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HALE EDDY, NY — The first-ever meeting of the Upper Delaware River Tailwaters Coalition (UDRTC) was held at the West Branch Angler Resort on September 12, drawing about 70 people concerned with trout fishing, the reservoirs, flooding and other river issues. The rivers at the center of the discussion are the main stem of the Delaware River north of Callicoon, and the West Branch and East Branch, which flow from the Cannonsville Reservoir and Pepacton Reservoir respectively to meet the main stem at Hancock.

Proposed Sullivan budget increase: 13.77%

There are no layoffs or cuts in services in the Sullivan County proposed 2013 budget, but county officials are anticipating raising the property tax rate by 13.77%. Moreover, according to the budget message prepared by county manager David Fanslau, in order to keep the budget from rising more than that amount, the county legislature must take a number of steps.  Read more

ECS board hears about hurricane impacts

Members of the Eldred Central School (ECS) Board of Education heard from school administrators at the monthly meeting on November 8 regarding Hurricane Sandy’s disruptive visit to the region.  Read more

Iraq: The aftermath; a veteran returns home

“What made you want to join the army?” I ask.
William Knibbs gives a short chuckle and responds, “I’ve thought about that quite a bit. I don’t really have a good answer for that.”  Read more

RJ Thiele: Lumberland youth recognized

While some young people make the headlines for less than admirable reasons, Eldred Central School senior RJ Thiele has drawn attention for his commitment to his passions and recent achievements in those areas.  Read more

Heroes’ Park site of Veteran’s Day ceremony

“We gather to recognize all veterans and VFWs in their unwavering service to God and country,” said Peter Carmeci, Commander of the Tusten Highland Lumberland VFW Post 6427 and senior vice commander of the Sullivan County Council VFW to the crowd assembled at Heroes’ Park in the Town of Highland on Veteran’s Day.  Read more

Barryville book looks back at ex-cop’s imprisonment; newly married couple separated for a year

When Matthew Smith talks about that incident back in November 1975, he seems intelligent, energetic, frustrated and perhaps a bit wistful about the way things might have been. Back then, he was a cop with the New York City Police Department (NYPD) stationed in the Alphabet City section of Manhattan, making at least a couple of drug busts a week and racking up the overtime.  Read more

Damascus baseline methane study completed; insurance against gas migration

A recurring question in the gas drilling debate is “does hydraulic fracturing lead to gas migration?” The answers are opposite of each other: Many residents who live near gas wells that have undergone hydraulic fracturing insist that it does, while drilling companies almost always insist that it does not, even when they agree to pay settlements.  Read more

Honesdale for the Holidays

Honesdale, the historic town that is the birthplace of the nation’s railroad system and the beginning point of the Delaware and Hudson Canal, will host several events on November 23 and 24 in preparation for the upcoming holiday celebrations.  Read more

Youth give back to community

Richard Lander and Drew Billard are two seniors from Sullivan West High School who went the extra mile in completing their mandatory school senior project. Each year, seniors at the high school must complete a minimum of 15 hours toward a community service project. The boys put in 32.5 hours and surpassed their fundraising goal by more than double.  Read more

Dinner with a mission; teen won’t face cancer alone

While many 13-year-olds are focused on school, extracurricular activities and social media, Christine Gorr has more serious matters on her mind. The granddaughter of former Town of Highland supervisor Allan Schadt, Christine has been diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer that is now threatening other organs in her body.  Read more

Sullivan dumpsters for storm debris

Sullivan County Manager David Fanslau issued the following statement: "Sullivan County has arranged to place dumpsters at the following locations, in conjunction with the Town governments to collect Storm Debris associated with Hurricane Sandy. FEMA will reimburse the County for these costs.  Read more

Storm named Athena heading this way; region may see two to four inches of snow

RIVER VALLEY — National media outlets have named it Athena. It is the nor’easter storm that’s heading up the coast causing evacuations in New York City and New Jersey. The Weather Channel gave the storm a name because it will blow through the same area that was clobbered by Hurricane Sandy, and other national media outlets followed suit.  Read more

Sullivan waives solid waste fees for hurricane debris

At an emergency meeting, the Sullivan County Legislature voted to waive the solid waste fees at the transfer stations to accept storm debris waste associated with Hurricane Sandy, effective Monday, November 5 through Sunday, November 11. The waiver does not include normal household waste.  Read more

DEP announces fuel waivers in response to Hurricane Sandy

HARRISBURG, PA — The Department of Environmental Protection announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has given authorization to grant two kinds of temporary fuel waivers due to fuel shortages from Hurricane Sandy.  Read more

New York counties may see lower indigent defense costs

ALBANY, NY — A new ruling from the New York State Court of Appeals provides an alternative and potentially lower cost route for counties to provide legal services to those who can’t afford their own attorneys. With an annual cost of more than $300 million, the state’s Indigent Defense program is one of nine state mandates that consume 90% of the property tax levy statewide.  Read more

Fireworks in Texas Township; sign law remains a hot issue

TEXAS TOWNSHIP, PA - The former vice-chair of the Texas Township Planning Commission unloaded a barrage of criticism at the supervisors on November 5. John Bartron accused the supervisors of “stabbing the planning commission in the back” and “hanging it out to dry like a piñata.”  Read more

Sullivan officials call for utility roundtable; information dissemination about Sandy ‘was flawed’

The utility companies that provide electricity to Sullivan County have been busy repairing downed power lines and issuing press releases chronicling their progress. By the morning of November 5, NYSEG reported that there were about 4,800 costumers without power in Sullivan County, down from a high of 24,000. Orange and Rockland reported 1,900 customers in the county were still without power, down from a high of more than 6,500.  Read more

Lawmaker accuses DEP of ‘deceptive’ practices; Marcellus Shale water testing at issue

HARRISBURG, NY — A member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Jesse White, is accusing a government agency of deceptive practices in relation to testing for contamination, specifically the testing for possible well water contamination related to drilling in the Marcellus Shale.  Read more

Unofficial Election Results for the Upper Delaware Valley

New York

19th Congressional District
Chris Gibson, REP 134,996
Julian Schriebman, DEM 117,488
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UDC debates hurricanes, floodplains and wetlands

Many homes and businesses were still without power in some Upper Delaware River towns following Hurricane Sandy’s visit to the region last week when the Upper Delaware Council (UDC) met on November 1 after power was restored in Narrowsburg.  Read more