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REGION — Anyone who drives the highways and byways of the Upper Delaware River Valley is surely familiar with the sight of a deer corpse on the side of the road, being gradually consumed by turkey vultures or other scavengers.

Lumberland debates new zoning; drilling and development key issues

“No one wants drilling in Lumberland,” Catskill Farms developer Charles Petersheim told a standing-room-only crowd at the Lumberland Town Hall on December 12. Judging by the multitude of comments delivered at the Town of Lumberland’s public hearing on its proposed zoning re-write, opposition to natural gas extraction and the industrialization that accompanies it is undeniably strong.  Read more

Gas industry rips EPA study; report links fracking to groundwater contamination

PAVILLION, WY — For years, the gas drilling industry has been adamant that there’s never been an incident in which it was proved that hydraulic fracturing has caused contamination in ground water. Perhaps that is why the drilling industry and its supporters have pushed back so forcefully against a draft report from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), released on December 8, which links fracking and groundwater contamination in Pavillion, WY.  Read more

Retirement request a surprise

Members of the public who attended the Eldred Central School (ECS) Board of Education meeting on December 8 were surprised to learn that George Ross Mackenzie Elementary School principal Kathryn Ryan has requested early retirement effective December 31.  Read more

Dessin donor delivers $5,000

In the spirit of generosity that characterizes the holiday season, an anonymous donor has given Dessin Animal Shelter in Honesdale a gift of $5,000 to support its Spay/Neuter Program for cats and kittens. “She approached us to help curb overpopulation, which is especially abundant in felines, and thought this would be a perfect time of year to ‘give back’ to the community,” said executive director Dara Coslett Granza.  Read more

Schooling for the school; repositioning for agriculture, arts, high tech and lodging?

Now that developer Ilwon Kang is out of the picture for good, members of the community and the school board are once again discussing the future of the Narrowsburg School building. The board of the Sullivan West Central School district would very much like to sell the building and the 14 acres of land across the street. They have issued a request for proposals to real estate professionals to actively market the building, and will select a realtor on December 22.  Read more

NPS takes no stand on PPL route; three public hearings planned for Water Gap powerline

The position of the National Park Service on the proposed Roseland power line has been misinterpreted in the press, according to Bob Karotko, former deputy superintendent of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreational Area (DWGNRA), who retired on December 3.

The remark came after the release of the DWGNRA’s draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) on the proposed line.  Read more

Highlights open house—a yearly tradition

For over 20 years during Christmas time, Highlights for Children has been holding an holiday open house for children and adults at its home on Eighth and Church Street.  Read more

Tourism CEO explains where the money goes

A law championed by State Senator John Bonacic dictates that at least 85% of revenues raised from county room taxes go toward the promotion of tourism in the county. Last year, the Sullivan County Legislature decided to grant the entire 100% of the revenues to the Sullivan County Visitors Association (SCVA), believing that it would provide a good return on investment.  Read more

UDC grapples with comments on NYS draft SGEIS, Executive director Douglass to retire

For the past 22 years, William Douglass has seen the River Management Plan (RMP) put to the test time and again. The executive director of the Upper Delaware Council (UDC), who announced his retirement effective January 1 at the council’s monthly meeting on December 1, got to see the process play out once again as members weighed in on a draft comment letter to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation on its draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement.  Read more

FERC seeks comments on NUP EA

NORTHEAST REGION — The deadline to comment on the environmental assessment (EA) prepared by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for the Northeast Upgrade Project (NUP) proposed by Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company (TGP) is quickly approaching on December 21. The EA assesses the potential environmental effects of the construction and operation of the project in accordance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).  Read more

Ambitious plan for Heinle’s, Roasters also due for overhaul

The building that for generations housed Heinle’s General Store is getting a makeover, and already has been enlarged to what seems like twice its former size. The building has been purchased by Nick and Laura Santana, who also own the complex of shops known as the Narrowsburg Mews.  Read more

Marino: Jobless report ‘disheartening’

WASHINGTON, DC — Rep. Tom Marino, PA-10, on December 2 said the decline in the national unemployment rate is welcome news but expressed concern about the hidden message behind the report. Marino acknowledged the national unemployment rate had dropped to 8.6 percent in November but said the mounting despair among Americans is most troubling.  Read more

NY ban on disposing rechargeable batteries

ALBANY, NY — A provision in the New York State Rechargeable Battery Recycling Act prohibiting disposal of most rechargeable batteries as a solid waste in the state took effect on December 5, according to New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.  Read more

Honesdale man sentenced for shooting mail boxes

LAKEVILLE, PA — A Honesdale man has been sentenced to 12 to 48 months in jail for allegedly driving around the Cherry Ridge/South Canaan area with three other men in the early morning hours of July 21, and shooting at mail boxes, signs and trees with an AK47 assault rifle and a shotgun.  Read more

Pennfuture: PA subsidies for fossil fuel cost $2.9 billion

PHILADELPHIA, PA — The PennFuture Energy Center for Enterprise and the Environment released a study on December 6, detailing current subsidies for fossil fuels in Pennsylvania, which, including tax exemptions, tax credits and grants, total $2.9 billion per year.  Read more

Nativity scene in Eldred

A life-size nativity scene has been erected behind the Piazza in Eldred. It was created by the staff at the Corner Store. They hope to add to it over the years, and it is available to the public for viewing anytime. It was blessed by Father Tom from St. Anthony of Padua R.C. Church in Yulan on December 3.

Winter Weather Advisory from 7:00 PM Wednesday evening through 7:00 AM Thursday morning, with three to five inches of snow possible

Sullivan County Manager David Fanslau has issued a Winter Weather Advisory from 7:00 PM Wednesday evening through 7:00 AM Thursday morning:  Read more

Gas news at a glance

Pipeline poachers arrested in Wyoming County  Read more

Comment period extended for SGEIS

Accoring to information on the NY Department of Environmental Conservation website, the comment period for the Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement regarding gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing, which was to have expired on December 12, at 5:00 pm, has been extended through January 11, 2012.  Read more

Tusten bans gas drilling

The Town of Tusten joined a handful of municipalities in the state, and became the first town in Sullivan County to ban gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing when the town board voted on November 28 to adopt an updated zoning code.  Read more