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December 18, 2014
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ALBANY, NY — During a cabinet meeting in Albany on December 17, Howard Zucker M.D., the Acting New York State Commissioner of Health, said that he could not recommend that hydraulic fracturing (fracking) should be allowed to go forward.

Excerpts of casino projects

REGION — Executive summaries of the nine applications for the one or two casino licenses that will be awarded in the Catskills/Hudson Valley Region are posted at www.gaming.ny.gov/gaming. Below are excerpts from the various applications.  Read more

Noise, road closure prompt pipeline complaints

LACKAWAXEN, PA — One of the subjects of heated discussion at the Lackawaxen Township meeting on July 21 was the controversial Tennessee Gas Pipeline, which was approved by the federal government despite local opposition. The focus of complaint involved noise produced by a compressor on the pipeline, particularly when it starts up, and especially in the Fawn Lake Community. Neighbors said this noise is heard around the clock. During this time of year, the foliage blocks much of the noise; however, during the fall and winter, there is no muffling and the noise is considerably louder.  Read more

Narrowsburg man killed in auto accident; Head-on collision on Route 17B

TOWN OF BETHEL, NY — A 33-year-old Narrowsburg man was killed in a collision on the evening of August 2, when he was involved in a head-on collision on State Route 17B in the Town of Bethel.  Read more

Port Jervis revenue down

PORT JERVIS, NY — Mayor Kelly B. Decker had a tough message—but also words of hope—to the city residents in the recent town meeting. He said, “Our revenues are down as people are not paying their taxes and other fees, as well as our county sales tax share is down by an extreme number. That reduces our revenues, while our expenses stay the same. I have met with our department of public works and our police, and I want to assure people that they are staying well within their budget, right on their target; but we are going to come out with a deficit, unless something drastically changes with the county tax share.”  Read more

Insurance company to pay up on earthquake; Damage to building in Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — After arguing for three years that damage to the now-defunct Honesdale EMS ambulance building was not due to an earthquake, an insurance company has agreed to pay $250,000 to settle a claim in the matter.  Read more

Teachout visits Callicoon Center; Vows to stay on ballot

CALLICOON CENTER, NY — “If this room delivers the anti-fracking vote, you will change the election.” Zephyr Teachout, a candidate who would like to become the Democratic candidate to become governor of New York State in the primary election on September 9, made that statement to about 75 supporters at a private home in Callicoon Center on August 2.  Read more

Poll shows PA governor’s race tightening

HARRISBURG, PA — A recent poll has Republican Gov. Tom Corbett pulling within single digits of challenger Democrat Tom Wolf. The survey says Wolf would win the race, with 42% of the vote, while Corbett would gain 33%.  Read more

Park and ride at Wally Lake Fest

HAWLEY, PA — The fifth annual Wally Lake Fest takes place August 22 through 24. The festival gives people the opportunity to attend events both on the waters of Lake Wallenpaupack and on dry land.  Read more

Cuomo signs firefighter law

MONTICELLO, NY — Sen. John Bonacic announced on August 4 that Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed Senate Bill 1885-C sponsored by Bonacic, which would require prospective volunteer firefighters to authorize a background check for sex offense convictions upon the submission of their application.  Read more

Statement from Narrowsburg school real estate agent

MONTICELLO, NY — Real Estate broker Ellie Hyde of Century 21 Country Realty has read news accounts in recent days that say she represents Joan Buto in the sale of the Narrowsburg School, and wants to set the record straight.  Read more

Officer attends Lackawaxen meeting

LACKAWAXEN, PA — Lieutenant Chris Paris made a courtesy visit to the July 21 Lackawaxen municipal meeting in order to introduce himself to the area and to answer the general public’s questions. He has been at his post as leader of the Blooming Grove State Troopers’ barracks now for 14 months. He made it clear that his role, as law enforcer, is to enforce the laws as they stand; he has no role in their development, and citizens are encouraged to contact their local representatives if they have questions regarding changing any laws.  Read more

Steers, hogs, lambs and goats; Wayne County junior livestock sale

HONESDALE, PA — The annual 4-H Junior Livestock Sale will be held Saturday, August 9 at 10 a.m. at the Wayne County Fair Grounds in Honesdale. After the blue-ribbon winners are auctioned, there will be two auctions held simultaneously.

The sale will feature 206 pigs and 35 steer as well as 62 goats and 39 lambs, all home-raised by local 4-H members.

The sale is conducted by the Wayne County 4-H Junior Livestock Committee and auctioneer John Wetmore.

A free barbeque is available to all registered bidders.  Read more

Residents sue school board

NARROWSBURG, NY — A group of residents of Narrowsburg, most of whom live very close to the vacant Narrowsburg school building, filed a lawsuit against the Sullivan West School Board over the proposed sale of the school. The lawsuit also names Joan Buto, the woman who wants to purchase the school and open a drug and alcohol rehab center.  Read more

Firefighter background checks urged

ROCK HILL, NY — In New York State, firefighters are allowed to check the background of potential volunteer firefighters for arson convictions, but are not allowed to check for convictions of sexual offences.  Read more

$2.6 million sought for human services

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County commissioners authorized the county’s human services department to file for 2014-15 “block grant” funding of $2,601,930.  Read more

Press release from NORSU: Narrowsburg-based group marshals resources to oppose drug rehab clinic in downtown business district

NARROWSBURG, NY — Narrowsburg Organized For Responsible School Usage (NORSU), a group of concerned home and business owners who want to encourage economic growth by promoting and preserving the character, natural resources and cultural heritage of the pre-Revolutionary War hamlet of Narrowsburg, in the Town of Tusten, NY, officially announced its formation. NORSU was founded to prevent the conversion of the historic Narrowsburg Rural School—decommissioned in 2005—into a drug and alcohol rehabilitation clinic slated for a downtown zoning district which currently prohibits such a use.  Read more

Damascus takes on state and federal agencies

DAMASCUS, PA — The first order of business at the July 21 regular monthly meeting of the Damascus Township Board of Supervisors was apparent even before it was announced by operations manager Steve Adams. Acting as board chairman in Jeff Dexter’s absence, Adams said that township secretary Karyle Woods has been replaced by treasurer Delores Card, who now holds the title secretary-treasurer. A resolution amending the township personnel manual to reflect this change was introduced by Adams, seconded by Supervisor Joe Canfield, and passed unanimously by the two supervisors present. A board-appointed position, the secretary-treasurer reports to the operations manager and serves at the board’s pleasure.  Read more

New showroom for B&B Dodge

HONESDALE, PA — John Carmody, president of B&B Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, said the new building on Route 6 was built because that facilitated the process of expanding the business by adding Chrysler and Jeep vehicles to its previous lineup.  Read more

Texas Township addresses zoning

TEXAS TOWNSHIP, PA — Zoning issues related to rental properties were among the topics addressed in this week’s Texas Township supervisors’ meeting, led by Chairman Don Doney. The supervisors have discovered that single-family homes are being converted to two- and three-family dwellings without permits.  Read more

Hearing on compressor station

MILFORD, PA — The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will hold a public hearing on August 18 to discuss the Air Quality Plan Approval application submitted by Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC to modify its existing natural gas compressor station in Milford.  Read more