Fracking is already thriving in Sullivan County. Not the same controversial natural gas extraction method that makes headlines. No, this is community fracking, the social byproduct of the hydraulic fracturing debate, pumping tension through Sullivan County communities that face the possibility of gas wells dotting their landscape. Read more
Sullivan West taxpayers voted to approve spending $2.698 million from the Capital Reserve Fund to pay for repairs and construction for two school campuses. At the elementary school in Jeffersonville, the money will go to resurface the track, repair the cross country trail, replace the 1961 roof, replace an underground oil tank and to create a storm water retention pond for a planned sports field. Read more
STROUDSBURG, PA — Wayne County Arts Alliance and the Ritz Company Playhouse in Hawley as well as the Black Bear Film festival in Milford are the top grant recipients among Wayne and Pike County artists and arts organizations named to receive Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA) Grants. The announcement came this week from the Pocono Arts Council. Read more
A series of burglaries in the Town of Highland have come to an end with the arrest of an individual suspected of committing those crimes. Chief constable Michael Walton reported during the town meeting on October 16 that the perpetrator had been breaking into the basements of vacant homes and stealing copper wiring. Patrols have been increased throughout the town. Walton reminds residents that any unusual activity should be reported to the constabulary at 845/557-3489 or by calling 911.
CAMP HILL, PA — The Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB) praised the State Assembly and Senate for passing legislation to update the state vehicle code and resolve a long-standing transportation problem experienced by farmers. The legislation will allow farmers to move over-sized, modern equipment on public roadways from field to field and from barnyard to farmstead.
While newer equipment has enabled farmers to increase productivity, they are wider than vehicles typically used by farmers 30 years ago. Read more
A group of disgruntled residents from Chicopee Road returned to the Damascus Township Supervisors’ meeting on October 15, and they were angrier than ever. Read more
Cecily Fortescue, who passed away on October 19, was a ubiquitous presence in Sullivan County and the Upper Delaware Valley, and so were the elegant and graceful pots and vases she created.
Fortescue, who attended Oxford University, was born in England and became a “university lecturer.” But she grew tired of the academic world after four years and turned her attention to pottery and music. Read more
After encountering pressure from reporters and members of the public, the Sullivan County Legislature scheduled another round of presentations by the two nonprofit organizations who are vying for the contract to promote tourism in the county. The presentations are scheduled for October 30 at 10 a.m. at the government center in Monticello and will be open to the press and public. The contract comes with some $500,000 in room tax revenue. Read more
Several years ago, the Town of Thompson passed a law prohibiting any expansion of nonconforming uses, including summer camps in residential neighborhoods. The Town of Liberty appears to be headed in the opposite direction with a new law that will allow the planning board to waive a site plan review on some projects, and that includes waiving the public hearing that accompanies a site plan review for a nonconforming use. Read more
Several times over the decades, Sullivan County Legislators have tried to convince Albany to reign in the liberal laws regarding tax-exempt properties. A couple of times the state senate has passed legislation that would have eased the situation, but the effort has never succeeded in getting all three entities that must be on board—the senate, the assembly and the governor—on the same page. Read more
A former employee of the Wayne County Tax Claim Bureau has been charged with the theft of over $11,000 in tax money. A criminal complaint was filed on October 3 against former employee Jeannie Brooks of Prompton, alleging several crimes of theft and forgery at the tax claim bureau office. Read more
ALBANY, NY — The New York Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has announced the availability of approximately $13.8 million in incentives to encourage the installation of wind energy systems for residential, commercial, institutional, or government use. Read more