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Panther Rock Creek and the Callicoon Creek, which converge in Youngsville, have flooded numerous times over the past decade, and now the state is moving to address the issue at Panther Rock.
At a public hearing on November 12, a representative from the NY State Department of Transportation (DOT) said the creek floods so often because the space below the bridge over the creek is too small. Root balls and trees get stuck in the opening and the water backs up and floods the surrounding buildings.

Pike, Wayne undecided about impact fees; some communities may sue

MILFORD & HONESDALE, PA — County commissioners in both Wayne and Pike counties have not decided if they will participate in the enactment of the recently adopted Gas Drilling Impact Fee Law, which has been passed by the PA Legislature and signed by Governor Tom Corbett.  Read more

Earley dismissed by Honesdale; Borough investigation is ended

Wayne Earley, the Honesdale Borough zoning officer whose licensure has been under the scrutiny of The Wayne Independent for weeks, was dismissed by the borough council with a vote of six in favor and one abstention. No member voted against it.  Read more

ECS presents final budget

Following many months of ruthless cuts aimed at creating an austere budget, Eldred Central School District (ECS) officials presented highlights of the near-final proposed 2012-13 budget. Despite a substantial increase of 5% in health insurance and a 30% rise in employee retirement, the proposed budget represents a decrease from the 2011-12 budget of 4.55%, resulting in a total budget of $15,778,153.  Read more

Sullivan Renaissance kicks off season

The Sullivan Renaissance Annual Conference & Expo was held at the CVI Building on March 10 and unofficially kicked off the gardening and beautification season.

The new Sullivan County Legislative Chairman Scott Samuelson started the program with an a cappella rendition of America the Beautiful. Can he sing? Senator John Bonacic thought so, and said Samuelson was in the wrong business, meaning he should be a professional singer.  Read more

Neighborhood pride in Narrowsburg

A hearty “thumbs up” to Narrowsburg resident Linda Slocum for getting out and about last week with bag in tow to gather the trash that collects across the local landscape.  Read more

Tusten to IDA, clean up your bridge

The Tusten Town Board voted unanimously on March 12 to send a letter to the Sullivan County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) asking them to clean up and repair the bridge that crosses lower Main Street just below the feed mill.  Read more

‘Largest cut in PA conservation funding’ proposed

The transfer of more than $38 million from the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund to the General Fund, as proposed by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett for the 2012-13 state budget, is not expected to be a one-time event.

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Richard Allan has confirmed that the measure is proposed to be permanent.  Read more

Controversial camp gets another permit; planning board approves indoor basketball courts

The Town of Liberty Planning Board has granted a Special Use Permit to Camp Agudah on Upper Ferndale Road, to allow the camp to build a 100 by 200 foot building to house two indoor basketball courts.  Read more

Walls to go to trial; some charges dropped

After three days of testimony at a preliminary hearing, Pike County Judge Joseph Kameen ruled that a trial of Donald and Eleanor “Nelia” Wall, husband and wife, should be held to investigate whether they are guilty of the charges brought forth from a two-year grand jury investigation.  Read more

School before Labor Day harms tourism?

WESTFALL, PA — Local tourism officials have asked the Delaware Valley School District to consider delaying the opening of school next fall until after Labor Day in order to support the local economy and give high school students and teachers an extra week of work.  Read more

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