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REGION — According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), more than 171 million Americans plan to celebrate Halloween this year, and will spend an average of $82.93 to do so.

The NRF says, “More children than ever before will be celebrating Halloween dressed as their favorite superhero this year, as princess costumes fall to the number two spot after an 11-year reign.

Bonacic backs Sullivan and/or Ulster for casino

ALBANY, NY — While Sen. John Bonacic represents a large portion of Orange County, he does not believe one of the four casinos that will be licensed in the state this year should be located in that county. In a video posted on his website, he said the single casino, or two casinos if it comes to that, should be located in Sullivan or Ulster or both.  Read more

Defibrillators in PA schools

HARRISBURG, PA — Legislation is heading to Gov. Tom Corbett’s desk that will help ensure that every school in Pennsylvania has an automated external defibrillator (AED) that is up to date and ready to use.  Read more

Motorcycle flees cops, crashes

LEBANON TWP, PA — A motorcycle rider who was fleeing from PA State Police lost control of his vehicle on Niles Pond Road in Lebanon Township on April 10. Police say John Greaves, 51, lost control at a curve and went off the roadway striking several trees before being knocked off the motorcycle. Police say Greaves was attempting to get the motorcycle back up when the trooper arrived on the scene.

Greaves was charged with eluding police.

Body found in Lackawaxen

HAWLEY, PA — The body of a Hawley man was found by two trout fishermen on April 13. The Wayne County Coroner’s Office identified the man as Richard Calvitti who was 69.  Read more

Tusten: ‘This isn’t Jerry Springer’

NARROWSBURG, NY — Following the previous three meetings that were widely perceived as contentious, heated, and at which board members were shouting and arguing, Tusten councilman Tony Ritter drew up a resolution as a reminder of civil conduct. He presented the resolution at the recent Tusten Town Board meeting, held on April 8.  Read more

Most snowy owls in half a century

REGION — According to the website www.project, which is concerned with snowy owls, every few years, “for reasons that are not entirely understood,” a number of the raptors leave their winter ranges in southern Canada, and migrate down into the United States in an event known as an “irruption.”  Read more

Honesdale has new mayor, council vacancy

HONESDALE, PA — At its April 14 meeting, the Honesdale Borough Council appointed John “Jack” Bishop to serve as mayor of Honesdale for the remainder of Ed Langendoerfer’s unexpired term; Langendoerfer resigned on April 1, citing long frustration with police department concerns, a fractious council and lack of progress on key issues.  Read more

A call for all weather volunteers

YULAN, NY — The NACL Theatre is in the midst of a two-year Weather Project, and this summer there will be an event in August that will be a fair, a play and a community event all wrapped together.  Read more

New boss at DRBC

NARROWSBURG, NY — A new executive director will be taking office at the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) in August.  Read more

Tusten 2.0: Pedestrian friendly, energy efficient

NARROWSBURG, NY — At a public hearing at the Tusten Town Hall on April 7, the Narrowsburg Master Plan was presented. The plan is comprehensive and long range, intended to guide growth and development in Narrowsburg. The Town of Tusten invited architect Buck Moorhead to assist the town with a conceptual development and redevelopment design plan for the hamlet of Narrowsburg. For the past year and a half, Moorehead and a committee worked to conceptualize the master plan, which they say is a “long-term vision” for Narrowsburg. Below are highlights from the plan. To view the entire plan, go to and click on “Hamlet of Narrowsburg Master Plan.”  Read more

Well-being wanting in Scranton, Middletown

REGION — How do you feel about your life? The folks who compiled the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, asked thousands of people questions about their lives, and for the sixth year running released the results of their survey to the public.  Read more

Food hub conversation continued

MONTICELLO, NY — The conversation about the location of the proposed food hub continued at a meeting of the Sullivan County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) on April 8. Legislator Ira Steingart, chair of the IDA board, said there would be a meeting with a representative of Ginsburg Food to determine which direction the company wanted to go regarding the location of the facility.  Read more

Second parcel considered for food hub; Regional farmers said to benefit

MONTICELLO, NY — Sullivan County legislators heard a presentation on April 3 about a proposed food hub for which the county is being asked to allocate funds.  Read more

LaBuda backs Thompson, Liberty in casino race

MONTICELLO, NY — Legislator Kathy LaBuda supports a casino in the Town of Thompson and also perhaps in the Town of Liberty, but she does not support the effort in the Town of Mamakating, which she represents, to obtain a casinos license.  Read more

Bill would create Pennsylvania public financing for political campaigns

HARRISBURG, PA — Pennsylvania State Sen. Daylin Leach on April 7 announced plans to introduce a bill that would create a public financing option for state political campaigns. Specifically, the legislation would create a Clean Elections Fund to provide participating candidates with public money to finance their election campaigns.  Read more

PA lawmakers observe Equal Pay Day

HARRISBURG, PA — State lawmakers sponsoring pay-equity bills on April 7 joined with advocates at the Pennsylvania Capitol to call for action on the legislation.  Read more

Watershed groups get $35 million

DELAWARE RIVER WATERSHED — An extensive list of nature, environment and land preservation organizations in the Delaware River watershed will share a $35 million grant from the William Penn Foundation (WPF) aimed at protecting high-quality water resources and restoring water quality where needed. Over 15 million people rely on the watershed as their source of drinking water.  Read more

Alternative court plan proposed

MILFORD, PA — One of the critics of Pike’s plans for an addition to the county courthouse last week offered to submit an alternative.  Read more

Thompson wants two casinos; Liberty would like one

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Now that the New York State Gaming Commission (SGC) has sent out requests for applications (RFA) for one of the four casino licenses that will be available this year, local officials have begun to adopt positions on which projects they support.  Read more

Judge: ‘This was an attempt to stuff the ballot box;’ developer walks away from voting battle

Judge Stephan Schick had expected lengthy testimony and legal arguments; he told the lawyers he would be available for the entirety of the four days leading up to the swearing in of newly elected officials in the Village of Bloomingburg.  Read more