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LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — “Lake Huntington looks like pea soup. In my lifetime, I can’t recall a six-week algae bloom like this one. Most last only a few days, at most. The Department of Environmental Control (DEC) has taken water samples and we’re awaiting test results.” With those remarks at the October 8 Cochecton Town Board meeting, Supervisor Gary Maas introduced a topic familiar but unpleasant to all who live, work or play near the lake. Asked if the DEC might impose a ban on recreational activities for the duration of the bloom, Maas said, “We’ll just have to wait and see what the DEC says.”

Tax increase for Wayne County

The Wayne County Commissioners are proposing the new 2013 budget that will carry a 4% hike in property taxes. The commissioners expect to adopt the new budget at their final meeting on December 27.

The current 2012 budget saw a decrease of 1.16% from the previous year. There was no increase in property taxes in the 2012 budget. The millage rate has not increased since 2009.  Read more

Wine festival in Hawley nixed

The food and wine festival proposed to be held in Hawley has been nixed because a majority of the Hawley Borough council thought it was not a good fit for the town. The council vote four to three on December 12 that the event would not go forward.

Opponents said they were concerned with liability issues with allowing alcohol to be consumed in a public park should something go wrong.  Read more

Job Corps student arrested for terroristic threat

Patrick Milliken, 20, was arrested on December 16 for making a “terroristic threat” at the Delaware Valley Job Corps (DVJC) in Callicoon, where he is a student. According to a release from the Sullivan County Sheriff’s office, officials at the DVJC called police and said that Milliken had threatened to go to his home in Newburgh, obtain a gun, return to the facility and “shoot the place up.”  Read more

Gillibrand pushes credit union change

After the Great Recession hit the economy in 2008, commercial lenders became much more cautious about lending money, especially to small businesses. Since then, the economy has recovered a bit, but the credit crunch for small businesses continues.  Read more

Legislators decline to forgive loan; Shoes ruined by asbestos

The Sneaker World store in Liberty was only open for about month in August before it was closed due to asbestos contamination. The NY Department of Labor (DOL) investigated the building and found asbestos in the basement that had been improperly handled. DOL ordered that the store be closed, and the shoes, because they had been stored in boxes that had holes in them, be destroyed.  Read more

Sullivan legislators target county manager

At a surprise press conference at the government center in Monticello on December 17, legislators Gene Benson and Cora Edwards called on their fellow legislators not to renew the contract of county manager David Fanslau when it expires at the end of the month.

The two accused Fanslau of a litany of shortcomings, including withholding information from legislators, or distorting it.  Read more

Skinners Falls Bridge closed again

SKINNERS FALLS — The bridge that runs between Milanville, PA and Cochecton, NY is once again closed to traffic. An initial analysis of the Skinners Falls Bridge showed that it could withstand up to seven tons of weight but a later in-depth analysis showed that it could withstand less than four tons.

A spokesman for PennDOT strongly advised motorists not to move the signs and drive across the bridge, which some drivers had been doing, as this could be dangerous and could also result in a fine.
The repair of the bridge is expected to take about six months.  Read more

NY DEP staff honored; Answering the call of duty upstate and down

DOWNSVILLE, NY — If you’re the mayor of a city of 8,000,000 people, one of the things that would likely concern you during an emergency is that your citizens have access to clean water, because it’s just not practical to deliver bottled water to that many residents.  Read more

Reaction to Sandy Hook tragedy

A small group of residents gathered in Central Park in Honesdale for a candlelight vigil on December 14 to honor the victims of the shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT and to pray for their families.

Similar gatherings were held throughout the nation sponsored by the progressive group Move On. Those who gathered held a moment of silence and then talked about the need for restraint of automatic fire arms that have no other purpose than to kill people more efficiently.  Read more

Hawley considers ‘distressed’ designation

The question of whether or not Hawley is an impoverished town was food for discussion for the approximately 50 people who attended the Hawley Borough Council meeting on December 12.

Investors in the Hawley Silk Mill want the borough to designate an area around the Silk Mill and the downtown area as “distressed,” which would allow the borough to adopt an ordinance that in turn could take advantage of the state’s Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance Act (LERTA). The investors are asking that the borough then approve tax abatements for the Silk Mill over five years.  Read more

Liberty wind projects analyzed; Community-owned electricity generation

There are a couple of large hurdles with the wind projects that are proposed for the Town of Liberty. For one of the projects the estimated cost is $5.3 million, which is a figure that will surely put up an immediate red flag, as county legislators struggle with a double-digit tax increase for 2012.

But at a presentation of the projects at the Liberty Senior Center on December 14, members of the company Sustainable Energy Developments (SED) explained how the projects could be structured in such a way as to benefit the county.  Read more

Ten environmental groups move to stop powerline; Line approved by park service

A coalition of national, regional and local conservative groups are requesting a federal court to stop a transmission line from cutting through three national parks.
The coalition sought a preliminary injunction to stop the 145-mile Susquehanna-Roseland transmission line through the Delaware Water Gap National and Recreational Area, the Middle Delaware National and Recreational River and the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.  Read more

Highway law debated in Highland

With reports of the economy finally on a slight upswing and housing starts leading the way, the Town of Highland vigorously debated the merits and detrimental effects of Local Law Number Four at the town board meeting on December 11. Essentially, the law would impact large projects that would result in a significant number of truck trips, and cause the owner of those trucks to pay for any damage to local roads. Local contractors see it as infringing on their businesses in particular and the economy in general.  Read more

Children’s party a merry success

They came out early on December 16 and then they just kept coming, and by the time the fourth annual Children’s Holiday Party was over, nearly 1,000 people stopped by to enjoy the festivities at Monticello Casino and Raceway. The party was sponsored by the raceway and the Monticello Harness Horsemen’s Association.  Read more

Two Sullivan legislators call for county manager's ouster

At a surprise press conference at the government center in Monticello on December 17, legislators Gene Benson and Cora Edwards called on their fellow legislators not to renew the contract of county manager David Fanslau when it expires at the end of the month.
  Read more

Bridge Closed in Wayne County and Sullivan County New York

According to PennDot, the Skinners Falls Bridge on SR 1002 in Milanville (Wayne County) and (Sullivan County, New York) is closed in both directions due to the results of an in-depth inspection. A detour is currently being put in place. Length of closure is undetermined at present time.  Read more

Beaver Run acreage protected in PA

PORTER TOWNSHIP, PA — The Delaware Highlands Conservancy and Beaver Run Hunting and Fishing Club on December 10 celebrated the protection of the 857-acre, natural resource-rich property in southern Pike County.  Read more

Milk Box Derby to benefit cancer victim

The friends of Alexis Bivins, a 14-year-old student at the RJK Middle School who is being treated for a very rare form of cancer, are hosting a Milk Box Derby fundraiser at 10 a.m. on January 12 at Holiday Mountain. The snow date is January 26. The fundraiser will help Alexis’ family with expenses for her treatment. Alexis is being treated for Primitive Undifferentiated Pediatric Sarcoma; only 18 people in the U.S. have this type of cancer.  Read more

Hurricane Sandy’s costs tallied

ALLENTOWN, PA — Pennsylvania Power and Light (PPL) estimates that the cost of Hurricane Sandy to the utility will be $60 to $70 million, and at some point in the future, the utility’s customers can expect to help pay for the storm via charges spread out over several years, according to corporate communications spokesperson Michael Wood.  Read more

Elected officials responded to pipeline; Marino and Casey go to bat for opponents of TGP project

Contrary to references at public meetings and in the press, some federal elected officials sent letters to federal agencies concerning local opposition to the Tennessee Gas Pipeline (TGP)’s Loop 323 project, and asked for a rehearing.  Read more