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December 05, 2016
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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.

Narrowsburg man arrested for grand larceny

Francis Owens, 64, of Narrowsburg, has been arrested by the New York State police at Liberty on charges of grand larceny and offering a false instrument.  Read more

Peifer: fairer tax appeals process coming

HARRISBURG, PA — Legislation to bring fairness and efficiency to Pennsylvania’s tax appeals process is on its way to becoming law, said Representative Mike Peifer.  Read more

Fatal accident in Lumberland

The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a one-car fatal accident that occurred on July 6 in the Town of Lumberland. At approximately 4:30 p.m., a 1996 Honda Civic driven by Joshua Crespo, 18, of Port Jervis, was traveling northbound on County Route 31 near Glen Spey, when it ran off the road and struck a utility pole.  Read more

New emergency plan adopted in Highland

Completing five months of work on June 11, the town board adopted a new update of the Town of Highland’s Emergency Plan.  Read more

Pike government joins Facebook

Commissioners’ chair Rich Caridi said the board was taking advice from the media on July 3 when Pike County’s leaders voted to move their primary outlet for public emergency information to the Internet social network Facebook.  Read more

Liberty to apply for sewer grant

A public hearing was held prior to the regular Liberty town board meeting on June 17 regarding a Community Development Block Grant.  Read more

NPS looking for river volunteers

The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking volunteers to help spruce up the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreation River.  Read more

Grants for Wayne County

Grants, both accepted and applied for, were the primary business of the day for the Wayne County Commissioners as they met on June 27.  Read more

Center for Discovery expansion plans; High risk assessment clinic

The Center for Discovery is well known as one of the most important success stories in Sullivan County, and president and CEO Patrick Dollard said he intends to expand on that success in the coming years and beyond.  Read more

Liberty man arrested on DWI

MONTICELLO, NY — Monticello police arrested Michael Towt, 23, on June 29, and charged him with driving while intoxicated, a felony and aggravated driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor.  Read more

Big noise on Burr Road; ‘If you call the cops, we’ll just do it more.’

BETHEL, NY — Bob Davidson told the town board, “He made a comment to me that ‘you can’t make us not do it, and if you call the cops, we’ll just do it more.’”  Read more

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

HARRISBURG, PA — Legislation passed in the Pennsylvania General Assembly last week prevents new policy from being implemented that 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.

The bill allows the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to approve septic systems using the current standards.  Read more

Deluge closes road in Hawley, Wayne

HAWLEY, PA — Over four inches of rain fell on Hawley on June 30, flooding many roads and causing the closure of all roads into and out of the borough for a few hours as a state of emergency was declared.  Read more

Groups call for more time on natural gas facility

FREMONT CENTER, NY — One hundred and thirty environmental and public advocacy groups on July 1 sent a letter to the U.S. Maritime Administration asking that the public be given more time to consider and comment on a proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) port that would be constructed in the waters off Long Island and the Jersey Shore. After the application was announced on June 14, the project sponsor subsequently released 1,500 pages of a 4,000-plus page application that federal agencies have found to be still incomplete in more than 150 specific areas.  Read more

Kayaker still missing

LACKAWAXEN, PA — A kayaker who got lost in the waters of the Lackawaxen River on June 14 is still missing. Shawn Martin, 28, of Beach Lake, was kayaking with a friend on the river in high water, each in individual boats.  Read more

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