Michael Sullivan, executive director of the Pike County Economic Development Authority (EDA) and Cindy DeFebo, director of Pike County Workforce Development, appeared at the county commissioners’ April 6 meeting to announce that the 65 slots available for employers at the upcoming April 15 “Working Pike” job fair have been filled.
“We have concentrated on getting employers and now we have to concentrate on getting the word out to the unemployed and under-employed,” Sullivan said. Read more
MILFORD, PA — Catholic Social Services last week reported that of 244 drug and alcohol treatment episodes it dealt with in Pike County last year, the largest segment, 87 (36%) of them, were related to heroin use. Incidents involving beer (23%) and marijuana (20%) ranked second and third. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — Fred Peckham offered grudging support on April 7 as the Upper Delaware Council (UDC) approved a letter of support to Congress, backing New York City’s effort to extend its permit to build a hydroelectric generator at the Cannonsville Dam. Read more
HAWLEY, PA — When the next document to govern flows from New York City’s Delaware Basin Reservoir System is unveiled on June 1, “expect it to look much the same as 2015,” Delaware River Master Robert Mason Jr. told a crowd of 130 who had largely turned out to advocate for meaningful changes. Read more
HARRISBURG, PA — State Rep. Ryan A. Bizzarro introduced legislation on April 11 that would remove perceived conflicts of interest for public officials and employees serving on corporate or non-profit boards outside of government service, by prohibiting them from receiving any salary or compensation for serving on such boards. The official or employee still would be permitted to receive reimbursement for actual expenses that are provided to other board members. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce is celebrating 25 years of honoring individuals as the pride of their community. The 25th Anniversary Pride Awards Gala, to be held on Sunday, May 15 at the Villa Roma Resort, will honor five individuals from throughout Sullivan County for their community involvement and their contributions to the economic development in the county. Read more
BUSHKILL, PA — The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (DWG) was awarded $20,625 from the 2016 Active Trails grant program. The grant will be used to conduct the “Active Adventures: Find your Path to Wellness” program in 2016. The program will be carried out by the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) in Dingmans Ferry. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther has cosponsored legislation that would require labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in New York State. “Assembly member Gunther showed real leadership by standing up for the right of New Yorkers to know whether the food we feed our families is genetically engineered,” said Alex Beauchamp, Northeast Region director at Food & Water Watch (FWW) on April 8. “It’s time for her colleagues in the Assembly and the Senate to follow suit and pass GMO labeling into law now.” Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — It’s been widely reported that Sullivan County has the second least healthy population in the state, and part of the cause is a lack of access to affordable healthcare. While Obamacare has improved the situation somewhat, there are still too many people who can’t afford premiums or co-pays. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — Austin-Michael Komat (The Beast) wasn’t concerned about frightening seven-month-old Cheyenne during a “Beauty and the Beast” pre-show meet and greet because “she’s my niece,” he explained to the crowd.
They were part of the scene at a Monticello High School student performance of the musical on April 10. For Jonathan Fox’s take on the show, and more goings on in the region, turn to page 16.
HONESDALE, PA — It was former mayor Jack Bishop who introduced the topic that must not be discussed. Speaking during the citizen input segment of the April 11 Honesdale borough council meeting, he urged swift action by the council to make final the dismissal of a police officer suspended from duty without pay since the December incident when he allegedly failed to respond to a call for backup. Read more
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Livingston Manor, which sits at the confluence of the Willowemoc Creek, the Little Beaver Kill River and Cattail Creek, has regularly been hit with flooding since the end of the 19th Century. In the early part of the 21st century, the town was hit hard multiple times, especially in 2004, 2005 and 2006, when it seemed that flooding was going to be an annual occurrence. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — Judge Frank LaBuda, who has served as a judge in Sullivan County Supreme Court since 1997, announced on April 1 that he will seek another term in office. According to his biography, LaBuda has “authored more than 175 published decisions that have provided ‘legal precedent’ for other trial judges on issues of evidence, trial procedure, criminal, and civil law. Read more
PORT JERVIS, NY — Residency requirements for Port Jervis official city positions came under scrutiny at the meeting on March 25, when Teresa Spradling, who has been working in the city’s assessor’s office for several years, was finally confirmed as the successor to the previous assessor. But it required passing a new law, causing comments and debate from council members, Mayor Kelly Decker and residents who came to voice their opinions in a public hearing. Read more
TOWN OF MINISINK, NY — On Thursday, March 31, members of the New York State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team, troopers from Troop F Greenville and officers from the Town of Warwick Police Department, executed several search warrants in the Orange County area. Officers executed a search warrant at 103 Cosh Rd. in the Town of Minisink after receiving reports of unusual activity at the residence. The three-month investigation was conducted with the assistance of the Orange County District Attorney’s office. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — Northeast Pennsylvania Audubon Society (NEPAS) is currently accepting applications for its annual $4,000 college scholarship, available to students who wish to pursue a career in an environmental field such as forestry, natural resources, environmental planning, environmental engineering, fish, game, or wildlife management, ecology and/or environmental science. Read more
HAWLEY, PA — The Wally Lake Fest committee reminds all businesses, non-profits and individuals that the deadline for new event and sponsorship forms for the seventh annual Wally Lake Fest is just around the corner. Sponsors who want to help make this year’s Wally Lake Fest a success should have their forms sent in by May 15. Read more
SCRANTON, PA — Father Martin Boylan, who served as pastor of St. John the Evangelist in Honesdale from 2001 through 2009, has been accused of child sexual abuse. He was suspended from his most recent position at St. Patrick’s in Scranton by the Diocese of Scranton after the allegations surfaced. Read more