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REGION — They were so committed, active and numerous that a new name had to be created to describe them—fractivists, or activists opposed to high-volume hydraulic fracturing.

Roy Howard dies; Owner of Yasgur’s Farm

PHOENIX, AZ — Roy Howard, who, with his wife Jeryl Abramson, waged a long-running legal battle with officials from the Town of Bethel, has died, according to numerous sources. Howard’s Facebook page, titled The Woodstock Guru, had several posts lamenting his passing.  Read more

Cold enough for good ice

Unlike last year, the weather has been cold enough to form ice on most bodies of water in the region, including the Big Eddy in the Upper Delaware River, where a trio of ice fisherman traveled onto the ice on January 28.  Read more

Canine howling may leave project in doghouse

Decibel levels of barking and howling Alaskan Huskies and the high-pitched noise of snowmobiles were some of the concerns brought up by the half a dozen neighbors who spoke against a proposed commercial dog sledding and snowmobiling business at a public hearing on January 22, while the potential of boosting employment and helping the economy were two points brought up by the potential proprietor of said business.  Read more

Cellini to introduce resolution that opposes gun control legislation

Town of Thompson supervisor Anthony Cellini says his town board will vote on a resolution that opposes the recently passed gun control legislation in New York. He will present the resolution at the Town Board meeting on February 5 at 7:30 p.m. Printed below is the resolution:  Read more

Congressman Gibson announces Liberty District Office Open House on January 30

Congressman Chris Gibson (NY-19) announced today that he will be holding an Open House at the Liberty District Office in Sullivan County on Wednesday, January 30 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served and Congressman Gibson and district office staff will be in attendance.  Read more

Honesdale man convicted on multiple charges of assault

A Wayne County Jury convicted James Mihalis, age 54 of Honesdale, PA of Aggravated Assault With a Deadly Weapon, a Felony of the 2nd Degree, Simple Assault, a Misdemeanor of the 2nd Degree and Recklessly Endangering Another Person, also a Misdemeanor of the 2nd Degree.  Read more

Deerpark board declares opposition to gun law; is the right to buy an assault weapon absolute?

Council member David Dean read the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution: “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”  Read more

Poll finds new gun law supported; Law brings changes to pistol permits

ALBANY, NY — The gun control measures passed by the New York State Legislature and signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo on January 15 are supported by a majority of state residents, according to a poll by Siena College.

In the January 16 poll, banning assault weapons and magazine clips of more than seven bullets was supported by a margin of 73% to 26%. Support for an increase in penalties for purchasing illegal guns or using guns on school grounds was even higher, at 91% to 8%.  Read more

Move to rescind CVS agreement fails

In a bid to reverse the agreement with CVS over the traffic patterns at the intersection of Main and Fourth Streets, council member Bob Jennings moved to reject the agreement.

That agreement was dated December 19 and was signed by council president F.J. Monaghan and Michael W. Buckless, vice president of Pennsylvania CVS Pharmacy.

The agreement said that “within 14 days” CVS must submit to the borough revised traffic plans for the intersection. As of January 11, 23 days had passed since the agreement was signed.  Read more

E-recycling expanded in Wayne; Microwave ovens not included

DUNMORE, PA — Waste Management Company locations in Northeast Pennsylvania are expanding the list of e-recycling items in Wayne, Lackawanna and Northampton counties.

In Wayne County, the company is already recycling televisions and computer equipment, which its sites began accepting a year ago. Now, the company will accept most other consumer electronics, including VCRs, audio equipment, telephones, cell phones and most other devices that plug in or are powered by batteries.  Read more

PPL plans new substations; Infrastructure planned for improved electrical service

NORTHEAST, PA — PPL Electric Utilities has made application to the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to build three new electrical substations and a new 230-kilovolt powerline.

The project is called the Northeast-Pocono Reliability Project. The plan is to improve electric service for approximately 250,000 people in Northeast Pennsylvania and the Pocono region. The project will reach from Wilkes-Barre to Lake Wallenpaupack.  Read more

Gas drilling friction in Town of Callicoon; Comprehensive plan resolutions tabled

Two resolutions related to the process of updating the comprehensive plan posted on the town’s website, which prompted a large turnout to the Town of Callicoon meeting on January 14, were tabled.

The town supervisor, Tom Bose, said that the resolutions were tabled because they needed changes, but that did not reduce the frustration of many of the 50 or so people in attendance, because the resolutions indicate that the board intends to move forward with adopting a comprehensive plan that effectively invites gas drilling in the town.  Read more

$26,300 per acre for town barn lot

There’s no question that the Town of Delaware town barn, in order to prevent its contents from flowing downstream, needs to move. It now sits on a parcel of land on Route 17B in the Village of Hortonville where the Joe Brook and the Callicoon Creek meet up on their route to the Delaware River. They are peaceful streams, until they flood.  Read more

Sullivan farmers and newsprint; One person’s waste may be an animal’s bedding

With Sullivan County Legisl ators keeping a careful eye these days, Ed McAndrew thought that they should consider a county policy of since the late 1990s of allowing farmers to walk away with newsprint to be used for bedding for cattle or cows.

McAndrew, deputy commissioner of the Division of Public Works, said he did not have an exact figure about how much newsprint the farmers were taking, but he estimated “it’s in the neighborhood of 200 tons per year, and you’re looking at about $20,000 a year of newsprint that isn’t being marketed.”  Read more

Hawley tax abatement workshop

The proposal to designate parts of the Borough of Hawley as “distressed” will get another public airing at a workshop scheduled by the borough council to be held on January 30 at 7 p.m. at the Hawley Fire Hall on Columbus Avenue.

Investors in the Hawley Silk Mill have been advocating that part of the borough be designated as distressed in order for companies in the borough to take advantage of tax incentives through the state Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance (LERTA) program.  Read more

Schumer calls for broadband funds

ALBANY, NY — U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer is calling on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to relax current standards so that Hudson Valley telecommunications companies can access over $485 million in available funds aimed at deploying broadband across the country.  Read more

NY Assembly introduces DREAM Act to aid immigrant youth

ALBANY, NY — Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on January 16 introduced a comprehensive state Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, which would support the education of immigrant youth. The bill would also, for the first time, allow immigrant students to apply for state financial aid, as well as to create a DREAM Fund that would provide private scholarships.  Read more

Baker committee assignments

HARRISBURG, PA — Senator Lisa Baker retained her position as chair of the Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee and is planning a busy schedule.

“There is a lot of important work to be done for our veterans, for emergency responders, and for community protection. The issues this committee handles involve concerns I hear about constantly, from families, from local officials and from service providers,” Baker said.  Read more

Hawley council considers eight miles of trails; Courting outdoor recreation

The Hawley Borough Council voted on January 9 to assume the role of applicant and grant writer for three trails that would wind through the town and into the Lake Wallenpaupack area.

An extensive presentation was made by Sue Currier, executive director of the Delaware Highlands Conservancy, who explained the long-range plan, currently in the development stage, which would include trails covering an eight-mile expanse.  Read more

Sullivan chair takes the blame for auditing firm controversy

“I screwed the process up, guilty.” Those were the words of Scott Samuelson, chair of the Sullivan County Legislature, at a meeting on January 17, regarding a resolution about an agreement with a firm named PKF O’Conner Davies, which has audited the county’s books for the past few years.  Read more