Roy Howard and Jeryl Abramson were acquitted by a Bethel jury of nine misdemeanor charges related to their promotion of a special event on their land, with camping, for last year’s Phish concert. Eight of the charges pertained to violations of the terms of temporary camping permits, and one said that they had posted a sign without permission. Read more
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has concluded that a natural gas compressor station proposed by the Millenium Pipeline Co. for Minisink would “not constitute a major federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment,” according to a 78-page environmental assessment report just released by the agency. Read more
PENNSYLVANIA — Pennsylvania will receive an additional $52.3 million in federal funding for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to assist those who are struggling to pay home heating bills, Department of Public Welfare (DPW) Secretary Gary D. Alexander announced Friday. Read more
The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office made another arrest in its continuing investigation of widespread burglaries within the county on Monday, February 27. Deputies arrested Tyler W. Hennig, age 25, of Cochecton, and charged him with felony burglary, felony criminal mischief, criminal possession of stolen property, and possession of burglary tools. Hennig is also believed to have committed three separate burglaries at the Cochecton Mills in the fall, and another burglary at the Dime Savings Bank in Damascus, PA on February 16. Read more
Five regional organizations have joined forces to sponsor training in a powerful tool that has historically been used to confront power and bring about change—nonviolent action. Read more
Before access to the “15-car/boat trailer parking lot and boat launch” on the Toronto Reservoir was cut off, residents travelled down Town Road 62 to reach it. Then about 2005, developer Steve Dubrovsky blocked off Town Road 62 and created a new gated road with a guard-house called the loop road, which hooks up with Town Road 62 after an estimated 150 to 200 yards. Read more
"Training in Nonviolent Action" will be offered on Sunday, March 11 from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Delaware Youth Center in Callicoon, NY.
The training will be conducted by Joanne Sheehan, an experienced educator and trainer in nonviolence for over forty years. It will be free of charge to participants. Advanced registration is required.
The event is being organized by veteran activist Beverly Sterner, founder of the Upper Delaware Community Network, and Marcia Nehemiah, writer and environmentalist. Read more
The Upper Delaware Council’s monthly meeting, set for March 1, 2012, at 7 p.m. in Narrowsburg, has been cancelled due to the winter weather advisory.
For more information, please call the UDC office at 845/252-3022.
The 10-year legal battle over whether or not the public will be allowed to traverse land in the development created by the Woodstone Companies appears to be over. According to an application filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Alliance Energy Renewables (AER) posted a bond of $402,000 and, “Accordingly, as of February 24, the public has a right to travel along this pathway to the recreation area.” Read more
Scott Smith, chairman of the Honesdale Borough Council Finance Committee, reported to the council at its February 27 meeting on the work of a service agency hired to organize the records of the zoning office. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — A referendum as to whether to have the town board rather than the supervisor appoint a bookkeeper in the Town of Tusten will be on the ballot at the regular general election in November. The town board approved a resolution to that effect at its recessed meeting on Monday, February 27. Read more
Fifteen Sullivan County non-profit organizations received $17,500 in Decentralization Grants (DEC) for 2012 cultural programming at a special awards ceremony on Saturday, February 18 at the Delaware Arts Center. Allocated by the New York State Council on the Arts, the funding is administered by the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA). Read more
Big plans are taking shape for Memorial Day Weekend this year in Liberty. Dale Vandenberg, president of Hillside Greenhouses in Liberty, addressed the Liberty Town Board on February 21, and said the plans include car shows, music, street vendors and the huge annual yard sale. But perhaps the most ambitious development is that North Main Street will be host to Liberty’s first Soap Box Derby. Read more
The plan for an amphitheater and esplanade perched above the Big Eddy has been discussed by town officials for 20 years. Now, officials have voted to take another step toward building it. Read more
NEW PALTZ, NY — It is a cry that has been growing increasingly loud since the great recession descended upon the land four years ago: counties in New York are buckling under the weight of state mandates. In other words, Albany forces the counties to spend so much money on programs such as Medicaid that they can no longer provide other essential services to their residents. Read more
The presence of four law enforcement professionals stationed in the George Ross Mackenzie Elementary School gymnasium last Saturday morning was a clear sign of the tension that has built over the past several months as the Town of Lumberland has conducted a series of public sessions on its proposed zoning rewrite. But other than removing one man briefly in response to his repeated disruptions, and gesturing to another to cease doing the same, peace was kept and progress was made.
The February 25 public forum began with supervisor Nadia Rajsz reciting the list of changes made following public hearings conducted on December 14, 2011 and February 17, 2012. Read more
NEW YORK STATE — With two Supreme Court judges ruling last week that municipalities have the right to ban gas drilling and fracking through zoning codes, activists who oppose drilling say now more towns and other municipalities will be emboldened to adopt similar bans. Read more