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LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — “Lake Huntington looks like pea soup. In my lifetime, I can’t recall a six-week algae bloom like this one. Most last only a few days, at most. The Department of Environmental Control (DEC) has taken water samples and we’re awaiting test results.” With those remarks at the October 8 Cochecton Town Board meeting, Supervisor Gary Maas introduced a topic familiar but unpleasant to all who live, work or play near the lake. Asked if the DEC might impose a ban on recreational activities for the duration of the bloom, Maas said, “We’ll just have to wait and see what the DEC says.”

Submitted plans eliminate Hinchey’s district; Special master to redraw districts

ALBANY, NY — In order to comply with the results of the 2010 census, New York State must drop from 29 congressional districts to 27, and the deadline for deciding how the districts will look is approaching quickly. The new lines must be decided by March 12 so congressional candidates can start collecting signatures for the primary election in June.  Read more

Sullivan named economic chief; former Partnership head takes on two agencies in Pike

Mike Sullivan is back after a short retirement.
“I tried to stay home for two months after this last job and couldn’t do it,” he said.  Read more

Town court acquits Howard and Abramson

Roy Howard and Jeryl Abramson were acquitted by a Bethel jury of nine misdemeanor charges related to their promotion of a special event on their land, with camping, for last year’s Phish concert. Eight of the charges pertained to violations of the terms of temporary camping permits, and one said that they had posted a sign without permission.  Read more

FERC gives Minisink compressor the go-ahead

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has concluded that a natural gas compressor station proposed by the Millenium Pipeline Co. for Minisink would “not constitute a major federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment,” according to a 78-page environmental assessment report just released by the agency.  Read more

Heating bill help still available

PENNSYLVANIA — Pennsylvania will receive an additional $52.3 million in federal funding for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to assist those who are struggling to pay home heating bills, Department of Public Welfare (DPW) Secretary Gary D. Alexander announced Friday.  Read more

Another arrest made in burglaries

The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office made another arrest in its continuing investigation of widespread burglaries within the county on Monday, February 27. Deputies arrested Tyler W. Hennig, age 25, of Cochecton, and charged him with felony burglary, felony criminal mischief, criminal possession of stolen property, and possession of burglary tools. Hennig is also believed to have committed three separate burglaries at the Cochecton Mills in the fall, and another burglary at the Dime Savings Bank in Damascus, PA on February 16.  Read more

PCCD prepares for water protections

PIKE COUNTY, PA — The Pike County Conservation District (PCCD) board addressed several initiatives related to protecting county water resources during their monthly meeting on February 27.  Read more

Non-violence training coming to Upper Delaware region

Five regional organizations have joined forces to sponsor training in a powerful tool that has historically been used to confront power and bring about change—nonviolent action.  Read more

Another hurdle to Toronto access; ‘I’ll take the new road, you take the old road’

Before access to the “15-car/boat trailer parking lot and boat launch” on the Toronto Reservoir was cut off, residents travelled down Town Road 62 to reach it. Then about 2005, developer Steve Dubrovsky blocked off Town Road 62 and created a new gated road with a guard-house called the loop road, which hooks up with Town Road 62 after an estimated 150 to 200 yards.  Read more

Training in nonviolent action coming to Upper Delaware region

"Training in Nonviolent Action" will be offered on Sunday, March 11 from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Delaware Youth Center in Callicoon, NY.

The training will be conducted by Joanne Sheehan, an experienced educator and trainer in nonviolence for over forty years. It will be free of charge to participants. Advanced registration is required.

The event is being organized by veteran activist Beverly Sterner, founder of the Upper Delaware Community Network, and Marcia Nehemiah, writer and environmentalist.  Read more

Upper Delaware Council meeting cancelled

The Upper Delaware Council’s monthly meeting, set for March 1, 2012, at 7 p.m. in Narrowsburg, has been cancelled due to the winter weather advisory.

For more information, please call the UDC office at 845/252-3022.

Toronto Reservoir access battle appears over; public will be allowed to cross through

The 10-year legal battle over whether or not the public will be allowed to traverse land in the development created by the Woodstone Companies appears to be over. According to an application filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Alliance Energy Renewables (AER) posted a bond of $402,000 and, “Accordingly, as of February 24, the public has a right to travel along this pathway to the recreation area.”  Read more

Honesdale looks at the record; considers cable franchise fee

Scott Smith, chairman of the Honesdale Borough Council Finance Committee, reported to the council at its February 27 meeting on the work of a service agency hired to organize the records of the zoning office.  Read more

PA roadside cleanup volunteers sought

HARRISBURG, PA — PennDOT is seeking volunteers for this year’s Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania, which begins March 1 and runs through May 31.  Read more

Bookkeeper back on the ballot in Tusten

NARROWSBURG, NY — A referendum as to whether to have the town board rather than the supervisor appoint a bookkeeper in the Town of Tusten will be on the ballot at the regular general election in November. The town board approved a resolution to that effect at its recessed meeting on Monday, February 27.  Read more

Arts grants awarded

Fifteen Sullivan County non-profit organizations received $17,500 in Decentralization Grants (DEC) for 2012 cultural programming at a special awards ceremony on Saturday, February 18 at the Delaware Arts Center. Allocated by the New York State Council on the Arts, the funding is administered by the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA).  Read more

Arrest made in Eldred bank robbery

The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office has announced the arrest of 52-year-old John Armbruster in connection with the robbery of the First National Bank of Jeffersonville branch in Eldred. Armbruster was taken into custody on February 24.  Read more

Soap Box Derby planned for Liberty; Is Phish coming back to Bethel Woods?

Big plans are taking shape for Memorial Day Weekend this year in Liberty. Dale Vandenberg, president of Hillside Greenhouses in Liberty, addressed the Liberty Town Board on February 21, and said the plans include car shows, music, street vendors and the huge annual yard sale. But perhaps the most ambitious development is that North Main Street will be host to Liberty’s first Soap Box Derby.  Read more

Narrowsburg esplanade plan moves forward; critics question the expense

The plan for an amphitheater and esplanade perched above the Big Eddy has been discussed by town officials for 20 years. Now, officials have voted to take another step toward building it.  Read more

County chair offers testimony on mandate relief; tax dollars ‘consumed by state mandates’

NEW PALTZ, NY — It is a cry that has been growing increasingly loud since the great recession descended upon the land four years ago: counties in New York are buckling under the weight of state mandates. In other words, Albany forces the counties to spend so much money on programs such as Medicaid that they can no longer provide other essential services to their residents.  Read more