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It’s not unusual to see large numbers of people floating down the Upper Delaware River on a summer’s day, but some in the group that were floating through Skinner’s Falls on August 14 were clearly distressed.

Honesdale community garden in bloom

Come and get your hands dirty in the cool, rich earth and start to grow your own food.

That’s the motto of a group called Transition Honesdale (TH) that has constructed a fenced-in garden of approximately 110’ x 50’ with 25 raised beds at the Ellen Memorial Health Care Center on Golf Hill Road in Honesdale.

The other motto of the group is “building community.”  Read more

20th annual Kite Festival at the college

The 20th Annual Sullivan County Community College Kite Festival was held on May 7, with lots of activities including kite sales, craft sales, food, and all those inflatable slides and bouncy things for the kiddies.  Read more

Sullivan County committee supports Marriage Equality Act

The Sullivan County Human Rights Commission, the members of which are appointed by the Sullivan County Legislature, issued a press release on May 9, saying the commissions supports Governor Andrew Cuomo and other s who are pressing for passage of the Marriage Equality act. The act would legalize same-sex marriage.  Read more

Concord Associates announces deal with Mohegan Sun, Empire Resorts vows to fight it

Concord Associates announced on May 5 that it has reached a deal with Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority (MTGA) to develop the long-delayed Concord Resort in Kiamesha Lake NY.  Read more

Protester drills spokesman at gas hearing

Here's a remarkable piece of tape from a hearing of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett's Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission last week, which media reports have noted is well-stocked with campaign contributors from the energy industry.
(Oringal post can bee seen at http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/off-mic/item/18941-protestor-drills-s...)  Read more

It doesn't work

It was announced with much enthusiasm back in 2007. Don Perry, then the vice president of the Sullivan County Partnership of Economic Development, told lawmakers that a Japanese company called Environmental Technologies, Inc. (ETI) would build a brand new experimental type of windmill, one with a vertical axis, and erect it on the campus of Sullivan County Community College (SCCC).  Read more

Facing Phish facts

The list of businesses that have already benefitted from the scheduled Phish concerts include Creekside Cabins in Roscoe, Days Inn in Liberty and the Sat Nam Inn-Bed & Breakfast in Hurleyville, all of which are listed as sold out for Memorial Day weekend.

Some rooms and camp sites, however, are still available. Many are listed in the Phish Guide at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts website, www.bethelwoodscenter.org.  Read more

Tusten voters to decide bookkeeper issue

It’s an issue that has centered on trust and control. Some members of the board don’t trust the supervisor to hire a bookkeeper who will serve the best interests of the town. The supervisor, as the elected official who is responsible for the town’s finances, says she needs to have control over the hiring of the bookkeeper so she can hire someone who will cooperate with her.  Read more

Fire chief, president suspended

In the latest wave of animosity and dissention that holds sway in Shohola Township these days comes a new tsunami to inundate the town. On Monday evening, April 26, the vice president of the Shohola Township Volunteer Fire and Rescue (STVF&R) squad, Alan Cue, surprisingly and summarily suspended fire chief Don Wall and fire company president Ken Yeaw.  Read more

Gabriel Road dam repair progressing

The project to repair the dam on Gabriel Road in the Town of Bethel has seen numerous obstacles since it washed out in 2005. The latest cropped up at the town meeting on April 28.  Read more

Pipeline project to expand expansion

Another pipeline expansion is approaching the region, with the recent filing of Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s (TGP) application to FERC for its certificate of public convenience and necessity to modify pipeline and compressor facilities in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  Read more

News briefs

Earth Day package passes in NY

ALBANY, NY — New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Environmental Conservation Committee Chair Robert Sweeney announced the passage of a legislative package to honor Earth Day.  Read more

Gas news at a glance

Report reveals companies unable to identify some chemicals used in fracking

Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman, Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Edward J. Markey and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Ranking Member Diana DeGette have released a report that summarizes the types, volumes and chemical contents of the hydraulic fracturing products used by the 14 leading oil and gas service companies.  Read more

Wallenpaupack sweeps Envirothon

For 25 years, teacher Tony Kietrys has been coaching teams of students from Wallenpaupack Area High School in preparation for the Pike/Wayne Envirothon. Fellow teacher Linda Lohner has served as co-advisor for most of those years.

Their efforts, and that of their team, the Green Revolution, culminated in a sweep of many of the awards earned at the April 27 event, which this year celebrates its 25th anniversary.  Read more

Java Love opens in Kauneonga Lake

Town of Bethel officials joined the staff of the new shop Java Love Roasting Company in Kauneonga Lake on May 1 to celebrate the official opening of the shop.  Read more

Boutique hotel for Narrowsburg moves forward

It appears that plans to build a boutique hotel in Narrowsburg are moving ahead; it should be clear if the project will get a green light by July 3, which is the newly approved deadline for the closing on the sale of the former Narrowsburg Central School in the hamlet in Narrowsburg.  Read more

NY, PA politicians on bin Laden

The news that Osama bin Laden was shot dead by a special forces team of US military personnel reverberated around the world on the evening of May 1, after President Barack Obama announced it on national television.  Read more

Naughton sentenced to prison

Joe Naughton, owner of the Western Hotel in Callicoon, was sentenced on April 29 to 16 months to four years in prison for selling alcohol to a minor. Naughton was caught in a police sting on February 26 at liquor store in the hotel when he sold a bottle of wine to an undercover officer.  Read more

Sullivan County Manager issues flash flood warning

County Manager David Fanslau issued the following statement: "The National Weather Service in Binghamton issued a Flash Flood Warning for Sullivan County effective through 2:15 PM. Locations in the warning include but are not limited to Bethel, Bloomingburg, Callicoon, Grahamsville, Liberty, Livingston Manor, Loch Sheldrake, Monticello, Roscoe, and Wurtsboro in Sullivan County.  Read more

Mountain Laurel Music Center flowers again

The former Mountain Laurel Music Center, now called the Mountain Laurel Pocono Mountains Performing Arts Center, will open for business—it is hoped permanently—with concerts beginning in July.  Read more