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REGION — After a brutally cold winter that left a lot of snow on the ground, the snow is finally mostly melted and has filled the rivers and started to replenish the reservoirs. The melt has given way to bare earth. In a growing number of spots that earth is yielding tentative batches of crocuses and daffodils. The examples shown hear poked through the soil in front of a residence on Main Street in Jeffersonville.

Sullivan chair backs Cuomo’s casino plan

The chair of the Sullivan County Legislature says he is pleased with Governor Cuomo’s plan that would bring a casino to the county. On May 12, Scott Samuelson issued a press release saying, “While I am still evaluating the details of the governor’s proposal, clearly this presents an opportunity for a real discussion and debate to occur ... I remain hopeful that Sullivan County will benefit greatly from this endeavor.”  Read more

Kadampa center donates $6,900 to town

LUMBERLAND, NY — The Manjushri Kadampa Buddhist Center has contributed $6,900 to various organizations within the town, it was announced on May 7 at the town meeting.  Read more

Bid placed on Narrowsburg school; Solution Project makes offer, has big plans

A formal offer to buy the Narrowsburg School was made on Thursday, May 9 by The Solution Project (TSP), a community group with a seven-member board founded in December 2012. TSP is currently making plans to turn the vacant building into a center for community, local food development projects, education and more.  Read more

Callicoon adopts frack-friendly comp plan; Move to form committee abandoned

After promising to appoint a committee to examine the issue of fracking in the proposed town comprehensive plan, the board did an about-face and adopted the plan at the town meeting on May 13.  Read more

Delaware Valley school approves abatement

The Delaware Valley School District and Pike County commissioners have voted to support Shohola Township’s real-estate tax abatement program. As reported in our May 9 issue, the commissioners had already approved the program, the Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance Act (LERTA) plan for the entire county. However, in order to go into effect in any given locality, the plan must also be approved by the township in question and the affected school district. This has now happened in Shohola.  Read more

Over 100,000 campaign finance violations; Who must file with NYS BOE?

NEW YORK STATE — The laws in New York State regulating campaigns and elections are voluminous and complex, and they run to many hundreds of pages. On the website of New York State Board of Elections (BOE), there is a 132-page election handbook that attempts to boil them all down, but even so, it is dense reading.  Read more

PPL closes island to protect bald eagles

LAKE WALLLENPAUPACK, PA — Kipp Island will be unavailable for recreational activities through the end of July to protect a bald eagle nesting area.  Read more

New Liberty Elementary School principal

The Liberty Central School District Board of Education unanimously approved the selection of Scott Brown as the new principal of the Liberty Elementary School at the Board of Education meeting on May 7. Brown will replace long-time principal Jeri Finnegan, who will retire in June.  Read more

Hawley man sentenced to prison

Christopher Castellano, 22, has been sentenced to three to six months for trespass, breaking and entering, and driving under the influence (DUI). According to the Wayne County District Attorney’s Office, the sentencing involved two separate incidents.  Read more

Gibson introduces FRAC Act

WASHINGTON, DC — Representative Chris Gibson joined with his colleague Representative Diana DeGette on May 10 to introduce the Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act (FRAC Act), a bipartisan bill that the representatives say establishes common sense safeguards to protect groundwater from risks associated with the oil and gas drilling technique “hydraulic fracturing,” better known as “fracking.” The FRAC Act would require disclosure of the chemicals used in fracking fluids and would remove the oil and gas industry’s exemption from the Safe Drinking Water Act. DeGette has introduced the FRAC Act in each Congress since 2008, but today marks the first time it has been introduced on a bipartisan basis.  Read more

Resident calls Eldred budget a ‘gimmick’

After a brief respite, the budget was once again a bone of contention as one resident labeled the board’s handling of Albany’s cuts as a “gimmick.”  Read more

Scenic Byway Visitors Center still a goal; Where will the money come from?

At one time there was some $850,000 available to build a Scenic Byway Visitors Center on Route 97. But because there was a county match required of $150,000, and tough economic times gripping the county and world, the project has not come to fruition.  Read more

FrackNation director at Sullivan West; McAleer mocks alternative energy, progressives

The film FrackNation was screened at Sullivan West High School on May 8, and played to an audience of perhaps 100 people, a majority of whom were clearly in favor of gas drilling.  Read more

County chair lauds travel guide

Scott Samuelson, chair of the Sullivan County Legislature, took a minute to let his colleagues know he was pleased with the way the Sullivan County Visitors Association handled the cover of the new travel guide.  Read more

Beer for the community

“This is a true American project, hot dogs, baseball, old Ford truck and a good American beer. All of our products are made in the USA, we support our community, that’s what we will always be about,” said Phil Vallone, one of the investors in the Roscoe Beer Company.  Read more

Fracking bans okay in New York; Court rules against drillers in Dryden, Middlefield

ALBANY, NY — In an important victory for residents opposed to hydraulic fracturing in New York, the Third Appellate Division in Albany on May 3 ruled that municipalities have the right to adopt zoning laws that prohibit fracking.  Read more

UDC opposes PA DEP septic plan

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Upper Delaware Council (UDC) shares the sentiments of its Pennsylvania representatives about the PA Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) proposed policy for on-lot sewage systems in high quality and exceptional value watersheds. The UDC and its members in Wayne and Pike counties say the implementation of the policy would likely decrease land values because the most valuable land—adjacent to lakes and streams—would become unbuildable, undevelopable and unusable for most purposes.  Read more

Pike commissioners adopt tax abatement program

With the unemployment rate spiking to a hefty 12.1% nationwide, the Pike County Commissioners took a step that could help the county alleviate unemployment by voting to adopt a tax incentive program to help attract businesses to the county. The action was taken at the commissioners’ meeting on April 30.  Read more

Animal advocates turn out for Lexi; Urge jail time for dog abuser

About half a dozen turned out in front of the Pike County District Court to urge Judge Jay Rose to sentence a Greentown man to the maximum penalty under the law for allegedly abusing his dog “Lexi.” On March 29, Lexi was found muzzled and bound with duct tape. The owner, Russell Seese, who is a resource conservationist with the Pike County Conservation District, has been charged with two counts of animal cruelty.  Read more

Head-gnawing man sentenced

A Bucks County man who had been accused of gnawing on a woman’s head while naked and covered with blood was sentenced on May 3 to time in Wayne County Prison. Richard Cimino appeared in Wayne County Court, and will spend from 90 days to 23.5 months in prison.  Read more