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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.

Lumberland historian recognized

GLEN SPEY, NY — Most of the Lumberland Town Board’s brief November 9 meeting was devoted to reporting from the town’s historian and grant writer, Frank Schwarz.  Read more

Hurleyville resident receives White House appointment

HURLEYVILLE, NY — Rebecca S. Salon, a native of Hurleyville, has been appointed by President Barack Obama to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities.  Read more

Skinners Falls Bridge open again

MILANVILLE, PA — After being closed for repairs for nearly a year, the bridge at Skinners Falls over the Upper Delaware River is once again open to the public. Its closure had negatively impacted the Milanville General Store, the only business in the tiny hamlet.  Read more

No property tax increase for Wayne

HONESDALE, PA — Despite a $994,000 increase in spending, there is no increase anticipated in Wayne County property tax rates in the proposed 2017 budget. Prior years’ surplus was transferred to cover the cost and avoid tax increase.  Read more

PA regional tourism revenues rising

HONESDALE, PA — Board President Genevieve Reese and CEO Carl Wilgus of the Pocono Mountain Vacation Bureau (PMVB) delivered their fiscal 2016 annual report to the Wayne Commissioners on November 10. The non-profit regional tourism marketing agency reported that last year, some 25.6 million visitors spent some $3 billion, providing jobs for 34.9% of all workers in the region. Wilgus reported on cell phone-related updates to the PMVB website and efforts to market the area to the large Chinese-American community in New York City.  Read more

Soccer camp comes to Highland

Josh Santoro, Eldred Central School (ECS) varsity boys basketball-baseball coach and Highland-Lumberland summer basketball camp director, is pictured at the Highland Town Board meeting on November 10 as he introduces ECS colleague Sonia Kidney. Kidney coaches girls varsity soccer and junior varsity softball and has assisted at the basketball camp. Santoro, who started the widely acclaimed basketball camp four years ago, asked for and received their approval to expand the camp to include soccer, which Kidney would direct.  Read more

Highland solar moratorium proposed

ELDRED, NY — They had no text of the proposed law before them on November 9, but the Highland Town Board was still able to schedule a public hearing for a moratorium on commercial solar displays.  Read more

Honesdale mayor steps up

HONESDALE, PA — It became apparent at the November 14 Honesdale Borough Council meeting that Mayor Melody A. Robinson has stepped into the breach between the council and its chief of police, Rick Southerton. As official police liaison, it is lawful that she does so and represents a marked transition from her predominantly ceremonial duties during her first 10 months in office.  Read more

What to do with ag plastic

MONTICELLO, NY — Those huge plastic coverings that farmers use for bailing and storing hay are proving to be a bit difficult to get rid of.  Read more

No magic in a marker on a map

NARROWSBURG, NY — About the only area of agreement in an Upper Delaware Council (UDC) discussion of river corridor boundaries on November 3 was that a magic marker line on a map isn’t very precise.  Read more

No rigged voting machines in Pike

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Commissioners and their voting-machine provider on November 2 responded to Internet rumors of vote rigging.

At last week’s meeting, commissioners’ Chair Matt Osterberg read a statement from Dominion Voting Systems, which denied any connection between Dominion and the Smartmatic Corporation, a Venezuelan multinational company headquartered in London, which also produces voting machines.  Read more

Callicoon bridge rehabilitation project set for 2018

CALLICOON, NY — At a November 2 public information meeting conducted jointly by the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) and its Pennsylvania counterpart, PennDOT, residents learned details of a $9.9 million rehabilitation of Interstate Bridge #7, spanning the Delaware River off lower Main Street in Callicoon. Project work and cost will be borne equally by NY and PA, with an ultimate goal of 20 years of safe bridge service.  Read more

Three recommended for block grants

HONESDALE, PA — Last week’s snowfall kept them at home, but on November 3, Starrucca Borough Council members Donald Haynes and Charles Ledchak made it to Honesdale for the county commissioners’ weekly meeting.  Read more

Most New York crime guns come from out of state

ALBANY, NY — New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on October 25 announced the results of a study of guns found at crime scenes. Using information provided by the federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, the analysis looked at all guns recovered statewide from crime scenes from 2010 through 2015.  Read more

Attempted murder in Berlin Township

BERLIN TOWNSHIP, PA — A 32-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly trying to kill a four-year-old child and the child’s mother.

Janine Edwards, Wayne County District Attorney, issued a press release that said the assault was perpetrated by Steven Frank Wojtowicz against Aiden Kresge, the child, and Kristie Young.

The Affidavit of Probable Cause filed by Pennsylvania State Trooper John Decker states that the assault began on the afternoon of November 7, at a home on Perkins Pond Road in Berlin Township.  Read more

WWII veteran recognized at senior center

SHOHOLA, PA — Barbara Child is a World War Two and Korean War veteran who has been a resident at Twin Cedars Senior Living since 1994.

Child joined the Women’s Army Corps after a year at the Rochester Institute of Technology. The year was 1944, and Barbara wanted a career. The army was happy to have her, and she embarked upon a 20-year stint in the armed forces, which allowed her to continue her education in the field of drafting and drawing.  Read more

Veterans’ dinner a record-breaker

BLOOMINGBURG, NY — The Sullivan County Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) annual Veterans Day Dinner to honor veterans on November 6 was a record-breaker in terms of attendance.  Read more

Police arrest 242 in crackdown

NEW YORK STATE — New York State Police reported 242 arrests for driving while intoxicated during the Halloween DWI Crackdown on impaired driving. The campaign, which started October 28 and ended November 1, is aimed at significantly reducing deaths and injuries caused by motorists driving drunk or impaired by drugs.  Read more

Hawley man sentenced to prison

HAWLEY, PA — A Hawley man who led police on a high-speed chase through Cherry Ridge Township has been sentenced to up to 14 years in prison by President Judge Raymond L. Hamill.  Read more

Honesdale man sentenced for sex with minor

HONESDALE, PA — Jimmy Rife, age 49, of Honesdale Borough, was sentenced to up to 20 years in a state prison after pleading guilty in August to one count of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, a first degree felony and one count of corruption of a minor related to sexual offenses, a third degree felony.  Read more