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The death of Robert Schenk, 33, of Narrowsburg in a head-on collision on State Route 17B on August 2 sparked action on the part of Sullivan County Sheriff Mike Schiff, who vowed to step up police presence in an effort to curb the many accidents that occur on the busy highway.

Gas at a glance

Steingraber to dedicate $100,000 Heinz Award to fight hydrofracking

Ecologist and author Sandra Steingraber has been named the recipient of a Heinz Award, which comes with a $100,000 unrestricted cash prize, in recognition of her research and writing on environmental health, as reported on Truthout (www.truth-out.org/heinz-award-and-what-i-plan-do-it/1316444029). Steingraber has announced her intent to devote the award to the fight against hydrofracking in upstate New York, where she lives with her husband and their two children.  Read more

Watching water quality: ‘Monitoring for Natural Gas Development’ underway

For 50 years, the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) has focused its work on protecting the waters of the Delaware River Basin (DRB). In addition to a decade-long biomonitoring program and other efforts detailed earlier in this series, the DRBC has focused lately on implementing its newest program, “Monitoring for Natural Gas Development (MNGD).”  Read more

Corbett unveils plan for gas fees

Tom Corbett has always been clear that he would not accept a tax on the soaring number of gas wells in Pennsylvania tapping into the Marcellus Shale. But he has now announced a plan that would allow counties to impose significant impact fees on gas wells.  Read more

Wayne business park moves forward

The time for marketing the new business park has arrived after years of development and growing pains. Begun in 2002, the park had its problems like any other large public project but now that’s all behind them.  Read more

Blessing the beasts to boost church involvement

Animal blessings were offered at various locations in the Upper Delaware region last weekend in celebration of St. Francis Feast Day, which occurs October 4. The event honors St. Francis, an Italian Catholic friar and preacher known as the patron saint of animals.  Read more

Governor Corbett announces plans to allow impact fees for gas wells and other changes

Governor Tom Corbett today announced his plans to implement
numerous recommendations of the Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission, including changes to enhance environmental standards, an impact fee, and a plan to help
move Pennsylvania toward energy independence.  Read more

COUNTY MANAGER FANSLAU ISSUES A FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR SOUTHEASTERN SULLIVAN COUNTY UNTIL 2:15 PM

Sullivan County Manager David Fanslau has issued a Flash Flood Warning that is effective through 2:15 PM this afternoon for Southeastern Sullivan County. Locations in the warning include but are not limited to Bloomingburg, Fallsburg, Hartwood, Haven, Highview, Phillipsport, Rock Hill, Thompsonville, Woodbourne, Woodridge, and Wurtsboro.  Read more

News in brief

Forage exchange to help farmers hit by flood

ITHACA, NY — A new online forage exchange created by Cornell Cooperative Extension is now available to ensure that flooded New York farms will not run out of feed for their livestock.  Read more

Delaware holds off on one assessor vote, former board member voices strong opposition

Should the town have one assessor or three? That was the issue before the Town of Delaware Board on Wednesday evening September 21.  Read more

Candidates on Sullivan adult care facility

It’s a well-known political axiom that seniors vote in greater numbers than other segments of the population. Perhaps that’s one reason that all 17 candidates who are running for election or re-election to the Sullivan County Legislature showed up at a meeting of the Senior Legislative Action Committee at the government center on September 23 to make remarks about issues facing seniors.  Read more

Monticello Motor club hosts major auto event

Every September when carmakers from around the world are unveiling their new automotive creations, an event called the International Motor Press Association Test Days is held. That’s when hundreds of automotive journalists gather for a chance to take the new models on a test run.  Read more

Building expert talks about straw build houses

Remember the story of the three little pigs, and how the wolf took advantage of two of them but lost to the smart, third little pig? The second little pig who built his house with straw got blown down by the wolf. That reportedly can never happen with the new technology of building with straw bales, which is gaining popularity now with environmentalists in the building trades.  Read more

Builder questions Lumberland board

Known for the high-end cottage-style homes built by his company in Sullivan and Ulster counties, Catskill Farms developer Charles Petersheim has lately emerged as a vocal opponent of the Town of Lumberland’s current zoning re-write process, which has been underway for two years.  Read more

Tusten zoning changes hearing

Residents of the Town of Tusten turned out for a public hearing on September 26 to speak out about the proposed rewrite of the town’s zoning code. The part of the code that would limit or ban high impact industrial uses, such as gas drilling, which is article 14, received some attention.  Read more

Callicoon, towns and gas drilling

As a member of the Sullivan County Multi-Municipal Task Force (MMTF), officials in the Town of Callicoon are considering the adoption of a road-use agreement that would allow them to protect their roads if a high-impact industrial use, such as gas drilling, moved into town.  Read more

WCD assists in floodplain issues,mapping, management and insurance considered

New National Flood Insurance Rate Maps were presented to Wayne County municipalities by Federal Emergency Management Agency officials recently. The Pennsylvania Floodplain Management Act (Act 166 of 1978) requires that all municipalities enact and enforce an ordinance to meet the requirements of the Pennsylvania Floodplain Management Act and the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).  Read more

COUNTY MANAGER FANSLAU ISSUES A FLASH FLOOD WATCH EFFECTIVE THROUGH LATE FRIDAY EVENING

Sullivan County Manager David Fanslau has issued a Flash Flood Watch associated with Heavy Rain Potential through late Friday evening. Fanslau said, "The National Weather Service (NSW) has issued a Flash Flood Watch in Sullivan County. Rain, heavy at times will persist across the watch area through late this evening. Rainfall totals of 1 to 2 inches are possible in the watch area through midnight. Brief heavy downpours would cause the most significant problems due to the very wet soil conditions.  Read more

Lawmakers vote to change insurance plans; union workers are ‘fearful’

“Self insurance, even with stop loss insurance, is wrought with so many uncertainties that it constitutes a risk of such grate magnitude that is irresponsible, if not potentially reckless.” Those words were written by Sullivan County treasurer Ira Cohen and read by lawmakers David Sager at a special meeting of the legislature on September 22.  Read more

Human Line of Hope raises funds and spirits

The Fourth Annual Human Line of Hope, organized by Eldred businessman Lou Monteleone in the Town of Highland, transpired on September 18 at the intersection of Route 55 and Proctor Road.  Read more

Taking action ‘For the Forest'; citizens urged to act locally for global change

Brisk breezes blowing inland from the lake at Camp Keowa within the Ten Mile River Scout Camp in Narrowsburg meshed magically with a performance of “Inuksuit,” featuring more than 30 musicians playing a variety of rhythm and sound instruments. The John Luther Adams piece is designed to be played outdoors to immerse listeners in a sensory experience of the natural world, combined with human-generated sounds.  Read more