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July 26, 2014
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NARROWSBURG, NY — Music, art, and the environment take center stage at Riverfest on July 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Main Street in Narrowsburg, overlooking the Upper Delaware River.
At 12:30 p.m., festival-goers will have an opportunity to bid live on about five dozen original works of art created especially for the occasion at the Riverfest poster auction. The posters can be previewed at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) gallery on Main Street and online at www.artsalliancesite.org.
For more information on Riverfest, turn to page 20.

Federation for the Homeless to close

MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County Federation for the Homeless in Monticello, which has been providing meals to residents since 1988, will cease operations at the end of July. Steve White, the director, said the organization was denied a new round of funding from the NYS Department of Health.  Read more

DEC adds protections to gas drilling

NEW YORK STATE — There are major changes and at least one major reversal in the proposed rules that will likely come to cover fracking in New York State. On June 30, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) released a summary of updates to the draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (dSGEIS) regarding gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing that the department has been working on since 2009.  Read more

PA conservation regulations clarified

HONESDALE, PA — Len Grover of the Wayne County Conservation District told the county commissioners that it was necessary to send two letters to clarify storm water management regulations.  Read more

News in brief

Pedestrain struck in Narrowsburg

A 70-year-old man from New Jersey was struck and seriously injured on July 3 in front of the Narrowsburg Inn on Bridge St. Trooper Timothy Ward of the New York State Police at Narrowsburg said the man, Warren Enker, was flown to West Chester Medical Center after being hit by a truck. Enker reportedly walked into the street from between parked cars.  Read more

Pike expands transportation

MILFORD, PA — More Pike County residents will be able to use the county buses now that the transportation group will be spun off the Area Agencies on Aging and be made an independent county department.  Read more

Ambulance service helps out in power outage

ELDRED, NY — Members of the American Legion Ambulance Service in the Town of Highland would like people to know that their headquarters, located at 17 Collins Road in Eldred, is open to Highland residents during all emergencies. The captain of the corps, “We’re here in emergencies,” ambulance captain Pat Friedrich said.  Read more

DEC regs to be issued July 1; zoning rights supported

ALBANY, NY — The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) tomorrow, Friday, July 1, will release its revised recommendations on mitigating the environmental impacts of high-volume hydraulic fracturing(high-volume fracturing). The recommendations contain these major revisions:  Read more

Sullivan West graduates say goodbye

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — Words of wisdom, encouragement and pride were spoken Saturday morning, while the Sullivan West Class of 2011 listened to speeches before receiving their diplomas.  Read more

Gas news at a glance


Matamoras explores impacts of drilling on June 30th
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Binder and Goodman call for rule change

MONTICELLO, NY — Sullivan County Legislators Leni Binder and Jodi Goodman have called for a changes to the rules of the legislature in the wake of accusations that the two had improperly received seats for performances at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. The legislators have said in the past that they have been seated in the box seat of orchid dealer and philanthropist Stuart Salinger, and said they did not believe they had done anything wrong.  Read more

New reporting laws for lawmakers

ALBANY, NY — One of the new laws agreed to by Governor Andrew Cuomo and both houses of the state legislature in the run up to the end of the session this month, The Clean Up Albany Act of 2011, will stipulates that beginning in May 2012, lawmakers will be required to report outside income, and this information will be available to the public through the internet.  Read more

Pike expands transportation

MILFORD, PA — More Pike County residents will be able to use the county buses now that the transportation group will be spun off the Area Agencies on Aging and be made an independent county department.  Read more

Marriage Equality

REGION — There is mixed reaction from the lawmakers at the state level that represent the New York side of the Upper Delaware Valley on the passage of the Marriage Equality Act. According to a press release from Governor Andrew Cuomo, the act tears down “the barrier that has prevented same-sex couples from exercising the freedom to marry and from receiving the fundamental protections that so many couples and families take for granted.”  Read more

Pledging to protect a way of life

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — The goal was $100,000. The effort to raise it began on June 4 and already more than $55,000 in pledges have been received in support of a legal defense fund to protect three Sullivan County towns in the event of a legal challenge to zoning provisions prohibiting high impact industrial activity.  Read more

EPA fracking study to target Northeast PA

BRADFORD AND SUSQUEHANNA COUNTIES, PA — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced that it will undertake “case studies” regarding hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, as it carries out its congressionally mandated review of the process over the next several years.  Read more

Electric vehicle conversions?

HONESDALE, PA — Many laud the growing interest in electric cars, but do they want to drive one? Or even more, would they build one from their own gas-driven cars, as some are doing today?  Read more

Farewell and good luck to Eldred’s Class of 2011

ELDRED, NY — The morning of June 25th was an exciting day for the graduates of Eldred Central High School (ECS). What started out as a cloudy Saturday event turned into a pleasant and sunny celebration. The 50 soon-to-be graduates made their way to the stage to the traditional graduation melody played by the school band, which was followed by the National Anthem sung by Courtney Hofaker.  Read more

Honesdale council approves pharmacy project

HONESDALE, PA — It’s official. CVS is coming to the intersection of lower Main Street and Fourth Street in downtown Honesdale.  Read more

Lake Wallenpaupack drawdown coming this fall

PPL will lower the level of Lake Wallenpaupack by about 5 feet more than normal after Labor Day in September to allow for scheduled maintenance and inspection of the dam and power plant. The drawdown of water will stop at about elevation 1,175 feet in mid-October.  Read more

Cochecton residents want protection regarding gas drilling

Cochecton resident Allan Rubin said gas drilling may never come to Cochecton, but, then again, it might. He added, “The town board has taken a neutral position on natural gas; this is not acceptable. There is activity in other towns that would maintain local discretion about whether to allow heavy industrial development.”  Read more