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Issue 24 —January 9, 2020

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DHC Seeking Scholarship Applications

UPPER DELAWARE RIVER REGION — The Delaware Highlands Conservancy is accepting applications from eligible high school seniors for the "Delaware Highlands Conservancy/Yeaman Scholarship" and the "Vanessa Van Gorder Memorial Scholarship," both for $1,000. Both scholarships are open to students in school districts bordering the Upper Delaware River in New York and Pennsylvania. These include Hancock Central, Deposit Central, Eldred, Monticello, and Sullivan West in NY, and Wallenpaupack Area, Honesdale, and Delaware Valley in PA.
The Yeaman Scholarship has been given annually since 2004 to a student planning to pursue a field in environmental studies in college, in honor of the Conservancy's founder, Barbara Yeaman.
In 2015, the Conservancy established a Memorial Scholarship in honor of Vanessa Joy Van Gorder. A recent graduate from West Chester University with a degree in education, Vanessa was passionate about the outdoors and loved exploring the lakes, rivers, and forests of the Upper Delaware River Region with her friends and family. The Conservancy established this scholarship in Vanessa's memory and to honor her dream of becoming an educator. The scholarship is open to high school seniors pursuing a career in education or environmental stewardship.
Eligible students should contact their guidance counselors for applications. Applications must be submitted through the school's guidance counselor for transmittal to the DHC Scholarship Committee by March 27. Recipients will be notified in May.
The DHC works in partnership with landowners and communities to protect the natural heritage and quality of life of the Upper Delaware River region. For more information, call 570-226-3164/845-583-1010 or visit www.DelawareHighlands.org.




























State Of The City

PORT JERVIS — The Honorable Kelly B. Decker, Mayor of the City of Port Jervis, will be giving the State of the City address on Wednesday, Jan. 29. He will begin at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers located on the second floor of 20 Hammond St, Port Jervis, NY.
For more information, contact the Office of Mayor by phone at 845-858-4017 or 845-858-2858, by email at mayor@portjervisny.gov, or visit www.portjervisny.org.

Lenape Queen

WURTSBORO — Join local forester, naturalist, historian, and archaeologist, Gary Keeton for a fireside chat. Stories abound on how the Bashakill Wetland obtained its name, including the story of the sachem queen who drowned here. But this story has been debunked as myth, or has it? Find out what Gary has discovered in his research Friday, Jan. 24, at 6 p.m. at the Mamakating Environmental Education & Interpretive Center, 762 South Rd, Wurtsboro. Registration appreciated but walk-ins welcome; space is limited. Call 845-644-5014. Light refreshments available with donation.


Oney Tapped For Vacant Third Ward Council Seat

PORT JERVIS — The Port Jervis Common Council held their first meeting of the New Year this past Monday. With a new term beginning, new council members who had won the seats they ran for in the November election represented their constituents at their first Common Council meeting.
Among the new council members was Chandler Campbell. She ran for a 2nd Ward seat and won, defeating longtime Councilman George Belcher. At the meeting she moved right into her new role by making a motion to accept funding for local youth organizations in Port Jervis.
"Whereas the City of Port Jervis Common Council's desire of continuing the youth recreation program and Juvenile Aid Bureau, the county of Orange has approved $19,500 for the youth recreation program and $9,000 for the Juvenile Aid Bureau," said Campbell. "Be it resolved that the Common Council for the City of Port Jervis hereby accepts the funding for 2020."
Another new council member was Tim Simmons. He had run for the 4th Ward seat that was previously held by Councilwoman Lisa Randazzo, who won the Councilman at Large seat in November. While he had no items on his agenda at the meeting, he took the time to thank everyone for the opportunity being presented to him.
"I would just like to say that I am really excited to be here," said Simmons. "I look forward to working with everyone and moving the city forward."
Some of the new members previously served on the council. Despite being on the Council ballot in November and winning a 3rd Ward seat, Gina Fitzpatrick decided to resign from the council after establishing a residency in Pennsylvania. Despite being allowed to hold her seat, she ultimately declined that option and thus her seat was now vacated.
Protocol required that the council had to either appoint somebody to fill the vacant seat or that a special election be held. On Monday, 3rd Ward Councilwoman Kristin Trovei moved to appoint former member of the council Gerald "Jerry" Oney Jr. to fill the vacant seat.
"As a special election is not in the very immediate future, the council's desires are fulfilling the seat to allow full representation in the upcoming months. We understand this is a decision not to be taken lightly," said Trovei. "After careful consideration, I would like to make a motion to appoint former 3rd Ward councilman Gerald Oney Jr. to fill the vacated seat."
"His experience and knowledge will be an asset to the council and to the city. I believe he will serve the residents as proudly and as reasonably as Ms. Fitzpatrick would."
Oney has previously served with the council before, having held the same 3rd Ward seat that he was now being considered for once more. A longtime resident of the 3rd Ward, he was present at the meeting waiting to see if he would be approved to hold the seat.......For more information pick up a copy at a local vendor or subscribe.



Julie Lyon & Quintet At UpFront

PORT JERVIS — See Julie Lyon and her quintet on Saturday, January 18! Julie Lyon grew up with many and varied musical influences. Classically trained and reared on pop, rock and blues, the draw of the vocal jazz greats, Sarah Vaughan, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald and many others, opened the door to a world in which Ms. Lyon is now at the top of her game.
Her quintet performance at Upfront Gallery and Exhibition Space includes Jack DeSalvo on guitar, Tom Cabrera on drums, Bob Rodriguez on keyboards and Lou Papas on bass.
The venue is UpFront Exhibition Space at 31 Jersey Ave., Port Jervis, NY 12771. The gallery opens at 6:15 music beginning at 7. Tickets are on sale now at UpFront and at the door, cash only. Come early for table seating. BYO! For more information, call 845-754-5000.















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