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NARROWSBURG, NY — Music, art, and the environment take center stage at Riverfest on July 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Main Street in Narrowsburg, overlooking the Upper Delaware River.
At 12:30 p.m., festival-goers will have an opportunity to bid live on about five dozen original works of art created especially for the occasion at the Riverfest poster auction. The posters can be previewed at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) gallery on Main Street and online at www.artsalliancesite.org.
For more information on Riverfest, turn to page 20.

Town considers zoning change for youth facility

ELDRED, NY — Residents had lots of questions on January 14, but voiced no objections to the CEO of a New Jersey youth counseling facility that is seeking zoning approval to open a new summer program in Highland.  Read more

Callicoon annual appointments approved; Greek festival coming in spring

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — In its regular monthly town and annual re-organizational meeting, the board of the Town of Callicoon approved the town’s annual positions and salaries, with only two minor changes. This year’s town accountant is Rouis & Co., LLP and the town’s long-defunct county planning board liaison was officially struck from the list of appointments. The town is also in search of a representative for its fire advisory board, which meets every other month. The board would particularly like to install a local firefighter to the position and welcomes suggestions.  Read more

House passes education funding bill

HARRISBURG, PA — Rep. Mario Scavello on January 20 voted with 187 of his colleagues in favor of House Bill 1738, which would establish a commission to study and recommend a new formula for distributing state funding to basic education. Scavello is a co-sponsor of the bill.  Read more

Democratic primary scheduled for Monticello

MONTICELLO, NY — The Democratic Party will hold a Monticello primary election to nominate two candidates to run for two four-year trustee seats. The primary will be held on Tuesday, January 28 at the Monticello Firehouse on Richardson Avenue from 12 noon to 9 p.m.  Read more

Woman arrested for purse theft

MONTICELLO, NY — Monticello Police arrested Nicole Zydor, 27, of Monticello on January 15 for theft. Zydor was arrested following an investigation into the theft of a pocketbook from the Recovery Center on Hamilton Avenue in the Village of Monticello. Zydor alegedly stole the pocketbook, which contained various bank and credit cards belonging to her roommate, while seeking treatment services at the center.  Read more

Three chambers of commerce to combine forces

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — Last week, members of the three Wayne County chambers of commerce voted to approve a merger of the Southern Wayne Chamber of Commerce, with its office in Hamlin; the Pocono Lake Region Chamber of Commerce, with its office near Hawley; and the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce, headquartered in Honesdale. The name of the new organization will be “The Chamber of the Northern Poconos.” It is expected to have 700 member businesses once the merger is complete.  Read more

Damascus creates and fills Operations Supervisor position

DAMASCUS, PA — At its January 20 meeting, the Damascus Township Board of Supervisors amended the township’s personnel manual to include a job description for Township Operations Supervisor. That position, if approved by the board of auditors, will combine the duties of the former supervisor of highways position and the administrative functions formerly performed by the chairman of the board of supervisors into one full-time (40-plus hours per week) job.  Read more

Armed officers in Sullivan schools; Legislators approve a deal with three districts

MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County Legislature on January 21 unanimously approved a resolution to provide three school districts with armed school resource officers (SRO) through the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office. The school districts will pick up 70% of the cost of salaries and benefits. The cost to the county in 2014 will be about $150,000.  Read more

Judge strikes down Pennsylvania Voter ID Law

HARRISBURG, PA — A Pennsylvania judge has permanently blocked the Commonwealth's controversial Voter ID Law, which had previously been blocked by courts from being enforced in the 2012 and 2013 elections.

Opponents of the law, which included most of the Democrats in the state legislature, maintained from its inception that the law was intended to suppress voter turnout, especially among minorities and seniors.  Read more

Tax freeze, casino schedule and tourism

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — After Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave his State of the State Address on January 8, he sent emissaries across the state to have his message delivered personally to interested parties and to receive comments from them.  Read more

Blooming Grove organizes

LORDS VALLEY, PA — The Blooming Grove Township supervisors held their annual reorganizational meeting on January 6. Randy Schmalzle was unanimously re-appointed president and Nicholas Mazza vice president. Helen Yale is the third supervisor.  Read more

Hawley officials sworn in

HAWLEY, PA — Two new borough council members took their seats during Hawley’s annual reorganizational meeting on January 6.  Read more

Sullivan West looks to future with review of past and present; Advanced Placement and PEP programs examined

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — As Sullivan West Central School District (SWCS) readies to prepare its budget for the upcoming school year, administrators and school board members began the process of program review at the board’s January 9 meeting. Presentations by recent alumni and Dr. Lynda Bracken of the physical education department were intended to aid the board in its assessment of the effectiveness of the Advanced Placement (AP) program and the physical education program (PEP).  Read more

Superintendent questioned; Lawsuits on embezzlement and bullying

ELDRED, NY — During the public comment section at the January meeting of the Eldred Central School (ESC) Board of Education meeting, local resident Joanne Boehm questioned the board about the recent bullying lawsuit filed by the parents of a student against the district, as well as the embezzlement lawsuit brought against its former business manager.  Read more

Wayne renews victim’s alerts

HONESDALE, PA — Pennsylvania and Wayne County have a system to help victims of crime, who often retain fears about the person convicted for it.  Read more

Neighborly efforts and litigation

GLEN SPEY, NY — Once upon another time, the highway superintendents in rural Sullivan County decided that, given limited budgets and equipment, they could mutually save time and money by helping one another with their larger road repair projects.  Read more

Police department is focus of new borough council

HONESDALE, PA — It’s not often that an organization fails to approve minutes of its own previous meetings, but that’s what happened at the January 13 monthly meeting of the Honesdale Borough Council. In front of a room packed to capacity with media representatives, supporters of police sergeant Ron Kominski and curious citizenry, newly-elected Councilperson Tiffany Kominski voiced objection to the minutes of the January 3 emergency meeting.  Read more

Hoax draws dozens of police to fake standoff

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — Between 20 and 30 police officers reportedly surrounded a home in Dyberry Township near Honesdale on Friday night after an anonymous call reporting a violent incident at a home on Watts Hill Road, possibily involving a hostage situation. The tip turned out to be a hoax, something law enforcement officers refer to as “swatting,” in which emergency officers respond to a prank 911 call.  Read more

Glen Spey marijuana grow house raided

GLEN SPEY, NY — On Wednesday, January 8, the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at 144 Knight Road in Glen Spey.  Read more

PA Dems question choice for lottery

HARRISBURG, PA — The House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody, Democratic Whip Mike Hanna and Appropriations Committee Democratic Chairman Joe Markosek are disappointed by Gov. Tom Corbett’s selection of a Harrisburg insider for the crucial post of Pennsylvania Lottery executive director.  Read more