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Injured eagle rescued in Cochecton, drowning victim identified and more

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Pike job fair

HUNTS LANDING, PA — This years’ Working Pike Job Fair will be held on Tuesday, April 16 at the Best Western Inn at Hunts Landing, according to Cynthia DeFebo, director of Pike County Workforce Development Agency. This event is filled to capacity, with 70 employers from the tri-state area scheduled to attend.

This is the fourth annual job fair organized by the Working Pike Committee. They are a group dedicated to building a stronger community through partnership of government, community and faith-based organizations.

“We have a good variety of employment opportunities this year,” said job fair coordinator Randy Philhower. “Recruiting employers was easier this year with so many employers hiring.”

Jobs vary from entry level to managerial including healthcare, financial, warehouse, law enforcement/corrections, recreational, sales and more.

Come dressed to impress and bring your resume. If you don’t have a resume, the Pike County Workforce Development Agency can help you create one, and Lackawanna College Lake Region Center will be at the job fair to help you create or update your existing resume.


Injured eagle rescued in Cochecton

COCHECTON, NY — On March 21, Environmental Conservation Officer Tom Koepf responded to a call about an injured bald eagle near the Delaware River in the town of Cochecton.

The caller met Koepf at the site and helped secure the bird, a mature male eagle, which was then transported to DEC-licensed wildlife rehabilitator Missy Runyan, who found the bird to have an infection in its right wing. The bird is expected to survive with a round of rest and treatment.


Drowning victim from Moscow identified

JEFFERSON TWP., PA — Authorities have released the identity of the body of a man who was pulled from a pond in Jefferson Twp. on the morning of April 7. Lackawanna County Chief Deputy Coroner Jesse Van Deusen said man is Shawn Venticinque, 24, of Moscow.

A neighbor who lived near the pond reported to police that she saw a man enter the water. A crew from a dive team was seen pulling the body from the pond on private property on Oak Lane. Police say the death is still under investigation.


Sullivan Agricultural District applications open

MONTICELLO, NY — Sullivan County is accepting applications from property owners seeking to be included in New York State Agricultural Districts 1 and 4, for a 30-day window beginning April 1 and ending April 30.

New York State Agricultural Districts are geographic areas that consist predominantly of viable agricultural land. Agricultural operations within the districts are afforded benefits and protections to promote the continuation of farming and the preservation of agricultural land. These benefits include protection of farm operations from unreasonably restrictive local laws, limitations on assessments for newly formed benefit districts and notification to local governments of projects that could adversely affect farmland.

There are two New York State Agricultural Districts in Sullivan County. Agricultural District 1 encompasses towns in northern and western Sullivan County, and Agricultural District 4 covers the county’s eastern and southern towns.

For parcels to be included in an agricultural district, they must be predominantly viable agricultural land, which state law defines as land highly suitable for agricultural production that will continue to be economically feasible for such use if real property taxes, farm use restrictions and speculative activities are limited to levels approximating those in commercial agricultural areas not influenced by the proximity of non-agricultural development.

During this 30-day window, property owners may request the addition of their land into an agricultural district. Applications are available by calling Melinda Meddaugh at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Sullivan County at 845/292-6180, or by emailing her at mm2592@cornell.edu.

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