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REGION — They were so committed, active and numerous that a new name had to be created to describe them—fractivists, or activists opposed to high-volume hydraulic fracturing.

Protesting the tar sands pipeline

WASHINGTON DC — This August, well-known environmental writer and leader for action against climate change Bill McKibben, along with other leading environmentalists, environmental groups like the Indigenous Environmental Network and religious organizations organized the “Tar Sands Action,” a massive civil disobedience protest to encourage President Obama to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline.  Read more

College to offer showers during power outage

Sullivan County Manager David Fanslau announced that the Sullivan County Community College will open the Paul Gerry Field House locker rooms shower facilities to county residents that remain without power on Thursday, September 1st, and Friday, September 2nd.  Read more

Judge bans Sabbath sewer talk; Bethel lawmaker’s lips are sealed

The battle between some residents in the Kauneonga Lake Sewer District and the organization Kollel Avreichim took a new turn at the Bethel Town Board meeting on August 27. The meeting took place on a Saturday, which meant that members of Kollel would not be able to attend or speak into the microphone because they are members of the Hasidic community, and Saturday is their Sabbath.  Read more

Crematorium case reaches county court

The two warring sides to the issue of a proposed crematorium finally had their day in court. It may be the first of many since there are at least two appeals on the docket of the Pike County Court of Common Pleas.  Read more

News in brief

Delaware to consider a sole assessor

HORTONVILLE, NY — Despite the fact that the idea was shot down by residents a number of years ago, the Town of Delaware board will consider changing the number of assessors from three to one. “We are one of the rare towns that have three assessors,” said Jim Scheutzow, board chairman. “Most, if not all, have only one.”  Read more

Court voids Tusten gas lease,property owner keeps the money

A Sullivan County Supreme Court judge has ruled that a gas-drilling lease in the Town of Tusten is void because restrictive covenants on the deed prohibit using the land for any kind of commercial activity.  Read more

Bethel looks at drilling and fracking; joins neighboring towns in zoning pursuit

As in other towns in Sullivan County, the issues of gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing have been percolating through the local political process in the Town of Bethel for the past couple of years. At a town meeting on August 27, the town board gave its clearest indication to date about the likely path the board will follow.  Read more

Did you feel the earthquake? What about fracking?

The 5.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Virginia on August 23 wreaked a bit of damage nearby: the tip of the Washington Monument was cracked. But its vibrations were felt as far away as Detroit and Canada. That’s according to information from the U.S. Geological Survey’s feature called “Did you feel it?” located at http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/dyfi/events/se/082311a/us/index.html.  Read more

Local woman arrested in Tar Sands protest

Virginia Kennedy of Dingmans Ferry, PA was arrested on August 20 in front of the White House during a peaceful sit-in organized by Tar Sands Action to stop the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline.  Read more

Towpath Trail goes under again

The Towpath Trail, which runs along the Delaware River underneath the Roebling Bridge in Minisink Ford is depicted at left, on August 25. The photo on the right was taken on August 29 at the same location following Hurricane Irene’s visit to the region. The National Park Service has been attempting to restore the walking path since 2009, but various flooding events such as this one have prevented the permanent re-opening of the trail.

Honesdale man charged with stealing jewelry from Beach Lake

The Honesdale Borough Police served an arrest warrant on George J. Snyder, 28 years of age, from Honesdale, at The Wayne County Correctional Facility where he is currently being housed on August 22. The warrant charged Snyder with one count of receiving stolen property graded as a felony of the 3rd degree.  Read more

NYSEG to distribute a round of dry ice and water to customers without power

Sullivan County Manager David Fanslau announced that New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG) will distribute another round dry ice and bottled water to their customers that remain out of power from the impacts associated with Hurricane Irene. The distribution points are as follows from 12:00 noon today while supplies last.

1. Fallsburg Police Department 19 Railroad Avenue, South Fallsburg (845) 434-4422.

2. White Lake Fire House on Route 17B in White Lake.

3. White Sulpher Springs Fire House on Route 52 in White Sulpher Springs.  Read more

Pennsylvania state roads closed as of Tuesday 10:30 am

State Roads Closed Due to Hurricane Irene in Northeastern Pennsylvania - as of 10:30 a.m.

PIKE COUNTY

Route 209 is closed in both directions between Second Street and SR 209 due to flooding. Anticipated opening, August 29 at noon. NOW OPEN  Read more

New York State Insurance Department says beware of hurricane scams

Benjamin M. Lawsky, Superintendent of the Department of Financial Services, today warned New Yorkers to protect themselves from home repair and other scam artists, who will try to take advantage of unsuspecting homeowners who suffered property damage from Hurricane Irene.  Read more

Governor Cuomo: Immediate Steps New Yorkers Should Take Regarding Hurricane Property Losses and Insurance Claims

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today provided advice to New Yorkers on what to do if they suffered property damage from Hurricane Irene.  Read more

Fanslau issues Sullivan County storm update

County Manager David Fanslau issued the following statement: "Sullivan County is in the process of cleaning up roads and bridges, and assessing damage. There are at least four bridges with potentially serious damage. There are thirteen roads with trees down, and seven with wires involved that County DPW is coordinating with NYSEG crews to address. There are three roads that just need clean-up.  Read more

PPL sees Hurricane cleanup as multi-day effort

With new outages being reported each hour through the day Sunday (8/28), PPL Electric Utilities crews worked into the evening to restore electric service to thousands of customers affected by Hurricane Irene. Customers are being advised to prepare for a prolonged, multi-day restoration effort to clean up and repair the widespread damage.  Read more

Road closures in Wayne and Pike

Wayne
Route 06 (US-006) is closed in both directions between the intersection of Private Road in Waymart to the intersection of Brookside Rd in Waymart. Due to flooding and down trees.  Read more

Thousands without power in Pike, Wayne

PPL Electric Utilitiesreports power outages caused by Hurricane Irene damage in nearly every county of its 29-county service territory and more than 200,000 customers affected across its system in central and eastern Pennsylvania. More than 9,600 are without power in Wayne County and more than 2,500 are without power in Pike County.  Read more

HIGH WIND WARNING, FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM TO 8 PM EDT SUNDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BINGHAMTON HAS ISSUED A HIGH WIND WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM TO 8 PM EDT SUNDAY. THE HIGH WIND WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* LOCATIONS...ACROSS OTSEGO COUNTY...THE WESTERN CATSKILLS...AND POCONOS...ESPECIALLY IN THE HIGHER TERRAIN.  Read more