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“Sarah Hale portrait” painted by James Reid Lambdin (1807-1889) — Richard’s Free Library, Newport, NH

REGION — Most Americans know that the first Thanksgiving was celebrated by the Pilgrims in the fall of 1621, with a feast that was shared with many members of the Wampanoag Tribe of Native Americans. What’s not as well known is that it did not become a national holiday celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November until many years later.

Planning board grills ASTI executives; Forestburgh neighbors don’t want the noise

Members of the Town of Forestburgh Planning Board on July 29 questioned executives of Advanced Skills Training Institute (ASTI), who are seeking a special-use permit to open what they call a recreational facility on a 300-acre parcel currently owned by developer Shalom Lamm. James Sherman, CEO and founder of ASTI, said a closing on the property is scheduled for the end of August.  Read more

Bethel tackles junkyard law

WHITE LAKE, NY — The Bethel town board held a public hearing about adopting a new junkyard law on July 22.

Supervisor Dan Sturm explained that the previous town board in 2006 or ‘07 adopted a local law that prohibits the creation of any new junkyards in the town, and at that time the town board removed all language from town code that related to junkyards.  Read more

Record year for Riverfest

NARROWSBURG, NY — The 25th anniversary of Riverfest, which was held on July 26 in Narrowsburg, marked a couple of records for the celebration of art and the river. According to Elaine Giguere, executive director of Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA), which hosts the event, the poster auction raised a record of about $15,500 or perhaps a bit more. The highest previous amount was some $3,000 less than that.  Read more

Making Wayne more affordable

HONESDALE, PA — Wayne County officials came out of the July 23 commissioners’ meeting with a glowing report on the county’s financial position and a deal to save $400,000 in county debt service over the next 10 years.  Read more

Local fast-food workers will wait; $15 per hour for upstate in 2021

NEW YORK STATE — Fast-food workers who have been pushing for a $15-per-hour wage in the industry celebrated after the Fast Food Wage Board on July 22 issued their recommendation that minimum wage be boosted to that level. But the proposed increase, if it comes—and most analysts believe it will—won’t happen right away.  Read more

Emergency programs for Pike

MILFORD, PA — Pike officials on July 15 announced two emergency notification programs now available to the public.

County Emergency Training Director Tim Knapp detailed a new public alert program, Ready Notify Pike.  Read more

Sullivan’s Rodney Gaebel passes; A force in local politics

YOUNGSVILLE, NY — Rodney Gaebel, the Republican commissioner of the Sullivan County Board of Elections (BOE) died on July 23 after suffering a stroke a few days earlier. He was 66 years old.  Read more

PA House panel approves super-load bill

HARRISBURG, PA — The House Transportation Committee passed legislation on July 22 that would permit qualified private companies to facilitate transportation of super-sized loads, according to the bill’s sponsor, Sen. David G. Argall.  Read more

Gibson votes ‘no’ on GMO labeling ban

WASHINGTON, DC — The House of Representatives on July 22 voted overwhelmingly in favor of the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act (SAFLA) of 2015 by a margin of 250 to 175. The act would ban states from adopting their own laws requiring the labeling of food containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs.) The bill would continue to allow manufacturers to voluntarily label foods that contain GMOs, as is now the case, though none have chosen to do so.  Read more

Narrowsburg laundry still seeking stolen tank

NARROWSBURG, NY — Sometime between late March and early April thieves made off with a 150-gallon propane tank that belonged to Lauren’s Laundry Basket in the plaza on Kirk’s Road in Narrowsburg. Tom Lisoski, who is married to the owner, said he purchased the tank from Peck’s Market before that grocery store became Pete’s Market, and Lisoski said the couple is still trying to locate the missing tank.  Read more

Pastor who served in Lake Ariel sentenced for incest

HONESDALE, PA — Norman Theodore Faux, 55, of Lake Ariel, was sentenced on July 27 to 27 months to 180 months for incest with a minor and corruption of minors. Faux was ordered to pay for any victim counseling not to exceed $5,000. The Honorable Russell D. Shurtleff also found Faux to be a sexually violent predator pursuant to the Adam Walsh Act/Megan’s Law. Fuax must register his whereabouts along with other information with the Pennsylvania State Police for his lifetime.  Read more

Neighbors oppose training facility

FORESTBURGH, NY — The website of Advance Skills Training Institute (ASTI) shows people engaged in whitewater rafting, military training, motocross racing and many other types of outdoor activities. ASTI is seeking a special-use permit to open what it calls an outdoor recreational facility on about 300 acres on Route 52 and Tannery Road in Forestburgh.  Read more

State changes course on bridge project; Response to public input

YOUNGSVILLE, NY — About 60 people turned out to the Youngsville fire hall on July 23 to get a look at revised plans to replace the bridge over Panther Rock Creek on State Route 52 in Youngsville.  Read more

Dam repairs ahead of schedule: Diversions shift could help conserve cold water

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — Operations to halt the turbid flow below New York City’s Cannonsville Dam are proceeding faster than originally envisioned, according to Adam Bosch, director of public affairs at the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP). As of Monday, engineers working on the project believed that it might only take three or four relief wells to halt the turbid flow, instead of the eight originally projected, meaning that stage one of the repair plan could be complete as early as sometime this week.  Read more

Loch Sheldrake couple arrested for burglary

The Sullivan County Sheriff's Office has arrested two suspects from Loch Sheldrake in connection with a burglary at the Monticello Farmer's Market.

Deputies were called to the store on East Broadway on Friday morning, July 24, 2015, when employees discovered the break in. Entry had apparently been gained through an outside milk cooler which leads into the store. Employees discovered that over $6,000 in cash and coins had been stolen.  Read more

Hail in Liberty

A storm in Liberty and Elsewhere in Sullivan County brought rain, strong winds and hail late in the afternoon of July 26.

DOT changes plan on Youngsville bridge

About 60 people turned out to the Youngsville fire hall on July 23 to get a look at revised plans to replace the bridge over Panther Rock Creek on State Route 52 in Youngsville.  Read more

New plan for bridge

YOUNGSVILLE, NY — Officials at the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) have changed their plan about how to mitigate flooding issues on State Route 52 in Youngsville. The road and two bridges there have been flooded numerous times over the past decade in the area of the confluence of the Panther Rock Creek and the Callicoon Creek.  Read more

Public hearing held on Tusten lighting district

NARROWSBURG, NY — A public hearing on the Town of Tusten lighting district was held before the regular town board meeting on Tuesday, July 14. The hearing was regarding the Tusten Energy Committee’s proposed changes to the street lights.  Read more

Sullivan legislators seek convention study grant

MONTICELLO, NY — Sullivan County legislators on July 16 approved an application for a state grant of $50,000 for a feasibility study on the establishment of a convention center in the county. The county’s share would be $2,500.  Read more