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REGION — Fireworks were seen as a fitting way of celebrating the signing of the Declaration of Independence even before the famous document was signed in 1776. As the document was being created, John Adams, who would go on to become the second President of the United States, wrote to his wife Abigail that the signing would live on in history.

Delaware Valley okays tax increase

WESTFALL, PA — A final debate did not change any of the numbers and the Delaware Valley Board of Education, by a five to three vote with one member absent, gave its final approval for a $70.6 million budget for the 2013-14 school year.  Read more

I scream, you scream, we all scream

By proclamation of its elected leaders on June 20, July was officially proclaimed as Ice Cream Month in Wayne County.  Read more

Driver of tractor-trailer killed in Town of Thompson

On June 24, New York State Police at Liberty responded to a report of a commercial Motor vehicle accident on State Route 42, south of Fraser Rd in the Town of Thompson.  Read more

Sullivan DFS commissioner's legal battles in Ohio

When Dr. David Sager filed a lawsuit against Randy Parker, the commissioner of the Sullivan County Department of Family Services, on June 11, for allegedly firing Sager because Sager was looking into mishandled cases of sexual child abuse, it was not the first time Parker was named in a lawsuit.  Read more

Ribbon cutting for Prohibition Distillery in Roscoe

High spirits were on display at the ribbon cutting ceremony for Prohibition Distillery in Roscoe on June 21. The establishment is selling its first product, which is called a super-premium vodka named Bootlegger 21 New York Vodka.  Read more

Schumer, Gillibrand announce $200,000 for Sullivan County food hub

Press Release from Schumer and Gillibrand

Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $213,400 for the Sullivan County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) to launch a satellite Food Distribution Hub Project, providing Sullivan Country farmers an effective distribution line to move their goods to local and regional markets, an effort that is expected to create up to 19 new local jobs. The federal funding is allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Business Enterprise Grant Program.  Read more

Bonacic: casinos issue is "up to the people"

State Senator John J. Bonacic and Assemblyman Gary Pretlow last night introduced legislation (S.5883/A.8101) that is expected to pass the Senate and Assembly this week to authorize up to four casinos across three regions, including the Catskills, if voters approve the plan this November.  Read more

Bark park aims to expand; Neighbors raise questions about noise

The purpose of the park is “to attract happy, friendly dogs and happy, friendly dog owners, and we evaluate every dog that comes to the park, and if that dog has a poor disposition, we don’t want that dog, we don’t want that person.”  Read more

Eldred to allow use of cell phones

Superintendent Robert Dufour said that beginning in the fall, Eldred Central School District (ECSD) will allow the use of cell phones and other electronic devices, “on a limited and controlled basis.”  Read more

DEC critical of Cochecton’s Climate Action Plan

At the June 12 monthly meeting of the Cochecton Town Board, the cursory review of correspondence directed to supervisor Gary Maas was unusually remarkable. A letter from Mark DePaul Lowery, Climate Policy Analyst with the Office of Climate Change at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, was openly critical of Town of Cochecton Resolution 29, Climate Smart Community Pledge.  Read more

Lumberland takes on Rio Dam operator

Town officials say the operators of the Rio Dam are working on an upgrade to the dam’s generators, running heavy equipment over dam approach roads without making permit applications or any notification to Lumberland or the neighboring Town of Deerpark.  Read more

Tusten adopts consent agenda; Narrowsburg Bridge and fireworks discussed

A Town of Tusten Town Board meeting was held on June 11, and unlike several preceding meetings, it went smoothly and quickly. Supervisor Carol Wingert had made a motion to adopt a consent agenda at the May meeting, and it was met with opposition from council member Ned Lang. However, at this meeting, the board used the consent agenda format.  Read more

Wayne wants DRBC to back off

“The Wayne County Commissioners request that the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) abandon any proposed plans to regulate natural gas drilling beyond the already established functions that focus on water quantity and water quality data collection and analysis.”  Read more

Thompson to open community building

TOWN OF THOMPSON, NY — The Town of Thompson Town Board will officially open the new community building at the Thompson Town Park on Thursday, June 20 at 12 noon with special guests, the Monticello Senior Club.  Read more

Riverkeeper announces fracking series

BRISTOL, PA — According to a press release from Delaware Riverkeeper, the natural gas industry is spending millions of dollars on television, radio, and online advertisements trying to convince viewers that shale gas extraction is safe, and it is hard to avoid the commercials promoting the alleged benefits of shale gas on major television network newscasts and talk shows.  Read more

NY State Senate passes measure to streamline assisted living licensing

ALBANY, NY — The Empire State Association of Assisted Living (ESAAL) lauded the passage on June 17 of a Senate bill, S.5628, that will reduce red-tape and expedite the review of license applications and allow providers to expand vital housing and services to elderly residents they serve.  Read more

Peifer welcomes outreach specialist to Honesdale office

HARRISBRUG, PA — Representative Mike Peifer on June 17 announced the hiring of Gina Ehrhardt of Paupack to serve as a constituent outreach specialist at his office in Honesdale.  Read more

Fire and water in Honesdale

Two issues predominated at the June 10 Honesdale Borough Council meeting: swimming pools and fire safety. The former promised welcome relief from summer heat; the latter promised heated debate. In president F.J. Monaghan’s absence, vice president James Brennan chaired the meeting. All other councilpersons were present.  Read more

Bracing for an impending school tax rate increase

Delaware Valley School District’s six year run of school budgets with zero tax rate increases is likely coming to an end but some residents say it should not.  Read more

Bonacic: Seneca settlement key to resolving gaming

Release from Senator John Bonacic; three key gaming Actions expected next week

State Senator John Bonacic said the settlement reached by Governor Cuomo with the Seneca Nation would be a key component in resolving differences between his casino proposal (S.5586) and the one initially offered by Governor Cuomo. This morning, the Governor said he would now support four casinos in the initial round.  Read more