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February 01, 2015
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MONTICELLO, NY — A visitor to the Sullivan County Legislature showed lawmakers a map of the world at a meeting of the agricultural and sustainability committee on January 15. The map showed which areas are likely to be most negatively affected by climate change. The impact on the Catskills is going to be much less than other areas.

Bills trade off home rule for impact fee

Both houses of the Pennsylvania legislature have now passed versions of a bill regarding natural gas impact fees, regulations and zoning. Reconciling the differences and developing a compromise bill to send to Governor Corbett is the next step.  Read more

Pike commissioners seek large easement

Pike County has been after this for nearly six years and now it may have it. The county is seeking an easement on the 4600-acre Little Bushkill Headwaters Reserve, a prime slice of the Delaware River watershed in Lehman Township.  Read more

Sullivan cancels healthcare contract; returns to state insurance program

Sullivan County legislators voted unanimously to cancel a two-week old contract with a company called EBS-RMSCO to administer the county’s self-funded health plan. The sticking point was a “joinder” that county manager David Fanslau was requested to sign, which involved an agreement between EBS-RMSCO and the large health provider Group Health Inc. (GHI).  Read more

Shelly Field honored with SYDA Award

The 26th Annual SYDA Foundation Community Service Award was presented to Shelly Field at the government center on November 18. Harriet Cole, the owner of a Manhattan-based media company, presented the award.  Read more

Marijuana grow house shut down; fourth in Sullivan County this year

It seems that Sullivan County is quickly becoming the preferred location in which to open a marijuana grow-house operation. Four of them have been shut down by authorities this year alone.  Read more

Pond Eddy post office on the list

The U.S. Post Office in Pond Eddy is one of more than 3,000 across the country that is set for possible closure. When resident Jeanne Mulcahey and her friends heard it was under threat, they launched an effort to try to keep it open, which included a letter-writing campaign to Congressman Maurice Hinchey.  Read more

Peace group “Occupies” Honesdale

In sympathy with the growing “Occupy” movement in cities of America and elsewhere, protesting the unfairness of the economic system symbolized by Wall Street, a group of Wayne County residents secured permission from the Borough of Honesdale to set up a camp.  Read more

Activist initiatives multiply; wise advice from elders with experience

Despite postponement of a momentous vote on the Delaware River Basin Commission’s proposed natural gas regulations, activists carried through with a planned rally in Trenton, NJ on November 21 (see page 1). The rally was one of a quickly multiplying number of initiatives on the part of people responding to a sense that the time has come to be heard on issues ranging from the economy to hydrofracking.  Read more

Wurtsboro Troopers arrest Wurtsboro woman for DWI

On November 19, 2011, State Police in Wurtsboro arrested a woman for DWI following a traffic stop on Main st in the Village of Bloomingburg. Christine Baker, a 45 year old Bloomingburg resident, was stopped on Main St V/Bloomingburg for a traffic violation.  Read more

Hundreds Will Gather Outside of Trenton War Memorial to Rally After Cancellation of Critical DRBC Vote on Fracking

Trenton, N.J. – Next week, residents from across the Delaware River Basin will gather outside of the Trenton War Memorial, once the site of a critical, scheduled meeting of the
Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) to vote on a proposal that would have allowed fracking in the river basin. To the acclaim of residents and anti-fracking advocates alike, the vote was officially canceled on Friday.  Read more

PFBC seeks comments on environmental assessment component of grant

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is seeking public comments on an environmental assessment review the agency has drafted as part of its application for a federal grant.

The PFBC has applied for the grant through the Voluntary Public Access-Habitat Incentives Program administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency. The program is designed to provide private landowners various incentives to open their land to public fishing and wildlife-related recreation and to improve conditions for wildlife and their habitats.  Read more

DRBC postpones November 21 meeting; new date to be set

WEST TRENTON, NJ - The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) today announced that the special meeting scheduled for Nov. 21 to consider draft natural gas development regulations has been postponed to allow additional time for review by the five commission members.

No additional information is available at this time.  Read more

Northeast sees four pipeline projects

The first of four Northeast pipeline projects was placed in service earlier this month by Tennessee Gas Pipeline, (TGP) a subsidiary of El Paso Corporation. This action on TGP’s 300 Line Project marks the completion of one of the largest natural gas infrastructure projects currently under way in the Northeast United States.  Read more

Watershed General Assembly announced

With a vote coming soon on new rules for gas drilling in the Delaware River Basin, individuals opposed to it have announced a “Watershed General Assembly” to be held at the Tusten Town Hall in Narrowsburg, NY on Saturday, November 19 at 4:00 p.m.  Read more

Casey tries again for fair milk bill

One thing you’ve got to admit about Senator Bob Casey is that he doesn’t give up. Casey is proposing two pieces of legislation directed at the plight of dairy farmers.
The first bill is called the Federal Milk Improvement Act of 2011, numbered S-1640, and the second is a bill called the Dairy Improvement Act, numbered S-1682.  Read more

Redistricting is drawn in Pennsylvania

Efforts by the Republicans in the Pennsylvania Senate and House to redraw the boundaries of election districts have drawn complaint from some Democrats. The new boundaries will affect PA representatives’ districts in Wayne and Pike counties.  Read more

Sullivan 2012 budget dips into reserves

The tentative 2012 budget for Sullivan County was presented at the government center on November 10, and it will use about $6.3 million out of a reported $10 million of the undedicated reserve fund. County manager David Fanslau said he constructed the budget to stay within the Albany mandated 2% property tax cap, but also to offer the same level of services to the public as in 2011, and to avoid any layoffs.  Read more

Sullivan County labor election victory

Two days after the election on November 8, Sandy Shaddock was in a good mood; she said she was “ecstatic” at the results of the election. She said labor groups in general and Teamsters Local 445, which represents the largest block of county workers, in particular, backed the winning candidates in all but one of the legislative races.  Read more

Managing manure: PA issues new manual

The Wayne Conservation District (WCD) board of directors learned at its meeting on November 9 that a new Pennsylvania manure management manual has been issued and is now in effect since its publication in the PA Bulletin on October 29. Those who handle animal manure must complete plans based on the new manual.  Read more

Honesdale Farmers Market continues through winter

The Honesdale Farmers’ Market is so popular that its organizers agreed to continue during the winter. In order to get out of the cold, it will move to a new space that is still in development called the Cooperage on Main Street.
The building at 1030 Main Street used to be a cooperage where barrels were manufactured in olden days; thus the name, The Cooperage, is being preserved.  Read more