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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.

Jane Varcoe: hard work and dedication

It was Wayne County Commissioners’ Chair Brian Smith’s “extreme pleasure,” on August 29 to honor one of the county’s most active public servants and volunteers, Jane Varcoe. “The people of the county,” he said, “want to recognize you for all the hard work and dedication.”  Read more

Gillibrand: bike racks for Amtrak

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand on August 30 renewed her call for Amtrak to include bicycle racks in its plans to modernize the rolling stock used in train services between New York City and Buffalo.  Read more

Judge rules in favor of PPL line

ALLENTOWN, PA — PPL Electric Utilities called a federal judge’s decision to dismiss a lawsuit challenging federal permits for the Susquehanna-Roseland power line “the right decision for millions of people throughout the mid-Atlantic region who will have more reliable electric service because of this project.”  Read more

Monticello man arrested for heroin

Monticello police arrested Maceo Jones, 43, of Monticello, on August 29. Jones was charged with felony criminal possession of a controlled substance and violation trespass.  Read more

Accused shooter asked for police interview to be dismissed

Lawyers for a man accused of staging his wife’s death have asked that an interview conducted by police that lasted several hours not be shown to the jury. At a pretrial hearing on August 28, lawyers William Peters and Robert Buttner said police violated their client’s constitutional rights because, during the interview, the 72-year-old Robert Jufer was never read his Miranda Rights and was never told he was free to leave should he choose to do so.  Read more

STAR exemption registration

ALBANY, NY — Some 2.6 million homeowners in New York State receive the Basic STAR property tax exemption to help reduce the cost of school property taxes, and the average benefit per household is $700.  Read more

Lumberland Fire Department gets two-year contract

Firefighters got a new contract on August 28, but Lumberland Fire Department President Ann Schulte Steimle said that the first she’d heard its details was upon Supervisor Nadia Rajsz reading the document earlier that evening.  Read more

New York’s highest court to hear fracking, home rule case

The battle between those in favor of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and those against it in New York State will get one more hearing before a court of law. The New York State Court of Appeals announced on August 29, that it will hear the zoning and home rule cases regarding fracking bans in the towns of Middlefield and Dryden.  Read more

Primary vote September 10

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — There are a several primary races that will take place on September 10 in Sullivan County.

In the Town of Bethel, restaurateur Judith Maidenbaum is challenging incumbent suprivisor Dam Sturm for the slot on the Democratic ticket; three candidates, Timothy Colaianni, incumbent Lillian Hendrickson and Dawn Rider are vying for the Democratic nod for two seats on the town council.  Read more

Voter reliability honored in Wayne

The best business of the day at the August 22 meeting of the Wayne County Commissioners came after the conclusion of the their regular agenda.  Read more

Gun manufacturer gets conditional use hearing

A conditional use hearing is scheduled for September 16 at 5:30 p.m. for Kahr Firearms Group, which is looking to establish a manufacturing plant and corporate headquarters at the Pike County Business Park. The meeting will be held at the municipal building before the Blooming Grove Township board of supervisors.  Read more

PA bridges repair on hold; Worst in the nation

HARRISBURG, PA — Barry J. Schoch, the secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDot), announced on August 23 that the department will implement or expand weight restrictions to about 1,000 structurally deficient bridges statewide to ensure bridge safety and preserve the aging bridge system.  Read more

Building up the business community

A lengthy project came to a successful conclusion on August 19, when the township supervisors gave final approval to Ordinance 97, which updated several areas of Lackawaxen’s zoning ordinance.  Read more

Highland issues consumer alert

After one or more seniors reported a paving contractor who was said to have offered a bargain price on asphalt left over from another job, and then charged thousands of dollars more than anticipated, the Highland Town Board issued a consumer alert last week.  Read more

Groups file lawsuit against PPL line

REGION — The New Jersey Sierra Club (NJSC) joined other national and local environmental and citizen groups in filing for a preliminary injunction to stop construction of the Susquehanna-Roseland transmission line in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and two adjacent national park units. PSEG and PPL are scheduled to begin work in the parks on September 3.  Read more

Boy killed in Cochecton ATV accident

An eight-year-old boy was killed in an all-terrain-vehicle (ATV) accident on New Turnpike Road in the Town of Cochecton on August 24. New York State Police issued a press release that said they were called to the scene at about 5:30 p.m.  Read more

DEP energy education program

HARRISBURG, PA — The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced on August 26 the creation of the Keystone Energy Education Program (KEEP) to teach and track energy efficiency in school buildings and homes.  Read more

No dog ordinance for Berlin Township

The supervisors in Berlin Township have decided not to adopt a dog ordinance at the present time. They had been considering adopting one because of complaints about a specific barking dog, but the issue has subsided.  Read more

Armed officers for Wallenpaupack

PALMYRA TOWNSHIP, PA — Four recently hired school resource officers were introduced at the Wallenpaupack Area School District meeting on August 19.  Read more