REGION — There is mixed reaction from the lawmakers at the state level that represent the New York side of the Upper Delaware Valley on the passage of the Marriage Equality Act. According to a press release from Governor Andrew Cuomo, the act tears down “the barrier that has prevented same-sex couples from exercising the freedom to marry and from receiving the fundamental protections that so many couples and families take for granted.” Read more
SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — The goal was $100,000. The effort to raise it began on June 4 and already more than $55,000 in pledges have been received in support of a legal defense fund to protect three Sullivan County towns in the event of a legal challenge to zoning provisions prohibiting high impact industrial activity. Read more
BRADFORD AND SUSQUEHANNA COUNTIES, PA — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced that it will undertake “case studies” regarding hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, as it carries out its congressionally mandated review of the process over the next several years. Read more
ELDRED, NY — The morning of June 25th was an exciting day for the graduates of Eldred Central High School (ECS). What started out as a cloudy Saturday event turned into a pleasant and sunny celebration. The 50 soon-to-be graduates made their way to the stage to the traditional graduation melody played by the school band, which was followed by the National Anthem sung by Courtney Hofaker. Read more
PPL will lower the level of Lake Wallenpaupack by about 5 feet more than normal after Labor Day in September to allow for scheduled maintenance and inspection of the dam and power plant. The drawdown of water will stop at about elevation 1,175 feet in mid-October. Read more
Cochecton resident Allan Rubin said gas drilling may never come to Cochecton, but, then again, it might. He added, “The town board has taken a neutral position on natural gas; this is not acceptable. There is activity in other towns that would maintain local discretion about whether to allow heavy industrial development.” Read more
Philanthropist, orchid maven and businessman Stuart Salenger was the subject of verbal attacks at the government center once again at a public hearing about an application to move a 4.5 acre parcel he owns in Forestburgh into Sullivan County Agricultural District Four. Read more
Rebecca Harvey has always been passionate about environmental issues. For example, when the plucky Honesdale High School senior learned about a man who had converted his car to run on vegetable oil, she was inspired to act. Read more
In the May 17 primary, public defender Janine Edwards trounced incumbent district attorney Michael Lehutskty. Edwards received 3,196 votes from Republicans and 623 from Democrats, versus 2,657 and 328 for Lehutsky. Read more
The Narrowsburg Chamber of Commerce is planning an “Old Fashioned Family Fair” for the Fourth of July weekend with “midway games, inflatables and prizes.” But the planned festivities have struck a sour note with Joe Curreri, president of the Wayne County Babe Ruth Baseball League. Read more
Cochecton resident Allan Rubin said gas drilling may never come to Cochecton, but, then again, it might. He added, “The town board has taken a neutral position on natural gas; this is not acceptable. There is activity in other towns that would maintain local discretion about whether to allow heavy industrial development.”
The comment, made at a public hearing at the Cochecton Town Hall on June 16, was one of several by residents that criticized the official position of the town board that it should maintain strict neutrality regarding gas drilling. Read more
The 2011 Catskills Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT) kicked off on June 13th at Willow Wisp Organic Farm, growers of a diverse mix of organic vegetables, herbs and cut flowers for the Upper Delaware River Valley and The Catskills.
Host farmers Greg Swartz and Tannis Kowalchuk lead 30 beginning farmers on a field tour of their 12-acre farm in Abrahamsville, Penn. Participants buzzed with interest and excitement throughout the evening that ended with a potluck social. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — Surviving monsoon-like rains and spells of August-like temperatures, the raised beds of the Stourbridge Primary Center’s new vegetable gardening program produced a bounty of lettuce.
Grown and harvested thirty-five days after planting by the school’s eight second-grade classes, enough lettuce was produced to include a serving in the school lunch of every Stourbridge student (455 total) on the last full day of the school year. There was plenty to go around, including for those that requested second and third helpings. Read more