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Phish fears in the land of peace and love

Many of the business and community leaders are welcoming the coming of Phish. The jam band is scheduled to perform three nights in a row over Memorial Day Weekend beginning on May 27 at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. Hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts and camps in the area are being flooded with reservations, according to Roberta Byron Lockwood, president of the Sullivan County Visitors Association, and the concerts might well get the summer season started with a bang.  Read more

Un-paving paper highways

Sullivan County has long been thought of as a vacation spot for tourists from New York City. That was true way back in 1852, when a group of investors bought land now known as The Flats and Irish Hill in Narrowsburg with the idea that they would sell 200 lots, sized 50 feet by 100 feet, to city dwellers who could ride the Erie Railroad, which ran through the development, to reach their modest country properties.  Read more

Damascus zoning amendment unveiled

The draft of the amended zoning ordinance on gas drilling in Damascus Township was released last week. A public hearing will be held on Thursday, March 31 at 7:00 p.m. at the township office at 60 Conklin Hill Road.

The draft adds definitions, amends the schedule of regulations for the rural residential and industrial districts and adds a section on oil and gas wells and pads.

As to definitions, it clarifies the terms “oil and gas pads” and “oil and gas wells.” It defines further what is included in the term “mineral extraction.”  Read more

Special screening, special guests

Grammy-award-nominated singer songwriter/pianist and Pike County, PA native Vanessa Carlton may be focused on preparations for the June 21 release of her new album, “Rabbits on the Run.” But she’s not too busy to share what she does best at an upcoming event in Glen Spey, NY. Why? Because she cares about the issue and wants others to become informed.

That issue is natural gas drilling, and Carlton is hoping to increase awareness of the process and its impacts by performing at a special screening of the new documentary, “FRACK! The Movie.”  Read more

Gas news at a glance

Penn State Public Safety Webinar - March 17  Read more

Sullivan West sports fields

Voters who live in the Sullivan West School District will have the opportunity on March 22 to vote to approve or reject a $5 million spending plan for the construction and improvement of numerous projects, including baseball, football and soccer fields and tennis courts at the high school in Lake Huntington.  Read more

Camp laundromat considered

The director of the camp appeared before the planning board on March 1 to seek a special use permit to build a modest laundromat. The unusual part of the process was that the proposed facility was meant to replace a smaller one that was built last summer without notification to the town or the required permits.  Read more

Gas at a glance

February 17
Pipeline explosion kills five in Allentown  Read more

Running through the mountains

Does running 200 miles over the course of a couple of days sound like fun? What if you do it with 11 friends? For those who love to run, team relay running is an activity that has apparently been growing rapidly over the past six years.  Read more

DRBC session on gas regs draws crowd

February 17 - As two Sullivan County law enforcement professionals watched quietly from the rear of the room, a subdued crowd listened intently to a presentation by Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) staff who traveled to Narrowsburg for an informational session requested by the Upper Delaware Council’s (UDC) Project Review Committee.

The special work session was scheduled to aid the UDC as it prepares written comments on the DRBC’s Draft Natural Gas Development Regulations.  Read more

Row over Shohola Fire Department finances

February 17 - Three months ago, Shohola chairman George Fluhr opened up a Pandora’s box of protests when he fired Don Wall and removed his wife Nelia from her job as secretary/treasurer. Last week, he opened up a hornet’s nest of public protest from citizens with a Board of Supervisors motion to set up a committee to investigate the Shohola fire department’s financial records, something he says state law allows.

All fire departments in the state are private entities with their own budgets and their own boards of trustees.  Read more

It’s show time for Larry the Llama

The new face of the Sullivan County Travel Guide for 2012 is Larry the Llama, who lives on a farm in the county. According to Herb Clark, vice president of the Sullivan County Visitors Association, there are now quite a few llamas and alpacas in the county and this was a fun way of drawing attention to the animals and the county.

Grants available for forest landowners

The forests that cover much of the land area of the northern half of the Delaware River Basin are largely responsible for the excellent quality of water that comes from the basin, which provides drinking water to 15 million people. Maintaining the health of the forests is therefore vitally linked to maintaining the quality of the water.  Read more

News briefs

Back in business

MILANVILLE, PA — During most of January and into February, Barbara Yeaman’s roof-top solar panels were entombed in snow, as reported in TRR on February 10. Cold weather is no problem, but sunbeams don’t generate electricity until they reach the panels. Yeaman solved the problem by  Read more

Hinchey praises Job Corps

Jonathan Jiminez, a young man who grew up in Yonkers, told the audience that his life had been completely turned around by the Delaware Valley Job Corps (DVJC). Where he was once a high school drop-out without seeing much of a future ahead, he now has a job with a local contractor, is studying design and has his sights set on becoming an architect.

It is just the sort of story that the national Job Corps was created to foster. Founded in the 1960s, the corps is a national program that gives young people between the ages of 16 and 24 a free education and career preparation counseling.  Read more

Gas at a glance

Diesel fuel-laced frack fluids pumped underground  Read more

Groups file lawsuit against DRBC

Two conservation groups have joined forces in filing a lawsuit against the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC).
In December, when Newfield Appalachia PA, LLC and Hess Corporation voluntarily agreed to submit their grandfathered exploratory gas wells in Wayne County to review by the DRBC, the commission assumed that would be the end of the matter. Therefore, the DRBC cancelled the scheduled hearing regarding the wells.  Read more

Opposition to sprinkler law

The unpopular new law imposing strict regulations on the inclusion of sprinkler systems in all new Pennsylvania one-family and two-family homes is being widely opposed by builders, home owners and local officials, which is not news.
What is news is that state elected officials are now joining the chorus of opponents.

At a recent meeting of the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce, state representative Michael Peifer said, “We’re going to overturn it,” to a chorus of cheering business people.  Read more

Pike board accepts new library design

Members of McGoey, Hauser and Edsall (MHE) consulting engineering firm presented their design of the newly proposed Pike County library building at the February 7 meeting of the new library board.

The library board approved the design and launched a major fund-raising campaign to supplement the $2.5 million in construction funds already on hand.

“This is just for the building,” said Michael J. Lamoreaux, MHE associate. “There is no money for any landscaping. We are not going to surround the building with gravel but will landscape it minimally.”  Read more

The ghost of NYRI

REGION — Remember National Interest Electricity Transmission Corridors (NIETC)? Five years ago, when New York Regional Interconnection (NYRI) was trying to build a high-voltage power line through Sullivan County and eight other New York counties, the designation of a particular area as an NIETC opened the door for the possibility of the federal government being able to supersede state governments in some instances on the siting of power lines.  Read more