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Pennsylvania State Sen. Lisa Baker, left, attorney Warren Schloesser, Arthur Frey, Gail Frey, Daniel Mulligan (as Ben Franklin) and Donna Fritz pose at the Ben Franklin Award Ceremony.

Ben Franklin award bestowed

HAWLEY, PA — Arthur and Gail Frey were the recipients of the 2017 Ben Franklin Community Service Award. The honor was presented to the couple on November 2 by the Wayne County Community Foundation, which comes of a $1,000 grant that goes to the Newfoundland Food Pantry.

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An administrative law judge has ruled that the New York Department of Health does not have authority to prevent people from using the public access area of the reservoir for swimming. 

Toronto access update

SMALLWOOD, NY — The New York State Department of Health (DOH) filed a violation against Eagle Creek Renewables in July 2016 because the company, which owns the Toronto Reservoir, was not preventing residents from swimming in the reservoir.

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The deck on Main Street in Narrowsburg is again open to the public. 

Narrowsburg deck completed

NARROWSBURG, NY — The deck in Narrowsburg perched above the Upper Delaware River is once again open to the public. Discussions about the repair of the deck date back several years. At one time a majority of the Tusten Town Board voted in favor of accepting a design for a new deck created by the Chazen Companies.

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Supervisor Sarah Nahman, seated center, is pictured with staff of the adoption office of Wayne Children & Youth Services on November 2, after the county commissioners, standing Wendell Kay, left, Brian Smith and Joseph Adams, proclaimed November as Adoption Awareness Month. Nahman’s office finds permanent homes for children of parents who are unable or unwilling to raise them, who have been fostered by the court system. Seven children in Wayne are currently awaiting permanent adoption.

PA shared housing program begins in Wayne

HONESDALE, PA — Wayne County has joined with Pike and Monroe counties to offer a program to assist both senior homeowners and lower-income singles seeking affordable housing.

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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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