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REGION — For some people in the area, seeing a painted turtle basking in the sun on this bit of log that pokes above the water in Little Lake Erie in Narrowsburg is a sure sign that warmer days are here.

According to Wikipedia, this cold-blooded turtle regulates its temperature by basking in the sun after having spent the winter hibernating, buried in the mud, probably at the bottom of the lake for months without breathing.

For another look at this amphibian turn to River Talk on page 32.

Baker requests hearing regarding accused cop killer

HARRISBURG, PA — Sen. Lisa Baker (R-20) has sent letters to the chairmen of the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee and the Senate Law and Justice Committee requesting a joint public hearing be held in northeastern Pennsylvania to explore improvements to the state and local emergency response networks.  Read more

A town truck in Bethel; Should a foreman get to drive it home?

WHITE LAKE, NY — At the Bethel town meeting on October 8, there was quite a bit of discussion about whether a highway foreman should be taking a town-owned truck to his home at night. Councilmember Lillian Hendrickson, whose husband used to work for the highway department, said she had received questions about the matter from town residents.  Read more

Toxic bloom in Lake Huntington

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — “Lake Huntington looks like pea soup. In my lifetime, I can’t recall a six-week algae bloom like this one. Most last only a few days, at most. The Department of Environmental Control (DEC) has taken water samples and we’re awaiting test results.” With those remarks at the October 8 Cochecton Town Board meeting, Supervisor Gary Maas introduced a topic familiar but unpleasant to all who live, work or play near the lake. Asked if the DEC might impose a ban on recreational activities for the duration of the bloom, Maas said, “We’ll just have to wait and see what the DEC says.”  Read more

Ballot question on redistricting; Is Proposition One a good idea?

ALBANY, NY — Redistricting at the state and national levels is considered by many to be a process heavily influenced by political considerations, and one that results in most elected seats being “safe” for one of the two major political parties or the other.  Read more

Reaching more women for lifesaving breast exams

HONESDALE, PA — Hoping to turn around what was described as “an alarming rate” of breast cancer mortality in Wayne County, women turned out for the October 2 proclamation of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Wayne, by the county commissioners. Lisa Champeau of Wayne Memorial Hospital said the recognition and the upcoming “Puttin’ on the Pink” day on October 10 are to highlight women’s health and bring mammography services to more women.  Read more

Eldred facilities upgrades planned

GLEN SPEY, NY — Although the proposed upgrades to both schools in the Eldred Central School District would mean a hike in school property taxes, only a handful of residents came to the public hearing October 2, where Superintendent Robert Dufour presented the final proposal, complete with artist’s rendering of the new sports fields and other improvements. After an executive session, the board agreed unanimously to support the plan; but in order for it to happen, the next step is a referendum.  Read more

River council awards annual TAG grants

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Upper Delaware Council (UDC) approved $28,928 in 2015 local Technical Assistance (TAG) grants on October 2.

The grants will fund 11 projects designed to help fulfill goals of the Upper Delaware’s river management plan.  Read more

Pike highlights domestic violence issue

MILFORD, PA — David Bever, executive director of Safe Haven of Pike County, spoke on October 2 as the county commissioners named October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Pike. Noting that both men and women are victims of domestic violence, Bever said incidents like the recent video of NFL running back Ray Rice punching his then fiancée quickly lose focus.  Read more

Police not commenting on Frein letter; search continues

BLOOMING GROVE, PA — Pennsylvania State Police say they will not comment on a letter reportedly written by accused cop-killer Matthew Frein. The letter was reported by CNN on October 6, and quoted law enforcement officials who were familiar with the nearly month-long search for Frein.  Read more

Changes at county nursing home; Facility gets new administrator, planned solar farm

MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County Adult Care Center, which is the county-owned nursing home in Liberty, was a topic of discussion at a meeting at the government center on October 2. It was announced that the facility has a new administrator named Shennoy Wellington.  Read more

Shorter homeless motel stays

MONTICELLO, NY — When individuals or families become homeless in Sullivan County, sometimes they are placed in a motel. These days, the average stay for a homeless family in a motel at county expense is nine days; in the past it was not unusual for a family to stay in a motel for up to two years.  Read more

Eldred music program shines

ELDRED, NY — Five students from Eldred High School have been selected to perform in advanced regional music programs. Audrey Mellan, Julia Kerhley and Alex D’Angelo will perform in the Hudson Valley Honors Youth Symphonic Band; and Natalie Gonzalez and Tyler Smith will perform with the Wind Ensemble at Monroe-Woodbury High School.  Read more

Narrowsburg school contract transferred

NARROWSBURG, NY — According to a note to supporters from Brendan and Kathy Weiden, the assignment of the contract to purchase the Narrowsburg school was completed on October 3. That means Joan Buto is no longer in line to purchase the school and the attached 14 acres, and the sale from the Sullivan West School District to the Weidens will move forward.  Read more

Senate passes Baker bill

HARRISBURG, PA — A long-time legislative goal of Sen. Lisa Baker (R-20) moved closer to reality with the Pennsylvania Senate’s unanimous passage recently of legislation to create a state disaster-assistance program. Similar to programs in more than 20 other states, her initiative would provide grants to county and municipal governments suffering from flash floods, tornadoes and other localized disasters.  Read more

Tusten goes solar

TUSTEN, NY — Amidst the chaos at the recent Tusten Town Board meetings concerning the sale of the Narrowsburg School, some news went unreported. The town board awarded a solar panel bid to Atlantech Solar, which means Tusten will be the first municipality in Sullivan County to go solar.  Read more

Marino campaign criticizes Troiano

WILLIAMSPORT, PA — After independent candidate Nick Troiano released a poll showing that he would stand a chance of beating incumbent Tom Marino in a two-way race, but not in the three-way race now underway, Ryan Barton, Marino’s campaign manager, released a statement saying “recent polls show Marino’s overwhelming favorability over opponents” in the district.  Read more

Rabid cow found in Sullivan

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — A cow in Sullivan County tested positive for rabies in late September. This is the first confirmed case of rabies in Sullivan County so far this year. The rabies virus occurs commonly in animals throughout Sullivan County and across New York State, with the vast majority of rabies cases reported each year occurring in wild animals, including raccoons, bats, foxes, skunks and woodchucks. Domestic animals account for less than 10% of the reported rabies cases, which most often include cats, cattle and dogs.  Read more

Water, Water, Everywhere conference announced

HANCOCK, NY — Friends of the Upper Delaware River (FUDR) is hosting its fifth annual Water, Water, Everywhere conference (WWE), themed “The Future of the Upper Delaware River,” at the West Branch Angler Resort in Hancock, NY on October 14 and 15.

The event will feature in-depth discussions on innovative approaches to stream restoration, improving river flows throughout the watershed, and securing federal, state and local funding to increase investment in water quality improvements and the creation of a river-based economy for the region.  Read more

It’s deer time of year

UPPER DELAWARE VALLEY — It’s the time of year when hunters take to the field on both sides of the river.

On the New York side, bow hunting season runs from October 1 through November 14 and again from December 8 through December 16.  Read more

Gibson Eldridge debate fracking

19TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, NY — Republican Congressman Chris Gibson faced off against challenger Democrat Sean Eldridge in a debate over a wide range of issues before the editorial board of the Poughkeepsie Journal on October 3, which was live-streamed on the Internet.  Read more