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December 2012

Town of Delaware to move highway department

Town of Delaware officials on December 19 unanimously adopted a resolution allowing them to move forward with a plan to purchase land for the relocation of the highway department. The estimated cost is $100,000.  Read more

No increase in Berlin Township budget

The Berlin Township Board of Supervisors on December 18 unanimously adopted the 2013 budget with no tax increase. The total millage rate was set at 1.375. A mill is a $1 tax on every $1,000 of a property’s assessed value.  Read more

Lackawaxen launch site argued again; battle is over nonconforming use

Like an angler presenting a dry fly in a favorite Lackawaxen River fishing pool, the town presented its proposed regulations for use to the current owners of the parcel of land known as the Threshman property on the Lackawaxen River. And just like what happens all too often while fly fishing, nothing rose to take the bait.  Read more

Looking back in Pennsylvania in 2012

PENNSYLVANIA — One of the major stories of the year was that the Pike County Commissioners and a local group called “Save Cummins Hill” protested a plan by the Tennessee Pipeline Company to cut through environmentally sensitive land around Cummins Hill Road to lay a 7.1-mile stretch of pipeline as part of the company’s 300 line called the Northeast Upgrade Project (NEUP). The new line will carry gas produced from the Marcellus Shale gas fields in central Pennsylvania to markets in New Jersey and New York.  Read more

Representative Hinchey sees positive potential in our future

By Rep. Maurice Hinchey

Serving Sullivan County in the United States House of Representatives has been the greatest privilege of my life. As I prepare to leave office, I want to sincerely thank the people of Sullivan County who put their trust in me to serve their interests in Washington. In the most basic sense, that is what I have worked to do over the past 20 years.  Read more

Looking back on NY 2012

NEW YORK STATE — In Sullivan County, 2012 started out with six newly elected legislators out of a total of nine. The newcomers came in looking to make changes, and one of the first shake-ups was they wanted to put the tourism contract out to bid, after the contract had been awarded to the Sullivan County Visitors Association (SCVA) every year for a decade.  Read more

Mental health and guns

In 2006, my husband William C. Morris (known as Chris) fired a rifle at a police officer in Narrowsburg, NY.

Our lives changed forever. Chris was sentenced to 10 years in prison and has served six.

In 1999, my husband was diagnosed with late-stage Lyme Disease, which entered his brain and nervous system causing high fevers and many other symptoms. He was prescribed vast amounts of medications—high doses of antibiotics, anti depressants, malaria medicine and pain medication.  Read more

Town of Tusten attorney disputes our reporting

The legal battle between the Town of Tusten and Ned Lang was not “an ongoing legal battle between Lang and the town attorney, Jeffrey Clemente, over a pro-gas drilling sign.”

These actions filed with the Justice Court were on behalf of the town, not the town attorney, and were not over a “pro-gas drilling sign.” They were over an oversized political sign. The message on the sign is irrelevant to the zoning violation.  Read more

Gun technology’s unintended, unacceptable consequences

We believe in technology and we accept its dark shadow. New technology may lead to new jobs and greater wealth for some. Technology can also lead to unintended human sacrifice.  Read more

NY ag commissioner visits Sullivan

“I think the assets you have here, and the focus that’s being brought to agriculture, and the fact—and it’s not a fad—that people want to know where their food is coming today; they want to know how it’s produced, where it’s produced, who is producing it, and how it got from the farm to their dinner plate. People read labels today. And that puts Sullivan County, I believe, in a very unique position to be able to fill a lot of the niche markets that are out there for local food, to one of the largest marketplaces in the world.”  Read more