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GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — Operations to halt the turbid flow below New York City’s Cannonsville Dam are proceeding faster than originally envisioned, according to Adam Bosch, director of public affairs at the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP). As of Monday, engineers working on the project believed that it might only take three or four relief wells to halt the turbid flow, instead of the eight originally projected, meaning that stage one of the repair plan could be complete as early as sometime this week.

‘Fall victim’ call more than expected

On the anniversary of a tragic event, an appropriate highlight at the September 11 town board meeting in Lumberland was an unusual emergency medical services (EMS) incident report by fire department president and EMS captain Ann Steimle.  Read more

Reaction to Corbett’s plan

HARRISBURG, PA — State Senator Anthony Hardy Williams, a Democrat, offered his reaction to Gov. Tom Corbett’s recent announcement concerning Medicaid expansion in Pennsylvania.  Read more

Corbett to accept expanded Medicaid

HARRISBURG, PA — Governor Tom Corbett this week announced that he will accept expanded Medicaid funds to expand medical coverage for about 500,000 state residents that don’t currently have insurance, if the federal government accepts his plan.  Read more

Jeffersonville Volunteer of the Year

Jack Costello, a member of Jeff Lions and Jeffersonville Enhances more of Sullivan (JEMS), was dubbed volunteer of the year at the Jeffersonville Firehouse on September 14. The award came from Village of Jeffersonville Mayor Bill Thony and his board. Costello said in an email, “I was speechless and for once kept quiet especially after our exciting JEMS duck race earlier, but I need to set the record straight.”  Read more

Honesdale comedian pleads guilty

A Honesdale comedian has pleaded guilty in a charge related to accidentally shooting his daughter in the face. Matthew Holmes, 39, pleaded guilty on September 12 to a count of Recklessly Endangering Another Person.  Read more

Hungry in New York

ALBANY, NY — One in eight households in New York State struggled with hunger on average in the years 2010-2012, according to new data released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service in its annual report on food insecurity.  Read more

Of one mind in Cochecton

After observing a moment of silence in honor of 9/11 fallen, the Cochecton town board raced through its September 11 monthly meeting agenda, voting unanimously on all items before it, with little or no preliminary discussion.  Read more

Big Eddy Film Festival this weekend; Independent films will screen in Narrowsburg, NY

The second annual Big Eddy Film Festival will be held this weekend in Narrowsburg at the Tusten Theatre from Friday to Sunday. The festival will include 28 films, from feature films, to documentaries, to shorts and animation. There will be something for everyone.  Read more

Kick-off for art in Liberty

Zac Shavrick, a 26-year-old sculptor and one of Liberty’s favorite sons, became the first artist in the area to have one of his works displayed on a corner of the lawn of the Town of Liberty Town Hall.
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Marie Zelesky turns 106

On September 12, Marie Zelesky thought she was going to the regular meeting of the Jeffersonville Seniors Club at the Jeffersonville Town Hall. Little did she know that Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther had planned a surprise birthday party for Marie, who will turn 106 years old on September 20. There were balloons, cake, party hats and Marie’s closest friends for the celebration.  Read more

Sullivan strategic plan

In reiterating some of the pressing goals that should be addressed by Sullivan County officials if possible, legislator Kitty Vetter said one of her priorities was expanding broadband internet throughout the county.  Read more

Blooming Grove adopts emergency management plan

The Blooming Grove Township supervisors unanimously adopted an emergency management resolution at a brief business meeting on September 2.  Read more

No axes to grind in Honesdale

The Honesdale Borough Council spent a good part of its September 9 monthly meeting listening to the public second-guess it. Ed Kraus of Narrowsburg, NY, Earl Mohn of Beach Lake, Stan Pratt and Jerry Theobald of Honesdale, each witnessed multiple incidents occurring between June and August of this year in which serious vehicular accidents were narrowly averted. Because each incident involved a driver attempting to go the wrong way on one-way streets, all of the men were of the opinion that the one-way traffic pattern was responsible for those close calls.  Read more

Election dirty tricks suit in Orange

TOWN OF NEW WINDSOR, NY — Town of New Windsor Board member Bonnie C. Brennan has initiated a lawsuit arising from the conduct of her opponents during the 2012 elections. Brennan charges that her opponent, Jack D’Angelo, assisted by the chair of the Town of New Windsor Republican Committee, Carmen Dubaldi, obtained a photo from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, and ran a series of advertisements in a local newspaper and sent a mailer falsely accusing Brennan of having a criminal record.  Read more

Grant for Sullivan airport

WASHINGTON, DC — Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced on September 9 that $63,810 in federal funding is being awarded to the Sullivan County International Airport to upgrade airport drainage in the terminal area and the Runway 33 safety area. The funding is allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Airport Improvement Program.  Read more

Honesdale woman sentenced to six years for heroin

A Honesdale woman who failed to dim her bright lights to oncoming traffic was stopped, searched and eventually sentenced to up to six years in state prison. The sentence was handed down on September 9 in Pike County. When Jessica Cargill was initially stopped in Lackawaxen Township, officers became suspicious of her and a passenger and looked through the vehicle. They discovered a locked safe in the trunk of the car. The state troopers obtained a search warrant, opened the safe and discovered 430 bags of heroin valued at $8,600.  Read more

Fifty-five dogs taken from Waymart Home

The owner of 55 dogs that were removed from a house on Belmont Turnpike in Waymart will likely face charges for animal cruelty. Ten of the dogs in his care were dead or dying when officials entered the home; the owner, who was not named in news reports, could also be facing a charge of operating a kennel without a license.  Read more

Call center for Hancock?

A global company called Qualfon is considering the Village of Hancock as the site for a new call center. Qualfon serves the “business process outsourcing” for various businesses and also provides “interactive voice response” services. According to the company’s website (www.qualfon.com) Qualfon has facilities in the Philippines, Guyana, Mexico, Costa Rica, the United States and China.  Read more

Library competes for more county funding

Looking for a change in the way budget money is divided, a spokesman for the Hawley Library came before the Pike County Commissioners last Wednesday asking for a bigger piece of the county’s library funding.  Read more

Whither the visitor center?

An account in The River Reporter of Town of Lumberland Supervisor Nadia Rajsz’ effort to acquire property for a visitor center provoked a lengthy exchange at the September 5 meeting of the Upper Delaware Council.

The question of which entity—the National Park Service (NPS) or the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway, or both—would be served by the center went unanswered, but decades of past failed visitor center efforts were part of the discussion.  Read more