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December 19, 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.

Honesdale councilmember arrested

HONESDALE, PA — Pennsylvania State Police at Honesdale say they have arrested Honesdale Borough Councilman Harry DeVrieze for allegedly taking money for a construction job that was never begun and materials that were never ordered. A press release from the police says that the incident occurred on May 2, 2011, and the amount of money that was paid to DeVrieze by 69-year-old John Robinson of Honesdale was $4,500, and was to pay for the installation of custom countertops.  Read more

Pike catering to local volunteers

MILFORD, PA — “We’re trying to promote recruitment, trying to make it easier for people to volunteer,” said Commissioner Matt Osterberg.  Read more

Two bids placed for Narrowsburg School

NARROWSBURG, NY — Two bids have recently been placed for the abandoned Narrowsburg School. One is from Joan Buto, who plans to turn the school into a drug and alcohol treatment center, and the other is from Brendan and Kathy Weiden, who said in a press release that they plan to turn it into “a multiuse facility that supports the education, arts, agriculture and food, municipal needs, fitness, wellness, recreation and tourism, with flexible use spaces for special events.”  Read more

Federal court sides with environmental groups; FERC did not properly conduct environmental review

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a victory for environmental groups, a federal court ruled on June 6 that a federal agency ran afoul of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) in granting certificates for the upgrade of pipeline projects in Northeast Pennsylvania and Northern New Jersey.  Read more

Disagreement over tax breaks for Sullivan casino projects

Would tax breaks help or hurt the chances of a casino or two coming to Sullivan County? That’s a question still being debated by members of the Sullivan County legislature.

At a meeting at the government center on June 5, legislator Alan Sorensen unveiled a resolution he crafted that would prohibit the Sullivan County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) from granting tax breaks from the casino portion of any resort destination that might come to the county.  Read more

Vietnamese restaurant opens in Callicoon

CALLICOON, NY — Sullivan County’s first Vietnamese restaurant celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting on May 29 at 26 Upper Main St. Bà & Mẹ will serve homemade Vietnamese bánh mi sandwiches, vermicelli bowls, rice bowls, summer rolls and more. Whenever possible, the small, seasonal menu includes the freshest ingredients from local farms and purveyors. Bà & Mẹ offers meats that are locally or naturally raised and free of antibiotics and hormones.  Read more

Prayer OK at municipal meetings

REGION — It’s possible that the Town of Deer Park is the only municipality in the Upper Delaware Valley that opens its meetings with an invocation or prayer, but as far as the majority opinion of the United State Supreme Court is concerned, the council is free to continue the practice and it does not violate the country’s constitutional separation of church and state.  Read more

Wayne libraries outlook improving

HONESDALE, PA — From a solid sheet of red ink the previous year, things improved for Wayne County’s libraries in 2013, according to Wayne Library Alliance Executive Director Molly Rodgers. Rodgers and directors from five Wayne libraries appeared before the county commissioners on May 22 to present their annual report.  Read more

More disclosure on PA electric rates

HARRISBURG, PA — Electricity rates for hundreds of thousands of electricity consumers spiked this winter as record cold sent electricity prices skyrocketing, especially for consumers with variable rate contracts. Some consumers saw their bills jump by as much as 400%, and many of those customers were not aware they had contracts with variable rates.  Read more

Improvements continue at Shohola Park

SHOHOLA TOWNSHIP, PA — Over the past several years, Rohman Park has been transformed from a bare patch of ground to a recreation center with something for everyone. Improvements and additions are being made every season and more are in the works. The project has been completely community based, with all monies obtained from grants and local contributions, and a significant number of volunteer hours provided in all aspects of its development.  Read more

DV OKs proposed budget

WESTFALL, PA — Meeting in a brief special session, the Delaware Valley (DV) Board of Education last Thursday approved a proposed final 2014-15 budget. The proposal will now be available for public review for 30 days, prior to final approval in June.  Read more

Highland honors eagles with hair

ELDRED, NY — Bald eagles get lots of attention locally, but it was five new Eagle Scouts’ turn on May 13, as the Town of Highland presented each of them with a certificate of recognition.  Read more

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat commissioner’s terms shortened

HONESDALE, PA — A bill that reduces the term length of Pennsylvania Fish and Boat commissioners was signed by Gov. Tom Corbett on June 2.  Read more

Sullivan County casino tax breaks still unresolved

MONTICELLO, NY — The question of whether a proposed casino or two would be granted tax abatements from the Sullivan County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) seems to be an ongoing topic of discussion among Sullivan County legislators.  Read more

Biologists seek help finding bats in Upper Delaware Valley

RIVER VALLEY — Biologists from the National Park Service and East Stroudsburg University are requesting help from the public in identifying summer roosting bat colonies in houses, barns and other buildings within the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River corridor. If you know of a bat colony that is currently roosting in a building on your property, and you are willing to allow biologists to conduct at least two to three emergence counts of these bats over the course of the summer, please contact the National Park Service’s Milanville office at 570/729-7842, or don_hamilton@nps.gov.  Read more

Body of New Jersey man found

POND EDDY, NY — The body of 22-year-old Ukonne Uyobong was found on May 30 some five miles downriver from where he was last seen five days earlier.  Read more

Pennsylvania becomes newest same-sex marriage state

HARRISBURG, PA — With Gov. Tom Corbett saying he will not defend the Pennsylvania’s law that bans same-sex marriage, Pennsylvania becomes the 19th state to effectively recognize same sex marriage.  Read more

Wind turbine at BOCES

LIBERTY, NY — “In order to be citizens of this world coming up… you have to be able to think critically and work with a team and be innovative and yet have good stewardship of the environment.” Those were the words of Deborah Theysohn, principal of the Career and Technical Education Center at Sullivan County BOCES, as a wind turbine that was created by the students was unveiled on May 29.  Read more

Backlash over Mysteryland ‘noise’; businesses fared well

The meeting of the Town of Bethel on May 28 attracted more people than usual as a number of residents came to voice their displeasure over the volume of the amplified music that pulsed over the hills surrounding Bethel Woods Center for the Arts until 2 a.m. over the Memorial Day Weekend.  Read more

National Park to welcome new superintendent to Upper Delaware

UPPER DELAWARE RIVER REGION — The National Park Service (NPS) has named Kris Heister as the new superintendent of Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River to succeed acting superintendent Malcolm Wilbur and former superintendent Sean McGuinness who retired earlier this year. Heister is a 22-year veteran of the NPS. She will begin her new position in mid-July. Heister has been the chief of natural resources for the NPS in the Northeast Region.  Read more