Millions in grants available to farmers

HONESDALE, PA — A great deal of the money Congress set aside for struggling dairy farmers has gone unclaimed, said Wayne County Commissioner Chairman Brian Smith at the board’s September …
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Gov. Wolf: restaurants back to 50 percent occupancy, alcohol sales end at 10 p.m.

HARRISBURG, PA — Gov. Tom Wolf recently announced that restaurants may increase indoor occupancy to 50 percent starting September 21.  To ensure that these businesses operate safely as …

Positive COVID-19 case in Liberty supermarket

LIBERTY, NY — Sullivan County Public Health Services is alerting anyone who visited the Appletree Kosher Supermarket at 1885 NY-52 in Liberty that an employee was contagious with COVID-19 and …
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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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Positive COVID-19 cases reported

Sullivan County Public Health Services is alerting anyone who visited Nelly’s Sports Bar at 456 Broadway on Saturday, August 15 or Ahava Medical & Rehabilitation Urgent Care Center at 25 Carrier Street in Liberty on  Aug. 19, 20, 21 or 23  that they may have been exposed to the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, and to contact Public Health Services at 845/292-5910.

Long term care residents at risk

Is there plenty of PPE out there?  In some places, sure. But a long-term-care interest group crunched the numbers and found that where the virus is raging, PPE is lacking in nursing homes and …
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Just a reminder

What happens in a nursing home when someone is ill with COVID-19? What should you do at home? The Northeast isn’t seeing the sharp rise in cases that the South and Southwest U.S. are, but …

New York schools cleared to open

REGION — School’s in session after all in New York State, but what it looks like will vary depending on the individual district.  New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a localized …
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Cartwright seeks relief for NEPA tourism

HARRISBURG, PA — As members of Congress struggle to find common ground in drafting the next piece of coronavirus relief legislation, Rep. Matt Cartwright (PA-08) is calling for better relief …

Possible COVID-19 exposure at picnic at Roscoe Firemen’s Field

ROSCOE, NY – Sullivan County Public Health Services is alerting anyone who attended a private family picnic at the Roscoe Firemen’s Field on Saturday, July 25, that they may have been exposed to COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus).

Wolf recommends postponing fall sports

HARRISBURG, PA — Last week, the PA Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) approved an advisory committee's recommendation to allow the fall sports season to start on schedule this year. …

PA CARES funding now available

WAYNE AND PIKE COUNTIES, PA — Small businesses and nonprofits in NEPA have until the end of the month to apply for COVID-19 relief grants. Both Wayne and Pike counties have received around $4 …

Wayne County schools to reopen fully

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — Summer vacation is winding down, but COVID-19 numbers are holding steady in Pennsylvania. While PA’s Health Department reported somewhere between 700 and 1,000 new …

Gov. Wolf reinstates COVID-19 restrictions

HARRISBURG, PA — The news at Gov. Tom Wolf's Wednesday, July 15 press briefing was not good. The governor reported that a new "surge" in COVID-19 cases is "in the offing," with cases …

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — Now that the curve has been flattened, PA counties have moved into the green phase and many people have resumed living their lives as normal—most conversations about …
SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — As Sullivan County reopens and the tourists return, COVID-19 is in the back of everyone’s mind. Case counts are increasing elsewhere in the country. Officials …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …

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 …

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 …
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 …
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 …

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 …

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 …