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December 11, 2017
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RIVER VALLEY — As many people know by now, founding father Ben Franklin thought more highly of the American Turkey than the American Bald Eagle and wrote as much in a letter home from France in 1784.

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DRBC declares drought in entire basin

The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) at a special meeting today issued a special permit for coordinated operation of regional reservoirs, out-of-basin diversions, and Delaware River flow objectives in response to persistent dry conditions.  Read more

PA state layoffs criticized

HARRISBURG, PA — Democratic lawmakers in Harrisburg are blaming Senate Republicans for not addressing legislation that would have provided funding for some of the state’s unemployment claim centers.

Because of the lack of a vote House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody said that some 600 unemployment workers would be furloughed and there would be reduced services for thousands of unemployed Pennsylvanians.  Read more

Liberty man sentenced

MONTICELLO, NY — Liberty resident Dennis Gonzalez has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison and 10 years of post-release supervision for sexually abusing two girls.  Read more

Election board hears challenge complaint

HONESDALE, PA — Republican Committee member Robert Timozek said he had repeatedly fielded residents’ questions about the legal residence of two voters who having been voting at the District One polling place in Damascus for several years. Timozek followed up on Election Day by challenging the unnamed voters, but he didn’t do it until after they had voted, which disqualified his challenge.  Read more

Students highlight DV session

WESTFALL, PA — Students and parents jammed the board room at the Delaware Valley (DV) administration building last week as members of two athletic teams and two student programs were introduced.

First up were fourth and fifth graders from Dingman-Delaware Elementary School (DDES) participating in the “Leader in Me” program with the goal of reaching more than 3,000 schools around the world that have been named as, or are applying toward being named as “Lighthouse Schools.”  Read more

Cuomo calls for end to hate crimes

ALBANY, NY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a statement on November 17, calling for an end to the rising incidents of hate crimes.

The statement said, “Hate crimes have spiked across the country and this state has not been spared. Last night, fliers glorifying the KKK were found distributed on cars in Patchogue. This morning, a swastika was discovered on the B train in Manhattan. These are just the latest incidents. My administration has launched a number of investigations into hate crimes targeting minorities and immigrants.  Read more

PA map for hunters available

HARRISBURG, PA — Timed for the Monday, November 28 opening of Pennsylvania’s traditional deer season, the state Bureau of Forestry reminds hunters a revamped, interactive website offering a wealth of maps, statistics and other information is available to make their hunt more enjoyable and rewarding.  Read more

Schniederman on Blue Sky laws

ALBANY, NY — New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman released the following statement after reports that the Presidential Transition Team is considering ways to dismantle state consumer and investor protection statutes, also known as Blue Sky laws:  Read more

PA Republicans elect leaders

HARRISBURG, PA — After voters re-elected all Republican incumbents and five new state Senators last week, Senate Republicans strengthened their majority to the largest level in 66 years. On November 17, Senate Republicans re-elected their leaders for the 2017-18 legislative session, retaining the current team to serve in their respective roles.  Read more

Court decision impacts Indian Point

OSSINING, NY — The NYS Court of Appeals unanimously determined that the New York Department of State (DOS) was correct regarding its determination that it has the right to review Entergy’s applications to renew federal licenses to operate the Indian Point nuclear facility.  Read more

Pike still awaiting state bridge decision

MILFORD, PA — Pike County is still awaiting PennDOT confirmation about its share of the costs for restoration of Milford’s Mott Street Bridge.

“We’re working on it,” Commissioners’ Chair Matt Osterberg said as the commissioners met on November 16.  Read more

Sullivan meetings go live; County joins 21st Century

The monthly meeting of the Sullivan County Legislature held at the government center on November 17, was the first county meeting to be live-streamed on the Internet, and is available to view on the county website, www.co.sullivan.ny.us. The archived meeting may be viewed by clicking on the legislature link, and then the Watch Legislative Meetings Online link and following the prompts.  Read more

The election continues

HONESDALE, PA — Cindy Furman, director of the Wayne County Bureau of Elections, is pictured on November 10 as the county commissioners, meeting as the board of elections, sorted through 62 provisional ballots (pictured in the stack) received in the November 8 election. Provisional ballots are provided when, for whatever reason, a voter’s name does not appear on the local rolls of a polling place at the time the voter appears to vote.  Read more

Veterans’ Day in Eldred

ELDRED, NY — More than 100 persons gathered around the 911 Monument at Hero’s Park in Eldred on November 11 for the annual observance of Veterans’ Day. Highland resident and Sullivan County Veterans of Foreign Wars Commander Peter Carmeci said ceremonies were organized jointly by the VFW and the Sylvan Liebla Post of the American Legion, both of which provided color guards. Ceremonies included remarks from pastors from four local churches, a gun salute and the playing of taps. Attendees were invited to partake of refreshments inside the town hall following the ceremonies.  Read more

Cochecton adopts 2017 budget; Memorial tribute for Ethel Hulse

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — At a public hearing prior to its November 9 monthly meeting, the Cochecton Town Board presented its 2017 budget, adopting it later at the meeting. A .47% overall increase reflected higher workmen’s compensation premiums, infrastructure upgrade, maintenance and security costs, and 2% salary increases for all town employees, plus a retroactive 2% salary increase for all elected town officials, who did not receive an annual increase last year.  Read more

Locals demonstrate against Dakota pipeline

NARROWSBURG, NY — About a dozen protesters carrying signs gathered on the Narrowsburg Bridge on November 15 to show support for Native Americans who are fighting the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline project in North Dakota, which has been the site of clashes between police and protestors since the summer.  Read more

Sullivan considers Energize NY

MONTICELLO, NY — Mark Thielking, the executive director of Energy Improvement Corporation, appeared at a meeting of the Sullivan County Legislature on November 10 to explain the Energize NY program.  Read more

A living monument to honored dead

HONESDALE, PA — There are thousands of inscribed names, but none will be engraved on stone or metal monuments along the newly dedicated memorial to Wayne County’s deceased armed service veterans.  Read more

Cochecton transfer station open for 2017

MONTICELLO, NY — At a meeting of the Sullivan County Public Works Committee on November 10, legislator Joe Perrello made a point of saying that stories that have been circulating alleging that the county legislature will no longer continue to operate the transfer station in the Town of Cochecton were not true. He said it was always the intention that the county would keep the Interim Western Sullivan Transfer Station facility open.  Read more