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NARROWSBURG, NY — The stilt walkers from NACL Theater, representing the two-year long Weather Project, were some of the sights on display at Riverfest on July 27. Riverfest was one of several summer events that unfolded in the Upper Delaware Valley over the weekend.

For a closer look at the celebration of the river, the celebration of Callicoon and the largest concert crowd of the season at Bethel Woods turn to Jonathan Fox’s column on page 18.

A new attempt to reign in tax exempts; carrying the issue to Albany

Several times over the decades, Sullivan County Legislators have tried to convince Albany to reign in the liberal laws regarding tax-exempt properties. A couple of times the state senate has passed legislation that would have eased the situation, but the effort has never succeeded in getting all three entities that must be on board—the senate, the assembly and the governor—on the same page.  Read more

Tax money stolen from Wayne County office; former employee indicted

A former employee of the Wayne County Tax Claim Bureau has been charged with the theft of over $11,000 in tax money. A criminal complaint was filed on October 3 against former employee Jeannie Brooks of Prompton, alleging several crimes of theft and forgery at the tax claim bureau office.  Read more

Honesdale may hire two police officers

Council member Bob Jennings threw another bomb at the meeting of the Honesdale Borough Council on Monday, October 8 when he suggested that the police force be expanded.  Read more

No tax hike in Shohola

Again, the new budget for Shohola Township will not contain a budget increase. The millage rate will stand at 9.25 for the township and 1.75 for the fire department, as was the case last year.  Read more

$13.8 million for wind projects

ALBANY, NY — The New York Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has announced the availability of approximately $13.8 million in incentives to encourage the installation of wind energy systems for residential, commercial, institutional, or government use.  Read more

Healthcare quality week in Wayne

A number of professionals connected to the Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers (WMCHC) and Wayne Memorial Health System attended the kick-off of Healthcare Quality Week, which will occur from October 14 to 20.  Read more

New evaluations for teachers

Teachers and administrators across the state are dealing with a new way of evaluating teacher performance this year; it involves more testing of students and more visits by administrators into classrooms.  Read more

Sullivan solar ribbon cutting; sun power for human services buildings

Elected officials, solar experts and members of Sullivan Alliance for Sustainable Development (SASD) turned out to the Robert Travis Building in Liberty on October 16 for a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new solar array at the site.  Read more

Sullivan Renaissance lauds Lumberland

The Town of Lumberland received a framed photograph of one of its most winning projects—Circle Park—and the glowing accolades of Sullivan Renaissance (SR) representative Glenn Pontier during the town meeting on October 10.  Read more

UDC hires resource specialist

The Upper Delaware Council (UDC) has hired Travis O’Dell of Long Eddy, NY as its resource specialist. O’Dell will provide the non-profit organization with technical support on land and resource management activities relevant to the Congressionally-designated Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River corridor (UDSRR).

O’Dell graduated from Roscoe Central School in 2003. He earned an Associate degree in Applied Science in Fishery and Wildlife Technology in 2005 and a Bachelor’s of Technology degree in Wildlife Management in 2007, both from the SUNY-Cobleskill.  Read more

Notice of Claim served to Town of Highland regarding fracking ban

Town of Highland supervisor Andrew Boyar has confirmed that the town has been served with a Notice of Claim (NOC) from the Highland Field and Stream Club, Inc. in response to the town’s passing of Local Law 3 on July 10, 2012, which bans heavy industrial activities such as natural gas extraction. The NOC is a precursor to legal action, which may or may not ensue, according to Boyar. The matter has been referred to town attorney Michael Davidoff. It is standard practice not to comment on any form of litigation said Boyar. The town’s regular monthly meeting will be held on October 16 at 7 p.m.  Read more

Gas news at a glance

"Zoning Provisions in PA Act 13: What the Recent Commonwealth Court Ruling Means"

Penn State Cooperative Extension will offer a program on traditional zoning in Pennsylvania and oil and gas development before and after Act 13.

In July 2012, a Pennsylvania Commonwealth court rejected the Pennsylvania legislature’s preemption of significant elements of local zoning under Act 13. The ruling has been appealed to the State Supreme Court, but municipal officials and others are uncertain about the immediate impact of the decision.  Read more

Elected Officials in Sullivan County Call on Governor Cuomo to Protect New Yorkers from Fracking

As Governor Cuomo nears a decision on drilling, 15 lawmakers from Sullivan County join with over 420 elected officials across the state in asking the governor why concerns from local officials from 50 counties have not been answered or addressed.

Monticello – This week, 15 elected officials from Sullivan County called on Governor Cuomo to protect New Yorkers by keeping in place the state’s moratorium on high volume fracking.  Read more

Groups FOIL fracking documents; towns that adopted pro-drilling resolutions are targeted

NEW YORK STATE — The battle between pro- and anti-fracking forces in New York State opened on a new front this week as two groups sent Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) requests to three towns that have passed pro-gas drilling resolutions.
In letters dated October 2, the National Resources Defense Council and Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy contacted the towns of Delaware and Fremont in Sullivan County and Sanford in Broome County.  Read more

UDC Technical Assistance Grants announced

The Upper Delaware Council (UDC) has awarded $32,905 in Technical Assistance Grants for nine projects that will further goals and address needs identified in the River Management Plan for the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River.  Read more

Port Jervis dad indicted for murder of son

A 22-year-old Port Jervis man has been indicted in connection with the death of his 13-month-old son. The indictment was issued on October 9 by the Orange County Grand Jury. The incident occurred on September 24 when police say Brett Kanoff used a blanket to smother the child, named Cameron, while he was lying in a crib.  Read more

Lake Adventure lawsuit settled

On October 1, Lake Adventure Community Association’s two-year battle with Dingman Township concluded with a ruling by Judge Joseph F. Kameen. The challenge to an ordinance was granted, and the part of the ordinance defining a recreation vehicle as a unit that does not require a special highway moving permit is stricken from the ordinance.  Read more

Schreibman closes in on Gibson

NINETEENTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT — A new poll shows that Democratic congressional candidate Julian Schreibman is closing the gap between him and his opponent, Republican Congressman Chris Gibson. The poll released on October 8 shows that 41% of respondents favored Schreibman while 43% supported Gibson, with 16% of voters undecided.  Read more

Tusten road use agreement; burdensome new regulations?

Eight towns in Sullivan County have been working with attorneys and engineers for nearly four years to come up with agreements to protect local roads should a high-impact activity, such as gas drilling, come to the region. At the Tusten Town Board meeting on October 3, there was a public hearing for Tusten’s version of the proposed law, and it sparked some objection.  Read more

Honesdale starts single-stream recycling

Recycling in Honesdale will be a whole lot simpler beginning October 15. That’s when the new policy of single-stream collection begins in the borough. And Honesdale residents will no longer have to separate recyclables into different bins for collection at the curb.  Read more