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October 22, 2014
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LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — “Lake Huntington looks like pea soup. In my lifetime, I can’t recall a six-week algae bloom like this one. Most last only a few days, at most. The Department of Environmental Control (DEC) has taken water samples and we’re awaiting test results.” With those remarks at the October 8 Cochecton Town Board meeting, Supervisor Gary Maas introduced a topic familiar but unpleasant to all who live, work or play near the lake. Asked if the DEC might impose a ban on recreational activities for the duration of the bloom, Maas said, “We’ll just have to wait and see what the DEC says.”

Multi-year PA fishing licenses available

HARRISBURG, PA — With a new fishing season just around the corner, anglers can ready themselves for years to come by purchasing a multi-year fishing license, available for the first time this year from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC).  Read more

River walk hearing scheduled

There will be a public hearing on a proposed design for the Town of Tusten’s proposed Riverfront Walk/Big Eddy Waterfront Revitalization project on Wednesday, November 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the Tusten Town Hall on Bridge Street.  Read more

Teach students about climate change

Nearly three-quarters (72%) of school board members believe students should be taught about the impact of climate change on natural disasters, according to a new Pulse Poll by the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA).  Read more

Tax abatements recommended for Shohola; incentives only for improvements

Michael Sullivan has a plan to increase employment in Shohola and all the other townships in Pike County. Sullivan, the executive director of the Pike County Economic Development Authority, laid out his plans before the Shohola Township Board of Supervisors at its November 8 meeting.  Read more

Fundraisers bring $5,000 for Hawley budget

Tough economic times did not dampen the spirit of generosity of Hawley residents, as $5,000 was raised at the fourth annual event that benefits emergency services within the borough.  Read more

Cochecton considers road use agreement

The Town of Cochecton has received the final draft of the Road Use Law written for eight local towns, and it seems the way is paved for adoption. The board may vote on the law at its December meeting. “I would assume that the board would adopt the law at that point,” said Supervisor Gary Maas.  Read more

Lumberland pulls together through Sandy

Communities large and small were drenched, devastated and wind-swept by the fierce winds of Hurricane (or depending on the locale, “Superstorm”) Sandy. Sullivan County was not exempt. At the Lumberland Town Board meeting on November 14, supervisor Nadia Rajsz and the board, strongly seconded by community members, spoke about a small town valiantly coming together to cope with crisis.  Read more

Hurricane briefing in Highland

Andy Boyar said he was pretty well prepared for Hurricane Sandy, but even so, there are always more things that a person can learn when the remnants of a hurricane blow through and knock out power for an extended period of time.  Read more

Sandy aftermath in Bethel

Like officials in other towns that survived Hurricane Sandy, officials in the Town of Bethel went through a bit of post-storm analysis at their latest meeting on November 14.  Read more

An education in sustainability

The college is doubling down on the bet that sustainable energy is the future of the region with the opening of what it calls a “state-of-the-art” sustainability lab.  Read more

Beach Lake restaurant destroyed

A fire ripped through Joe’s Ranch House in Beach Lake on November 15, entirely destroying one building and damaging one next to it. An employee of the restaurant said it was difficult for firefighters to get water onto the blaze because the building had a metal exterior.  Read more

The triumph of the wild turkey

Region - The wild turkey is native to North America. According to the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), turkeys were widespread when the Europeans arrived in the United States and may have predated the earliest human inhabitants.  Read more

County legislature picks Visitors Association

The organization that has been responsible for promoting tourism in Sullivan County for the past decade will retain that responsibility at least through 2013. The legislature voted seven to two to award the contract to the Sullivan County Visitors Association (SCVA) rather than the new company that sought to fill the role, Sullivan County Tourism and Promotion (SCTP).  Read more

Sullivan eligible for FEMA Funds

Sullivan County has been declared eligible for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Individual Assistance (IA) program that will help families recover from the effects of Hurricane Sandy.  Read more

Toy drive for leukemia victim

Toys and monetary gifts are being collected for four-year-old Alonzo Wood of Damascus and his family. According to Vanessa DeGori, proprietor of The Milanville Store, Alonzo has been diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) which will require lengthy treatment.  Read more

Replacing spoiled food in Wayne & Pike

PIKE & WAYNE COUNTIES — The Pennsylvania Department of Welfare (DPW) has informed victims of Hurricane Sandy that disaster agencies are not offering assistance in replacing food lost as a result of the recent power outages.  Read more

Red Cross explains how you can help

BETHLEHEM, PA — When disaster hits, people generally leap up to help. Hurricane Sandy was not an exception. But help is most effective when it is coordinated. So here’s what the American Red Cross thinks is helpful:  Read more

Proposed Sullivan budget increase: 13.77%

There are no layoffs or cuts in services in the Sullivan County proposed 2013 budget, but county officials are anticipating raising the property tax rate by 13.77%. Moreover, according to the budget message prepared by county manager David Fanslau, in order to keep the budget from rising more than that amount, the county legislature must take a number of steps.  Read more

ECS board hears about hurricane impacts

Members of the Eldred Central School (ECS) Board of Education heard from school administrators at the monthly meeting on November 8 regarding Hurricane Sandy’s disruptive visit to the region.  Read more

Iraq: The aftermath; a veteran returns home

“What made you want to join the army?” I ask.
William Knibbs gives a short chuckle and responds, “I’ve thought about that quite a bit. I don’t really have a good answer for that.”  Read more