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January 2015

High school students start literary arts magazine

HONESDALE, PA — When students at Honesdale High School displayed interest in starting a literary arts magazine, English teacher Jason Macey jumped at the opportunity to begin a creative writing class with a curriculum that includes creating a journal.  Read more

Short and sweet in Wayne

HONESDALE, PA — Meeting on January 15, the Wayne County Commissioners accepted $125,000, recognized some new local officials, appointed a new employee and offered support for a local project—and wrapped it all up in about 17 minutes.  Read more

Many friends honor Chuck Myers

Scores of friends, colleagues in his many civic functions and family filled the Eldred Congregational Church on the afternoon of January 11 attending a memorial service for Charles H. “Chuck” Myers, 88, who died on December 31. The emotionally charged service featured eulogies from Chuck’s granddaughter, Wendy Myers, neighbor and Town of Highland Supervisor Andrew Boyar, emergency services colleague and Town of Highland Justice Anthony LaRuffa, and Sullivan County Commissioner of Public Safety Richard Martinkovic. As Myers had wished, private funeral arrangements were completed earlier.

Cuomo irks educators; Bonacic weighs in

ALBANY, NY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo said, “The good news is we have teacher evaluation systems for every district in the system. The bad news is they are baloney.” The remark came as he addressed education in the state at his State of the Union and Budget Address on January 21. He went on to say, “38% of high school seniors are prepared for college—38%; 98.7% of high school teachers are rated effective. How can that be?”  Read more

Retiring Hawley police officer honored

HAWLEY, PA — The January 14 meeting of the Hawley Borough Council saw the board reluctantly accept the resignation of patrol officer Jane Varcoe after over a decade of service. Mayor Kevin Hawk and Chief Daniel Drake both spoke highly of Varcoe and her years of service. Her grant-writing skills had proven especially useful to the borough. She was honored with a plaque, flowers, a cake and several rounds of applause.  Read more

Pine Bush man arrested for graffiti

SPRING GLEN, NY — The New York State Police in Ellenville and Wurtsboro arrested Richard C. Hage Jr., 42, of Pine Bush, for burglary and criminal mischief.  Read more

Project will fix bridges, save money

WAYNE & PIKE, PA — With the passage of Act 88 of 2012, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives authorized the creation of the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. The project uses public-private partnerships to fix bridges, with the intention of saving taxpayer dollars, providing jobs and encouraging business investment in the state. According to PennDOT, construction will begin this summer to replace 558 bridges across the state. The following bridges are scheduled to be replaced in Pike and Wayne counties:

Shohola: State Route 1007, over Twin Lakes Creek  Read more

Baker requests Frein hearing

HARRISBURG, PA — Sen. Lisa Baker has sent letters to the chairmen of the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness and Law and Justice committees requesting a joint public hearing be held in Pike County to explore improvements to the state and local emergency response networks.  Read more

Sullivan acts on HEAP complaints

MONTICELLO, NY — Sullivan County Manager Josh Potosek issued a press release on January 23 saying the county was taking immediate action to address a large backlog of applicants applying for the federal Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) through the Department of Family Services (DFS).  Read more

Parking deficit in Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — The urgency of the parking issue in Honesdale became increasingly apparent at the borough council meeting on January 12, cropping up repeatedly and from different quarters throughout the evening. Introduced by Greater Honesdale Partnership (GHP) member Jeff Hiller, who claimed that parking meter privileges are being routinely abused in front of his place of business, it was raised again by Police Chief Rick Southerton, who requested a clarification of parking violation policy.  Read more