Farm Bureau seeks increased funds to preserve farms in Wayne County

‘Farmland pays for itself’

By TOM KANE

HONESDALE, PA - Farmland is disappearing at an alarming rate in the nation and in Wayne County.

In order to impact this trend locally, members of the Wayne/Pike Farm Bureau and the Agriculture Land Preservation Board are looking to preserve more farmland in Wayne County. To that end, the group appeared before the Wayne County Commissioners on December 19 to ask the county to raise their support of the farm preservation program from $30,000 to $100,000.

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Tax-exempt properties frustrate lawmakers

Old issue gets new attention

By FRITZ MAYER

MONTICELLO, NY—Legislator Jodi Goodman said, “If Sullivan County residents get wind of this, the reaction could be explosive.”

She was talking about the controversy surrounding a grocery store, which has not yet been built, but which has been declared tax-exempt as part of a legal settlement between the county, the Town of Thompson and the Ichud Foundation, the Hasidic group that owns the former Ideal Bungalow Colony on Route 42.

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Third 100-year flood hit in June 2006

By TOM KANE

UPPER DELAWARE REGION - On June 28, the region was hit with a 100-year storm and flood. It was the third in 18 months. A state of emergency was declared along the Delaware River Valley, specifically in Damascus and Honesdale in Pennsylvania, and in Narrowsburg, Callicoon, Hancock, Jeffersonville, Youngsville and Livingston Manor in New York.

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