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GLEN SPEY, NY — Pennsylvania and New York are going to spend $17.5 million to replace a historic one-lane bridge that many people didn’t want replaced. It will serve about 30 families, many of whom are part-time residents, and disrupt traffic on Route 97 for portions of four years.

Sullivan launches new charter commission; To recommend changes to the legislature

MONTICELLO, NY — The last commission to examine the Sullivan County Charter was convened in 2005. It met twice a month for two years and ultimately recommended changes to the county.

This process is scheduled to occur every 10 years, so the county legislature is beginning the process of forming a new commission, and the co-chair of the previous commission, Robert Green, met with the legislature to give his input on how the process might play out.  Read more

Narrowsburg men arrested

LUMBERLAND, NY — On October 19, New York State Police at Liberty were called to a disturbance at a residence in the Town of Lumberland. Upon arrival, troopers learned from the occupants that two men had forced their way into the home, displayed and threatened the use of a firearm, and assaulted one of the occupants. One occupant sustained minor injuries.  Read more

Blood tests negative for Frein

BLOOMING GROVE, PA — On October 16, two separate homeowners at two locations in the Cresco area reported finding blood at their residences. One residence had what appeared to be blood droplets on the deck of a covered porch. The other location was a residence in close proximity to the first. That residence had what appeared to be blood on the inside of a rear door of an enclosed porch.

Samples were collected and lab analyses were conducted. The blood droplets on the first home were confirmed to be human blood, but DNA testing was negative for Eric Matthew Frein.  Read more

PA marijuana bill put off

HARRISBURG, PA — Rep. Ed Gainey (D-Allegheny) said he’s disappointed the state House of Representatives avoided a vote on his amendment that would legalize medical marijuana in Pennsylvania.

“We had the opportunity to improve the lives of Pennsylvania families suffering from cancer, multiple sclerosis and other horrible conditions who would benefit from a medical marijuana prescription. Unfortunately, the Republicans decided that other matters are more important than this critical health care issue, which has overwhelming support from people across Pennsylvania,” Gainey said.

Death in car accident

DYBERRY TOWNSHIP, PA — Wayne County Coroner Edward R. Howell was called to the scene of a one-car accident in Dyberry Township on October 20. The victim was 20-year-old Joshua Florance of 73 Stevenson Spur Rd., in Honesdale.

A press release from Pennsylvania State Police says Florance was driving a 2000 Volkswagen Jetta south along State Route 191, when he lost control of the vehicle. The car spun around clockwise, “and left the roadway along the west berm and impacted with a utility pole, coming to final rest.”

Howell later pronounced Florance dead at the scene.

Milanville man dies in fire

MILANVILLE, PA — Wayne County Coroner Edward R. Howell said that Gary Tyler Sr., 54, died of carbon monoxide poisoning in a fire that broke out in his home on October 19.

More than 100 firefighters from Wayne County and Sullivan County in New York arrived to battle the blaze at 54 Atco Rd. in Milanville on Sunday evening.

Gary Tyler, who at one point had a well-drilling business, was well known in the area.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

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