News in brief
Pedestrain struck in Narrowsburg
A 70-year-old man from New Jersey was struck and seriously injured on July 3 in front of the Narrowsburg Inn on Bridge St. Trooper Timothy Ward of the New York State Police at Narrowsburg said the man, Warren Enker, was flown to West Chester Medical Center after being hit by a truck. Enker reportedly walked into the street from between parked cars.
There was a lot of traffic in the area due to the weekend-long celebration in the Hamlet, but Ward said the cause of the incident was “pedestrian error.”
Ward said on the morning of July 5, the hospital told him Enker was in critical but stable condition.
Common Waters Fund announces $250,000 in grants
MILFORD, PA — The Common Waters Fund recently awarded $250,000 in grants to forest owners in the Upper Delaware River Basin to develop forest management plans and implement sustainable management practices that protect water quality.
The awards were distributed by the Pinchot Institute for Conservation, which is working with many organizations in the Upper Basin to launch and grow the Fund. First round awards support 48 landowners across Monroe, Pike, and Wayne Counties in Pennsylvania; Delaware and Sullivan Counties in New York; and Sussex and Warren Counties in New Jersey.
"These grants to landowners in the Upper Delaware River Basin are an investment in long-term forest health and water quality," said Susan Beecher, Executive Director of the Pike County Conservation District and Upper Basin Coordinator for the Common Waters Fund. "Fifteen million people rely on the Delaware River each day for clean drinking water. The investments we make now to help landowners maintain their forest lands upstream will pay us back in clean water for years to come."
Coordinated by the Pinchot Institute for Conservation, more than two dozen partner organizations participate in the Common Waters initiative, including the Delaware River Basin Commission, county conservation districts and planning departments, the National Park Service, and state forestry agencies
The next application deadline for the Common Waters Fund is August 1, 2011. Fund officials are encouraging landowners and land trusts to check their eligibility at www.commonwatersfund.org.
Crematorium is delayed by court actions
MILFORD, PA — The crematorium planned for a property along Route Six outside of Milford is delayed due to several court appeals, two by neighbors of the project and two by Milford funeral director, Kevin Stroyan, who is planning the crematorium.
A group of home-owners of the Martin Subdivision along Route Six, wishing to stop the project, have appealed to the Court of Common Pleas over a decision by Milford Township Planning Commission to grant the project a permitted use permit instead of a conditional use permit which the neighbors say was required.
A second appeal submitted by Stroyan claims that the neighbors’ appeal was late and should be dismissed.
A third appeal is aimed by the neighbors at the township’s zoning board, challenging its decision to allow the project to begin.
A fourth appeal by Stroyan asks that the opponents secure a bond because of his losses caused by what he claims is a frivolous suit that is delaying the project.
The Town of Highland seeks donations for World Trade Center Memorial
ELDRED, NY — The Town of Highland has received a steel І-beam artifact from the World Trade Center destroyed in the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001. The residents of the town are seeking to create a suitable memorial featuring the WTC 911 steel and at the same time restore and refurbish the existing war memorials honoring those who served in WWI, WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.
Donations are being sought to create a monument and memorial park – the first of its kind in Sullivan County – to honor the fallen heroes of September 11, 2011.
The Memorial Park is being located at the Highland Town Hall, at the four corners in Eldred, where volunteers are at work with plans to renovate the existing Veterans’ Memorials, refurbish the plaques honoring veterans of the previous wars, repairing the stone wall, paving a walkway, erecting benches and a new flag pole, planting trees, installing lighting and performing various other landscaping.
Memorial Park is not being created with taxpayer money. Contributions can be emailed to: highlandwtcmemorialfund.com or mailed to Town of Highland, WTC Memorial Fund, Dept. 911, PO Box 91, Eldred, NY 12732.