature were divided over whether the county should hire another lawyer for the Department of Family Services (DFS) at a meeting of the Government Services Committee at the government center on December 12.  Read more

Gibson’s release on the budget agreement

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. House of Representatives on December 12 passed a bipartisan budget agreement that establishes spending levels for the next two years. The legislation passed 332-94, and was the result of negotiations between Republican House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan and Democratic Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Democrat Patty Murray. Republican Congressman Chris Gibson voted in support of the agreement.  Read more

PA Democrats weigh climate change

HARRISBURG, PA — Members of the House Democratic Policy Committee heard from energy and environmental experts at a public hearing on December 16 to consider options for addressing climate change, said Chairman Mike Sturla.  Read more

PA firefighter equipment bill

HARRISBURG, PA — Sen. Lisa Baker has helped pass legislation in the Pennsylvania Senate to to help volunteer fire companies buy needed equipment through state-sponsored low-interest loans. The bill to increase the loan limits on the Volunteer Loan Assistance Program (VLAP) passed the Senate 49-0 and now heads to the governor’s desk for signature.  Read more

Lake Huntington man arrested

In the early morning hours of December 11, Cpl. Blake Starner and Deputy Rich Morgan of the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Patrol responded to a 911 call of shots fired in the vicinity of 6744 State Route 52 in Lake Huntington.  Read more

Bloomingburg planning board rejects school for girls

Three members of the Village of Bloomingburg planning board voted “no” to the construction of a proposed school for girls that has been proposed in connection with a 396-unit development, which has sparked widespread protests in the community.  Read more

No grant for Lumberland

The state grant for the visitor center didn’t materialize, but Lumberland isn’t giving up.  Read more

Showering in the snow

“The colder, the better,” said Michael G. Stanton, the brave soul who takes a shower on Main Street in the bitter cold temperatures of December every year to raise funds for the Wayne County Children’s Christmas Bureau. His comment, however, came late last week before the snowstorm that rolled through on Saturday, making this annual event even more interesting.  Read more

Pike County Business Park sold

Press release: Pike County Business Development Corporation is pleased to announce that on December 11, 2013 Kahr Arms, a subsidiary of Saeilo Enterprises, Inc. closed the purchase of the Pike County Business Park on Well Road.

Mr. Justin Moon, President of Saeilo Enterprises, Inc. said he hopes to break ground by the end of the year. The New York arms manufacturing company will begin constructing a 40,000 square foot facility to house both their corporate offices and a manufacturing center on the 12 acre parcel (Lot 5) on the 600 acre property.  Read more

Captain Bludde in Narrowsburg

NARROWSBURG, NY — A couple of swashbuckling entrepreneurs held a grand opening for their new shop on Bridge Street in Narrowsburg on December 7. John Pisanelli and his son Chris Pisanelli are the owners of Captain Bludde’s Collectibles.

Among the collectibles in stock are lots of Star Wars-related items and pirate paraphernalia.

The shop is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and can be identified by the Skull and Crossbones flag flying above the front door.

China City plans for Thompson

TOWN OF THOMPSON, NY — A project that was first proposed as a Chinese Disneyland has now been transformed into an educational project that is planned for about 570 acres in the Town of Thompson off Wild Turnpike. According to the environmental impact statement that was presented to the town planning board on December 3 by developer Sherry Li, the China City of America Project (CCAP) will include four college classroom buildings, four student activity centers, and related facilities such as 2,056 dormitory units.  Read more

Wayne recognizes expressions of hope

The artistic and personal efforts of Karen Reynolds, Judy Colon, Lisa Firmstone, Kathleen Reynolds, Manny Maestre, Robin Dunn, Deborah Everett, Renee Kiefer, and Joe Cruz Jr. were recognized by the Wayne County Commissioners on December 5.  Read more

No new taxes as Pike spending dips

Pike officials last week offered a pre-Christmas package for county taxpayers—no new taxes.  Read more

Visitors center get together

Members of the Sullivan County Visitors Association (SCVA) gathered at the Villa Roma Resort and Conference Center on December 5, for their annual meeting. There were quite a few comments about the type of development that may come with the establishment of a full Las Vegas-style gaming casino in the Town of Thompson.  Read more

UDC pans Damascus cell towers

After a lengthy December 5 debate, the Upper Delaware Council (UDC) approved a letter to Damascus Township warning that two Verizon broadband cell towers awaiting final local approvals will not meet River Management Plan (RMP) standards.  Read more

PA Carbon monoxide measure

HARRISBURG, PA — A bill that would establish Carbon Monoxide Alarm Standards Act is on its way to Gov. Tom Corbett’s office for his signature. The bill was co-sponsored by Sen. Pat Browne.  Read more

Proposed credit for PA teachers

HARRISBURG, PA — State Rep. Jake Wheatley on December 9 unveiled his bipartisan bill to reimburse teachers who spend their own money on school supplies for their students.  Read more