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September 05, 2015
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REGION — There’s no question that last year’s winter was one for the record books, with temperature records falling all across the eastern United States and here in the Northeast, while most of the rest of the planet experienced above-normal temperatures. In fact, temperatures were so far above normal for most of the planet that by the end of August climate scientists were projecting that 2015 will be the warmest year since record taking began in 1880. Coming in right behind this year is 2014, which will then become the second warmest year on record.

Gibson joins bipartisan group with proposal to shutdown

Press release from Congressman Chris Gibson:

Washington, DC - Congressman Gibson joined with a bipartisan group of Members today to express support for a solution that would reopen the federal government. The legislation would fund the government and repeal the medical device tax, a proposal that has significant support in the House and Senate. A medical device tax repeal passed the House 270-146 last year and a symbolic vote in the Senate passed 79-20 earlier this year.  Read more

The Sullivan County WIC program Is open

Sullivan County Public Health Services announced that although the Federal Government has shut down, the Supplemental Nutrition program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) in New York State is able to continue to serve WIC participants until further notice.  Read more

Camping permits for 7,500; Electronic music festival headed for Bethel Woods

Mysteryland is billed as “The world’s longest-running electronic music festival,” and next year the event, which was created in the Netherlands 20 years ago, is having a North American premier in May, and is set to take place at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.  Read more

Poll: gaming proposition language an issue

LOUDONVILLE, NY — According to a new poll from Siena College, New York voter support for Proposition One, which would allow for the creation of a limited number of casinos in the state, will be influenced by the language of the proposition.  Read more

DV school board adjusting to change

DINGMAN, PA — The Delaware Valley School District Board of Education meeting was considerably shorter than usual last Thursday.  Read more

Wayne cites the efforts of seniors

Noting that they “understand the important needs of the county’s aging population and the integration of the boomer generation,” the Wayne County Commissioners on September 19 proclaimed September as 2013 Senior Center Month in Wayne County.  Read more

Cochecton addresses unsafe structures, introduces budget

At its September 25 special meeting, the Cochecton Town Board held three hearings, presented a first draft of the town’s 2014 budget and addressed several extraneous matters.  Read more

White Lake creation irks neighbors; DEC officials say it’s a violation

There is a newly created bit of land surrounded by rocks in White Lake that has been the subject of complaints from neighbors. The matter was addressed at the Bethel Town Board meeting on September 23.  Read more

Free licenses for vets

HARRISBURG, PA — Sens. Lisa Baker and Scott Hutchinson have introduced legislation to help more disabled veterans receive free hunting and fishing licenses.  Read more

NY pharmacy bill signed

Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther announced that Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently signed legislation that would include pharmacies as disposal sites for unused controlled substances once federal regulations are adopted.  Read more

PA child protection measures

HARRISBURG, PA — The Senate Aging and Youth Committee, chaired by Sen. Bob Mensch, approved a series of bills to provide sweeping improvements to Pennsylvania’s child protection laws last week.  Read more

Arrest in bank robbery in Eldred

New York State Police at Liberty on September 30 announced the arrest of Kevin Lemma, age 22 of Holbrook, in connection with the robbery at the Jeff Bank in Eldred on September 24, 2013.  Read more

Pike supporting good works

Some of the fee money collected by the county from property owners last week went back to the community to help build new homes for those who might not be able to afford them otherwise.  Read more

Shutdown impacts region; federal employees, others feel the pain

It is not business as usual in the Upper Delaware Valley as impacts from the shutdown of the federal government are felt. Active employees of the National Park Service (NPS) unit that serves the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River have been cut back to just five who will patrol the river and perform other limited services while politicians in Washington DC try to figure out a way to get the full federal government going again.  Read more

Public listening sessions slated (October 1) on Delaware River issues

UPPER DELAWARE RIVER REGION — Four public listening sessions on topics connected to the Flexible Flow Management Program on the Delaware River will be held to solicit public comments on flood mitigation; aquatic life and ecosystems; water supply obligations and reliability; recreational use; and other topics addressed by the program.  Read more

Forty million dollars for new jail? With pressure from Albany jail talk resumes

With a number of lawmakers convinced that Sullivan County taxpayers can’t afford an $80 million new jail, county officials have moved to get a second opinion. The $80 million plan came from LaBella Associates.Now a company called Goldberg Group Architects (GGA) will provide the county with a “concept plan” for a new jail.  Read more

Black Bear Film Festival; Reaching out to the library

The 14th annual Black Bear Festival in Milford is not only for film buffs and art lovers; it’s also good for the local economy, said founding president Jerry Beaver at the pre-festival press conference on September 17 in the old Milford Theatre that is once again going to host the event. He was referring to the many visitors who come to use local hotels, restaurants and other facilities during the festival.  Read more

Report: gaming costs outweigh benefits

NEW YORK STATE — There are many unknowns about the law that would allow non-native American casinos to be operated in New York State if voters decide in November that the state constitution should be changed to allow it. But using what information is known, and using assumptions that they say gives the benefit of the doubt to casino supporters, the Coalition Against Gambling in New York (CAGNY) issued a report on September 23, which says that for the overwhelming majority of New Yorkers the cost of casinos will outweigh the benefits.  Read more

No invocation at Wallenpaupack graduations

PALMYRA TOWNSHIP, PA — The Wallenpaupack Area School Board on September 9 addressed concerns about the district’s stopping the practice of prayer at graduation ceremonies. The action was taken after an inquiry by the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), which challenged as unconstitutional the invocation and benediction that occurs at graduation exercises.  Read more

Resident questions ambulance response

Resident Kelly Magee brought an issue of prompt ambulance response before township supervisors on September 16.  Read more