What's new in the Upper Delaware region January 27 to February 2
LUMBERLAND, NY — The New York State Police have announced the arrest of brothers Jack Carter, age 21, and Nick Carter, age 26, for second-degree murder. On January 15, Mark Eckert, a 74-year old male from Glen Spey, was reported missing to the NY State Police Liberty Barracks. An investigation ensued and on January 19, Eckert was located deceased on his property in Glen Spey. Jack and Nick Carter were located and arrested on January 19 in New Jersey and are incarcerated awaiting extradition back to New York. While the police have not released their reasoning for the link between the Carter brothers and Eckert, a Lumberland tax bill for the property 152 Kalin Weber Road lists Nick Carter and Mark Eckert as co-owners.
MONTICELLO, NY – Sullivan County continues to work closely with towns, villages and schools to ensure that COVID-19 at-home test kits reach as many people as possible. The county acquired more than 5,000 kits over the weekend of January 15-16; more kits are on order and will be distributed as soon as the county receives the shipment.
Kits are free and contain one test apiece. Supplies are limited and are being distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Towns and villages throughout the county are distributing kits as they receive them; contact them to find out where and when to get a kit. For those unable to access those locations, contact the Sullivan County Community Assistance Center at 845/807-0925 for help.
In addition, oral, saliva-based PCR tests are available at SUNY Sullivan, 112 College Rd., Loch Sheldrake, with appointments available between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Appointments can be made via test provider Quadrant Biosciences at https://bit.ly/3nM6tAv.
EIGHTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, PA — On January 20, U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright (PA-08) announced almost $12 million in Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Phase 4 payments to be allocated to the Eighth Congressional District. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), will be distributing the funds to 139 providers in northeastern PA.
The Provider Relief Fund (PRF) was created by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which Cartwright helped enact, to reimburse health care providers for health care-related expenses or lost revenues attributable to COVID-19. The PRF Phase 4 payments will be used to recruit and retain staff, purchase masks and other supplies, modernize facilities or implement other measures needed to respond to COVID-19. Provider Relief Fund Phase 4 payments are awarded based on changes in operating revenues and expenses from July 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021.
Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers received $119,188.15 in PRF funding; Wayne Memorial Hospital received $429,704.98. For a full list of PRF awardees, visit https://bit.ly/PRFfunding.
NATIONAL — Free at-home COVID-19 rapid tests are available for order and shipment through the United States Postal Service. Each order will contain four tests. There is a limit of one order per residential address. Additional tests cannot be ordered regardless of the size of the household.
This effort is part of a federal program to provide free at-home COVID-19 tests with free shipping to every residential address and residential PO Box in the United States. Tests cannot be ordered for business addresses or business PO boxes. Orders will ship free starting in late January, and will usually ship within 7-12 days.
These free at-home tests can be ordered online or by phone. To complete the order online, visit https://www.covidtests.gov. To place an order by phone, call the covidtests.gov test kit order fulfillment helpline at 800/232-0233 (TTY 888/720-7489); the helpline hours are 8 a.m. to midnight EST, seven days per week.
HONESDALE, PA — Accelerate Wayne: The Gigabit & Dead Cell Zone Project began this week when the Wayne County commissioners launched surveys for households and employers to help the county pinpoint dead cell-zone areas and to document available internet service quality and fees. Individuals can complete the household survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/J7CQZBB; businesses can complete the business survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/J7YNG2S. The county asks employers to fill out the survey by February 7 and households to complete the information by Feb 14.
HONESDALE, PA — The Honesdale Borough Council is accepting applications for the position of seasonal lifeguard and for pool personnel in admissions and concessions at the Honesdale area pool. Facing a nationwide shortage of lifeguards, the Honesdale Parks & Recreation Commission and Borough Council have seen fit to offer a one-time $150 bonus to guards who work a minimum of eight weeks this season.
“Even though we are in the dead of winter, the Honesdale pool is always at the top of our collective minds here at the borough,” said James Jennings, chair of the Parks and Recreation committee. “The pool simply cannot open if we do not have enough lifeguards.”
Lifeguards must have lifeguard, CPR and first aid certification. Applications, including a full job description, are available at the Borough Hall at 958 Main St. in Honesdale.
The article “Progress made on ambulance district” in the January 20-26 edition of the River Reporter quoted figures of $25,000 to $28,000 for the establishment of the Cochecton ambulance district and a figure of $53,000 for the establishment of the Highland ambulance district through Pinsky Law Group PLLC. The article attributed those remarks to supervisor Gary Maas. It was a Cochecton Volunteer Ambulance Corps member in attendence who quoted $2,500 to $2,800 for the Cochecton district and $5,300 for the Highland district. According to Highland Town Supervisor Jeff Haas, Highland paid Pinsky Law Group $3,500 for legal assistance in creation of Highland’s ambulance taxing district.
Also in that issue, the photos for Sandy Long’s “Rivertalk” column were contributed, and not taken by Long, as indicated.
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