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October 21, 2014
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LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — “Lake Huntington looks like pea soup. In my lifetime, I can’t recall a six-week algae bloom like this one. Most last only a few days, at most. The Department of Environmental Control (DEC) has taken water samples and we’re awaiting test results.” With those remarks at the October 8 Cochecton Town Board meeting, Supervisor Gary Maas introduced a topic familiar but unpleasant to all who live, work or play near the lake. Asked if the DEC might impose a ban on recreational activities for the duration of the bloom, Maas said, “We’ll just have to wait and see what the DEC says.”

Facing Phish facts

The list of businesses that have already benefitted from the scheduled Phish concerts include Creekside Cabins in Roscoe, Days Inn in Liberty and the Sat Nam Inn-Bed & Breakfast in Hurleyville, all of which are listed as sold out for Memorial Day weekend.

Some rooms and camp sites, however, are still available. Many are listed in the Phish Guide at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts website, www.bethelwoodscenter.org.  Read more

Tusten voters to decide bookkeeper issue

It’s an issue that has centered on trust and control. Some members of the board don’t trust the supervisor to hire a bookkeeper who will serve the best interests of the town. The supervisor, as the elected official who is responsible for the town’s finances, says she needs to have control over the hiring of the bookkeeper so she can hire someone who will cooperate with her.  Read more

Fire chief, president suspended

In the latest wave of animosity and dissention that holds sway in Shohola Township these days comes a new tsunami to inundate the town. On Monday evening, April 26, the vice president of the Shohola Township Volunteer Fire and Rescue (STVF&R) squad, Alan Cue, surprisingly and summarily suspended fire chief Don Wall and fire company president Ken Yeaw.  Read more

Gabriel Road dam repair progressing

The project to repair the dam on Gabriel Road in the Town of Bethel has seen numerous obstacles since it washed out in 2005. The latest cropped up at the town meeting on April 28.  Read more

Pipeline project to expand expansion

Another pipeline expansion is approaching the region, with the recent filing of Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s (TGP) application to FERC for its certificate of public convenience and necessity to modify pipeline and compressor facilities in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  Read more

News briefs

Earth Day package passes in NY

ALBANY, NY — New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Environmental Conservation Committee Chair Robert Sweeney announced the passage of a legislative package to honor Earth Day.  Read more

Gas news at a glance

Report reveals companies unable to identify some chemicals used in fracking

Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman, Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Edward J. Markey and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Ranking Member Diana DeGette have released a report that summarizes the types, volumes and chemical contents of the hydraulic fracturing products used by the 14 leading oil and gas service companies.  Read more

Wallenpaupack sweeps Envirothon

For 25 years, teacher Tony Kietrys has been coaching teams of students from Wallenpaupack Area High School in preparation for the Pike/Wayne Envirothon. Fellow teacher Linda Lohner has served as co-advisor for most of those years.

Their efforts, and that of their team, the Green Revolution, culminated in a sweep of many of the awards earned at the April 27 event, which this year celebrates its 25th anniversary.  Read more

Java Love opens in Kauneonga Lake

Town of Bethel officials joined the staff of the new shop Java Love Roasting Company in Kauneonga Lake on May 1 to celebrate the official opening of the shop.  Read more

Boutique hotel for Narrowsburg moves forward

It appears that plans to build a boutique hotel in Narrowsburg are moving ahead; it should be clear if the project will get a green light by July 3, which is the newly approved deadline for the closing on the sale of the former Narrowsburg Central School in the hamlet in Narrowsburg.  Read more

NY, PA politicians on bin Laden

The news that Osama bin Laden was shot dead by a special forces team of US military personnel reverberated around the world on the evening of May 1, after President Barack Obama announced it on national television.  Read more

Naughton sentenced to prison

Joe Naughton, owner of the Western Hotel in Callicoon, was sentenced on April 29 to 16 months to four years in prison for selling alcohol to a minor. Naughton was caught in a police sting on February 26 at liquor store in the hotel when he sold a bottle of wine to an undercover officer.  Read more

Sullivan County Manager issues flash flood warning

County Manager David Fanslau issued the following statement: "The National Weather Service in Binghamton issued a Flash Flood Warning for Sullivan County effective through 2:15 PM. Locations in the warning include but are not limited to Bethel, Bloomingburg, Callicoon, Grahamsville, Liberty, Livingston Manor, Loch Sheldrake, Monticello, Roscoe, and Wurtsboro in Sullivan County.  Read more

Mountain Laurel Music Center flowers again

The former Mountain Laurel Music Center, now called the Mountain Laurel Pocono Mountains Performing Arts Center, will open for business—it is hoped permanently—with concerts beginning in July.  Read more

Is DRBC a federal agency?

It’s not yet clear how the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) will react to the lawsuit threatened by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. The decision will ultimately come from the four commissioners, the governors of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware and the federal representative.  Read more

Probing Liberty police protection costs

On April 20, the union that represents the Village of Liberty police department reached an agreement with village officials on concessions that will avert the layoff of three officers. The concessions included giving up 3% raises, which settles the matter, for now.  Read more

Citizenship denied because of faulty arrest record

Artist Franciszek Kulon, well known in the region because of, among other things, his strikingly realistic depictions of local officials in various states of undress and compromising positions, is appealing to Congressman Maurice Hinchey.  Read more

Sustaining Sullivan farming from the ‘Ground Up’

Innovation and adaptability are just two of the characteristics common to six regional farmers profiled in a newly released report on the agricultural potential of the Catskills region.
“Ground Up,” which provides insights into elements of successful agricultural production in the Catskills and emphasizes the area’s potential as a viable foodshed for the New York metropolitan market, was presented last weekend at the Callicoon Farmers Market. “We were excited to see how many people showed up,” said Wes Gillingham of Catskill Mountainkeeper (CM), one of the organization’s responsible for the report. “It speaks to the desire of people to support local food.”  Read more

Gas news at a glance

Overview of PA law on municipalities and drilling available  Read more

Environmental groups build community

Despite the rain and raw weather, three environmental groups gathered at the Fred Miller Pavilion on Main Street in Honesdale for an Earth Day celebration.  Read more