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REGION — The global weather data for the month of February is in, and according to the National Climatic Data Center, February was an extraordinarily cold month in the northeast section of the United States. The region’s average temperature of 13.5° F was 12.7° F below normal. This made it the second-coldest February on record behind 1934, which had an average temperature of 12° F.

Fire at auto shop in Fosterdale

Six fire companies responded to a very smoky fire at Joe’s Auto Service Center on Route 17B.  Read more

Groundswell to save the bridge; veterans, politicians, environmentalists unite

Transportation officials have been saying for years that the only possible course of action regarding the Pond Eddy Bridge is to tear down the old one and put up a new one. But a growing number of people are rejecting that assertion.  Read more

Cooperage building opens with gala celebration; space dedicated to the community

The old Cooperage building at 1030 Main Street, which was built in 1861, will get a new lease on life with plans to make the historic facility a common space for community activities.
The kick-off celebration will be held on Saturday, June 2 with two sessions: one from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and one from 8 p.m. to afterhours.  Read more

Compressor station planned for Hungry Hill; 15,000 horsepower compressor featured

The Millennium Pipeline Company, LLC plans to build a compressor station on 10 acres located in the Town of Hancock in Delaware County. According to information on the company’s website, www.millenniumpipeline.com/hancock_compressor.html, the compressor will be located on Hungry Hill Road about 3000 feet from the seasonal and weekend community located on the shores of Lake Delaware.  Read more

A wreath for the Pond Eddy Bridge

About 50 people gathered at the Pond Eddy Bridge on May 19, to bear witness as members of the Tusten, Highland, Lumberland VFW Post #6427 marched onto the bridge, which is also named All Veterans Bridge, to drop a wreath from the historic structure into the waters of the Upper Delaware River below.

The movement to save the span, which was built in 1904, is gaining momentum, as officials in New York are questioning the wisdom of spending nearly $5 million for a new super-highway-like bridge that will serve only about 12 families on the Pennsylvania side of the river.  Read more

Community dinner to raise funds for domestic violence centers

YULAN, NY — The Knights of Columbus in Yulan will hold a pasta dinner at St. Anthony's Parish Hall at 25 Beaverbrook Road in Yulan on Sunday, June 3 from 4 to 7 p.m. to raise funds to aid victims of domestic violence. Proceeds from the event will be given to Sullivan County Safe Passages and Safe Homes of Orange County. The pasta and meatball dinner will include salad, bread, dessert and beverages. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children. For tickets, call Pat Newman at 845/856-6277 or Bill Cole at 845/798-6219.

Tusten Heritage garden gets going

Following a search for a home that included the old school field on Kirk Road and the firemen’s field, the Tusten Heritage Community Garden has successfully found a spot behind the Tusten-Cochecton branch building of the library, with the unanimous approval of the library board. Crops will also be grown at SkyDog Farm on Route 23, co-owned by Kevin Vertrees and Andrea Reynosa, and at Fort Delaware. Reynosa, who is also a town council member, is spearheading the project independent of her town duties.  Read more

Bill offers universal health care to New Yorkers

ALBANY, NY —All New York residents would receive comprehensive health coverage under “New York Health,” a universal health care bill introduced on May 8 by Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard N. Gottfried and Senate Health Committee Ranker Thomas K. Duane. The legislation is co-sponsored by 69 other legislators. The legislators were joined by dozens of health professionals and health care advocates for their annual lobby day.  Read more

Catskill Edible Garden Project launched

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Catskill Mountainkeeper and partnering organizations Cornell Cooperative Extension, Center for Workforce Development, Green Village Initiative and Sullivan Renaissance have launched a project called “Catskill Edible Garden Project – Growing the Next Generation of Food Entrepreneurs.”  Read more

Finally, a sole assessor in Delaware

At a public hearing on a local law that would change the current system for selecting assessors in the Town of Delaware from the election of three assessors to the appointment of one assessor by the town board, comments were heavily in favor of the new law. Fifteen people signed up to speak.

The first, Rich Ferber, was the only one to speak against it. One comment was a letter endorsing Linda Schwartz. The remaining 13 commenters spoke up for the law, including three former town assessors (Bob White, Frank Fulton and Renee Ozomek) and Virginia Andkjar (one of the current assessors).  Read more

Earley exonerated by DA of crimes; Honesdale council member apologized to former zoning officer

In a letter to Honesdale Borough Council President F. J. Monaghan, Janine Edwards, Wayne County District Attorney, exonerated former borough zoning officer Wayne Earley from any wrongdoing in a number of alleged incidents surrounding Earley and his office in the borough building.  Read more

Wetland mapping stirs UDC discussion

“People have to be put above frogs and lizards and snakes,” said David Dean, Town of Deerpark representative to the Upper Delaware Council (UDC) during a discussion about wetland mapping at the UDC’s monthly meeting on May 3. “This is going to devastate private property rights, private property values and municipalities’ ability to assess,” he continued.  Read more

Highland hears more on Local Law 3

David Jones, left, owner of Kittatinny Canoes, addressed the Highland Town Board during its monthly meeting on May 8. The Pike County, PA resident spoke regarding the proposed Local Law 3, which would ban heavy industrial uses such as gas drilling within the town.  Read more

Honesdale to get national retail store; old Salvation Army building to be torn down

A real estate developer appeared before the Borough of Honesdale Planning Commission on May 2, seeking a site-plan approval and answering questions from planning commission members.  Read more

More tension in Shohola; family of supervisor feels threatened

It isn’t over yet in Shohola. For the last two years, tensions between two of the Shohola supervisors and a contingent of citizens who support Don and Nelia Wall flashed and sparked at every monthly township meeting.

Chairman of the Shohola Township Supervisors George Fluhr and supervisor Greg Hoeper fired Don Wall as the township zoning officer, and Nelia Wall as the township secretary/treasurer, in March 2010.

“It’s time for a change,” Fluhr said as the explanation, being gagged due to a grand jury investigation that was being conducted at that time.  Read more

Pond Eddy Bridge project stalls

A recent letter by New York State Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther to Governor Andrew Cuomo joins a long list of those opposed to the demolition of the old Pond Eddy Bridge and the construction of a new multimillion-dollar bridge to service a small number of PA residents.  Read more

Neighbors’ Helping Hand expands; community fundraiser adds ‘flocking’

TOWN OF HIGHLAND, NY — Flocks of pink flamingoes have begun appearing on lawns around the Town of Highland lately. Not the result of global warming, the plastic birds are placed by members of a community organization focused on helping neighbors in need.  Read more

Paying the tax man in Tusten; Auditor reports that despite delinquencies, town finances are in good shape

The Town of Tusten owes the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) $26,610.27 because of late payments and filings, but the auditor said he is confident that the agency will agree to abate most, or all, of that amount.  Read more

Mock car crash a sobering event

Students with somber expressions lined the perimeter of the Eldred Central High School (ECS) parking lot where a reenactment of a gruesome car crash was underway on May 10. The event was conducted two days before the school prom in order to dramatize the dangers of drinking and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The message was clear: Drinking and driving can lead to disastrous and life-altering outcomes.  Read more

Herding cats in Bethel

Every municipality in New York State that issues dog licenses must also appoint an animal control officer to control the dog population, whether domestic or feral.

Municipalities that don’t issue dog licenses have the option of appointing an animal control officer. But there is nothing in the law about the control of domestic cats, and the feral cat populations can get rather high in many municipalities.

The Town of Bethel has developed a plan to help cat owners spay or neuter their cats and, at the same time, help tamp down the feral cat population.  Read more