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County and college reach agreement

Officials at the county and at the college have reached an agreement whereby the college will get the same $4 million it received last year from the county, but will return about $600,000.  Read more

Cochecton residents want protection from 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.”

The comment, made at a public hearing at the Cochecton Town Hall on June 16, was one of several by residents that criticized the official position of the town board that it should maintain strict neutrality regarding gas drilling.  Read more

Catskills beginning farmer group launched

The 2011 Catskills Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT) kicked off on June 13th at Willow Wisp Organic Farm, growers of a diverse mix of organic vegetables, herbs and cut flowers for the Upper Delaware River Valley and The Catskills.

Host farmers Greg Swartz and Tannis Kowalchuk lead 30 beginning farmers on a field tour of their 12-acre farm in Abrahamsville, Penn. Participants buzzed with interest and excitement throughout the evening that ended with a potluck social.  Read more

Gas news at a glance

Marcellus Shale expo set for June 25  Read more

Stourbridge sees bountiful harvest

HONESDALE, PA — Surviving monsoon-like rains and spells of August-like temperatures, the raised beds of the Stourbridge Primary Center’s new vegetable gardening program produced a bounty of lettuce.

Grown and harvested thirty-five days after planting by the school’s eight second-grade classes, enough lettuce was produced to include a serving in the school lunch of every Stourbridge student (455 total) on the last full day of the school year. There was plenty to go around, including for those that requested second and third helpings.  Read more

Livingston Manor siblings arrested for crimes against elderly victim

Sullivan County Sheriff’s Detectives arrested three subjects last week who allegedly preyed upon an elderly resident of Livingston Manor. Phillip Edwards, 25, of Livingston Manor was taken into custody on June 3, 2011 and charged with felony possession of stolen property, burglary and petit larceny.

It is alleged that Edwards went to the residence of an 88 year old Livingston Manor woman on June 2, 2011 and told her the she owed him $150 for work he had done and demanded payment.

Edwards had in fact done no such work. Edwards also convinced the victim to give him an extra $400 as a loan so that he could purchase parts to fix his truck. The victim was told the loan would be paid back June 1st. The victim felt intimidated and gave Edwards a check for $550.

When Edwards attempted to cash the check at the First National Bank of Jeffersonville in Livingston Manor, an alert teller who was familiar with the victim refused to accept it. At the time of Phillip Edwards’ arrest, Detectives also recovered silver coins that belonged to the victim’s son and had been stolen from the residence.

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Casino dreams rise from the dead, again, in Sullivan County

Four nearly four years various American Indian tribes have been blocked from opening casinos in Sullivan County because of a rule regarding off-reservation casinos. The rule said that the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Indian Affairs would not approve any Indian Casinos that were located more than a “commutable” distance away from the tribe’s reservation.  Read more

Tusten fireman sounds alarm

Narrowsburg Fire Commissioner Craig Burkle alerted the Tusten Town Board of the critical need for more volunteers, both for the fire department and the emergency response team.  Read more

High school students, energy assessments

An environmental group very active in this area for the last three years will train four to six high school students to do free energy assessments of homes in Wayne and Pike counties.
Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support (SEEDS) is a group of individuals in Northeastern Pennsylvania committed to developing a renewable energy infrastructure in our community and promoting a more sustainable lifestyle.  Read more

Crematorium neighbors appeal – twice

The neighbors of the proposed crematorium in Milford Township aren’t going away quietly. Despite the township zoning commission’s positive recommendation, the township board’s approval and the zoning officer’s issuing of a building permit, the small enclave of homeowners at the Martin subdivision, next to the proposed site on Route 6 west of Milford Borough, are seeking two appeals to frustrate the plan.  Read more

Wall, Yeaw expelled from FD, no evidence presented

Shohola fire chief Don Wall and fire department president Ken Yeaw were expelled from the company in a secret ballot vote during a regular company meeting on June 6.  Read more

Father arrested for killing infant in Lake Ariel with cinder block

Pennsylvania State Police at Honesdale and the Wayne County District Attorney announced the arrest of Christopher Thomas Fitzpatrick, 20, in Lake Ariel, Wayne County. He is charged with criminal homicide, concealing the death of a child and abuse of a corpse.  Read more

News in brief

Father arrested for killing infant in Lake Ariel

LAKE ARIEL, PA — Pennsylvania State Police at Honesdale and the Wayne County District Attorney announced the arrest of Christopher Thomas Fitzpatrick, 20, in Lake Ariel, Wayne County. He is charged with criminal homicide, concealing the death of a child and abuse of a corpse.  Read more

College budget acrobatics, getting around an antiquated law

The county gives Sullivan County Community College (SCCC) about $4 million a year to help keep the doors open and the lights on. In this fiscally tight time, county officials, who have adopted cuts in virtually all departments of county government, proposed cutting the college’s funding by $600,000. But because of a law that legislator Alan Sorensen called “antiquated,” any size cut in county funding will result in an automatic drop of $2 million in state funding for SCCC, which most officials agree would be a crippling blow to the institution.  Read more

Lumberland duo recognized for high-risk rescue

For 15 years, they’ve been at it as a team, dealing with natural disasters, putting out fires and rescuing victims on land and water. But an especially heroic rescue has garnered two fearless Town of Lumberland firefighters some well-deserved recognition.  Read more

Federal, state, local cops target sex offenders

Sex offenders in New York State and in most states are required to register with authorities wherever they live and whenever they move. But sometimes, they move without informing anyone, and that prevents law officials from knowing where they live.  Read more

Students round up river trash

Area students earned eight community service hours for participating in the third annual river cleanup sponsored by the National Park Service on June 11.  Read more

Who’s in those NPS kiosks?

The National Park Service has hired 16 seasonal employees this summer at the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River to aid in implementing the importance of park safety.  Read more

Residents want road blocked

Back in November 2009, the Hawley Borough Council agreed to close a portion of Wellwood Avenue that ran in front of the Hawley Silk Mill building when Lackawanna College was considering opening up operations in the large renovated building.  Read more

Monticello steps and sounds

After spending countless hours throughout the school year preparing their pieces, students from Monticello Central School’s (MCS) music department showcased their talents at “Steps and Sounds of Different Cultures” on the evening on June 13, at the Eugene D. Nesin Theatre in Monticello.  Read more