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December 09, 2016
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Copyrighted photo by David B. Soete

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.

Body found in Lake Wallenpaupack

HAWLEY, PA — Authorities found the body of a man who was swimming off a boat on Lake Wallenpaupack on July 4, but who disappeared into the water and did not return. The incident took place at about 2 p.m., and divers searched into the evening, but did not find the man. The divers returned the next day and found the body of 35-year-old Ernesto Atriencia of North Bergan, NJ.

The swimmer was identified by Wayne County coroner Edward Howell. According to officials on the scene he was not wearing a life preserver.

Fire destroys Wayne County home

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, PA — Emergency workers responded to a fire on White Oak Pond Road in Clinton Township in Wayne County on July 4, to battle a blaze that officials say was sparked by fireworks.  Read more

Upper Delaware bridge project meeting

NARROWSBURG, NY — The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and members of the Joint Interstate Bridge Commission, will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, July 13 to discuss work projects for the bridges on the Upper Delaware River.  Read more

Sullivan household hazardous waste collection

MONTICELLO, NY — There will be a hazardous household waste collection for Sullivan County residents at the Monticello transfer station on Broadway on July 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Two forms of identification are required for proof of residency.  Read more

Whooping cough in Sullivan County

LIBERTY, NY — There are currently 10 confirmed cases of pertussis—also known as whooping cough—in Sullivan County, and the Sullivan County Public Health Department (PHD) is urging residents to make sure their immunizations are up to date.

PHD issued its second release about the matter on June 30, and said patients with the illness are being treated, and the healthcare community is seeking to identify any other cases.  Read more

Wayne salaries

HONESDALE, PA — Meeting on the last day of the state’s fiscal year, June 30, the Wayne County Commissioners OK’ed new full- and part-time salary schedules for 193 county human services employees, whose jobs are largely funded by state funding.

The commissioners action provided 2.75% wage increases for employees of agencies dealing with human services and the aged (107 employees), behavior development, early intervention (36 employees), the county’s drug and alcohol commission (10 employees) and children and youth services (40 employees).  Read more

Cat tests positive for rabies

TOWN OF BETHEL, NY — In the second confirmed case this year, a cat in the Town of Bethel has tested positive for the rabies virus according to Sullivan County Public Health Services (PHS).  Read more

Chipmunks and other summer critters

REGION — Chipmunks hibernate in the winter, but this time of year they are seen nearly everywhere in the Upper Delaware Valley, collecting seeds and other food and already preparing for the winter. Chipmunks are related to squirrels and typically live for about three years in the wild.  Read more

The coroner’s tale

DAMASCUS, PA — A June 28 presentation by Wayne County Coroner Edward Howell to the Damascus Historical Society was billed as a history of the Wayne County Coroner’s Office, but it quickly morphed into a freewheeling question-and-answer session about death and the laws surrounding it.  Read more

NYS Governor Cuomo Rafts Upper Delaware River in Catskills Challenge

New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo experienced the fun and beauty of the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River from a raft on June 30 when he brought his Catskills Challenge to western Sullivan County.  Read more

Community buys Tanglwood ski facility; Public access to area shut down

TAFTON, PA — After turning down a purchase twice, members of the Tanglwood North Community Association (TNCA) in early June voted overwhelmingly to have their community purchase the former Tanglwood Ski Area, which has fallen into disrepair.  Read more

Working to reduce elder abuse

MILFORD, PA — Lana Romeo of the Pike County Area Agency on Aging addressed the June 15 Pike County Commissioners meeting and spoke of a then upcoming June 21 program in recognition of the third annual Pike County Elder Justice Day.  Read more

Reminiscences of the past, hope for the future: Eldred class of 2016 graduates

ELDRED, NY — A warm, beautiful day was the perfect setting to send off Eldred’s 2016 graduating class last Saturday. As the graduates began to pour out of the front entrance of the building, parents, teachers and community members proudly cheered the 52 students for their accomplishments. The ceremony lasted around 90 minutes and included many diverse speakers.  Read more

Sullivan West class of 2016

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — There was an overflow crowd on hand for the Sullivan West graduation ceremony on June 25, as the class of 2016 collected their diplomas and said goodbye.

Superintendent Dr. Nancy Hackett likened the journey of the students through high school to the classic film The Wizard of Oz. She said the students had all the brains that the Scarecrow had, the heart that the Tin Man had and the courage that the Lion had. But she said, if the world sometimes seemed confusing, the students could always come home for advice.  Read more

Parents, students reject band director’s reassignment

WESTFALL, PA — A crowd at the June meeting of the Delaware Valley (DV) Board of Education usually means a battle over the final approval of the new budget, but music and love for a teacher overrode the budget.  Read more

Wayne OKs lifesaving heroin aid

HONESDALE, PA — Highlighting Wayne County’s involvement in a growing national epidemic of heroin use, the Wayne County Commissioners last week directed a $3,600 for the purchase of drug kits to reverse heroin overdoses.  Read more

Fallsburg approves building moratorium

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — The board of the Town of Fallsburg voted on June 27 to adopt a one-year building moratorium on residential developments that have more than five units or homes.  Read more

Sam Yasgur passes; Woodstock legacy endures

MONTICELLO, NY — Sam Yasgur, the former Sullivan County attorney who left the post in January, passed away on June 23, after a long battle with cancer. He was 74 years old.  Read more

Tusten completes UDC grant project for park

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Upper Delaware Council approved a $1,980 payment to the Town of Tusten, NY to mark the successful completion of its 2016 Technical Assistance Grant project to develop a Tusten multi-generational park plan.  Read more

Peifer announces veteran’s assistance hours

HAWLEY, PA — In an effort to assist local veterans with compensation, education, pension, health care and death benefits, Rep. Mike Peifer will be offering veterans’ assistance hours on Monday, July 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at his district office in Hawley.  Read more