Sullivan County preparing to reopen

MONTICELLO, NY — Residents have been generally barred from the government center since the shutdown in March caused by the pandemic. Sullivan County officials are now beginning to consider the …
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Wayne County stores reopen doors

HONESDALE, PA — “I feel alive again,” said Joyce DeBastiani, owner of the Main Street store Wallflower, which was recently permitted to open up again as Wayne County shifted to the …

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Metzger discusses food-supply chain

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — There are about 2,000 small family farms in New York State Senator Jen Metzger’s district, which includes all of Sullivan County and parts of Delaware, Orange and …

Sullivan, mid-Hudson region to reopen

Sullivan County is part of the Mid-Hudson Region and on May 23, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the region will have achieved the COVID-19 metrics to move to Phase One of re-opening economic …
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Residents hold ‘Reopen Wayne County’ demonstration in Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — More than 400 Facebook users marked themselves as either “interested” in or “going” to the “Reopen Wayne County” protest scheduled for …

Wayne County updates visitor policy

HONESDALE, PA — In light of Wayne County’s move to the yellow phase of reopening on Friday, May 22, the Wayne County Commissioners have updated the visitation policy for county …
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Staying busy in solitary time

Reporting this, I learned something important. Seniors want to share their experiences and their knowledge, but they’re private. Sometimes it’s because they grew up in an era when you …

Highland tends to its business

ELDRED, NY — For the Highland Town Board, it was business as usual, as “usual” has been redefined to include social distancing and talking into a speakerphone instead of to a …

COVID-19 at Sullivan County jail, Pike Commissioners respond to sheriff and more

Contact tracers LIBERTY, NY — Sullivan County Public Health Director Nancy McGraw announced on May 15 that the State of New York has launched an urgent effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. …

Delgado and county treasurer say counties need federal support

ONLINE — Representative Antonio Delgado joined a Sullivan County virtual town hall on May 11 to talk about his recent activities in Washington D.C. to help support local governments in his …

Homeless in the land of plenty

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — “A lot of people come to us, either as their first resort or their last resort,” said John Crotty, head of the county’s veterans service agency that …

Sullivan not ready to reopen

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — According to the plan to reopen the state, developed by the New York State Department of Health and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, action will be taken within the 10 different …

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — Gov. Tom Wolf recently confirmed what many local residents have been anxiously awaiting for weeks: Wayne County is moving from red to yellow on Friday, May 22. As news of …
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HARRISBURG, PA— In an exclusive report, the Associated Press (AP) said on Friday, May 15 that Wayne County and 11 other counties will soon move from red to yellow in Gov. Tom Wolf's three-phase …
HONESDALE, PA — Elected officials and local business owners in Wayne County are anxious for Gov. Tom Wolf to shift the county from red to yellow in his three-phase plan for reopening …
Pike County couple survives COVID-19 LORDS VALLEY, PA — Lorraine Klein worried about her husband Steve, she says, more than herself but it turned out they both had COVID-19 at the same time. …
MONTICELLO, NY — The federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on May 6 announced that it will give $500,000 to the Sullivan County Land Bank Corporation (SCLB) as a Brownfield Cleanup …
SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — On a conference call on May 6, Sullivan County Public Health Director Nancy McGraw said that under current conditions, she is opposed to the opening of the many summer …
HONESDALE, PA — Grocery stores are often people’s first stop when a crisis, or the threat of one, racks the community. Mike Flederbach has been in the grocery store business his entire …

HARRISBURG, PA — Gov. Tom Wolf took on a harsher-than-usual tone during a press briefing on Monday, May 11. Making the COVID-19 analogous to a foreign enemy during a time of war, Wolf …

HARRISBURG, PA — In a press conference on Friday, May 8, Gov. Tom Wolf announced that 13 more counties are scheduled to shift from the commonwealth’s red phase to yellow phase of …
HONESDALE, PA — On Thursday, May 7, Wayne County Bureau of Elections Director Cindy Furman announced three polling place changes for the June 2 primary election this year. The changes have been …
SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Donning masks and gloves, Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Sullivan County Program Managers Martin Colavito and Thomas Bosket, in partnership with Sullivan Allies …

HONESDALE, PA — Throughout most of the April 28 Wayne County Commissioners meeting, a constant, metallic clanging echoed from the other end of the hallway. The noise sounded like the almost …

HONESDALE, PA — “Consumers” is the official term to describe the folks enrolled in Wayne County’s psychological rehabilitation program. Director Kim Follmer doesn’t like …
NEW YORK CITY, NY — It has long been suspected that many people are infected with the novel coronavirus but aren’t aware of it. The results of an antibody survey, announced by Gov. Andrew …

HUDSON VALLEY, NY — Labor leaders, elected officials and others gathered via Zoom on May 1 to discuss some issues facing front-line workers during the COVID-19 crisis. The event was organized …

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HONESDALE, PA — All events on Honesdale Borough park property have been cancelled “until further notice,” after a 6-1 vote during Honesdale Borough Council’s first meeting of …