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REGION — They were so committed, active and numerous that a new name had to be created to describe them—fractivists, or activists opposed to high-volume hydraulic fracturing.

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.

Signs along the way; Berlin Township nixes Route 652 signage requests

BEACH LAKE, PA — The burning issue at the June 17 Berlin Township Board of Supervisors meeting was whether two sign requests made by township residents would be approved by the board. They weren’t. Both requests were brought before the board during the public participation segment of the meeting.  Read more

Historic bridge replacement costly

HONESDALE, PA — Because of its historic past, the cost of replacing the Wangum Falls Road bridge is increasing.

The road connects Hoadley’s Road and the Owego Turnpike in Paupack Township and has been closed pending replacement of the bridge over the spectacular falls on Middle Creek.  Read more

EPA accused of ‘land grab’

REGION — Intermittent, seasonal or ephemeral streams are a common sight in the Upper Delaware River Valley. During snowmelt in the spring, or after a heavy downpour, streams spill down the hillsides, over the roads and ultimately into larger streams, rivers or lakes. The question at the center of a new rule proposed by the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) is whether those intermittent waterways, and many others, should be protected from pollution under the Clean Water Act.  Read more

County legislators approve funds for investigation

MONTICELLO, NY — Sullivan County legislators approved to spend funds for an outside person or agency to investigate “a number of serious complaints” lodged by employees and the administration of a specific county department.  Read more

The tortured recent history of the Narrowsburg School

NARROWSBURG, NY — While most people agree that the Narrowsburg School was a positive force in the community for decades, the recent history of the school, or more precisely the history of the people trying to determine its future, is a tale of dreams and broken promises.  Read more

Roscoe woman arrested under Leandra’s Law

ROSCOE, NY — New York State Police came upon a 1998 Lincoln Town Car that had landed in a ditch on Tennanah Lake Road on June 22. The driver, 53-year-old Anne Slowey of Roscoe told police that while she was driving, she turned to reprimand her two juvenile children, seated in the rear, and she veered off the roadway.  Read more

PA State Police begin 4th of July DUI crackdown

HARRISBURG, PA — The Pennsylvania State Police are engaged in a crackdown on drivers operating vehicles while under the influence of alcohol or drugs and it is scheduled to last through the busy 4th of July weekend through July 6.  Read more