Gov. Hochul: New York welcomes Ukrainian refugees, and more

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Posted 3/1/22

Gov. Hochul: New York welcomes Ukrainian refugees

KYIV, UKRAINE — Following months of escalating tensions and accumulating Russian forces, Russia launched an invasion of Ukraine on February …

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Gov. Hochul: New York welcomes Ukrainian refugees, and more

What's new in the Upper Delaware Region


Gov. Hochul: New York welcomes Ukrainian refugees

KYIV, UKRAINE — Following months of escalating tensions and accumulating Russian forces, Russia launched an invasion of Ukraine on February 24. Reports indicate that fighting within Ukraine has reached the capitol city of Kyiv, and that Ukrainian forces have continued to put up resistance. Russia’s aggression has been soundly condemned by the Western international community, which has imposed significant sanctions upon Russia in response to the invasion. Gov. Kathy Hochul made a statement on February 24 condemning the “unjustified violence” in Ukraine, acknowledging that New York is home to the largest Ukrainian-American community in the United States and offering welcome to Ukrainian refugees.

Guidelines for affordable housing approved

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Commissioners have adopted program guidelines for the Wayne County Affordable Housing Trust Fund; the guidelines will aid in distributing the funds collected through a new fee.

That fee is an additional $13 added to each filing in the register and recorder’s office. This was authorized by the commissioners in August 2020, with the support of Deborah Bates, register of wills and recorder of deeds. The new fee went into effect on October 1, 2020. Since then, it has generated more than $120,000.

The county’s plans for the funding call for the completion of an updated housing assessment, with the goal of identifying housing needs at each level of the average median income, and projects and programs that create quality and affordable housing. Eligible uses include housing counseling and financial coaching programs, housing rehabilitation, emergency repair programs and much more; to learn more about the guidelines, visit

Yulan Fire Department responds to motor vehicle accident

MINISINK FORD, NY — Friday morning, February 25, the Yulan Fire Department responded to a report of a motor vehicle accident involving a passenger car in the Delaware River with entrapment on Route 97 near Minisink Ford. Both occupants were uninjured and were assisted from the river to safety. The Yulan Fire Department was assisted at the scene, by EMS from Highland EMS and Lumberland Fire Department, as well as town constables, NY State Police, NPS and Lackawaxen FD.  

Agricultural Innovation Center gets green light

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Commissioners have accepted a feasibility study prepared by the consultants at Agricultural and Community Development Services LLC (ACDS) on an agricultural innovation center, and have authorized the next phase of the project. (For more information on the center, see the River Reporter’s coverage at

The facility will be multi-use, serving as the new headquarters for the Wayne County Food Pantry program and multiple other interests. ACDS officials found it feasible.

The project grew out of a collaboration with Wayne Tomorrow! and is supported by county leadership and the community.

The next steps for this project involve ironing out the details for property acquisition, environmental assessments and utility infrastructure expansion. Grant funding also needs to be secured.

White Lake volunteer firefighter killed in work accident

WHITE LAKE, NY — According to published reports, White Lake volunteer firefighter Aaron Terpstra was killed in a freak accident on Wednesday, February 23. Terpstra was working for N.C. Gilbert Tree Service trimming trees at Kittatinny Campgrounds in Barryville. He was stacking several mud mats, and was killed when several of them fell from a cherry picker truck and landed on him.

The 21-year-old Lake Huntington resident was pronounced dead at the scene. Reportedly assisting at the scene were the National Park Service, Highland EMS Ambulance Service and the Yulan Fire Department.

The White Lake Fire Company stated via its Facebook page, “It is with immense sadness and regret that we must announce the tragic loss of White Lake Firefighter Aaron Terpstra. This is a devastating loss to his family and to our firefighting family. Aaron had his whole life ahead of him and it was certainly a bright one.”

The company is collecting donations to help Terpstra’s family. Firematic Services for Terpstra will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 3 at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral home in Jeffersonville NY, with firematic members requested in full dress uniform. Any department planning on attending is requested to contact 35-1 or to send the company a message; to reach the company, call 845/583-5170, or email

Pike County service organizations to receive funding

MILFORD, PA — Pike County has been awarded federal funds from the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.

The county will create a local board and develop a plan to supplement organizations that provide food, shelter and supportive service. Those include, but not limited to, food services, lodging in a mass shelter or hotel vouchers, one-month rent or mortgage assistance, utility assistance, supplies or small equipment for mass feeding, or sheltering. The maximum cost is $300 per item.

Corrections on the BEST

Congratulations again to all of this year’s Best of 2021 for 2022.

Topping the list in the Best Bakers slot is Ellen & Louie Petraglia from Floyd & BoBo‘s Bakery & Snack Palace in Liberty.

Additionally anyone who wants to reach Malinde Lohmann at Time to Shine who won Best House Cleaning can email

Thanks to everyone who voted. Congrats to all the winners.

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