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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.

Beagles, eels and embezzlement

The lighter side of local government was evident at the Cochecton Town Board’s May 8 monthly meeting, after the board addressed the serious issues on its agenda, including highway maintenance materials bid and litter pluck results.  Read more

Armed resource officers for school; Wallenpaupack approves budget

The Wallenpaupack Area School District on May 13 unanimously approved a proposed $63.2 million budget for 2013-14 that includes the hiring of four armed school resource officers. The board hopes to adopt the budget at its June 17 meeting.  Read more

Wine, speed, and Little Baseball

Honesdale Borough Council bylaws decree that a tied vote by the council must be broken by the mayor. Mayor Ed Langendoerfer was called on to exercise his vote more than once at the council’s May 13 monthly meeting. Councilman James L. Brennan was absent. All other council members were present.  Read more

Legislation to restore DRBC funding

WEST TRENTON, NJ — Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) announced that the U.S. Senate on May 15 passed the Water Resources Development Act of 2013 (WRDA) by a 83-14 vote that included a provision directing the federal government to pay its share of the commission’s annual budget. The bill must still be approved by the House of Representatives.  Read more

Town of Delaware meetings changing

The Town of Delaware Board meeting dates have been changed as follows: town board meetings will be held on the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. Planning board meetings will be held on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m.

Eldred, Sullivan West votes

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — The public voted yes to the proposed budgets of the Eldred Central School District and the Sullivan West Central School District. In Eldred, the vote for the $16. 3 million budget was 344 yes votes and 121 no votes. The voters also approved a $14,000 levy for the Sunshine Hall Free Library by a margin of 352 to 121. Linda Bohs was unopposed and was elected to the school board.  Read more

Staff cuts at local medical centers

The Greater Hudson Valley Health System (GHVHS) has announced that due to substantial reductions in reimbursement from the federal and state governments, as well as other decreases in revenue which they claim are caused by healthcare reform, that it has been forced to immediately reduce its labor force. Catskill Regional Medical Center will lay off the equivalent of 60 full-time positions. Orange Regional Medical Center will lay off the equivalent of 80 full-time positions.  Read more

Rabid fox in Mount Pleasant Township

MOUNT PLEASANT TOWNSHIP, PA — A red fox tested positive for rabies after it attacked three family pets and reportedly tried to enter the family home. Rabies is a fatal disease that threatens the lives of humans and animals and has been spreading across Pennsylvania for more than a decade, according to Marlene Metzger, PA humane officer, at the Dessin Animal Shelter.  Read more

Small increase in Delaware Valley taxes

For the first time in a half a dozen years, residents living in the Delaware Valley School District may have to dig deeper into their pockets to pay for an increase in school taxes, it was announced at the monthly school board meeting on May 16. The proposed final 2013-2014 budget of $70,610,660 is 2.3% above the current budget, and will translate into an average tax increase of $66 per household.  Read more

Appellate court on Toronto Reservoir; Ruling against Chapin Estate developer

Another court has weighed in on the matter of the Toronto Reservoir, and said that residents have the right to use a road in Chapin Estate to reach the recreational access area at the reservoir.  Read more

Skinners Falls Bridge reopens

The Skinners Falls Bridge, which has been closed for repair since December 2012, is once again open to traffic as of May 21, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The bridge runs between Milanville and Sullivan County, NY.  Read more

Turmoil in Tusten

If you’ve been to a Town of Tusten board meeting recently, you know they have been rife with arguments and shouting matches.  Read more

Body found in river identified

The body of a man located in the Upper Delaware River by a group of canoeists on May 4, has been positively identified through dental records.

On May 4, State Police at Liberty responded to the Delaware River in the Town of Tusten, approximately 5 miles south of Narrowsburg for a report of a body being located by a group of canoeists.

An autopsy was conducted by Dr. Margaret Prial on May 5, 2013.  Read more

Kids release fingerling trout

About 100 fifth graders swarmed onto an inviting parcel of land in Jeffersonville alongside the pleasantly babbling Callicoon Creek on May 10 to release trout fingerlings into the creek.  Read more

Sullivan chair backs Cuomo’s casino plan

The chair of the Sullivan County Legislature says he is pleased with Governor Cuomo’s plan that would bring a casino to the county. On May 12, Scott Samuelson issued a press release saying, “While I am still evaluating the details of the governor’s proposal, clearly this presents an opportunity for a real discussion and debate to occur ... I remain hopeful that Sullivan County will benefit greatly from this endeavor.”  Read more

Kadampa center donates $6,900 to town

LUMBERLAND, NY — The Manjushri Kadampa Buddhist Center has contributed $6,900 to various organizations within the town, it was announced on May 7 at the town meeting.  Read more

Bid placed on Narrowsburg school; Solution Project makes offer, has big plans

A formal offer to buy the Narrowsburg School was made on Thursday, May 9 by The Solution Project (TSP), a community group with a seven-member board founded in December 2012. TSP is currently making plans to turn the vacant building into a center for community, local food development projects, education and more.  Read more

Callicoon adopts frack-friendly comp plan; Move to form committee abandoned

After promising to appoint a committee to examine the issue of fracking in the proposed town comprehensive plan, the board did an about-face and adopted the plan at the town meeting on May 13.  Read more

Delaware Valley school approves abatement

The Delaware Valley School District and Pike County commissioners have voted to support Shohola Township’s real-estate tax abatement program. As reported in our May 9 issue, the commissioners had already approved the program, the Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance Act (LERTA) plan for the entire county. However, in order to go into effect in any given locality, the plan must also be approved by the township in question and the affected school district. This has now happened in Shohola.  Read more

Over 100,000 campaign finance violations; Who must file with NYS BOE?

NEW YORK STATE — The laws in New York State regulating campaigns and elections are voluminous and complex, and they run to many hundreds of pages. On the website of New York State Board of Elections (BOE), there is a 132-page election handbook that attempts to boil them all down, but even so, it is dense reading.  Read more