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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.

‘911, what’s your emergency?’

People seldom meet the calm and reassuring voice of the person on the other end of the phone who answers at the time of crisis. These voices belong to devoted and dedicated staff of Wayne County’s 911. They are stationed in a room ready to take calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including holidays.  Read more

Septic subjections; Townships say policy will reduce land values

DAMASCUS TWP & BERLIN TWP, PA — The supervisors in Damascus and Berlin townships have sent letters to the PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) objecting to a proposed policy regarding the installation of new on-lot septic systems in high quality and exceptional value watersheds.  Read more

Lumberland moves toward road use agreement; Large trucks to be restricted

By all indications, Lumberland will join surrounding towns protecting town roads by seeking to adopt a Road Use and Preservation Law it was learned at a public hearing April 10.  Read more

Walk to combat juvenile arthritis

Those who will take part in the 2013 Hudson Valley Arthritis Walk will be walking in part for two local children, Jailyn and Sami, Eldred Central School students who were identified only by their first names. Both of these young girls have been waging a war against juvenile arthritis from an early age. Juvenile arthritis is a disease of the immune system, which causes this normal defense system to attack its own cells and tissues. There are 300,000 children in the U.S. who suffer from the debilitating disease.  Read more

Sullivan ponders ethics law; Details remain to be worked out

For about 20 minutes, Sullivan County lawmakers discussed the timing of the next meeting regarding the proposed ethics law and the date of the proposed public hearing, because members wanted clarity about when they would be voting and what they might be voting on.  Read more

Fracking gag rescinded, lawsuit withdrawn

SANFORD, NY — The board members of the Town of Sanford were so sick of hearing residents complain about gas drilling and fracking that in September 2012, the board passed a resolution forbidding residents from talking about it during public comment.  Read more

Body recovered from Lake Wallenpaupak

LAKE WALLENPAUPAK, PA — A body was recovered when it floated to the surface of Lake Wallenpaupak on April 22. It was identified by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission as Jeffrey Carl Kochis, 33, from Jefferson Township in Lackawanna County.  Read more

Dad, sons arrested on weapons charges

Eric Ivan, 48, and his sons Conner, 25, and Dustin, 26, all of whom live on Edward Avenue in Monticello, have been arrested on multiple weapons charges.  Read more

May is Water Safety Month

UPPER DELAWARE RIVER — Marking May as Water Safety Month, the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River has launched its 2013 Water Safety Campaign. Last summer’s successful campaign saw zero drownings in the National Park.  Read more

Background checks, zoning; Issues at Liberty meeting

Beginning January 1, 2014, every prospective employee in the Town of Liberty will undergo a background check before being hired.  Read more

Child Abuse Prevention Month

REGION — “The symbol of child abuse prevention is the pinwheel, and so there are 1,514 pinwheels outside to represent the number of calls that we received for potential child abuse and neglect in Sullivan County last year.”

That was Dr. David Sager, deputy commissioner of the county Department of Family Services, addressing the county legislature on April 19, and informing them that April is Child Abuse Prevention Month.  Read more

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes; Raising money for RISE

There was a sea of T-shirts atop a smattering of men wearing candy-red woman’s shoes at the government center in Monticello on April 20, as a healthy crowd turned out to raise money for Rape Intervention Services and Education (RISE) program of Sullivan County.  Read more

WJFF names interim manager

Adam Weinreich has been named interim station manager at WJFF, a public radio station in Jeffersonville, NY. Weinreich was appointed by the WJFF Board of Trustees after the resignation of Winston Clark, WJFF’s station manager since 2009.  Read more

Sullivan ponders ethics law; details remain to be worked out

For about 20 minutes Sullivan County lawmakers discussed the timing of the next meeting regarding the proposed ethics law and the date of the proposed public hearing, because members wanted clarity about when they would be voting, and what they might be voting on.  Read more

Majority of WJFF board resigns; a new era for Radio Catskill?

“The past four years have not been fun at WJFF.” That statement, made by one long-time volunteer during the heated April 17 meeting of WJFF’s Board of Trustees (BOT), apparently characterized the feeling of many volunteers at the meeting toward WJFF management during Station Manager Winston Clark’s tenure; Clark resigned his post at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 12. Adam Weinreich was named interim station manager until a new station manager can be hired.  Read more

Narrowsburg man arrested for assault

A Narrowsburg man has been arrested after allegedly shooting another man in the face with an air gun that fired a pellet.  Read more

Schumer pushes plans for dams

NEW YORK STATE — There are hundreds of dams in New York State that have a classification as “high” hazard. Many don’t have plans should a problem with a dam develop.  Read more

Inmate mental health costs decreasing; Sullivan officials targeting costs

So far this year, the amount of criminal inpatient costs in Sullivan County is $0. In recent years, the cost has fluctuated a great deal, and soared to more than $500,000 in 2011.  Read more

Heat pump, burn ban, found money and new lawyers; Full plate at Cochecton meeting

At its regular monthly meeting on April 10, the Cochecton Town Board faced two significant challenges: replacing a costly courtroom heat pump and the review and revision of town codified law.  Read more

Farm workers campaign for rights; A presentation in Monticello

Two Latino farm workers appeared at a meeting of the Sullivan County Chapter of the NAACP as part of the New York State Justice for Farm Workers Campaign, which is advocating that the state legislature adopt the Farm Workers Fair Labor Practices Act. The act would extend rights, such as overtime pay, a day of rest per week and protection when seeking collective bargaining to farm workers. These are rights that are already enjoyed by most workers in the state.  Read more