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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.

‘People do recover’: recognition in Wayne

HONESDALE, PA — “People do recover” was the central message of comments delivered by Wayne County Drug and Alcohol Commission executive director Jeff Zerechek, as he spoke on September 15 during the county commissioners’ delivery of their proclamation of National Recovery Month in Wayne this month.  Read more

Solar benefits environment, town budget

ELDRED NY — Expeditiously approving two solar energy-related items on September 13, the Highland Town Board decided to protect both the earth and the local tax rate. The heavy hitter of the two items was a model resolution for a “unified solar [building] permit and expedited permitting process.”  Read more

Solar farm moratorium for Cochecton

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — By unanimous vote at its September 14 meeting, the Cochecton Town Board passed a six-month moratorium on large-scale commercial solar energy installations. The vote followed a public hearing on the proposed moratorium held immediately prior to the meeting.  Read more

Private roadwork sparks questions; Will the developer plow it?

TOWN OF TUSTEN, NY — It came as a bit of a surprise to Geoffrey Gangel when workmen and machinery showed up in front of his house on September 15, and dug a trench for a new culvert at the end of his driveway. The driveway is connected to a small private road, which leads to County Road 25.  Read more

Bethel board sides with reservoir access activists; Urge DOH to rescind action

WHITE LAKE, NY — Dan Sturm, supervisor of the Town of Bethel, ticked off the steps he has taken in response to the New York State Department of Health (DOH) declaring the Toronto access a bathing beach, which has lead to a partial closing of the facility.  Read more

PA Growing Greener III bill

HARRISBURG, PA — Sen. Tom Killion has announced that he will sponsor Growing Greener III legislation, along with two co-sponsors. The proposal will provide $315 million in annual investments for environmental conservation, recreation and preservation projects across the Commonwealth.  Read more

Grahamsville man arrested for growing pot

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — On September 16 the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at 4 Van Dr. in Grahamsville. At the residence deputies found a marijuana garden consisting of 14 mature plants.  Read more

Casey opposes softening of trucker’s hours rules

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Sen. Bob Casey is calling on his colleagues in Congress to do more to increase truck safety. Casey says truck drivers often drive for hours without much-needed rest and recovery, and their rest breaks are increasingly in jeopardy due to funding in Congress.  Read more

WJFF station manager moving on

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Adam Weinreich, the station manager at WJFF, who has been with the radio station for seven years, is leaving his position. According to an email he sent to associates, beginning on October 3, Weinreich “will be taking over the morning show at 95.3 WDNH in Honesdale, PA.”  Read more

A healthier Port Jervis

PORT JERVIS, NY — The City of Port Jervis plans to overhaul the center of the city streets to increase the ease of walking and biking. The plans were up for residents’ review and suggestions at a public workshop before the regular Common Council meeting September 12.  Read more

Tankers in Narrowsburg are empty

NARROWSBURG, NY — Some 20 tanker cars have been stationed on the railroad tracks running under Bridge Street in Narrowsburg for more than a week. Some residents of the community have expressed concern because the cars are marked as carrying “Liquefied Petroleum Gas,” which is also known as propane.

A dispatcher with the New York, Susquehanna and Western Railway, which owns the tracks, said in a phone call on September 19 that the cars are empty. He said the cars are there for “storage” because there was no other place to put them.

Honesdale pleads for more police; New borough treasurer named

HONESDALE, PA — Despite its brevity, the September 19 meeting of the Honesdale Borough Council managed in less than 50 minutes to convey in vivid detail the complexity of an ongoing borough police officer shortage and its implications for Honesdale.  Read more

Anti-LGBT job discrimination law for PA?

HARRISBURG, PA — This may be the year that the Pennsylvania General Assembly passes legislation that prohibits job discrimination against people based on sexual orientation or gender identity.  Read more

Jail project rebid; Initial bids lower than expected

MONTICELLO, NY — Sullivan County manager Josh Potosek told legislators at a meeting on September 8 that new solicitations for bids for the new county jail went out to general contractors the previous day, and those interested have four weeks to respond.  Read more

UDC’s 2016 technical grants for river communities

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Upper Delaware Council (UDC) approved payments for the final series of 10 projects accomplished under its 2016 Technical Assistance Grant (TAG) program, which awarded $35,000 to member municipalities.  Read more

Jury commissioners gone in Wayne court reform

HONESDALE PA — More than 200 years of tradition went by the boards last week when the Wayne County Commissioners approved the abolishment of the two county jury commissioners’ positions.  Read more

Walking through the grant maze

MILFORD, PA — The confusing world of federal-state grants and their eligibility requirements remained unclear on September 7 as the Pike Commissioners hosted a second public hearing for Pike’s new, 2017 round of Community Development Block Grants (CDBG).  Read more

E-scrap issue not resolved; Glut of old TVs gumming up the works

MONITCELLO, NY — The backlog of e-scrap at the transfer stations operated by the Sullivan County Division of Solid Waste is gradually being cleared away, but that does not necessarily mean those facilities will soon again be accepting computers, printers and old televisions with cathode ray tubes (CTR.)  Read more

Future of transfer station discussed

MONTICELLO, NY — The future of the Western Sullivan Transfer Station in the Town of Cochecton was a topic of discussion at a county meeting at the government center on September 8.  Read more

Fatality on Route 17 investigated

WURTSBORO, NY — On September 7, New York State Police responded to a serious motor vehicle accident in the westbound lanes of Route 17 in the Town of Mamakating. The initial investigation determined that a 2015 BMW operated by Alekos Patentas of Holm-del, NJ was traveling westbound and struck the rear portion of a 2006 Western Star tractor-trailer operated by James Sisler of Amsterdam. A female passenger in the BMW, Carrie Ann Ganley, age 36 of Bayville, NJ, was pronounced deceased at the scene. Patentas was flown to Westchester Medical Center and treated for head injuries.  Read more