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Josh Potosek, Sullivan County manager, left; Jane Hyman, former Sullivan Renaissance inter; Patrice Chester, deputy administrator of the Town of Thompson; and Linda Hazen, volunteer from the Town of Lumberland Parks and Recreation, were the panelists at the Sullivan Renaissance Winter Symposium.

Sullivan Renaissance kicks off year 19

FERNDALE, NY — Hundreds of volunteers turned out to the CVI Building in Ferndale on January 9 to learn about grant opportunities and related information, as Sullivan Renaissance kicked off its 19th season.

Executive director Denise Frangipane told the volunteers that because of them the organization has expanded its scope.

TRR photo by David Hulse

As dozens of Whyte’s colleagues looked on Rep. (and former Commissioner) Jonathan Fritz joined a tearful Andrea Whyte at the speaker’s table and asked, “Do you know why we’re all here today? Because you deserve it. You’ve had such an incredibly profound influence on so many people. You’re a beautiful example of what we all aspire to be.”

Saying good-bye to ‘Andy’

HONESDALE, PA —  An era in Wayne County government came to a close last week with the retirement of Andrea Whyte as director of Wayne’s Human Services Department.

In a period when government officials often seem to be filing out through a revolving door, Whyte last fall completed her 45th year with Wayne County.

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Martha Hippensteel poses with her brothers and father in front of “Sleepy Hollow” in the Luxton Lake section of Narrowsburg, circa 1949.

Narrowsburg News 1/16/19

In one of my 2018 “Narrowsburg News” columns, I solicited information from readers on a house in the Luxton Lake section of town. I had just bought the circa 1860s farmhouse, which was abandoned for many decades, and was starting the process of renovating it.

Photos © 2019 Jonathan C. Hyman

Sen. Jen Metzger and Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther at their swearing in.

Metzger, Gunther sworn in

MIDDLETOWN, NY — The swearing-in ceremony of state Sen. Jen Metzger and Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther on January 2 was packed with an audience of about 400.

TRR photo by David Hulse

The Wayne County Commissioners renewed a tradition by joining their administrative support team in an end-of-year egg-nog toast, at their final 2018 meeting December 27. Pictured standing from left, John Haggarty, business manager; Julie Murray Gilbert, Stacey McConnell, Colleen Glavich, Justin Valinski, Rochelle Haviland, Cindy Furman and chief clerk Vicky Botjer. Seated are commissioners, Joe Adams, Brian Smith and Wendell Kay.

Wayne Commissioners:

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne Commissioners finished up the last of their budget work on January 3, when they approved the short-term loan that will carry the county through until Wayne’s new property tax collections accumulate.

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Cochecton heightens security

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — Effective immediately, access to the Cochecton Town Hall outside of its normal business hours will require entry of a four-digit personal identification code into the building’s security system. Supervisor Gary Maas made the announcement at the town board’s January 2 reorganization meeting.

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News Briefs 1/9/19

Break-in at Wayne library 

HONESDALE, PA — An intruder smashed a window of the Wayne County Public Library on January 5, though library officials say nothing was stolen.

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Hilly Acres Farm in Jeffersonville is the recipient of a $491,250 grant. 

Nearly half a million for Jeff farm

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Augmenting a $5,000 grant from the Delaware Highlands Conservancy, Sullivan County will funnel $491,250 in New York State funds to a Jeffersonville farm to preserve agricultural land, protect a municipal water supply and boost agritourism.



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