The Western Sullivan Public Library’s 2012-2013 budget has been approved by the voters. Also on the ballot were three board of trustees positions. All three candidates were approved. They are returning board member Pam Reinhardt and two new members, Sui-Ling Ruiz and Barbara Winfield. All three will serve five-year terms. Read more
At the commissioners’ meeting on May 2, Pike County Commissioner Karl Wagner clarified the county’s decision not to sign the drilling impact fee legislation, called Act 13.
When he attended the recent convention of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP), he spoke to Pamela Witmer, a member of the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission (PUC), asking if the county should approve the impact fee legislation, even though there are no drilled gas wells in the county.
It’s the PUC’s job to implement aspects of the Impact Fee Legislation, he said. Read more
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The federal government has proposed a new rule related to hydraulic fracturing that would require the disclosure of the ingredients of fracking fluids used on public and Indian lands. The rule has raised criticism from some because the disclosure would come after the fracking has already taken place. Read more
For the first time in recent memory, three neighboring Wayne County municipalities are making plans together to improve parks and recreation programs in the region. Read more
CAMP HILL, PA — The Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB) joined other state farm bureaus in a campaign that successfully reversed a U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) directive that would have placed limits on the ability of youth to work on family farms. The DOL regulation would have also jeopardized the role of parents in teaching their children the value of on-the-farm work, PFB officials said. Read more
Workers from the Leeward Company are doing repair work at the Honesdale pool free of charge. “We want to see the pool open for the community so we are donating all the concrete work at the site,” said Eric Linde, owner of the company. Some other businesses have joined the effort and Linde encourages more to come on board.
Ira Besdanski, CEO of YMCA Middletown, which includes facilities in Monroe and Monticello, made an appearance at the Sullivan County Government Center on May 3 to help lawmakers get a clearer picture of the nature of the organization. Read more
POCONO MANOR, PA — “She’s the stealth bomber of conservation causes,” declared Delaware Highlands Conservancy (DHC) board president Greg Belcamino as he invited DHC founder Barbara Yeaman to the podium at the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association’s (PALTA) annual conference on May 4. Before a large crowd, Yeaman was presented with the organization’s Lifetime Conservation Leadership Award. Read more
Four years into the Great Recession, the outlook for homeowners facing foreclosure has not improved. In fact, according to a report from the Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project (NEDAP), “In 2011, more than 345,000 mortgages were in default or delinquent in New York State. This staggering number is based on 90-day pre-foreclosure notices that New York now requires servicers to send to homeowners.” Read more
There were a total of 62 vendors at Foodstock this year, offering a wide array of locally produced culinary delights ranging from cheeses to produce to locally made wine and spirits. The offerings drew a crowd of over 500 people to the Villa Roma Resort and Conference Center in the Beechwoods. Read more
For 26 years, a local educational competition has been held which tests student knowledge, skills and problem-solving capabilities related to the earth’s natural resources. This year, the top prize for the Pike/Wayne Envirothon went to the Wayne Mountain Men from Western Wayne High School. Read more
Two peregrine chicks that hatched in a nest on the Rachel Carson State Office Building in Harrisburg, PA will be banded during a live webcast of the event at 1 p.m. on May 9, according to the PA Department of Environmental Protection, which hosts the webcam with which the nest has been monitored.
The nestlings will be weighed, examined and the sex will be determined before leg bands are attached. The bands will provide for an individual signature that identifies the birds when they fledge, disperse and seek out their own nesting territories. Read more
ELDRED, NY - Public comments leaned almost three to one in favor of the Town of Highland's Local Law#3, a zoning amendment that would ban high-impact industrial uses including horizontal hydrofracking in the town, at a public hearing held at the Eldred Junior/Senior High School on Friday, May 4. Read more
WILLIAMSPORT — The Department of Environmental Protection has fined RW Products LLC of Wheeling, WV, $21,029 for the illegal disposal of a reported 800 gallons of waste drilling mud on State Game Lands 219 in Warren Township, Bradford County, in December 2011.
“A driver for RW Products admitted that he intentionally dumped a load of oil-based waste drilling mud onto the ground,” North-central Waste Management Program Manager Patrick Brennan said. “This violated the Pennsylvania Solid Waste Management Act and the department’s penalty reflects this blatant disregard for the environment.” Read more
NEW YORK CITY — The NYC Department of Environmental Protection (NYDEP) has announced a new agreement with the National Weather Service (NWS) in which DEP will provide the NWS with up to $1 million to help speed up the development of state-of-the-art forecasts of water flows throughout the watershed. Read more
Foodstock, which has quickly become one of the most popular events in Sullivan County, is scheduled to take place on May 5, at the Villa Roma Resort’s Tennis Building in Callicoon, from 11 a.m. through 3 p.m. This year the event will feature more than 60 culinary vendors. Read more
Sanford “Sandy” Beecher, a prominent attorney in Milford, was remembered by friends and family at a visitation at the Stroyan Funeral Home in Milford on April 30. Hundreds gathered at his memorial service on May 1. He passed away on April 23 after a battle with congestive heart failure at age 79. Read more
Critics of gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing in New York State have long been calling for a study on the possible impacts the process can have on human health. While there is some support for the idea among elected officials in Albany, so far state officials have not been willing to go in that direction. Read more