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REGION — According to the website www.project snowstorm.org, which is concerned with snowy owls, every few years, “for reasons that are not entirely understood,” a number of the raptors leave their winter ranges in southern Canada, and migrate down into the United States in an event known as an “irruption.”

Court appeal could send hospitalized Afghan vet to jail

A group of military veterans calling themselves “Tim’s Support Team” is sponsoring an October 27 spaghetti dinner from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Marsch-Kellogg American Legion Post in Milford. The $15 donations would go to raise funds to assist the family of Tim Flaherty, an Army combat veteran of the Afghanistan war with four-plus tours.  Read more

Proposed Sullivan County budget

Sullivan County Acting Manager Joshua Potosek recently issued a statement on the county budget. He wrote, “Sullivan County has faced extreme budgetary challenges through the financial crisis over the past five years. As we approach the conclusion of 2013, the county is slowly beginning to improve financially. This proposed budget is the first since the beginning of the recession that does not include drastic service cuts, layoffs, exorbitant tax increases, or the use of fund balance in the general fund, but instead maintains existing service levels and modestly builds capacity in a few key strategic areas.”  Read more

Victory for farmers

ALBANY, NY — Following months of hard work and advocacy by hundreds of its member farmers, the New York Farm Bureau (NYFB) has issued a press release applauding Governor Andrew Cuomo’s signing of a bill setting a 2% cap on agricultural land assessments.  Read more

Honesdale dealer sentenced

Nilsa Lebron, age 56, of Honesdale was sentenced by President Judge Raymond L. Hamill to one to four years in state prison for conspiracy to possess marijuana with the intent to deliver. The conviction was the result of an investigation by the Wayne County Drug Task Force (WCDTF).  Read more

Callicoon candidate irked by brief

TOWN OF CALLICOON, NY — Scott Gaebel, an incumbent member of the board of the Town of Callicoon, called The River Reporter to express dissatisfaction over a news brief about stolen election signs.  Read more

Highland OKs preliminary budget with minimal increase

The Highland Town Board last Tuesday approved a 2014 budget that would call for a tax levy of $1,636,202.64, or a 1.33% increase in the town’s share of property owners’ January tax bills.  Read more

A voice against proposition one

Ramsay Adams knows that a lot of important people in Sullivan County and beyond are in favor of gaming. They want people to vote “yes” on Proposition One in November and change the state constitution to allow up to seven casinos in the state. But Adams’ reluctant position is to oppose the proposition, because he believes casinos in Sullivan County will bring more harm than good.  Read more

Liberty town board accepts preliminary budget, sets public hearing

At their regularly scheduled monthly meeting on October 21, the Liberty Town Board accepted the preliminary budget for 2014 as presented to them by budgeting and accounting coordinator Cheryl Gerow.

A public hearing for the preliminary budget is scheduled for Monday, October 28 at 5:30 p.m. at the Town Hall, 120 North Main Street in Liberty.  Read more

Marino votes against re-opening government

Press release from Congressman Tom Marino:

Tonight, after continued refusals from the Senate to negotiate with House Republicans, the House passed legislation to reopen the federal government though January 15, 2014 and extend the Treasury Department’s borrowing authority through February 7, 2014.  Read more

Gibson announces support for bipartisan agreement

Washington, DC – Senate leaders this afternoon announced an agreement to raise the debt limit and end the partial federal government shutdown. The deal must be passed by members of the House. Congressman Chris Gibson released a statement in support of the agreement, which said:  Read more

Bethel accepts preliminary budget

Supervisor Dan Sturm told residents gathered at the meeting on October 9 that the town faced some “challenges” with this year’s budget. The first is that the property tax cap increase imposed by Albany this year is not 2% but actually 1.6%, which is called in Albany the “levy growth factor.”  Read more

Ground breaking for red meat facility; A community project 10 years in the making

The project has been on the drawing board for at least 10 years, with numerous twists and turns along the way. Now, finally, the earth-moving machines are moving lots of earth in preparation of the Southern Catskills Red Meat Processing Facility.  Read more

Getting Sullivan to look west

Addressing a complaint almost as old as the county, Lumberland Supervisor Nadia Rajsz said she is looking for public input in proposing upgraded services for what is traditionally referred to as “the western end of the county,” generally that includes the southern and westerly towns bordering the Delaware River.  Read more

NASA scientist on climate change

As part of the ongoing Weather Project, Tannis Kowalchuk and the NACL Theatre brought Elaine Matthews of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) to speak about climate change at the NACL Theatre on October 7.  Read more

Wayne 4-H is PA’s second largest

Although he’s a former 4-H’er himself, Wayne County Commissioners Chair Brian Smith admitted on October 10 that he didn’t know that the county’s 4-H program had grown to be Pennsylvania’s second largest.  Read more

Cochecton carries on

In the face of a Congressional stalemate and a federal government shutdown, the Cochecton Town Board at its October 9 monthly meeting pressed on with town business.  Read more

Demonstration against Obama

Drivers passing by or pulling into the ShopRite Plaza on Route 52 in Liberty on October 12, probably couldn’t help but notice two demonstrators who had set up shop at the entrance to the plaza.  Read more

Legislator objects to Voter ID ads

HARRISBURG, PA — State Senator Matt Smith is calling on the Pennsylvania Department of State to stop airing the controversial “Show it” television, web and radio ads that returned to the airwaves and online this week. The ads are related to the Pennsylvania Voter ID Law, which has so far been blocked by the courts, and which Smith said mislead voters into believing that they must show a photo ID to vote.  Read more

Rapist shooter defended

DEERPARK, NY — David Carlson was arrested for shooting Norris Sanchez-Acosta and killing him on October 11, as Carlson was reportedly in the process of delivering Sanchez-Acosta to police.  Read more

New game commission positions announced

HARRISBURG, PA — Recently, the sale of firearms and ammunition in the U.S. has reached an all-time high, and because of a tax on firearms, this has resulted in significant increases in funding available to wildlife agencies.  Read more