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October 28, 2016
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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.

White Lake creation irks neighbors; DEC officials say it’s a violation

There is a newly created bit of land surrounded by rocks in White Lake that has been the subject of complaints from neighbors. The matter was addressed at the Bethel Town Board meeting on September 23.  Read more

Free licenses for vets

HARRISBURG, PA — Sens. Lisa Baker and Scott Hutchinson have introduced legislation to help more disabled veterans receive free hunting and fishing licenses.  Read more

NY pharmacy bill signed

Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther announced that Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently signed legislation that would include pharmacies as disposal sites for unused controlled substances once federal regulations are adopted.  Read more

PA child protection measures

HARRISBURG, PA — The Senate Aging and Youth Committee, chaired by Sen. Bob Mensch, approved a series of bills to provide sweeping improvements to Pennsylvania’s child protection laws last week.  Read more

Arrest in bank robbery in Eldred

New York State Police at Liberty on September 30 announced the arrest of Kevin Lemma, age 22 of Holbrook, in connection with the robbery at the Jeff Bank in Eldred on September 24, 2013.  Read more

Pike supporting good works

Some of the fee money collected by the county from property owners last week went back to the community to help build new homes for those who might not be able to afford them otherwise.  Read more

Shutdown impacts region; federal employees, others feel the pain

It is not business as usual in the Upper Delaware Valley as impacts from the shutdown of the federal government are felt. Active employees of the National Park Service (NPS) unit that serves the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River have been cut back to just five who will patrol the river and perform other limited services while politicians in Washington DC try to figure out a way to get the full federal government going again.  Read more

Public listening sessions slated (October 1) on Delaware River issues

UPPER DELAWARE RIVER REGION — Four public listening sessions on topics connected to the Flexible Flow Management Program on the Delaware River will be held to solicit public comments on flood mitigation; aquatic life and ecosystems; water supply obligations and reliability; recreational use; and other topics addressed by the program.  Read more

Forty million dollars for new jail? With pressure from Albany jail talk resumes

With a number of lawmakers convinced that Sullivan County taxpayers can’t afford an $80 million new jail, county officials have moved to get a second opinion. The $80 million plan came from LaBella Associates.Now a company called Goldberg Group Architects (GGA) will provide the county with a “concept plan” for a new jail.  Read more

Black Bear Film Festival; Reaching out to the library

The 14th annual Black Bear Festival in Milford is not only for film buffs and art lovers; it’s also good for the local economy, said founding president Jerry Beaver at the pre-festival press conference on September 17 in the old Milford Theatre that is once again going to host the event. He was referring to the many visitors who come to use local hotels, restaurants and other facilities during the festival.  Read more

Report: gaming costs outweigh benefits

NEW YORK STATE — There are many unknowns about the law that would allow non-native American casinos to be operated in New York State if voters decide in November that the state constitution should be changed to allow it. But using what information is known, and using assumptions that they say gives the benefit of the doubt to casino supporters, the Coalition Against Gambling in New York (CAGNY) issued a report on September 23, which says that for the overwhelming majority of New Yorkers the cost of casinos will outweigh the benefits.  Read more

No invocation at Wallenpaupack graduations

PALMYRA TOWNSHIP, PA — The Wallenpaupack Area School Board on September 9 addressed concerns about the district’s stopping the practice of prayer at graduation ceremonies. The action was taken after an inquiry by the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), which challenged as unconstitutional the invocation and benediction that occurs at graduation exercises.  Read more

Resident questions ambulance response

Resident Kelly Magee brought an issue of prompt ambulance response before township supervisors on September 16.  Read more

Superintendent: DV can’t do with only six schools

The date has changed, but the arguments remained pretty much the same on September 12 when Delaware Valley School District officials considered their options for the students at Delaware Valley Elementary School (DVES).  Read more

Targeting second-home owner voters; Acting couple to host voter registration drive

It’s well-established law in New York State that residents who occupy more than one home have a choice about where they can register and vote. A person who owns or rents an apartment in New York City, for instance, and who also owns a second home in the Town of Delaware, is permitted to register and vote in the Town of Delaware even if that home is not the voter’s primary place of residence.  Read more

PA ACLU slams prescription drug bill

HARRISBURG, PA — The Pennsylvania House Human Services Committee on September 23 passed legislation which, according to the PA American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), will allow for the collection of data on millions of prescription drug users in the commonwealth. The PA ACLU called House Bill 1694 “woefully inadequate” in protecting Pennsylvanians’ sensitive medical data.  Read more

PA wasting disease rules adjusted

HARRISBURG, PA — The Pennsylvania Game Commission for the 2013-14 seasons has removed the requirement for successful hunters within a Disease Management Area to take their harvests to a check station where samples can be collected for disease testing. Instead, the game commission will use other methods to determine how prevalent the disease might be in areas where it has been found.  Read more

DEC sportsman education underway

ALBANY, NY — New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens reminds all new hunters or trappers planning to go afield this upcoming hunting and trapping season that they must first complete a mandatory hunter or trapper education course before they can obtain the appropriate sporting license.

Narrowsburg hosts firefighter parade

The 85th annual Sullivan County Volunteer Firefighters Association (SCVFA) parade will be in Narrowsburg this year on Saturday, September 28 at 2 p.m. The parade is hosted by the Narrowsburg Fire Department, and 2013 marks the 111th year of community service for the department. The SCVFA parade returns to Narrowsburg for the first time in nearly 40 years.  Read more

No pay increases for two years

The contract that was recently ratified by members of the Teamsters Local 445 in Sullivan County is bare bones compared to recent contracts, but union officials say it reflects the economic realities of the times.  Read more