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REGION — According to the website www.project snowstorm.org, which is concerned with snowy owls, every few years, “for reasons that are not entirely understood,” a number of the raptors leave their winter ranges in southern Canada, and migrate down into the United States in an event known as an “irruption.”

Nominations sought for Partnership award

MONTICELLO, NY — Each year the Sullivan County Partnership bestows its most prestigious award on a Sullivan County citizen who reflects the best of Sullivan County business, community and charitable leadership. The award will be presented at its annual meeting and celebration, to be held on Thursday, October 4. The award is intended to recognize the fine ideals that were personified by the late Walter A. Rhulen.  Read more

Conservancy launches Green Lodging

This past July 4th holiday, the Delaware Highlands Conservancy (DHC) along with three participating hotels—Ledges, the Settlers Inn and Woodloch Resorts—launched the Green Lodging Partnership program. For participants in the program, with every reservation, guests contribute a $2 donation directly to the DHC. Guests may opt out, but the successful launch of the program shows that very few have.  Read more

Wide-ranging SCCC budget hearing; proposed increase in tuition, salaries

Nick Speranza, chairman of the board of Sullivan County Community College (SCCC), ticked off a list of accomplishments the college has achieved during the past year. Perhaps chief among them was that the college retained accreditation by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. He said that college officials were “very concerned about a visit from the accreditation team” because of past problems, but the visit went well. The team, however, said the college should make a few changes, such as the creation of a strategic plan, which the college did not have.  Read more

PA Voter ID hearing begins; fraud is not an issue

HARRISBURG, PA — One thing Commonwealth lawyers will not be arguing as the hearing for the Voter ID Law unfolds this week is that the law was necessary to combat existing voter fraud.  Read more

Dairy farmers oppose the new Farm Bill; ignores plight of dairies

WASHINGTON, DC — Dairy farmers across Pennsylvania, New York, Wisconsin and California—the biggest milk-producing states—are opposing the new Farm Bill as miserably inadequate in addressing the pressing dairy farm crisis.  Read more

Free home energy assessments available in Wayne/Pike

Local Pennsylvania homeowners can save energy and money with free home energy assessments this summer. The Energy Awareness Action Movement (TEAAM) is sponsored by Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support (SEEDS).  Read more

Honesdale Little Leaguers win state championship

The members of the Honesdale Little Baseball Association’s 11-year-old team won five of their six games this year, to become state champs and win the Cal Ripken crown. The winning game came on July 18, and now the team moves on to the regional tournament, which is set to begin on August 3 in Monroe, NJ. The team was honored with a parade through town on July 21.

Locavore learning

Buying and eating local foods—it’s a win-win strategy that supports the local economy and neighboring farmers, keeps land in agriculture, improves overall health and builds stronger communities. So why do we need a movement to restore a practice that used to be part of our everyday lives?  Read more

The war on Japanese Knotweed

A battle is being waged against an invader that has taken over river banks, riparian zones and roadsides in the Upper Delaware region, and the public is being educated on the most effective means of controlling Japanese knotweed.  Read more

Pushing for more sunlight; legislator campaigns against caucus system

As a general rule, when making decisions about matters that will impact the public, elected officials in New York State are required to deliberate in public. But one important exception to the rule is the political caucus. When members of the same political party get together, they are allowed to discuss county business, and just about anything else they want to discuss, with no fear of running afoul of the state’s Open Meetings Law.  Read more

Delaware Highlands Conservancy to hold Open House and Volunteer Meet and Greet

BETHEL, NY – Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy (DHC) on Saturday, July 28 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. for an Open House and Volunteer Meet and Greet/Training Day in the Bethel office.  Read more

Delaware may get gas drilling commission

A virtually unprecedented crowd of more than 75 people jostled into the tiny, sweltering Town of Delaware Town Hall on Wednesday night in the expectation of hearing some talk about a resolution passed, apparently on the spur of the moment, during the public comment period of the last regular town meeting. The resolution supports residents disposing of their mineral rights as they wish, and is viewed by many as being an open invitation to gas drilling within the town's borders.  Read more

Plans for the Mansion House—again

New plans to turn the White Lake Mansion House into a paying property have emerged, according to supervisor Dan Sturm, who has informed the town board that a company named Globe Developers wants to replace the building, a historic landmark site, with a look-alike building with 72 rooms and underground parking.  Read more

NACL gets Our Town grant

NACL Theatre is one of the grantees The National Endowment for the Arts’ (NEA) 80 Our Town grant awards totaling $4.995 million. It will receive $50,000 to create “The Weather Project,” a community-based theatre, visual arts and education project about the weather and energy. The Town of Highland is the partnering local government entity.  Read more

Proposed Mamakating zoning draws protests

Proposed zoning changes discussed last Tuesday at the Town of Mamakating Town Board meeting would expand the type of commercial activities allowed in four Planned Office Zoning Districts (POs). Although new uses would be allowed, any developers would have to go before the town’s planning board to get a special use permit.  Read more

Proposed law enforcement commission draws fire

A proposed law enforcement commission that would report to the Sullivan County Legislature sparked criticism from some quarters when it was proposed last week.  Read more

Hearing for Liberty ‘junkyard’; some want it to move elsewhere

Perhaps the most interesting comment of the evening at a public hearing on the Liberty junkyard was that the original junkyard, which has been inactive for several years, might be contaminated with toxic material buried at the site. It’s unclear if town officials will require that the site be examined and determined to be free of toxic materials before allowing a new vehicle-recycling operation, which the neighbors are calling a junkyard, to open.  Read more

U.S. Fish and Wildlife pays a visit; further discussion of eagles and fireworks

Four staff members of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) put in an appearance at the Tusten Town meeting on July 16, which, given that there are only six field agents in the entire state of New York, represents a significant dedication of resources to the matter.  Read more

Couple arranges Callicoon gas survey

At a recent meeting on the proposed update for the Town of Callicoon Comprehensive Plan, resident Alvin Shoop agreed with the plan committee that the survey regarding gas drilling taken in 2010 was vague and not a good way to measure support for hydraulic fracturing among town residents.  Read more

Towns pass pro-drilling resolutions; expert weighs in on open meetings laws compliance

UPPER DELAWARE VALLEY — It’s becoming fairly clear that local zoning laws are going to play a role in whether gas drilling is going to occur in any given town or village.  Read more