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December 16, 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.

Honesdale approves hospital expansion plan

HONESDALE, PA — To an agenda laced with 2017 budget preparation, the October 10 meeting of the Honesdale Borough Council added progress reports on three sizeable long-term projects: the proposed hospital expansion; the Central Park veterans’ memorial; and renovation of the borough’s Fair Avenue public swimming-pool complex.  Read more

Honeybee Fest abuzz

NARROWSBURG, NY — A parade featuring the 85-piece marching band from Wallenpaupack Area School marched through Narrowsburg on October 8 as part of the second annual Honeybee Fest.

There was a beekeeping class and other bee-inspired activities throughout the day, including a panel discussion about bees at the Tusten Theatre. In the spirit of the day, many revelers showed up dressed as bees.

For more on the event, see photos on page 17, and Jonathan Fox’s In My Humble Opinion column on page 21.

Sullivan West prepares for mock election; Social Studies teacher talks shop

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — John Ogozalek has been teaching for 29 years, and this election year he is teaching Social Studies to four classes of seniors, and he also has an eighth grade class.  Read more

New Catskill Regional facility breaks ground; Medical services near new casino

With the new hotel for the Adelaar Resort and Montreign Casino being erected nearby, hundreds of community leaders and residents turned out on October 5 for a ground-breaking ceremony for a new facility of the Catskill Regional Medical Group.  Read more

Cuomo signs Gunther legislation; Early termination fees for deceased customers

ALBANY, NY — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on September 27 signed legislation that prevents telecommunications companies and utility providers from charging a contract termination or early cancellation fee in the event of a customer’s death.  Read more

Local residents react to Kaepernick

MONTICELLO, NY — It has been more than a month since Colin Kaepernick began protesting the U.S. National Anthem. What began as a solo protest has turned into a nationwide phenomenon. Professional, collegiate and high school athletes have voiced their opinion on Kaepernick’s stance.  Read more

LaBuda donates campaign funds to food pantries

NARROWSBURG, NY — Edward Magilton, chair of the Sullivan County Conservative Party, left, presented a $500 check to Julie Maxwell of the I.O.U Food Pantry of Callicoon, as Eileen Hennessy of the Saint Francis Ecumenical Food Pantry in Narrowsburg received a $500 check from businessman Ned Lang. The donations were made at the Narrowsburg Deck on October 3.  Read more

DA announces state investigation of Judge LaBuda

MONTICELLO, NY — Sullivan County District Attorney Jim Farrell announced on September 29 that the incident involving Judge Frank LaBuda and his brother Peter Labuda (who does not capitalized the “b” in his last name) will be investigated by the New York State Attorney General’s Office.

The two brothers own adjoining property in the Town of Mamakating. On September 25 Frank was reportedly riding an ATV on Peter’s property, and Peter claims that when he declined to let Frank pass, Frank gunned the motor and ran him down. Frank said that it was an accident.  Read more

Laurie Stuart ordained

NARROWSBURG, NY — Laurie Stuart, long-time Upper Delaware resident and publisher of The River Reporter, was ordained into the Unitarian Universalist ministry on October 1 at the South Nassau UU Congregation in Freeport, NY.

The ordination was conferred on Stuart by the Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, where she served as a consulting minister from 2007-2013, and the South Nassau UU Congregation where she is currently serving half time as Transition Minister.  Read more

Active shooter drill planned for Sullivan West

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — Sullivan County Undersheriff Eric J. Chaboty says there’s an old saying in law enforcement circles: “Failing to train is training to fail.”  Read more

Wayne Democratic headquarters open

HONESDALE, PA — Elected officials, the county party leader, supporters and the Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress attended the official opening of the Wayne County Democratic Committee’s Election Headquarters at 1206 North Main St. on Thursday, September 15.

County Chairman Mark Graziadio welcomed all in attendance and thanked them for their past and expected support in the upcoming elections. He introduced Davis Klabo, the PA Victory 2016 Coordinated Campaign organizer and Joyce B. Lanham of Hawley, the headquarters office manager.  Read more

Gloria Steinem visits Clinton headquarters

MILFORD, PA — Gloria Steinem, American feminist icon, writer and lecturer visited the Pike County Democratic Committee’s headquarters in Milford on Saturday to support Hillary Clinton to be the next President of the United States. A crowd of supporters showed up to hear Steinem’s speech, which inspired volunteer staff and helped increase community awareness of local campaign activities.  Read more

Wayne GOP opens Trump headquarters

HONESDALE, PA — On September 30, the Wayne County Republican Party opened its campaign headquarters for Donald Trump with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Among 100 people attending were Dwight Gregory, first row, kneeling, left; attorney Steve Burlein, Republican Committee Chairman; Brian Smith, Wayne County Commissioners Chair; Judy Murphy; Judy O’Connell, auditor; Millie Compton, 100 years old and member of Republican Party and Otto Voitt, candidate for state treasurer.  Read more

Dingmans Ferry man jailed for threats, urine

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — David Michael Ross, age 34 of Dingmans Ferry, was sentenced to six months to 23½ months in the Pike County Jail and fined $1,000 for the crimes of terroristic threats and falsely furnishing drug-free urine.  Read more

Sienna poll shows tight race for NY 19th Congressional District

LOUDONVILLE, NY — The race to fill retiring Republican Rep. Chris Gibson’s seat in Congress is “neck and neck,” according to a new Time Warner Cable News/Siena College poll of likely 19th Congressional District voters. “Republican John Faso has the support of 43% of likely voters and Democrat Zephyr Teachout has the support of 42%, with 15% undecided. Both have identical 75% support among voters from their party, and independents are almost evenly divided between the two,” according to the poll.  Read more

Day of recording, addiction impact

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Friends of Recovery Sullivan and the Kingfisher Project at WJFF public radio are co-hosting a “Day of Recording” on Saturday, October 15 at WJFF’s Jeffersonville studios.  Read more

Pennsylvania State Police investigate identity theft

NEWFOUNDLAND, PA — Pennsylvania State Police are investigating an identity theft that occurred over the phone to a victim on Beaver Run Road. Police say a man who identified himself as Mark Williams called the victim and said he was from a computer security company. He instructed the victim to download a program that gave him control over her computer.  Read more

Cochecton woes

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — A series of unfortunate events came to light between recess of the September 14 Cochecton Town Board meeting and its reconvening on September 28. Burglary, a leaky roof, an urgent sewer plant add-on, a dangerous hairpin curve and demolition of an unsafe building were added to an agenda originally intended mainly for 2017 budget preparation.  Read more

Balloons over Jeffersonville

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — According to the website www.eballoon.org the first hot air balloon ride took place in France in 1783, but there were no humans on board. The first passengers to soar aloft below a huge hot bag of air were a sheep, a duck and a rooster, and the flight lasted for 25 minutes.

According to the website “The first manned attempt came about two months later on 21st November, with a balloon made by two French brothers, Joseph and Etienne Montgolfier. The balloon was launched from the centre of Paris and flew for a period of 20 minutes. The birth of hot air ballooning.”  Read more

WMH Bridge Repairs

Wayne Memorial Hospital is advising its employees and the public that the pedestrian bridge across the Lackawaxen River will be removed on Friday, October 7th, for extensive repairs. The bridge is expected to be out for three to four weeks, according to the hospital’s Facility Service Director, John Conte.  Read more