Here is a round-up of highlights from front page news in The Wayne Independent for 2008, April to June, in Wayne County, Pa.
2- The sign is up for the new Wayne County Correctional Facility, set to open in June.
4- Of 996 new Democrats, 678 switched from other parties, Wayne County Bureau of Elections reports. Democratic ranks are up 11 percent.
7- Two Guys From Italy, an Italian landmark restaurant at the Route 6 Plaza, reopens after a fire shut them down on Sept. 29, 2007.
5- February’s unemployment rate was 4.5% in Wayne.
5- Upper Delaware Council (UDC) continues to examine the natural gas controversy.
5- Scores of shoes are displayed at a Victim’s Intervention Program rally outside the Courthouse for domestic and sexual violence victims.
8- WEDCO plans a partnership for a state-of-the-art career center.
8- Area truckers complain of the escalating fuel costs.
11- Natural gas companies have persuaded 781 Wayne County landowners to sign lease, Penn State Extension reports. Seminars are planned to examine the financial and environmental impacts.
16- An arrest was made of the former American Legion Post #254 (Honesdale) Financial Officer, who is accused of stealing approximately $29,000 in Post funds.
17- Christopher Pietraszewski is the new principal at Preston Area School.
18- The traffic signals are operating at the 4th Street Bridge, in preparation for the widening project.
19- Himalayan Institute is hosting runners from Cameroon, who will participate in the Boston Marathon.
21- An optometrist, modular dealer and other businesses are affected by a major fire at the Rt. 6 Professional Building in Wilsonville.
22- Chris Hackett beat Dan Meuser in the Primary Republican race for 10th Congressional District. In Wayne County, Hillary Clinton is favored for President on the Democratic ticket though Barrack Obama became the nominee. Democrats had a 52% turnout in Wayne; Republicans, 31%. The overall turnout was 39.10%.
25- Ruth Havens, of Bethany Village, turns 100.
Paul Brancato, CEO of Ideal Steel Supply Corp., has purchased the Stourbridge Railroad including operating rights.
1- A four day forest fire in Pike County is under investigation.
1- A tourism web site is launched, www.visitwaynecounty.com.
2- Driver behavior is seen as a factor in traffic snarl at the 4th Street bridge construction area.
3- Recreational uses are suggested for the Cannonsville Reservoir.
6- The Northern Wayne Property Owners Alliance has formed to organize land owners in hope for a joint gas drilling lease. Meanwhile, Damascus Citizens for Sustainability hosts a crowded meeting in Callicoon to discuss environmental concerns with gas drilling.
8- The first exploratory natural gas rig of the year for Wayne County is being drilled at the Louis Matoushek property in Clinton Township. The Stone Energy Corp. rig is pictured on page one.
13- Area truck drivers are hard hit by escalating fuel prices.
13- Beams are being laid for the Church Street Bridge. The job is completed on May 20.
13- Edward Langendoerfer is named Honesdale Borough Council President.
16- Tours are being given of the new Wayne County Correctional Facility. The prison is described as spartan and efficient.
20- On May 17-18, the Wayne County Historical Society holds a grand opening for the John and Helen Villaume Wing.
27- Dr. Walter Barbe is restoring the D&H Canal Lock 33 House in White Mills.
28- Korean War veterans in Wayne County will be honored October 4th.
30- WEDCO breaks ground for the Sterling Business Park.
31- Waymart Volunteer Ambulance Corp. is replacing their 12-year old ambulance.
4- A conditional use application for the 80-room hotel project next to Home Depot was passed by Texas Township Supervisors. Chairman Jack McDonald had to recuse himself because he had offered his opinion in a previous meeting.
5- Waymart Mayor John Millard hopes to prohibit juveniles from smoking in the Borough.
6- Pa. National Guard, Co. A 1-109th soldier, Staff Sgt. Earl Granville, was seriously injured in combat in Afghanistan.
6- Wall Street West invests in Wayne County’s economic future with a $285,000 grant to improve the local labor force.
7- Delaware River Basin Commission will help oversee gas drilling in the region.
8- Bertha Ordnung of Seelyville turns 100.
11- Wayne County YMCA is celebrating 30 years.
10- Honesdale High School Class of 2008 graduated June 8th with 309 students.
10- Michael Agolia, frustrated customer of Wyoming Homes, Inc., is picketing outside the business in White Mills. See June 13th and 27th issues. On Aug. 12, the owner of Wyoming Home turns himself on forgery and theft related charges.
11- Western Wayne High School holds graduation.
12- A heat wave is capped by hail, wind and rain, bringing down trees and wires on the 10th.
13- Wayne County dairies yields 104 million pounds of milk each year. There are 100 active dairy farms and approximately 6,200 dairy cows in the county.
13- Wallenpaupack Area High School graduates 208 students.
19- Decorative benches are lining the streets thanks to the Wayne County Arts Alliance.
20- Video Display Corp. (”Chroma Tube”) in White Mills is looking to share space in their plant with a rail user.
21- The third annual Honesdale Roots & Rhythm Music & Arts Festival is held in Central Park.
26- Staff Sgt. Michael Kacer Jr., a native of Waymart, is seriously hurt in combat in Afghanistan. He is with the Pa. National Guard, Company B, 1-109th.
26- Wayne Highlands taxes will rise 3.75%.