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MONTICELLO, NY — A visitor to the Sullivan County Legislature showed lawmakers a map of the world at a meeting of the agricultural and sustainability committee on January 15. The map showed which areas are likely to be most negatively affected by climate change. The impact on the Catskills is going to be much less than other areas.

Search for principal underway; community involvement sought

The search process to find a new principal for the George Ross Mackenzie (GRM) Elementary School in Glen Spey has been launched and is notable for its strong emphasis on involving the community.  Read more

Annual dairy day promotes switch grass use; farmers look for ways to succeed

One of the Dairy Day programs that attracted considerable attention was a display called “Native Grasses for Energy,” which highlighted the use of switch grass for energy production.  Read more

Year of the Bible flap

HARRISBURG, PA — On January 28, members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives unanimously adopted a handful of so-called “noncontroversial” measures, which often get passed without much fanfare. This time, however, the measure that proclaimed 2012 as “The Year of the Bible” turned out to be a bit more controversial than the authors might have guessed.  Read more

Sullivan nixed for compression station? Cochecton and Delaware had been considered

In the Orange County Town of Minisink, the prospect of a compressor station being built has galvanized the community to fight against it. The concerns of the residents are centered on safety, health and economic impacts. Most specifically, however, opponents object to the fact that it would be constructed at a site “surrounded by over 145 homes and residential lots within approximately a half mile,” according to information on the anti-station website  Read more

Judge upholds home rule in Dryden case

DRYDEN, NY — A New York State judge has ruled in favor of the right of a municipality to adopt zoning that prohibits natural gas drilling within its borders.

In the case of Anschutz Exploration Corporation v. the Town of Dryden and the Town of Dryden Town Board, the Honorable Phillip R. Rumsay of the NYS Supreme Court in the County of Tomkins concluded that the town zoning ordinance is not pre-empted by the state Oil, Gas and Solution Mining Law.  Read more

SC Chamber of Commerce finds unclaimed funds for Sheriff's Office

Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Terri Ward contacted the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office recently when she discovered some unclaimed funds listed on the State Comptroller’s website. The Sheriff submitted a brief application and several weeks later a check arrived in the mail.  Read more

Gas news at a glance

Anti-fracking bicycle trip planned  Read more

Questions about Apollo deal: what is the Sullivan County Funding Corporation?

A resolution to transfer title to county-owned properties in and around the Apollo Plaza to the Sullivan County Funding Corporation (SCFC) remains tabled as newly elected lawmakers and residents have questions about the process.  Read more

Crash on Route 97

TOWN OF TUSTEN, NY -- One of this winter's few snowfalls put motorists in the Upper Delaware at considerable risk as the region received mixed precipitation ranging from rain to icy sleet to slushy snow on February 16. This accident occurred on Route 97 just above the confluence of the Delaware River and Ten Mile River. Crews were still working to clear the roadway when this picture was taken at approximately 4:45 p.m.

A partnership for posterity: Delaware Highlands Conservancy and Eagle Institute take wing

UPPER DELAWARE REGION — Two organizations with complimentary missions have announced they will combine forces, resulting in an even more effective achievement of each one’s long-term work to conserve the natural resources of the Upper Delaware region. The Delaware Highlands Conservancy (DHC) has embraced the opportunity to bring the Eagle Institute (EI) under its wings and into its nest, to the benefit of both highly successful organizations.  Read more

Sullivan legislature nixes steering committee

The Sullivan County Legislature voted on Thursday to do away with the steering committee that met once a week to go over policy matters. The committee was made up of three of the nine elected legislators and the county manager.  Read more

Hinchey leads charge against PO closures

WASHINGTON, DC — Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) and 110 other U.S. House members today called on Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe to institute a moratorium on United States Postal Service (USPS) discontinuance studies, which will determine if more than 3,600 post offices and other retail facilities should be closed.  Read more

Community garden open for applicants

The Transition Community Garden, located on the grounds at Ellen Memorial Health Care Center on Golf Hill Road, invites gardeners to join for the 2012 growing season.  Read more

Bethel Woods in top 15 worldwide

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is number 15 on Pollstar Magazine’s Top 100 Worldwide Amphitheaters for the 2011 season. The venue has climbed in its ranking each year since opening in 2006, and surpassed several major market venues in 2011 including Jones Beach, PNC Arts Center and Saratoga Performing Arts Center.  Read more

Borough council reverses itself; status of Earley’s job altered

On Monday, February 13 at the Honesdale Borough Council bi-monthly meeting, B. F. Monaghan, the president of the Honesdale Borough Council, reversed an action of the board taken at a recent meeting that condemned an allegedly improper removal of pieces of mail meant for two borough policemen that informed them that they would be laid off.  Read more

NPS to review Roseland alternatives

Two electric companies are so willing to get the National Park Service (NPS) permit process moving forward that they are willing to offer $30 million in order to mitigate any loss that the NPS feels that it may experience.  Read more

Wayne gets $40k grant for trails at county park

The first phase of a property-wide trail system at the county park will be started in the spring, according to Mike Wood of Woodland Design, a local design company.  Read more

Caridi reacts to impact fee legislation; new Pike visitors guide has digital focus

At the Pike County Commissioners meeting on February 8, chairman Rich Caridi expressed surprise at the new state legislation establishing Marcellus Shale impact fees, which was passed last week by the legislature.  Read more

Forget the laptops, go for the gold

With the price of gold soaring as the great recession lingers, and now beyond $1,700 per ounce, local businesses are joining the used jewelry business and buying up gold. The problem is a lot of that gold is ill-gotten gains that are easy to dispose of and hard to track, especially once the gold has been melted down.  Read more

DPW applies for ‘Golden Feather’ grant

People who follow the beautification programs of Sullivan Renaissance are familiar with the “Golden Feather Award,” which is given out each year for projects done mostly by volunteers that “incorporate beautification as part of a long-term community-wide strategy.”  Read more