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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.

Assembly passes legislation to create ALS research and education fund

ALBANY, NY —The New York State Assembly has passed legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther to establish the New York State ALS Research and Education Fund and provides, on corporate finance and personal income tax returns, a check-off for gifts to the fund.  Read more

PA budget and expanded Medicaid

HARRISBURG, PA — The Pennsylvania budget for the next fiscal year is due to be complete by June 30. The Pennsylvania House Appropriations Committee last week approved a $28.3 billion budget, which was similar to the one proposed by Tom Corbett in February but spends $100 million less than Corbett. The house budget would increase spending over last year by 2.1%. Education spending would be increased by $100 million. But neither budget mentions additional revenue that the state could gain by accepting and expanded Medicaid program as part of the Affordable Care Act.  Read more

Spokesman: city not solely responsible for the upper river’s health

NARROWSBURG, NY — Even though he arrived 20 minutes late, Thomas Murphy Jr. got a warm welcome Thursday evening from Upper Delaware Council (UDC) chair Jeffrey Dexter, who said, “We’ve been waiting 30 years for you.”  Read more

FrackNation draws 35

The stand-out scene in the anti-fracking documentary “Gasland” where a homeowner’s water is set afire is sensational but misleading, said Phelim McAleer, director of the pro-fracking documentary “FrackNation,” which was screened Saturday at Sidetracks Bar & Lounge.  Read more

‘Gasland Part II’ screens to hundreds in Callicoon

“Gasland Part II” played to a packed house in the Callicoon Theatre on Saturday, June 8. The documentary about hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, by director and Milanville, PA resident Josh Fox picks up where it left off in the 2010 release of Academy Award nominated “Gasland.” Fox said Callicoon is his favorite theatre, and that they hadn’t had that many people there since “Titanic.”  Read more

Sullivan West bus tires deflated

The tires on some buses that serve students that go to the Sullivan West Central School District were deflated sometime before school began on June 7.  Read more

Support for fired deputy commissioner; homeless housing down, arrests up

The meeting of the Sullivan County Health and Family Services Meeting was packed with onlookers at the government center on June 6, with many people coming to show support for Dr. David Sager, who had recently been fired from his job as deputy commissioner of the Division of Family Services (DFS).  Read more

Pike awaiting sewage relief legislation

Pike County officials are hoping that new legislation proposed in Harrisburg will divert “a lot of expense” for homeowners who would have to modify waterfront on-lot sewage systems under new PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) policy.

Pike Commissioners’ Chair Rich Caridi said at the meeting on June 6 that area Assembly and state Senate members have proposed legislation to mitigate the new policy.  Read more

Accident fells seven drivers in race at Monticello Raceway

Seven drivers were involved in a racing accident at Monticello Raceway on Monday afternoon, June 4. Only one of the eight trotters in the race finished, and the race was declared a non contest by the judges and all wagers were refunded.  Read more

Arrests in connection with Sullivan County burglaries

Three people have been arrested in connection with a rash of burglaries in Sullivan County. The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office announced that on May 28 deputies investigated a break-in at a home on Sackett Lake Road in the Town of Forestburgh and an attempted break-in on East Glen Wild Road in the Town of Thompson.  Read more

Congressman visits BOCES

“Do you know Obama?” the student asked. Congressman Chris Gibson responded that he did. “That’s so cool,” she said. Gibson then talked about his conversation with President Barack Obama about basketball. He said, “We may disagree on some policies, but he’s a very personable guy, and I appreciate that.”  Read more

A vision for Tusten in 20 years

TOWN OF TUSTEN, NY — In a brightly lit and chilly town hall basement, a committee meets regularly every two weeks to discuss the details of a Design Master Plan for the Town of Tusten. At a recent meeting, the group sat around a small table, their heads bowed over, looking at a large map of an aerial view of Tusten with numbered sections. Number by number, the committee discussed ideas for the future of the Town of Tusten.  Read more

Monticello arrests helped by video; Stolen donation jar, stolen credit cards

In separate incidents, Monticello police arrested three men recently for theft with the help of video evidence. In the first case, Monticello police arrested Isaiah Roberts, 22, and Keron Neils, 20, both of Brooklyn, for stealing a donation jar from a fast food establishment.  Read more

PA House mulls merger of Game and Fish and Boat Commission

HARRISBURG, PA — The Pennsylvania House has adopted a resolution calling for a study of the potential impacts of merging the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC). House Resolution 129 calls on the nonpartisan Legislative Budget and Finance Committee (LBFC) to study the financial feasibility, impact, costs and savings that may be realized by combining the agencies.  Read more

Bonacic seen as key in Women’s Equality Act; Abortion issue is a sticking point

ALBANY, NY — One of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s priorities this year has been the passage of his Womens’ Equality Act (WEA). The act, which has a 10-point agenda, contains language on abortion that was introduced by Cuomo on June 1, and codifies the Roe V. Wade decision of the U.S. Supreme Court into New York State law.  Read more

Supreme Court decision on DNA collection clears way for PA law

HARRISBURG, PA — Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi announced on June 3 that he expects his Senate Bill 150 to be scheduled for a vote in the senate in the near future. Senate Bill 150 would modernize and strengthen Pennsylvania’s DNA collection law in several ways, including requiring individuals arrested for serious crimes to submit DNA samples.  Read more

Livingston Manor man arrested

Sullivan County Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested a maintenance worker at BOCES in Liberty for stealing students’ money. Justin M. Wood, 19, of Livingston Manor was charged on May 31 after a month-long investigation.  Read more

Farmers’ market nutrition vouchers available for eligible seniors

The Wayne County Area Agency on Aging will be administering the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program to eligible Wayne County Senior Citizens. This program is made possible through the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Food Distribution.  Read more

Easter Seals Monticello school earns accreditation

Easter Seals New York Project Excel located in Monticello has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals.  Read more

Granddaughter responds to road name debate

The granddaughter of the couple named Rosenberg has added new information to the discussion about Segar and Rosenberg Road, and the request of some residents that it be shortened to Segar Road.  Read more