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REGION — The sides of the roads are filled with pink and white blooms as mountain laurel is blooming in the shade of the forests that cover the hills here. Mountain laurel is the state flower of Pennsylvania and Connecticut, and its range runs from southern Maine to northern Florida.

Forward motion on new Sullivan County Jail; competing plan sketched out

Can the proposed new Sullivan County Jail be built for less than $75 or $80 million? According to Lawrence Goldberg, president of Goldberg Group Architects, the answer is “yes.”  Read more

Local unemployment picture

UPPER DELAWARE RIVER VALLEY — For the first time since 2009, the unemployment rate in Pike County has dropped below 10%. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, as of November 2013, employment was up in Pike County, causing the unemployment rate to drop from 10.2% to 8.8%.  Read more

Wayne begins new year

HONESDALE, PA — Meeting for the first time in 2014 on January 3, the Wayne County commissioners prepared for 2014 expenses until new tax revenues appear.  Read more

Samuelson voted in for another term as Sullivan chairman

MONTICELLO, NY — At a meeting of the Sullivan County Legislature on January 2, Scott Samuelson was voted in by the legislature for another two-year term as chairman.  Read more

Informational meetings set for PA tavern gaming licenses

HARRISBURG, PA — The owners of liquor licenses in Pennsylvania will be able to apply for new tavern gaming licenses beginning on January 27. The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, acting with other relevant agencies has set up informational meetings across the state to explain the particulars of the licenses to those who may want to apply.  Read more

2014 Town of Cochecton reorganization

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — Newly re-elected Supervisor Gary Maas welcomed newly elected Councilperson Sean Nearing (who replaces Richard Schulman) to the board and newly re-elected Councilperson Edwin Grund back to the board at the Cochecton Town Board’s January 3 reorganization meeting. Councilpersons Anna Story and Larry Richardson complete the current board.  Read more

Cuomo opens the door a crack to medical marijuana

ALBANY, NY — At his state of the state address on January 8, Gov. Andrew Cuomo was expected to announce a change in policy that would allow for the limited use of medical marijuana.  Read more

Highland board organizes

ELDRED, NY — As the snow fell on January 2, Highland officials gathered to organize for the new year.  Read more

Borough OKs joint planning track for court addition

MILFORD, PA — Pike County officials are hoping they’ve found a shortcut to winning borough approvals of a new addition to the county courthouse, but borough officials warn that the shortcut could instead create new delays.  Read more

Wallenpaupack cost-share program

HAWLEY, PA — The Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management District (LWWMD) is accepting applications for their 2014 Cost-Share Program through February 28. The program is designed to provide financial assistance to landowners and keep Lake Wallenpaupack clean. Grant funding is awarded for projects in the watershed that will help protect water quality. These projects may include shoreline erosion stabilization, stream bank erosion stabilization, stormwater improvements and agricultural improvements. Contact LWWMD if you have questions about your project/location eligibility.  Read more

Veterans’ assistance at Peifer’s office

HONESDALE, PA — Reaching out to area veterans and their families, Rep. Mike Peifer will again host the American Legion Service Officer Outreach program at his Honesdale office on Monday, January 13.  Read more

Pageant seeks participants

CALLICOON, NY — The Sullivan County Pageant has announced sign-up dates for the annual pageant scheduled for April 19 at the Villa Roma Resort and Conference Center in Callicoon.  Read more

Callicoon Center man holds family captive

CALLICOON CENTER, NY — On January 6, the Sullivan County Probation Department received a tip that a subject who was on probation may have been armed and holding his family captive at 673 Hessinger Lare Rd. in Callicoon Center. Sullivan County sheriff’s deputies went with probation officers to the location and reportedly found 40-year-old Benito Lopez in a highly intoxicated state.  Read more

King defends Common Core

NEW YORK STATE — John King, the commissioner of education in New York State, spent the last months of 2013 facing hostile audiences across the state as he conducted 20 forums that drew angry and frustrated parents and educators.  Read more

Frigid temps and weather whiplash

UPPER DELAWARE VALLEY — The blast of cold from what is now commonly referred to as the “polar vortex” brought frigid temperatures causing schools to close and warming centers to open.  Read more

Governor Cuomo provides important winter safety tips for preventing hypothermia, frostbite etc.

What is hypothermia? When exposed to cold temperatures, your body begins to lose heat faster than it can be produced. The result is hypothermia, or abnormally low body temperature.

Body temperature that is too low affects the brain, making the victim unable to think clearly or move well. This makes hypothermia particularly dangerous because a person may not know it is happening and won't be able to do anything about it.  Read more

Samuelson voted in for another term as chairman

At a meeting of the Sullivan County Legislature on January 2, the legislature voted in Scott Samuelson for another two-year term as chairman.  Read more

Sullivan adopts 2014 budget

The budget for Sullivan County for 2014 was adopted on December 19 and comes in within the Albany-mandated 2% property tax cap. Although there was some disagreement previously about the need to exceed the cap, all nine legislators voter in favor of the budget.  Read more

Change for PA motorcycles

HARRISBURG, PA — A new law has been signed by Gov. Tom Corbett changing the way motorcycle riders obtain and use learner’s permits. The new law limits the number of times a motorcycle rider can reapply for a learner’s permit to three times in a five-year period.  Read more

PA pheasants to be put down

WILLIAMSPORT, PA — About 2,400 pheasants placed under quarantine following detection of avian cholera at a Pennsylvania game farm will not be released for late-season hunting. According to a press release from the Pennsylvania Fish and Game Commission (PFGC), “arrangements are being made to humanely depopulate and dispose of the affected flock at the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Loyalsock Game Farm.”  Read more