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It’s not unusual to see large numbers of people floating down the Upper Delaware River on a summer’s day, but some in the group that were floating through Skinner’s Falls on August 14 were clearly distressed.

Change of leadership at Forestburgh Playhouse

FORESTBURGH, NY — The Forestburgh Playhouse announced on February 7 that longtime producer Norman Duttweiler is stepping down effective immediately and will be replaced by Franklin Trapp, who has long experience with the theater, and also experience in law. To facilitate the transition, Duttweiler will stay on as managing director through the 2014 season.  Read more

Jenkins found guilty of misdemeanor

MONTICELLO, NY — On February 5, a jury convicted Monticello Mayor Gordon Jenkins of obstructing governmental administration, a misdemeanor; and disorderly conduct, a violation.  Read more

Members announced for gaming committee

ALBANY, NY — Three of the five people who will decide the location of the four casinos in upstate New York have been named by the New York Gaming Commission.  Read more

Casino dreams inch along

MONTICELLO, NY — With Gov. Andrew Cuomo having now appointed three members of the siting committee that will determine the location of the first four casinos in the state, talk about who will receive the coveted licenses has begun at the local level.  Read more

PRASAD seeks to provide dental treatment to children

MONTICELLO, NY — Dr. Maria Escarra, the executive director of the (Philanthropic Relief, Altruistic Service and Development) PRASAD Project in Sullivan County, announced a statistic that demonstrated just how much need there is in the county regarding the dental health of children. She held up a placard which said that statewide, 24% of third graders live with untreated cavities. In Sullivan County, the number is 53%.  Read more

Bonacic joins call for Common Core delay

ALBANY, NY — Sen. John Bonacic has joined the growing chorus of voices calling for a delay in the implementation of Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS), which have been adopted by New York and 44 other states. The goal of CCLS is to bring standards up among students and teachers, and to ensure that all students are as prepared as possible for college or the workforce. But parents and educators across the state are complaining that the implementation has been rushed, teachers have been inadequately prepared, and the CCLS has lead to an unsustainable amount of testing.  Read more

Troopers rescue dog thrown from vehicle

PORT JERVIS, NY — A New York State Trooper moved to stop a Chevy Impala, which was identified with a burglary, when a male pit bull puppy was thrown out of the vehicle as it was still moving.  Read more

Schumer pushes for food chemical ban

NEW YORK, NY — U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer on February 11 announced a major push to ban a chemical commonly found in fast-food bread products, and suspected to be a carcinogen, from all food products nationwide. Schumer is undertaking this push in light of the Subway Sandwich chain’s decision this week to remove the chemical, azodicarbonamide, from its bread.  Read more

Gunther’s credit card legislation

ALBANY, NY — Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther has introduced legislation requiring credit card service companies to issue cards in New York containing “Smart Chip” technology to protect against hacking and fraud.  Read more

Bill outlining ‘discretion’ for conservation officers signed

HARRISBURG, PA — Rep. Martin Causer’s legislation that clarifies the authority of wildlife and waterways conservation officers to use discretion when enforcing Pennsylvania’s game, fish and boat codes is now law.  Read more

Marino’s animal fight bill passed

WASHINGTON, DC — On February 7, the president signed into law bipartisan legislation championed by U.S. Rep. Tom Marino that will make it a federal offense to attend an organized animal fight and will impose additional penalties for taking minors to such events.  Read more

Opponents want more courthouse debate

MILFORD, PA — A group of Milford area residents and businesses is continuing its effort to press the Pike County Commissioners to reconsider plans for the planned expansion of the county’s 141-year-old courthouse.  Read more

Casino dreams in Liberty; Plans for a ‘right-sized’ destination resort

Liberty, NY — Jeff Kay, the CEO of Muss Development, said several times that the impact of the proposed casino resort would be minimal, because the property was formerly the site of a resort hotel.  Read more

PennFuture blasts Corbett’s drilling plan

HARRISBURG, PA — The environmental group PennFuture is criticizing Gov. Tom Corbett’s proposed budget, which he presented to the PA General Assembly on February 4, because it includes $75 million in revenue that would be generated by lifting the moratorium on increased drilling on state park and forest lands.  Read more

Wayne commits to Park Street Complex project

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Commissioners on January 30 approved a grant commitment letter for the county’s financial role in the adaptive re-use of the former Stourbridge Elementary School as a community business incubator.  Read more

Banning shark fins in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, PA — Democratic Senator Daylin Leach and Republican Richard Alloway have been trying for nearly two years to get legislation passed in Pennsylvania that would ban the possession and sale of shark fins. In December 2013, the two announced that support for their bill is growing, and has picked up the endorsement of the advocacy group Born Free USA.  Read more

Pipeline foes in the river valley

CALLICOON, NY — With the Upper Delaware River drifting by in the darkness, half a dozen local people turned out to the Callicoon Bridge on the evening of February 3 to offer their opinions about the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline.  Read more

Township trying to communicate better

LACKAWAXEN, PA — Bring cookies and let’s talk about our website, was the gist of a recent township email inviting residents to an informal January 30 town hall meeting.  Read more

PA solar panel legislation

HARRISBURG, PA — Rep. Doyle Heffley will soon introduce legislation requiring the recipients of grant funding for solar panels to use panels produced in the United States.  Read more

U.S. to buy excess NY grape juice

WASHINGTON, DC — Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand have successfully petitioned the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to spend $11.5 million in Section 32 funds to purchase Concord grape juice for use in domestic nutrition programs. The grape industry currently has a surplus of Concord grapes used to make juice, from a large 2013 crop.  Read more