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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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" 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
The Upper Delaware Council’s monthly meeting, set for March 1, 2012, at 7 p.m. in Narrowsburg, has been cancelled due to the winter weather advisory.
For more information, please call the UDC office at 845/252-3022.
The 10-year legal battle over whether or not the public will be allowed to traverse land in the development created by the Woodstone Companies appears to be over. According to an application filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Alliance Energy Renewables (AER) posted a bond of $402,000 and, “Accordingly, as of February 24, the public has a right to travel along this pathway to the recreation area.” Read more