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REGION — Fireworks were seen as a fitting way of celebrating the signing of the Declaration of Independence even before the famous document was signed in 1776. As the document was being created, John Adams, who would go on to become the second President of the United States, wrote to his wife Abigail that the signing would live on in history.

Protecting Pike’s ‘Water Wonders’

PIKE COUNTY, PA — The Pike County Conservation District (PCCD) wants to get the word out—Pike County can still claim excellent water quality and should make every effort to protect its valuable water resources.  Read more

Caught in FERC legal limbo

For residents fighting the compressor station, the good news is that the relevant federal agency has agreed to a rehearing. The bad news is that the project may be completed before the rehearing is held.  Read more

Artist Cecily Fortescue dies at 82

Cecily Fortescue, who passed away on October 19, was a ubiquitous presence in Sullivan County and the Upper Delaware Valley, and so were the elegant and graceful pots and vases she created.

Fortescue, who attended Oxford University, was born in England and became a “university lecturer.” But she grew tired of the academic world after four years and turned her attention to pottery and music.  Read more

Baking up a bagel bash; go big or go home

There will be movie stars, sports celebrities, sculptures made specifically for the weekend, the biggest tie-dyed bagel ever made and the longest bagel chain ever assembled.  Read more

Sullivan will hold open tourism meeting

After encountering pressure from reporters and members of the public, the Sullivan County Legislature scheduled another round of presentations by the two nonprofit organizations who are vying for the contract to promote tourism in the county. The presentations are scheduled for October 30 at 10 a.m. at the government center in Monticello and will be open to the press and public. The contract comes with some $500,000 in room tax revenue.  Read more

Liberty camps may expand without public input; public hearing scheduled for local law

Several years ago, the Town of Thompson passed a law prohibiting any expansion of nonconforming uses, including summer camps in residential neighborhoods. The Town of Liberty appears to be headed in the opposite direction with a new law that will allow the planning board to waive a site plan review on some projects, and that includes waiving the public hearing that accompanies a site plan review for a nonconforming use.  Read more

A new attempt to reign in tax exempts; carrying the issue to Albany

Several times over the decades, Sullivan County Legislators have tried to convince Albany to reign in the liberal laws regarding tax-exempt properties. A couple of times the state senate has passed legislation that would have eased the situation, but the effort has never succeeded in getting all three entities that must be on board—the senate, the assembly and the governor—on the same page.  Read more

Tax money stolen from Wayne County office; former employee indicted

A former employee of the Wayne County Tax Claim Bureau has been charged with the theft of over $11,000 in tax money. A criminal complaint was filed on October 3 against former employee Jeannie Brooks of Prompton, alleging several crimes of theft and forgery at the tax claim bureau office.  Read more

Honesdale may hire two police officers

Council member Bob Jennings threw another bomb at the meeting of the Honesdale Borough Council on Monday, October 8 when he suggested that the police force be expanded.  Read more

No tax hike in Shohola

Again, the new budget for Shohola Township will not contain a budget increase. The millage rate will stand at 9.25 for the township and 1.75 for the fire department, as was the case last year.  Read more

$13.8 million for wind projects

ALBANY, NY — The New York Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has announced the availability of approximately $13.8 million in incentives to encourage the installation of wind energy systems for residential, commercial, institutional, or government use.  Read more

Healthcare quality week in Wayne

A number of professionals connected to the Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers (WMCHC) and Wayne Memorial Health System attended the kick-off of Healthcare Quality Week, which will occur from October 14 to 20.  Read more

New evaluations for teachers

Teachers and administrators across the state are dealing with a new way of evaluating teacher performance this year; it involves more testing of students and more visits by administrators into classrooms.  Read more

Sullivan solar ribbon cutting; sun power for human services buildings

Elected officials, solar experts and members of Sullivan Alliance for Sustainable Development (SASD) turned out to the Robert Travis Building in Liberty on October 16 for a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new solar array at the site.  Read more

Sullivan Renaissance lauds Lumberland

The Town of Lumberland received a framed photograph of one of its most winning projects—Circle Park—and the glowing accolades of Sullivan Renaissance (SR) representative Glenn Pontier during the town meeting on October 10.  Read more

UDC hires resource specialist

The Upper Delaware Council (UDC) has hired Travis O’Dell of Long Eddy, NY as its resource specialist. O’Dell will provide the non-profit organization with technical support on land and resource management activities relevant to the Congressionally-designated Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River corridor (UDSRR).

O’Dell graduated from Roscoe Central School in 2003. He earned an Associate degree in Applied Science in Fishery and Wildlife Technology in 2005 and a Bachelor’s of Technology degree in Wildlife Management in 2007, both from the SUNY-Cobleskill.  Read more

Notice of Claim served to Town of Highland regarding fracking ban

Town of Highland supervisor Andrew Boyar has confirmed that the town has been served with a Notice of Claim (NOC) from the Highland Field and Stream Club, Inc. in response to the town’s passing of Local Law 3 on July 10, 2012, which bans heavy industrial activities such as natural gas extraction. The NOC is a precursor to legal action, which may or may not ensue, according to Boyar. The matter has been referred to town attorney Michael Davidoff. It is standard practice not to comment on any form of litigation said Boyar. The town’s regular monthly meeting will be held on October 16 at 7 p.m.  Read more

Gas news at a glance

"Zoning Provisions in PA Act 13: What the Recent Commonwealth Court Ruling Means"

Penn State Cooperative Extension will offer a program on traditional zoning in Pennsylvania and oil and gas development before and after Act 13.

In July 2012, a Pennsylvania Commonwealth court rejected the Pennsylvania legislature’s preemption of significant elements of local zoning under Act 13. The ruling has been appealed to the State Supreme Court, but municipal officials and others are uncertain about the immediate impact of the decision.  Read more

Elected Officials in Sullivan County Call on Governor Cuomo to Protect New Yorkers from Fracking

As Governor Cuomo nears a decision on drilling, 15 lawmakers from Sullivan County join with over 420 elected officials across the state in asking the governor why concerns from local officials from 50 counties have not been answered or addressed.

Monticello – This week, 15 elected officials from Sullivan County called on Governor Cuomo to protect New Yorkers by keeping in place the state’s moratorium on high volume fracking.  Read more

Groups FOIL fracking documents; towns that adopted pro-drilling resolutions are targeted

NEW YORK STATE — The battle between pro- and anti-fracking forces in New York State opened on a new front this week as two groups sent Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) requests to three towns that have passed pro-gas drilling resolutions.
In letters dated October 2, the National Resources Defense Council and Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy contacted the towns of Delaware and Fremont in Sullivan County and Sanford in Broome County.  Read more