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“Sarah Hale portrait” painted by James Reid Lambdin (1807-1889) — Richard’s Free Library, Newport, NH

REGION — Most Americans know that the first Thanksgiving was celebrated by the Pilgrims in the fall of 1621, with a feast that was shared with many members of the Wampanoag Tribe of Native Americans. What’s not as well known is that it did not become a national holiday celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November until many years later.

Community survey about views on fracking slated

NARROWSBURG, NY — Representatives from New York University (NYU) School of Medicine, Department of Environmental Medicine will hold an open house at the Tusten Town Hall on Saturday, February 1 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. for anyone in the area to come and fill out a survey regarding their views on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in the community. Dr. Judy Zelikoff, the principal investigator, said she and her team have no bias in the fracking debate, and that this survey is a service to the community to help it understand its views on fracking.  Read more

Eldred’s music program feted

ELDRED, NY — Eldred Central School District has been nominated by two national organizations as being among the best schools in America for music education. The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) selected the school for their award; and Grammy Signature Schools awarded Eldred a semifinalist place in its annual list for the second year running, making it one of 123 of the about 20,000 surveyed.  Read more

Comings and goings on the river

NARROWSBURG, NY — January government meetings often contain anticipated arrivals and sentimental departures as new officials take their seats and outgoing ones bow out. The Upper Delaware Council’s (UDC) January 9 meeting was no exception.  Read more

Solar panels may be in Tusten’s future

NARROWSBURG, NY — At the January meeting of the Tusten Town Board, Brandi Merolla and Star Hesse of the Tusten Energy Committee (TEC) made a presentation to the board about the possibility of the town using solar panels to power its buildings and possibly its streetlights. Their presentation included some of the choices that have to be made, such as whether the town should lease or buy the solar panels and where to put them.  Read more

Wayne affirms community development spending

HONESDALE, PA — The federal government is now calling for annual audits of open community development block grant accounts, Wayne County Redevelopment Service Executive Director Jackie Young told the county commissioners on January 16.  Read more

Town considers zoning change for youth facility

ELDRED, NY — Residents had lots of questions on January 14, but voiced no objections to the CEO of a New Jersey youth counseling facility that is seeking zoning approval to open a new summer program in Highland.  Read more

Callicoon annual appointments approved; Greek festival coming in spring

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — In its regular monthly town and annual re-organizational meeting, the board of the Town of Callicoon approved the town’s annual positions and salaries, with only two minor changes. This year’s town accountant is Rouis & Co., LLP and the town’s long-defunct county planning board liaison was officially struck from the list of appointments. The town is also in search of a representative for its fire advisory board, which meets every other month. The board would particularly like to install a local firefighter to the position and welcomes suggestions.  Read more

House passes education funding bill

HARRISBURG, PA — Rep. Mario Scavello on January 20 voted with 187 of his colleagues in favor of House Bill 1738, which would establish a commission to study and recommend a new formula for distributing state funding to basic education. Scavello is a co-sponsor of the bill.  Read more

Democratic primary scheduled for Monticello

MONTICELLO, NY — The Democratic Party will hold a Monticello primary election to nominate two candidates to run for two four-year trustee seats. The primary will be held on Tuesday, January 28 at the Monticello Firehouse on Richardson Avenue from 12 noon to 9 p.m.  Read more

Woman arrested for purse theft

MONTICELLO, NY — Monticello Police arrested Nicole Zydor, 27, of Monticello on January 15 for theft. Zydor was arrested following an investigation into the theft of a pocketbook from the Recovery Center on Hamilton Avenue in the Village of Monticello. Zydor alegedly stole the pocketbook, which contained various bank and credit cards belonging to her roommate, while seeking treatment services at the center.  Read more

Three chambers of commerce to combine forces

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — Last week, members of the three Wayne County chambers of commerce voted to approve a merger of the Southern Wayne Chamber of Commerce, with its office in Hamlin; the Pocono Lake Region Chamber of Commerce, with its office near Hawley; and the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce, headquartered in Honesdale. The name of the new organization will be “The Chamber of the Northern Poconos.” It is expected to have 700 member businesses once the merger is complete.  Read more

Damascus creates and fills Operations Supervisor position

DAMASCUS, PA — At its January 20 meeting, the Damascus Township Board of Supervisors amended the township’s personnel manual to include a job description for Township Operations Supervisor. That position, if approved by the board of auditors, will combine the duties of the former supervisor of highways position and the administrative functions formerly performed by the chairman of the board of supervisors into one full-time (40-plus hours per week) job.  Read more

Armed officers in Sullivan schools; Legislators approve a deal with three districts

MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County Legislature on January 21 unanimously approved a resolution to provide three school districts with armed school resource officers (SRO) through the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office. The school districts will pick up 70% of the cost of salaries and benefits. The cost to the county in 2014 will be about $150,000.  Read more

Judge strikes down Pennsylvania Voter ID Law

HARRISBURG, PA — A Pennsylvania judge has permanently blocked the Commonwealth's controversial Voter ID Law, which had previously been blocked by courts from being enforced in the 2012 and 2013 elections.

Opponents of the law, which included most of the Democrats in the state legislature, maintained from its inception that the law was intended to suppress voter turnout, especially among minorities and seniors.  Read more

Tax freeze, casino schedule and tourism

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — After Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave his State of the State Address on January 8, he sent emissaries across the state to have his message delivered personally to interested parties and to receive comments from them.  Read more

Blooming Grove organizes

LORDS VALLEY, PA — The Blooming Grove Township supervisors held their annual reorganizational meeting on January 6. Randy Schmalzle was unanimously re-appointed president and Nicholas Mazza vice president. Helen Yale is the third supervisor.  Read more

Hawley officials sworn in

HAWLEY, PA — Two new borough council members took their seats during Hawley’s annual reorganizational meeting on January 6.  Read more

Sullivan West looks to future with review of past and present; Advanced Placement and PEP programs examined

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — As Sullivan West Central School District (SWCS) readies to prepare its budget for the upcoming school year, administrators and school board members began the process of program review at the board’s January 9 meeting. Presentations by recent alumni and Dr. Lynda Bracken of the physical education department were intended to aid the board in its assessment of the effectiveness of the Advanced Placement (AP) program and the physical education program (PEP).  Read more

Superintendent questioned; Lawsuits on embezzlement and bullying

ELDRED, NY — During the public comment section at the January meeting of the Eldred Central School (ESC) Board of Education meeting, local resident Joanne Boehm questioned the board about the recent bullying lawsuit filed by the parents of a student against the district, as well as the embezzlement lawsuit brought against its former business manager.  Read more

Wayne renews victim’s alerts

HONESDALE, PA — Pennsylvania and Wayne County have a system to help victims of crime, who often retain fears about the person convicted for it.  Read more