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January 2013

We’re all in this. Together.

When I think back over the 35 years that I have been working at The River Reporter, what strikes me most profoundly is the multitude of lives that this relatively small newspaper has touched. From its staff and contributors to its readers and advertisers, we have traveled a journey that started in 1975, when a group of Narrowsburg residents including Dorothy Lehr, John Pavese, Beth Peck and Bob Rasmussen joined with Tom DeGaetani and Elaine Giguere to found this publication after the loss of the Delaware Valley News.  Read more

Overcoming our differences

We are blessed to live in a place with fresh air, clean water and a laidback quality of life. No matter what our situations or beliefs on individual issues or politics, we all hold these values to be important.  Read more

Comprehensive Plan would quietly allow gas drilling

Two related documents that will determine the future of our area warrant residents’ attention. Both contain significant statements on gas drilling. These documents are the 58-page draft comprehensive plan for the Town of Callicoon (November 2012) and the 115-page final Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan (2010).  Read more

Changing the status quo in Sullivan County

Sullivan County is moving toward new goals of fiscal accountability and oversight of our tax dollars based on the people’s 2011 mandate for change. I, along with several of my colleagues, have been researching, questioning and overcoming hurdles of the “status quo” to move our county forward.  Read more

How to fix county government?

The frayed relationship between Sullivan County Manager David Fanslau and the majority of county legislators has been on display in public in recent weeks, as press conferences and news reports made clear that a majority of legislators are working to terminate his employment.  Read more

Poll finds new gun law supported; Law brings changes to pistol permits

ALBANY, NY — The gun control measures passed by the New York State Legislature and signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo on January 15 are supported by a majority of state residents, according to a poll by Siena College.

In the January 16 poll, banning assault weapons and magazine clips of more than seven bullets was supported by a margin of 73% to 26%. Support for an increase in penalties for purchasing illegal guns or using guns on school grounds was even higher, at 91% to 8%.  Read more

Move to rescind CVS agreement fails

In a bid to reverse the agreement with CVS over the traffic patterns at the intersection of Main and Fourth Streets, council member Bob Jennings moved to reject the agreement.

That agreement was dated December 19 and was signed by council president F.J. Monaghan and Michael W. Buckless, vice president of Pennsylvania CVS Pharmacy.

The agreement said that “within 14 days” CVS must submit to the borough revised traffic plans for the intersection. As of January 11, 23 days had passed since the agreement was signed.  Read more

E-recycling expanded in Wayne; Microwave ovens not included

DUNMORE, PA — Waste Management Company locations in Northeast Pennsylvania are expanding the list of e-recycling items in Wayne, Lackawanna and Northampton counties.

In Wayne County, the company is already recycling televisions and computer equipment, which its sites began accepting a year ago. Now, the company will accept most other consumer electronics, including VCRs, audio equipment, telephones, cell phones and most other devices that plug in or are powered by batteries.  Read more

PPL plans new substations; Infrastructure planned for improved electrical service

NORTHEAST, PA — PPL Electric Utilities has made application to the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to build three new electrical substations and a new 230-kilovolt powerline.

The project is called the Northeast-Pocono Reliability Project. The plan is to improve electric service for approximately 250,000 people in Northeast Pennsylvania and the Pocono region. The project will reach from Wilkes-Barre to Lake Wallenpaupack.  Read more

Gas drilling friction in Town of Callicoon; Comprehensive plan resolutions tabled

Two resolutions related to the process of updating the comprehensive plan posted on the town’s website, which prompted a large turnout to the Town of Callicoon meeting on January 14, were tabled.

The town supervisor, Tom Bose, said that the resolutions were tabled because they needed changes, but that did not reduce the frustration of many of the 50 or so people in attendance, because the resolutions indicate that the board intends to move forward with adopting a comprehensive plan that effectively invites gas drilling in the town.  Read more