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RIVER VALLEY — As many people know by now, founding father Ben Franklin thought more highly of the American Turkey than the American Bald Eagle and wrote as much in a letter home from France in 1784.

Hunting or trapping wild boar now illegal; Hunting on reserves to phase out

ALBANY, NY — Joe Martens, the commissioner of the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced on April 28 that the state had formally adopted a regulation prohibiting the hunting or trapping of wild boars, also known as Eurasian boars.  Read more

Police tackle suspect in swamp; Monticello man arrested for drugs

MONTICELLO, NY — Two Monticello police officers soon had their hands full after a traffic stop on Hillside Avenue in the village on April 19.  Read more

Universal Kindergarten and pre-K examined for PA

PHILADELPHIA, PA — Pennsylvania is one of six states that does not require school districts to offer Kindergarten classes. A growing number of officials say not only is Kindergarten essential to a child’s wellbeing, but so is pre-K.  Read more

Vermont passes GMO labeling bill; Pressure on New York to follow suit?

NORTHEAST UNITED STATES — It seems likely that Vermont will become the first state to pass a stand-alone bill that will require that foods made of any amount of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) be labeled as such.  Read more

Town of Delaware to host two races

HORTONVILLE, NY — At the Delaware town meeting on April 9, two summer street race events were approved. First, on June 22, there will be a 5k run/walk down River Road. Second, on July 20 there will be an Aware Youth Center 10k River Race with road closure on July 20.  Read more

Polls relocation gets opposition

HONESDALE, PA — A county plan to relocate the polling site in Mount Pleasant Township is not being well received, township resident Bill Woodward told the Wayne County Commissioners on April 17.  Read more

Port Jervis man found guilty; Killed his girlfriend with knife and hammer

PORT JERVIS, NY — A Port Jervis man has been found guilty of killing his girlfriend. The jury found that David Stevenson, 39, took the life of TyRochelle Haughton, 35, at the house they shared with three of her children and one of his, on Mountain Avenue.  Read more

Shale gas monitoring report issued

HARRISBURG, PA — The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has issued its first Shale Gas Monitoring Report specifically related to gas drilling in state forests. Among many findings the report noted, “Overall, approximately 1,486 acres of forest have been converted to facilitate shale-gas development. This included 161 miles of new or improved roads, 191 pads (of all types), and 104 miles of new or widened pipelines.”  Read more

Port Jervis gets $100,00

PORT JERVIS, NY — The City of Port Jervis has been awarded $100,000 in funding from the Municipal Facilities Program.  Read more

Radar for local PA police

HARRISBURG, PA — Sen. Randy Vulakovich on April 21 introduced legislation that would allow Pennsylvania’s municipal police departments to use radar as a means of speed enforcement.  Read more

Minisink residents seek supporters

TOWN OF MINISINK, NY — On May 1, the residents of the Town of Minisink who have been fighting the construction of the Minisink compressor station will finally have their day in federal court.  Read more

A Damascus spring

DAMASCUS, PA — The Damascus Township Board of Supervisors spent the greater part of its April 21 meeting defending itself against charges from two residents that ranged from nepotism and collusion to dereliction of duty. Presented during the public comment period before agenda items were tackled, the charges centered around the planning commission’s long-awaited decision on minimum property lot size. The two residents were vocal in their support for a minimum lot size of not less than two acres per parcel.  Read more

Moving ahead with the courthouse

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Commissioners said they were wrapping up the multi-month debate with preservation activists over their plans to move or demolish one of the buildings in Milford’s National Historic Preservation District for construction of an addition to the county courthouse.  Read more

Gibson formally announces campaign; Opponent’s wealth becomes an issue

NY 19TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT — Two-term Congressman Chris Gibson formally announced that he is running for another term in the 19th District, which includes Sullivan, Delaware ,Ulster, part of Orange and six other counties.  Read more

Ledges Hotel is back open

HAWLEY, PA — Just 62 days after a fire destroyed parts of the Ledges Hotel, owner Justin Genzlinger announced they are back in business. The hotel opened April 17, and Genzlinger and staff were busy putting together the final touches for their grand opening that night, a bridal party coming that day and a concert on Saturday night. Genzlinger joked that “literally the paint is still drying in a few rooms.”  Read more

New chamber official in June

HONESDALE, PA — It’s been talked and written about since last December, but at midnight on June 1, a new Chamber of the Northern Poconos (CNP) will become a reality.  Read more

Bagel Festival aims for 15,000

MONTICELLO, NY — It is hard to overstate the enthusiasm Jeff Siegel has for his baby—the Bagel Festival. Last year, in the run up to the first Bagel Festival, Siegel obtained resolutions from the village, the town, the county, the state assembly and state senate all naming Monticello the Bagel Capital.  Read more

Fire claims 17 trailers

SHOHOLA TWP, PA — A fiery blaze swept through the Trails End community, destroying 17 trailers and causing a significant amount of damage, according to one witness and property owner who wished to remain anonymous.  Read more

Fix the property or lose the contract

ELDRED, NY — As the calendar moves toward the one-year anniversary of the Town of Highland Town Board discussion on repair or removal of an unsafe building in Washington Lake, the board on April 8 considered a new carrot-and-stick approach.  Read more

Cochecton raises tower fee schedule

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — A light agenda at its April 9 monthly meeting allowed the Cochecton Town Board to address longstanding concerns about communication and wind towers and to map out spring cleaning and refurbishment programs.  Read more