PORT JERVIS, NY — About seven miles of trails have been opened to mountain bikers in previously closed-off acreage in Elks-Brox Memorial Park in Port Jervis near the watershed and reservoir, making the area a haven for mountain bikers this summer. For those who prefer to stay on the roads, there are several tours on the calendar over the next few months. Read more
WHITE LAKE, NY — An organization called YGS Torah Center, which now owns the facility on Route 55 in Swan Lake that was the former home of the drug treatment center Daytop Village, was the subject of a resolution at the Bethel town meeting on May 25. Read more
The Mamakating planning board, which at least for now still has jurisdiction over Bloomingburg planning decisions, unanimously adopted a resolution on May 24 calling for developer Shalom Lamm to explain why the approvals granted for his controversial development Villages at Chestnut Ridge should not be rescinded. The resolution explains that the planning board will consider rescinding the approvals. Read more
[This is Part III of this series, printed on an ad hoc basis, which follows author Vera Moret’s journey into addiction and depression, and her entry into the ongoing process of recovery.]
I began to self-medicate around 2003. Both girls were in school. I worked three days a week and was home the rest of the time. And that’s around the time I started taking tramadol, because I became so depressed during those years that the drinking and the arguing between me and my first husband would get really bad. I would stand in a corner for an hour as he quizzed me on some minor issue that was huge in his mind. I would sit on the couch for hours after this, staring into space and crying. He thought I was exaggerating for sympathy. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — Wayne Memorial Hospital’s (WMH)new diagnostic and interventional cardiac catheterization laboratory, the Heart & Vascular Center at Wayne Memorial Hospital, will officially open June 1.
The lab was granted approval by the PA Department of Health this month. The multi-million dollar investment by WMH grew out of a 2013 Community Health Needs Assessment that pointed to a high need for more cardiology services and particularly for cardiology specialists in Wayne County. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — Commissioner of Jurors George Cooke and Judge Frank LaBuda shared the courtroom with enthusiastic students from the Eldred Elementary School on May 4, and explained the workings of the court system and the importance of jury service. “Throughout the morning, the students observed some court proceedings and had dozens of good questions,” said LaBuda. In a few years the students will have the opportunity and the privilege of serving as “real” jurors in the jury box, but for now they enjoyed being center stage in the courtroom.
MILFORD, PA — State-contracted pilots are waiting for “a week of perfect weather,” Kelly Rodemich, Pike’s gypsy-moth-spray-program coordinator, reported to the county commissioners on May 18. Wet weather works with state’s Bt, non-chemical spray, providing a platform for the resulting fungus that kills the caterpillars. Read more
CALLICOON, NY — There’s a new coffee spot in Callicoon. Café Adella Dori opens its doors today, Thursday, May 26, for business. Located at 33 Lower Main St., it offers a full espresso bar, coffee, tea from Tay Tea, house-made baked goods, gluten-free and vegan items from Natural Contents Kitchen, sandwiches with Beach Lake Bakery bread, house-made yogurt and granola, as well as soups and salads made in house. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — They don’t patrol the streets, so most people don’t realize the extent of the duties of Wayne County’s deputy sheriffs, Sheriff Mark Steelman noted on May 19 as five of his deputies received service pins from the county commissioners for their years on the job. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — Amanda Reed has been playing phone tag with Verizon for more than a month. Reed, who works at The River Reporter, has been trying to get new phone service because her family recently moved to a new home. Read more
HAWLEY, PA — Wayne County Coroner Edward Howell issued a statement on May 20, saying that 30-year-old Ralissa Gibson of Hawley had died of an overdose of a combination of ethanol, opiates and benzodiazepines. State Police accused Edmond O’Conner of injecting heroin into Gibson’s arm, which caused her to lose consciousness. Read more
HARRISBURG, PA — In response to complaints about the increasing number of electronics being illegally dumped in woodlands, streams and environmentally sensitive areas, State Rep. Stephen Bloom on May 20 introduced legislation that would increase access to lawful electronics disposal options for consumers in rural communities. Read more
BINGHAMTON,NY — The New York-Pennsylvania Joint Interstate Bridge Commission approved $37.5 million worth of replacement and repair costs targeting five Upper Delaware River bridges at its May 18 annual meeting, while agreeing to hold a public meeting locally to discuss the overall coordination of bridge projects. Read more
All nine Sullivan County legislators voted in favor of three resolutions at the government center on May 19, that will allow the county to move forward with construction of a new $95 million county jail. About 20% of the overall figure will go toward the construction of a new building to house the Sheriff’s Road Patrol. Read more