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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.

Commissioners protest drastic cuts to victim programs

The Wayne County commissioners have decried the cutting of 50% of the funding for the county victim/witness program and juvenile victim assistance program. Last year, the program received about $50,000 for the two programs.  Read more

Gas drilling petition in Cochecton

A group called “Keep Cochecton Green” has put up a petition online at www.cochecton.org regarding horizontal hydrofracking for natural gas, and is passing around a circular requesting that residents of the Town of Cochecton sign it.  Read more

Pike cancels recycling program; costs are prohibitive

Shocking many residents, the Pike County Commissioners voted, at their meeting on August 15, to stop the countywide recycling program, effective October 1, 2012.  Read more

Residents say ‘don’t do it’; spotlight on overriding the tax cap

Resident Tom Manza said, “Actually, I’m here to ask for a 20% tax reduction,” which drew laughter from the legislature because, with the budget situation as bad as it is, a cut is out of the question and a double-digit increase seems likely.  Read more

Highland to consider climate pledge

The Town of Highland town board heard two special presentations at its recent monthly meeting on August 14.  Read more

Anti-gas drilling TV commercial unveiled

NEW YORK STATE — Television commercials touting the benefits of natural gas have become commonplace over the past couple of years with energy companies like Exxon and Chesapeake and industry lobbying groups like American Petroleum Institute and American Natural Gas Alliance spending millions on slick productions that paint drilling as an activity that will bring jobs and prosperity.  Read more

New arts and cultural center opens; international artists featured

If you happen to be driving on Route 6 in White Mills and wonder about a sign in front of the old mill that says “PaPA,” you should drive into the parking lot of the building and stop in.  Read more

Susan Beecher to retire from PCCD; concerns over pipeline impacts discussed

Susan Beecher, a well-respected guardian of Pike County’s natural resources will retire from her post as executive director of the Pike County Conservation District (PCCD) on December 31, concluding 23 years of service. The news was announced at the monthly meeting of the PCCD Board of Directors on August 20.  Read more

Pageant winners at the government center

Title holders from the Sullivan County International Pageant visited the government center on August 16 to receive certificates of recognition from the legislature. Lawmaker Kathy LaBuda said that, this year, the pageant would be donating a portion of the proceeds to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.  Read more

ECS board sets tax levy and more

The Eldred Central School District Board of Education (ECS BOE) met on August 9 and passed several resolutions intended to enable the district to prepare for future budgetary constraints.  Read more

105 years young: Carl Hentschel

Covering Carl Hentschel’s 100th birthday celebration five years ago was a special treat for this reporter, but seeing Hentschel still going strong at the age of 105 was truly icing on the cake.

A crowd of family, friends, veterans and dignitaries turned out at the Lumberland Senior Center in Glen Spey on August 15 to celebrate with Hentschel. Awards and recognitions were presented by various officials, including Town of Lumberland supervisor Nadia Rajsz and Town of Highland supervisor Andrew Boyar.  Read more

Judge upholds PA voter ID law

PENNSYLVANIA – A Pennsylvania judge rejected a challenge to the state’s controversial new voter ID law today. Lawyers for the groups bringing the suit, the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia (PILCOP), the Advancement Project, the ACLU of Pennsylvania, and the Washington, DC, law firm of Arnold & Porter, had argued that the law puts up unconstitutional barriers to the fundamental right to vote and threatens to disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of people without valid ID. The groups plan to appeal the judge’s decision to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.  Read more

Going after synthetic cannabinoids

RIVER VALLEY — The producers of bath salts, which also are know as synthetic drugs or synthetic cannabinoids, have been able to stay a step ahead of the drug laws by frequently changing the chemical makeup of their products ever so slightly so that the products did not match exactly any substances that were banned. Now, new laws at the state and federal level make it a crime to sell the stuff, and in Sullivan County, a local law has been proposed that would make the sale of bath salts punishable by a year in prison.  Read more

Pattern for Progress recruits fellows

NEWBURGH, NY — Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress is recruiting leaders from across the region to join the next class of its regional fellows program. The Pattern Fellows Program is designed to expand the horizons of those already acknowledged as leaders in their communities and disciplines by helping them explore regional approaches to their work.  Read more

Workforce development grants available

SUNY Sullivan’s 2012-2013 Workforce Development grant funds are now available. The maximum award available is $50,000.
Funding criteria give first priority to businesses that are newly relocated to New York State, business start-ups, businesses that are expanding their operations, and/or employers creating new jobs.  Read more

Climate change advisory panel convened

As the next step in Sullivan County’s fulfillment of the Climate Smart Pledge it signed as part of the NYS Department of Conservation’s Climate Smart Communities Program, a Climate Action Plan (CAP) citizens’ advisory panel has been formed, and met for the first time on Thursday, August 9.  Read more

Petition says: ‘You Don’t Speak for Me’

Following a town board resolution in the Town of Delaware that supports the right of residents to lease their land for gas drilling, Delaware Concerned Citizens has sent a petition to approximately 1,300 taxpayers titled “You Don’t Speak for Me!”  Read more

Historic canal house and property to be restored

The old historic Delaware and Hudson Canal (D&H) lock house that sits on Route 6 between Hawley and Honesdale—a replica of a former age now gone—will have the facelift it’s been needing for a long time.  Read more

Lumberland looks at volunteer retirement, rejects road rally

The Lumberland Town Board announced at its monthly meeting on August 8 that it will be considering a proposal to establish a Service Award Program for active volunteer members in the Lumberland Fire Department. According to the town’s website, the Length of Service Award Program (LOSAP) is a simple type of retirement program intended to help the town recruit and retain volunteers.  Read more

UDC not a joiner—for now

After considerable debate, the Upper Delaware Council (UDC) rejected an opportunity to join the steering committee of the Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed (CDRW) at its monthly meeting on August 2. It did, however, authorize UDC executive director Laurie Ramie to participate in conference calls as an observer for a trial period of six months.  Read more