It’s not yet clear how the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) will react to the lawsuit threatened by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. The decision will ultimately come from the four commissioners, the governors of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware and the federal representative. Read more
On April 20, the union that represents the Village of Liberty police department reached an agreement with village officials on concessions that will avert the layoff of three officers. The concessions included giving up 3% raises, which settles the matter, for now. Read more
Artist Franciszek Kulon, well known in the region because of, among other things, his strikingly realistic depictions of local officials in various states of undress and compromising positions, is appealing to Congressman Maurice Hinchey. Read more
Innovation and adaptability are just two of the characteristics common to six regional farmers profiled in a newly released report on the agricultural potential of the Catskills region.
“Ground Up,” which provides insights into elements of successful agricultural production in the Catskills and emphasizes the area’s potential as a viable foodshed for the New York metropolitan market, was presented last weekend at the Callicoon Farmers Market. “We were excited to see how many people showed up,” said Wes Gillingham of Catskill Mountainkeeper (CM), one of the organization’s responsible for the report. “It speaks to the desire of people to support local food.” Read more
PA and NY take back unused drugs
MONTICELLO, NY AND SHOHOLA, PA – Two “take back” programs, a national movement to lessen the availability of unused prescription drugs, will take place in Sullivan County, NY on Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Monticello at the Ted Stroebel Center at 2 Jefferson Street.
In Pennsylvania, the program will take place on Friday, April 29 and on Saturday, April 30. The PA program on Friday, April 29 will be held at the Senior Center s in Hamlin and Honesdale from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.. Read more
Dolores Keesler has decided to conduct a write-in campaign for the office of supervisor against Joe Canfield. Keesler, who was until recently the Damascus Township representative to the Upper Delaware Council and the president of that body for two months, was removed from her position at the instigation of Damascus supervisor Joe Canfield, with the agreement of the other two supervisors. Justifying the move, Canfield said “Just say that she doesn’t represent the whole township, that’s all.” Read more
In a discussion about the fine points of the Marcellus Shale in the Upper Delaware Valley, professor Terry Engelder said, “I wish it would make Narrowsburg rich, but it’s not going to.” In this region that assessment will be met with a mix of glee, disappointment and skepticism. Read more
ROSCOE, NY — You can vote for Roscoe as America’s Ultimate Fishing Town at www.wfnfishingtown.com/home.php . As of this writing, Roscoe is in second place.
The contest is being run by Eagle Claw, a fishing tackle manufacturer. The winner will be awarded a $25,000 prize for a tourism boost and a 30 minute show on World Fishing Network about fishing in their town. Read more
James Bacon explained the meaning of a negative reciprocal easement. He said it’s just a fancy term to say that if you buy property in a community with deed restrictions, such as no businesses, no clotheslines or whatever the restriction might be, you must abide by those covenants, and every owner of a lot in the community has a right to enforce those covenants against everyone else. Read more
Support for the Hawley Silk Mill project has been nearly universal. Praised for its innovative steps in updating the bluestone building that dates back to the 19th century, the project has brought new economic life to the area, and is billed as the “most prestigious business location in the region.” Read more
Most people probably don’t think of Sullivan County as being on the cutting edge of much but, in the area of electronic waste, it has been. Way back in 2006, before almost any other county in the state, Sullivan County banned the dumping of electronic waste, such as televisions and computers, into the county landfill. Read more
Rounds of applause sounded repeatedly in the Highland Town Hall, as the town council passed a six-month moratorium prohibiting high impact industrial uses such as those associated with natural gas development on April 12. Read more
Report lauds Catskills’ foodshed potential
CALLICOON, NY —A new report issued by the Open Space Institute (OSI) in conjunction with the Urban Design Lab of the Earth Institute at Columbia University investigates food production in the Catskills region of New York—a region the report finds has the potential to produce enough healthy, locally grown food to feed millions of people in New York City and beyond. “Ground Up: Cultivating Sustainable Agriculture in the Catskill Region” will be presented at 12 noon on April 23 at the Callicoon Farmers Market. Read more
Like other communities considering the issue of gas drilling, the Town of Highland would like to protect its town roads if drilling activity becomes intense. The town has been working with seven other towns over the past two years to create road-use agreements that would cover damage to town roads caused not only by trucks related to gas drilling, but any trucks that heavily use town roads. Read more