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Posted 4/10/21

Cannbis legalization, bridge rehabilitation, COVID precautions

Now that  New York has become the 15th state to legalize recreational-use marijuana, some Sullivan County officials are …

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Cannbis legalization, bridge rehabilitation

Now that  New York has become the 15th state to legalize recreational-use marijuana, some Sullivan County officials are expressing concern. District Attorney Megan Galligan recently tried sending a “very clear message” that it is still illegal to operate a motor vehicle under the influence of marijuana. She said other states have seen traffic deaths go up after legalization, and she doesn’t want that to happen in Sullivan County.

Residents on both sides of the Delaware River have been asked to provide input on one of the bridges that connects them. The Skinners Falls bridge, which connects Cochecton NY to Milanville PA, has been closed for more than 500 days. In that time, numerous organizations and citizen coalitions have voiced their opinions about how the historic bridge should be handled. According to PennDOT, the three options are rehabilitation, replacement, or removal. PennDOT is currently accepting public comment on the project until April 23. Residents can submit their comments on PennDOT’s website.

Cases of COVID-19 are on the up slope yet again in Sullivan County. After numbers seemed to level out between February and early March, the numbers of active cases and residents in quarantine have been rising steadily from mid-March to April. Sullivan County Public Health Services has urged residents to remember that the virus is still present and transmissible and to continue following all CDC precautions.

Fair to be held, trails to be blazed

The Wayne County Fair may return to the community after taking a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The fair’s board of directors met last week and announced they are planning to hold the fair August 6 through August 14. According to a statement, the board hopes that accelerated rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine will allow the 160-year county tradition to continue. However, the ultimate decision will be made based on guidelines and limitations set by the PA Department of Health and the CDC.

Local trailblazing efforts continued in Wayne County over the past week. Lackawaxen River Trails, a group of residents trying to create a network of land and river trails connecting Honesdale to Hawley, have successfully raised about $150,000 in private donations. With the support of the Wayne County Commissioners, the alliance is now applying for several grants from the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. If awarded, the group will put the grant money, as well as its private donations, toward the construction of various access points along the Lackawaxen River.

And Wayne Memorial Health System had even more COVID vaccines than it expected last week, allowing it to hold an additional clinic. As of Friday, more than 9,000 Wayne County residents have been fully vaccinated. 

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