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REGION — There’s no question that last year’s winter was one for the record books, with temperature records falling all across the eastern United States and here in the Northeast, while most of the rest of the planet experienced above-normal temperatures. In fact, temperatures were so far above normal for most of the planet that by the end of August climate scientists were projecting that 2015 will be the warmest year since record taking began in 1880. Coming in right behind this year is 2014, which will then become the second warmest year on record.

NYDEP emptying Cannonsville pending repairs; Turbid seepage to be analyzed to diagnose potential problems

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) increased both drinking water diversions and downstream releases to maximum sustainable rates on July 15 after workers drilling for core samples near New York City’s Cannonsville Reservoir discovered turbidity in seepage coming from a rock embankment below the dam. The DEP envisions that it may be necessary to drain all the water in the reservoir, a process that would be complete sometime in September.  Read more

Drilling linked to reservoir leak

Press Release from NYCDEP:

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today (July 15,) increased drinking water diversions and downstream releases from Cannonsville Reservoir to facilitate necessary repairs in response to an ongoing turbid discharge from a rock embankment below Cannonsville Dam.  Read more

Bethel compromise on calcium chloride

WHITE LAKE, NY — The Bethel town board and the highway superintendent have come to a compromise on the use of calcium chloride on town roads. The highway superintendent, William Crumley, had had a tank installed on a town truck to allow the highway department to spread calcium chloride on dirt roads to keep the dust down, but when some board members learned Crumley also planned to use calcium chloride to melt snow, they declined to authorize payment for the tank.  Read more

Speed limits too low?

HONESDALE, PA — Honesdale businessman Paul Ludick has an ongoing interest in traffic flow in Wayne County.

Ludick is the owner of the Maude Alley shops on Main Street in Honesdale, where six boutique clothing, food and cheese, books and fine arts, frame restoration and beauty shops share spaces with the Wayne County Arts Alliance.  Read more

Delaware supports Ag Plan

HORTONVILLE, NY — The committee of the Agriculture and Farmland Protection Plan went to the Sullivan County Legislature meeting on Thursday to ask for help in funding a new position. One of the committee members, Tom Kappner, was at the Town of Delaware board meeting on July 8 to request the board to send a letter of support to the legislature in favor of funding the position.  Read more

Job creation and creativity; A new co-working space in Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — It was a full house at the open house for a new co-working space at The Stourbridge Project, where officials from federal, state and local economic development organizations attended. Government officials including Pennsylvania State Rep. Sandra Major and PA Sen. Lisa Baker were on hand to offer their congratulations to the ambitious project.  Read more

Ag position requested; Sullivan farming sector needs boost

MONTICELLO, NY — Melinda Meddaugh, the Agriculture & Natural Resources Issue Leader of Cornell Cooperative Extension, painted a picture of an agricultural industry in Sullivan County that could use a helping hand. Addressing the Sullivan County Legislature on July 8, she said that from 2007 through 2012, the agriculture sector, while still large, took a “serious hit.”  Read more

Concerns over Milford compressor station

MILFORD, PA — Substantially elevated methane around the new Hancock, NY, gas compressor station foreshadows what Milford can expect if the Columbia Pipeline gas compressor under construction begins running in September without alterations, says Barbara Arrindell, a founder of Damascus Citizens for Sustainability (DCS). At a Milford Township supervisors meeting on July 6, she presented findings from sensitive surveys of ground-level methane before and after the Hancock compressor began functioning and from baseline surveys of methane in Milford. While ambient methane in Hancock was initially found at approximately 1.9 parts per million, after the compressor began operation, ambient levels rose to five times that amount in a radius of more than a mile around the compressor.  Read more

Jonathan Hyman photographs on display in 9/11 Memorial Museum

NEW YORK, NY — Jonathan Hyman of Smallwood has a collection of photographs on display in the South Tower Gallery inside the 9/11 Memorial Museum. The exhibit, titled “Beyond Ground Zero: 9/11 and the American Landscape,” features photographs of American flags, murals, tattoos and more immortalizing the events of 9/11.  Read more

Liblick ethics complaint withdrawn

MONTICELLO, NY — The ethics complaint filed against Bill Liblick by the Sullivan County Board of Ethics has been withdrawn. A press release issued by the Orseck Law Offices, who represented Liblick in the matter, said, “This complaint was brought in bad faith by those people in Sullivan County government authority, in a hamfisted attempt to harass and intimidate Mr. Liblick. While we don’t know who actually filed the charges, it is safe to guess that those who filed were aligned with the same senior legislators and county executives that Mr. Liblick has worked so tirelessly to expose.”  Read more

Guilty plea in pedestrian death

MILFORD, PA — Phillip Cise, age 51, of Dover, NJ entered a guilty plea on July 13, moments before jury selection in Pike County Court in the death of Gabrielle Reuveni on Route 507 in Palmyra Township in July of 2012. Cise entered a guilty plea to the charge of homicide by vehicle while DUI, a felony. The charge carries a mandatory prison sentence of three years.  Read more

PA bill to stop animal fighting

HARRISBURG, PA — Legislation sponsored by Pennsylvania Rep. Todd Stephens to protect animals from being used for illegal fighting has been signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf.  Read more

Cancer benefit for Town of Highland resident

ELDRED, NY — There will be a spaghetti and meatball dinner to benefit Chantel Kuhn-Kunkeli, who is suffering from stage four ovarian cancer.  Read more

Wayne plans for $2.6 million block grant

HONESDALE, PA — Wayne County Commissioners on July 1 approved a $2,638,589 county plan for state funding of seven areas of county human services.  Read more

Lakeside septic waivers sought; Developer plans 12,000-square-foot home

WHITE LAKE, NY — Developer Shaya Boymelgreen, who has been attempting to gain permits to create a four-lot subdivision since at least 2011, is now asking the town board to grant waivers to the normal requirements for septic systems, so that he might instead install “shallow trench” or “alternative” septic systems to serve four houses in the neighborhood called Plum Beach, on the shore of White Lake.

At the town meeting on July 8, the town board accepted the application for waivers as complete, and passed a resolution to send the application to the town planning board for comment.  Read more

Microgrid grants for Monticello, Liberty

MONTICELLO, NY — The villages of Monticello and Liberty will each receive $100,000 to pay for a feasibility study regarding proposals to build microgrids in those locations. The news was announced at a meeting of the Sullivan County Agriculture and Sustainability Committee on July 9 by Stephen Stuart and Carol Roig, who are with the Sullivan Alliance for Sustainable Development.  Read more

Crane tipped over in Upper Delaware River

SPARROWBUSH, NY — After a crane, called a bridge tracker, got caught in the strong current of the Delaware River and turned on its side on the afternoon of Tuesday, July 7, emergency crews from local fire stations were the first to arrive on the scene to help the three persons who had been inside it to safety. They had climbed from the tracker, and stood on it while waiting. No one was hurt. The river is shallow enough at that point that a big part of the tracker remained above water level.  Read more

Honesdale book of historic pictures coming; Proceeds to benefit Wayne County Historical Society

HONESDALE, PA — A book containing 200 vintage images of Honesdale, many of which have never before been published, will be released on July 20. The book was written by Wayne County resident Kim Erickson and the pictures come from the Wayne County Historical Society, which receive all the author royalties from the work.  Read more

College president updates building push

MONTICELLO, NY — Dr. Karin Hilgersom, president of Sullivan County Community College, on July 2 updated the county legislature on her effort to build momentum for the creation of a Healthy World Institute (HWI).  Read more

Pike seeks gypsy moth help from state

MILFORD, PA — The money for next year is yet uncertain, but the Pike County Commissioners on July 1 agreed to pursue PA gypsy moth suppression aid in 2016.  Read more