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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.

Buck sworn in as treasurer; Decision called bipartisan

MONTICELLO, NY — Nancy Buck was sworn in to become the Sullivan County treasurer on December 11, after the legislature unanimously voted to appoint her to the position the previous week.  Read more

WJFF transmitter location questioned

MONTICELLO, NY — Radio station WJFF, located in Jeffersonville, sends its broadcast signal out from a Sullivan County-owned tower on Elk Point Road in the town of Liberty. The tower was a topic of discussion at a public safety meeting in the government center on December 11. (This reporter provides WJFF with weekend news segments.)  Read more

Highland appoints assessor replacement

ELDRED, NY — A former assessor was chosen to return as the Town of Highland Town Board on December 11 hired Lorry King to serve the remaining term of Renee Ozomek, who has submitted her resignation as of January 1.  Read more

Returning Thanksgiving thanks

GLEN SPEY, NY — Electric linesmen working on Thanksgiving got an unexpected invitation for dinner, and Lumberland has received thanks for it.  Read more

Sullivan mulls expanded transportation program

MONTICELLO, NY — Much of the current transportation program in Sullivan County is concerned with getting seniors and Medicaid patients to appointments, and the Office for the Aging runs shopping buses, but there are also trips open to the general public. According to the county website, there are “two round-trip routes, one of which runs on Thursdays from Lumberland/Bethel to Monticello, and a second that runs on Fridays from Delaware/Callicoon to Monticello.”

Also, ShortLine Bus provides service between Fallsburg, Monticello, Liberty and Loch Sheldrake on a daily basis.  Read more

DWI arrest in Liberty

LIBERTY, NY — In the early morning hours of December 13, Sullivan County sheriff’s deputies responded to a one car motor vehicle accident on Clements road in the Town of Liberty. Deputies found that a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee had run off the road and struck a tree stump. The front and rear passengers had been ejected from the vehicle. Both victims were taken to Catskill Regional Medical Center by Mobile Medic and then transferred to Westchester Medical Center in Vahalla in serious condition. The driver, Hailey G.  Read more

PA Prevailing Wage act legislation

HARRISBURG, PA — Legislation to increase Pennsylvania’s prevailing wage threshold will be reintroduced in the next session by Sen. Gene Yaw.  Read more

PA trespass and hunting

HARRISBURG, PA — Legislation to crack down on hunters who trespass on private property will be reintroduced in the upcoming legislative session by Sen. Rich Alloway. The legislation would authorize Pennsylvania Game Commission officers to enforce trespass laws and issue citations.  Read more

Peck’s Market in Narrowsburg store to be sold

NARROWSBURG, NY — Multiple sources have been saying for weeks that the Peck’s Market in Narrowsburg will be sold, and the closing is scheduled for early in January.  Read more

Thompson man arrested after standoff with police

MONTICELLO, NY — John Ortiz, 45, has been arrested after a standoff with police. On December 14, at about 3 p.m., deputies from the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office were called to 20 Haddock Rd. in the Town of Thompson for a barricaded subject.  Read more

Demonstration spreads to Monticello; Mayor joins the effort

MONTICELLO, NY — The demonstrations that have erupted across the nation in recent weeks appeared in Monticello on December 14, when about 40 people turned out to demand justice for all.  Read more

Former Lackawaxen Township secretary arrested

LACKAWAXEN, PA — There was a full house at the Lackawaxen Township meeting on December 15 following news that the former secretary was arrested the previous week on charges of misappropriating more than $200,000 in funds over a 10-year period. Shawn Marie Roe, 54, faces six felony charges including theft, fraud and computer crimes.  Read more

One casino in the Catskills: Montreign in Monticello

ALBANY, NY — It was announced today, Wednesday, December 17, by the Gaming Facility Location Board that they recommend one casino in the Catskills and Hudson Valley region, and that casino is Empire Resorts' casino Montreign in Town of Thompson, Sullivan County.  Read more

Fracking to be prohibited in New York State

ALBANY, NY — During a cabinet meeting in Albany on December 17, Howard Zucker, M.D. the acting New York State health commissioner, said that he could not recommend that hydraulic fracturing should be allowed to go forward. Zucker cited several existing studies on fracking and its impacts on human health and said that many of them raised “red flags,” but he said that there were not enough studies, and specifically “longitudinal studies,” that could settle the question with certainty.  Read more

Announcement: Tusten Town Board meeting re-scheduled

The Tusten Town Board meeting that was supposed to be held on Tuesday, December 9 has been moved to Wednesday, December 17 at 7 p.m.

Historic bridges for sale

PENNSYLVANIA — The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has plans to replace the Pond Eddy Bridge, and therefore would like to sell the existing bridge to a willing buyer; but that’s not the only bridge the organization is trying to unload.  Read more

Pennsylvania school funding testimony; Start by counting the students

LANCASTER, PA — One of the more surprising things about the current formula for funding schools in Pennsylvania is that it does not take into account the number of students in the districts. That should change, said members of the benchmarking committee of the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials (PASBO).  Read more

Eldred School a cappella group to perform at Carnegie Hall; Still need to raise money

ELDRED, NY — An a cappella group at Eldred Junior and Senior High School called “The Eldred Key Elements” will have a very special opportunity when it goes to perform at New York City’s Carnegie Hall this spring. The performance is called Total Vocal and it is a concert by a cappella groups from all around the world that had to audition to get in.  Read more

Tax rate unchanged in Wayne

HONESDALE, PA — For the third consecutive year, Wayne County’s property tax millage rate will remain level.

That was the thrust of county business manager John Haggerty’s November 20 presentation of Wayne’s $30,513,407.57 appropriations budget for 2015.  Read more

Frein hearing postponed; Court-appointed attorney withdraws

MILFORD, PA — The preliminary hearing for accused cop-killer Matthew Frein had been scheduled for December 9, but has been pushed back because one of Frein’s court-appointed attorneys has been granted permission to withdraw from the case, and the court has granted the remaining attorney’s request for more time to bring a new attorney up to speed on the case.  Read more