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December 2012

Hurricane Sandy’s costs tallied

ALLENTOWN, PA — Pennsylvania Power and Light (PPL) estimates that the cost of Hurricane Sandy to the utility will be $60 to $70 million, and at some point in the future, the utility’s customers can expect to help pay for the storm via charges spread out over several years, according to corporate communications spokesperson Michael Wood.  Read more

Elected officials responded to pipeline; Marino and Casey go to bat for opponents of TGP project

Contrary to references at public meetings and in the press, some federal elected officials sent letters to federal agencies concerning local opposition to the Tennessee Gas Pipeline (TGP)’s Loop 323 project, and asked for a rehearing.  Read more

Sparks fly at Tusten meeting; penalties for zoning violations discussed

“We have a conflict of interest now. Mr. Clemente is prosecuting me in two different courts. I’m going to be on the board. I would ask the board to either get alternative counsel, or I guess we have to write letters and talk to the state bar and others to see what’s right and wrong, because I certainly can’t go and talk to him about different issues… where I might find myself in trouble.”  Read more

Holbert Quarry dispute resolved; mining operations limited to four acres at a time

The issue of the proposed expansion of the Holbert Quarry in Lackawaxen has been resolved by the limitation of the amount of land that can be worked at any given time. According to a press release from the Upper Delaware Council (UDC), one of the organizations that had opposed the expansion, the permit from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will specify that only two acres of the 40 acres in question may be mined at one time, and another two-acre area may be used for supporting operations. Further, a mined parcel will be reclaimed and reseeded before operations may begin on a new parcel.  Read more

Minisink Compressor Station heading to court

TOWN OF MINISINK, NY — As Millennium Pipeline Company moves forward with plans to build a new compressor station in Hancock, the one currently under construction in Minisink, about 65 miles down the pipeline, is soon to become the subject of a lawsuit filed in the U.S Court of Appeals, brought by the community group Stop The Minisink Compression Station (StopMCS).  Read more

Tax breaks sought for compressor station

The Millennium Pipeline Company is seeking to build a $40 million compressor station on Hungry Hill Road, in the Town of Hancock. The facility will allow the company to move a much higher amount of gas through the pipeline to new customers.  Read more

Flashover fire training

It’s not the best place to be if you’re claustrophobic or afraid of fire. But for two weekends in a row, local firefighters were lining up to climb into a specially outfitted container to experience a flashover. The rig was temporarily located on Cold Spring Road in Monticello.   Read more

Film festival fraud; documentarians investigate the mystery of Marie Castaldo

Marie “Jocelyne” Castellano, best known to local residents for her role in the scandal-plagued Narrowsburg International Independent Film Festival and wife of Richard Castellano, is the subject of a documentary film presently in production. The film will tell the story not only of her time here, but also how she founded the Queens International Film Festival, which one New York newspaper called “The Flim-flam Film Festival.”  Read more

Honesdale council postpones traffic pattern decision

The Honesdale Borough Council wants more time to discuss the traffic patterns at the intersection of Main and Fourth Streets where the CVS Pharmacy plans to build a super-drugstore. The new store will replace the building that formerly housed DSFI, Inc.  Read more

Shining Brightly Again: Bethany’s Mansion at Noble Lane

Enter through the decorative iron gates that are more than a century old. Wind along the regal drive lined with craggy Norwood maples dressed in their rich autumn reds and oranges. Ahead on the hill is the Mansion at Noble Lane, a 25,000-square-foot luxurious resort and spa that is the dazzling new face of a forsaken post-Gilded Age estate with a curious past.  Read more