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December 22, 2014
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ALBANY, NY — During a cabinet meeting in Albany on December 17, Howard Zucker M.D., the Acting New York State Commissioner of Health, said that he could not recommend that hydraulic fracturing (fracking) should be allowed to go forward.

NPS announces Summer Paddle and River Clean-up

RIVER VALLEY — The Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River is seeking people who would like to participate in a river clean-up. Everyone is invited to join National Park Service (NPS) rangers on Sunday, July 27 as they paddle down the river plucking litter from the shoreline as well as from the river bottom. The clean-up area will cover six miles and should last approximately five hours.  Read more

Wayne decides polling issue

HONESDALE, PA — Mt. Pleasant voters will not need to travel a mile down the road to a new polling place this fall. The decision came following a county election board hearing in the sparsely populated township last month and a new recommendation from the Wayne County Director of Elections Cindy Furman.  Read more

Flooding in Jeff, Youngsville again

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — The torrential rains came again to the Upper Delaware Valley, resulting in flooding, closed roads, evacuations and thousands of residents without power. But this time, there were no serious injuries.  Read more

Conviction of borough council members overturned

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Common Pleas Court, with the Honorable Gregory Chelak of Pike County specially presiding, on June 30 overturned the conviction of seven current and former members of the Honesdale Borough Council who had been found guilty of violating the rights of former acting Honesdale police chief Ronald Kominski.  Read more

Tusten in uproar over Narrowsburg School

NARROWSBURG, NY — At the Tusten Town Board meeting last night, about 100 citizens came to voice their opinion against the Narrowsburg School becoming a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center—and they did so loudly. Joan Buto, who won the bid for the school, made her first public appearance at the meeting, and she was met with many questions, criticisms and opposition.  Read more

Flooding in Jeffersonville, Youngsville

In an event that has become all too familiar in recent years, heavy rains pounded the region on the afternoon of July 2, causing Panther Rock Creek and Callicoon Creek to jump their banks and flood Jeffersonville and Youngsville.  Read more

Flash flooding along Route 52 in Western Sullivan

...This is an ACTUAL FLASH FLOOD STATEMENT ALERT...
Issued By: Sullivan County Emergency Management
Affected Jurisdictions: Sullivan County

Headline: Flash flooding is occurring in Sullivan County - Reminder to motorists not to drive over flooded roadways

Localized flash flooding is occurring in the north western part of Sullivan County. Specifically Route 52 from White Sulphur Springs to the Stone Arch Bridge is closed and should be avoided. Fire, Law Enforcement along with state, county and local highway crews are out tending to the situation.  Read more

Zephyr Teachout challenges Cuomo

ALBANY, NY — With a large campaign war chest and good poll numbers, it seems that Gov. Andrew Cuomo would be a tough candidate to beat in his effort to become the Democratic candidate for Governor of New York for the second time. But a law professor named Zephyr Teachout is going to try.  Read more

Scouts reach compromise with neighbors; Shotgun and rifle shooting continues at Ten Mile River camps

WHITE LAKE, NY — Another round of letters of complaint about the noise of gunshots at Ten Mile River Boy Scout Camps was read at the Bethel town meeting on June 26. Representatives from the Boy Scouts insisted again that the shooting program is essentially the same as the shooting program that has been in place for 80 years, while members and residents of the Indian Field Hunting and Fishing Club insisted just as strongly that something has changed, and the noise from the firing of shotguns has become unbearable for the past three summers.  Read more

Eldred’s class of 2014

ELDRED, NY — There was a sizable crowd as parents and members of the community turned out to witness the graduation of the 56 students of the class of 2014.  Read more

Forward ‘14; Sullivan West graduates 95

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — No matter how many times in our lives we watch a line of graduates march in to Edward Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance,” the feeling is always the same. One cannot help but feel awe, pride, joy and a tinge of nostalgia bearing witness to a graduation, that seminal rite of passage that closes one door as it simultaneously opens so many others.  Read more

Empire Resorts submits application

MONTICELLO, NY — Empire Resorts announced on June 30 that it had formally submitted its application to the New York State Gaming Facility Location Board for a license to operate a casino at the site of the former Concord Hotel in the Town of Thompson.  Read more

Corbett declines to sign budget

HARRISBURG, PA — Gov. Tom Corbett, hours before the June 30 deadline passed, commented on the $29.1 billion spending plan for the 2014-15 fiscal year passed by Republicans only in the General Assembly. “The budget I received tonight makes significant investments in our common priorities of education, jobs and human services. It does not address all the difficult choices that still need to be made,” he said.  Read more

‘Kevin’s Law’ signed by Corbett

HARRISBURG, PA — The Pennsylvania state senate on Monday approved a bill to increase the minimum mandatory sentence for drivers who fatally hit an individual and then flee the scene, according to Sen. Lisa Baker.  Read more

Health summit set for Sullivan

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — Local officials, health care providers and members of the Sullivan County Health Summit Planning Committee on June 26 announced the upcoming Sullivan County Health Summit.  Read more

NY farmland protection funding

ALBANY, NY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced the availability of $20.5 million to aid farmland protection efforts and help prevent viable agricultural land from being converted to non-agricultural use. Eligible entities, including municipalities, counties, soil and water conservation districts and not-for-profit conservation organizations/land trusts, can apply for individual grants.  Read more

Wayne unemployment data: numbers & population

HONESDALE, PA — “The good news is that we have more training. The bad news is that we could have used it last year,” Brian Smith, chair of the Wayne County Commissioners, said of a new agreement for Wayne County’s share of Workforce Investment Act (WIA) regional funding.  Read more

High court upholds fracking bans; zoning important function of local government

The 14 municipalities in the counties of Sullivan, Ulster and Delaware that have passed zoning that bans hydraulic fracturing and other industrial uses can now rest assured that the bans are legal.  Read more

Ned Lang to sue Tusten; Freedom of speech is at issue

NARROWSBURG, NY — Councilmember Ned Lang, who has been involved with at least two legal battles with the Town of Tusten dating back to issues regarding signs about gas drilling in 2011, is now launching a lawsuit of his own against the town.

Lang read a statement over the phone on June 24 saying he had hired Robert Isseks of Isseks and Smith of Middletown, “to file this litigation to hold those in the Town of Tusten who are responsible for violating my First Amendment rights numerous times, and they still are today.  Read more

June and July are creamy and sweet in Wayne

HONESDALE, PA — Wayne County Commissioners Wendell Kay and Brian Smith on June 19 joined in proclaiming June and July respectively as dairy month and ice cream month.

They were joined by the 2014 Wayne County Dairy Princess and her court. Seated from the left are Dairy Maid Abby Hynes, Dairy Princess Zoe Buckingham, and Dairy Maids Brea Rutledge and Paige Gill.

According to the proclamation, 65 active Wayne dairy farms produce 92 million pounds of milk annually, generating $20.3 million in income, of which 85% stays in Wayne County.