What's new in the Upper Delaware region March 31 to April 6
WASHINGTON, DC — On March 24, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) launched a new interactive map highlighting federal investments that are being delivered to Pennsylvania.
Constituents can use this new, interactive tool to discover how much money Pennsylvania will receive for various projects such as infrastructure maintenance and repair, workforce development and job training and support for small businesses. So far, the map includes highlights from the American Rescue Plan, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and designated community project funding in the FY22 spending bill. The map will be updated regularly as new investments are made in the state. Visit casey.senate.gov/commonwealth/ to view the map and to learn about investments across Pennsylvania.
HARRISBURG, PA — On March 23, the Wolf administration announced the expansion of physician general Dr. Denise Johnson’s naloxone standing order to include a form of eight milligram (mg) naloxone nasal spray. Members of the general public can print a copy of the standing order and present it at their local pharmacy to obtain life-saving naloxone.
Naloxone is a medication approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to reverse an opioid overdose by quickly restoring breathing to a person if their breathing has slowed or stopped. Naloxone can be administered by individuals with or without medical training to help reduce opioid overdose deaths. Last year, the FDA approved the higher dosage of naloxone nasal spray to reverse an opioid overdose. The FDA had previously approved two mg and four mg naloxone nasal spray products.
Since 2014, previous secretary of health Dr. Rachel Levine and Dr. Johnson signed standing orders allowing members of the general public and first responders to obtain naloxone. More recently, the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency partnered with Prevention Point Pittsburgh and NEXT Distro to support a statewide mail-based naloxone program for individuals to request medication for personal use.
MONTICELLO, NY — Sullivan Renaissance and the Sullivan O&W Rail Trail Alliance present the Trail Towns Conference on Thursday, April 7 and Friday, April 8. The conference will include a keynote speech and discussion with David Kahley, co-founder, president and CEO of the Progress Fund, a nonprofit that founded the Trail Town Program, the first economic development program in the nation to capture the potential of rail trail-based recreation.
The Trail Town program can help municipalities and local businesses make the most of the outdoor recreational assets near them, according to a news release. Kahley will draw examples from the Great Allegheny Passage, a 150-mile rail trail in Pennsylvania, to demonstrate how dozens of communities benefit from increased visitation, visitor spending, business growth and development. There is no charge to attend the conference, but registration is requested at www.sullivanrenaissance.org.
GLEN SPEY, NY — On Thursday, March 17, at about 11:50 p.m., the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 report of a burglary in progress at 512 Decker Rd. When deputies arrived on the scene, they learned that two suspects wearing ski masks attempted to break into the residence. One suspect appeared to be armed with a handgun. The suspects fled prior to the patrol’s arrival.
A short time later, the sheriff’s office received a call about two suspicious males on the porch of a residence located at 332 Decker Rd. Deputies responded and determined that the two males were the suspects being sought in the attempted burglary. Two ski masks were located in a nearby driveway.
Arrested at the scene were Daniel Soto, 21, and Jacob Gutierrez, 18, both of Paterson, NJ. They were charged with felony attempted burglary in the second degree and misdemeanor criminal mischief. They were arraigned before Town of Mamakating Judge Terrence Mullen and sent to the Sullivan County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 bond. They are due back in the Town of Lumberland Court on April 22. Anyone with information should call the sheriff’s office at 845/794-7100 or the confidential tip line at 845/807-0158.
HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Commissioners and the Wayne County Economic Development Corporation (WEDCO) Tech Committee are seeking potential cell tower locations to eliminate dead cell-zones.
Ideal property locations have limited or no cell coverage, resulting in dropped calls, poor service or zero cell service; have a minimum of 2,500 sq. ft.; have relatively easy road access for construction and maintenance and for the provision of fiber for the tower; have the highest altitudes, resting in one municipality with reasonable zoning laws; have an existing tower that could be elevated or fitted with additional equipment; and are locations that serve the public good.
Every submission will be reviewed, but submitting a potential cell tower location does not guarantee your property will be considered. The goal is to get several potential tower locations in every municipality and share the best locations with the municipality and the 19 broadband and tower organizations that requested the Wayne County Broadband & Dead Cell Zone Project Request for Proposals (RFP).
For more information contact Kelly Lewis, the broadband RFP facilitator, at Kelly@LewisStrategic.com. Locations are being accepted from now until May 31.
ALBANY, NY — The State Liquor Authority is now accepting applications for new permits to allow craft beverage manufacturing businesses the ability to manufacture and sell alcoholic beverages while their liquor license is pending. These new permits can generally be processed and approved in less than 30 days,.
“New York’s craft beverage industry is not only a source of local pride, but also creates jobs and drives tourism in every corner of the state,” Gov. Kathy Hochul said. “These fast-tracked permits will allow new businesses to hit the ground running by opening quickly and making immediate contributions to their local economies.”
HONESDALE, PA — In cooperation with SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support), the Chamber of the Northern Poconos is working to increase the region’s green business practices and honor a member business for its sustainable business practices.
The Highlights Foundation received the 2022 Green Business of the Year Award.
In 2019, the foundation adopted an energy mission statement, working toward net-positive energy usage at its Boyds Mills site and provide educational opportunities.
Since then, the organization has installed a 30kW solar array to power the retreat center, installed a 70kW solar array on the property, added spray foam insulation in the floors of cabins, installed mini-split heat and air conditioning units in 23 cabins, and integrated energy management software to oversee more efficient use of power on the campus.
Even prior to that, a SEEDS spokeswoman noted, the foundation had built the 5,200 square-foot conference center; the building has geothermal heating and cooling, passive solar, site-harvested lumber and reclaimed timbers from old Pennsylvania barns. The building is placed in an old stone barn foundation, and additional local stone was sourced from a building being demolished in Honesdale. The campus has also implemented smart thermostats.
The Green Business of the Year award recognizes local businesses integrating green practices into their operations. Those strategies can include energy conservation, renewable energy, transportation, water conservation, purchasing/waste prevention, pollution reduction and recycling/composting.
Learn more about SEEDS at seedsgroup.net/.
For more information on the Chamber of the Northern Poconos, visit northernpoconoschamber.com.
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