WASHINGTON, D.C. — After persistent resistance from the coal industry for the past 20 years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on December 22, issued new standards limiting the emission of mercury and other toxic substances from coal-burning power plants. Read more
At a meeting of the town board that was relatively free of the strife that has characterized the meetings of the past couple of years, the Tusten Town Board filled the vacancy that was created by the resignation of Carol Wingert, who won the election in November to become town supervisor. Read more
New faces were at the helm and around the table as the Upper Delaware Council (UDC) kicked off the new year at its January 5 meeting. After acknowledging the new representatives, retiring UDC chairman Larry Richardson handed over the gavel to Town of Lumberland representative Nadia Rajsz, who will serve as chairman for 2012. Read more
The presentation slide on the big screen could not have been more clear: “The Roscoe Central School (RCS) Board wanted this community to know that the Livingston Manor Central School (LMCS) Board has delivered RCS somewhat of an ultimatum. Either RCS agrees to move forward with a merger study or LMCS may no longer be interested in sharing sports with RCS.” Read more
The Town of Highland conducted its oath of office ceremony on January 3 at the town hall in Eldred. Pictured from left are councilman Frederick Bosch, councilman and deputy supervisor James Gutekunst, Judge Frank LaBuda, highway superintendent Tom Ebers and superintendent Andrew Boyar.
Business is booming. It must be, because five new businesses opened in Honesdale since the summer. One would think since the county and the nation are in the midst of one of the most persistent recession since the 1930s, it would be the worst time to launch a new business venture. Not so, says the majority of the new business owners. Read more
Pinchot Institute for Conservation awards $175,000 in Common Waters Fund grants to two dozen regional landowners to implement practices that protect water quality. Read more
NY Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) releases updates to draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (dSGEIS) regarding gas drilling.
Multi-municipal task force unveils proposed road use agreement for seven Sullivan County towns to protect road integrity against heavy industrial uses.
EPA announces fracking study targeting Northeast PA.
Honesdale Council approves CVS pharmacy project in former DSFI building at Lower Main and Fourth Streets. Read more
At their organizational meeting, the Shohola Township supervisors approved the appointment of Patricia Jeffers, a woman owning 300 acres along the river in Shohola, as the township’s Upper Delaware Council (UDC) representative, in place of Scott Rando, who has represented the township on the UDC council for four years. Read more
ALBANY, NY — In comments submitted on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) Draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement on gas drilling, Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli has urged the state to adopt his proposal to create a Natural Gas Damage Recovery Fund. DiNapoli first proposed the fund in August. Read more
Sullivan County has initiated a Microenterprise Assistance Program (MAP) will provide grants of between $5,000 and $35,000 for small businesses with five or fewer employees. The program is a collaboration between the Sullivan County Division of Planning, the Center for Workforce Development, Sullivan Renaissance, the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce and Liberty Community Development Corporation. Read more
The Town of Lumberland conducted a swearing in ceremony of its 2012 elected officials at its year-end meeting on December 29, 2011. Pictured from left are, Judge Charles Fallon, Court Justice William McKerrell, Councilman Joseph Carr, Councilman Ron Thiele and highway superintendent Donald Hunt, Jr. Absent from photo is tax collector, Heather Worzel.
NEW YORK STATE — With coffee being the delivery vehicle of choice for millions, or perhaps billions, of people seeking a caffeine fax, and with it also being available in tea and soda, it’s not clear how much of a market there is for an inhaler that delivers a dose of caffeine in a powder. Read more
UPPER DELAWARE REGION — Just before the new year arrived, members of the Delaware Highlands Conservancy (DHC) received word that the non-profit accredited land trust had established guidelines concerning development of natural gas on DHC-protected lands in the Upper Delaware River region. The new guidelines govern amendment of its existing conservation easements as well as new easement donations. Read more
As I leave office, I’d like to relay a few thoughts and suggestions about the process of local government. There is almost a brand new slate of legislators, who may find it comparatively easy to break with the status quo and move on to more open methods of government. Read more
The words for the most commonly sung song for English-speakers on New Year’s eve, “Auld Lang Syne,” come from an old Scottish ditty that was first published by the poet Robert Burns in 1796. Burns transcribed it (and made some refinements to the lyrics) after he heard it sung by an old man from the Ayrshire area of Scotland, Burns’s homeland. According to www.infoplease.com, “Auld Lang Syne,” which asks whether old friends and times will be remembered, is “one of the most popular songs that nobody knows the lyrics to." Read more