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November 28, 2015
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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.

Honesdale traffic heats up; Pedestrian safety remains an issue

The question of whether traffic on Main Street and Church Street in the borough should be two way or one way is heating up again. The spark this time is a study done by the Honesdale traffic engineer, and paid for by the council, which found that since the traffic pattern changed in 2009, traffic accidents have increased by 30%.  Read more

Rising costs bring new urgency to jail decision

One of the most frustrating issues confronting Sullivan County legislators is the construction of the proposed county jail. The decision had been pushed back over the past several years because of the tough economic climate, but now lawmakers are slowly moving forward again.  Read more

Bethel pledges climate action

The Town of Bethel has become the latest municipality in Sullivan County to adopt the Climate Smart Communities Pledge. At the town meeting on November 13, the board voted unanimously to adopt the pledge, which is promoted by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).  Read more

Bethel couple honored for community service

Maria and Al Frangipane were honored with the SYDA Foundation Community Service Award, which is bestowed each year on a couple or person who is deemed to have been especially active in serving the community.  Read more

In Damascus, all roads lead to hardship

Finding the wherewithal to maintain, repair and rebuild its 116 miles of paved and unpaved roads is nothing new to Damascus Township. It’s been a challenge for as long as the roads have been there. But in the wake of hurricanes Irene and Sandy, a recession that now looks suspiciously like a lifestyle, and unparalleled fiscal constraints in Washington, Harrisburg and Wayne County, road upkeep seems to be an impossible dream.  Read more

Tusten discusses buying Narrowsburg School

At the Tusten Town Council meeting in November, the council members discussed the possibility of the town buying the abandoned Narrowsburg School and its 14-acre lot. The school closed and was boarded up in 2005, and is being sold by John Hector Realty.  Read more

Liberty ambulance moves to new building

As Town of Liberty residents became aware that Mobilemedic EMS had moved out of the old volunteer ambulance building, Supervisor Charlie Barbuti began getting phone calls.  Read more

A new slate roof at 75

At a ceremony on November 20, Superintendent Dr. Nancy Hackett handed out heavy pieces of slate of the type used to repair the roof at the Jeffersonville School. Among those honored with their very own bit of history were former superintendent Dr. Ken Hilton and the first superintendent of the Sullivan West Central School District, Mike Johndrow.  Read more

Roscoe Beer gets brewer’s permit

After a long wait, Roscoe Beer Company has announced the approval of its brewer’s permit, along with plans for expansion. The company can now begin to plan to build a larger brewery either at its 145 Rockland Rd. location or another location in Roscoe. The company also plans new brews with input from members of their home brewers club.  Read more

Corbett signs betting pool legislation

HARRISBURG, PA — Gov. Tom Corbett has signed into law legislation originally introduced by Sen. Lisa Boscola that legalizes small sports betting pools.  Read more

Knockout game legislation in PA

HARRISBURG, PA — Legislation that would classify attacks related to violent “games,” such as “the knockout game” or “slap cam,” as aggravated assault is being introduced in the state House of Representatives, said Rep. Kevin Haggerty, a Democrat and prime sponsor of the bill. The offense would be graded as a first-degree misdemeanor.  Read more

Gunther: re-register for STAR

Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther is reminding New York homeowners who receive the Basic School Tax Relief (STAR) Exemption that they have to re-register for the exemption by December 31 to continue to receive it.  Read more

Pennsylvania’s new gas tax

HARRISBURG, PA — Pennsylvania officials have taken pains to explain that House Bill 1060, which Gov. Tom Corbett calls “the most comprehensive piece of state transportation legislation in decades,” is actually getting rid of one tax.  Read more

Santa ushers in the holiday season in Jeffersonville

REGION — Santa Claus helped mark the beginning of the holiday season in the Upper Delaware River Valley with an appearance at the 19th annual James Dworetsky Holiday Parade in Jeffersonville on November 27.

It was just one of many holiday-themed events that occurred over the past week in the area. For a look at the many emerging sights of Christmas and Chanukah go to Jonathan Fox’s column and see our events calendar.

Wayne tax bills to go unchanged in 2014

Wayne County will be spending a little more in 2014, but property owners’ county tax bills will not increase.  Read more

Pellet boilers: not your grandfather’s wood stove; A once-quaint technology transformed into sustainability’s cutting edge

NARROWSBURG, NY — Once upon a time, wood and pellet stoves were essentially quaint space heaters. Cozy and romantic, maybe, but not very practical, given their limited range and the need for constant care and feeding. But things have changed, as became apparent at a forum on pellet boilers on Sunday, November 17 at the Tusten Theatre, sponsored by Damascus Citizens for Sustainability and The Solution Project, attended by about 100 people.  Read more

River Market under new ownership

BARRYVILLE, NY — The store was bustling on the morning of November 23, as John and Athena Lynn had just wrapped up their first staff meeting, and they were getting used to the feel of being the new proprietors of the River Market in Barryville.  Read more

DV to purchase Matamoras site for school

WESTFALL, PA — Delaware Valley School District officials on November 21 were hoping the third time would be the charm, as they approved the $1.35 million purchase of some 50 acres of land in Matamoras Borough. Closing the deal was made contingent upon the property meeting all the needed permitting and construction requirements.  Read more

Lackawaxen supports Wayne libraries

LACKAWAXEN, PA — The township supervisors on November 15 approved a letter to the Pike County Commissioners asking “proportionate allocations” of library funds to the Wayne County libraries in Hawley and Newfoundland, which are heavily patronized by western Pike residents.  Read more

Lumberland tax levy down

GLEN SPEY, NY — The Lumberland Town Board on November 13 approved a final $3,031,633 appropriations budget for 2014.  Read more