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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.

Highland planners OK resort permit

ELDRED, NY — At a sparsely attended June 17 special meeting, the Highland Planning Board unanimously approved a conditional special- use permit sought by William Zaccari/Larry Rosner doing business as Catskill Woods LLC, for a proposed family resort on former Sokol Woodlands property at 211 Mail Rd.  Read more

Committee pushes for Narrowsburg fireworks change

NARROWSBURG, NY — A committee working on changing the location of the Narrowsburg Fourth of July fireworks display is hoping to get it moved back to its original location at Lander’s Narrowsburg Campground. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has said it could support such a move, which would keep the fireworks far enough from local eagles’ nests to satisfy regulatory requirements.  Read more

Shohola supervisors at odds with Humane Society

SHOHOLA, PA — At the Shohola Township meeting on June 11, resident Carrie Thomas raised the issue that the Pike County Humane Society (PCHS) is currently suffering from a lack of funds. The PCHS is the only non-kill shelter in the area. Thomas was upset that the PCHS will now accept animals only from townships that have donated money to the society this past year. Barry Heims, director of the PCHS, essentially confirmed this statement by writing in an email that “ order for us to survive we may have to cut the services to the municipalities that do not support us.”  Read more

Progress at Sullivan Family Services

MONTICELLO, NY — Joseph Todora, the acting commissioner of the Sullivan County Department of Family Services (DFS), said, “We had over 800 applications that were pending for more than 30 days when we walked into the job, today we have none. I would like to put into place a process that says, we’ll get your application done today.”  Read more

Charter Review Commission discussed; Three members are running for office

MONTICELLO, NY — Is it a conflict for a member of the Sullivan County Charter Review Commission (SCCRC) to remain on that commission while at the same time running for a seat on the Sullivan County Legislature? The commission will ultimately make suggestions to the legislature about possible changes to the county’s charter, and three members of the SCCRC have announced legislative campaigns.  Read more

Hydroponics firm to employ 200 in Pike

MILFORD, PA — In a joint announcement on June 17, the owners of All Fresh Farms LLC, the Pike Economic Development Agency (EDA) and the county commissioners revealed a new commercial vegetable-growing operation for Greene Township.  Read more

Arrests in thefts of farmers’ market

MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office has arrested three suspects in connection with thefts from the Monticello Farmers’ Market and the Monticello Greenhouse on East Broadway in the Town of Thompson.  Read more

Matamoras man sentenced for thefts, heroin

PIKE COUNTY, PA —Matthew Paul Trentacosta, 31, of Matamoras, was sentenced to 19 months to seven years in a state correctional facility, fined $1,100 and had his driver’s license suspended for 18 months for the crimes of retail theft and two counts of possession of a controlled substance.

Trentacosta took merchandise totaling $596 from a retail store in Westfall Township without paying for it on October 16, 2014.  Read more

PA funding formula praised

HARRISBURG, PA — Legislators on both side of the aisle praised the new Pennsylvania State Education Funding Formula created by a bipartisan task force over the past year, although many Democrats have said it can’t be effective unless education funding cuts imposed under former Gov. Tom Corbett are reversed.  Read more

Sewer district created for casino

TOWN OF THOMPSON, NY — William J. Rieber, supervisor of the Town of Thompson, said that at the close of the state legislative session in Albany, a home rule request was approved. This request enables some Adelaar properties to be removed from the Kiamesha Lake Sewer District and incorporated into the newly formed Adelaar Sewer District. Rieber said the legislation paves the way for the Adelaar/Montreign projects to move forward.  Read more

Farewells at Sullivan West

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — At the June 18 meeting of the Sullivan West Central School District Board of Education, there were goodbyes to some of its own as well as the exciting prospect of a four-nation European trip planned for March 2016.  Read more

Cooke Elementary School: Kindergarten is moving on up!

MONTICELLO, NY — On June 12, the Kindergarten students at the George L. Cooke Elementary School celebrated the completion of their first year of school. Parents were invited to see their children walk down the aisle with their fellow classmates to participate in the Kindergarten graduation.  Read more

Final approval on Narrowsburg School plan; A good fit with the neighborhood

NARROWSBURG, NY — Normally when a large number of people turn out to a planning board meeting, it’s because the neighbors have complaints they want to lodge. But at the meeting of the Tusten Panning Board on June 22, the neighbors and members of the larger community came to heap praise on the project put forward by Brendan and Kathy Weiden.  Read more

Pond Eddy river rest parking area proposed

GLEN SPEY, NY — Lumberland Supervisor Nadia Rajsz on June 10 queried the town board about how the town might develop parking for a proposed scenic overlook, near a proposed river rest site for boaters, in Pond Eddy.  Read more

For the young and young at heart in Cochecton

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — Question: Who is eligible to participate in Cochecton’s extraordinarily popular Youth Commission program? Answer: Any child whose legal residence is in the Town of Cochecton.  Read more

Dime Bank offers Kasasa accounts

NORTHEAST, PA —The Dime Bank is promoting a new kind of checking account called “Kasasa Cash,” which offers free checking, with interest payments and other rewards for using the account. The rewards include high interest, cash back, automatic saving or music downloads. According to a press release from Dime, “The Dime Bank’s Kasasa Cash rate is over 50 times higher than the national average for interest-bearing checking accounts.”  Read more

Zoning, electricity rates and a festival in Port

PORT JERVIS, NY — Port Jervis zoning issues, proposed O&R electricity rates increase, and the Red Badge of Courage Living Memorial Day June 20 were among issues discussed at the June 8 Common Council meeting.  Read more

Issues arise with Tusten solar panels

NARROWSBURG, NY — At the recent Town of Tusten board meeting some problems were brought up concerning the town’s soon-to-be-installed solar panels. After working tirelessly to get the panels for the town, the Tusten Energy Committee presented their plan to the town board, then the board signed a contract. The panels will be installed this summer. However, three obstacles might stand in the way.  Read more

Highland supports time waiver for resort

ELDRED, NY — After approving legal action against a proposed Mail Road resort in April, and then dropping that action in May, the Town of Highland last week conditionally approved two resolutions supporting a waiver of a state liquor authority 30-day review period for its licensing.  Read more

Court rules in Bloomingburg lawsuit; Most of federal suit thrown out

TOWN OF MAMAKATING, NY — Federal judge Kathleen Forrest on June 9 issued an order in the case of developer Shalom Lamm and others regarding a lawsuit against the Town of Mamkating, the Village of Bloomingburg, and containing complaints filed personally against officials of those municipalities.  Read more