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GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — Operations to halt the turbid flow below New York City’s Cannonsville Dam are proceeding faster than originally envisioned, according to Adam Bosch, director of public affairs at the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP). As of Monday, engineers working on the project believed that it might only take three or four relief wells to halt the turbid flow, instead of the eight originally projected, meaning that stage one of the repair plan could be complete as early as sometime this week.

Shutdown impacts region; federal employees, others feel the pain

It is not business as usual in the Upper Delaware Valley as impacts from the shutdown of the federal government are felt. Active employees of the National Park Service (NPS) unit that serves the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River have been cut back to just five who will patrol the river and perform other limited services while politicians in Washington DC try to figure out a way to get the full federal government going again.  Read more

Public listening sessions slated (October 1) on Delaware River issues

UPPER DELAWARE RIVER REGION — Four public listening sessions on topics connected to the Flexible Flow Management Program on the Delaware River will be held to solicit public comments on flood mitigation; aquatic life and ecosystems; water supply obligations and reliability; recreational use; and other topics addressed by the program.  Read more

Forty million dollars for new jail? With pressure from Albany jail talk resumes

With a number of lawmakers convinced that Sullivan County taxpayers can’t afford an $80 million new jail, county officials have moved to get a second opinion. The $80 million plan came from LaBella Associates.Now a company called Goldberg Group Architects (GGA) will provide the county with a “concept plan” for a new jail.  Read more

Black Bear Film Festival; Reaching out to the library

The 14th annual Black Bear Festival in Milford is not only for film buffs and art lovers; it’s also good for the local economy, said founding president Jerry Beaver at the pre-festival press conference on September 17 in the old Milford Theatre that is once again going to host the event. He was referring to the many visitors who come to use local hotels, restaurants and other facilities during the festival.  Read more

Report: gaming costs outweigh benefits

NEW YORK STATE — There are many unknowns about the law that would allow non-native American casinos to be operated in New York State if voters decide in November that the state constitution should be changed to allow it. But using what information is known, and using assumptions that they say gives the benefit of the doubt to casino supporters, the Coalition Against Gambling in New York (CAGNY) issued a report on September 23, which says that for the overwhelming majority of New Yorkers the cost of casinos will outweigh the benefits.  Read more

No invocation at Wallenpaupack graduations

PALMYRA TOWNSHIP, PA — The Wallenpaupack Area School Board on September 9 addressed concerns about the district’s stopping the practice of prayer at graduation ceremonies. The action was taken after an inquiry by the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), which challenged as unconstitutional the invocation and benediction that occurs at graduation exercises.  Read more

Resident questions ambulance response

Resident Kelly Magee brought an issue of prompt ambulance response before township supervisors on September 16.  Read more

Superintendent: DV can’t do with only six schools

The date has changed, but the arguments remained pretty much the same on September 12 when Delaware Valley School District officials considered their options for the students at Delaware Valley Elementary School (DVES).  Read more

Targeting second-home owner voters; Acting couple to host voter registration drive

It’s well-established law in New York State that residents who occupy more than one home have a choice about where they can register and vote. A person who owns or rents an apartment in New York City, for instance, and who also owns a second home in the Town of Delaware, is permitted to register and vote in the Town of Delaware even if that home is not the voter’s primary place of residence.  Read more

PA ACLU slams prescription drug bill

HARRISBURG, PA — The Pennsylvania House Human Services Committee on September 23 passed legislation which, according to the PA American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), will allow for the collection of data on millions of prescription drug users in the commonwealth. The PA ACLU called House Bill 1694 “woefully inadequate” in protecting Pennsylvanians’ sensitive medical data.  Read more

PA wasting disease rules adjusted

HARRISBURG, PA — The Pennsylvania Game Commission for the 2013-14 seasons has removed the requirement for successful hunters within a Disease Management Area to take their harvests to a check station where samples can be collected for disease testing. Instead, the game commission will use other methods to determine how prevalent the disease might be in areas where it has been found.  Read more

DEC sportsman education underway

ALBANY, NY — New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens reminds all new hunters or trappers planning to go afield this upcoming hunting and trapping season that they must first complete a mandatory hunter or trapper education course before they can obtain the appropriate sporting license.

Narrowsburg hosts firefighter parade

The 85th annual Sullivan County Volunteer Firefighters Association (SCVFA) parade will be in Narrowsburg this year on Saturday, September 28 at 2 p.m. The parade is hosted by the Narrowsburg Fire Department, and 2013 marks the 111th year of community service for the department. The SCVFA parade returns to Narrowsburg for the first time in nearly 40 years.  Read more

No pay increases for two years

The contract that was recently ratified by members of the Teamsters Local 445 in Sullivan County is bare bones compared to recent contracts, but union officials say it reflects the economic realities of the times.  Read more

Indian Summer in the Upper Delaware Valley?

REGION — According to the 2014 edition of the Old Farmer’s Almanac, many people refer to any period of warm weather in the fall as an example of Indian Summer. But, the Almanac says, there are other conditions that must also occur in order for a period of time to be accurately referred to Indian Summer.  Read more

Delaware River listening sessions

The Parties to the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court Decree entered in the Delaware River Case, which are the parties who are responsible for setting policy for releases from the New York City Reservoirs into the Delaware River Basin and ultimately into the Upper Delaware River, have announced four "listening sessions."  Read more

$40 million for new jail? With new pressure from Albany, jail talk resumes

With a number of lawmakers convinced that Sullivan County taxpayers can’t afford an $80 million new jail, county officials have moved to get a second opinion. The $80 million plan came from LaBella Associates; now a company called Goldberg Group Architects (GGA) will provide the county with a “concept plan” for a new jail.  Read more

First annual clean-up day in Lake Wallenpaupack

It was a bit chilly on the water on September 14, but that didn’t stop the scuba divers who turned out to fish debris out of the lake. Ten members from the dive teams from the Tafton Fire Company, the Ledgedale Volunteer Fire Company and the Forest Volunteer Fire Department collected debris from the bottom of Lake Wallenpaupack for about three hours on September 14, in what was billed as the first annual Scuba Diver Cleanup Day on Lake Wallenpaupack.  Read more

Eldred teachers defer raises

At its first meeting of the 2013-14 school year on September 12, the Eldred Central School Board of Education thanked the school’s teachers for sacrificing pay raises in the near term for the long-term good of the school and its students. District Superintendent Robert M. Dufour announced that a memorandum of understanding (MOU) outlining the teachers’ salary deferments would serve as an amendment to the teachers’ current contract.  Read more

IDA visits Town of Delaware

Town of Delaware’s September 11 meeting had two hopeful messages about help available to both businesses and individual property owners. Sullivan County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) CEO Allan Scott said, “I want to remind everybody that there are various loans available through the IDA, and we have a fair amount of funds available to put down into the system. These revolving-loan funds are low interest. We encourage you to let your people know about this. They are to encourage contribution to our economy and to detain or to create new ones.”  Read more