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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.

DeVrieze appointed to boro council

Business owner Harry DeVrieze was appointed to fill the vacancy on the Honesdale Borough Council created by the resignation of Nick Slish. He assumed his position at the borough meeting on August 13.  Read more

District attorney gets 27% raise; state law gives legislature no choice

Sullivan County District Attorney Jim Farrell presented the legislature with a resolution that would raise his salary some 27% over three years, lifting it from $127,000 to $161,700 in 2014.  Read more

Shohola Township sued for infraction of Sunshine Law; township attorney acknowledges error

It’s never dull if you regularly attend the monthly meeting of the Shohola Township Supervisors. This time, the township is being sued by resident Carrie Thomas, who is a stickler for correct procedures and who challenges the supervisors regularly. This time, she caught the council red-handed for an infraction of the Sunshine Law.  Read more

Road use law unveiled in Cochecton

For some in the town of Cochecton, the Road Use Law, which was listed under the title of new business, is anything but new.  Read more

Blowback in Fremont; gas drilling resolution sparks admonishments

FREMONT CENTER, NY — There are normally just a couple of members of the public at the Town of Fremont meetings, but at the one held on August 8, the number jumped to more than 70, with residents packed through both doorways and peered in through the windows into the small chamber.  Read more

Narrowsburg takes the Golden Feather; $25,000 prize for beautification group

The Category C Projects in are the most ambitious and complex of all the projects, and this year there were four competing for the top prize at the Sullivan Renaissance Awards Ceremony at Sullivan County Community College. The top prize is the Golden Feather Award, worth $25,000, and given out each year by Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther.

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310 acres added to Delaware State Forest

The Trust for Public Land has permanently protected 310 acres of forest in Blooming Grove Township, Pike County. The property was transferred to the Bureau of Forestry as an addition to the 80,267-acre Delaware State Forest.  Read more

DEP announces public meeting, hearing on Susquehanna County compressor station

Agency will discuss Williams Energy’s air quality plan approval application

WILKES-BARRE -- The Department of Environmental Protection will hold a public meeting and hearing on Tuesday, Aug. 28, to discuss Williams Energy’s proposed Air Quality plan approval to construct the Central compressor station in Bridgewater and Brooklyn townships, Susquehanna County.

The 6 p.m. meeting and hearing will be at Montrose High School at 15 Meteor Way.  Read more

Callicoon library to get a facelift

The Delaware Free Library on Main Street in Callicoon will be getting an upgrade starting later this month, thanks to a donation from a local patron and a New York State library construction grant, in addition to existing library funds. Work is expected to be completed sometime in 2013.  Read more

Renaissance judging imminent

Teams of experts from outside Sullivan County will spend August 9 to 12 visiting 25 Sullivan Renaissance projects before selecting winners in three beautification categories and honoring one project for the best overall showing of flowers. For the first year, judges will also recognize one of 11 long-time maintenance participants for the abundance of flowers in their community.  Read more

County conducts economic development survey

County Manager David Fanslau has announced the issuance of an Economic Development Survey as a first step in the development of a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategic Plan for Sullivan County. The survey has been sent out to employers in the county.  Read more

Women Who Make a Difference named

The SUNY Sullivan Foundation has announced its 2012 Women Who Make a Difference honorees. They will be honored during a ceremony and cocktail reception at the Club at Villa Roma on August 23 at 5:30 p.m.  Read more

A cornucopia of local pork;Pig Mountain Two features vegetables, too

“One of those things that people are drawn to, as we know in the food world, is pork. People who love pork love it with a certain level of love that only compares to, say, chocolate or beer. Those are the three things that, in the food world, we sort of know that, if there are events surrounding those things, it moves things. And there are pigs there, and vegetables.”  Read more

Workforce Wayne adds new training lab

One of the first things an employer looks at in considering moving into a new area or an existing business considers expanding into a new product, is the quality of the workforce. “Are the skills I need there?” is the question.
Knowing this to be true, the businesses that are on the board of Workforce Wayne are always looking for avenues or infrastructures that will develop such a workforce. A training lab is part of the answer.  Read more

Opponents of gas company loop frustrated; company has power of eminent domain

Frustration and anger were the dominant moods of both commissioners and residents who are opposed to the Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s plan to cut a 6.7-mile loop around Milford. The feelings all spilled out at the commissioners’ meeting on July 31.  Read more

NY drilling rules before Labor Day? Report projects limited drilling in 2013

An article by Albany Times Union columnist Fred Lebrun on August 5 said that the new rules regarding hydraulic fracturing (fracking) will be made public by Labor Day, and that plans by the Cuomo administration call for a limited number of wells, just 50, in 2013.  Read more

150th Wayne County Fair: as fun and informational as ever!

Jim Watson Jr. (Dunn’s Sawmill and Logging) and Brittany Schwartz (Timber Wolf Logging) power their way to first place during the Jack and Jill Crosscut competition in which a team including one male and one female make one complete cut in a 12-inch diameter pine log. The win occurred on August 4 during the 29th Woodsmen’s Competition at the Wayne County Fair in Honesdale.  Read more

Of scenic overlooks and river access spots; the Upper Delaware River Corridor could use a makeover

When driving through a tourist destination, one thing that clearly bugs consultant Ben Syden is when he is about to come upon a scenic overlook or river access point and there is no advance warning. He and other drivers are likely to blow right by the attraction and miss it altogether. Syden said he had several such experiences when driving along the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway, better known as Route 97.  Read more

Bids go out on slaughterhouse; mountain of dirt to be moved

Finding a place to build a slaughterhouse is not such an easy thing to do because most people and businesses prefer not to live next door to one. Therefore, the location that was ultimately settled on for the proposed Southern Catskills Red Meat Processing Facility was in the Village of Liberty on Willow Lane. It is a very rugged lot located across the lane from the sewer treatment plant and next door to a defunct poultry processing facility.  Read more

Police review panel approved; opposition from sheriff and towns

The Sullivan County Legislature changed the name of the proposed committee from a Police Commission to a Law Enforcement Review Panel, but the name change did not sway those who were opposed to it.  Read more