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REGION — The global weather data for the month of February is in, and according to the National Climatic Data Center, February was an extraordinarily cold month in the northeast section of the United States. The region’s average temperature of 13.5° F was 12.7° F below normal. This made it the second-coldest February on record behind 1934, which had an average temperature of 12° F.

African-American woman confirmed to state’s highest court

ALBANY, NY — Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced that the New York State Senate confirmed Sheila Abdus-Salaam to serve on the New York State Court of Appeals. Justice Abdus-Salaam is the first African-American woman to serve on the Court of Appeals. She was nominated by the governor on April 5.  Read more

Sullivan legislators agree on ethics; Law will get public hearing

Sullivan County Legislators have come to an agreement about the make-up of a proposed new ethics law that will cover county employees, officials and members of various boards appointed by the legislature.  Read more

Complaint lodged against Tusten councilman; Limit on campaign spending at issue

Former Tusten council member Andrea Reynosa has filed a formal complaint with the New York State Board of Elections (BOE) against Ned Lang, who ran against her and won in the November 2012 election for a seat on the town council. The letter was sent on May 3.  Read more

Kite festival at the college

Winston Churchill once famously said, “Kites ride highest against the wind, not with it.” And so, at any given time, there were dozens of kites rising against the wind on May 4, at the 22nd Annual SUNY Sullivan Kite Festival on the great lawn.  Read more

UDC opposes PA DEP policy proposal

The Upper Delaware Council, Inc. (UDC) unanimously approved a letter to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) on May 2 expressing its opposition to the Sewage Facilities Planning Module Review for On-lot Sewage Systems Proposed in High Quality and Exceptional Value Watersheds.  Read more

Livingston Manor flood study to be aired at meeting

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (NYDEC), the Town of Rockland, and Sullivan County will hold a public meeting to discuss the results of a major study on flooding and ecosystem restoration in Livingston Manor. The meeting will take place on Thursday, May 9, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., at the Livingston Manor Firehouse.  Read more

Sullivan legislators agree on ethics; proposed law will get public hearing

The Sullivan County legislators have come to an agreement about the make-up of a proposed new ethics law that will cover county employees, officials and members of various boards appointed by the legislature.  Read more

Fracking bans ok in New York towns; Court rules in Dryden, Middlefield

ALBANY, NY — In an important victory for residents opposed to hydraulic fracturing in New York, the Third Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court in Albany on May 2 ruled that municipalities have the right to adopt zoning laws that prohibit fracking.  Read more

Honey without pollen?; Push for a national standard

REGION — Bees make honey from nectar and pollen; therefore one might think that honey would contain quite a bit of pollen. But, in fact, up to 75% of honey sold in grocery stores contains no pollen. The issue is spelled out in an article published in Food Safety News in November 2011, which tested 60 many brands of honey (www.foodsafetynews.com/2011/11/tests-show-most-store-honey-isnt-honey).  Read more

PA House split on natural gas legislation; Job creators or corporate giveaways?

HARRISBURG, PA — A package of legislation called “Marcellus Works” is making its way through the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, and three bills out of the package related to compressed natural gas (CNG) were passed by the House on April 18.  Read more

Delaware Highlands Conservancy highlights two projects

BUSHVILLE, NY — Delaware Highlands Conservancy marked a milestone recently, having protected more than 14,000 acres of land since it was established. Here are the stories of two recent projects.  Read more

Sullivan West budget unveiled

The Sullivan West Central School District’s proposed spending plan for 2013-14 totals $34,470,595, a 3.10% increase from 2012-13. The preliminary local tax levy is listed at 1.99%, lower than six other districts in Sullivan County, according to a presentation given at the April 23 board meeting.  Read more

Kristina Kares raises $10,000; Money raised for literacy programs

A fundraiser held at Villa Roma Hotel and Resort raised $10,000, and marks a successful event for Kristina Assistance Relief Efforts Services (Kristina Kares), the non-profit organization that was founded in the memory of Kristina Adams. Adams was murdered in August 2012 in Damascus, PA by Rodney Ezrapour, according to the Wayne County District Attorney. Ezrapour then turned the gun on himself.  Read more

Yasgur’s Farm gets noise permit; smoke in the sewer

In addressing perhaps the last hurdle to Woodstock Reunion this summer, the Bethel Town Board voted to grant a noise permit to Yasgur Road Productions. However, perhaps mindful that at previous reunion events the loud music reportedly upset the dairy cows next door, which are owned by former supervisor Harold Russell, the planning board attached some conditions to the permit. Supervisor Dan Sturm read the conditions, “The speakers and amplified music shall be turned away from adjoining residences, and agricultural buildings, and shall be angled toward the ground.”  Read more

Milford Beach to stay open with donation

Superintendent John J. Donahue announced on April 29 that there is a plan in place to keep Milford Beach open for 2013. The closure had looked unavoidable until Kinder Morgan, the parent company of Tennessee Gas Company, created a proposal to donate the full $41,000 needed to pay for operations at Milford Beach this summer.  Read more

Former Honesdale man dies in avalanche

A man who graduated from Honesdale High School in 1999, Ryan Novak, 33, was one of five victims who were killed in an avalanche over the past weekend. The avalanche happened in Loveland Pass, which is located about 50 miles away from Denver, CO.  Read more

‘FrackNation’ director at Sullivan West

Phelim McAleer, director of the controversial “pro-fracking” documentary “FrackNation,” will speak at a screening of his film on May 8 at 7 p.m. at Sullivan West High School in Lake Huntington.  Read more

Cornell Extension ends furloughs

After a strong showing of support from individuals throughout Sullivan County to its emergency donation appeal, Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Sullivan County will reopen its office five days a week and bring staff back to work full-time on May 13. The board of directors’ executive committee voted on May 10 to end the furlough.  Read more

Cochecton keeps pace with the times; Ordinances and property records go digital

Although the greater part of the Cochecton Town Board’s special April 24 meeting was devoted to the Codification Project Workshop, the board managed to accomplish several additional objectives as well. The purpose of the workshop was to update, revise, and make uniform all Cochecton town ordinances. Under the guidance of acting town attorney Karen Mannino, the board reviewed all ordinances to ensure that they are in compliance with county, state and federal law and that the language of the ordinances accurately reflects both original intent and current purpose. Ordinances having outlived their usefulness will be struck from the books. Town Supervisor Gary Maas brought the workshop to a close, noting that he and Mannino must consult further with the town code officer and county engineer before ordinances can be finalized and submitted to General Code for uploading to the town’s website.  Read more

Deal reached on Pond Eddy Bridge; Replacement will be smaller than planned

An agreement regarding the replacement of the bridge that has been the center of controversy for over a decade has apparently been reached, and involves significant changes from the initial plan.

The Pond Eddy Bridge, which is currently 18 feet wide, is a truss style structure, and because it has deteriorated over the past century since it was built in 1905, it has a weight limit of seven tons. The replacement bridge that was originally agreed to was to be 32 feet wide, have an interstate style, and have a weight limit of 40 tons.  Read more