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October 22, 2014
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LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — “Lake Huntington looks like pea soup. In my lifetime, I can’t recall a six-week algae bloom like this one. Most last only a few days, at most. The Department of Environmental Control (DEC) has taken water samples and we’re awaiting test results.” With those remarks at the October 8 Cochecton Town Board meeting, Supervisor Gary Maas introduced a topic familiar but unpleasant to all who live, work or play near the lake. Asked if the DEC might impose a ban on recreational activities for the duration of the bloom, Maas said, “We’ll just have to wait and see what the DEC says.”

Shale gas monitoring report issued

HARRISBURG, PA — The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has issued its first Shale Gas Monitoring Report specifically related to gas drilling in state forests. Among many findings the report noted, “Overall, approximately 1,486 acres of forest have been converted to facilitate shale-gas development. This included 161 miles of new or improved roads, 191 pads (of all types), and 104 miles of new or widened pipelines.”  Read more

Port Jervis gets $100,00

PORT JERVIS, NY — The City of Port Jervis has been awarded $100,000 in funding from the Municipal Facilities Program.  Read more

Radar for local PA police

HARRISBURG, PA — Sen. Randy Vulakovich on April 21 introduced legislation that would allow Pennsylvania’s municipal police departments to use radar as a means of speed enforcement.  Read more

Minisink residents seek supporters

TOWN OF MINISINK, NY — On May 1, the residents of the Town of Minisink who have been fighting the construction of the Minisink compressor station will finally have their day in federal court.  Read more

A Damascus spring

DAMASCUS, PA — The Damascus Township Board of Supervisors spent the greater part of its April 21 meeting defending itself against charges from two residents that ranged from nepotism and collusion to dereliction of duty. Presented during the public comment period before agenda items were tackled, the charges centered around the planning commission’s long-awaited decision on minimum property lot size. The two residents were vocal in their support for a minimum lot size of not less than two acres per parcel.  Read more

Moving ahead with the courthouse

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Commissioners said they were wrapping up the multi-month debate with preservation activists over their plans to move or demolish one of the buildings in Milford’s National Historic Preservation District for construction of an addition to the county courthouse.  Read more

Gibson formally announces campaign; Opponent’s wealth becomes an issue

NY 19TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT — Two-term Congressman Chris Gibson formally announced that he is running for another term in the 19th District, which includes Sullivan, Delaware ,Ulster, part of Orange and six other counties.  Read more

Ledges Hotel is back open

HAWLEY, PA — Just 62 days after a fire destroyed parts of the Ledges Hotel, owner Justin Genzlinger announced they are back in business. The hotel opened April 17, and Genzlinger and staff were busy putting together the final touches for their grand opening that night, a bridal party coming that day and a concert on Saturday night. Genzlinger joked that “literally the paint is still drying in a few rooms.”  Read more

New chamber official in June

HONESDALE, PA — It’s been talked and written about since last December, but at midnight on June 1, a new Chamber of the Northern Poconos (CNP) will become a reality.  Read more

Bagel Festival aims for 15,000

MONTICELLO, NY — It is hard to overstate the enthusiasm Jeff Siegel has for his baby—the Bagel Festival. Last year, in the run up to the first Bagel Festival, Siegel obtained resolutions from the village, the town, the county, the state assembly and state senate all naming Monticello the Bagel Capital.  Read more

Fire claims 17 trailers

SHOHOLA TWP, PA — A fiery blaze swept through the Trails End community, destroying 17 trailers and causing a significant amount of damage, according to one witness and property owner who wished to remain anonymous.  Read more

Fix the property or lose the contract

ELDRED, NY — As the calendar moves toward the one-year anniversary of the Town of Highland Town Board discussion on repair or removal of an unsafe building in Washington Lake, the board on April 8 considered a new carrot-and-stick approach.  Read more

Cochecton raises tower fee schedule

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — A light agenda at its April 9 monthly meeting allowed the Cochecton Town Board to address longstanding concerns about communication and wind towers and to map out spring cleaning and refurbishment programs.  Read more

Property revaluation in Lumberland

GLEN SPEY, NY — “If you get a little note in the mail, we’re not doing a heavy assessment. We’re just checking,” Supervisor Nadia Rajsz said on April 9 in prefacing her announcement of a property revaluation that the town is planning to begin late this summer.  Read more

Selection of Sullivan jail design company underway

MONTICELLO, NY — Four county legislators have expressed a desire to go forward with LaBella Associates to oversee design and construction of the new Sullivan County jail, which has been ordered by the New York Commission of Corrections (COC). That is the choice of legislative chairman Scott Samuelson and legislators Kathy LaBuda, Jonathan Rouis and Ira Steingart. A fifth legislator, Alan Sorensen, said he was “leaning” in that direction.  Read more

Rules for beer, wine, spirits updated

ALBANY, NY — The New York State Liquor Authority (SLA) has approved new rules to help support the continued growth and development of New York’s farm-based producers of beer, wine, spirits and cider.  Read more

Bonacic backs Sullivan and/or Ulster for casino

ALBANY, NY — While Sen. John Bonacic represents a large portion of Orange County, he does not believe one of the four casinos that will be licensed in the state this year should be located in that county. In a video posted on his website, he said the single casino, or two casinos if it comes to that, should be located in Sullivan or Ulster or both.  Read more

Defibrillators in PA schools

HARRISBURG, PA — Legislation is heading to Gov. Tom Corbett’s desk that will help ensure that every school in Pennsylvania has an automated external defibrillator (AED) that is up to date and ready to use.  Read more

Motorcycle flees cops, crashes

LEBANON TWP, PA — A motorcycle rider who was fleeing from PA State Police lost control of his vehicle on Niles Pond Road in Lebanon Township on April 10. Police say John Greaves, 51, lost control at a curve and went off the roadway striking several trees before being knocked off the motorcycle. Police say Greaves was attempting to get the motorcycle back up when the trooper arrived on the scene.

Greaves was charged with eluding police.

Body found in Lackawaxen

HAWLEY, PA — The body of a Hawley man was found by two trout fishermen on April 13. The Wayne County Coroner’s Office identified the man as Richard Calvitti who was 69.  Read more