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REGION — As the chlorophyll in green leaves breaks down letting reds, yellows and oranges shine through, the autumn show begins.

This information from Environmental Learning Resources from SUNY: “As the fall colors appear, other changes are taking place. At the point where the stem of the leaf is attached to the tree, a special layer of cells develops and gradually severs the tissues that support the leaf. At the same time, the tree seals the cut, so that when the leaf is finally blown off by the wind or falls from its own weight, it leaves behind a leaf scar.

Baker’s statement on budget

HARRISBURG, PA — Senator Lisa Baker said she voted yes on the Pennsylvania budget because, “I believe that this is a reasonable and responsible plan within the available revenues. It is consistent with previous efforts to control state spending, but there is also recognition that additional dollars are needed in key areas to avoid negative consequences for families and communities.  Read more

Peifer calls budget responsible

HARRISBURG, PA — Representative Mike Peifer said the $28,376 billion state budget adopted by the Pennsylvania House and Senate and signed into law by Governor Tom Corbett addresses the state’s ongoing fiscal challenges while prioritizing funding for education, public safety, health and the environment.  Read more

Casey, Gillibrand on voting rights

WASHINGTON, DC — Senator Bob Casey said the ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) on Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act on June 25, “gutted” the act. Both he and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued statements calling for quick action to restore the stricken part of the act, which determines which areas of the country need preclearance from the U.S. Department of Justice before making major changes to voting procedures.  Read more

Cops in Wallenpaupack schools

PALMYRA TOWNSHIP, PA — The Wallenpaupack Area School District has hired four law enforcement veterans to serve as school resource officers.  Read more

Sewage legislation passed in Harrisburg; current standard to remain in place

Legislation passed in the General Assembly this week prevents new policy from being implemented which could have greatly increased the cost of installing new septic systems in areas with high quality (HQ) and exceptional value (EV) watersheds in Pennsylvania. The legislation was supported by Senator Lisa Baker, and representatives Sandra Major, Rosemary Brown and Mike Peifer.  Read more

Delaware River Safety Advisory

Due to heavy rainfall on Thursday and Friday, the Delaware River level as measured at Montague, NJ is currently 6.82 feet. It is predicted to rise to 12.5 feet by 2 a.m. on Saturday, June 29, which is several vertical feet higher than normal for this time of the year.  Read more

Gillibrand, Casey statements on court action on Defense of Marriage Act

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement today after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional:  Read more

Two men now dead in Thompson accident

On June 25, 2013, State Police at Liberty were informed that Brett Laabs, age 48 of Hawley, PA has succumbed to injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident that occurred on June 24, 2013 in the Town of Thompson.  Read more

Gun maker considering Pike County Business Park

BLOOMING GROVE TOWNSHIP, PA — A Rockland County, NY gun manufacturer is looking to relocate and expand into Pennsylvania due mainly to increased production and stricter New York State gun laws, company officials said. They said they hope to break ground in Blooming Grove Township later this year and employ local residents.  Read more

Delaware River Sojourn sets a record

UPPER DELAWARE VALLEY — On June 24, which was day three of the 19th annual Delaware River Sojourn, after a day full of paddling on the river, Aiden Drusedum took the opportunity to broaden his skill set. Surrounded by four members of the National Park Service interpretive staff, Drusedum several times leaned his body over the side, upended his kayak and was turned upside down with his head underwater.  Read more

Eldred graduation: Class of 2013

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” were the words of Franklin D. Roosevelt, and were quoted by valedictorian Mikaela Balsano at the Eldred High School graduation ceremony. The 48 graduates of the Eldred Central School District walked fearlessly to receive their diplomas at the commencement ceremony on Saturday, June 22. The ceremony was held at the high school, outside on the front lawn in the bright early-morning sunshine.  Read more

Sullivan West Class of 2013 Graduates; Legacy of honors, achievement and memories

Arrayed in their caps and gowns, beaming with pride and savoring the moment, 93 Sullivan West graduates experienced a rite of passage through touching speeches, lovely music and finally the awarding of their well-deserved diplomas at the 2013 Sullivan West commencement ceremonies on June 22.  Read more

Lackawaxen zoning change would widen commercial areas

Mike Mancino’s plan for a commercial stable is awaiting the completion of the township’s amendment of its zoning ordinance. Lackawaxen is resolving several zoning issues in an amendment.  Read more

Voters to decide on casinos; Close call, especially in NYC

ALBANY, NY — The last time it seemed that a casino would open in Sullivan County, the hurdle standing in the way was the Bureau of Indian Affairs within the Department of the Interior. This time around, the potential hurdle is the voters of New York State.  Read more

Family burglary ring arrested

On June 20, Sullivan County Sheriff’s deputies charged a family burglary team consisting of a father, mother and son with breaking into several homes in the Jeffersonville/Kenoza Lake area.  Read more

Police warn drivers to drive sober this Fourth of July

Americans love to celebrate the Fourth of July with family, friends, food and fireworks, but too often alcohol turns the party into a tragedy, making this iconic holiday one of the most deadly days of the year on the nation’s roads.  Read more

Officer killed responding to accident

SALEM TOWNSHIP, PA — PA State Police at Honesdale say Daniel Lomax of Factoryville was killed when he stopped at the scene of a one-car accident to render assistance. A press release says the 55-year-old off-duty officer and volunteer firefighter “came into contact with downed power lines which instantly caused his death.” The incident occurred on Sawmill Road on the morning of June 22.

Wayne County Coroner Edward Howell arrived on the scene and pronounced Lomax dead at 5:49 a.m.  Read more

Fishing tops lightning death activities

WASHINGTON, DC — The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has discovered that 64% of lightning deaths since 2006 occurred while people were participating in leisure activities, with fishing topping the list at 26 deaths. John Jensenius, a lightning safety specialist with the NOAA’s National Weather Service, conducted the study by examining demographic information for 238 deaths attributed to lightning over the last seven years.  Read more

Delaware Valley okays tax increase

WESTFALL, PA — A final debate did not change any of the numbers and the Delaware Valley Board of Education, by a five to three vote with one member absent, gave its final approval for a $70.6 million budget for the 2013-14 school year.  Read more

I scream, you scream, we all scream

By proclamation of its elected leaders on June 20, July was officially proclaimed as Ice Cream Month in Wayne County.  Read more