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December 2012

Christmas bird count seeks volunteers

NORTHEAST, PA — The Northeast PA Audubon Society is looking for volunteers to help with the 113th annual Christmas bird count on Sunday, December 15. The society says, “You don’t need a lot of experience, just a love for the birds who frequent our feeders and come to our region from the Canada for the winter months.”  Read more

Catskill Distilling earns high marks at independent tasting

The Catskill Distilling Company’s newest spirits won rave reviews in the December issue of the trade publication F. Paul Pacult’s Spirit Journal. Both The Most Righteous Bourbon and The One & Only Buckwheat received a four-star, highly recommended rating.
“We’re proud of the spirits we’re producing at the Catskill Distilling Company,” said distiller Dr. Monte Sachs. “We couldn’t be more pleased to have them recognized by such a well-regarded publication.”  Read more

Charity funds stolen

Pennsylvania State Police at Honesdale are investigating the theft of funds intended for charity. According to a police press release, Betsy Arnold, 35, “stole $870 in funds that were intended to help a cancer victim and used the funds to go on a shopping spree for herself.” The release says Arnold also stole prescription medication from the same victim over the course of several weeks. Charges have been filed against Arnold.

Sullivan community wind forum

Sullivan Alliance for Sustainable Development (SASD) has issued an invitation to the general public for information about the final report of the two-year study of community-owned wind. The study was conducted in Sullivan County.  Read more

Proposed fracking rules issued; further changes likely coming

ALBANY, NY — When state environmental officials filed for a 90-day extension to the fracking rule-making process on November 29, by law they also had to issue the revised rules as they then existed for public review and comment. The revised rules for hydraulic fracturing were published on the website of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) (www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/77353.html) on November 30.  Read more

Holiday artisan's market at The Cooperage

December 16, 2012

Vendors, demonstrations and food from Anthill Kitchen at the Cooperage, 11am-6pm. www.thecooperageproject.com or 570/253-2020.

Elected officials mute on PA pipeline

Rick Caridi, chairman of the Pike County Commissioners, is disappointed. Efforts to get elected officials to ask two federal agencies to reopen hearings on a controversial gas pipeline project have proven futile. So far no officials have written letters.  Read more

Blood drive

December 14, 2012

American Red Cross community blood drive, First Presbyterian Church, 1-6pm.

PPL to lower its rates for customers that do not use other providers

ALLENTOWN, PA — PPL Electric Utilities will lower its generation service charge on December 1, based on the latest cost to supply to customers who have not chosen an alternative supplier in the competitive market.  Read more

Art After Dark

December 8, 2012

Special holiday events at ARTery Gallery, Artisan Exchange, Bluestone Studios, Goldenfish Gallery and Highlands Photographic Guild, 6-9pm.