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HALE EDDY, NY — The first-ever meeting of the Upper Delaware River Tailwaters Coalition (UDRTC) was held at the West Branch Angler Resort on September 12, drawing about 70 people concerned with trout fishing, the reservoirs, flooding and other river issues. The rivers at the center of the discussion are the main stem of the Delaware River north of Callicoon, and the West Branch and East Branch, which flow from the Cannonsville Reservoir and Pepacton Reservoir respectively to meet the main stem at Hancock.

Feds soften harsh sign rule; Congress isn’t providing funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. — It’s a sign of the times. The Federal Highway Administration is caving in to a tsunami of complaints about its stringent sign law that had the potential to pressure local budgets to the breaking point.  Read more

News in brief

Tar sand protest arrest tally tops 1,200

WASHINGTON, DC — A civil disobedience demonstration in front of the White House, protesting the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline that has been proposed to carry oil from Canada’s tar sands concluded last Friday after its planned two-week run. As of the last day, 1,250 people had been arrested.  Read more

Bethel Democrats rift healing? Party withholds backing of candidates

Three Democratic candidates for two seats on the town board will face off in a primary contest on September 13. Long-time incumbents Vicky Vassmer-Simpson and Bob Blais will be sharing the ballot with former highway superintendent Bernie Cohen.

The local Democratic Committee has decided not to back a candidate until after the primary, at which time it will presumably back the two winners. If Vassmer-Simpson wins and the committee supports her, it may signal the beginning of an end to a huge rift in the party that has defined it for the past couple of election cycles.  Read more

Flood Watch issued for Sullivan County

Sullivan County Manager David Fanslau has issued a Flash Flood Watch associated with Heavy Rain Potential into Monday evening.

Fanslau said, "The National Weather Service (NSW) has issued a Flash Flood Watch in Sullivan County for periodic heavy rain that will continue to affect the watch area through the day Monday (Labor Day) and into Monday evening. Additional rainfall amounts of one (1) two (2) inches are expected for most areas, with localized amounts of three (3) inches or greater likely in more persistent and heavier rain bands.  Read more

Wayne to collect hurricane damage information

On Tuesday September 6, 2011, Wayne County Emergency Management will begin to collect data from individuals and business owners concerning losses and damage from Hurricane Irene. Information will be gathered by telephone at 570-253-1622, by fax 570-253-2943 or by e-mail at  Read more

Bonacic Urges President Obama to Declare Orange and Sullivan Counties a Disaster Area

Between Sunday and Tuesday, State Senator John Bonacic has visited locations around the four counties of his Senate District to view flood damaged properties and put local officials in touch with officials from the State and FEMA.  Read more

Fanslau explains FEMA disaster declaration process

Sullivan County Manager David Fanslau issued the following statement: "There have been some news media this morning that left the impression that a determination was made that Sullivan County was rejected for inclusion in federal disaster aid through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). That conclusion would be an incorrect conclusion.  Read more

Protesting the tar sands pipeline

WASHINGTON DC — This August, well-known environmental writer and leader for action against climate change Bill McKibben, along with other leading environmentalists, environmental groups like the Indigenous Environmental Network and religious organizations organized the “Tar Sands Action,” a massive civil disobedience protest to encourage President Obama to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline.  Read more

College to offer showers during power outage

Sullivan County Manager David Fanslau announced that the Sullivan County Community College will open the Paul Gerry Field House locker rooms shower facilities to county residents that remain without power on Thursday, September 1st, and Friday, September 2nd.  Read more

Judge bans Sabbath sewer talk; Bethel lawmaker’s lips are sealed

The battle between some residents in the Kauneonga Lake Sewer District and the organization Kollel Avreichim took a new turn at the Bethel Town Board meeting on August 27. The meeting took place on a Saturday, which meant that members of Kollel would not be able to attend or speak into the microphone because they are members of the Hasidic community, and Saturday is their Sabbath.  Read more

Crematorium case reaches county court

The two warring sides to the issue of a proposed crematorium finally had their day in court. It may be the first of many since there are at least two appeals on the docket of the Pike County Court of Common Pleas.  Read more

News in brief

Delaware to consider a sole assessor

HORTONVILLE, NY — Despite the fact that the idea was shot down by residents a number of years ago, the Town of Delaware board will consider changing the number of assessors from three to one. “We are one of the rare towns that have three assessors,” said Jim Scheutzow, board chairman. “Most, if not all, have only one.”  Read more

Court voids Tusten gas lease,property owner keeps the money

A Sullivan County Supreme Court judge has ruled that a gas-drilling lease in the Town of Tusten is void because restrictive covenants on the deed prohibit using the land for any kind of commercial activity.  Read more

Bethel looks at drilling and fracking; joins neighboring towns in zoning pursuit

As in other towns in Sullivan County, the issues of gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing have been percolating through the local political process in the Town of Bethel for the past couple of years. At a town meeting on August 27, the town board gave its clearest indication to date about the likely path the board will follow.  Read more

Did you feel the earthquake? What about fracking?

The 5.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Virginia on August 23 wreaked a bit of damage nearby: the tip of the Washington Monument was cracked. But its vibrations were felt as far away as Detroit and Canada. That’s according to information from the U.S. Geological Survey’s feature called “Did you feel it?” located at  Read more

Local woman arrested in Tar Sands protest

Virginia Kennedy of Dingmans Ferry, PA was arrested on August 20 in front of the White House during a peaceful sit-in organized by Tar Sands Action to stop the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline.  Read more

Towpath Trail goes under again

The Towpath Trail, which runs along the Delaware River underneath the Roebling Bridge in Minisink Ford is depicted at left, on August 25. The photo on the right was taken on August 29 at the same location following Hurricane Irene’s visit to the region. The National Park Service has been attempting to restore the walking path since 2009, but various flooding events such as this one have prevented the permanent re-opening of the trail.

Honesdale man charged with stealing jewelry from Beach Lake

The Honesdale Borough Police served an arrest warrant on George J. Snyder, 28 years of age, from Honesdale, at The Wayne County Correctional Facility where he is currently being housed on August 22. The warrant charged Snyder with one count of receiving stolen property graded as a felony of the 3rd degree.  Read more

NYSEG to distribute a round of dry ice and water to customers without power

Sullivan County Manager David Fanslau announced that New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG) will distribute another round dry ice and bottled water to their customers that remain out of power from the impacts associated with Hurricane Irene. The distribution points are as follows from 12:00 noon today while supplies last.

1. Fallsburg Police Department 19 Railroad Avenue, South Fallsburg (845) 434-4422.

2. White Lake Fire House on Route 17B in White Lake.

3. White Sulpher Springs Fire House on Route 52 in White Sulpher Springs.  Read more

Pennsylvania state roads closed as of Tuesday 10:30 am

State Roads Closed Due to Hurricane Irene in Northeastern Pennsylvania - as of 10:30 a.m.


Route 209 is closed in both directions between Second Street and SR 209 due to flooding. Anticipated opening, August 29 at noon. NOW OPEN  Read more