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January 2012

An ounce of prevention

The Delaware Highlands Conservancy works to conserve the Upper Delaware region’s lands, waters, and quality of life in partnership with landowners and communities. Sustaining our natural assets and way of life now and for future generations requires careful planning and forward-thinking land-use strategies now, not after our rural landscapes are lost to the type of subdivisions that have characterized large portions of American suburbia.  Read more

No government intervention needed

In an article printed in the January 19 edition of The River Reporter, Sullivan County Commissioner of Planning and Environmental Management Luiz Aragon made a case for increased zoning restrictions to protect our rural landscape from shrinking lots. A visit to the town hall in Lumberland illustrates that the lots are not shrinking—just changing. Town subdivision maps from the turn of the 19th century show a town of equal or greater patchwork. The lots today are a reflection of the changes of 100 years of history and economy—with some lots larger and some smaller.  Read more

The wrong approach to a worthwhile idea

On January 26, in one of its first actions, the new Sullivan County Legislature decided to issue requests for proposal (RFPs) for the county’s tourism promotion contract, which for some years has gone, without competition, to the Sullivan County Visitors Association (SCVA).  Read more

Pipeline worker charged with steeling plates with $296,887

Pennsyvania State Police ad Honesdale have charged George Rober Doll with theft, recieveing stolen property and theft by failure to makke required disposition of funds recieved. Doll was working as a superintendent Henkles and McCoy, Inc. on the 300 pipeline project from Uniondale, Susquenhanna County through Wayne and Pike counties. Doll is alleged to have sold 61 steel plates that measured 8 feet by 20 feet by 1 inch steel road plates from teh project as his own to a scrap dealer. The plates are valued at $296,887. Doll was released on $50,000 unsecured bail.

Surface sensations

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — You’ve got to love the variety of winter sports played on such contrasting surfaces: hardwood, indoor track lanes, jumping pits, throwing circles, wrestling mats and the slippery ski slopes. January is now in the rearview mirror but its final week was thrilling and featured sensational encounters in all the aforementioned realms. Some basketball teams punched their tickets to postseason play by acquiring the requisite number of wins. Other sports featured high-intensity encounters that were forerunners of coming championships.  Read more

Indoor farmers' market

February 5, 2012

Delaware Community Center, 11am-2pm. Special noon event: farm market tour & cooking demo w/ NaturalContents.com. 845/929-6180, ext. 115 or 482-5929.

Brunch, jewelry & craft sale

February 12, 2012

Valentine's Day celebration brunch at Flour Power Bakery, noon-3pm. Benefits ASPCA. RSVP: 845/439-1210.

Gun theft in Honesdale

The Honesdale Borough Police Department is investigating a theft of a firearm and an undisclosed amount of money from a residence in the Sunrise Mobile Home Park, located off Rt. 191 in the Borough.

The victim indicated the burglary occurred sometime between 01/13/12 and 01/20/12 while he was away from his residence. During that time frame a person(s) entered his residence and stole a Ruger 9mm Semi-automatic pistol and an undisclosed amount of money.  Read more

Liberty traffic stop leads to heroin bust

State Police at SP Liberty announce the arrest of Samuel Call, 25, of Mountaindale, NY for the Misdemeanors of Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th. Also arrested as a result of this stop was Nicole Ross, 22, of Liberty, NY for the Misdemeanor of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th.  Read more

Montgomery man charged with DWI

Saturday, January 28, 2012 - Troopers stopped Mr. David Titmas Jr, age 48 of Montgomery, NY for a traffic violation on Mamakating Rd while operating a 2004 Jeep Cherokee. He was found to be intoxicated and charged with Driving While Intoxicated. He was issued tickets returnable to the T/Mamakating court on February 1, 2012.