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January 27, 2015
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GLEN SPEY, NY — Pennsylvania and New York are going to spend $17.5 million to replace a historic one-lane bridge that many people didn’t want replaced. It will serve about 30 families, many of whom are part-time residents, and disrupt traffic on Route 97 for portions of four years.

Announcement: Tusten Town Board meeting re-scheduled

The Tusten Town Board meeting that was supposed to be held on Tuesday, December 9 has been moved to Wednesday, December 17 at 7 p.m.

Historic bridges for sale

PENNSYLVANIA — The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has plans to replace the Pond Eddy Bridge, and therefore would like to sell the existing bridge to a willing buyer; but that’s not the only bridge the organization is trying to unload.  Read more

Pennsylvania school funding testimony; Start by counting the students

LANCASTER, PA — One of the more surprising things about the current formula for funding schools in Pennsylvania is that it does not take into account the number of students in the districts. That should change, said members of the benchmarking committee of the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials (PASBO).  Read more

Eldred School a cappella group to perform at Carnegie Hall; Still need to raise money

ELDRED, NY — An a cappella group at Eldred Junior and Senior High School called “The Eldred Key Elements” will have a very special opportunity when it goes to perform at New York City’s Carnegie Hall this spring. The performance is called Total Vocal and it is a concert by a cappella groups from all around the world that had to audition to get in.  Read more

Tax rate unchanged in Wayne

HONESDALE, PA — For the third consecutive year, Wayne County’s property tax millage rate will remain level.

That was the thrust of county business manager John Haggerty’s November 20 presentation of Wayne’s $30,513,407.57 appropriations budget for 2015.  Read more

Frein hearing postponed; Court-appointed attorney withdraws

MILFORD, PA — The preliminary hearing for accused cop-killer Matthew Frein had been scheduled for December 9, but has been pushed back because one of Frein’s court-appointed attorneys has been granted permission to withdraw from the case, and the court has granted the remaining attorney’s request for more time to bring a new attorney up to speed on the case.  Read more

New grand jury for Deerpark killing; Indictment thrown out by court

SPARROWBUSH, NY — David Carlson, 43, who is charged with shooting and killing Norris Acosta-Sanchez on October 11, 2013, will face a new grand jury after a judge threw out an indictment from late last year.  Read more

Man with knife arrested in Livingston Manor

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — A Livingston Manor man was arrested by New York State troopers on December 5, for threatening other people in the house with a knife and destroying the interior of the house. Troopers arrested Neal McCarthy, age 44. While under arrest, McCarthy was also found to be in possession of suboxone, an opiate substitute.

McCarthy was charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree, a felony; menacing, endangering the welfare of a child and criminal possession of a controlled substance, misdemeanors; and harassment, a violation.  Read more

Holiday crackdown on drunk driving

MATAMORAS, PA — Eastern Pike Regional Police have announced that there will be stepped-up law enforcement efforts concerning drunk driving from December 12 through January 1, 2015. According to the department, drunk driving increases during the holiday season. In December 2012, nationwide, there were 830 people killed in crashes involving at least one driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration .08 or higher; 26 of those deaths occurred on Christmas Day. On average, 31% of all crash fatalities in America involve drunk driving.  Read more

Kane declines to defend gun law

HONESDALE, PA — The Pennsylvania legislature earlier this year passed Act 192, which allows organizations such as the National Rifle Association to sue cities or other municipalities if they pass their own gun regulations.  Read more

Editorials endorse Gillibrand on military sexual assaults

WASHINGTON, DC —Editorials in The New York Times and USA TODAY support Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s call for reform in the handling of sexual assaults in the military. A new Department of Defense report shows that in 2014, almost the same number of service members—19,000—reported unwanted sexual contact as in 2010. Less than three out of 10 are willing to report the incidents, and the 62% retaliation rate went unchanged from the year before despite retaliation having being made a crime last year.  Read more

Gieger announces another run

NORTH BRANCH, NY — About 40 people braved the freezing rain and turned out to an event to honor Sullivan County Legislator Cindy Gieger in the Old North Branch Inn on December 5. Among those on hand were fellow legislators Gene Benson and Cora Edwards. On several issues, the three Democrats have teamed up with the two Republicans in the legislature to form a majority in the legislature.  Read more

Pharmacy opens in Callicoon

CALLICOON, NY — A new pharmacy has opened in Callicoon at 39 Lower Main St. Riverside Remedies Health Mart Pharmacy features a full pharmacy offering prescriptions, custom medications and over-the-counter needs. It also has toys and art supplies for children, cards, health and beauty supplies including e.l.f. Cosmetics, housewares, gifts and more.  Read more

Sullivan set to adopt ag plan; Goal is to promote and preserve farming

MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County Legislature is getting close to the adoption of an Agriculture and Farmland Protection Plan (AFPP) and as part of the process, county legislators received a briefing on the plan at a meeting on December 4.  Read more

Santa Express in Port Jervis Dancing a Christmas conga

PORT JERVIS, NY — Santa Express, complete with Santa, Mrs. Claus, elves, gingerbread man, snowman, and other well-loved characters, appeared in Port Jervis to start the holiday season for the second year in a row the Sunday after Thanksgiving. The area around the already busy Front Street was lit up with the Christkindlmarkt, a kind of open-air holiday market that took place earlier in the day, already drawing a full crowd. A tree lighting took place, and in a festive atmosphere, families with small children stood in hundreds to catch a glimpse of Santa, listen to Snow Queen who sang Christmas songs, and to dance with Santa and the characters on the Santa Express.  Read more

County offices to leave Port Jervis

PORT JERVIS, NY — At the November 24 council meeting, Raymond Zukowski, a member of Empowering Port Jervis, a volunteer organization that aims to help the most vulnerable citizens of the city, stood up and made a surprising connection between two events. He tied the announcement of the arrest of Dennis McBee, who is accused of killing the beloved shopkeeper Joseph Kutcher, with the recent city decision to move the county offices that provided social services, public health and probation service, to Middletown. City officials have described the moves as being mandated by the state in response to serious budget deficit issues.  Read more

DV taking on cyber-charter funding drain

WESTFALL, PA — Delaware Valley Schools Superintendent John Bell is hoping to convince state lawmakers to take a different tack in considering funding for the state’s cyber charter schools.  Read more

Fundraiser for fire victim; New Pond Eddy restaurant to host

POND EDDY, NY — When Ana Arvela, the owner of the newly opened 97 Bar and Grill, heard that one of her customers had lost his house in a fire on November 14, she wanted to do something to help. She said, “I want to thank all the locals for coming in my restaurant. It’s been wonderful meeting my neighbors, a great experience, I really enjoy it. I’ve established new friendships.” Among those is Kenneth Van Tuyl of Van Tuyl Road, Pond Eddy who narrowly escaped the fire with only the clothes on his back, and without shoes—a big deal for the almost seven-foot-tall man whose shoes have to be replaced by special order because of the unusual size.  Read more

Deadline for young farmers approaches; College loans may be forgiven

ALBANY, NY — College students seeking to become farmers may be able to avoid paying back up to $50,000 for college loans under the New York State Young Farmers Loan Forgiveness Incentive Program, which is intended to bring more young people into the farming business. Applications for the program must be made by December 15.

The program is available to individuals who obtain an undergraduate degree from an approved New York State college or university and agree to operate a farm in New York State, on a full- time basis, for five years.

Applicants must:  Read more

PA well water contains gas; Methane appears without fracking

PIKE & WAYNE COUNTIES — Well-water tested in Pike and Wayne counties contains low-to-moderate concentrations of naturally occurring methane, according to new studies by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).  Read more