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BETHEL WOODS, NY — As far as the supervisor of the Town of Bethel is concerned, the Mysteryland Music Festival and its fans are welcome back to Bethel every year. Dan Sturm said the number of people camping at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts facility had increased this year over last, and this was confirmed by a spokesperson from Mysteryland who said that camping sold out at 10,000 campers, up 35% over last year.

Betty Kang, director of public relations for Mysteryland USA wrote, “Overall attendance for the weekend was 50,000.”

Garage fire in the flats

Firefighters from six companies responded to a fire in the flats on the morning of January 9. Smoke billowed out of a large hole in the roof of the structure as firefighters worked to make the building safe enough to inspect.  Read more

LaBuda installs officials in Highland

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.

New businesses opening in Honesdale; tough times don’t stop them

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

2011 Milestones by the Month: October, November, December

OCTOBER 2011

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

2011 Milestones by the Month, July, August, September

JULY 2011
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

Rando dropped as Shohola UDC rep

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

DiNapoli urges caution on gas drilling

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

Microenterprise grants available

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

Environmental awards offered

HARRISBURG, PA — The Department of Environmental Protection is encouraging environmentally-conscious businesses and organizations to apply for the 2012 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award.  Read more

Lumberland installs new officials

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.

Breathable caffeine due to hit stores,Schumer says not so fast

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

Land trust sets gas guidelines; a milestone true to its mission

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

Toward a more open government

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

‘We’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet, for auld lang syne’

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

Birds, stand up and be counted!

Bird counts give an idea of how many migrant and resident geese may be in a particular area.  Read more

Locally shot film to be screened for CineArt

The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance CineArt feature for January is “Martha Marcy May Marlene” (R), a movie about a cult that was filmed and edited in Sullivan County in the summer of 2010. Screenings will be held at the Callicoon Theater, 30 Upper Main Street, from Friday, January 6 through Tuesday, January 10. Screenings are at 7:30 daily with additional 2 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday.  Read more

Ten-year-old DWI plea reversed; local resident files own appeal

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — John Kearney fought a drinking and driving charge for 10 years. His efforts finally paid off in August 2011 when a jury declared that he was not guilty of Felony Driving While Intoxicated (DWI). But it took the highly unusual step of seeking and winning his own appeal of earlier court action.  Read more

Funds flow to FEMA for disaster aid

WASHINGTON, DC — Senator Robert Casey of Pennsylvania has announced that a recently passed year-end funding bill contains $6.4 billion that could help Pennsylvania municipalities recover from the harm done by Hurricane Irene and Storm Lee.  Read more

Cochecton Zoning Advisory Committee update

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — Members of the Cochecton Zoning Advisory Committee, formed to examine the issue of zoning related to natural gas drilling in the Town of Cochecton, gave comments to the town board at the meeting on December 14.  Read more

Barryville teen charged with vehicular homicide

GLEN SPEY, NY — Charles Wolff, 18, of Barryville, has been charged with vehicular homicide after a crash that killed his cousin and seriously injured two other passengers.  Read more