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REGION — The sides of the roads are filled with pink and white blooms as mountain laurel is blooming in the shade of the forests that cover the hills here. Mountain laurel is the state flower of Pennsylvania and Connecticut, and its range runs from southern Maine to northern Florida.

Coroner report released in Wayne police shooting

CANAAN TOWNSHIP, PA — The Wayne County Coroner Edward Howell released his report Thursday morning on the death of 21-year-old Derek DeGroat. The report officially rules the death a homicide, and also uses the term “suicide by cop.”

DeGroat was shot and killed by police outside a home near Waymart on December 21. On that night, police responded to a 911 call saying DeGroat was suicidal. The coroner report states he had possession of lethal weapons. The primary cause of death is “multiple gunshot wounds” but does not say how many police fired.  Read more

Berlin is ready for disaster

BEACH LAKE, PA — The recent regularity of extreme weather, terrorist attacks and mass shootings have convinced Americans that no place is disaster proof. From those same events, Americans have learned that preparing for the worst is the best way to minimize and recover from them, lessons Berlin Township has taken to heart.  Read more

Woodstock icon Duke Devlin retires

BETHEL, NY — Often referred to as the “hippie who came to Woodstock and never left,” Duke Devlin has finally done so. Well, not “left” so much as stepped down, as far as his official duties as “site interpreter” for Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is concerned.  Read more

Mellan named Lumberland supervisor

GLEN SPEY, NY — Jenny Mellan has been chosen as Lumberland’s new supervisor.

Mellan was unanimously chosen by Republican town board colleagues to replace Nadia Rajsz, who left after winning election to the Sullivan County Legislature as its District 2 representative.  Read more

‘Working Pike’ job fair

MILFORD, PA — More time at home and less time traveling makes for a stronger community. This was the theme presented to Pike’s Commissioners on December 16 by an unusual committee of church and government leaders.  Read more

Wayne ends year with financial relief

HONESDALE, PA — With Gov. Tom Wolf’s long-awaited signing of a partial budget, the Wayne County Commissioners were able to cancel numerous social-service cutbacks scheduled to begin this week.  Read more

Ice skating rink built in Narrowsburg

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Tusten Youth Commission and the Town of Tusten received a generous gift from Brendan and Kathy Weiden of the Narrowsburg Union. An ice skating rink will be constructed on the old baseball field, property of the old Narrowsburg school and therefore now owned by the Weidens.  Read more

Eldred begins advanced placement classes

ELDRED, NY — Students studying music at Eldred Central School have the opportunity for the first time ever to take an advanced placement (AP) course at the high school. Three students have been doing so since the beginning of the school year.  Read more

Monticello educator seeks to start mentoring program

MONTICELLO, NY — Shannon Daniel has been an educator for a long time, teaching Spanish and other subjects in Monticello and elsewhere. One thing is clear to her: there is a great need in the area for a youth mentoring program here.  Read more

DEP: test for radon

HARRISBURG, PA — The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) on January 4 urged all Pennsylvanians to test their homes for radon, a deadly radioactive gas that’s the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers in the United States. DEP also urged residents to take action to reduce radon levels in their homes if the levels are high.  Read more

Monticello man arrested for attempted extortion

MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two parolees in connection with an extortion plot against a Monticello resident. On New Year’s Eve, deputies investigated a report of an attempted extortion of a citizen who is an employee of Sullivan County. Deputies recorded the extortion attempt on the telephone and were waiting when the defendant, Peter Dilauro, age 51, of Monticello, showed up to receive cash from the victim. Dilauro was taken into custody without incident.  Read more

PA Farm Bureau to celebrate 100 years

CAMP HILL, PA — Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB) will celebrate the 100th year of the Pennsylvania Farm Show with a variety of activities in its exhibit area from January 9 to 16 at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg.  Read more

Monticello man arrested for fraud regarding boat trailers

MONTICELLO, NY — The New York State Police at Wurtsboro arrested Andrew S. Concors, 55, of Monticello on charges of grand larceny and scheming to defraud.  Read more

Wayne family questions police shooting; Relatives seek answers, propose new law

HONESDALE, PA — Michael DeGroat’s son was shot by police and killed in the driveway of his home. On December 21, 2015, troopers responded to 911 reports of a man with a gun threatening to kill himself and threatening to kill police if they came to the home in Canaan Township, according to a release from Wayne County District Attorney (DA) Janine Edwards.  Read more

New Honesdale president declines pay

HONESEDALE, PA — “I’m not going to take it,” said brand-new Honesdale borough council president Mike Augello. Speaking at the council’s January 4 annual reorganization meeting, Augello was not registering a protest; he was pledging to forego the monthly stipend that the borough pays its council members.  Read more

Alvarez voted in as Sullivan chair; Pledges openness and attracting businesses

After some behind-the-scenes jockeying, the nine members of the Sullivan County Legislature united on the morning of January 4. They all voted in favor of making Luis Alvarez the new chair of the legislature.  Read more

2015 Year in Review: A look back on some of the top stories from this past year

The year in politics

Local elections were held this year in Sullivan County in New York and Wayne and Pike counties in Pennsylvania. Of note is the election of the Sullivan County Legislature. The legislature consists of nine seats, and all but one were up for election (District One’s Scott Samuelson ran unopposed). The results are that six of the nine county seats will be held by new legislators this year.  Read more

Cocchi steps down, dangerous buildings discussed

LACKAWAXEN, PA — At Lackawaxen Township’s last meeting of the year, Supervisors Chair Robert Cocchi said his goodbyes, including his good wishes for Mike Mancini, who’s taking over. “I hope you’ll treat him as well as you’ve treated me. It’s been an honor to serve you.”

Residents expressed appreciation for Cocchi. Marge Wasamer said, “You were always fair and treated us with respect, and we haven’t always shown it and have not always agreed. You’ve done a very good job.”  Read more

Sullivan approves $75,000 in additional legal fees; Cost of Bloomingburg vote litigation expected to soar

MONTICELLO, NY — A number of lawsuits regarding voting in the Village of Bloomingburg have been sparked with the creation of the development called Villages at Chestnut Ridge, being marketed to the Hasidic community.  Read more

Emergency HEAP program to open

MONTICELLO, NY — The Emergency Component of the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) opens on Monday, January 4, 2016. If a resident has already received a Regular HEAP benefit for the 2015-2016 season, the resident may be eligible for another benefit under the emergency component of HEAP. Regular component benefits must be exhausted first to be eligible for the heating emergencies component for eligible households.  Read more