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December 05, 2016
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RIVER VALLEY — As many people know by now, founding father Ben Franklin thought more highly of the American Turkey than the American Bald Eagle and wrote as much in a letter home from France in 1784.

Former Mamakating supervisor accused of knocking down activist

WURTSBORO, NY — The former supervisor of the Town of Mamakating is accused of twice knocking a local activist to the sidewalk. Further, the former supervisor, Duane Roe Jr., warned the activist, Andrew Weil, not to put him or his daughter on Facebook.  Read more

USDA announces projects to improve Delaware River Watershed

HARRISBURG, PA — Undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environment Ann Mills of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced projects in Pennsylvania and New Jersey that will receive over $15 million to improve water quality in the Delaware River Watershed as part of the new Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).  Read more

Why is Cochecton growing?

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — Most of the discussion and action items at the January 14 Cochecton Town Board meeting were centered around two topics introduced by code enforcement officer (CEO) Greg Semenetz: a marked increase in new construction building permit applications that includes multiple subdivision requests; and his recommendation that the town amend its existing junkyard ordinance to include an ad valorem clause.  Read more

Lumberland — four years of bridge work

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.  Read more

Blowback against wind turbine

LIBERTY, NY — The benefit of the proposed Liberty Wind project is that a large wind turbine would result in a significantly reduced electricity bill for the Liberty Central School District (LCSD) and thereby possibly save taxpayers some money.  Read more

WJFF launches series on the heroin epidemic

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Heroin addiction is running rampant in our area on both sides of the river. The heroin epidemic is also a national problem. Unfortunately, lives have been lost due to this drug.  Read more

‘YouTube America’ in Liberty, NY

LIBERTY, NY — Famous comedian and actor David Cross has made an independent comedy about, and based in, Liberty. The film is called “Hits,” and it’s about a girl who lives in Liberty and is trying everything she can to become famous. Meanwhile, her dad shows up at a Liberty town meeting and makes a scene, complaining about the rampant pothole problem in the town. A video of him yelling at the town board is passed along to a group of hipsters, who share the video on YouTube—and it goes viral. Thus, he becomes famous while his daughter is still trying in vain to do so.  Read more

Directing traffic to Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — One Honesdale businessman is continuing his efforts to get interstate highway traffic pointed toward Wayne County.  Read more

In Berlin township, if it ain’t broke…

BEACH LAKE, PA — Unwitnessed by the public, save for this reporter, the Berlin Township board of supervisors held its January 5 annual reorganization meeting, as mandated by Pennsylvania law. It took the three-person board, consisting of Paul Henry, Cathy Hunt and Charlie Gries, less than 40 minutes to nominate, appoint and reappoint themselves, other individuals, and various firms to over 20 positions of authority in Berlin Township. But then, this seasoned board knows the drill well. Gries joined the board in 2008, Henry in 2009 and Hunt in 2010.  Read more

Pike fights heroin abuse epidemic

MILFORD, PA — In an effort to actively fight a growing heroin abuse problem locally, Pike County has instituted what has been called a unique drug and alcohol treatment program for its correctional facility.  Read more

UDC making a stink about Masthope sewage

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Upper Delaware Council is attempting to press for PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) action to stop holiday weekend sewage spills from the Masthope Mountain Community.  Read more

Senator Lisa Baker begins third term in Harrisburg

HARRISBURG, PA — Pennsylvania State Sen. Lisa Baker recently took the oath of office, beginning her third term in the Senate. “I would like to thank the voters for the privilege of serving,” she said.  Read more

Welfare fraud arrest in Liberty

LIBERTY, NY — New York State Police at Liberty arrested Grace Belmont, age 31, of Napanoch after an investigation conducted in conjunction with the Sullivan County Welfare Fraud Unit. The arrest took place on January 8. The investigation determined that Belmont applied for and received benefits from the Sullivan County Department of Health and Family Services that she was not entitled to. These benefits totaled more than $10,000.  Read more

Medical marijuana bill in PA

HARRISBURG, PA — Lawmakers Jim Cox (D-Berks/Lancaster) and Ed Gainey (D-Allegheny) plan to reintroduce legislation that would legalize medical marijuana in Pennsylvania. The legislation would allow PA doctors to recommend cannabis to patients who would medically benefit from such a treatment. Twenty-one states and the District of Columbia have similar laws.  Read more

Wayne working for Marcellus dollars

HONESDALE, PA — Wayne County Commissioner Wendell Kay recently reported on the county’s ongoing efforts to exploit the county’s Marcellus gas and the county’s relationship with the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC).  Read more

Sullivan development activity picks up

MONTICELLO, NY — The heads of organizations that issue monthly reports to the Sullivan County Community and Economic Development Committee agreed that since the awarding of a casino license to the Montreign/Adelaar project near Monticello, activity has increased significantly.  Read more

No parking variance for Dollar General store

ELDRED, NY — By a three-to-one vote, the Town of Highland’s Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) on January 8 denied the parking variance application of Primax Properties LLC, which has a controversial proposal to build a store to house the chain retailer Dollar General in Eldred.  Read more

Remembering Chuck Myers

When you reach the age of 66, as I have, you find that very few of the elders you learned from and respected as a child still survive. Fewer still continue in the same efforts they had in your youth. Then there was Chuck Myers.

Chuck helped found the American Legion Ambulance Service in 1948. I don’t recall whether he helped get my mom to the hospital when I was born, but I do know he drove the ambulance that got me to the hospital after I banged my head in an accident in 2007.  Read more

Milford native patrols in Mideast

GULF OF ADEN —Naval Air Crewman Third Class Kyle Daggett, a native of Milford, PA, assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 23, observes amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island aboard a MH-60S Sea Hawk as it patrols around the ship. The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group and the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) are deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.  Read more

Houses to be removed from creekside

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The way has been cleared for the removal of two badly damaged houses along Cattail Brook, which were undermined during Hurricane Sandy in October 2012.  Read more