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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.

Legislators put off decision on Bloomingburg sidewalk

MONTICELLO, NY — Sullivan County legislators, on November 20, put off a decision about what to do regarding a strip of county-owned land in Bloomingburg. Developer Shalom Lamm wants the county to give or sell the land to his organization, which would then build a sidewalk on it to connect the controversial 396-unit Villages at Chestnut Ridge to Bloomingburg. The sidewalk would be about 1,600 feet long.  Read more

PA Democratic leader slams suggestion of lame duck session

HARRISBURG, PA — Senate Majority Leader Republican Jake Corman has suggested the legislature might hold a lame duck session in early January, which would allow Gov. Tom Corbett to sign favored legislation before he leaves office.  Read more

Berlin disputes DRBC fine

BEACH LAKE, PA — With the proposed Berlin township 2015 budget ready for public viewing and highway department trucks already equipped with plows, chains, and spreaders, it appeared that the November 18 board of supervisors meeting would be strictly routine, and much of it was.  Read more

Wild turkey vs. bald eagle

RIVER VALLEY — Is the wild turkey more noble than the bald eagle? Ben Franklin thought so, or at least he expressed that view once in a letter to his daughter.  Read more

Shohola charitable donations, holiday celebrations

SHOHOLA, PA — December 5 will begin a new tradition for Shohola Township with a tree lighting ceremony set to begin at 5:30 p.m. in Rohman Park. Participants will have the opportunity to make their own ornaments for the tree, write and send letters to Santa, and make their own goodies for Santa and his reindeer. Cookies and hot chocolate will be provided for all attendees. There will be holiday music, and the lighting of the tree at 6:30.  Read more

Highland limps in with 8.8% budget final

ELDRED, NY — Town of Highland officials finalized the 2015 budget on November 13, voting approval for a $2,188,596 spending plan for the coming year.  Read more

Artist takes legal action on home; Fire truck turned up “lacking water”

PARKSVILLE, NY — When a fire truck turned up to a raging fire at Francszek Kulon’s house in the middle of the night last February, the truck that responded had no water on board, at least that’s according to court papers prepared by Kulon’s attorney, Michael Sussman.  Read more

Parents react to hazing press release

GLEN SPEY, NY — Although the investigation into hazing inside the Eldred High School football team has been closed, and those found guilty disciplined, parents of the team members crowded the usually empty board of education meeting on November 13 demanding apologies for the way they felt their sons—and families—had been tainted by the language that was used in the initial press release about the incident. Some angry parents demanded resignation of the person who drafted the letter, asking who authorized it before it was sent to the public and press.  Read more

Block grants still win favor in Wayne

HONESDALE, PA — Wayne County Human Services Director Andrea Whyte last week submitted the county’s human services block grant final report for the year.  Read more

Sullivan Sheriff welcomes public

MONTICELLO, NY — On November 15 the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office held an open house at the agency’s patrol division on Bushnell Avenue in Monticello. Citizens stopped by to visit with deputies, see their equipment and have some refreshments. Several dignitaries also visited. Sullivan County legislators Ira Steingardt, Kathy LaBuda and Cora Edwards were in attendance as well as former Town of Gardiner and Ulster County legislator Jack Hayes. Sheriff Mike Schiff was on hand to greet visitors and “swear in” several children, who had accompanied their parents, as junior deputy sheriffs.

Dessin Wins $2,000

HONESDALE, PA — Dessin Animal Shelter announced it will be the recipient of a $2,000 prize because of winning a contest called the Shelter Showdown. Dessin was automatically entered into a contest called the “Shelter Showdown” via the organization PAL (Pets Add Life), which had partnered with Petfinder, an online resource where Dessin lists all of the animals they have available for adoption.  Read more

PA representative proposes gift ban

HARRISBURG, PA — Rep. Rick Saccone has proposed a total gift ban for state lawmakers. This comes after governor-elect Tom Wolf said he will impose an absolute gift ban on members of his transition team and members of the executive branch once he takes office.  Read more

Honesdale train to resume operations

HONESDALE, PA — Delaware Lackawaxen & Stourbridge Railroad Company (DL&S) has filed an application to operate a train on the 24-mile rail line between Lackawaxen, Hawley and Honesdale. DL&S has worked out an operating agreement with Stourbridge Railroad Company (SBRR), the owner of the line.  Read more

Sullivan sheriff warns of utility scam

MONTICELLO, NY — Sullivan County Sheriff Mike Schiff says scam artists have been targeting customers of the Orange & Rockland Utilities (O&R) service area, calling customers to say their electricity is about to be shut off because the utility did not receive the most recent payment.  Read more

Solar in Town of Delaware?

HORTONVILLE, NY — At the Town of Delaware board meeting on November 12, Mav Moorhead talked about her recent findings regarding the town adopting a solar program. She came to the previous meeting as a guest, and as a result, was asked to explore the available options. At the meeting, the council appointed four members to the newly formed energy committee. They include Moorhead, Rich Winter, Isaac Green Diebboll and Ginny Boyle.  Read more

Cochecton adopts 2015 budget, imposes grease fines

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — The opening talk at the November 12 Cochecton town board meeting was all about the November 5 public hearing held to review the town’s proposed 2015 budget. Board members agreed that the presentation they gave was interesting, detailed and accurate in every respect. Town residents will have to take their word for it. No one but the board attended the advertised hearing.  Read more

Open house at Sullivan Sheriff’s office; historic building gets attention

Sheriff Mike Schiff and Undersheriff Eric Chaboty thought it would be a good idea to invite the public in to meet some of the detectives, and see some of the operations involved with running the sheriff’s office.  Read more

Neighbors object to DOT plan; retaining walls, guardrails to be installed

Panther Rock Creek and the Callicoon Creek, which converge in Youngsville, have flooded numerous times over the past decade, and now the state is moving to address the issue at Panther Rock.
At a public hearing on November 12, a representative from the NY State Department of Transportation (DOT) said the creek floods so often because the space below the bridge over the creek is too small. Root balls and trees get stuck in the opening and the water backs up and floods the surrounding buildings.  Read more

Vets’ discount cards lead to health checks

HONESDALE, PA — Discount cards at local stores are available to Wayne County military veterans, and Veterans’ Affairs Director Tom McDonnell says the program has helped him provide other services for veterans who would be unlikely to seek them out otherwise.  Read more

Sullivan manager recommends $6.3M infrastructure; Roads and bridges have fallen behind

MONTICELLO, NY — As in countless municipalities across the country, the roads and bridges in Sullivan County have depreciated more rapidly than they could be maintained and repaired, especially in the years following the Great Recession.  Read more