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“Sarah Hale portrait” painted by James Reid Lambdin (1807-1889) — Richard’s Free Library, Newport, NH

REGION — Most Americans know that the first Thanksgiving was celebrated by the Pilgrims in the fall of 1621, with a feast that was shared with many members of the Wampanoag Tribe of Native Americans. What’s not as well known is that it did not become a national holiday celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November until many years later.

First annual clean-up day in Lake Wallenpaupack

It was a bit chilly on the water on September 14, but that didn’t stop the scuba divers who turned out to fish debris out of the lake. Ten members from the dive teams from the Tafton Fire Company, the Ledgedale Volunteer Fire Company and the Forest Volunteer Fire Department collected debris from the bottom of Lake Wallenpaupack for about three hours on September 14, in what was billed as the first annual Scuba Diver Cleanup Day on Lake Wallenpaupack.  Read more

Eldred teachers defer raises

At its first meeting of the 2013-14 school year on September 12, the Eldred Central School Board of Education thanked the school’s teachers for sacrificing pay raises in the near term for the long-term good of the school and its students. District Superintendent Robert M. Dufour announced that a memorandum of understanding (MOU) outlining the teachers’ salary deferments would serve as an amendment to the teachers’ current contract.  Read more

IDA visits Town of Delaware

Town of Delaware’s September 11 meeting had two hopeful messages about help available to both businesses and individual property owners. Sullivan County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) CEO Allan Scott said, “I want to remind everybody that there are various loans available through the IDA, and we have a fair amount of funds available to put down into the system. These revolving-loan funds are low interest. We encourage you to let your people know about this. They are to encourage contribution to our economy and to detain or to create new ones.”  Read more

Krause honored, Recovery Month proclaimed

More than three decades of county service were honored on September 12, when the Wayne County Supervisors issued formal congratulations to their county solicitor, Lee Krause.  Read more

Highland-Lumberland basketball camp a slam-dunk

Following director Josh Santoro’s September 10 report, Highland Supervisor Andrew Boyar called the Highland-Lumberland summer basketball camp a success, saying, “I’m sure we will continue it.”  Read more

‘Fall victim’ call more than expected

On the anniversary of a tragic event, an appropriate highlight at the September 11 town board meeting in Lumberland was an unusual emergency medical services (EMS) incident report by fire department president and EMS captain Ann Steimle.  Read more

Reaction to Corbett’s plan

HARRISBURG, PA — State Senator Anthony Hardy Williams, a Democrat, offered his reaction to Gov. Tom Corbett’s recent announcement concerning Medicaid expansion in Pennsylvania.  Read more

Corbett to accept expanded Medicaid

HARRISBURG, PA — Governor Tom Corbett this week announced that he will accept expanded Medicaid funds to expand medical coverage for about 500,000 state residents that don’t currently have insurance, if the federal government accepts his plan.  Read more

Jeffersonville Volunteer of the Year

Jack Costello, a member of Jeff Lions and Jeffersonville Enhances more of Sullivan (JEMS), was dubbed volunteer of the year at the Jeffersonville Firehouse on September 14. The award came from Village of Jeffersonville Mayor Bill Thony and his board. Costello said in an email, “I was speechless and for once kept quiet especially after our exciting JEMS duck race earlier, but I need to set the record straight.”  Read more

Honesdale comedian pleads guilty

A Honesdale comedian has pleaded guilty in a charge related to accidentally shooting his daughter in the face. Matthew Holmes, 39, pleaded guilty on September 12 to a count of Recklessly Endangering Another Person.  Read more

Hungry in New York

ALBANY, NY — One in eight households in New York State struggled with hunger on average in the years 2010-2012, according to new data released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service in its annual report on food insecurity.  Read more

Of one mind in Cochecton

After observing a moment of silence in honor of 9/11 fallen, the Cochecton town board raced through its September 11 monthly meeting agenda, voting unanimously on all items before it, with little or no preliminary discussion.  Read more

Big Eddy Film Festival this weekend; Independent films will screen in Narrowsburg, NY

The second annual Big Eddy Film Festival will be held this weekend in Narrowsburg at the Tusten Theatre from Friday to Sunday. The festival will include 28 films, from feature films, to documentaries, to shorts and animation. There will be something for everyone.  Read more

Kick-off for art in Liberty

Zac Shavrick, a 26-year-old sculptor and one of Liberty’s favorite sons, became the first artist in the area to have one of his works displayed on a corner of the lawn of the Town of Liberty Town Hall.
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Marie Zelesky turns 106

On September 12, Marie Zelesky thought she was going to the regular meeting of the Jeffersonville Seniors Club at the Jeffersonville Town Hall. Little did she know that Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther had planned a surprise birthday party for Marie, who will turn 106 years old on September 20. There were balloons, cake, party hats and Marie’s closest friends for the celebration.  Read more

Sullivan strategic plan

In reiterating some of the pressing goals that should be addressed by Sullivan County officials if possible, legislator Kitty Vetter said one of her priorities was expanding broadband internet throughout the county.  Read more

Blooming Grove adopts emergency management plan

The Blooming Grove Township supervisors unanimously adopted an emergency management resolution at a brief business meeting on September 2.  Read more

No axes to grind in Honesdale

The Honesdale Borough Council spent a good part of its September 9 monthly meeting listening to the public second-guess it. Ed Kraus of Narrowsburg, NY, Earl Mohn of Beach Lake, Stan Pratt and Jerry Theobald of Honesdale, each witnessed multiple incidents occurring between June and August of this year in which serious vehicular accidents were narrowly averted. Because each incident involved a driver attempting to go the wrong way on one-way streets, all of the men were of the opinion that the one-way traffic pattern was responsible for those close calls.  Read more

Election dirty tricks suit in Orange

TOWN OF NEW WINDSOR, NY — Town of New Windsor Board member Bonnie C. Brennan has initiated a lawsuit arising from the conduct of her opponents during the 2012 elections. Brennan charges that her opponent, Jack D’Angelo, assisted by the chair of the Town of New Windsor Republican Committee, Carmen Dubaldi, obtained a photo from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, and ran a series of advertisements in a local newspaper and sent a mailer falsely accusing Brennan of having a criminal record.  Read more

Grant for Sullivan airport

WASHINGTON, DC — Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced on September 9 that $63,810 in federal funding is being awarded to the Sullivan County International Airport to upgrade airport drainage in the terminal area and the Runway 33 safety area. The funding is allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Airport Improvement Program.  Read more