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September 03, 2015
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REGION — There’s no question that last year’s winter was one for the record books, with temperature records falling all across the eastern United States and here in the Northeast, while most of the rest of the planet experienced above-normal temperatures. In fact, temperatures were so far above normal for most of the planet that by the end of August climate scientists were projecting that 2015 will be the warmest year since record taking began in 1880. Coming in right behind this year is 2014, which will then become the second warmest year on record.

Tusten Democrats hold caucus

The Tusten Democrats will hold a caucus on Monday, September 17 at the Lava Firehouse on Route 52. A candidate for the town board seat currently held by Andrea Reynosa will be nominated. Residents who are registered Democrats can participate and vote. Other members of the public can attend but not participate.

Nepotism in county government; visitors association in the crosshairs

The request for proposals for organizations interested in running the tourism promotion business in Sullivan County, which went out on August 31, seemed to be an attempt to disqualify the Sullivan County Visitors Association (SCVA), the organization that has been doing the job for the past decade. The RFP said that “no more than one member of the nuclear family unit” could work for the company that wins the contract.  Read more

UDC settles on five-year-plan

An impassioned and chaotic debate over the Upper Delaware Council’s (UDC) draft five-year plan consumed the bulk of the organization’s monthly meeting on September 6.  Read more

Ceremony planned for solar installation; Agriculture and Sustainability Committee meets

Sullivan County officials began discussing a proposed photovoltaic installation at the Robert B. Travis building about three years ago, the building in the Town of Liberty that houses the Sullivan County Department of Family Services.  Read more

Nepotism in county government; visitors association in the crosshairs

The request for proposals for organizations interested in running the tourism promotion business in Sullivan County, which went out on August 31, seemed to be an attempt to disqualify the Sullivan County Visitors Association (SCVA), the organization that has been doing the job for the past decade. The RFP said that “no more than one member of the nuclear family unit” could work for the company that wins the contract.  Read more

PA voter ID efforts prove inadequate; appeal to the State Supreme Court will be argued this week

If you have to get a photo ID in order to vote this November 8—only two months away— you’re not going to get much help from the PennDOT motor vehicle centers, one of the principal locations to obtain a photo ID.  Read more

NPS explores new stormwater solution; low cost, low maintenance key features

Water that used to flow across two parking lots and enter a stormwater drain that discharged into the Delaware River, carrying sediments and contaminants such as oil and grease, will now be cleaner due to installation of a new stormwater filtration system being tested by the National Park Service(NPS).  Read more

Tracking ticks: a lack of stats

PIKE AND WAYNE COUNTIES, PA — Despite increasing cases of confirmed Lyme disease that place Pennsylvania at the top of the heap in terms of health impacts from ticks, very little tracking of tick populations in the state is occurring.
Because ticks are vectors for diseases such as Lyme, Anaplasmosis, Ehrlichiosis, Babesiosis and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, growing tick populations could have serious public health implications.  Read more

Mother pleads guilty to third degree murder; neither parent now faces death penalty

Jennifer Barrise has pleaded guilty to murder in the third degree bringing a close to the prosecution of the couple that were accused of killing their newborn daughter on May 28, 2011. The father, Christopher Fitzpatrick pleaded guilty to murder in the first degree in March.  Read more

Political leaders remember 9/11

RIVER VALLEY — A number of political leaders who represent the Upper Delaware Valley issued statements on September 11, remembering the day 11 year earlier when terrorists took control of jet airplanes and wreaked havoc in the United States.  Read more

Town of Callicoon gas drilling survey results

The results of a survey on gas drilling were tallied on September 7, with respondents saying by a two to one margin that they were opposed to gas drilling with hydraulic fracturing in the town.  Read more

Tusten Dems caucus for board seat September 17

UPDATE -- location of caucus is Lava Firehouse

The Tusten Democratic Caucus will be held at the LAVA Firehouse on NYS Route 52 on Monday, September 17, at 7 p.m. The Democratic candidate for the town board seat currently held by Andrea Reynosa will be selected.

If you are a registered Democrat in the Town of Tusten, you must be present to participate. No absentee votes are allowed.

Rabid fox in Barryville no longer public threat

BARRYVILLE, NY — A rabid fox that attacked two people in the Town of Highland last weekend has been dispatched and tested positive for the rabies virus, according to animal control officer Fawn Schneider.

The encounters occurred in Barryville and are believed to be isolated incidents. One individual was able to fend off the fox. The other is being treated after receiving scratch or bite wounds.

Anyone observing unusual behavior in rabies vector species such as foxes, skunks, racoons, groundhogs, coyotes or bats should contact Schneider at 845/866-4137.

Grants available for value-added ag projects

WASHINGTON, DC — Grants are available from the USDA to allow agricultural producers to add value to their products, expanding their markets and customer base, with the Value Added Producer Grant program (VAPG). Applicants have until October 15 to apply.  Read more

Damascus gets extension

The chairman of the Damascus town supervisors, Jeff Dexter, has expressed concern that the township needed more time to revise it storm water management plan. Recently, it was given such an extension, as were other townships with the same problem.  Read more

Dairy petition seeks hearing on milk price relief

REGION — The Progressive Agricultural Association of Meshoppen, PA is circulating a petition .requesting a national federal milk order pricing hearing for dairy farmers, who are under record pressure from rising costs. It has been prepared by Pete Hardin, editor of the Milkweed.  Read more

Wayne County extends voter registration hours; new program announced for photo ID

The county commissioners on the Board of Elections approved a suggestion from Cindy Furman, Director of the Wayne County Department of Elections, to extend the hours of registration for the week of October 1 to October 6 in preparation for the presidential elections on November 6. The 4:30 p.m. closing will be extended to 5:30 p.m. and the office will be open on Saturday, October 6 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.  Read more

St. Baldrick’s Foundation Human Line of Hope

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and Eldred resident Lou Monteleone wants to make sure Sullivan County knows it. Monteleone’s awareness began in 2007 when he participated in a St. Baldrick’s (www.stbaldricks.org) signature head shaving event in Jeffersonville. “It changed my life,” Monteleone said, “and I became instantly involved.”  Read more

Sullivan County primary races

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — There are four primary races that are scheduled for voting on September 13. One of the most interesting is between Kathy Michell, the long-serving Tusten Town Clerk, and businessman Ned Lang. The two are vying to run on the Republican ticket for a chance to fill the vacancy that was created on the town board when Carol Wingert was elected supervisor.  Read more

Honesdale EMS out of business

Wayne Ambulance, owned by Lackawanna Ambulance Company, which is new to Honesdale Borough, will take over Honesdale EMS with all its equipment, and hire most of its employees.  Read more