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January 2013

To the friends of Christine Gorr

I would like to thank everyone who came to my benefit pasta dinner. The money raised will help my parents with bills and expenses they are having due to my illness.

I also want to thank all those who heard about me from the newspapers, or from their friends for their support and prayers. I would like to thank everyone who donated prizes, gifts and other things for the raffles.  Read more

Sports vs. firearms statistics

I see a lot of statistics concerning firearm fatalities, especially in the wake of the Newtown, CT shootings and the subsequent call for more gun bans. Please allow me to give you some other statistics to think about, if we all want our children to be safer.  Read more

A proper role for a charter review commission?

Legislator Rouis’s recent request for a six-month Sullivan County Charter Review Commission, reportedly to “recommend guidelines for moving to a county executive form of government,” is a task without relevance and doesn’t comport with the purpose for the commission.

It lacks relevance, because the move hasn’t been agreed to; it requires consent of the legislature.  Read more

Rural America’s potential

Reading this week’s My View op-ed piece in The River Reporter [see page 7] by retired dairy farmer Nate Wilson of Sinclairville, NY got us thinking about the challenges facing rural Americans, including many of us who live here in the Upper Delaware Valley.  Read more

Tractor Supply Co. nears completion

Construction is near completion on the new Tractor Supply Co. store in Honesdale, the company’s 66th Pennsylvania location.

Tractor Supply Co. is the largest retail farm and ranch supply store chain in the United States, and has been operating in Pennsylvania since 1965. The store will be located at 240 Willow Ave. and will employ 12 to 17 full- and part-time employees. The store will include a sales floor and support service space. A fenced exterior will be used for storage and displaying items such as fencing, sprayers and livestock equipment.  Read more

Township denies business park request

A request by Michael Sullivan, the director of the Pike County Economic Development Authority for a reduction of the setback rule that applies at the Pike County Business Park from 150 feet to 10 feet was turned down by the Blooming Grove Township Board.

Sullivan was attempting to accommodate a new employer who wanted to park large buses at the site. The Davis Company has a fleet of 25 school buses that would need room for a garage and parking area.  Read more

Congress acts to protect dairy farmers; Also to keep price of milk down

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Senate and House voted to extend parts of the expired 2008 Farm Bill through September 2013, a move that would prevent milk prices from immediately surging.

The White House fact sheet on the big fiscal deal Congress passed, of which the extension was part, has exactly one sentence about the farm bill extension. It says it will avoid the doubling of milk prices that would have kicked in automatically in the absence of any farm bill. The action was being called avoiding the “dairy cliff.”  Read more

Rouis calls for change in county government; Opposition seeks separate legal representation

There is a split in the Sullivan County Legislature, but it doesn’t run along party lines. Instead, it pits four legislators who want county manager David Fanslau to remain in office for at least the next two years, against five legislators who want him to leave.

At a news conference at the government center on January 3, legislator Jonathan Rouis, the former legislative chair, called for the establishment of a charter revision committee to study the notion of changing the county government to one that would have a county executive, as is the case in Orange and Ulster counties.  Read more

New York court upholds towns’ zoning power; DEC does not trump local rules

TOWN OF NASSAU, NY — The New York State Appellate Court has affirmed that towns have the ability to limit activities in the town, even if a state agency has issued a license that allows the activity. The case was Troy Sand & Gravel versus the Town of Nassau and the decision was issued on December 27, 2012.  Read more

Gambling with the lottery; Pennsylvania on course to privatize

HARRISBURG, PA — The state lottery is a cash cow for Pennsylvania, bringing in some $3.48 billion in the year ending June 2012. That represents an 8.5% increase over the previous year, which was also a year in which profits grew 10.4% to about $1.06 billion.

All that money is used to pay for programs that benefit the state’s senior citizens. According to the Pennsylvania Lottery Commission, the money pays for Pennsylvania’s low-cost prescription drug programs for older adults, home-delivered meals as well as property tax and rent rebates among other things.  Read more