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December 09, 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.

Bonacic announces heroin campaign

ALBANY, NY — A new state “Combat Heroin” campaign has been launched to inform and educate New Yorkers about the risks of heroin and prescription opioid use, the signs of addiction and the resources available to help.  Read more

Law to prevent welfare fraud

HARRISBURG, PA — Legislation to help combat welfare fraud and abuse has been passed by the Pennsylvania legislature and signed into law by the governor, according to Sen. Joe Scarnati.  Read more

PA bill to aid parks

HARRISBURG, PA — Gov. Tom Corbett has signed into law a bill that gives municipalities the ability to direct recreation fees for the benefit of all residents of their communities. The new law, Act 135 of 2014, permits municipalities to use recreation fees received from new development to operate, maintain, or expand any recreational facilities within the municipality. Prior to this law, municipalities were required to use that money to provide a park in the development where the recreation fee was generated, which Rep.  Read more

Gillibrand, Schumer push for medical marijuana

WASHINGTON DC — U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand on September 29 urged the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to grant New Yorkers immediate access to a strain of medical marijuana most commonly known as “Charlotte’s Web” before legalization is implemented in the state. The waiver would allow cannabis oil to be transported across state lines from Colorado into New York State. The request originally came to the senators from New York families with young children suffering from diseases where cannabis oil proved to be effective in reducing pain and controlling symptoms.  Read more

Delaware applauds flood funding; Discusses River Management Plan

HORTONVILLE, NY — River issues came up several times during the Town of Delaware council meeting on September 10.

Supervisor Ed Sykes praised the role of the lawmakers who took part actively in securing a $2.8 million grant approved by Gov. Andrew Cuomo for flood relief for the towns in western Sullivan County hit by the flash flooding of July.  Read more

A fiery fall display; How weather impacts the show

NORTHEAST U.S. — In some years, the displays of autumn leaves are brighter than others. The following explanation as to why comes from the Forest Service of the United States Department of Agriculture.  Read more

Wayne forecasts $4.8 million in youth costs

HONESDALE, PA — The largest part of the county’s funding for children and youth services is provided by the state, and estimates of 2015 expenditures go to the Department of Children and Youth in Harrisburg as state budget negotiations get underway this time of year.  Read more

Residents critical of proposed sewer fee

PORT JERVIS, NY — Although Port Jervis Mayor Kelly Decker took pains to spell out the reasons why the city is considering imposing a sewer fee, resident after resident stood up in the packed room at the Monday, September 22 meeting to make their case against it. They spoke of the hardships the fee would cause to the already pressed city residents, many of whom simply can’t afford to pay any more fees. Decker had posted the proposed new fee outline on his popular Facebook page before the meeting, giving residents a heads-up of what’s being planned.  Read more

Courthouse addition alternative being planned

MILFORD, PA — An alternative plan that would end the lengthy dispute about construction of a courthouse addition and save the disputed and historic Kenworthy Building is being discussed.  Read more

New cell tower for Shohola

SHOHOLA, PA — General housekeeping was the theme of the night for the outstanding issues facing Shohola Township at the municipal government meeting on September 11.  Read more

Sullivan West Central School District lockout

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — Sullivan West Central School District Superintendent Nancy P. Hackett said at the district’s September 18 board of education (BOE) meeting that, as of 8:47 a.m. that morning, both the Lake Huntington and Jeffersonville campuses of Sullivan West Central School District were in precautionary “lockout” mode, following notification by the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department that alleged PA sniper suspect Eric Matthew Frein is thought by law enforcement officials to be somewhere in the Delaware River corridor.  Read more

Wayne seeks state relief of waterway buffer regs

HONESDALE, PA — Saying state water-quality protection regulations are precluding private property development in the county, the Wayne County Commissioners have lent their support to legislation to amend those regulations.

The commissioners approved a letter supporting House Bill 1565 to the members of the state House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee last Thursday.  Read more

Bonacic’s casino comments

ALBANY, NY — As the New York State Gaming Commission held public hearings on the proposed casinos this week, Sen. John Bonacic stressed that economic benefit and job creation are important factors to consider as the commission determines which areas will get a casino, and which areas won’t.  Read more

Police continue search for gunman

BLOOMING GROVE, PA — At press time, the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) had not found and arrested Eric Matthew Frein, but said they are getting closer to him.

They are continuing their investigation into the shooting incident that occurred at the Blooming Grove station where two Pennsylvania State Police troopers were ambushed by Eric Matthew Frein.  Read more

PA taxpayer protection act

HARRISBURG, PA — The Senate Finance Committee has advanced legislation to limit the growth of state government spending in Pennsylvania, according to Sen. Joe Scarnati.  Read more

Training Sullivan mediators

MONTICELLO, NY — The Dispute Resolution Center (DRC) is looking for community-minded people to join its volunteer mediator panel to provide mediation services in local courts. Although no special degree or prior mediation experience is required, good communication skills and a desire to help others resolve their conflicts effectively and appropriately is a prerequisite.  Read more

Plans and ruins in Berlin Township

BEACH LAKE, PA — At its September 16 regular monthly meeting, the Berlin Township Board of Supervisors focused its attention on two matters on its own agenda and one directed to it by the public.  Read more

Upper Delaware residents join climate march

NEW YORK CITY, NY — Of the 400,000 or so people participating in the People’s Climate March on September 21, quite a few were from the Upper Delaware Valley. There were representatives from the Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy, Catskill Mountainkeeper, Damascus Citizens for Sustainability and the Delaware Riverkeeper Network. There was also a contingent of about 20 residents from The Weather Project, which was created by the NACL Theater in Highland Lake.  Read more

DV considers opposition to gas compressor expansion

DINGMAN, PA — Opponents of a proposed expansion of gas pipeline compressor station in Milford Township on September 19 asked for the support of the Delaware Valley School District.

They found some sympathetic responses among school board members, but the board’s statutory ability to get involved was an issue to be resolved.  Read more

Judge orders Buto to sign over Narrowsburg school

Judge Stephan Schick has ordered Joan Buto to sign over her contract to buy the Narrowsburg school to Brendan and Kathy Weiden as she had previously agreed to do. The hearing was held on September 22.  Read more