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May 05, 2015
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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.

Pike drug abuse prevention effort scheduled

MILFORD, PA — Drug abuse and prevention continued to be a prevalent topic for the Pike County Commissioners last week.

Jill Gamboni, director of the annual Reality Tour program, appeared to promote public participation in the program, which uses a series of realistically staged scenarios to illustrate the evolution of abuse from its beginnings to arrest, emergency room overdose treatment, prison and a funeral scene.  Read more

A second look at heroin

MONTICELLO, NY — Dr. Carlos Holden, medical director of emergency medicine at Catskill Regional Medical Center (CRMC) was invited back to the government center on March 5, a year after his previous visit, to discuss the heroin and opioid epidemic in Sullivan County and across the country.  Read more

Wayne duo arrested for heroin

HONESDALE, PA — Victoria Zipperlen, 22, of Hawley, and Matthew Javitz, 24, of Honesdale, were arrested on March 5 on drug charges related to the possession of heroin. On February 26, Pennsylvania State Police at Honesdale received information that Javitz was in the Honesdale Borough area, having left a court-ordered half-way house in Allentown. Separately, Wayne County Drug Task Force received an anonymnous tip that Zipperlen was dealing heroin in and around Honesdale.  Read more

PA voter registration legislation

HARRISBUG, PA — Pennsylvania Sen. Vincent Hughes on March 9 announced he would introduce universal voter registration legislation to automatically register all eligible citizens to vote. He released a statement that said, “Fifty years ago, thousands of people marched in Selma, AL to fight for the right to vote for all Americans. Many gave their lives in that struggle. We have made much progress as a nation since then, but the dream of universal access to the polls is something that is yet to be obtained.  Read more

Prisoner not allowed to throw saliva

ALBANY, NY — Sen. John J. Bonacic issued the following statement on the passage of Senate Bill 1900 (S1900). The bill, which Bonacic sponsored, would protect correctional employees by amending a section of the Penal Law by adding saliva to the already existing list of fluids, and adding intentionally expectorating to the list of actions prohibited, meaning that prisoners would be penalized for spitting at prison workers. S1900 would classify such behavior as aggravated harassment of an employee. A previous version of this legislation passed the Senate in 2014.  Read more

Senators announce national medical marijuana bill

WASHINGTON, DC — On March 10, Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Rand Paul (R-KY) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) announced new bipartisan legislation to allow patients, doctors and businesses in states that have already passed medical marijuana laws to participate in those programs without fear of federal prosecution.  Read more

Sullivan approves funds for fraud team

MONTICELLO, NY — Legislator Kathy LaBuda was asked if she knew if the Fraud Investigation Team (FIT) brings in enough revenue to pay for itself. She said “I don’t know.” She said her main concern was that legislators should not vote for a resolution that’s going to cost the county money if they don’t know where that money is coming from, and she did not know where the money for this particular resolution was coming from; therefore, she could not vote for it.  Read more

All decked out for a good cause

CALLICOON, NY — Team Shrek and Team Cat in the Hat both of which represented multiple organizations in Sullivan County, participated in the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sullivan County fundraiser “All Tooned Up” at the Villa Roma Resort on March 6. The event raised more than $56,000 for the clubs. For more on the event, read Jonathan Charles Fox’s column here.

Honesdale rejects police use of overdose antidote

HONESDALE, PA — By a four-to-two vote at its March 9 meeting, the Honesdale Borough Council voted to reject Wayne County District Attorney Janine Edwards’ request that borough police be trained and equipped to administer an antidote for heroin overdose. Council members Dan Barnes and James Brennan cast the two votes against rejecting the proposal, Brennan saying that the subject deserves more study. Anita Pisano was absent due to illness.  Read more

Petersheim stirs the pot

ELDRED, NY — A conflict between Highland officials and a local builder continued to simmer following the town board’s February 10 meeting.  Read more

Ice fishing derby in Shandelee

SHANDELEE, NY — This past weekend the owners of The Arnold House, Sims Foster and Kirsten Harlow Foster, and residents of Livingston Manor hosted friends and family on Shandelee Lake for their first annual ice fishing derby. It’s an event that the Fosters hope to turn into a recurring happening for local residents, part-time homeowners and out-of town-guests visiting the picturesque surrounding areas.  Read more

Spaying-neutering event in Port Jervis

PORT JERVIS, NY — More than 100 cats were spayed or neutered on February 12 at the Humane Society of Port Jervis/Deerpark’s shelter, thanks to the staff and state-of-the-art facilities of the mobile clinic of The Animal Rights Alliance (TARA).

Another clinic is planned at the Humane Society for April 9. Space for the clinic is limited. Residents can reserve spots early by calling the shelter at 845/856-3677. Payment by cash, check, or credit card is requested in advance in order to hold your spot.  Read more

No charges for gun discharge in school

VARDEN, PA — No charges will be filed against a school official who accidentally discharged his weapon in the Western Wayne High School. The Wayne County District Attorney Janine Edwards said the investigation of the incident was completed on February 27, and that findings indicated that the officer, Paul Semler, should not be prosecuted.  Read more

CruzinPort to return for 2015

PORT JERVIS, NY — The popular Cruzin Port seasonal car show got its permit from the city to stay open after all, although some business owners along Front Street had raised concerns over parking, saying visitors took parking spots illegally, and didn’t patronize their shops.  Read more

Railroad crossing to be upgraded

CALLICOON, NY — The railroad crossing in Callicoon will be getting an upgrade in a project that will also see improvements to the parking lot adjacent to it. The board of the Town of Delaware voted to move forward with the project after a heated discussion about its merits.

The most vocal objection came from Jim Wilson, who owns the Callicoon Brewing Company, which sits near the crossing. Wilson also owns the New York & Greenwood Lake Railroad and also owns some railroad cars.  Read more

Three Sullivan drug arrests

MONTICELLO, NY — Three drug arrests have been announced by Sullivan County District Attorney Jim Farrell.

Smitty Williams, 36, of Bloomingburg, NY, was arrested for selling cocaine, heroin and oxycodone to three separate individuals in November 2014 in the Town of Thompson and Town of Mamakating. He was also charged with resisting arrest because he fled from officers, but he was apprehended after a short foot pursuit.  Read more

No measles in Sullivan

MONTICELLO, NY — Sullivan County public health officials sent out an email on February 27 announcing that the specimen they sent to the state to be tested turned out to be negative for measles.  Read more

Future of business still uncertain

HONESDALE, PA — The future of the Honesdale business George Kinsman Incorporated, which sold agricultural equipment and small engines, remains uncertain. The building that housed the business on Main Street was badly damaged by fire the night of February 24, and a large section of the roof collapsed.

The owner did have insurance, but said after the fire he was not certain of his next move.  Read more

PA Senate votes to deny benefits to illegal immigrants

HARRISBURG, PA — Federal law prohibits illegal immigrants from receiving state or local public benefits. However, Sen. Pat Stefano said Pennsylvania is too lenient in enforcing the federal provisions.  Read more

Ulster County man nearly dies of exposure

HIGHLAND, NY — On the evening of March 1, a Highland resident contacted Ulster County 911 to report her 60-year-old father had walked away from her residence in Sunday’s snow storm after a family dispute. The father had been drinking and was not dressed for the elements when he left her house three hours earlier. Ulster County 911 was able to contact the man via cell phone, but communication was difficult as hypothermia had set in and the man became more confused, lapsing in and out of consciousness.  Read more