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NARROWSBURG, NY — A healthy dose of spring rain pumped life into the Darbytown Falls, which are located on the Pennsylvania side of the Upper Delaware River across from Narrowsburg, and cascade down 200 feet of rocks into the river.

Bethel tackles nonconforming uses; bungalow colonies impacted

The Bethel town board has adopted zoning changes that prohibit the expansion of nonconforming uses; a nonconforming use is one that in previous years was allowed but has since been banned because of zoning updates – for instance a summer camp in a residential neighborhood.  Read more

New solar array at Catskill Farms

ELDRED, NY — The brutal winter of last year and its associated heating costs is one of the things that inspired Charles Petersheim to install a solar panel system at his business, Catskill Farms (www.thecatskillfarms.com). Petersheim began Catskill Farms in 2002, a business that designs, builds and sells new cottages, farmhouses and mini-houses in the Catskills. Petersheim’s business model is based on sustainability, and all of the homes the company builds are insulated with spray foam, and often include sustainable features such as an on-demand water heater.  Read more

Pike to PA: Don’t mess with gas fees

MILFORD, PA — With both gubernatorial candidates now suggesting new taxes of various sorts to replace the natural gas “impact fee” that Gov. Tom Corbett signed into law, Pike officials last Wednesday voiced their objections.  Read more

Elementary and career tech building issues at DV

WESTFALL, PA — Things are running a bit behind schedule, but officials of the Delaware Valley (DV) School District are moving on a busy construction schedule.

New elementary school

In June, DV Superintendent John Bell had hoped that by the October meeting most of the planning preparations for the $30 million Delaware Valley Elementary School (DVES) project adjoining Matamoras Airport Park would be completed and the board would be “talking turkey,” about the new $6 to $10 million Career Technology Education (CTE) addition adjoining the south side of the high school.  Read more

Managing tributaries, cooling trout and finding funding; Fifth WWE conference seeks to better the Upper Delaware

HANCOCK, NY — Constructing and funding a plan to manage and restore the tributaries of the Upper Delaware watershed, promoting water releases to avert thermal emergencies that threaten trout, a fairer apportionment of water releases from the New York City (NYC) reservoirs and improving transparency in water-release decision-making were among the focuses of the Friends of the Upper Delaware River’s (FUDR) fifth annual Water, Water Everywhere (WWE) conference, held two days last week at the West Branch Angler Resort.

A plan to manage tributaries
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Damascus seeks new tax fund for road building projects

DAMASCUS, PA — A new tax fund dedicated to large scale road building projects moved one step closer to becoming a reality, when a resolution supporting its establishment was adopted at the October 20 Damascus Board of Supervisors meeting. Originally envisioned by Chairman Jeffrey Dexter and operations manager Steve Adams as a potential solution to the township’s urgent need for money to rebuild roads washed out by hurricanes Irene and Sandy and buckled by last year’s extreme winter weather, no portion of the new fund would be used for routine road maintenance. Instead, it would be used exclusively for major road-building and rebuilding projects, Jurgenson and Chicopee roads among the first to be undertaken.  Read more

Monticello Casino and Raceway bans patrons under 18

MONTICELLO, NY — Earlier this month, Monticello Casino and Raceway (MCR) announced it would no longer permit anyone under 18 years of age to enter the facility. Before that the policy was that people younger than 18 were allowed in some non-gaming areas of the facility.  Read more

Sullivan launches new charter commission; To recommend changes to the legislature

MONTICELLO, NY — The last commission to examine the Sullivan County Charter was convened in 2005. It met twice a month for two years and ultimately recommended changes to the county.

This process is scheduled to occur every 10 years, so the county legislature is beginning the process of forming a new commission, and the co-chair of the previous commission, Robert Green, met with the legislature to give his input on how the process might play out.  Read more

Narrowsburg men arrested

LUMBERLAND, NY — On October 19, New York State Police at Liberty were called to a disturbance at a residence in the Town of Lumberland. Upon arrival, troopers learned from the occupants that two men had forced their way into the home, displayed and threatened the use of a firearm, and assaulted one of the occupants. One occupant sustained minor injuries.  Read more

Blood tests negative for Frein

BLOOMING GROVE, PA — On October 16, two separate homeowners at two locations in the Cresco area reported finding blood at their residences. One residence had what appeared to be blood droplets on the deck of a covered porch. The other location was a residence in close proximity to the first. That residence had what appeared to be blood on the inside of a rear door of an enclosed porch.

Samples were collected and lab analyses were conducted. The blood droplets on the first home were confirmed to be human blood, but DNA testing was negative for Eric Matthew Frein.  Read more

PA marijuana bill put off

HARRISBURG, PA — Rep. Ed Gainey (D-Allegheny) said he’s disappointed the state House of Representatives avoided a vote on his amendment that would legalize medical marijuana in Pennsylvania.

“We had the opportunity to improve the lives of Pennsylvania families suffering from cancer, multiple sclerosis and other horrible conditions who would benefit from a medical marijuana prescription. Unfortunately, the Republicans decided that other matters are more important than this critical health care issue, which has overwhelming support from people across Pennsylvania,” Gainey said.

Death in car accident

DYBERRY TOWNSHIP, PA — Wayne County Coroner Edward R. Howell was called to the scene of a one-car accident in Dyberry Township on October 20. The victim was 20-year-old Joshua Florance of 73 Stevenson Spur Rd., in Honesdale.

A press release from Pennsylvania State Police says Florance was driving a 2000 Volkswagen Jetta south along State Route 191, when he lost control of the vehicle. The car spun around clockwise, “and left the roadway along the west berm and impacted with a utility pole, coming to final rest.”

Howell later pronounced Florance dead at the scene.

Milanville man dies in fire

MILANVILLE, PA — Wayne County Coroner Edward R. Howell said that Gary Tyler Sr., 54, died of carbon monoxide poisoning in a fire that broke out in his home on October 19.

More than 100 firefighters from Wayne County and Sullivan County in New York arrived to battle the blaze at 54 Atco Rd. in Milanville on Sunday evening.

Gary Tyler, who at one point had a well-drilling business, was well known in the area.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

Fisher back on Conservative line; Race for judge goes to court twice

KINGSTON, NY — Lisa M. Fisher, 47, a Kingston attorney who is seeking election to the Supreme Court in the Third Judicial District, which includes Ulster, Sullivan and five other counties, is now back on the Conservative line, and is also running on the Republican line.  Read more

Highland board okays preliminary 10.19% rate increase

ELDRED, NY — Last winter’s unusual snow and cold paid another visit on October 14 as the town board approved a 10.19% tax rate increase that would fund its preliminary $2.2 million budget for 2015.  Read more

Wind turbine proposed for Liberty schools

LIBERTY, NY — To convince people that a wind turbine for the Liberty Central School District is a good idea, Malcolm Brown likes to talk about line loss. When electricity is generated far away from a customer and is carried over wires to the customer, there is always a certain amount of line loss, or electricity that never makes it to the customer’s facility.  Read more

Doctor outlines drug epidemic

GLEN SPEY, NY — Dr. Carlos Holden described “a national epidemic,” as he narrated a slide presentation on the impacts of young people’s illicit use of illegal heroin, purchased on the street, and prescription drugs often found in the family medicine cabinet.  Read more

County establishes trail task force; Sorensen seeks to boost health, tourism, community

MONTICELLO, NY — Why would a county legislator want to develop a trail task force to enhance the many hiking trails in Sullivan County?

“It’s good for economic development; it’s good for tourism; it’s good for the health of communities and it’s a good way to expand opportunities for family time. If you look at communities that have developed trail systems, those are communities that have a better quality of life to offer their residents, and they’re also communities where visitors want to come and enjoy those communities.”  Read more

Narrowsburg Bridge could be closed nights and weekends

NARROWSBURG, NY — At the recent Tusten Town Board meeting on October 7, the board discussed the updated plan for the repair of the Narrowsburg Bridge. Originally, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) reported that the bridge would be single-lane until 2015. Now it says the bridge will be single-lane until 2018, when permanent repairs will begin. During the repair time, there is a possibility that the bridge will be closed on nights, weekends and times of low traffic.  Read more

Honesdale faces hard times, Halloween protest

HONESDALE, PA — It started on a high note, but the October 13 meeting of the Honesdale Borough Council quickly became one of grim reality. At the top of the meeting, Mayor Jack Bishop presented awards to Elizabeth (“Betty”) Baerenklau, Virginia (“Ginny”) Motsko, and Kathy Highhouse for lifetime service to special-needs children. Moments later, the council saw itself portrayed as the Grinch that moved Halloween. But there was worse to come, as it was revealed that Honesdale is almost in the red, with insufficient funds to meet its end-of-year expenses.  Read more