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January 2015

Driver safety course

CALLICOON, NY — The Delaware Youth Center will host a six-hour National Traffic Safety Institute (NTSI) Driver Safety Course from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 7. The course is sponsored by Catskill Hudson Bank and Chaljeri Meats.  Read more

Thusnelda says...

JANUARY 23, 1986

Before we get too far into this New Year, I’d like to make my list of things I could happily have done without in 1985.

1) Christmas sales in July. Monster sales for Hallowe’en. I’ve never had any desire to own a monster, and July is enough of a celebration without trying to work in Christmas along with it.  Read more

Secret services left out of exemptions

I am writing in regard to veterans exemptions on home property taxes. First, I think the state should be helping out municipalities with this issue. Second, as a father with a son soon to be deployed overseas and as the son of a man who spent over six years in the jungles of Burma (Myanmar) during WWII, I am totally in favor of an exemption for our veterans.  Read more

March for Life

Thousands of women, men and children who believe that the child in the womb needs to be loved and nurtured and raised rather than aborted met in Washington, DC for the annual March for Life on Thursday, January 22. House Republicans managed to put forth a legislation tightening restrictions on abortions with a 242-179 vote.  Read more

Thanks from PCHOH to the Knights

Pike County Hands of Hope (PCHOH, would like to recognize and thank the Knights of Columbus for their contributions both to our organization, and the community. Ray Proulx, trustee of the Knights of Columbus, recently presented Jim Pierce, vice president of PCHOH, a check for $300 to further PCHOH’s work with the homeless and near-homeless of Pike County. Pierce said these funds would benefit “those PCHOH serves by providing about four nights of shelter for local homeless persons.  Read more

Ethics reform in Albany

Now that Sheldon Silver, as speaker of the New York State Assembly arguably one of the three most powerful people in Albany, has been arrested, there is bound to be renewed talk of ethics reform. The complaint filed by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is sweeping and damning. It says, “Silver used the power and influence of his official position to obtain for himself millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks masked as legitimate income earned by Silver, as a private lawyer.”  Read more

A bear on thin ice

WURTSBORO, NY — The morning of New Year’s Day, I went to the Bashakill to try to spot some New Year birds. I hiked to a couple of spots before heading to the Birch Trail, heading east from the main boat launch. I spoke with a couple of women at the launch, and then headed out on the trail.  Read more

How to spend $5 billion; New York State budget surplus discussed

ALBANY, NY — Going into the 2015/16 budget year, the state is looking at a $5 billion budget surplus, mostly due to some one-time settlements with banks and insurance companies.  Read more

Third Bagel Festival announced

ROCK HILL, NY — Monticello businessman Jeff Siegel, the driving force behind the Monticello Bagel Festival, said that the event drew 5,000 people in the first year, 12,000 in the next, and he hopes 15,000 to 20,000 will turn out in 2015.  Read more

Proposed Berlin nuisance abatement ordinance draws fire

BEACH LAKE, PA — A large January 20 public hearing turnout put the Berlin Township Board of Supervisors—Paul Henry, Cathy Hunt and Charlie Gries—on the hot seat, along with township solicitor Jeff Treat. The purpose of the hearing was to invite public questions about a proposed township nuisance abatement ordinance, designed to provide legal redress of blighted and unsafe properties as well as noise complaints.  Read more