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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.

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

Farmer declares zoning victory

LIBERTY, NY — Sean Zigmund, who has a farming operation in White Sulphur Springs, has been railing against proposed zoning changes in the hamlet for months. He sent an email to supporters on October 19 declaring a victory in his battle against the plans put forward by the town board in the Town of Liberty.  Read more

Americans celebrate Halloween

REGION — According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), more than 171 million Americans plan to celebrate Halloween this year, and will spend an average of $82.93 to do so.

The NRF says, “More children than ever before will be celebrating Halloween dressed as their favorite superhero this year, as princess costumes fall to the number two spot after an 11-year reign.  Read more

The township zoning forgot

BEACH LAKE, PA — “Without zoning, we have no advance knowledge of commercial enterprises coming to our township, no ability to determine their location, and no way to regulate their operation.” Resident Jim Barth’s remarks at the October 18 Berlin Township Board of Supervisors’ meeting came in response to news that Stourbridge Energy, LLC is going forward with plans to locate an electric generating station in Berlin Township.  Read more

Developer Lamm settles discrimintation suit with Mamakating; press release from supervisor

The following is a press release from William E. Herrmann supervisor of the Town of Mamakating released on October 21.

The plaintiffs, and developer Shalom Lamm, have settled this lawsuit with the Town of Mamakating’s insurance carrier, for a fraction of what they paid their lawyers to bring the suit. Shalom Lamm settled now to cut his losses because he knew the case was meritless.  Read more

Community garden questions still unanswered

NARROWSBURG, NY — A rose is a rose is a rose. But when is a community garden a community garden? That question was brought up to the Tusten Town Board on October 11, as the board again discussed the issue of insurance for the Tusten Heritage Community Garden (THCG).  Read more

Honesdale police saga continues

HONESDALE, PA — Fallout from publication of personnel information leaked from an October 10 Honesdale Borough Council executive session overshadowed the council’s October 17 meeting. A succession of citizens alluded to an article published one week ago in a Honesdale newspaper, but the council made no mention of it or its allegation that Police Chief Rick Southerton had been asked to resign.  Read more

Bonacic and Malick debate; Power plant an issue

MIDDLETOWN, NY — Republican New York State State Sen. John Bonacic faced off against Democratic challenger Pramilla Malick in a debate that was livestreamed on the Internet on October 13.  Read more

ArtWalk paints the town; Community-building art event a hit

CALLICOON, NY — The third annual ArtWalk in Callicoon, which unfolded over the weekend of October 8 and 9, was a hit, according to this year’s event organizer. Artist and graphic designer Alexis Siroc said, “Art was viewed, art was sold, it was good. The buzz on the street was that everyone was so pleased.”  Read more

Proclamations touch on campaign news

HONESDALE, PA — With the national news media devoting themselves to a presidential contest filled with issues of sexual misconduct and the male candidate questioning his opponent’s competency for the position, the Wayne County Commissioners on October 13 issued proclamations for both Domestic Violence Awareness Month and National Business Women’s Week.  Read more

Solar moratorium and zoning issues

NARROWSBURG, NY — How long can a town reasonably invoke a moratorium? That was the question at the Tusten Town Board meeting on October 11. It was raised when Councilman Ned Lang asked about the moratoriums on commercial solar farms and large-lot subdivisions.  Read more

Faso and Teachout debate; Presidential election looms large

TROY, NY — The race for New York’s 19th Congressional District is one of the most closely watched in the country with outside groups pouring millions of dollars into it. On October 13, the two candidates, Republican John Faso and Democrat Zephyr Teachout faced off in a televised debate from WHMT TV in Troy.  Read more

Ribbon cutting for hospital chopper

HONESDALE, PA — More than 200 people, many of them first responders, turned out for a grand ribbon-cutting ceremony on October 16, marking the completion of Wayne Memorial Hospital’s (WMH) helipad at 1839 Fair Ave. A Geisinger Life Flight chopper was on site and open to all to climb aboard and investigate.  Read more