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REGION — They were so committed, active and numerous that a new name had to be created to describe them—fractivists, or activists opposed to high-volume hydraulic fracturing.

Marino: Jobless report ‘disheartening’

WASHINGTON, DC — Rep. Tom Marino, PA-10, on December 2 said the decline in the national unemployment rate is welcome news but expressed concern about the hidden message behind the report. Marino acknowledged the national unemployment rate had dropped to 8.6 percent in November but said the mounting despair among Americans is most troubling.  Read more

NY ban on disposing rechargeable batteries

ALBANY, NY — A provision in the New York State Rechargeable Battery Recycling Act prohibiting disposal of most rechargeable batteries as a solid waste in the state took effect on December 5, according to New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.  Read more

Honesdale man sentenced for shooting mail boxes

LAKEVILLE, PA — A Honesdale man has been sentenced to 12 to 48 months in jail for allegedly driving around the Cherry Ridge/South Canaan area with three other men in the early morning hours of July 21, and shooting at mail boxes, signs and trees with an AK47 assault rifle and a shotgun.  Read more

Pennfuture: PA subsidies for fossil fuel cost $2.9 billion

PHILADELPHIA, PA — The PennFuture Energy Center for Enterprise and the Environment released a study on December 6, detailing current subsidies for fossil fuels in Pennsylvania, which, including tax exemptions, tax credits and grants, total $2.9 billion per year.  Read more

Nativity scene in Eldred

A life-size nativity scene has been erected behind the Piazza in Eldred. It was created by the staff at the Corner Store. They hope to add to it over the years, and it is available to the public for viewing anytime. It was blessed by Father Tom from St. Anthony of Padua R.C. Church in Yulan on December 3.

Winter Weather Advisory from 7:00 PM Wednesday evening through 7:00 AM Thursday morning, with three to five inches of snow possible

Sullivan County Manager David Fanslau has issued a Winter Weather Advisory from 7:00 PM Wednesday evening through 7:00 AM Thursday morning:  Read more

Gas news at a glance

Pipeline poachers arrested in Wyoming County  Read more

Comment period extended for SGEIS

Accoring to information on the NY Department of Environmental Conservation website, the comment period for the Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement regarding gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing, which was to have expired on December 12, at 5:00 pm, has been extended through January 11, 2012.  Read more

Tusten bans gas drilling

The Town of Tusten joined a handful of municipalities in the state, and became the first town in Sullivan County to ban gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing when the town board voted on November 28 to adopt an updated zoning code.  Read more

Damascus opposes gas bill provision

Damascus Township supervisors approved sending a letter to all elected state officials opposing any inclusion in the House and Senate Marcellus Gas legislation of a provision that would preempt the locality’s ability to use local zoning to control some aspects of gas drilling.  Read more

DV to build new elementary school

WESTFALL, PA — After years of discussion in which past boards wavered despite an urgent need for a new elementary school, the current Delaware Valley School District Board voted to build the school at a meeting on November 10.  Read more

A road to a bluestone mine; without local zoning, what does compliance look like?

A bluestone mine being operated by Johnston and Rhodes is located in Manchester Township along a remote stretch of the Upper Delaware River.  Read more

Waste Management starts e-recycling

On January 1, Pennsylvania’s e-recycling law will require electronics manufacturers to recycle many consumer electronics in proportion to their market share in the Commonwealth.
Dan Card of Waste Management said devices like computers, printers, laptops and keyboards can’t be accepted at landfills, so the Beach Lake Transfer Station will expand its recycling program beginning December 1 to accept these materials from residents and businesses with fewer than 50 employees without charge.  Read more

Comment period set for Holbert Quarry

A public notice has been posted for the Holbert Quarry’s application for a Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) permit to conduct noncoal surface mining activities in Lackawaxen Township, as required by the Noncoal Surface Mining Conservation and Reclamation Act and the Clean Streams Law. The application includes a request for blasting.
The proposed permit area is 40 acres and is situated one mile north of the Lackawaxen River and one-half mile west of the Delaware River and is accessed from Masthope Plank Road (State Road 1014).  Read more

Capelli can’t rely on license

New York State’s Racing and Wagering Board has told Louis Cappelli, developer of the site of the Concord Hotel, that he can no longer cite the letter that the board had given him saying that he would be able to get a license for harness racing. Such permission is considered crucial for Cappelli to establish his planned racino, and he has been using it to help obtain financing.  Read more

Williams earns PA Farm Bureau award

Pennsylvania State Farm Bureau Board (PFB) Director David Williams was awarded the PFB Dedicated Service Award at the annual meeting for the organization in Hershey. Williams, a native of Honesdale, is the orginator of PA Farm Country Radio Network, the largest agricultural radio programming in Pennsylvania. His voice can be heard airing on over 30 radio channels throughout PA and New York as he brings the voice of agriculture to listeners’ ears.  Read more

Dimock residents ask: ‘What will we do for water?’

On November 30, residents of Dimock who had been receiving deliveries of water from Cabot Oil and Gas Corporation were scheduled to lose that source of fresh water in the latest round of a miserable situation that has left them to cope with contaminated water wells for nearly three years.  Read more

Losing a traffic light, gaining a business; Parksville adjusts to a moved highway

For decades the tiny hamlet of Parksville, some four miles north of the Village of Liberty, has been bisected by a four lane highway, Route 17. For the past 10 years or so, the only traffic light located on Route 17 in Sullivan County was right in the middle of Parksville.  Read more

Marian Community Hospital to close; employees to receive career assistance

The parent company of Marian Community Hospital announced plans to close the facility by February 23, 2012. Maxis Health System President and CEO Mary Theresa Vautrinot wrote in a press release that the Carbondale hospital has struggled to remain viable, sustaining multi-million dollar annual losses as the demand for services decreased.  Read more

ECS board hears good and bad

Before receiving more distressing news about the school budget, members of the Eldred Central School District’s (ECS) Board of Education received a special gift of music at their meeting on November 10. The spirited performance by ECS’s own “Key Elements,” an a cappella group comprised of students in grades 8-12, brought smiles all around, despite the fact that the music program may be one of those facing cuts in upcoming months.  Read more