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“Sarah Hale portrait” painted by James Reid Lambdin (1807-1889) — Richard’s Free Library, Newport, NH

REGION — Most Americans know that the first Thanksgiving was celebrated by the Pilgrims in the fall of 1621, with a feast that was shared with many members of the Wampanoag Tribe of Native Americans. What’s not as well known is that it did not become a national holiday celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November until many years later.

Tusten moves forward with Main Street deck

NARROWSBURG, NY — At the Tusten Town meeting on May 12, the town board voted to put the bid out for the rebuilding of the Main Street deck. However, before the vote there was more discussion about the design and cost of the deck, with many points being rehashed, such as whether or not the foundation needs to be rebuilt.  Read more

Keeping the Wayne court dry

HONESDALE, PA — “We don’t want rain dripping down on the judge,” Wayne County Commissioner and attorney Wendell Kay said last week.  Read more

Humane Society seeks donations, adoptions

MILFORD, PA — The many abandoned animals in the area at the Pike County Humane Society once more face the threat of losing their shelter. It’s in danger of having to close, unless enough money can be raised by the end of the month to pay the bills, and no new animals are being accepted at this time. Barry Heim, the center’s director, said at the pet adoption drive in Milford’s Community House grounds next to Chant Realty, that it costs close to $28,000 a month to run the shelter. The money goes to take care of the animals, to help pay for food, medical costs, shots and upkeep of the grounds.  Read more

Pike takes on tick-borne diseases

MILFORD, PA — Pike County is fighting back against tick-borne diseases.

By their May 20 proclamation creating a new task force to foster awareness, treatment and prevention, the Pike County Commissioners recognized an epidemic of debilitating tick-borne diseases is prevalent in Northeastern PA.  Read more

Facelift at Eldred’s Sunshine Hall

ELDRED, NY — Workers from William Daw Construction are pictured at Eldred’s Sunshine Hall Library last week. The $45,000 exterior project, funded by a combination of grant money and donations, includes insulation, vinyl siding, window framing and entrance work. Daw said he expected to finish the project later this month. The vinyl replaces the largely original 1920 stucco exterior. The library, originally housed next door at Sunshine Hall, will celebrate its 100th anniversary next year.  Read more

DV okays ’15-’16 budget proposal

WESTFALL, PA — Described in terms of Cole Porter’s songs, it was “Anything Goes,” at the beginning and “Don’t Fence Me In,” at the end as the Delaware Valley (DV) Board of Education met on May 14.  Read more

Highland parking amendment completed

ELDRED, NY — After several months of debate, review and revision, the Highland Town Board on May 12 okayed a local law amending town zoning’s bulk regulations to ease commercial parking space requirements.  Read more

Senate passes two Baker bills

HARRISBURG, PA — The state Senate has unanimously approved a pair of bills sponsored by Sen. Lisa Baker that would create an “Honoring Our Veterans” license plate for motorcycles. Fifteen dollars of the license fee would be dedicated to supporting veterans in need through the Veterans Trust Fund.  Read more

Sullivan Sheriff’s Patrol treats overdose with Narcan

TOWN OF THOMPSON, NY — The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Patrol recorded its first life to be saved using Narcan on Saturday, May 16.  Read more

Arrests at Mysteryland for drugs, DWI

BETHEL, NY — The New York State Police in Sullivan County made several arrests of individuals who were attending or planning to attend the three-day Mysteryland Music Festival at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.  Read more

PA House passes property tax reform, would increase income, sales taxes

HARRISBURG, PA —The Pennsylvania House approved House Bill 504 on May 21, which would significantly reduce school property taxes across the Commonwealth through a dollar-for-dollar tax shift.  Read more

Taxpayers question Berlin supervisors

BEACH LAKE, PA — The climate of public mistrust that developed during the Berlin Township board of supervisors’ recent unsuccessful attempt to pass a nuisance abatement ordinance lingered on at the board’s May 19 meeting. With not a single agenda item judged sufficiently routine or inconsequential to escape scrutiny, taxpayers questioned both expenditures and revenue.  Read more

Mysteryland welcome back anytime

BETHEL WOODS, NY — As far as the supervisor of the Town of Bethel is concerned, the Mysteryland Music Festival and its fans are welcome back to Bethel every year. Dan Sturm said the number of people camping at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts facility had increased this year over last, and this was confirmed by a spokesperson from Mysteryland who said that camping sold out at 10,000 campers, up 35% over last year.

Betty Kang, director of public relations for Mysteryland USA wrote, “Overall attendance for the weekend was 50,000.”  Read more

Former Liberty supervisor killed in accident

John Schmidt, the former supervisor of the Town of Liberty, was killed in a car accident in Pennsylvania according to the Pennsylvania State Police.  Read more

Court overturns Cochecton voter ruling; Co-op owners had right to vote

ALBANY, NY — The New York State Appellate Court has overturned a Supreme Court order and handed a victory to a group of second homeowners in Lake Huntington, saying that they did have a right to vote in the election in November 2013.  Read more

Port Jervis school renovations discussed

PORT JERVIS, NY — Thomas M. Bongiovi, superintendent of the Port Jervis City School District, attended the Port Jervis Common Council meeting on May 11 with updates about the projects that were approved in a referendum a year ago. The biggest item was the $3.7 million school renovation project.  Read more

Demonstrating for public education; Showing support on Main Street

LIBERTY, NY — There are a couple of major divisive issues facing the education system in New York State. One is the Common Core program, which has resulted in increased testing for students, which in turn has an impact on teacher evaluation. The other issue is the push for more charter schools in the state, which are funded with public school money.  Read more

Casino looms large in Sullivan; Samuelson gives state of county address

MONTICELLO, NY — The coming of the Adelaar/Montreign destination resort and casino was at the top of the State of Sullivan County address delivered by county chair Scott Samuelson on May 15 at the government center in Monticello.  Read more

Outdoor mural dedicated at Trout Day

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Trout Day at the Sullivan West Elementary School has become an annual favorite for the students, teachers and community. The eighth annual Trout Day was celebrated this year on Thursday, May 14, and the Sullivan West faculty and students began the day with the dedication of a large outdoor mural in honor of Sullivan West Friends of Education Pam and the late Val Reinhardt.  Read more

Tusten Ambulance benefits from Pete’s raffle

NARROWSBURG, NY — Nicole Peters of Tusten Volunteer Ambulance, left, Mickey Kenecht of Pete’s Market, Doreen Wyss and Chivani Shukla also of Pete’s Market pose under the market’s new sign.

Wyss won a new coffee maker through a raffle held by the new owners of the market. The raffle raised $335 for the Tusten Volunteer Ambulance Service. The market plans to hold a monthly raffle to benefit various non-profit organizations in the area.