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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.

Shohola seeks input on commercial zoning

SHOHOLA, PA — Shohola Township supervisors are advertising for resident participation from interested individuals at the next general meeting on March 12 at 7:30 p.m. While no changes have been made to the zoning map since 2009, there are approximately a half dozen properties that are currently under consideration for rezoning from residential to commercial in an effort to increase revenue and jobs in the area. These properties are primarily along either Route 6 or Twin Lakes Road. As well as receiving feedback on these properties, the supervisors are open to suggestions for other possible commercial locations. The meeting will be held in the township building at 159 Twin Lakes Rd.  Read more

Police presence recommended for Sullivan West

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — Sullivan West Central School District Superintendent Dr. Nancy M. Hackett announced at the district’s February 19 Board of Education meeting that the Safe Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE) Committee recommends that the district hire a full-time school resource officer (SRO) for its Jeffersonville and Lake Huntington campuses. SROs are Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department officers with special training in school-related policing.  Read more

New Pike tourism guide & map coming soon

MILFORD, PA — Spring can’t be far away, because the seventh annual “Pike County Visitors Guide & Map” is now in production.  Read more

Sullivan Charter Commission begins work

MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County Charter Commission is beginning its examination of the county’s charter, which lays out the basic details of the county government. The commission is tasked with recommending possible updates and changes to the charter to the county legislature, which then may consider making those changes or not.  Read more

Berlin nuisance abatement ordinance protest heats up

BEACH LAKE, PA — For a second consecutive month, the Berlin Township Board of Supervisors meeting was attended by a standing-room-only crowd protesting the proposed nuisance abatement ordinance currently under review by township solicitor Jeff Treat. But there was a marked difference in character between the January 20 public hearing and the February 17 meeting.  Read more

Pike candidates announcement

MILFORD, PA — David Ruby of Milford and Steve Guccini of Greentown officially kicked off their joint election campaign for Pike County Commissioners on Sunday with a brunch at Mt. Haven attended by over 70 supporters. At the event, the Democratic candidates released the details of their campaign platform, which is available at  Read more

Sullivan nonprofit finalists named

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — At a luncheon on February 20 at Monticello’s Blue Horizon Diner, the steering committee of the fifth annual Nonprofit Leadership Summit welcomed the three finalists for the prestigious annual Innovation Award: The Kingfisher Project, Sullivan County Breastfeeding Coalition and EatHealthy Sullivan County Farmers’ Market.  Read more

Heart-a-Thon raises more than $80,000

HARRIS, NY — The 37th annual WSUL/WVOS Heart-a-Thon took place at The Sullivan Hotel on Saturday, February 14. Both radio stations broadcast live from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the annual event raising more than $80,000. Donations continue to come in.  Read more

Pike county murder conviction upheld

NORTHEAST, PA — The Pennsylvania Superior Court has upheld the conviction and life sentence without parole of Joseph Atwell for his involvement in the 2007 kidnapping and murder of Norman Domenech, of Harrisburg. Atwell was pursuing a Post Conviction Relief Act (PCRA) petition in the Superior Court claiming that due to errors by his trial counsel he is entitled to a new trial.  Read more

Cochecton seeks share of tourism tax dollars

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — Tourism, and all that comes with it, loomed large at the February 11 Cochecton town board meeting. In the absence of deputy supervisor Ed Grund and councilperson Anna Story, the board tackled no resolutions. Instead, it discussed some of the various avenues it is exploring to capitalize on new revenue expected from the proposed higher county sales tax.  Read more

Foie gras wars continue; Activist arraigned in Sullivan County court

FERNDALE, NY — Hudson Valley Foie Gras (HVFG), which is the largest producer of foie gras in the country and is located in Ferndale, was the subject of a story in the New York Times on February 22, and the central question of the piece was whether or not activist Amber Canavan stole two of the large ducks that produce the foie gras, or fatty liver.  Read more

Henry assumes UDC chair

NARROWSBURG, NY — The first former National Park Service (NPS) employee to hold the gavel of the Upper Delaware Council (UDC) was installed when Al Henry, of Berlin Township assumed the UDC chair on February 5.  Read more

Damascus approves conditions for campground

DAMASCUS, PA — At its February 16 meeting, the Damascus Township Board of Supervisors approved conditions of use for a 10-site campground on Hickory Lane owned by Hal and Gladys Kaufmann. The document outlining conditions of use for the property, which was granted a nonconforming use variance by the board in 1984, was drafted by township solicitor Jeffrey Treat and addresses most of the suggestions and concerns voiced by residents at a January 19 public hearing on the topic.  Read more

High bear yield in Pennsylvania

NORTHEAST, PA — The number of bears taken across the state of Pennsylvania continues to remain high, with the official number of bears taken by hunters in 2014 confirmed by the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) at 3,366.  Read more

Town sets brewery hearing, tables parking

ELDRED, NY — The Highland Town Board on February 10 had two agenda resolutions concerning zoning changes on its agenda.  Read more

Bethel highway dustup continues

WHITE LAKE, NY — At the Bethel town meeting on February 11, it seemed as if Supervisor Dan Strum wanted to turn the temperature down a bit after the previous town meeting turned into a shouting match over the snow removal and overtime budget. Sturm and Councilperson Vicky Simpson said highway superintendent William Crumley was using too much salt and overtime, and was going to break the budget, while Crumley argued he was doing what was necessary.  Read more

Milk prices falling again

HONESDALE, PA — Farmers and others gathered for the 37th annual Wayne County, PA/ Sullivan County, NY Dairy/Ag Day on February 16. One attendee was Wayne County Commissioners chair Brian Smith, who recently announced he is running for office again this year, and who is also a dairy farmer.  Read more

Ukraine war hits home on Wayne’s dairy farms

HONESDALE, PA — Wayne County farms are responsible for 35% to 40% of the county’s economy, and that economy is suffering from a European war, the county commissioners were told on February 12.  Read more

Parker demands to be reinstated

MONTICELLO, NY — Randy Parker, the commissioner of the Sullivan County Division of Family Services (DFS) who was placed on paid administrative leave, says his rights are being violated. In an interview published on February 17, Parker said he is entitled to a public hearing over the matter.  Read more

Lawmakers oppose PA severance tax

HARRISBURG, PA — Several Republican members of the legislature have issued statements in opposition to Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed 5% severance tax on gas released from the Marcellus Shale.  Read more