Some 300 people turned out to see the unveiling of the World Trade Center monument in Eldred on September 10. In remarks prepared for the occasion, Town of Highland Supervisor Andy Boyar pointed to several connections between residents of the town, and the events of September 11, 2001, when hijackers reigned down terror from four jumbo jets on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania. Read more
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SR 1014 (Masthope Plank Road) is closed in both directions between St Vincents Point Road and SR 590 in Lackawaxen
SR 1015 (Old Milford/Mountain Ave) is closed in both directions between Blue Ridge Ave in Westfall and Tenth Street in Matamoras
SR 2001 (Bushkill Falls/Mill St) is closed in both directions between Federal Rd in Lehman and Harford/6thStreet in Milford
SR 2001 (Bushkill Falls/Milford/Mill St) is closed in both directions between Raccoon Ct and Pocono Mt. Lake Drive in Lehman Read more
UPPER DELAWARE REGION — Several sources of information are available to those interested in assessing current conditions on the Upper Delaware River.
The National Park Service (NPS) maintains a River Hotline at 845/252-7100 and a Visitor Information Line at 570-685-4871.
Superintendent John J. Donahue announced today that the Delaware River corridor and all access points within the boundaries of Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area are closed due to rising water levels. Heavy rainfall from the remnants Tropical Storm Lee, combined with already heightened river levels from Hurricane Irene, has led to the latest closure. The National Weather Service has issued flood watches and warnings for this stretch of the river. Read more
HARRISBURG, PA – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) has sued Consol Energy for civil damages resulting from a devastating 2009 pollution incident in which discharges from a Consol coal mine entered Dunkard Creek, contributing to a massive fish kill spanning nearly 30 miles of stream in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. The lawsuits seek compensatory damages for the lost aquatic life and lost fishing opportunities for Pennsylvania anglers and punitive damages to deter future pollution. Read more
ALBANY, NY — The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation opened a more than 90-day public comment period on its revised draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement, DEC Commissioner Joe Martens announced today. In addition, the agency will issue its proposed regulations governing high-volume hydraulic fracturing in early October. Read more
Sullivan County is open for business; all flood watches and warnings have been rescinded.
Sullivan County Manager David Fanslau issued the following statement: "Sullivan County has recovered quite well from the wrath of this week's storms that brought remnants of Tropical Depression Lee. The vast majority (if not all) of the Sullivan County Catskills is clear for traveling and its businesses are open and welcoming visitors. This weekend's Farming with Kids at Applepond Farm, the Harvest Festival at Bethel Woods on Sunday, rally New York autumn rallysprint, various exhibits, several area farmers markets and much more. Read more
This is a list of road closures due to flooding and downed power lines caused by the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee. Read more
WEST TRENTON, N.J. (Sept. 6) – Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) Executive Director Carol R. Collier today announced that draft natural gas development regulations will not be on the September 21, 2011 meeting agenda for consideration by the commissioners. Read more
As the 10th anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center in New York City approaches, artifacts are on display or being readied for display in at least three locations in Sullivan County.
At the government center in Monticello, there is a display of a crushed door from a fire truck that belonged to Squad 18 of the FDNY. Read more
Just prior to Hurricane Irene’s arrival in the Upper Delaware region, Tennessee Gas Pipeline (TGP) crews tunneled underneath Route 590 in Lackawaxen Township during the ongoing expansion of its 300 Line Project. Shown here is a road bore machine, which runs on tracks, according to Jerry Creel, TGP’s 300 Line Project manager. A massive auger drills horizontally through earth and rock, depositing the pulverized material in the trench. Standing on the roadway, the vibrations could be felt through the road’s surface.
Hurricane Irene pounded Claryville and the Frost Valley YMCA when it blew through the area on August 28. According to a press release from the organization issued on September 2, there was no road access to Frost Valley and no estimated timeline on when one would become available.
The organization says entire roads and bridges were washed away, and one of its historic buildings, Pigeon Lodge, was shattered beyond repair. Read more
Hurricane Irene pounded Claryville and the Frost Valley YMCA when it blew through the area on August 28. According to a press release from the organization issued on September 2, there was no road access to Frost Valley and no estimated timeline on when one would become available. Read more
WASHINGTON, D.C. — It’s a sign of the times. The Federal Highway Administration is caving in to a tsunami of complaints about its stringent sign law that had the potential to pressure local budgets to the breaking point. Read more
Tar sand protest arrest tally tops 1,200
WASHINGTON, DC — A civil disobedience demonstration in front of the White House, protesting the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline that has been proposed to carry oil from Canada’s tar sands concluded last Friday after its planned two-week run. As of the last day, 1,250 people had been arrested. Read more
Three Democratic candidates for two seats on the town board will face off in a primary contest on September 13. Long-time incumbents Vicky Vassmer-Simpson and Bob Blais will be sharing the ballot with former highway superintendent Bernie Cohen.
The local Democratic Committee has decided not to back a candidate until after the primary, at which time it will presumably back the two winners. If Vassmer-Simpson wins and the committee supports her, it may signal the beginning of an end to a huge rift in the party that has defined it for the past couple of election cycles. Read more