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February 2012

Toronto Reservoir access battle appears over; public will be allowed to cross through

The 10-year legal battle over whether or not the public will be allowed to traverse land in the development created by the Woodstone Companies appears to be over. According to an application filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Alliance Energy Renewables (AER) posted a bond of $402,000 and, “Accordingly, as of February 24, the public has a right to travel along this pathway to the recreation area.”  Read more

Honesdale looks at the record; considers cable franchise fee

Scott Smith, chairman of the Honesdale Borough Council Finance Committee, reported to the council at its February 27 meeting on the work of a service agency hired to organize the records of the zoning office.  Read more

PA roadside cleanup volunteers sought

HARRISBURG, PA — PennDOT is seeking volunteers for this year’s Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania, which begins March 1 and runs through May 31.  Read more

Bookkeeper back on the ballot in Tusten

NARROWSBURG, NY — A referendum as to whether to have the town board rather than the supervisor appoint a bookkeeper in the Town of Tusten will be on the ballot at the regular general election in November. The town board approved a resolution to that effect at its recessed meeting on Monday, February 27.  Read more

Arts grants awarded

Fifteen Sullivan County non-profit organizations received $17,500 in Decentralization Grants (DEC) for 2012 cultural programming at a special awards ceremony on Saturday, February 18 at the Delaware Arts Center. Allocated by the New York State Council on the Arts, the funding is administered by the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA).  Read more

Arrest made in Eldred bank robbery

The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office has announced the arrest of 52-year-old John Armbruster in connection with the robbery of the First National Bank of Jeffersonville branch in Eldred. Armbruster was taken into custody on February 24.  Read more

Soap Box Derby planned for Liberty; Is Phish coming back to Bethel Woods?

Big plans are taking shape for Memorial Day Weekend this year in Liberty. Dale Vandenberg, president of Hillside Greenhouses in Liberty, addressed the Liberty Town Board on February 21, and said the plans include car shows, music, street vendors and the huge annual yard sale. But perhaps the most ambitious development is that North Main Street will be host to Liberty’s first Soap Box Derby.  Read more

Narrowsburg esplanade plan moves forward; critics question the expense

The plan for an amphitheater and esplanade perched above the Big Eddy has been discussed by town officials for 20 years. Now, officials have voted to take another step toward building it.  Read more

County chair offers testimony on mandate relief; tax dollars ‘consumed by state mandates’

NEW PALTZ, NY — It is a cry that has been growing increasingly loud since the great recession descended upon the land four years ago: counties in New York are buckling under the weight of state mandates. In other words, Albany forces the counties to spend so much money on programs such as Medicaid that they can no longer provide other essential services to their residents.  Read more

Signs of civility in Lumberland; Clarification and compromise mark latest session on zoning

The presence of four law enforcement professionals stationed in the George Ross Mackenzie Elementary School gymnasium last Saturday morning was a clear sign of the tension that has built over the past several months as the Town of Lumberland has conducted a series of public sessions on its proposed zoning rewrite. But other than removing one man briefly in response to his repeated disruptions, and gesturing to another to cease doing the same, peace was kept and progress was made.
The February 25 public forum began with supervisor Nadia Rajsz reciting the list of changes made following public hearings conducted on December 14, 2011 and February 17, 2012.  Read more