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Pike County Commissioners Rich Caridi, left, Matt Osterberg and Steve Guccini on November 1 hosted Charlie Squires, left, and Raymond Patterson of the Tri-State Gung-Ho Detachment #909 of US Marine Corps veterans, who were kicking off the group’s annual Christmas toys and clothing drive. Their large boxes will be found in area post offices and stores through December 7. The program, “Toys for Kids,” differs from the familiar “Toys for Tots” effort in that in addition to collecting new, unopened toys, the local program is also providing winter clothing for older (to age 18) youths, and has a coupon program with several cooperating area chain stores. For more information visit

Opioid frustration and anger in Pike

MILFORD, PA — Pike Commissioners say the state response to the county’s opioid problem is insufficient and some officials’ inaccurate comments about the opioid overdose antidote, Narcan, are worse.

Three schools to study sharing

ROSCOE, NY — On October 24, the boards of education for the Downsville, Livingston Manor and Roscoe Central School Districts met with John Evans, superintendent of all three districts, at Roscoe Central School to begin the process of studying cost savings through the sharing of common services and programs.

Santa’s coming to Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — In barely 35 minutes at its November 6 meeting, the Honesdale Borough Council named a fair-housing officer, drafted its newest members to review and revamp the borough’s current zoning ordinance and cleared the way for the man in red’s annual visit to Honesdale.

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Fewer signs in this election

REGION — There are dozens of uncontested local races in Sullivan, Pike and Wayne counties, leading to a smaller-than-usual crop of election signs in the region. Spots normally overflowing with political messages, like the intersection of Route 55 and Route 17B in Bethel, this year host only a few.

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Interim Superintendent John Morgano and Eldred Central School District Board President Carol Bliefernich absorb comments during a special board meeting called in reaction to the recent events that have plagued the district. 

Eldred board rejects bullying audit

ELDRED, NY — As the community digests the news of the lawsuit awarding $1 million in damages to a former student, the Eldred Board of Education met behind closed doors to consider a broadly worded motion, and discussed the employment history of an unnamed person or persons.

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Attorney Jean Paul Le Du, left, Christine Horne Motta, Anthony Motta, Jr., Anthony Motta, Sr., and attorney Jenni Elena Rubino pose after a jury awarded the Motta family $1 million.

Details from Eldred bullying trial

ELDRED, NY — After a six-member jury gave the verdict in Sullivan County Supreme Court in Monticello on October 25 in the Anthony Motta Jr. and Christine Horne Motta vs. Eldred School District bullying trial, many in the school community have started to speak up about other incidents at the school involving bullying.



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