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December 01, 2015
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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.

PPL closes island to protect bald eagles

LAKE WALLLENPAUPACK, PA — Kipp Island will be unavailable for recreational activities through the end of July to protect a bald eagle nesting area.  Read more

New Liberty Elementary School principal

The Liberty Central School District Board of Education unanimously approved the selection of Scott Brown as the new principal of the Liberty Elementary School at the Board of Education meeting on May 7. Brown will replace long-time principal Jeri Finnegan, who will retire in June.  Read more

Hawley man sentenced to prison

Christopher Castellano, 22, has been sentenced to three to six months for trespass, breaking and entering, and driving under the influence (DUI). According to the Wayne County District Attorney’s Office, the sentencing involved two separate incidents.  Read more

Gibson introduces FRAC Act

WASHINGTON, DC — Representative Chris Gibson joined with his colleague Representative Diana DeGette on May 10 to introduce the Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act (FRAC Act), a bipartisan bill that the representatives say establishes common sense safeguards to protect groundwater from risks associated with the oil and gas drilling technique “hydraulic fracturing,” better known as “fracking.” The FRAC Act would require disclosure of the chemicals used in fracking fluids and would remove the oil and gas industry’s exemption from the Safe Drinking Water Act. DeGette has introduced the FRAC Act in each Congress since 2008, but today marks the first time it has been introduced on a bipartisan basis.  Read more

Resident calls Eldred budget a ‘gimmick’

After a brief respite, the budget was once again a bone of contention as one resident labeled the board’s handling of Albany’s cuts as a “gimmick.”  Read more

Scenic Byway Visitors Center still a goal; Where will the money come from?

At one time there was some $850,000 available to build a Scenic Byway Visitors Center on Route 97. But because there was a county match required of $150,000, and tough economic times gripping the county and world, the project has not come to fruition.  Read more

FrackNation director at Sullivan West; McAleer mocks alternative energy, progressives

The film FrackNation was screened at Sullivan West High School on May 8, and played to an audience of perhaps 100 people, a majority of whom were clearly in favor of gas drilling.  Read more

County chair lauds travel guide

Scott Samuelson, chair of the Sullivan County Legislature, took a minute to let his colleagues know he was pleased with the way the Sullivan County Visitors Association handled the cover of the new travel guide.  Read more

Beer for the community

“This is a true American project, hot dogs, baseball, old Ford truck and a good American beer. All of our products are made in the USA, we support our community, that’s what we will always be about,” said Phil Vallone, one of the investors in the Roscoe Beer Company.  Read more

Fracking bans okay in New York; Court rules against drillers in Dryden, Middlefield

ALBANY, NY — In an important victory for residents opposed to hydraulic fracturing in New York, the Third Appellate Division in Albany on May 3 ruled that municipalities have the right to adopt zoning laws that prohibit fracking.  Read more

UDC opposes PA DEP septic plan

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Upper Delaware Council (UDC) shares the sentiments of its Pennsylvania representatives about the PA Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) proposed policy for on-lot sewage systems in high quality and exceptional value watersheds. The UDC and its members in Wayne and Pike counties say the implementation of the policy would likely decrease land values because the most valuable land—adjacent to lakes and streams—would become unbuildable, undevelopable and unusable for most purposes.  Read more

Pike commissioners adopt tax abatement program

With the unemployment rate spiking to a hefty 12.1% nationwide, the Pike County Commissioners took a step that could help the county alleviate unemployment by voting to adopt a tax incentive program to help attract businesses to the county. The action was taken at the commissioners’ meeting on April 30.  Read more

Animal advocates turn out for Lexi; Urge jail time for dog abuser

About half a dozen turned out in front of the Pike County District Court to urge Judge Jay Rose to sentence a Greentown man to the maximum penalty under the law for allegedly abusing his dog “Lexi.” On March 29, Lexi was found muzzled and bound with duct tape. The owner, Russell Seese, who is a resource conservationist with the Pike County Conservation District, has been charged with two counts of animal cruelty.  Read more

Head-gnawing man sentenced

A Bucks County man who had been accused of gnawing on a woman’s head while naked and covered with blood was sentenced on May 3 to time in Wayne County Prison. Richard Cimino appeared in Wayne County Court, and will spend from 90 days to 23.5 months in prison.  Read more

Greater Pike Community Foundation announces directors and officers

The Greater Pike Community Foundation (GPCF) announced its executive officers and committee chairs in April. Legally incorporated late in 2012, the GPCF was created to maximize charitable donations from individuals, families and local businesses through organized targeted community philanthropy.  Read more

Body recovered from Upper Delaware River below Narrowsburg

New York State Police recovered a body from the Upper Delaware River on May 4 at about 3 p.m. Police say the body was discovered by a group of canoeists who alerted authorities.  Read more

Construction begins on skate park

Teamskate’s Liberty Skate Park is moving into its construction phase and celebrates the occasion with a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, May 10, at 1 p.m. at the future skate park site on Darbee Lane and Grant Street.  Read more

African-American woman confirmed to state’s highest court

ALBANY, NY — Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced that the New York State Senate confirmed Sheila Abdus-Salaam to serve on the New York State Court of Appeals. Justice Abdus-Salaam is the first African-American woman to serve on the Court of Appeals. She was nominated by the governor on April 5.  Read more

Sullivan legislators agree on ethics; Law will get public hearing

Sullivan County Legislators have come to an agreement about the make-up of a proposed new ethics law that will cover county employees, officials and members of various boards appointed by the legislature.  Read more

Complaint lodged against Tusten councilman; Limit on campaign spending at issue

Former Tusten council member Andrea Reynosa has filed a formal complaint with the New York State Board of Elections (BOE) against Ned Lang, who ran against her and won in the November 2012 election for a seat on the town council. The letter was sent on May 3.  Read more