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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.

Dueling fracking films; ‘Gasland Part ll’ and ‘FrackNation’

There will likely be more than 300 people in the seats at the Callicoon Theatre on June 8, when the screening of “Gasland Part II” and conversation with director Josh Fox is held. It’s not clear how many people will crowd into the Sidetracks Bar & Lounge next door to the theatre when the movie “FrackNation” will also be shown, along with a conversation with director Phelim McAleer. Both events will begin at 10:30 a.m.  Read more

Damascus students take over

DAMASCUS TOWNSHIP, PA — The makeup of the Damascus Township Board of Supervisors had a different look at the monthly meeting on May 20. Four students from the Damascus Area School presided over the proceedings—with assistance from the actual supervisors—while taking part in a Supervisors for a Day program.  Read more

Sullivan West budget approved; Slate roof bid granted for elementary school

Voters in the Sullivan West School District overwhelmingly approved a $34.4 million budget, 453-185, for 2013-14. The spending plan comes with a tax levy increase of 1.99%, which is beneath the district’s state-mandated tax cap and lower than six other districts in Sullivan County.  Read more

Construction of four Upper Delaware bridges approved

DUNMORE, PA — The New York-Pennsylvania Joint Interstate Bridge Commission confirmed the successful negotiation of a new design to replace the historic Pond Eddy Bridge and approved plans for major rehabilitations of the Upper Delaware River crossings at Skinners Falls, NY-Milanville, PA; Narrowsburg, NY-Darbytown, PA; and Cochecton, NY-Damascus, PA at their annual meeting held May 15 at Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) District 4-0 headquarters.  Read more

Tax breaks for first-time home buyers

If you’re anticipating buying your first newly constructed home, Liberty wants you to consider moving to their town.  Read more

A road by any other name

Lou Barr and his family own the house on Segar Road that now houses offices of the Delaware Highlands Conservancy. Recently, signs went up indicating the road is called Segar B. Rosenberg Road. That prompted Barr to write to the Bethel Town Board requesting that the Rosenberg name be deleted from the official name.  Read more

Fishing contest, boater safety and more

LAKE WALLENPAUPACK, PA — The Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau held a press conference at the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center on Thursday, May 23 to talk about the many outdoor attractions that the Pocono Mountains and Lake Wallenpaupack area have to offer.  Read more

Gasland Part II

Gasland Part II will have an airing at the Callicoon Theater on Upper Main Street on Saturday June 8 at 10:30 a.m. The screening will be followed by a discussion with the director Josh Fox. Admission is free, but reservations are required. Donations at the door are appreciated.  Read more

State of Sullivan County address

Scott Samuelson, chair of the Sullivan County Legislature, gave the State of the County Address on May 24 at the government center in Monticello. The address reflected the fact that the county is still suffering the impacts of the great recession, but there was also a bit of good news. Samuelson said, “The county ended 2012 with encouraging news. Sullivan County sales tax revenues had come in more than $1 million greater than what had been anticipated in the 2012 operating budget.  Read more

Three arrested in gang assault

Monticello police arrested three persons on May 23, as part of an ongoing investigation into a reported gang assault upon a 36-year-old Monticello man that occurred on May 1. The incident occurred in a residence on High Street in the Village of Monticello.  Read more

New Jersey man killed in Greeley home

Pennsylvania State Police have not yet released a possible motive for the killing of a man in a Greeley residence in the early morning hours of May 22. They are investigating the death of Peter Wislotski, 29, from Sussex, NJ.  Read more

Honesdale man accused of accidentally shooting daughter

HONESDALE, PA — Matthew Holmes, 38, of Honesdale has been charged with accidentally shooting his daughter in the face. According to the Wayne County District Attorney and Honesdale Borough Police Department, on May 25, Holmes was visiting friends on 11th Street with his 15-year-old daughter.  Read more

Lackawaxen horse farm expansion

LACKAWAXEN TOWNSHIP, PA — In the Republican primary election on May 21, Michael Mancino received 177 votes, incumbent Brian Stuart received 170 and Ronald Tussel Jr. got 63. With no Democratic candidate in the race, it seems likely that Mancino will replace Stuart on the township board in 2014.  Read more

Sullivan adopts ethics law; Subpoena power remains an issue

The Sullivan County Legislature adopted the long-awaited new ethics law at a meeting at the government center in Monticello on May 23. Before the vote, legislator Cindy Gieger said she would vote in favor of the law with the understanding that a vote to restore a provision that would grant subpoena power to the new ethics board would be held before the law takes effect in 60 days.  Read more

Fired family services deputy issues statement

Former Sullivan County Legislator Dr. David Sager, who was fired from his position as deputy commissioner of the Department of Health and Family Services (DHFS) on May 16, has issued a statement about the matter.  Read more

Bonacic introduces casino legislation; three proposed for the Catskills

ALBANY, NY — State Senator John Bonacic has introduced legislation that would create three casinos in the Catskills and authorize up to seven in the state, if voters in November approve a referendum to change the state’s constitution to allowing non-Indian gambling.  Read more

Former Sullivan Sheriff Hogue dies

Former Sheriff Dan Hogue, who served two terms in Sullivan County, passed away on May 22. He was 74 years old.

Friends said he had been ill for some time.

He remained active after retiring in 2005 and last year was appointed to a committee in charge of reviewing the state of law enforcement in the county.

Originally from Pittsburgh, Hogue was known to many in the county as "a cop's cop," who was firm but compassionate.  Read more

Sullivan County tornado alert

The National Weather Service In Binghamton Has Issued A * Tornado Warning For... South Central Delaware County In Central New York... Northwestern Sullivan County In Central New York... * Until 145 PM EDT.  Read more

Tourism businesses press on

About 50 tourism businesses exchanged rack cards and other literature in advance of the opening of the summer tourist season in Sullivan County. The event this year was held at the Fort Delaware Museum of Colonial History in Narrowsburg on May 16.  Read more

Pike commissioners abolish juror positions

The Pike County Commissioners joined officials in 41 other counties in the state when they voted to abolish the commissioner of jurors positions at the county meeting on May 15. Pike has two such commissioners: Republican Marjorie Wassmer and Democrat Getrude Smith.  Read more