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December 03, 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.

Fisher back on Conservative line; Race for judge goes to court twice

KINGSTON, NY — Lisa M. Fisher, 47, a Kingston attorney who is seeking election to the Supreme Court in the Third Judicial District, which includes Ulster, Sullivan and five other counties, is now back on the Conservative line, and is also running on the Republican line.  Read more

Highland board okays preliminary 10.19% rate increase

ELDRED, NY — Last winter’s unusual snow and cold paid another visit on October 14 as the town board approved a 10.19% tax rate increase that would fund its preliminary $2.2 million budget for 2015.  Read more

Wind turbine proposed for Liberty schools

LIBERTY, NY — To convince people that a wind turbine for the Liberty Central School District is a good idea, Malcolm Brown likes to talk about line loss. When electricity is generated far away from a customer and is carried over wires to the customer, there is always a certain amount of line loss, or electricity that never makes it to the customer’s facility.  Read more

Doctor outlines drug epidemic

GLEN SPEY, NY — Dr. Carlos Holden described “a national epidemic,” as he narrated a slide presentation on the impacts of young people’s illicit use of illegal heroin, purchased on the street, and prescription drugs often found in the family medicine cabinet.  Read more

County establishes trail task force; Sorensen seeks to boost health, tourism, community

MONTICELLO, NY — Why would a county legislator want to develop a trail task force to enhance the many hiking trails in Sullivan County?

“It’s good for economic development; it’s good for tourism; it’s good for the health of communities and it’s a good way to expand opportunities for family time. If you look at communities that have developed trail systems, those are communities that have a better quality of life to offer their residents, and they’re also communities where visitors want to come and enjoy those communities.”  Read more

Narrowsburg Bridge could be closed nights and weekends

NARROWSBURG, NY — At the recent Tusten Town Board meeting on October 7, the board discussed the updated plan for the repair of the Narrowsburg Bridge. Originally, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) reported that the bridge would be single-lane until 2015. Now it says the bridge will be single-lane until 2018, when permanent repairs will begin. During the repair time, there is a possibility that the bridge will be closed on nights, weekends and times of low traffic.  Read more

Honesdale faces hard times, Halloween protest

HONESDALE, PA — It started on a high note, but the October 13 meeting of the Honesdale Borough Council quickly became one of grim reality. At the top of the meeting, Mayor Jack Bishop presented awards to Elizabeth (“Betty”) Baerenklau, Virginia (“Ginny”) Motsko, and Kathy Highhouse for lifetime service to special-needs children. Moments later, the council saw itself portrayed as the Grinch that moved Halloween. But there was worse to come, as it was revealed that Honesdale is almost in the red, with insufficient funds to meet its end-of-year expenses.  Read more

Hawley playground nearly ready to open

HAWLEY, PA — After months of planning and hard work the new Caleb Joseph Regenski Memorial Foundation Playground is nearly ready to be open to the public. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was planned for October 9, but the weather did not cooperate and resulted in the delay of some concrete work, which in turn has delayed the opening.  Read more

Kid, 10, confesses to murder; 90-year-old strangled with a cane

TYLER HILL, PA — A 10-year-old boy has been arrested and charged with killing a 90-year-old woman. Officials charge that the boy put a cane around her throat and repeatedly struck the woman. The arrest was announced by Wayne County District Attorney Janine Edwards.  Read more

Cuomo: end of AIDS task force

ALBANY, NY — On October 14, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced the creation of the End of AIDS Task Force to implement his plan to end new HIV infections in the Empire State by 2020. Members of the task force include longstanding AIDS activists, HIV services providers and persons living with HIV/AIDS, making it what his office called “a true public-private partnership.” Amida Care, a Medicaid health plan designed for persons living with HIV/AIDS in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Bronx, commended the initiative.  Read more

Gunther to be honored

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — New Hope Community will present its Neighbor of Distinction Award to New York Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther. The presentation will take place during the agency’s seventh annual Neighbor-to-Neighbor Autumn Affair on Thursday, November 13 at New Hope’s campus in Loch Sheldrake. Assemblywoman Gunther will be the sixth such honoree.  Read more

Activity at Rohman Park

SHOHOLA, PA — New plaques commemorating Shohola’s history will be placed throughout Shohola’s Rohman Park on Twin Lakes Road, as revealed at the township meeting on October 9. Also at Rohman Park, on October 18 the Shohola Boy Scout Troop #76 will host the third annual Shohola-Barryville Bridge 5k/Run Walk at 9:30 a.m. At 11 a.m. there will be two running events for children that will lap the park.  Read more

Baker requests hearing regarding accused cop killer

HARRISBURG, PA — Sen. Lisa Baker (R-20) has sent letters to the chairmen of the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee and the Senate Law and Justice Committee requesting a joint public hearing be held in northeastern Pennsylvania to explore improvements to the state and local emergency response networks.  Read more

A town truck in Bethel; Should a foreman get to drive it home?

WHITE LAKE, NY — At the Bethel town meeting on October 8, there was quite a bit of discussion about whether a highway foreman should be taking a town-owned truck to his home at night. Councilmember Lillian Hendrickson, whose husband used to work for the highway department, said she had received questions about the matter from town residents.  Read more

Toxic bloom in Lake Huntington

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — “Lake Huntington looks like pea soup. In my lifetime, I can’t recall a six-week algae bloom like this one. Most last only a few days, at most. The Department of Environmental Control (DEC) has taken water samples and we’re awaiting test results.” With those remarks at the October 8 Cochecton Town Board meeting, Supervisor Gary Maas introduced a topic familiar but unpleasant to all who live, work or play near the lake. Asked if the DEC might impose a ban on recreational activities for the duration of the bloom, Maas said, “We’ll just have to wait and see what the DEC says.”  Read more

Ballot question on redistricting; Is Proposition One a good idea?

ALBANY, NY — Redistricting at the state and national levels is considered by many to be a process heavily influenced by political considerations, and one that results in most elected seats being “safe” for one of the two major political parties or the other.  Read more

Reaching more women for lifesaving breast exams

HONESDALE, PA — Hoping to turn around what was described as “an alarming rate” of breast cancer mortality in Wayne County, women turned out for the October 2 proclamation of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Wayne, by the county commissioners. Lisa Champeau of Wayne Memorial Hospital said the recognition and the upcoming “Puttin’ on the Pink” day on October 10 are to highlight women’s health and bring mammography services to more women.  Read more

Eldred facilities upgrades planned

GLEN SPEY, NY — Although the proposed upgrades to both schools in the Eldred Central School District would mean a hike in school property taxes, only a handful of residents came to the public hearing October 2, where Superintendent Robert Dufour presented the final proposal, complete with artist’s rendering of the new sports fields and other improvements. After an executive session, the board agreed unanimously to support the plan; but in order for it to happen, the next step is a referendum.  Read more

River council awards annual TAG grants

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Upper Delaware Council (UDC) approved $28,928 in 2015 local Technical Assistance (TAG) grants on October 2.

The grants will fund 11 projects designed to help fulfill goals of the Upper Delaware’s river management plan.  Read more

Pike highlights domestic violence issue

MILFORD, PA — David Bever, executive director of Safe Haven of Pike County, spoke on October 2 as the county commissioners named October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Pike. Noting that both men and women are victims of domestic violence, Bever said incidents like the recent video of NFL running back Ray Rice punching his then fiancée quickly lose focus.  Read more