PA high court sides with governor

HARRISBURG, PA — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled that the commonwealth's General Assembly cannot unilaterally end Gov. Tom Wolf's emergency declaration. PA Republicans passed …
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Pennsylvania expands mask-wearing requirement

HARRISBURG, PA — Gov. Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine have expanded Pennsylvania's mask requirement with a new order. Effective immediately, "masks must be worn whenever …

Where are we with COVID-19?

For the past few months, we’ve been instructed to be confined to our homes; we’ve experienced disruption from work, school and daily routines; and our families and communities have been …
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Deja vu

Haven’t we been here before? I’m thinking of 1968, also an election year, when a major crisis (Vietnam War then, COVID-19 pandemic now) and economic turmoil (rampant inflation then, …
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Why I voted ‘no’ on SW’s budget

For the first time in my 13 years on the Sullivan West School Board, I felt compelled to vote in opposition to the resolution adopting the 2020-21 school budget. In the past, there were individual …
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Pandemic, paralysis and pandemonium equals genocide

Our country is adrift with no rudder. You would hope that our leader would be the one guiding us through these rough waters, but as you can readily see, that is not happening. It is being left up to …
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Why coronavirus will crush essential services in smaller cities without federal help

 It was seemingly overnight that the coronavirus outbreak turned our lives upside down. Our main streets were shuttered, schools closed and everything around us came to a screeching halt. To …
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Sullivan to move to Phase 3

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — It’s one step closer to our familiar lives. On Tuesday, June 23, the county was scheduled to enter Phase 3, reopening more non-essential businesses like personal …

Sleepaway camps won’t reopen in 2020

NEW YORK STATE — NYS Commissioner of Health Howard Zucker remembers going to summer camp. But, he wrote in a June 12 statement, “amid the worst public health crisis in a century, my …
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Public health advisory: possible COVID-19 exposure at Monticello barber shop

UPDATE: June 16 from Director of Communications Dan Hust via email: "As there has been some confusion, please note that yesterday's Public Health Advisory referred ONLY to Broadway Barber Shop at 456 Broadway in Monticello. The business known as The Barbershop located at 462 Broadway in Monticello is unrelated to this advisory.

PA General Assembly votes to end emergency declaration, Wolf shrugs

HARRISBURG, PA — Both chambers of Pennsylvania's General Assembly have now passed a resolution to end Gov. Tom Wolf's COVID-19 emergency declaration. Republicans have touted this as a victory …
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Gov. Wolf announces path for green phase in Wayne 

WAYNE COUNTY, PA —  With all Pennsylvania counties now in the yellow or green phase of reopening in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak, Gov. Tom Wolf announced Friday that Wayne County will …

Tote bags: a health risk?

I have loads of tote bags. I have them at home, at my country home, in my office at school and I keep some in the back of my car. On occasion, I use them to carry shopping bags. They are nice and …

Wayne County Fair canceled

HONESDALE, PA — At a June 2 meeting of the Wayne County Cooperative Agricultural Society Directors and Associate Directors, it was decided to cancel the 2020 Wayne County Fair, joining many …

Wayne officials looking for upgrade to green

HONESDALE, PA — Just one day shy of a week in the yellow phase, the Wayne County Commissioners have commenced their push for green under Gov. Tom Wolf’s three-phase plan for reopening …

NYC moves to phase one, call for contact tracers and more

Lawsuit filed over Sullivan jail MONTICELLO, NY — The New York Civil Liberties (NYCLU) Union on May 29 filed a lawsuit to get four inmates released who, according to the lawsuit, are …

Cannabis may block the coronavirus

NATIONWIDE — Canadian scientists at the University of Lethbridge have produced a study that shows that some strains of cannabis can reduce the amount of the COVID-19 virus that enters a human …

ALBANY, NY — After being away from Albany since March, the New York State Senate reconvened on May 26 and ultimately passed numerous bills meant to address the COVID-19 pandemic and health …
HONESDALE, PA — The barber pole outside of Mick Frigoletto’s shop on Main Street in Honesdale has not spun since March. Lori Brill and Suzie Calkin Frisch of Visible Changes have no idea …
MONTICELLO, NY — Residents have been generally barred from the government center since the shutdown in March caused by the pandemic. Sullivan County officials are now beginning to consider the …
HONESDALE, PA — “I feel alive again,” said Joyce DeBastiani, owner of the Main Street store Wallflower, which was recently permitted to open up again as Wayne County shifted to the …
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SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — There are about 2,000 small family farms in New York State Senator Jen Metzger’s district, which includes all of Sullivan County and parts of Delaware, Orange and …
Sullivan County is part of the Mid-Hudson Region and on May 23, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the region will have achieved the COVID-19 metrics to move to Phase One of re-opening economic …
HONESDALE, PA — More than 400 Facebook users marked themselves as either “interested” in or “going” to the “Reopen Wayne County” protest scheduled for …
HONESDALE, PA — In light of Wayne County’s move to the yellow phase of reopening on Friday, May 22, the Wayne County Commissioners have updated the visitation policy for county …

Reporting this, I learned something important. Seniors want to share their experiences and their knowledge, but they’re private. Sometimes it’s because they grew up in an era when you …

ELDRED, NY — For the Highland Town Board, it was business as usual, as “usual” has been redefined to include social distancing and talking into a speakerphone instead of to a …
Contact tracers LIBERTY, NY — Sullivan County Public Health Director Nancy McGraw announced on May 15 that the State of New York has launched an urgent effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. …
ONLINE — Representative Antonio Delgado joined a Sullivan County virtual town hall on May 11 to talk about his recent activities in Washington D.C. to help support local governments in his …

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — “A lot of people come to us, either as their first resort or their last resort,” said John Crotty, head of the county’s veterans service agency that …

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — According to the plan to reopen the state, developed by the New York State Department of Health and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, action will be taken within the 10 different …
WAYNE COUNTY, PA — Gov. Tom Wolf recently confirmed what many local residents have been anxiously awaiting for weeks: Wayne County is moving from red to yellow on Friday, May 22. As news of …

Joining a Sullivan County virtual town hall on May 11 to talk about his recent activites in Washington D.C. to help support local governments in his district. House leadership is pushing the Heroes …

HARRISBURG, PA— In an exclusive report, the Associated Press (AP) said on Friday, May 15 that Wayne County and 11 other counties will soon move from red to yellow in Gov. Tom Wolf's three-phase …
HONESDALE, PA — Elected officials and local business owners in Wayne County are anxious for Gov. Tom Wolf to shift the county from red to yellow in his three-phase plan for reopening …