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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.

Schumer pushes plans for dams

NEW YORK STATE — There are hundreds of dams in New York State that have a classification as “high” hazard. Many don’t have plans should a problem with a dam develop.  Read more

Inmate mental health costs decreasing; Sullivan officials targeting costs

So far this year, the amount of criminal inpatient costs in Sullivan County is $0. In recent years, the cost has fluctuated a great deal, and soared to more than $500,000 in 2011.  Read more

Heat pump, burn ban, found money and new lawyers; Full plate at Cochecton meeting

At its regular monthly meeting on April 10, the Cochecton Town Board faced two significant challenges: replacing a costly courtroom heat pump and the review and revision of town codified law.  Read more

Farm workers campaign for rights; A presentation in Monticello

Two Latino farm workers appeared at a meeting of the Sullivan County Chapter of the NAACP as part of the New York State Justice for Farm Workers Campaign, which is advocating that the state legislature adopt the Farm Workers Fair Labor Practices Act. The act would extend rights, such as overtime pay, a day of rest per week and protection when seeking collective bargaining to farm workers. These are rights that are already enjoyed by most workers in the state.  Read more

Four arrested for stealing copper pipes

HARRIS, NY — Courtney Kashan, 24, and Joshua Boyles, 24, of Livingston Manor and Juan Morales, 35, and Jorge Ramirez, 40, of White Lake have been arrested in connection with a burglary at a home on Harris/Bushville Rd. According to the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office Town of Bethel the suspects crawled under the home and used a battery-powered saw to remove numerous copper pipes.  Read more

Health survey in NEPA Marcellus area

NORTHEAST PA — Pennsylvania’s Northeast Regional Cancer Institute (NRCI) recently completed a Community Health Survey in the Marcellus Shale region of Northeast Pennsylvania. The project was funded by the PA Department of Public Welfare.  Read more

Pete Seeger to perform Milford benefit

Pete Seeger, together with R.J. Storm and Old School, will play at the Milford Theatre on Saturday, June 8 at 7 p.m. The concert will benefit the non-profit environmental group Air Soil Water whose mission is dedicated to advancing renewable energy sources through education.  Read more

Honesdale man pleads not guilty to rape

ITHACA, NY — Cornell University student Peter Mesko, 22, has entered a not guilty plea on April 12 to a rape charge in Ithaca. Mesko was charged with first degree rape after allegedly having sex with a female student at the university.  Read more

Of playgrounds, ballfields, proms, and ‘drag’ races

The April 8th meeting of Honesdale Borough Council opened to a room packed with citizens patiently waiting their turns to address the council and its officials.  Read more

Daffodil days in the Catskills and Poconos

REGION — It’s the season for daffodil blooms in the region and their colorful petals can be seen everywhere, from tended gardens to lots that have not been actively tended in decades. According to the Amercian Daffodil society (www.daffodilusa.org) daffodil bulbs last a very long time. This fact is posted on their website: “Under good growing conditions, they should outlast any of us. While some kinds of bulbs tend to dwindle and die out, daffodils should increase.”  Read more

Pike ALS wins ambulance war; Companies vie for coverage

Pike County ALS (Advanced Life Support) received some good news at the April 10 meeting of Hawley Borough Council. The Milford-based emergency agency will remain the borough’s primary ALS provider after the council turned down a suggestion by Wayne Ambulance to designate the closest available paramedic service as the primary provider.  Read more

Upper Delaware Waterfront Revitalization Plan

After a presentation about the Local Waterfront Development Plan for the Upper Delaware River, Sullivan County Legislator Cora Edwards said it is important for people to know that the river draws 300,000 visitors to the region every year.

Station manager resigns at WJFF

The WJFF Board of Trustees, meeting on Wednesday, April 10—first in executive session and then in open public session—accepted the resignation of radio station manager Winston Clark, and on Thursday morning, Clark submitted his resignation to Dawn Dorcas, board president.

Clark’s letter reads:

“Dear Dawn,

I resign my position as WJFF Station Manager as of 5 p.m. Friday, April 12, 2013.  Read more

Lang digs up dirt against Tusten Community Garden; Alleged ethics violations unearthed

Before the Tusten Town Board meeting on April 9, an email from Councilman Ned Lang had circulated, bringing up charges against the Tusten Heritage Community Garden and Big Eddy Farmstand project, a project run by Andrea Reynosa, Lang’s opponent in the November election.  Read more

Fire fighters practice tapping the river

DAMASCUS TOWNSHIP, PA — Highway drivers coming upon the scene might have thought there was an emergency rescue going on along the banks of the Delaware River. There was no emergency, but rather an important hands-on practice session for rural firefighters who regularly face the challenge of showing up at a fire scene to find no ready source of water.  Read more

New septic system policy slammed; Concern over costs of new technology

Pike and Wayne counties are literally awash in high quality (HQ) and exceptional value (EV) waters, and a policy being developed by the Department of Environmental Preservation (DEP) is intended to keep it that way. But many local officials have expressed the view that the policy is so restrictive it will kill development.  Read more

Sullivan health still poor; County health rankings unveiled

“If you look at the county health rankings and go on the website (www.countyhelathrankings.org), look at any county you want, or any county in any state, and you will always see consistently where the income is highest the health outcomes are best. That’s what is directly correlated, poverty leads to poor health.”  Read more

Sexual assault awareness

“Let’s Start a Ripple... and Then Create a Wave.” This has been the motto for Wayne County’s Victim’s Intervention Program (VIP), and creating waves happens to be exactly what they have been doing. Michele Minor-Wolf, executive director of the program, who has been working to create programs that benefit victims of domestic and/or sexual violence, addressed the Wayne County commissioners meeting on April 4.  Read more

Pike autism awareness month

April was declared Autism Awareness Month at the Pike County Commissioners meeting in Milford on April 3. Jeannemarie Passaro, president of Pike Autism Support Services (PASS), told those at the meeting that the prevalence ratio of the illness is growing.  Read more

Sullivan homeless housing; Private residences versus motels

In an ongoing effort to rein in spending in Sullivan County, the legislature has been considering gradually shifting to a new model of housing the homeless in the county. Right now, the county houses about 200 homeless adults and children in 11 different motels in various locations.  Read more