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November 2011

Environmental groups claim victory; DRBC postponement clouds drilling future

REGION — Environmental groups claimed a huge victory on November 18, the day after the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) announced it had postponed the meeting to vote on the proposed new rules for hydraulic fracturing.  Read more

Report: cleaner energy could be cheaper as well

Americans would probably see lower, rather than higher, electricity costs by 2020 if the United States adopted a long-term strategy to replace coal-fired electricity with energy efficiency initiatives and renewable resources, according to a new report from Synapse Energy Economics commissioned by the nonprofit Civil Society Institute (CSI).  Read more

Cochecton budget approved

As the first order of business at the monthly meeting of the Town of Cochecton, the board unanimously voted to approve the 2012 budget. The budget includes a 1.65% increase over last year’s budget, which is under the New York State two percent property tax cap.  Read more

Catskill Art Society buys its building

The Catskill Art Society (CAS) is now the owner of the building that it has occupied for the last four years at 48 Main Street in Livingston Manor. The space, once a movie theater, was redesigned to house CAS in 2007. The building includes two galleries, classrooms and an exhibition space in a large center hall on the first floor, as well as a still-raw upstairs space, planned as theater space and artists’ studios.  Read more

Bills trade off home rule for impact fee

Both houses of the Pennsylvania legislature have now passed versions of a bill regarding natural gas impact fees, regulations and zoning. Reconciling the differences and developing a compromise bill to send to Governor Corbett is the next step.  Read more

Pike commissioners seek large easement

Pike County has been after this for nearly six years and now it may have it. The county is seeking an easement on the 4600-acre Little Bushkill Headwaters Reserve, a prime slice of the Delaware River watershed in Lehman Township.  Read more

Sullivan cancels healthcare contract; returns to state insurance program

Sullivan County legislators voted unanimously to cancel a two-week old contract with a company called EBS-RMSCO to administer the county’s self-funded health plan. The sticking point was a “joinder” that county manager David Fanslau was requested to sign, which involved an agreement between EBS-RMSCO and the large health provider Group Health Inc. (GHI).  Read more

Shelly Field honored with SYDA Award

The 26th Annual SYDA Foundation Community Service Award was presented to Shelly Field at the government center on November 18. Harriet Cole, the owner of a Manhattan-based media company, presented the award.  Read more

Marijuana grow house shut down; fourth in Sullivan County this year

It seems that Sullivan County is quickly becoming the preferred location in which to open a marijuana grow-house operation. Four of them have been shut down by authorities this year alone.  Read more

Pond Eddy post office on the list

The U.S. Post Office in Pond Eddy is one of more than 3,000 across the country that is set for possible closure. When resident Jeanne Mulcahey and her friends heard it was under threat, they launched an effort to try to keep it open, which included a letter-writing campaign to Congressman Maurice Hinchey.  Read more