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NEW YORK CITY, NY — Of the 400,000 or so people participating in the People’s Climate March on September 21, quite a few were from the Upper Delaware Valley. There were representatives from the Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy, Catskill Mountainkeeper, Damascus Citizens for Sustainability and the Delaware Riverkeeper Network. There was also a contingent of about 20 residents from The Weather Project, which was created by the NACL Theater in Highland Lake.

President declares emergency for New York

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal aid has been made available to New York to supplement the state and local response efforts in the area due to the emergency conditions resulting from Hurricane Irene beginning on August 25, 2011, and continuing.  Read more

Mandatory Evacuation Issued for NYC Coastal Areas

Due to the approach of Hurricane Irene, the City has issued a mandatory evacuation order for New Yorkers who live in the low-lying Zone “A” coastal areas in all five boroughs. This includes all parts of the Rockaways due to its exposure to the ocean. People should be out of these areas by 5PM on Saturday.  Read more

PPL brings in crews from Kentucky

PPL Electric Utilities is closely tracking forecasts for Hurricane Irene and is actively preparing for the storm’s potential impact on its service area in eastern and central Pennsylvania.  Read more

Deerpark state of emergency, voluntary evacuations urged

I, KARL A. BRABENEC, SUPERVISOR, of the TOWN OF DEERPARK, pursuant to Article 2-B, Section 24 of the New York State Executive Law, hereby certify as follows: Due to the impending forecast regarding Hurricane Irene, there exists the potential in the Town of Deerpark for SEVERE FLOODING INCIDENTS THROUGHOUT THE TOWN AND HEAVY WINDS CAUSING POWER INTERRUPTIONS.  Read more

Sullivan Residents urged to prepare for Hurricane Irene

With the threat of Hurricane Irene this weekend, Sullivan County Manager David P. Fanslau urges Sullivan County residents to take precautions and prepare for this hurricane coastal storm. County Manager Fanslau issued the following statement:  Read more

Hurricane Irene updates: August 31 1:33 pm

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.
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PEMA Urges Pennsylvanians to Prepare for Irene

HARRISBURG -- The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency today urged Pennsylvanians to prepare for expected high winds and heavy rain from Hurricane Irene this weekend. Although the storm is expected to primarily impact southeastern Pennsylvania, residents across the state should remain alert and be prepared.  Read more

News in brief

Holbert appeals filed

LACKAWAXEN, PA —Save Lackawaxen, a group of landowners living near the Holbert quarry, and the Upper Delaware Council (UDC) have both filed appeals of the Lackawaxen supervisors’ approval of a permit to expand quarry operations to 40 acres. The UDC appeal requested that the decision be reversed, or alternatively that it be vacated and the issue remanded for another hearing.  Read more

County to change tax bills, cost of federal, state programs to be highlighted

Sullivan County lawmakers have long complained that the majority of county spending is mandated by officials in Albany and Washington D.C., and local lawmakers have no control over it. Now, they have moved to change property tax bills so that they show how much of the money will go to state and federal programs, and how much will go for local programs and uses.  Read more

Liberty lawmakers talk about guns. Pistols on town property?

At a meeting on August 15, the Liberty Town Board discussed whether it should adopt a new gun policy. Council member Chris Austin had been studying the gun law from the Town of Neversink, which prohibits the discharge of a firearm in a town park.

But, Austin said, “If I’m reading this right, it still allows people to have a firearm in a locked personal vehicle on town property, and it allows people to possess a validly registered firearm pursuant to the terms and conditions of the permit issued, which means if you have a pistol permit you can carry a handgun on town property.”  Read more

Workers’ Compensation Board visits,county building permits to be audited

As a business advocate for the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB), Neil Gilberg is sympathetic to the challenges of operating a small business. He has worked hard to assist businesses that have had penalties with the WCB, that have since come into compliance, to receive lower fines. Still, he wants all businesses to comply with state law.  Read more

Honesdale water now tastes great, or haven’t you noticed?

If you lived in the Borough of Honesdale in recent years, you simply did not drink the tap water because the smell and taste was akin to rotten eggs. Now, that’s all changed and the taste and smell are gone.  Read more

Time for trenching

(This story has been updated below)

Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company (TGP), a subsidiary of El Paso Corporation, expects to begin excavating a trench across the Lackawaxen River this weekend in preparation for laying the length of 30-inch diameter steel natural gas transmission pipeline that will connect on either side of the river to existing pipeline sections.  Read more

Human Line of Hope headed for Highland, Conga Against Cancer, head shavings and more

They’ll be dancing in the streets, forming a line of humans linked by love and hope in the Town of Highland. They’ll be holding letters that spell the names of loved ones battling cancer, or lost to the increasingly common disease that has claimed far too many lives.  Read more

Helping a Honesdale youth

After coming across a poster describing the struggles of Peter Freshour, a 2009 graduate of Honesdale High School who has been diagnosed with Wilson Disease and cirrhosis of the liver, Vanessa DeGori decided she needed to help. “As the mother of three healthy boys, I am aware of how lucky and blessed my husband and I are,” she said.  Read more

A conservation leader reemerges; Delaware Highlands Conservancy earns esteemed accreditation

At a critical juncture in the dialogue and dynamics surrounding our region’s land use, the Delaware Highlands Conservancy (DHC) is prepared to be a significant voice in the conversation. The organization is now officially recognized by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance (LTA).  Read more

Humvee for Sullivan Sheriff’s Office

There was a hulking black vehicle sitting on the lawn outside the government center in Monticello on August 18. It was a High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle, better known as Humvee, which once belonged to the U.S. Army at Fort Drum.  Read more

Rural Heritage candidates advance despite Callicoon Republican surprise

Several candidates who are running on the recently announced Rural Heritage (RH) line in Sullivan County have also captured Democratic Party nominations, though not without a bit of a struggle.  Read more

Scenic Byway resolution urges ban of some truck traffic

The Upper Delaware Scenic Byway has passed a resolution that urges all levels of government to exercise their authority to prohibit heavy trucks involved in “new forms of heavy industrial use and mining” from New York State Route 97.  Read more

Rural Heritage Party unveiled;trumpeting agriculture, tourism, healthcare

About 30 candidates and their supporters turned out to the government center on August 16 to announce a new line that will appear on the ballot this fall—the Rural Heritage line.
The party has endorsed candidates in the towns of Fremont, Delaware, Callicoon, Cochecton and Tusten and they are running for the positions of supervisor, councilperson and highway superintendent. At the county level, there is one candidate, Cindy Geiger, who is running for the county legislator seat in District Five.  Read more