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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.

Police not commenting on Frein letter; search continues

BLOOMING GROVE, PA — Pennsylvania State Police say they will not comment on a letter reportedly written by accused cop-killer Matthew Frein. The letter was reported by CNN on October 6, and quoted law enforcement officials who were familiar with the nearly month-long search for Frein.  Read more

Changes at county nursing home; Facility gets new administrator, planned solar farm

MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County Adult Care Center, which is the county-owned nursing home in Liberty, was a topic of discussion at a meeting at the government center on October 2. It was announced that the facility has a new administrator named Shennoy Wellington.  Read more

Shorter homeless motel stays

MONTICELLO, NY — When individuals or families become homeless in Sullivan County, sometimes they are placed in a motel. These days, the average stay for a homeless family in a motel at county expense is nine days; in the past it was not unusual for a family to stay in a motel for up to two years.  Read more

Eldred music program shines

ELDRED, NY — Five students from Eldred High School have been selected to perform in advanced regional music programs. Audrey Mellan, Julia Kerhley and Alex D’Angelo will perform in the Hudson Valley Honors Youth Symphonic Band; and Natalie Gonzalez and Tyler Smith will perform with the Wind Ensemble at Monroe-Woodbury High School.  Read more

Narrowsburg school contract transferred

NARROWSBURG, NY — According to a note to supporters from Brendan and Kathy Weiden, the assignment of the contract to purchase the Narrowsburg school was completed on October 3. That means Joan Buto is no longer in line to purchase the school and the attached 14 acres, and the sale from the Sullivan West School District to the Weidens will move forward.  Read more

Senate passes Baker bill

HARRISBURG, PA — A long-time legislative goal of Sen. Lisa Baker (R-20) moved closer to reality with the Pennsylvania Senate’s unanimous passage recently of legislation to create a state disaster-assistance program. Similar to programs in more than 20 other states, her initiative would provide grants to county and municipal governments suffering from flash floods, tornadoes and other localized disasters.  Read more

Tusten goes solar

TUSTEN, NY — Amidst the chaos at the recent Tusten Town Board meetings concerning the sale of the Narrowsburg School, some news went unreported. The town board awarded a solar panel bid to Atlantech Solar, which means Tusten will be the first municipality in Sullivan County to go solar.  Read more

Marino campaign criticizes Troiano

WILLIAMSPORT, PA — After independent candidate Nick Troiano released a poll showing that he would stand a chance of beating incumbent Tom Marino in a two-way race, but not in the three-way race now underway, Ryan Barton, Marino’s campaign manager, released a statement saying “recent polls show Marino’s overwhelming favorability over opponents” in the district.  Read more

Rabid cow found in Sullivan

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — A cow in Sullivan County tested positive for rabies in late September. This is the first confirmed case of rabies in Sullivan County so far this year. The rabies virus occurs commonly in animals throughout Sullivan County and across New York State, with the vast majority of rabies cases reported each year occurring in wild animals, including raccoons, bats, foxes, skunks and woodchucks. Domestic animals account for less than 10% of the reported rabies cases, which most often include cats, cattle and dogs.  Read more

Water, Water, Everywhere conference announced

HANCOCK, NY — Friends of the Upper Delaware River (FUDR) is hosting its fifth annual Water, Water, Everywhere conference (WWE), themed “The Future of the Upper Delaware River,” at the West Branch Angler Resort in Hancock, NY on October 14 and 15.

The event will feature in-depth discussions on innovative approaches to stream restoration, improving river flows throughout the watershed, and securing federal, state and local funding to increase investment in water quality improvements and the creation of a river-based economy for the region.  Read more

It’s deer time of year

UPPER DELAWARE VALLEY — It’s the time of year when hunters take to the field on both sides of the river.

On the New York side, bow hunting season runs from October 1 through November 14 and again from December 8 through December 16.  Read more

Gibson Eldridge debate fracking

19TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, NY — Republican Congressman Chris Gibson faced off against challenger Democrat Sean Eldridge in a debate over a wide range of issues before the editorial board of the Poughkeepsie Journal on October 3, which was live-streamed on the Internet.  Read more

Combating heroin in Pennsylvania: report outlines strategies

NORTHEAST, PA — Residents of the Upper Delaware Valley know that heroin use is a problem locally. Rebecca Pisall, 20, of North Branch, NY was shot dead by her 51-year-old uncle on June 20 during a dispute about a heroin buy.  Read more

Damaged building harms neighbor

PORT JERVIS, NY — Safety was at the forefront in a discussion about a damaged building at the September 22 meeting of the Port Jervis Common Council. Councilmembers and Mayor Kelly Decker. The building located at 34–40 Front Street came under scrutiny, and Howard Cooperman, who owns 21–32 Front Street, next to it, complained about a city order that forces his building to stay closed although it has no defects.  Read more

Fate of PA property tax bill; Closer than ever, but probably won’t happen

HARRISBURG, PA — The move to end property taxes in Pennsylvania, at least the portion that funds education, has passed a milestone with proposed legislation Senate Bill 76 passing out of committee for the first time in the 30 or so years that it has been discussed.  Read more

Marino’s seat safe? Three-way race in 10th PA Congressional District

NORTHEAST PA — There’s a ragged bit of map cut out of Pennsylvania’s oddly-shaped 10th Congressional District where the cities of Scranton and Carbondale are located. Those two population centers are home to far more registered Democrats than Republicans, and if they were included in the district, there is a good chance that another candidate could unseat Republican Congressman Tom Marino.  Read more

Liberty High School capital project

LIBERTY, NY — Voters in the Liberty Central School District are being asked to approve a capital project that will cost $13.6 million.  Read more

Benefit for Addison

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — According to the National Institutes of Health, glucose galactos malabsorbtion is a rare condition with only a few hundred cases being identified around the world. But one person with the condition is six-month-old Addison Umbaugh, who lives in Lake Huntington.  Read more

Lumberland certifies highway union

GLEN SPEY, NY — Following a half-hour executive session on September 10, the Lumberland Town Board formally recognized the Laborers’ 17 International of North America union “as the sole bargaining agent” for the town’s highway employees.  Read more

New performance space in Liberty; Judge now hosts hoe-downs

LIBERTY, NY — Brian Rourke is a town justice in the Town of Liberty. He also has a law practice there, and now he’s also the proprietor of a newly renovated performance space in the village.  Read more