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October 2016

Andrew Friedrich

Andrew Friedrich, 72 years old of Highland Lake, NY, a longtime resident, passed away on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at Bon Secours Community Hospital, Port Jervis, NY.

The son of the late Andrew and Florence Chelune Friedrich, he was born March 7, 1944 in Queens, NY.

Andy was a retired machinist foreman for Jaco Tool and Manufacturing, Middle Village, NY. He worked for them for 42 years. He was married to Patricia Feighery Friedrich for 52 years; she survives.  Read more

Butterfly bike ride

BARRYVILLE, NY — About 25 bikers and a dozen or so hikers who are also butterfly lovers took a trip along the scenic Upper Delaware River to toss seed pods along the roadside for milkweed plants, which monarch butterflies feed on when they’re in caterpillar stage.  Read more

New money for Lumberland firefighters

GLEN SPEY, NY — As promised last month by Supervisor Jenny Mellan, the Town of Lumberland’s 2017 budget was completed and, following a public hearing, approved by the town board on October 12.  Read more

DV ‘figures’ it out, state still working on it

MATAMORAS, PA — According to school staff and board members’ evaluation of the state’s data, Delaware Valley math students outscored all their regional competition in statewide assessment testing, or so it appeared on October 20.  Read more

‘Not a bridge to nowhere’

MILFORD, PA — The closed Mott Street Bridge has been a bone of contention for Milford Borough for a decade, and for Pike County over the past two years.  Read more

Sullivan budget proposes 4.77% increase

MONTICELLO, NY — Sullivan County’s tentative budget for 2017 includes a 4.77% increase, which will help pay for construction of the new county jail. Sullivan legislators on October 20 passed a resolution granting the contract to build the jail to Pike Company located in Rochester. The cost of the contract is about $72.2 million, bringing the total cost of the new jail to about $85 million, which is $10 million less than was estimated a couple of months ago.  Read more

House defeats bill that would prohibit fees on plastic bags

Supporters of the measure said because it only applied to recyclable bags, the law would encourage consumers to recycle the bags, but some legislators expressed the view that in places where consumers have been charged for plastic bags, their use has diminished, and that leads to fewer plastic bags ending up in waterways and the environment.

Others argued that not allowing a tax or fee might encourage some consumers not to take reusable bags with them when they go to the grocery store.  Read more

Wayne hunters fined for poaching bucks

DAMASCUS TWP., PA — Three males have been fined for hunting illegally. Leroy Dustin Catania, 31, William Rave, 21, and a male younger than 18, have been fined for shooting large bucks. The fines total more than $11,000, and more than 30 dear heads and sets of antlers were seized as part of the investigation.  Read more

Roebling Bridge to close

BARRYVILLE, NY — Unexpected delays to the maintenance work on the National Historic Landmark Roebling Bridge will require closing the roadway to vehicular traffic for four consecutive days from 6 a.m. Monday through 6 p.m. Thursday between October 31 and November 17.  Read more

Bloomingburg lawsuit settled

BLOOMINGBURG, NY — The lawsuit in which developer Shalom Lamm accused officials of the Town of Mamakating and the Village of Bloomingburg of discrimination has been settled before trial. This marks at least the third time that Lamm has initiated a lawsuit regarding his controversial Villages at Chestnut Ridge development that has been settled before Lamm or anyone else connected to the lawsuit was compelled to testify in open court.  Read more