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MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Commissioners said they were wrapping up the multi-month debate with preservation activists over their plans to move or demolish one of the buildings in Milford’s National Historic Preservation District for construction of an addition to the county courthouse.

EPA fracking study to target Northeast PA

BRADFORD AND SUSQUEHANNA COUNTIES, PA — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced that it will undertake “case studies” regarding hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, as it carries out its congressionally mandated review of the process over the next several years.  Read more

Electric vehicle conversions?

HONESDALE, PA — Many laud the growing interest in electric cars, but do they want to drive one? Or even more, would they build one from their own gas-driven cars, as some are doing today?  Read more

Farewell and good luck to Eldred’s Class of 2011

ELDRED, NY — The morning of June 25th was an exciting day for the graduates of Eldred Central High School (ECS). What started out as a cloudy Saturday event turned into a pleasant and sunny celebration. The 50 soon-to-be graduates made their way to the stage to the traditional graduation melody played by the school band, which was followed by the National Anthem sung by Courtney Hofaker.  Read more

Honesdale council approves pharmacy project

HONESDALE, PA — It’s official. CVS is coming to the intersection of lower Main Street and Fourth Street in downtown Honesdale.  Read more

Lake Wallenpaupack drawdown coming this fall

PPL will lower the level of Lake Wallenpaupack by about 5 feet more than normal after Labor Day in September to allow for scheduled maintenance and inspection of the dam and power plant. The drawdown of water will stop at about elevation 1,175 feet in mid-October.  Read more

Cochecton residents want protection regarding gas drilling

Cochecton resident Allan Rubin said gas drilling may never come to Cochecton, but, then again, it might. He added, “The town board has taken a neutral position on natural gas; this is not acceptable. There is activity in other towns that would maintain local discretion about whether to allow heavy industrial development.”  Read more

National Weather Service issues flood watch

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BINGHAMTON HAS ISSUED A

* SMALL STREAM FLOOD ADVISORY FOR...

SULLIVAN COUNTY...
EASTERN WAYNE COUNTY...  Read more

Forestburgh farm feud flares up

Philanthropist, orchid maven and businessman Stuart Salenger was the subject of verbal attacks at the government center once again at a public hearing about an application to move a 4.5 acre parcel he owns in Forestburgh into Sullivan County Agricultural District Four.  Read more

WCD selects a real winner,Rebecca Harvey to focus on environment and sustainability

Rebecca Harvey has always been passionate about environmental issues. For example, when the plucky Honesdale High School senior learned about a man who had converted his car to run on vegetable oil, she was inspired to act.  Read more

Q&A with Janine Edwards,Wayne County’s likely new district attorney

In the May 17 primary, public defender Janine Edwards trounced incumbent district attorney Michael Lehutskty. Edwards received 3,196 votes from Republicans and 623 from Democrats, versus 2,657 and 328 for Lehutsky.  Read more

Recycling at Roots and Rhythm

Five thousand people is a lot of people. It’s also a lot of trash. For the second year, on June 18, Roots and Rhythm (R&R) arranged a system of collecting recyclables in clearly marked cardboard containers spread through Central Park.  Read more

Baseball league cries foul

The Narrowsburg Chamber of Commerce is planning an “Old Fashioned Family Fair” for the Fourth of July weekend with “midway games, inflatables and prizes.” But the planned festivities have struck a sour note with Joe Curreri, president of the Wayne County Babe Ruth Baseball League.  Read more

Veteran honored in Eldred

Members of the Tusten-Highland VFW Post 6427 joined together on June 11 at the Eldred Senior Center to honor, Paul G. Zimmermann, who was considered a community leader.  Read more

County and college reach agreement

Officials at the county and at the college have reached an agreement whereby the college will get the same $4 million it received last year from the county, but will return about $600,000.  Read more

Cochecton residents want protection from gas drilling

Cochecton resident Allan Rubin said gas drilling may never come to Cochecton, but, then again, it might. He added, “The town board has taken a neutral position on natural gas; this is not acceptable. There is activity in other towns that would maintain local discretion about whether to allow heavy industrial development.”

The comment, made at a public hearing at the Cochecton Town Hall on June 16, was one of several by residents that criticized the official position of the town board that it should maintain strict neutrality regarding gas drilling.  Read more

Catskills beginning farmer group launched

The 2011 Catskills Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT) kicked off on June 13th at Willow Wisp Organic Farm, growers of a diverse mix of organic vegetables, herbs and cut flowers for the Upper Delaware River Valley and The Catskills.

Host farmers Greg Swartz and Tannis Kowalchuk lead 30 beginning farmers on a field tour of their 12-acre farm in Abrahamsville, Penn. Participants buzzed with interest and excitement throughout the evening that ended with a potluck social.  Read more

Gas news at a glance

Marcellus Shale expo set for June 25  Read more

Stourbridge sees bountiful harvest

HONESDALE, PA — Surviving monsoon-like rains and spells of August-like temperatures, the raised beds of the Stourbridge Primary Center’s new vegetable gardening program produced a bounty of lettuce.

Grown and harvested thirty-five days after planting by the school’s eight second-grade classes, enough lettuce was produced to include a serving in the school lunch of every Stourbridge student (455 total) on the last full day of the school year. There was plenty to go around, including for those that requested second and third helpings.  Read more

Livingston Manor siblings arrested for crimes against elderly victim

Sullivan County Sheriff’s Detectives arrested three subjects last week who allegedly preyed upon an elderly resident of Livingston Manor. Phillip Edwards, 25, of Livingston Manor was taken into custody on June 3, 2011 and charged with felony possession of stolen property, burglary and petit larceny.

It is alleged that Edwards went to the residence of an 88 year old Livingston Manor woman on June 2, 2011 and told her the she owed him $150 for work he had done and demanded payment.

Edwards had in fact done no such work. Edwards also convinced the victim to give him an extra $400 as a loan so that he could purchase parts to fix his truck. The victim was told the loan would be paid back June 1st. The victim felt intimidated and gave Edwards a check for $550.

When Edwards attempted to cash the check at the First National Bank of Jeffersonville in Livingston Manor, an alert teller who was familiar with the victim refused to accept it. At the time of Phillip Edwards’ arrest, Detectives also recovered silver coins that belonged to the victim’s son and had been stolen from the residence.

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Casino dreams rise from the dead, again, in Sullivan County

Four nearly four years various American Indian tribes have been blocked from opening casinos in Sullivan County because of a rule regarding off-reservation casinos. The rule said that the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Indian Affairs would not approve any Indian Casinos that were located more than a “commutable” distance away from the tribe’s reservation.  Read more