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HALE EDDY, NY — The first-ever meeting of the Upper Delaware River Tailwaters Coalition (UDRTC) was held at the West Branch Angler Resort on September 12, drawing about 70 people concerned with trout fishing, the reservoirs, flooding and other river issues. The rivers at the center of the discussion are the main stem of the Delaware River north of Callicoon, and the West Branch and East Branch, which flow from the Cannonsville Reservoir and Pepacton Reservoir respectively to meet the main stem at Hancock.

Getting buzzed to battle cancer

HONESDALE, PA — At times, the line stretched out the door, as people awaited their turn to have their hair or beard removed in support of a local fundraiser aimed at battling cancer. The decidedly festive event took place on July 1 at Mick’s Barber Shop in Honesdale and raised more than $6,000 for the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute.  Read more

Growing ‘Water’ to raise awareness of its worth

An artfully grown, one-word statement on the world’s most vital liquid is now abloom at Sky Dog Farm, 1724 County Route 23 in Tusten. The flowering buckwheat that spells out the word “Water” undulates softly when stirred by a passing breeze, reminding one of a chief characteristic of water—its flow.  Read more

Tightening a home

An environmental group active in this area for the last three years is training four high school students to do free energy assessments of homes in Wayne and Pike counties.  Read more

Road Use Agreement unveiled

What is an Equivalent Single Axel Load or ESAL? It’s the basic method that may be used by some Sullivan County towns to determine if truck traffic related to a given project, whether it is gas drilling or construction of a mall, is likely to damage town roads, and if so, what the town should collect from the responsible party to repair those damages.  Read more

Pipeline company is forging ahead

MILFORD, PA — The Tennessee Pipeline Company is circumventing a refusal by the Delaware Water Gap National Recreational Area (DWGNRA) to allow the company to extend its proposed gas pipeline through the park to markets in New York and New Jersey. They’re cutting a six-mile bypass line around the borough of Milford, thus avoiding the park altogether.  Read more

Holbert Quarry seeks expansion again

Wayne and Dave Holbert are seeking a permit that would allow them to expand their bluestone quarrying operation, which is now about 10 acres, by an additional 40 acres. The application permit says that the acreage is located in a rural district, and that “operations will consist of blasting, crushing and screening of limestone rock within the permit area.”  Read more

Haystock walks the talk

“Sustainability, a love for the land and for each other—that’s what Farmhearts is about,” said Michael Lang at Haystock, a fundraising event held as a benefit for Farmhearts in Callicoon on July 2.  Read more

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