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Eldred Central School District salutatorian Joseph Santoro, left, poses with valedictorian Kimberly Gonzalez and honored student Isabella Pizzo and state Sen. John Bonacic.

Bonacic honors students

ALBANY, NY — Sen. John J. Bonacic (R/C/I-Mt. Hope) recently honored high school valedictorians, salutatorians and honored students from 18 high schools in the 42nd senate district at his annual “Excellence in Education” event in Albany.

Wayne Holbert, left, poses with Pat Carullo after completion of the stone statue in front of the Narrowsburg Union.

Stone man beckons visitors

NARROWSBURG, NY — Passersby on June 7 had the opportunity to watch the creation of a large stone man in front of the Narrowsburg Union.  Wayne Holbert of Holbert Brothers Bluestone and his crew assembled the large sculpture to call attention to an upcoming event.

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Turtle trip in Narrowsburg

NARROWSBURG, NY — This common snapping turtle took a break from Little Lake Erie to make its way across a parking lot, most likely in search of a place to lay its eggs. Common snapping turtles spend most of their lives in water or buried beneath the mud, and will often slip away if they encounter a human in the water.

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The number of cows in the region has been shrinking for decades.

Local dairy crisis

REGION — Six Sullivan County dairy farms may have to close their doors at the end of June because of cancelled milk contracts; 52 dairy farms across New York State received cancellation notices.That sparked a dairy discussion at a meeting of the Sullivan County Senior Legislative Action Committee on June 1.

New Bloomingburg indictment

WHITE PLAINS, NY — Developer Shalom Lamm pleaded guilty in December 2017 and was sentenced to 10 months in prison. Kenneth Nakdiman pleaded guilty in June 2017 and received six months in prison. The third man charged in the voter fraud scheme is Volvy “Zev” Smilowitz, and he has not pleaded guilty.

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Jeffrey Beals

Jeff Beals' progressive campaign

NEW YORK 19th CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT — Jeff Beals says of the seven Democrats running for the chance to go up against Republican John Faso in the fall, his campaign is the most progressive. He says he can run such a campaign because the majority of his campaign donations come from small donors, not corporate special interest.

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A decaying house is demolished in Monticello as part of the Sullivan County Land Bank initiative. 

Sullivan County fights blight

MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County Land Bank Corporation is demolishing and rehabilitating blighted properties in the villages of Monticello and Liberty. Nine houses are slated to be demolished, and four are slated to be rehabilitated.

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Seated in the photo are Jacquelin Cole, left, Diane Riveland, Wayne Human Services Director Andrea Whyte, Area Agency on Agency Administrator Mary Ursich, Maggie Hicks, Elaina Greer, Michelle Valinski and Senior Advisory Council (SAC) member Pat Nelson. Standing are Commissioner Wendell Kay, left, Migdalia Pimentel, Season Slish, Noah Parry, Lisa Gilbert, Monique Orr, Lauren Janusewski, Cathleen DeGrazia, SAC member Art Frey, SAC member Barbara Sprovkin, Will Magann, SAC member Sally Burgin, SAC member Carol Coe, Commissioner Joe Adams, SAC member Lynn Karger, Julie Cornwell, Leigh Washington and Commissioner Brian Smith. 

Older and more numerous

HONESDALE, PA — A throng of county human services and area agency staff, senior advisory council members and senior clients were on hand on May 31, as the commissioners belatedly proclaimed the month as Older Americans Month. No one seemed to mind.



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