Here is a round-up of news in Wayne County, Pa., from 2007.


 Here is a round-up of news in Wayne County, Pa., from 2007:

January 2007
1- Dalyla Knapp, daughter of Ellen and Bernard Knapp of Hawley, is the first baby of 2007 born at Wayne Memorial Hospital.  She was also the 600th baby delivered by Kimlyn Patten, Certified Nurse Midwife.
4- District Attorney Michael Lehutsky turn down his pay raise, directing close to $17,000 to local police agencies.
9- The region is experiencing a heat wave, with temperatures in the mid-60’s. A dandelion was found blooming by the Wayne County Fairgrounds.
10- Lackawanna Neighbors hopes to rehabilitate and sell homes in Honesdale to “working class” people typically outpriced by escalating real estate prices.
10- Greene-Dreher Historical Society has new headquarters, the former WSCS Hall in South Sterling.
12- Wayne Independent Publisher Don Doyle retires, after a tenure of over 15 years. Steve Fountain is named his successor.
16- Protection Engine Co. No. 3, Honesdale, takes possession of the Seagrave Pumper used by the fire company, 1936-1959. the pumper was bought back from Beaver Meadows Fire Dept., Carbon County.
20- Greater Honesdale Partnership sends out a survey asking merchants for opinions about one-way streets. Honesdale Council members will meet with PennDOT officials asking the state to reconsider the project, less than a month before it is to go to bid. (64% of respondents asked to keep streets two-way.)
23- Wayne County Habitat for Humanity celebrated their 12th home with a dedication, Jan. 21st.
25- A 15 hour standoff with State Police in Lake Como leaves the gunman dead from a shot fired by police. The gunman’s elderly father was released unharmed.
28- District Judge William Sanquilly (Pike County) died at age 61of natural causes, while coyote hunting.
30- St. Vincent’s School celebrates that the Diocese of Scranton allowed the school to stay open. New students are sought.
31- Varden Conservation Area, operated by Promised Land State Park, has been expanded by 57 acres.

February 2007
1-Honesdale Council rejects the one-way street plan, by a vote of 4-3, during a special meeting January 31st. PennDOT says this places Honesdale at the “bottom of the list” for funding priorities. Council hopes for a compromise. The seven-year old project was to go to bid in three weeks.
7- Paul Brundage’s pharmacy in Waymart is expected to replicate downtown in that borough.
9- Starrucca Council is subpoenaing certain of its citizens.
14- Up to two feet of snow fell on Valentine’s Day in Wayne County, the first big snow storm of the season.
14- Honesdale Council will meet with PennDOT over reviving the Church Street Bridge plan. See Feb. 21 and March 7 issues.
20- Joan Nilsen is named a Hawley Library Friend and 2006 Volunteer.
21- Texas Township Supervisors balk at the proposed board make-up for the Central Wayne Regional Authority. Texas asks for equal representation with Honesdale, although Honesdale has by far the most sewer customers.
24- U.S. Senator Bob Casey, on Feb. 23, visits the Davitt Farm in South Canaan Township to meet with local dairymen over economic conditions.
27- On Feb. 24, Clifford S. Ammerman, long time publisher/editor of The Wayne Independent, died at the age of 88.
28- Laura Talaga of Honesdale, with her German Shepherd Roxi, plan to hike the entire Appalachian Trail to raise money for Dessin Animal Shelter.

March 2007
2- National Guard plans a 40’s dance to help with the Wayne County Tour of Honor Project.
6- PPL explains their new policy for emergency releases from Lake Wallenpaupack.
8- Waymart children will benefit from donation of McDonald’s old playground.
9- A skate park is proposed by the Honesdale Borough Pool.
10- Protection Engine Co. 3 is concerned for their fate should they lose parking at their fire station due to the Church Street Bridge Project.
14- On March 12, Honesdale Council voted 4 to 2 to reinstate the Church Street Bridge Project, complete with one-way traffic.
14- Walter Klein stepped down as Honesdale Borough Council President at the March 12 meeting, after questions concerning his residency status. He had insisted he was living outside the Borough only temporarily while he negotiated the purchase of a  new home in Honesdale.
17- Another snow storm arrives in time for a white St. Patrick’s Day.
20- Two homes are destroyed by flames, in Lebanon Township and Berlin Township.
22- Spec. Anthony A. Kaiser, 27, of Narrowsburg, NY, died Saturday, March 17 in Baghdad, Iraq, during combat (see Mar. 28 issue for story on funeral).
29- Frame work is rising for the Wayne County Historical Society museum addition.
31- World War II veterans, in advance of the Tour of Honor, are meeting with school students.

April 2007
3- Manchester Twp. Library has reopened.
5- Senate Ag Committee meets with local farmers at Ladore Lodge, Waymart.
7- Equinunk United Methodist Charge again hosts their annual “Cross Walk” on Good Friday.
10- Communities Against Regional Interconnect (CARI) has formed to organize opposition to the high voltage transmission line proposal of New York Regional Interconnect (NYRI).
11- Pete Hooker Sr., Protection Engine Co. 3, is recognized by Honesdale Council for heroic efforts at saving a cardiac patient.
13- Spc. Michael Maritato, Pa. National Guard and originally from Honesdale, sent Easter greetings from Kabul, Afghanistan.
17- Honesdale Police investigate an alleged murder that occurred on Ridge Street, April 14th.
19- Plans are told for the third time, of a proposed hotel conference center, to be located near Home Depot, Indian Orchard.
20- Prison personnel receive riot gear.
24- The $55,000 target is reached for the W.W.II Tour of Honor, at a 40’s dance held at the Armory. That amount would eventually reach approximately $70,000.
27- The sign for Maple City Restaurant, a Main Street icon since 1950, will be donated to the Wayne County Historical Society. The restaurant will soon be renamed the Trackside Grill.
28- A major counter-terrorism exercise involving emergency response units from Wayne and Pike counties, is held at Wallenpaupack North Intermediate School.

May 2007
4- Honesdale Mayor Jonathan Fritz presses for property owners to tidy up their homes.
5- Wayne Memorial Hospital Auxiliary gave a record $80,000 to the Hospital’s Capital Campaign, “Operation Vital Signs.”
8- The former cutting shop of the Dorflinger & Sons Cut Glass Company, White Mills, has been purchased by a board member of the Dorflinger-Suydam Sanctuary, who has begun preservation work. The hope is to create a museum in a portion of the stone structure to show the glass was cut. Dorflinger- Suydam Sanctuary also held an open house to commemorate 200 years of glass making in Wayne County, and to unveil a diorama showing the production of plate glass.
12- Judicial hopefuls in Wayne County have spent over $166,000 on their campaigns, heading to the May 15th Primary. The candidates are Ray Hamill, Errol Flynn, and Mark Zimmer, all local attorneys.
16- Attorney Ray Hamill came in first in the Primary race for Wayne County Judge. Zimmer was second. Republican nominees for County Commissioner are Brian Smith, Anthony Herzog and Brian Field. The voter turnout was under 40 percent.
17- Honesdale Council heard plans to restore the Carley Brook Axe Factory. Steve Motichka has purchased the property.
19- Wayne County Historical Society has purchased a working model of the Stourbridge Lion locomotive, at 1/8 scale.
22- A report is given of the May 19th Wayne County Tour of Honor. Approximately 100 World War II veterans from Wayne County were taken to Washington, D.C. to visit the National World War II Memorial and Arlington National Cemetery. Leadership Wayne Class of 2006, Wayne County Chamber of Commerce, coordinated the effort, and raised about $80,000 from the community to honor the vets. With the vets, caregivers or spouses and volunteers, nearly 200 people were aboard the chartered jet.
23- The Starrucca Methodist Church is for sale.
24- Lackawanna College is looking to expand its courses and programs, and possibly relocate the Honesdale Campus to a larger, more modern facility.
30- Hose Co. No. 1, Honesdale Fire Department, plans to raze their old fire hall this year and replace it.

June 2007
9- Little Engine That Could is a hit in Honesdale. The Wayne County Chamber of Commerce hosted the story book locomotive excursions and festival.
10- Honesdale High School holds graduation. There were 253 students graduating.
13- Lauren DeVrieze is named Wayne County Dairy Princess, although is later succeeded by her alternate, Amy Curtis.
14- A second fire in two years stalls the Stourbridge Line BL2 locomotive during an excursion. School students are bused back from White Mills.
14- A traffic signal is installed on Willow Avenue in front of Dave Super Duper supermarket.
16- The second annual Soap Box Derby is planned in Hawley, June 17.
19- Over $30,000 is raised in the Relay for Life at the Wayne Highlands Athletic Complex.
23- The second annual Roots & Rhythm Festival is held at Central Park, Honesdale.
27- The Flood of June 2006 is remembered. See the June 28th edition as well.

July 2007
3- Gregory William Kelly, 27, of Honesdale, was ordained a Catholic priest at St. Peter’s Cathedral in Scranton, June 30th.
10- A murder-suicide is reported on Bear Swamp Road, Texas Township.
11- Wayne Choralaires celebrate their 40th anniversary of the summer concert series.
13- Hogencamp/Schupper Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 531 is marking their 75th anniversary.
18- Damascus Playground is nearly finished.
20- The Fife & Drum Motor Inn, Honesdale, has been sold.
21- Ideal Steel Supply Corporation proposes to purchase the Stourbridge Railroad spur and operations from the Lackawaxen-Honesdale Shippers Association.
24- Father Joseph Kutch, White Mills Parish, has been transferred to Glen Lyon, Pa. Father Martin Boylan and his co-pastor, Father VBalasura Desam, St. John the Evangelist Parish, will take on the duties of the White Mills and Beach Lake churches. A shortage of priests is cited.

August 2007
3- The 145th Wayne County Fair begins. The total attendance turns out to be 85,573, over 8,000 less than last year. Hot days and rain are cited.
14- Nearly $300,000 is raised at 4-H Livestock Auction at the Wayne County Fair.
16-  Officials with the proposed Commonwealth Medical College in Scranton, met with Wayne Memorial Hospital officials over areas of cooperation.
16- On Aug. 15, fire wrecked the dairy barn of Jim Billard on Brook Road, Berlin Township.
17- Josh and Lorie Sheard have preserved the Boyds Mills General Store, last operated by Josh’s grandfather.
21- Nearly $20,000 is raised at the “Hour Town” clock auction hosted by the Wayne County Arts Alliance.
24- The addition at the Earl J. Simons Senior Center, Honesdale, is nearly complete.
28- Waymart Area Historical Society held a dedication ceremony Aug. 25 for the Waymart D&H Depot Museum, fulfilling a dream of 31 years.
29- A study shows that forest is claiming more Wayne County  farm land than development.

September 2007
1-Army Sgt. 1st Class Susan Moser Ball received a Meritorious Service Medal for her dedication the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps.
4-Wayne County Prison inmates in the Work Detail program revitalized the community and themselves by providing their services to local churches and community groups.
5-A statewide PennDOT survey of bridge safety ratings found 29 of the county’s 66 locally owned bridges to be structurally deficient, while 24 bridges were considered functionally obsolete.
6-The White Mills and Honesdale fire departments resolved their differences over a district dispute.
7-Cameron Arthur Harinarian was arrested in connection with the August 24th shooting death of Lehman Township resident Barry James Rose.
8-Wayne County led in traffic fatalities over Pike and Susquehanna counties for the 2006 year. According to PennDOT’s 2006 crash facts book, Wayne County saw 11 traffic fatalities that year, compared to 8 deaths in both Pike and Susquehanna counties.
11-Local residents reflected on where they were and what they were doing on the morning of September 11, 2001, when the infamous terrorist attacks shook the country.
12-Volunteers with the local chapter of Habitat For Humanity, by participating in the United Way’s Annual Day Of Caring, helped to make a new home a reality for an area family.
13-Kim Hessling was scheduled to receive a kidney transplant. The “Kidney For Kim” benefit was held on September 14th at J.J. Mack’s in Honesdale in an effort to raise money to help offset the cost of her medical bills.
14-Honesdale police searched for a woman suspected of being involved in a hit and run accident that happened on September 4th at the Sunrise Market.
15-The issue of elder abuse came to light in the wake of the charges filed against Dr. Gregory Salko in connection with the maltreatment of a now-deceased elderly woman in Lackawanna County. No active cases of elder abuse were under investigation in Wayne County.
18-Dr. Christopher Lake was appointed to the position of school Principal at St. Vincent’s School in Honesdale.
19-A glitch in the computerized voting machines purchased by the county for the November 2007 elections left the Commissioners and the Board of Elections scrambling for a polling alternative.
20-A more than $366,000 grant entitled “Classrooms For The Future” allowed Honesdale High School to purchase more computers, projectors, and smart boards for the school.
21-Victor Salib was acquitted in less than ten minutes of charges of possession of Marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, and possession of an illegal, offensive weapon.
22-The county commissioners searched for a consultant to review requests for proposals for the county’s new Comprehensive Plan.
25-Dennis Sullivan, a teen from Pleasant Mount was recovering from a car accident that claimed the life of his best friend, Austin Smith.
26-Local senior citizens petitioned for an indoor swimming pool in Honesdale near the outdoor pool complex on Fair Avenue.
27-State Police in Blooming Grove investigated several crimes, including a stabbing assault in Bushkill and mischief in Hawley.
28-Alan Good of Prompton offered a reward for his brown and white female, 1 year-old Pygmy Goat, which was believed to have been stolen.
29-Wayne Memorial Health Foundation partnered with the Wayne Highlands School District to offer an Advanced placement biology course to high school students.

October 2007
2-James Kundratic held his Annual Old Time Farm Show at “Howetown”, an old name for the area south of Sterling
3-Honesdale Borough planned Fire Prevention Week, which was held the week of October 7th to the 13th. Escape Plan Awareness was the central theme of the 2007 week of prevention activities.
4-Texas Township resident Anotonia Gorman aired her grievances over her neighbor’s burning practices at October’s Texas Township Supervisors meeting. Ms. Gorman was concerned about possible health hazards that may occur due to the burning of plastic in burn barrels.
5-William Hector was arrested by State and Matamoras Borough Police for the murder of his wife, Barbara Ann Dilger.
6-Thanks to WNEP-TV’s Operation Save A Life, 560 smoke alarms found their way into Wayne County homes.  
9-Hundreds of people flooded the streets of Honesdale for Harvest & Heritage Days.
10-Honesdale Borough Council went ahead with the proposed Regional Sewer Authority, with Texas Township choosing to remain apart from the Authority.
11-Bethany Borough was asked to act as a treasurer for the Central Wayne Multi-Municipal Group. The group is comprised of Bethany and Honesdale Boroughs and Dyberry and Texas Townships.
12-Local members of the Veterans Motorcycle Club donated a POW/MIA flag signed by Newt Heisley, the W.W.II Pilot credited with designing the flag, to Honesdale’s VFW Post 531.
13- The George A.Pugliese Memorial was dedicated at SCI Waymart. Staff Sergeant Pugliese was a member of the Army National Guard, 1st Battalion, 109th Infantry Regiment from New Milford. He died on September 28th during combat in Iraq. He was the first Pennsylvania State Employee to be killed while serving his country.
16-The Varden Conservation Area was dedicated. The 435 acre property was donated by Dr. Mead Shaffer and family, and includes walking trails, a foot bridge, an education pavilion, and restroom area.
17-A fire at Alder Ridge Farms, Inc. in Lakewood was determined as being not suspicious. The building housed beagles raised for animal research.
18-PennDOT promised a set bid date for repairs on the Route 191 bridge north of the Fireside Restaurant in Dyberry. If the bid proceeds on schedule, the permanent bridge will be completed by fall 2008.
19-Area churches planned harvest get-togethers and trick-or-treating alternatives for area youngsters.
20-Damasucs Manor United Methodist Church celebrated its 150th anniversary.
23-Laura Talaga of Honesdale, her dog Roxi, and hiking companion Ben Rosseter hiked the entire Appalachian Trail and raised more than $9,000 for Dessin Animal Shelter.
24- PennDOT announced that a two-inch gas line located in the park, straight across from Church St., would need to be relocated for the Church St. Bridge project.
25-Two missing Beach Lake Boys, ages 10 and 12, were found safe after becoming lost in the woods for five hours.
26-Honesdale Football Coach Kevin Bose provided inspiration to an entire high school football team. Diagnosed with throat cancer two years ago, he had his voicebox and half of his tongue removed, but continued to persevere and coach football.
27-Barbara Houghtaling donated hundreds of books to the Stourbridge Primary School.” Reading is so very important”, she explained. “The younger kids start reading, the better.”
30-More than 120 members of the local National Guard, 1st Battalion Mechanized, were preparing for deployment to Afghanistan in the coming months, with 15 of those soldier coming from Company A in Honesdale. Two soldiers from Honesdale will also be deployed to Sinai, Egypt.
31-Honesdale resident and former County Coroner Robert F. Jennings presented the Wayne County Commissioners with packets on information that contained his views on the Salary Board’s unanimous approval of an August 2003 motion made by Commissioner Anthony V. Herzog to establish salaries of $5,200 for each of the two deputy coroners.

November 2007
1-The Loveland family prepared to move into their new Habitat For Humanity home on November 18th.
2-PennDOT Engineering District 4 announced that crew would be inspecting bridges with a crane and bucket truck on Route 191 on November 16th.
3-The Commissioners issued their reply to Mr. Robert F. Jennings complaints about the coroner’s office
6-Dave Williams, a fifth generation farmer from Cherry Ridge, was nominated for an Oscar for his work on the Pennsylvania Farm Country radio show . The show airs locally on Sunny 105.3FM, Thunder 102.1 FM and Sunday mornings at 6:30a.m. and 8a.m., and Sunday mornings on The Game NEPA Sports Radio 1590AM.
7-Wayne County voters utilized paper ballots for the first time in over 50 years when they went to the poles to cast their votes on November 6th.
8-Wendell Kay, Brian W. Smith, and Anthony Herzog were elected to the Commissioners’ posts and Brian T. Field was elected as County Treasurer.
9-Fire Chief Stan Pratt warned county residents of the dangers associated with using electric heaters, improperly used kerosene heaters, and un-maintained wood stoves.
10-Judge Ray Hamill was sworn in as the first new Judge in the county in twenty-seven years, replacing Judge Robert Conway.
13-A Multi-Municipal plan stirred up some controversy in Lake Township. The plan was developed with Palmyra and Paupack Townships and Hawley Borough. The main components of the plan included township ordinances, recreational space, and road infrastructure.
14-Honesdale Borough was awarded a Safe Water Appropriation Grant by the state that would allow the borough to develop a plan for handling stormwater in the Ridge Street/Terrace Street area.
15-Area hunters were cautioned over a late season Lyme Disease threat. Black legged ticks carry the disease and were more active this year because of the extreme warm weather the area saw during the fall.
16- The Wayne County Emergency Agency discussed a draft of the county’s Hazard Mitigation Plan. Once the 400-page document is reviewed by FEMA, it will be presented to the commissioner’s, who will be asked to adopt it.
17-An MRSA Awareness Program was held at the David Katz Conference Center at Wayne Memorial Hospital. Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus, commonly known as MRSA, is a bacteria that kills 18,000 people per year. The importance of proper hand washing was stressed as an easy preventative measure.
20-McDonald’s in Texas Township celebrated 30 years of serving fast food favorites to Wayne County residents. The restaurant opened in 1977, when a full meal, including a hamburger, small fry, and a small coke cost only 99 cents.
21-Wayne County residents reflected on what Thanksgiving means to them, and how they extend the spirit of the holiday to those in the community. “When you’re thankful for your family and friends, it means a lot to give back to the community by taking care of those less fortunate than yourself”, reflected Jennifer Pitoniak.
23-Jurors debated the case of Moscow resident Joseph Diehl, who stood accused of vehicular homicide and involuntary manslaughter in the road rage related death of 21-year-old William Vogt, of the Hideout. Mr. Vogt was killed when his car ran off the road during a high speed chase with Mr. Diehl. Diehl was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter and 12 other counts. He was acquitted of charges of vehicular homicide and causing an accident resulting in death or personal injury.
24-Wayne County residents took to the streets to begin their holiday shopping on ‘Black Friday’. Many cars could be seen populating the parking lots of Wal-Mart and Kmart, while shoppers filled the streets of downtown Honesdale in search of unique gifts for that special someone.
27-Main Street in Honesdale was crowded for the Greater Honesdale Partnership’s Santa Parade and Star and Tree lighting ceremony. “Health and peace are the most important things, and that we’re all together”, explained Christa Kyc.
28-Dulce Maria Garriga related her experiences as a Cuban immigrant who came to this country to escape communism. “You hear all these people talk about minorities. I resent that. I’m not a minority. This is my culture. Me, my mother, my whole family, has American passports. We’re all Americans now”, she explained.
29-South Canaan World War II Veteran Ronald B. Shaffer produced a 28 page booklet entitled “South Canaan As I Remember It”, with the help of local historian Kurt Reed. “I wrote down memories to preserve them. There’s no one left to ask-not many”, Shaffer reflected.

December 2007
1-Wayne Memorial Health System opened a clinic at the Route 6 Mall in Texas Township, adjacent to Kmart. Services offered at the new location include physical, occupational, and speech therapy, as well as phlebotomy (blood drawing) services. “We believe this new site at the mall enhances accessibility and convenience for our patients who live in Beach Lake, Hawley, and other areas on the eastern side of Honesdale”, explained James Hockenbury, Director of Ancillary Services and overseer of the new site.
4-Honesdale Borough announced at a special meeting a $60,000 Safe Water Appropriation Plan to improve stormwater systems in Honesdale Borough and Texas Township. The full cost of the program was covered by a Safe Water Appropriation Grant that was obtained with the assistance of State Representative Mike Piefer.
5-Western Wayne School Board members approved a resolution at their monthly board meeting that ensured school district residents that their taxes would not increase by more than the 5.4% index that was established by the Department of Education for the school district.
6-A blade broke apart on a wind turbine at the Waymart Wind Farm. Two blades remained in tact, and no injuries or inconveniences were caused by the incident. “Our team is working to determine the root cause of the blade failure’, explained FPL Energy spokesperson Steve Stengel, adding that it was an isolated incident.
7-Over 20 soldiers from Company A left the Lemnitzer Armory before sunrise for training in Fort Bragg, North Carolina before ultimately being deployed to Afghanistan. “Stand proud, stand tough. You’ll make us proud, and we’ll stand behind you here”, General Daniel J. O’Neill of Pleasant Mount said to the soldiers.
8-The county anxiously awaited word as to whether or not they would receive a grant that would allow for an upgrade to the area’s outdated communications equipment. Wayne County 9-1-1 Coordinator Marty Hedgelon stated that the county is also in the process of forming a Communications Committee.
11-Two people were killed in a three-car crash on December 10th. Richard A. Moore of Milford and passenger Eric P. Hosking of Slatehill, NY were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which happened on Route 6 in Dingman Township. Icy road conditions were blamed for the fatal accident.
12-Wayne Memorial Hospital hosted its annual Love Lites Ceremony. Love Lites Chairperson Mary Lulo said the ceremony gave “the community an opportunity to remember in honor or in memory of their loved ones...lights on trees outside of the hospital were lit to symbolically represent each loved one.”
13-Local residents were cautioned over oil and gas leasing contracts. Wayne Conservation District Manager Bob Muller said “be sure of what you sign. Have legal consult. Make sure you’re protecting all of your concerns on the property...your resources. If it’s a hayfield, you want the hayfield restored. You want to protect your water resources, if there is any kind of pollution or  event that occurs, that you’re protecting your well water or drinking water.”
14-An Arrest Warrant was issued for John J. Visci, Treasurer of the American Legion Major David Mc Kelvey Peterson Post 254 in Honesdale. He is believed to have stolen $29,000.00 from the post. “He conned us. He’s a con man”, stated 1st Vice Commander Bernard Harvey.
15-It was unclear as to whether or not Tanglwood Ski Area would be opening for the upcoming winter season. “The ski run not opening affects area tourism-dependent business. We would definitely like to see Tanglwood remain open”, said Palmyra Township Supervisor Eric Ehrhardt.
18-Recent winter weather caused low attendance for Sunday masses at area churches, and some even had to cancel services on days when weather became very hazardous. Low attendance meant low amounts of monetary donations for the time period. “It’s bad because we never make it back up”, explained Kathy Reiner, Secretary of St. Thomas More in Lake Ariel and St. Mary’s in Ledgedale.
19-    The early arrival of winter weather in the region caused a drop in blood donations at area blood drives. “In less than a week, we are down over 500 units of blood...we haven’t had to ask area hospitals to postpone surgeries yet, but we are afraid that we could get into a situation where we won’t have blood for surgeries”, explained Trish Tyler-Davis, Office Manager of the Wayne Pike Branch of the American Red Cross.
20-Bill Gager ended his tenure as a Damascus Township Supervisor, stating “I’d like to thank the people of Damascus for 18 good years, and I hope Chuck (Charles Grady) will do a good job. I was going to make some comment about people, but I don’t want to waste good air. I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.”
21-Lucille Dexter, 83, of Damascus Township died when her house caught fire. The fire was ruled accidental and was electrical in nature. The fire was small and was easily contained. “That’s what makes it such a bad tragedy, considering that the fire itself wasn’t so bad”, explained Beach Lake Fire Chief Tony Franklin.
22-Honesdale resident Ruth Dennis turned 100. “She remembers a lot of things”, explained her niece Joyce Scudillo, “all kind of things that have happened.”
26-Work on the Church Street Bridge Project was progressing three weeks ahead of schedule. Leeward Construction is the company in charge of completing the project. The company had been working into the evening hours in an attempt to stay ahead of weekend rain and also to allow construction employees time off for the Christmas holiday.
27-Local churches provide aid to the homeless of Wayne County, providing clothes, food, and shelter to people in desperate need of assistance. “The rich are richer and the poor are poorer in Wayne County”, explained Monsignor Joseph Kelly, Diocesan Secretary for Catholic Human Services.
28-The Wayne County Commissioners adopted the County Tax Levy and Appropriation Resolution for the county budget. The resolution fixed the tax rate for the 2008 fiscal year at 3.16 mills on each dollar of assessed home value.
29-A temporary change in the traffic pattern at the intersection of Church and 12th Streets may cause some inconveniences for drivers on Wednesday, January 2nd. Drivers should anticipate delays in this area.