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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.

Wayne tax bills to go unchanged in 2014

Wayne County will be spending a little more in 2014, but property owners’ county tax bills will not increase.  Read more

Pellet boilers: not your grandfather’s wood stove; A once-quaint technology transformed into sustainability’s cutting edge

NARROWSBURG, NY — Once upon a time, wood and pellet stoves were essentially quaint space heaters. Cozy and romantic, maybe, but not very practical, given their limited range and the need for constant care and feeding. But things have changed, as became apparent at a forum on pellet boilers on Sunday, November 17 at the Tusten Theatre, sponsored by Damascus Citizens for Sustainability and The Solution Project, attended by about 100 people.  Read more

River Market under new ownership

BARRYVILLE, NY — The store was bustling on the morning of November 23, as John and Athena Lynn had just wrapped up their first staff meeting, and they were getting used to the feel of being the new proprietors of the River Market in Barryville.  Read more

DV to purchase Matamoras site for school

WESTFALL, PA — Delaware Valley School District officials on November 21 were hoping the third time would be the charm, as they approved the $1.35 million purchase of some 50 acres of land in Matamoras Borough. Closing the deal was made contingent upon the property meeting all the needed permitting and construction requirements.  Read more

Lackawaxen supports Wayne libraries

LACKAWAXEN, PA — The township supervisors on November 15 approved a letter to the Pike County Commissioners asking “proportionate allocations” of library funds to the Wayne County libraries in Hawley and Newfoundland, which are heavily patronized by western Pike residents.  Read more

Lumberland tax levy down

GLEN SPEY, NY — The Lumberland Town Board on November 13 approved a final $3,031,633 appropriations budget for 2014.  Read more

Apollo project moving forward; Legislators vote to continue sale process

MONTICELLO, NY — There were dozens of professionally printed signs on display at the Sullivan County Government Center on November 21, urging the legislature to turn over the Apollo Plaza property to the Sullivan County Funding Corporation (SCFC) as another step in the process of selling the land to developer Butch Resnick and the Resnick Group.  Read more

River ice watchers wanted

REGION —With the rivers low and snow in the forecast, the thought of flooding typically takes somewhat of a back seat in our minds, but the winter season brings freeze and thaw cycles to our rivers that can easily lead to ice jams and serious flooding.  Read more

Potosek named county manager

MONTICELLO, NY — Josh Potosek, who has been serving as acting county manager since David Fanslau left the position in February of this year, has been named permanent county manager. The announcement was made on November 22, at a press conference called by Scott Samuelson.  Read more

Pennsylvania hikes gas tax

HARRISBURG, PA — Citing the significant deterioration of roads and bridges in the Pocono region, PA Rep. Sandra Major, Rep. Mike Peifer and Sen. Lisa Baker voted last week to invest more money in the state’s transportation infrastructure.  Read more

Fishs Eddy man found dead

HANCOCK, NY — A man from Fishs Eddy, north of Delaware County, was found dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound on the morning of November 23. Police had been summoned to the house several hours earlier after 52-year-old Ronald Milke reportedly had a physical altercation with a 52-year-old woman.  Read more

Wayne endorses water baseline study

The Wayne County Commissioners on November 14 added their support for a grant application that would fund a baseline water quality study for Wayne County.  Read more

Pike’s library funding still at issue

Mary Ann Teeter says the Hawley Public Library serves almost a quarter of Pike’s population but receives only about $2,000 in Pike aid, compared to some $200,000 funding for the Pike County Public Library (PCLP).  Read more

Cancellations and delays for November 26, 2013

New York
Two-hour delay
Center for Discovery
Center for Spectrum Support (Ellenville site)
Hebrew Day School
New Paltz Central School
St. Peter’s Regional School (Liberty)  Read more

Cochecton election may turn on second home owners; court to rule on challenged voters

The votes of second home-owners did not make much of an impact in most of the towns in western Sullivan County, and in fact the issue may have sparked a backlash among voters in some towns. But in the Town of Cochecton, the race for one of the council member’s seats may be decided by a court because of second home owners.  Read more

Season for the ages

Cheered on by adoring fans including fellow students, staff and of course, their family members, the Eldred Lady Yellow Jacket soccer team boarded a bus bound for the state semifinals in Cortland hoping to continue their historic ride. After defeating Livingston Manor 3-2 with a pair of goals in a minute and a half to win their first Section IX title since 1986, the Eldred juggernaut notched a 2-1 regional final win over Oppenheim/Ephratah/St. Johnsville on a late goal by Jordan Lepes to advance to its first-ever state final four.  Read more

Proposed windmill stirs controversy

Property owner and Hollywood legend Judd Hirsch has applied for a variance to allow him to construct a 176-foot turbine on Eve Eden Road in the Town of Denning, which is on the north side of the remote Roundout Reservoir.  Read more

Monticello mayor arrested; Driving while intoxicated and other charges

Gordon Jenkins, the mayor of Monticello, reportedly turned up at the site of a car accident on Broadway on November 16, and a volunteer firefighter suspected that he had been drinking. He reported his suspicion to the Monticello police. Jenkins left the scene but was later arrested by the Monticello police and taken to the station.  Read more

Tax hike for Hawley; New board member joins

The Hawley Borough Council plans a tax hike and also has a new member on board.  Read more

Four success stories and one work in progress at Sullivan West

There were five presentations to the Sullivan West Board of Education at its November 14 meeting. Four described successful projects. The fifth described a work in progress, so far unsuccessful. But the night really belonged to the success stories: the peer tutoring lab; the pre-K program; the elementary school roof replacement; and the Sullivan West Enrollment/Facilities Study (reviewed at the public forum immediately preceding the board meeting).  Read more