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July 07, 2015
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REGION — Fireworks were seen as a fitting way of celebrating the signing of the Declaration of Independence even before the famous document was signed in 1776. As the document was being created, John Adams, who would go on to become the second President of the United States, wrote to his wife Abigail that the signing would live on in history.

Medical marijuana bill in PA

HARRISBURG, PA — Lawmakers Jim Cox (D-Berks/Lancaster) and Ed Gainey (D-Allegheny) plan to reintroduce legislation that would legalize medical marijuana in Pennsylvania. The legislation would allow PA doctors to recommend cannabis to patients who would medically benefit from such a treatment. Twenty-one states and the District of Columbia have similar laws.  Read more

Wayne working for Marcellus dollars

HONESDALE, PA — Wayne County Commissioner Wendell Kay recently reported on the county’s ongoing efforts to exploit the county’s Marcellus gas and the county’s relationship with the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC).  Read more

Sullivan development activity picks up

MONTICELLO, NY — The heads of organizations that issue monthly reports to the Sullivan County Community and Economic Development Committee agreed that since the awarding of a casino license to the Montreign/Adelaar project near Monticello, activity has increased significantly.  Read more

No parking variance for Dollar General store

ELDRED, NY — By a three-to-one vote, the Town of Highland’s Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) on January 8 denied the parking variance application of Primax Properties LLC, which has a controversial proposal to build a store to house the chain retailer Dollar General in Eldred.  Read more

Remembering Chuck Myers

When you reach the age of 66, as I have, you find that very few of the elders you learned from and respected as a child still survive. Fewer still continue in the same efforts they had in your youth. Then there was Chuck Myers.

Chuck helped found the American Legion Ambulance Service in 1948. I don’t recall whether he helped get my mom to the hospital when I was born, but I do know he drove the ambulance that got me to the hospital after I banged my head in an accident in 2007.  Read more

Milford native patrols in Mideast

GULF OF ADEN —Naval Air Crewman Third Class Kyle Daggett, a native of Milford, PA, assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 23, observes amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island aboard a MH-60S Sea Hawk as it patrols around the ship. The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group and the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) are deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.  Read more

Houses to be removed from creekside

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The way has been cleared for the removal of two badly damaged houses along Cattail Brook, which were undermined during Hurricane Sandy in October 2012.  Read more

Complacency and status quo in Cochecton

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — Any number of factors could reasonably explain the lack of attendance at the Cochecton town board’s January 2 reorganization meeting, including bitingly cold weather and holiday week scheduling, but it was probably driven primarily by voter complacency.  Read more

Commissioners look back at Wayne’s 2014

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Commissioners looked back on 2014 at the last meeting of the year, on December 30. Commissioners’ Chair Brian Smith went through a list of accomplishments and challenges. He ticked off a list.  Read more

Veterans group gets van

LIBERTY, NY — For some veterans, getting around in Sullivan County is a problem. The Veterans’ Administration provides transportation from two pick-up points in Sullivan County but it’s difficult for some vets to get to those locations.

Thanks to students at BOCES the vets have a new van, which will be used to help get them to move around the county. The van was an out-of-service 2000 Ford E350 ambulette donated by Albee Bockman, owner of MobileMedic EMS, to the Sullivan County Veterans Coalition.  Read more

Lumberland tax claim settled

GLEN SPEY, NY — The numbers were on hand and a tax-appeal settlement, tabled earlier in December, was finalized at the Lumberland Town Board’s end-of-year meeting on December 29.  Read more

Gibson will not run in 2016

NY 19TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT — Congressman Chris Gibson, who in November soundly defeated Democratic opponent Sean Eldridge, released a statement on January 6 saying he would not seek another term in office after the current one, which expires at the end of 2016.  Read more

Monticello man arrested for assault

MONTICELLO, NY — The Monticello police arrested Antonio Corchado, age 22, of Monticello on December 27. Earlier in the day, Monticello police responded to a 911 report of a victim of a stabbing at a residence located at the Fairground Estates on Harmony Lane in the Village of Monticello. When officers arrived, they found that a 24-year-old Monticello man had been stabbed in his left shoulder and also had sustained several lacerations. The victim was subsequently transported to Catskill Regional Medical Center by Mobile Medic Ambulance for medical treatment.  Read more

Trial for 10-year-old moved

DAMASCUS, PA — The trial of 10-year-old Tristen Kurilla has been moved from adult court to juvenile court in a ruling made on January 5.

Kurilla is charged with killing 90-year-old Helen Novak by pressing a cane to her throat and punching her in the throat. Kurilla’s mother and his court-appointed attorney had sought to have the trial moved to juvenile court, and a psychologist testified that Kurilla could benefit from the move, and that it might help with rehabilitation.  Read more

Man charged with fundraising fraud

MONTICELLO, NY — A Monticello man has been arrested for collecting money on behalf of a local not-for-profit organization that he is not affiliated with. Elgin A. Young, 46, was charged on December 24 after he solicited money for The Creative Dream Tank, a local program that serves “at risk” youth in Sullivan County.  Read more

Frein to go to trial

MILFORD, PA — A judge declared that there is enough evidence for accused cop-killer Eric Frein to stand trial. The decision came after prosecutors played a video of the ambush-style slaying of Corporal Bryon Dickson and the serious wounding of Trooper Alex Douglas. The two officers were seen collapsing to the ground at separate locations after being hit by bullets.  Read more

Duo arrested for Christmas burglary

LIBERTY, NY — Daniel Doty, 26, and Kaitlin Doty, 24, both of Liberty, were arrested for allegedly breaking into a house on Christmas Day and stealing several items including an AR-15 rifle.  Read more

Bonacic points out new laws for 2015

ALBANY, NY — With the new year, a number of new laws take effect in New York State. State Sen. John Bonacic has highlighted a few of them in a release to constituents.  Read more

Dollar General expands in region; One planned for Eldred sparks opposition

REGION — Dollar General currently operates discount stores in Fallsburg, Liberty, Wurtsboro and White Lake in New York; and Honesdale, PA. The company has plans to open four more in our area: in Jeffersonville, Eldred, Beach Lake, PA, and a project for Hawley, PA, that has been put on hold due to issues about truck traffic into the proposed site.  Read more

Queens couple arrested in credit card scam

MONTICELLO, NY — Monticello police arrested a couple from Queens after they tried to get a cash advance at an ATM machine with a fraudulent credit card at Monticello Casino and Raceway.  Read more