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December 02, 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.

Recognition for staff seldom recognized

HONESDALE, PA — Continuing their efforts to highlight the work of county workers, the Wayne County Commissioners on August 25 proclaimed August as Child Support Enforcement Awareness Month.  Read more

Commercial solar in river corridor: Local government or river plan decision?

NARROWSBURG, NY — Last week’s Upper Delaware Council (UDC) meeting ended much like a trip down memory lane for those who saw its contentious beginnings 30 years ago.  Read more

What’s in a name? See Wayne County, PA

DAMASCUS, PA — The question was important enough for Shakespeare to ponder centuries ago. Today, multinational corporations pay nomenclature experts small fortunes to help enhance their identities and boost their visibility with the perfect name. But it was in the first century of our nation’s history that the naming of cities, towns, villages, hamlets and boroughs reached its zenith, when settled places sought official recognition as incorporated municipalities.  Read more

Dems back Malick for Senate; Write-in ballots confusing

KINGSTON, NY — The Ulster County Democratic Committee endorsed Pramilla Malick for state senate on August 25 for the 42nd Senate District, an office currently held by Sen. John Bonacic.  Read more

Make-A-Wish needs Pike volunteers

MILFORD, PA — Wishes of five children with life-threatening illnesses are probably not being considered by the Make-A-Wish Foundation (MAW) because they don’t know about them, a spokesperson told the Pike County Commissioners on August 18.  Read more

Wild mushrooms: lethal, medicinal and mysterious

LAKE ARIEL, PA — “There are old mushroom hunters. And there are bold mushroom hunters. But there are no old, bold mushroom hunters.” With the warning implicit in those words uppermost in their minds, 50 wild mushroom hunters headed onto a Lacawac Sanctuary trail to learn the difference between edible and poisonous mushrooms. Nathaniel Whitmore, experienced local herbalist and president of the Delaware Highlands Mushroom Society (DHMS), had just given them a 15-minute crash course in plant biology.  Read more

Scouts take Bessie home

TOWN OF BETHEL, NY — Bessie, the only life-size fiberglass Holstein dairy cow in Sullivan County, who was spirited away from her Bethel pasture on Hurd Road on August 18 or 19, has been returned to her rightful place.  Read more

Another Bloomingburg document surfaces

BLOOMINGBURG, NY — Another document created by developer Shalom Lamm and called “highly confidential” has surfaced in the ongoing court battle between Lamm and the Town of Mamakating. In an email sent from Lamm to his associates in October 2013, Lamm says that Mark Berentsen, the mayor of the Village of Bloomingburg at the time, agreed to run for mayor again the next year after Lamm “guaranteed” that he would win the election.  Read more

Pond Eddy Bridge plan questioned; Plans are elusive for opponents

POND EDDY, NY — Attorney Jeff Zimmerman, who has been researching the permitting process for the replacement of the Pond Eddy Bridge for Damascus Citizens for Sustainability (DCS), has had a bit of trouble locating the actual engineering plans for the project, and at least part of the reason is because of the way the permits were issued.  Read more

Zephyr Teachout gets married

DOVER PLAINS, NY — On Saturday, August 27, Zephyr Teachout married Nick Juliusburger in a small ceremony with family and friends in Dover Plains. Reverend Megan Sanders of the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church officiated.  Read more

Wayne commissioners meet

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Commissioners met on August 18. The short agenda was highlighted by the approval of a $40,236 bid of Grimm Construction to install a “comfort facility” restroom at the Wayne County Recreation Area.  Read more

Drowning in the Upper Delaware

BARRYVILLE, NY — On August 27, the New York State Police received a call for a reported drowning in the Delaware River near the Kittatinny Campground in Barryville. First responders and the Sullivan County Dive Team attempted to locate the victim in water and searched until dusk with negative results.  Read more

Hawley man sentenced for burglary

MILFORD, PA — Michael Anthony Scully, 27, of Hawley, was sentenced in Pike County Court last week to between 16 and 54 months in a state correctional facility, fined $3,000, and had his driver’s license suspended, for the crimes of burglary, forgery and driving under the influence of a controlled substance.  Read more

Sullivan West’s fuel tank job

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — At their last quiet summer meeting before the schools amp up for the return of students on September 6, Sullivan West Central School District Board of Education members put on their walking shoes to check out the readiness of their buildings and grounds.  Read more

A Eurasian eagle owl

TOWN OF BETHEL, NY — Guests who turned out to a cookout at Cobalt Studios in the Town of Bethel on August 28 were treated not only to a hearty meal, but also to a visit with a Eurasian eagle owl who was brought to the occasion by local falconer Brian William Bunce.

Bunce said the Eurasian eagle owl is the second largest in the world and is a quick and lethal hunter. Because of its hunting prowess, this species of bird has been used to clear smaller birds out of large buildings such as those that house Home Depot stores.  Read more

School officials angry about state charter policy

WESTFALL, PA — According to a PA School Boards Association (PSBA) report, charter schools performance appears to be “poor to miserable,” while their funding in some cases exceeds that of public schools by a two-to-one ratio, Delaware Valley School Board member John Wroblewski said as he summarized the report on August 18.  Read more

New Lumberland history brochure

GLEN SPEY, NY — Lumberland Historian Frank Schwarz and resident and designer Christine Smetaniuk of Color Tek are pictured on August 10 as Schwarz introduced the town’s newly published history brochure. Schwarz said the color brochure amounts to a self-guided tour of Lumberland’s many historic sites. It will be available at the town museum room in the town hall at 1054 Proctor Rd., as well as at other town offices. Schwarz credited Smetaniuk for her time and effort in visiting sites and sorting details with him in its preparation.  Read more

Ukrainian independence observed

GLEN SPEY, NY — Lumberland Supervisor Jenny Mellan, center left, is pictured August 10 with former Supervisor, now county Legislator Nadia Rasjz and other members of the town’s Ukrainian-American community after the town board approved a proclamation noting the 25th anniversary of the August 24, 1991 declaration of Ukraine’s independence from the Soviet Union. The proclamation called Russia’s recent occupation of Crimea illegal and called on the U.S. to respond to further Russian aggression against Ukraine. Lumberland recognizes the anniversary annually.

Fiberglass landmark cow stolen from Bethel yard

TOWN OF BETHEL, NY — Janice Meyerson, who lives on Hurd Road in Bethel, wrote this on her Facebook page about the theft of a fiberglass cow from her property:  Read more

Grumbling about local economy

GLEN SPEY, NY — The slow local economy stole the show at last week’s town board meeting in Lumberland.

The highlights at the August 10 town board meeting were supposed to have been passage of an abandoned building ordinance, the so-called “zombie” law; and a hearing and finalization for Lumberland’s updated comprehensive plan. It didn’t work out that way.  Read more