LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — The days of the rural one-room schoolhouse are long gone, but even today three former rural school districts, after consolidation into one, with a current K-12 enrollment of 1,195 students, can’t meet 21st-century educational demands without the supplementary and complementary services of the Sullivan County Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES). Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — Judging by the experts invited to address them, the members of the Sullivan County Charter Review Commission seem especially interested in exploring the differences between the form of government Sullivan County has—an elected legislature with an appointed county manager—and the form some other counties have, which is an elected legislature and an elected county executive. Read more
At the recessed Tusten Town Council meeting on Wednesday, March 25, the board voted in favor of the Chazen design plan for the Main Street overlook deck, with Councilman Ned Lang voting against it. The vote came after a lengthy discussion and presentation by Chazen’s vice president Joe Lanaro and Project Manager/Structural Engineer Mike Baron. Read more
BEACH LAKE, PA — Pennsylvania’s new chief forester will deliver the keynote address on April 26 as the Upper Delaware Council (UDC) renews its annual recognition of those who have enhanced the quality of life or protected the resources of the river valley at the council’s 27th annual banquet and awards ceremony. Read more
DINGMAN, PA — With a groundbreaking scheduled for this Friday, the Delaware Valley School District Board of Education on Thursday finished up approvals of the state’s paperwork for the long delayed Delaware Valley Elementary School project.
After years of controversy, the board approved project bids without discussion on March 19, some 10 years and two properties after DV took it on. Read more
BLOOMINGBERG, NY — A letter from a law firm to the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) accuses the former supervisor of the Town of Mamakating and a property owner in the town of violating zoning law in the establishment and operation of a sand and gravel mine. Read more
SHOHOLA, PA — Shohola Township officials opened up a conversation with residents regarding potential changes to the existing township zoning map in order to promote growth to the area. Supervisor George Fluhr opened the discussion at the regular March 12 township meeting. Read more
BUSHKILL, PA — Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area wants your input so that park managers, partners and stakeholders can plan appropriately for the next century. The park is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and the National Park Service (NPS) is celebrating its Centennial in 2016. A series of public listening sessions and focus group meetings are scheduled to solicit input from the public about visitor use in the park. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — On March 17, a warrant was issued for Alfred Franklin Jr., 30, and Tina Esquilin, 27, by Sullivan County Family Court. The pair had missed a scheduled court appearance concerning four children that were in their custody. Esquilin is the mother of all four children; Franklin is the father of one child.
A court order was then issued by Sullivan County Family Court removing custody of the children from the suspects due to a history of child neglect, violent behavior and substance abuse. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — A Newfoundland man has been sentenced to nine to 20 years in state prison for shooting and killing his wife. Bertrand Schroeder, 62, was also ordered to pay nearly $33,000 in restitution and a $300 fine. Bertrand had pleaded no contest to a count of voluntary manslaughter in January and also one count of cruelty to animals. Read more
WASHINGTON, DC — Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey has introduced legislation that would increase environmental protections related to hydraulic fracturing or fracking. Called the Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals (FRAC) Act, the bill would repeal a provision in the 2005 Energy Act that exempted fracking from some provisions of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), and prevented U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating fracturing or requiring a federal permit. Read more
REGION — The global weather data for the month of February is in, and according to the National Climatic Data Center, February was an extraordinarily cold month in the northeast section of the United States. The region’s average temperature of 13.5° F was 12.7° F below normal. This made it the second-coldest February on record behind 1934, which had an average temperature of 12° F. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — In explaining her opposition to the continuation of the Fraud Investigative Team (FIT), Sullivan County Legislator Kathy LaBuda read a letter allegedly written by a Sullivan County resident who had an unpleasant experience with a “investigator” in connection with receiving or applying for benefits from the Department of Family Services (DFS). Read more
ELDRED, NY — Superintendent Robert Dufour said during the Eldred Board of Education meeting on March 12 that all the charges brought against the school district regarding alleged bullying in December of 2013 have been dismissed by the Superior Court. Read more
LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — Most of the wide-ranging issues that the Cochecton Town Board dealt with at its March 11 meeting were concerned with accommodating tourists and visitors, a Lake Huntington campground proposal foremost among them. Tom Ward, engineer for property owner Robert Stanzoni, presented a site map and building plans for the 15-acre parcel located between lakeside Route 52 (opposite the former Cochecton ambulance garage) and Mitchell Pond East Road. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — National Park Service (NPS) Superintendent Kris Heister of the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River recently spent some time trying to convince Upper Delaware Council (UDC) members that a new collaborative NPS law enforcement plan is not a forerunner of the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River (UPDE) being merged into the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (DEWA).
Even before Heister spoke on March 6, Upper Delaware Council chair Al Henry stated, “The Upper Delaware Council is strongly against a merger.” Read more