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October 02, 2014
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NORTHEAST U.S. — In some years, the displays of autumn leaves are brighter than others. The following explanation as to why comes from the Forest Service of the United States Department of Agriculture.

Tusten residents vote on bookkeeper

Voters in the Town of Tusten cast paper ballots on July 12 to decide who should have the authority to appoint a bookkeeper for the town. In the past, the supervisor had the sole authority, but past supervisors sought the approval of the other board members as a courtesy.  Read more

UDC reminded of historic workbook,studies, lifejacket regs, quarry expansion considered

The Upper Delaware Council (UDC) was reacquainted with an important workbook to enable its consistent review of projects in the river corridor at its monthly meeting on July 7 in Narrowsburg.  Read more

DA discussed again, expected jobs not created

If the average Joe is interested in knowing what companies are getting tax breaks through the Sullivan County Industrial Development Agency (IDA), he no longer has to get that information by sending a Freedom of Information Law request to Albany. Instead, Joe can simply go to www.sul livanida.com and click on the current projects tab.  Read more

Nursing home to remain in county hands

Sullivan County legislators indicated that they believe the county should not sell the Sullivan County Adult Care Center, which has been a topic of discussion for the past 18 months.
In a meeting at the government center on July 7, legislator Ron Hiatt said after a lengthy discussion on the topic, “We’re going to try to keep this.”  Read more

Hinchey has colon cancer surgery

Washington, DC -- The Office of Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) announced that the congressman underwent colon cancer surgery today at Albany Medical Center. The congressman is resting comfortably at the hospital where he will receive follow-up care and begin his recovery.  Read more

Boy Scout honored

On May 14, Neil R. Stasilli III of Eldred celebrated an accomplishment that not all Boy Scouts achieve when he was recognized as an Eagle Scout at the Eagle Scout Court of Honor Ceremony.  Read more

Rabies incidents confirmed in Sullivan County

Three rabid foxes have been confirmed in Sullivan County. The animaLs were found near Swan Lake, Yankee Lake and Wurtsboro. Local officials are warning residents in Sullivan County that there are very likely other rabid animals in the region, and residents should guard against them.  Read more

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