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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.

Pike awaiting sewage relief legislation

Pike County officials are hoping that new legislation proposed in Harrisburg will divert “a lot of expense” for homeowners who would have to modify waterfront on-lot sewage systems under new PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) policy.  Read more

Blooming Grove approves tax incentives; Breaks for new and expanding businesses

Township supervisors have unanimously approved a five-year tax-abatement program they hope will attract businesses and assist current ones.  Read more

Locally shot movie screened in Liberty

According to the International Movie Database (www.imdb.com), the story line of the feature film “Contest” is: “A bullied high school student is suddenly befriended by his chief tormentor and together they face challenges that will change their lives forever.” One of the challenges they face is that they must win a cooking contest.  Read more

Republicans oppose immigration bill

HARRISBURG, PA — Representative Daryl Metcal fe, founder of State Legislators for Legal Immigration (SLLI), and 56 other state lawmakers, sent letters on June 11 urging members of the U.S. Senate to reject S.744, “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.”  Read more

Fatal crash in Liberty

A motor vehicle accident on June 7 at approximately 9 a.m. at State Route 55 and Ferndale-Loomis Road in the Town of Liberty resulted in the death of Kim Gessner, 46, of Rock Hill.  Read more

Pete Seeger at Air Soil Water benefit concert

MILFORD, PA — More than 300 people turned out for the sold-out Pete Seeger concert on June 8 during the Milford Music Fest. People came from as far away as Ottawa, Canada, North Carolina, West Virginia and Maryland to see the 94-year-old perform along with RJ Storm and Old School, and the opening band Spirit Family Reunion.  Read more

Assembly passes legislation to create ALS research and education fund

ALBANY, NY —The New York State Assembly has passed legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther to establish the New York State ALS Research and Education Fund and provides, on corporate finance and personal income tax returns, a check-off for gifts to the fund.  Read more

PA budget and expanded Medicaid

HARRISBURG, PA — The Pennsylvania budget for the next fiscal year is due to be complete by June 30. The Pennsylvania House Appropriations Committee last week approved a $28.3 billion budget, which was similar to the one proposed by Tom Corbett in February but spends $100 million less than Corbett. The house budget would increase spending over last year by 2.1%. Education spending would be increased by $100 million. But neither budget mentions additional revenue that the state could gain by accepting and expanded Medicaid program as part of the Affordable Care Act.  Read more

Spokesman: city not solely responsible for the upper river’s health

NARROWSBURG, NY — Even though he arrived 20 minutes late, Thomas Murphy Jr. got a warm welcome Thursday evening from Upper Delaware Council (UDC) chair Jeffrey Dexter, who said, “We’ve been waiting 30 years for you.”  Read more

FrackNation draws 35

The stand-out scene in the anti-fracking documentary “Gasland” where a homeowner’s water is set afire is sensational but misleading, said Phelim McAleer, director of the pro-fracking documentary “FrackNation,” which was screened Saturday at Sidetracks Bar & Lounge.  Read more

‘Gasland Part II’ screens to hundreds in Callicoon

“Gasland Part II” played to a packed house in the Callicoon Theatre on Saturday, June 8. The documentary about hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, by director and Milanville, PA resident Josh Fox picks up where it left off in the 2010 release of Academy Award nominated “Gasland.” Fox said Callicoon is his favorite theatre, and that they hadn’t had that many people there since “Titanic.”  Read more

Sullivan West bus tires deflated

The tires on some buses that serve students that go to the Sullivan West Central School District were deflated sometime before school began on June 7.  Read more

Support for fired deputy commissioner; homeless housing down, arrests up

The meeting of the Sullivan County Health and Family Services Meeting was packed with onlookers at the government center on June 6, with many people coming to show support for Dr. David Sager, who had recently been fired from his job as deputy commissioner of the Division of Family Services (DFS).  Read more

Pike awaiting sewage relief legislation

Pike County officials are hoping that new legislation proposed in Harrisburg will divert “a lot of expense” for homeowners who would have to modify waterfront on-lot sewage systems under new PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) policy.

Pike Commissioners’ Chair Rich Caridi said at the meeting on June 6 that area Assembly and state Senate members have proposed legislation to mitigate the new policy.  Read more

Accident fells seven drivers in race at Monticello Raceway

Seven drivers were involved in a racing accident at Monticello Raceway on Monday afternoon, June 4. Only one of the eight trotters in the race finished, and the race was declared a non contest by the judges and all wagers were refunded.  Read more

Arrests in connection with Sullivan County burglaries

Three people have been arrested in connection with a rash of burglaries in Sullivan County. The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office announced that on May 28 deputies investigated a break-in at a home on Sackett Lake Road in the Town of Forestburgh and an attempted break-in on East Glen Wild Road in the Town of Thompson.  Read more

Congressman visits BOCES

“Do you know Obama?” the student asked. Congressman Chris Gibson responded that he did. “That’s so cool,” she said. Gibson then talked about his conversation with President Barack Obama about basketball. He said, “We may disagree on some policies, but he’s a very personable guy, and I appreciate that.”  Read more

A vision for Tusten in 20 years

TOWN OF TUSTEN, NY — In a brightly lit and chilly town hall basement, a committee meets regularly every two weeks to discuss the details of a Design Master Plan for the Town of Tusten. At a recent meeting, the group sat around a small table, their heads bowed over, looking at a large map of an aerial view of Tusten with numbered sections. Number by number, the committee discussed ideas for the future of the Town of Tusten.  Read more

Monticello arrests helped by video; Stolen donation jar, stolen credit cards

In separate incidents, Monticello police arrested three men recently for theft with the help of video evidence. In the first case, Monticello police arrested Isaiah Roberts, 22, and Keron Neils, 20, both of Brooklyn, for stealing a donation jar from a fast food establishment.  Read more

PA House mulls merger of Game and Fish and Boat Commission

HARRISBURG, PA — The Pennsylvania House has adopted a resolution calling for a study of the potential impacts of merging the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC). House Resolution 129 calls on the nonpartisan Legislative Budget and Finance Committee (LBFC) to study the financial feasibility, impact, costs and savings that may be realized by combining the agencies.  Read more