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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.

Bill introduced to repeal PA abortion clinic requirement

HARRISBURG PA — State Senator Daylin Leach this week introduced legislation which would repeal language from Act 122 of 2011 requiring abortion facilities to meet the standards of ambulatory surgical facilities.  Read more

Ellenville woman charged with killing her mother

ELLENVILLE, NY — Sarra Gilbert, 27, has been charged in the stabbing death of her mother, Mari. The body was discovered by Ellenville police officers when they arrived on the scene on July 23, after being asked to go to the apartment by another daughter, Sherre Gilbert.  Read more

Wayne Bank parent announces results

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — Lewis J. Critelli, president and CEO of Norwood Financial Corp. and its subsidiary, Wayne Bank, has announced results for the three months ending June 30. Earnings for the period were $1,878,000, a decrease of $85,000 from the $1,963,000 earned in the similar period of 2015 due primarily to increases in operating expenses and a provision for loan losses.  Read more

Sullivan creates animal abuse registry

MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County Legislature voted unanimously on July 21 to create an animal abuse registry, where anyone convicted of abusing a pet or other animal will be required to register at an online site.  Read more

Lumberland sets planning and law hearings

GLEN SPEY NY — The Town of Lumberland has seen many changes since its last comprehensive plan was approved in 2008, and in August the town board will outline its work on an update.  Read more

Byway committee to submit earlier visitors’ center plan; Narrowsburg Union pitch on hold

NARROWSBURG, NY — Amid a bit of finger-pointing, members of the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway, Inc. (UDSB) voted unanimously on July 25 to seek funding via the New York Department of Transportation (DOT) to fund a visitors’ center at Fort Delaware. Plans for the center were drawn up in 2011 with a $25,000 grant the UDSB obtained for a feasibility study of the project.  Read more

Two visitors’ centers and rail trails; Up to $500,000 in county matching grants

MONTICELLO, NY — What started as a quest for a visitors center along the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway in 2004, has now morphed into a play for two visitors’ centers and an expansion of the rail trail project in Sullivan County.  Read more

A picture of consistency

HONESDALE, PA — Eighteen Wayne County voters who have voted, without fail, in each fall election for the past 50 years were welcomed into Pennsylvania’s Voter Hall of Fame on July 7 at the Wayne County Commissioners’ meeting.  Read more

Lake Huntington and the people around the lake

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — The Cochecton Town Board turned for advice to town attorney Karen Mannino numerous times at its July 13 meeting.  Read more

Narrowsburg in Bloom

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Narrowsburg Beautification Group has won numerous awards through the Sullivan Renaissance (SR) beautification program including the $10,000 Silver Feather Award in 2015 and the $25,000 Golden Feather Award in 2012. Jane Luchsinger pointed out that the group has been entering the SR contests every year since the first one in 2001.  Read more

Sullivan native battles addiction with music

LIBERTY, NY — Paul Pellinger, chief strategy officer at the Recovery Unplugged Treatment Centers in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and Austin, Texas, visited a combined meeting of the Sullivan County Rural Health Network and Drug Task Force in Liberty on July 11.  Read more

Broken glass, trash familiar problems at Skinners Falls

SKINNERS FALLS, NY — When Jeremy Rolston brought his children tubing at Skinners Falls, the scene they saw was not one of pristine, untouched beauty. He witnessed groups of people drinking heavily from glass bottles and abandoning those bottles as well as other trash on the rocks by the falls. The scene is becoming all too common at the popular river spot.  Read more

Speaking out against motorcycle noise

BARRYVILLE, NY — “I never had anxiety before; I heard about it, but never had it.” Now, Betty Speaker said, the anxiety is so intense, she takes medication for it.  Read more

Lawmaker urges lawsuit against opioid companies

HARRISBURG, PA — Democratic Rep. Thomas Caltagirone has introduced a resolution that urges the governor and attorney general to initiate a lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies responsible for causing the opioid epidemic.  Read more

Serfilippi wins NEPA Audubon scholarship

HONESDALE, PA — Rachel Serfilippi is this year’s winner of the Northeast Pennsylvania Audubon Society (NEPAS) scholarship. The $4,000 scholarship is awarded every year to a graduating senior who plans to pursue a career in an environmental field.  Read more

Gas infrastructure activist petitions to challenge Bonacic

NEW YORK STATE 42ND SENATE DISTRICT — Pramilla Malick, a long-time activist against the drilling and fracking industry, is in the midst of a petition drive to allow her to get her name on the ballot in the fall. If successful, she will run as a Democrat and challenge Sen. John Bonacic, who represents Sullivan County and parts of Orange, Ulster and Delaware counties.  Read more

New business breaking ground in Glen Wild Industrial Park

GLEN WILD, NY — The Aerospace Materials Division of a company called Metalized Carbon Corporation has plans to open a new facility in the Glen Wild Industrial Park. A ground-breaking ceremony was scheduled at the park for July 20.  Read more

Riverfest beckons

NARROWSBURG, NY — Celebrate the diverse artistic talents of the area at Riverfest, Narrowsburg’s 26th annual music, art, and environmental festival on Sunday, July 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Read more

Honesdale names borough manager

HONESDALE, PA — Seven months after four council members were elected on their promise to create a borough manager position, the promise was kept. By a 4-2 vote at its July 18 meeting, the Honesdale Borough Council named longtime borough secretary Judy Poltanis to the position. Vice President Bob Jennings, who at first sought to abstain, and Bill Canfield cast the dissenting votes. Jeremy Ebert was absent.  Read more

Tusten board votes to take insurance from community garden

NARROWSBURG, NY — At last month’s Tusten town board meeting, Councilwoman Jane Luchsinger presented to the board the idea of revoking town coverage of insurance for sub-committees of the Tusten Local Development Corporation (TLDC). One of those groups is the Tusten Heritage Community Garden (THCG), now in the midst of growing season, in which about 60 people participate. THCG chairs Anie Stanley and Juliette Hermant were not at that meeting, and also had no prior knowledge that Luchsinger was going to bring up the issue.  Read more