Burn bans currently in effect in our area are:
New York State
March 16 through May 14, statewide
All residential brush burning is prohibited in smaller communities during the state's historically high fire-risk period from March 16 through May 14, state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens reminded New Yorkers today.
Until further notice
Blooming Grove Township, PA has lifted its burning ban effective May 3. Updates are available at the town office at 570/775-6461 Ext. 10.
a meeting of the Sullivan County Legislature’s Health and Family Services Committee, public health director Carol Ryan proposed the idea of a health forum to discuss the county’s low health ranking in the recently released national report, “County Health Rankings.” (See “Sullivan County nearly most unhealthy” in last week’s River Reporter.) Read more
The Town of Lumberland has joined many other New York municipalities to ban the process of hydrofracking for natural gas with zoning restrictions targeting heavy industrial uses. The action took place at the town board meeting on April 11 when the board unanimously voted to approve the new zoning following a lengthy zoning rewrite process. Several of the bans have survived legal challenges, while one is under appeal. The towns of Highland and Bethel are pursuing similar bans.
As the question of the authority that local governments have relative to gas drilling plays out in the state court, officials of the Town of Delaware have concluded that they do not have the authority to make any zoning regulation related to drilling. Read more
In a conversation that has been held frequently over the past several months, residents of the Town of Cochecton urged members of the board to take a stand on gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing. The board has maintained strict neutrality on the matter, and members have said they will be guided by the new rules being developed by the NY Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). Read more
Multiple empty pint bottles of Smirnoff’s Vodka are being discarded at regular intervals along Route 390 in Greentown. Pennsylvania State Police and park officials want the illegal dumping to stop and are asking the public for information related to the activity. Read more
Alarmed at a process they perceive to be moving too swiftly, representatives of several hunting and fishing clubs in the Town of Highland turned out to raise concerns about a proposed zoning rewrite targeting industrial uses such as gas drilling at the town’s monthly meeting on April 10. The board listened to many of the remarks, but reminded speakers that the session was not a public hearing where comments are received. That hearing has been scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on May 4 in the Junior/Senior High School in Eldred. Read more
As many as 100 residents of Grandview Palace in Loch Sheldrake were made homeless when a blaze broke out on April 14 and raced through the aging campus. According to Michael De Vulpillieres, a spokesman for the Red Cross, about 80 of those people took temporary shelter at the Paul Gerry Field house at Sullivan County Community College. Read more
“We are pulling out drought management plans,” Carol Collier, executive director of the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) told members of the Upper Delaware Council (UDC) at their meeting on April 5. “We’ve received six inches of precipitation across the basin this year, which is about 4 inches below what it should be at this time.” Read more
Lawrence O’Reilly, a retired dairy farmer from St. Joseph, and his son Thomas, received approval for a large subdivision of 1030 acres in Tyler Hill. Lawrence appeared before the supervisors on April 16, without his son, who is a dairy farmer, and could not attend due to farming duties. Read more
When the call went out at approximately 1:50 p.m. on April 16, the Lava and the Narrowsburg fire departments were directed to 351 Grassy Swamp Road, seven miles south of Narrowsburg on the river side of Route 97. The fire, according to Narrowsburg chief Dave Casey, who was the first to drive down the steep one-lane dirt road, had been spotted from Pennsylvania and the coordinates were not confirmed. Read more
Updated on April 18
PA DEP announces: "Yesterday afternoon, two of the chicks began to pip out of their egg shells. By early this morning, two hatchlings appeared from under the brooding female. They have been fed and appear to be active and healthy. From this point on, the adults will no longer be bored, incubating 24-7. Instead, they will be actively hunting most of the day to provide for the rapidly growing eyases."
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A tried and true practice that has sustained many farms and the communities they serve is being creatively applied to a respected regional theatre. Having experienced the transformative power of community through the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program at Willow Wisp Farm in Damascus, PA, Tannis Kowalchuk, who assists husband Greg Swartz in operating the farm, began to see possibilities for a similar initiative at NACL Theatre in Highland Lake, where co-founder Kowalchuk is artistic director. Read more
WILKES-BARRE -- The Department of Environmental Protection announced today that it will hold a public briefing on Tuesday April 17 to discuss the circumstances surrounding the Lathrop compressor station explosion that occurred March 29 in Springville Township, Susquehanna County.
The 6-8 pm briefing is at Montrose High School, 75 Meteor Way, in Montrose. Representatives from DEP and Williams Partners, LLC, the owners of Lathrop, will be on hand. Read more
HARRISBURG, PA – Today, a Pennsylvania court issued a preliminary injunction (PDF) <earthjustice.org/documents/legal-document/pdf/act-13-challenge-order> against a portion of a controversial state law – Act 13 – that sought to override local zoning laws related to the controversial process of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” The court ruled these local laws can remain on the books and in effect until they are challenged and found invalid. Read more
CALLICOON, NY — The Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce will present its 21st annual Pride Awards Gala on Sunday, May 6 at the Villa Roma Resort, honoring 19 individuals throughout Sullivan County. Town Pride Award winners this year are Carol Malek, Malek Properties (Bethel); Joseph and Mary Nosek, Community Service (Callicoon); Eileen Hennessy, writer (Cochecton); Tom Freda, Freda Real Estate (Delaware); Sally J. Read more