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November 26, 2014
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RIVER VALLEY — Is the wild turkey more noble than the bald eagle? Ben Franklin thought so, or at least he expressed that view once in a letter to his daughter.

A fiery fall display; How weather impacts the show

NORTHEAST U.S. — In some years, the displays of autumn leaves are brighter than others. The following explanation as to why comes from the Forest Service of the United States Department of Agriculture.  Read more

Wayne forecasts $4.8 million in youth costs

HONESDALE, PA — The largest part of the county’s funding for children and youth services is provided by the state, and estimates of 2015 expenditures go to the Department of Children and Youth in Harrisburg as state budget negotiations get underway this time of year.  Read more

Residents critical of proposed sewer fee

PORT JERVIS, NY — Although Port Jervis Mayor Kelly Decker took pains to spell out the reasons why the city is considering imposing a sewer fee, resident after resident stood up in the packed room at the Monday, September 22 meeting to make their case against it. They spoke of the hardships the fee would cause to the already pressed city residents, many of whom simply can’t afford to pay any more fees. Decker had posted the proposed new fee outline on his popular Facebook page before the meeting, giving residents a heads-up of what’s being planned.  Read more

Courthouse addition alternative being planned

MILFORD, PA — An alternative plan that would end the lengthy dispute about construction of a courthouse addition and save the disputed and historic Kenworthy Building is being discussed.  Read more

New cell tower for Shohola

SHOHOLA, PA — General housekeeping was the theme of the night for the outstanding issues facing Shohola Township at the municipal government meeting on September 11.  Read more

Sullivan West Central School District lockout

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — Sullivan West Central School District Superintendent Nancy P. Hackett said at the district’s September 18 board of education (BOE) meeting that, as of 8:47 a.m. that morning, both the Lake Huntington and Jeffersonville campuses of Sullivan West Central School District were in precautionary “lockout” mode, following notification by the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department that alleged PA sniper suspect Eric Matthew Frein is thought by law enforcement officials to be somewhere in the Delaware River corridor.  Read more

Wayne seeks state relief of waterway buffer regs

HONESDALE, PA — Saying state water-quality protection regulations are precluding private property development in the county, the Wayne County Commissioners have lent their support to legislation to amend those regulations.

The commissioners approved a letter supporting House Bill 1565 to the members of the state House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee last Thursday.  Read more

Bonacic’s casino comments

ALBANY, NY — As the New York State Gaming Commission held public hearings on the proposed casinos this week, Sen. John Bonacic stressed that economic benefit and job creation are important factors to consider as the commission determines which areas will get a casino, and which areas won’t.  Read more

Police continue search for gunman

BLOOMING GROVE, PA — At press time, the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) had not found and arrested Eric Matthew Frein, but said they are getting closer to him.

They are continuing their investigation into the shooting incident that occurred at the Blooming Grove station where two Pennsylvania State Police troopers were ambushed by Eric Matthew Frein.  Read more

PA taxpayer protection act

HARRISBURG, PA — The Senate Finance Committee has advanced legislation to limit the growth of state government spending in Pennsylvania, according to Sen. Joe Scarnati.  Read more

Training Sullivan mediators

MONTICELLO, NY — The Dispute Resolution Center (DRC) is looking for community-minded people to join its volunteer mediator panel to provide mediation services in local courts. Although no special degree or prior mediation experience is required, good communication skills and a desire to help others resolve their conflicts effectively and appropriately is a prerequisite.  Read more

Plans and ruins in Berlin Township

BEACH LAKE, PA — At its September 16 regular monthly meeting, the Berlin Township Board of Supervisors focused its attention on two matters on its own agenda and one directed to it by the public.  Read more

Upper Delaware residents join climate march

NEW YORK CITY, NY — Of the 400,000 or so people participating in the People’s Climate March on September 21, quite a few were from the Upper Delaware Valley. There were representatives from the Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy, Catskill Mountainkeeper, Damascus Citizens for Sustainability and the Delaware Riverkeeper Network. There was also a contingent of about 20 residents from The Weather Project, which was created by the NACL Theater in Highland Lake.  Read more

DV considers opposition to gas compressor expansion

DINGMAN, PA — Opponents of a proposed expansion of gas pipeline compressor station in Milford Township on September 19 asked for the support of the Delaware Valley School District.

They found some sympathetic responses among school board members, but the board’s statutory ability to get involved was an issue to be resolved.  Read more

Judge orders Buto to sign over Narrowsburg school

Judge Stephan Schick has ordered Joan Buto to sign over her contract to buy the Narrowsburg school to Brendan and Kathy Weiden as she had previously agreed to do. The hearing was held on September 22.  Read more

Company resolves PILOT issue; Large employer will stay in Port Jervis

PORT JERVIS, NY — Councilman Robert Ritchie, who is liaison to the Port Jervis Industrial Development Agency (IDA), agreed to a deal with the Future Home Technology Inc. over its delinquency with taxes, he reported during the Common Council’s September 8 meeting—provided the council agreed.  Read more

Block grant season underway

HONESDALE, PA — Some of the local governments seeking a share in Wayne County’s portion of the 2015 federal community development block grant (CDBG) pot came forward on September 4, for a first public hearing before the county commissioners.  Read more

As Pike ages, county transport gets more use

MILFORD, PA — More people are using Pike County’s transportation system.

Reporting to the county commissioners last week, transportation director Christine Obser said ridership in the past fiscal year (through June 30) is up.  Read more

Hortonville fire department on display at Big Eddy Film Festival

NARROWSBURG, NY — Over the last couple of years, Isaac Green Diebboll has been seen at numerous county and town meetings, shooting video of the meetings and posting them on the Internet to be viewed and used by the public, providing a service that is valued by those on both sides of any political debate.  Read more

Highland to begin budget planning

ELDRED, NY — Town of Highland officials will begin reviewing numbers in a preliminary 2015 budget next week.

At last Tuesday’s meeting of the town board, Supervisor Andrew Boyar said various department requests are being assembled and the first work session for the preliminary plan has been scheduled for September 22, at the town hall.  Read more