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December 2014

Community gets behind Hotel Fauchère

[The below is an abbreviated version of a notice sent out by the management of the Hotel Fauchère, which had announced a winter closure in the wake of co-owner Dick Snyder’s unexpected and widely mourned death.]

It is with great pleasure that we, as the Hotel Fauchère senior management team, along with our colleagues, announce that the Hotel Fauchère and restaurants will remain open on weekends during the winter months. The Pâtisserie Fauchère will remain open every day.  Read more

Health, the environment, and fracking

Too often, products or processes that can generate billions of dollars for an industry are allowed to go forward even when there are concerns that those products or processes may have negative impacts on human health and the environment.  Read more

Queens couple arrested in credit card scam

MONTICELLO, NY — Monticello police arrested a couple from Queens after they tried to get a cash advance at an ATM machine with a fraudulent credit card at Monticello Casino and Raceway.  Read more

Wayne getting and borrowing money

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Commissioners on December 23 got word on the interest rates for this year’s tax anticipation note, and they said the word was very good.  Read more

2014 Milestones: A look back at the top stories from this past year


After voters statewide approved casino gambling in New York State in 2013, numerous applicants this year sought licenses to operate gaming facilities, presenting their proposals to the selection committee. On December 17, 2014, the Gaming Facility Location Board announced its decision: one casino for Sullivan, in the Town of Thompson, and none in Orange—a relief to those who had argued that a casino in Orange would have made one in Sullivan irrelevant.

Casinos by the Numbers

16 applications submitted

4 or fewer to be awarded  Read more

Sports machine king downsizing

TEXAS TOWNSHIP, PA — The sprawling sports machine palace at the corner of Route 6 and Route 652 in Texas Township is up for sale. Rusty Palmer, the colorful owner of the property, told media outlets he is looking to downsize, but he says he is still in business and selling lots of sports equipment.

Palmer built the vast facility, which is more than 100,000 square feet, after a 2005 fire totally destroyed the original building that housed his business.  Read more

Pension fund debt worries continue

DINGMAN, PA — If you want to get Delaware Valley School District (DV) board member Jack Fisher’s attention, just mention Public School Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS) and then stand back.  Read more

Public hearing for Highland Dollar General

ELDRED, NY — A public hearing will be held on January 8 at 7 p.m. for variances so that a Dollar General Store can be built in Eldred. In order for the plan to go forward, the Town of Highland Zoning Board of Appeals must grant two variances. A Facebook page had been established in opposition to the plan at, which says the store will have negative impacts on the community.

Pike man fails to register for SORNA

MILFORD, PA — A Pike County man, Jeremy Daniel Rose, 38, was sentenced by Pike County for failing to register his address under Pennsylvania’s Sexual Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA). Rose, with a last known address of Bushkill, was sentenced to five to 10 years in a state correctional facility.  Read more

Driver killed in Cherry Ridge Township

CHERRY RIDGE TWP., PA — Vanessa Van Gorder, 24, of Paupack was killed on Christmas Day at 11 p.m. when she lost control of the vehicle she was driving and her car left the road. According to details provided by Pennsylvania State Police, after the car left the road, it struck a ditch and rolled over several times. Van Gorder was ejected from the driver’s side window.

There were no other injuries in the incident and the investigation is continuing.