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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.

Pike awaiting sewage relief legislation

Pike County officials are hoping that new legislation proposed in Harrisburg will divert “a lot of expense” for homeowners who would have to modify waterfront on-lot sewage systems under new PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) policy.

Pike Commissioners’ Chair Rich Caridi said at the meeting on June 6 that area Assembly and state Senate members have proposed legislation to mitigate the new policy.  Read more

Accident fells seven drivers in race at Monticello Raceway

Seven drivers were involved in a racing accident at Monticello Raceway on Monday afternoon, June 4. Only one of the eight trotters in the race finished, and the race was declared a non contest by the judges and all wagers were refunded.  Read more

Arrests in connection with Sullivan County burglaries

Three people have been arrested in connection with a rash of burglaries in Sullivan County. The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office announced that on May 28 deputies investigated a break-in at a home on Sackett Lake Road in the Town of Forestburgh and an attempted break-in on East Glen Wild Road in the Town of Thompson.  Read more

Congressman visits BOCES

“Do you know Obama?” the student asked. Congressman Chris Gibson responded that he did. “That’s so cool,” she said. Gibson then talked about his conversation with President Barack Obama about basketball. He said, “We may disagree on some policies, but he’s a very personable guy, and I appreciate that.”  Read more

A vision for Tusten in 20 years

TOWN OF TUSTEN, NY — In a brightly lit and chilly town hall basement, a committee meets regularly every two weeks to discuss the details of a Design Master Plan for the Town of Tusten. At a recent meeting, the group sat around a small table, their heads bowed over, looking at a large map of an aerial view of Tusten with numbered sections. Number by number, the committee discussed ideas for the future of the Town of Tusten.  Read more

Monticello arrests helped by video; Stolen donation jar, stolen credit cards

In separate incidents, Monticello police arrested three men recently for theft with the help of video evidence. In the first case, Monticello police arrested Isaiah Roberts, 22, and Keron Neils, 20, both of Brooklyn, for stealing a donation jar from a fast food establishment.  Read more

PA House mulls merger of Game and Fish and Boat Commission

HARRISBURG, PA — The Pennsylvania House has adopted a resolution calling for a study of the potential impacts of merging the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC). House Resolution 129 calls on the nonpartisan Legislative Budget and Finance Committee (LBFC) to study the financial feasibility, impact, costs and savings that may be realized by combining the agencies.  Read more

Bonacic seen as key in Women’s Equality Act; Abortion issue is a sticking point

ALBANY, NY — One of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s priorities this year has been the passage of his Womens’ Equality Act (WEA). The act, which has a 10-point agenda, contains language on abortion that was introduced by Cuomo on June 1, and codifies the Roe V. Wade decision of the U.S. Supreme Court into New York State law.  Read more

Supreme Court decision on DNA collection clears way for PA law

HARRISBURG, PA — Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi announced on June 3 that he expects his Senate Bill 150 to be scheduled for a vote in the senate in the near future. Senate Bill 150 would modernize and strengthen Pennsylvania’s DNA collection law in several ways, including requiring individuals arrested for serious crimes to submit DNA samples.  Read more

Livingston Manor man arrested

Sullivan County Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested a maintenance worker at BOCES in Liberty for stealing students’ money. Justin M. Wood, 19, of Livingston Manor was charged on May 31 after a month-long investigation.  Read more

Farmers’ market nutrition vouchers available for eligible seniors

The Wayne County Area Agency on Aging will be administering the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program to eligible Wayne County Senior Citizens. This program is made possible through the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Food Distribution.  Read more

Easter Seals Monticello school earns accreditation

Easter Seals New York Project Excel located in Monticello has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals.  Read more

Granddaughter responds to road name debate

The granddaughter of the couple named Rosenberg has added new information to the discussion about Segar and Rosenberg Road, and the request of some residents that it be shortened to Segar Road.  Read more

Dueling fracking films; ‘Gasland Part ll’ and ‘FrackNation’

There will likely be more than 300 people in the seats at the Callicoon Theatre on June 8, when the screening of “Gasland Part II” and conversation with director Josh Fox is held. It’s not clear how many people will crowd into the Sidetracks Bar & Lounge next door to the theatre when the movie “FrackNation” will also be shown, along with a conversation with director Phelim McAleer. Both events will begin at 10:30 a.m.  Read more

Damascus students take over

DAMASCUS TOWNSHIP, PA — The makeup of the Damascus Township Board of Supervisors had a different look at the monthly meeting on May 20. Four students from the Damascus Area School presided over the proceedings—with assistance from the actual supervisors—while taking part in a Supervisors for a Day program.  Read more

Sullivan West budget approved; Slate roof bid granted for elementary school

Voters in the Sullivan West School District overwhelmingly approved a $34.4 million budget, 453-185, for 2013-14. The spending plan comes with a tax levy increase of 1.99%, which is beneath the district’s state-mandated tax cap and lower than six other districts in Sullivan County.  Read more

Construction of four Upper Delaware bridges approved

DUNMORE, PA — The New York-Pennsylvania Joint Interstate Bridge Commission confirmed the successful negotiation of a new design to replace the historic Pond Eddy Bridge and approved plans for major rehabilitations of the Upper Delaware River crossings at Skinners Falls, NY-Milanville, PA; Narrowsburg, NY-Darbytown, PA; and Cochecton, NY-Damascus, PA at their annual meeting held May 15 at Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) District 4-0 headquarters.  Read more

Tax breaks for first-time home buyers

If you’re anticipating buying your first newly constructed home, Liberty wants you to consider moving to their town.  Read more

A road by any other name

Lou Barr and his family own the house on Segar Road that now houses offices of the Delaware Highlands Conservancy. Recently, signs went up indicating the road is called Segar B. Rosenberg Road. That prompted Barr to write to the Bethel Town Board requesting that the Rosenberg name be deleted from the official name.  Read more

Fishing contest, boater safety and more

LAKE WALLENPAUPACK, PA — The Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau held a press conference at the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center on Thursday, May 23 to talk about the many outdoor attractions that the Pocono Mountains and Lake Wallenpaupack area have to offer.  Read more