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NARROWSBURG, NY — Celebrate the diverse artistic talents of the area at Riverfest, Narrowsburg’s 26th annual music, art, and environmental festival on Sunday, July 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Gibson Eldridge debate fracking

19TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, NY — Republican Congressman Chris Gibson faced off against challenger Democrat Sean Eldridge in a debate over a wide range of issues before the editorial board of the Poughkeepsie Journal on October 3, which was live-streamed on the Internet.  Read more

Combating heroin in Pennsylvania: report outlines strategies

NORTHEAST, PA — Residents of the Upper Delaware Valley know that heroin use is a problem locally. Rebecca Pisall, 20, of North Branch, NY was shot dead by her 51-year-old uncle on June 20 during a dispute about a heroin buy.  Read more

Damaged building harms neighbor

PORT JERVIS, NY — Safety was at the forefront in a discussion about a damaged building at the September 22 meeting of the Port Jervis Common Council. Councilmembers and Mayor Kelly Decker. The building located at 34–40 Front Street came under scrutiny, and Howard Cooperman, who owns 21–32 Front Street, next to it, complained about a city order that forces his building to stay closed although it has no defects.  Read more

Fate of PA property tax bill; Closer than ever, but probably won’t happen

HARRISBURG, PA — The move to end property taxes in Pennsylvania, at least the portion that funds education, has passed a milestone with proposed legislation Senate Bill 76 passing out of committee for the first time in the 30 or so years that it has been discussed.  Read more

Marino’s seat safe? Three-way race in 10th PA Congressional District

NORTHEAST PA — There’s a ragged bit of map cut out of Pennsylvania’s oddly-shaped 10th Congressional District where the cities of Scranton and Carbondale are located. Those two population centers are home to far more registered Democrats than Republicans, and if they were included in the district, there is a good chance that another candidate could unseat Republican Congressman Tom Marino.  Read more

Liberty High School capital project

LIBERTY, NY — Voters in the Liberty Central School District are being asked to approve a capital project that will cost $13.6 million.  Read more

Benefit for Addison

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — According to the National Institutes of Health, glucose galactos malabsorbtion is a rare condition with only a few hundred cases being identified around the world. But one person with the condition is six-month-old Addison Umbaugh, who lives in Lake Huntington.  Read more

Lumberland certifies highway union

GLEN SPEY, NY — Following a half-hour executive session on September 10, the Lumberland Town Board formally recognized the Laborers’ 17 International of North America union “as the sole bargaining agent” for the town’s highway employees.  Read more

New performance space in Liberty; Judge now hosts hoe-downs

LIBERTY, NY — Brian Rourke is a town justice in the Town of Liberty. He also has a law practice there, and now he’s also the proprietor of a newly renovated performance space in the village.  Read more

Bonacic announces heroin campaign

ALBANY, NY — A new state “Combat Heroin” campaign has been launched to inform and educate New Yorkers about the risks of heroin and prescription opioid use, the signs of addiction and the resources available to help.  Read more

Law to prevent welfare fraud

HARRISBURG, PA — Legislation to help combat welfare fraud and abuse has been passed by the Pennsylvania legislature and signed into law by the governor, according to Sen. Joe Scarnati.  Read more

PA bill to aid parks

HARRISBURG, PA — Gov. Tom Corbett has signed into law a bill that gives municipalities the ability to direct recreation fees for the benefit of all residents of their communities. The new law, Act 135 of 2014, permits municipalities to use recreation fees received from new development to operate, maintain, or expand any recreational facilities within the municipality. Prior to this law, municipalities were required to use that money to provide a park in the development where the recreation fee was generated, which Rep.  Read more

Gillibrand, Schumer push for medical marijuana

WASHINGTON DC — U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand on September 29 urged the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to grant New Yorkers immediate access to a strain of medical marijuana most commonly known as “Charlotte’s Web” before legalization is implemented in the state. The waiver would allow cannabis oil to be transported across state lines from Colorado into New York State. The request originally came to the senators from New York families with young children suffering from diseases where cannabis oil proved to be effective in reducing pain and controlling symptoms.  Read more

Delaware applauds flood funding; Discusses River Management Plan

HORTONVILLE, NY — River issues came up several times during the Town of Delaware council meeting on September 10.

Supervisor Ed Sykes praised the role of the lawmakers who took part actively in securing a $2.8 million grant approved by Gov. Andrew Cuomo for flood relief for the towns in western Sullivan County hit by the flash flooding of July.  Read more

A fiery fall display; How weather impacts the show

NORTHEAST U.S. — In some years, the displays of autumn leaves are brighter than others. The following explanation as to why comes from the Forest Service of the United States Department of Agriculture.  Read more

Wayne forecasts $4.8 million in youth costs

HONESDALE, PA — The largest part of the county’s funding for children and youth services is provided by the state, and estimates of 2015 expenditures go to the Department of Children and Youth in Harrisburg as state budget negotiations get underway this time of year.  Read more

Residents critical of proposed sewer fee

PORT JERVIS, NY — Although Port Jervis Mayor Kelly Decker took pains to spell out the reasons why the city is considering imposing a sewer fee, resident after resident stood up in the packed room at the Monday, September 22 meeting to make their case against it. They spoke of the hardships the fee would cause to the already pressed city residents, many of whom simply can’t afford to pay any more fees. Decker had posted the proposed new fee outline on his popular Facebook page before the meeting, giving residents a heads-up of what’s being planned.  Read more

Courthouse addition alternative being planned

MILFORD, PA — An alternative plan that would end the lengthy dispute about construction of a courthouse addition and save the disputed and historic Kenworthy Building is being discussed.  Read more

New cell tower for Shohola

SHOHOLA, PA — General housekeeping was the theme of the night for the outstanding issues facing Shohola Township at the municipal government meeting on September 11.  Read more

Sullivan West Central School District lockout

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — Sullivan West Central School District Superintendent Nancy P. Hackett said at the district’s September 18 board of education (BOE) meeting that, as of 8:47 a.m. that morning, both the Lake Huntington and Jeffersonville campuses of Sullivan West Central School District were in precautionary “lockout” mode, following notification by the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department that alleged PA sniper suspect Eric Matthew Frein is thought by law enforcement officials to be somewhere in the Delaware River corridor.  Read more