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November 2013

Pellet boilers: not your grandfather’s wood stove; A once-quaint technology transformed into sustainability’s cutting edge

NARROWSBURG, NY — Once upon a time, wood and pellet stoves were essentially quaint space heaters. Cozy and romantic, maybe, but not very practical, given their limited range and the need for constant care and feeding. But things have changed, as became apparent at a forum on pellet boilers on Sunday, November 17 at the Tusten Theatre, sponsored by Damascus Citizens for Sustainability and The Solution Project, attended by about 100 people.  Read more

River Market under new ownership

BARRYVILLE, NY — The store was bustling on the morning of November 23, as John and Athena Lynn had just wrapped up their first staff meeting, and they were getting used to the feel of being the new proprietors of the River Market in Barryville.  Read more

DV to purchase Matamoras site for school

WESTFALL, PA — Delaware Valley School District officials on November 21 were hoping the third time would be the charm, as they approved the $1.35 million purchase of some 50 acres of land in Matamoras Borough. Closing the deal was made contingent upon the property meeting all the needed permitting and construction requirements.  Read more

Lackawaxen supports Wayne libraries

LACKAWAXEN, PA — The township supervisors on November 15 approved a letter to the Pike County Commissioners asking “proportionate allocations” of library funds to the Wayne County libraries in Hawley and Newfoundland, which are heavily patronized by western Pike residents.  Read more

Lumberland tax levy down

GLEN SPEY, NY — The Lumberland Town Board on November 13 approved a final $3,031,633 appropriations budget for 2014.  Read more

Apollo project moving forward; Legislators vote to continue sale process

MONTICELLO, NY — There were dozens of professionally printed signs on display at the Sullivan County Government Center on November 21, urging the legislature to turn over the Apollo Plaza property to the Sullivan County Funding Corporation (SCFC) as another step in the process of selling the land to developer Butch Resnick and the Resnick Group.  Read more

River ice watchers wanted

REGION —With the rivers low and snow in the forecast, the thought of flooding typically takes somewhat of a back seat in our minds, but the winter season brings freeze and thaw cycles to our rivers that can easily lead to ice jams and serious flooding.  Read more

Potosek named county manager

MONTICELLO, NY — Josh Potosek, who has been serving as acting county manager since David Fanslau left the position in February of this year, has been named permanent county manager. The announcement was made on November 22, at a press conference called by Scott Samuelson.  Read more

Pennsylvania hikes gas tax

HARRISBURG, PA — Citing the significant deterioration of roads and bridges in the Pocono region, PA Rep. Sandra Major, Rep. Mike Peifer and Sen. Lisa Baker voted last week to invest more money in the state’s transportation infrastructure.  Read more

Fishs Eddy man found dead

HANCOCK, NY — A man from Fishs Eddy, north of Delaware County, was found dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound on the morning of November 23. Police had been summoned to the house several hours earlier after 52-year-old Ronald Milke reportedly had a physical altercation with a 52-year-old woman.  Read more