What's new in the Upper Delaware region May 20 to May 26
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Antonio Delgado (NY-19) recently announced a $2.6 million grant supporting the Hudson Valley Agribusiness Development Corporation. This funding will establish a Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) to lend in Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Sullivan and Ulster counties. Delgado voted to pass the CARES Act, which provided the Economic Development Administration with $1.5 billion for economic assistance programs. This funding creates 67 jobs, saves 220 jobs and leverages $2 million in private investment.
“Under the leadership of Todd Erling, the Hudson Valley Agribusiness Development Corporation has helped countless upstate farmers and producers,” Delgado said. “This grant is a sound investment that will create and save hundreds of critical jobs. I was proud to pass the CARES Act, which provided this funding, and will keep working to deliver economic development assistance to New York’s 19th Congressional District.”
HONESDALE, PA — Wayne Memorial’s COVID-19 testing site at the Wayne County Fairgrounds is moving to the Stourbridge Professional Complex in Honesdale. The fairgrounds site will close Monday, May 31 and reopen the following day, Tuesday, June 1, at the new location, a drive-through at the former Wayne Health Services Pharmacy. Testing is offered weekdays 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon. Prescriptions are required.
Also, Wayne Memorial Hospital Laboratory Manager John Romano said the lab’s Forest City location, inside the Forest City Family Health Center, opened on May 17. Normal hours, weekdays, 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., will resume.
Romano said the fairgrounds site has been less busy recently, but the main reason to move was impending activity at the fairgrounds itself.
For more information, visit the COVID-19 learn-more page at wmh.org.
TEXAS TOWNSHIP, PA — Harbor Freight Tools has announced that it will be opening a new store in Honesdale, PA. The new store will be located at 650 Old Willow Ave. and is expected to open this summer. An official opening date will be announced closer to opening.
Construction has already begun at the location, using local workers and companies from the surrounding Honesdale area.
In addition, the store is expected to bring between 25 and 30 new jobs to the community..
“We’ve been looking to open a location in Honesdale for a number of years so that we can provide the tools and equipment at tremendous values to the community,” said Trey Feiler, senior vice president, real estate and construction for Harbor Freight Tools. “In addition to finding a great location, we were attracted by the availability of great associates in the Honesdale area, and we look forward to having them join the Harbor Freight team.”
Interested applicants can apply online at www.harbor
freightjobs.com/retail and search “Honesdale, PA.”
MONTICELLO, NY — Early on May 17, Monticello Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire on Bard Road behind the Walmart complex in the Town of Thompson. Enroute to the call, Sullivan County 911 reported several calls and firefighters spotted a large volume of fire in the vicinity. Upon arrival, responders requested a second alarm and dispatch for tankers to the scene.
Tankers, engines and manpower were dispatched from Rock Hill, Liberty, Hurleyville, White Lake, Forestburgh, Kauneonga Lake, Swan Lake, Lake Huntington, Wurtsboro, Fallsburg, Smallwood, Woodridge, Loch Sheldrake and Sparrowbush to the scene.
Monticello was assisted at the scene by Sullivan County Bureau of Fire and fire investigators, New York State Police, Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department, Monticello Police Department, Mobilemedic EMS, Hatzolah EMS and New York State Electric and Gas for a power cut. No injuries were reported.
Approximately five seasonal structures were completely destroyed.
MONTICELLO, NY — The Monticello Central School District (MCSD) is slated to receive an unprecedented 8.4 percent increase in state aid for the 2021–22 fiscal year, bringing the total amount to $40.4 million. The increase is attributed to New York State fully funding the foundation aid formula over a three-year period. MCSD hosted a press conference to formally recognize the efforts of Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther and NYS Sen. Mike Martucci.
Forty-four percent of the district’s proposed 2021-22 budget will be accounted for by state aid. In comparison, state aid accounted for 39 percent of MCSD’s budget in 2015.
This year’s infusion of state aid enabled the district to produce a proposed budget that reduces the tax levy by 2.06 percent, while maintaining all existing programs and adding a small number of important staff positions.
Monticello residents will vote on the proposed school budget from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on May 18. More information about the proposed budget is available on the district’s budget webpage.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The News Media Alliance and the National Newspaper Association (NNA) recently sent a letter to President Joe Biden, on behalf of their more than 3,700 combined daily and community newspaper members, including the River Reporter, encouraging the administration to use advertising in local newspapers to help build trust and acceptance of vaccines.
“A trusted source of quality information that has been a mainstay in many local communities for decades, or in some cases, centuries, local newspapers are best positioned to counter misinformation and concerns about vaccines with positive messaging,” a press release reads. “By using newspapers for their educational outreach, the administration will build public trust and acceptance of vaccines, as well as provide much-needed support for local journalism at a time when it has never been more important in our daily lives.”