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August 04, 2015
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GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — Operations to halt the turbid flow below New York City’s Cannonsville Dam are proceeding faster than originally envisioned, according to Adam Bosch, director of public affairs at the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP). As of Monday, engineers working on the project believed that it might only take three or four relief wells to halt the turbid flow, instead of the eight originally projected, meaning that stage one of the repair plan could be complete as early as sometime this week.

Cochecten Democrats endorse candidates

The Cochecton Democratic Club has endorsed six candidates for November’s election. Pictured at a recent “Meet and Greet” at Tony’s on the Lake Restaurant are Steve Sauer, justice incumbent, left; Joan Glase, town council; Sullivan County chair Scott Samuelson; Dr. Paul Salzberg, town council; Craig Fine, justice incumbent. Hollye Schulman, town clerk, and Eileen Hennessy, tax collector, both incumbents, are missing from the picture, because they were busy meeting and greeting.

Irish man drowns in Upper Delaware

After the heavy rains that turned the sometimes placid-looking Delaware River into a turbulent, choppy and muddy maelstrom, visitors to the area didn’t think of the dangers a trip down the river can bring.  Read more

Bethel lakefront development for sale; Bella Lago bankruptcy auction announced

An announcement heralding the bankruptcy auction of a number of lakefront properties that have stood empty for the past six years or so, says the development contains “18 substantially completed homes.”  Read more

Mixed messages in the local economy

As the nation’s economy rebounds, an unscientific survey of business in the Upper Delaware this week has provided mixed results.  Read more

Pike woman dies after being stuck by car

A pike county woman has died after being hit by a car near Lake Wallenpaupack on August 11. According to Pennsylvania State Police, 56-year-old Diane Bernstel was struck as she was walking across Route 6 near Hawley.  Read more

Gillibrand, Gibson support Narrowsburg School project

The vision of the future of the Narrowsburg School, as developed by The Solution Project (TSP), continues to garner support from various quarters. Most recently Senator Kirsten Gillibrand voiced support for the effort.  Read more

Youthful track and field athletes lauded in Wayne

Top Wayne County finishers at the recent finals of the annual Hershey Track and Field competition were recognized by the county commissioners on August 1. Wayne County Parks and Recreation Director Ray Ofner has been coordinating the local program for more than 35 years. Ofner said local first-place competitors were invited to regional competitions in Easton, and first- and second-place finishers there went on to compete at the finals at Penn State in State College.  Read more

Thompson property forever protected; Another Delaware Highlands Conservancy achievement

TOWN OF THOMPSON, NY — Love of a family property and the history entwined with it led two brothers to write a book and to place a conservation easement on 26 acres of land that have been owned by Henry and Gordon MacAdam’s family since 1874.  Read more

Town of Delaware adopts zoning changes

The board of the Town of Delaware voted unanimously to adopt amendments to the town’s zoning code at a special meeting on July 31. The most controversial change was that some parcels in the river corridor that were formerly listed as being in the Delaware River District (DR) are now listed as being in the Rural Use District (DU).  Read more

Senator Casey statement on 48th anniversary of Voting Rights Act

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) released the following statement on the 48th anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act on August 6:  Read more

Weight restrictions coming for PA bridges

HARRISBURG, PA — Because Pennsylvania lawmakers have been unable to agree on the details of transportation bills, PennDot officials are now considering lowering the weight limit on 1,200 state bridges and possibly 1,000 local bridges.  Read more

Volunteers sought for river managing

ALBANY, NY — The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is actively recruiting citizen scientists to collect biological samples from streams and rivers in the Genesee, Delaware, Hudson, and Mohawk River watersheds as part of the Wadeable Assessments by Volunteer Evaluators (WAVE) project to assess water quality.  Read more

Town of Delaware candidates

Democrats in the Town of Delaware have chosen their candidates for the fall election. Steve Lundgren is the Democratic candidate for town supervisor; John Murphy is the candidate for town council; Tess McBeath will be running for re-election as town clerk/tax collector.

Bethel/Cochecten GOP open house

The Towns of Bethel and Cochecton Republican Committees recently met at the Catskill Distilling Company. Special guest U.S. Congressman Chris Gibson was in attendance as well as other Sullivan County elected officials. Town committee chairmen Harold Russell (Bethel) and Gary Maas (Cochecton) invited area Republicans to join them in renewing the Republican spirit at the town level.  Read more

Summer traffic problems

Main Street traffic in Swan Lake on Fridays and Sundays was the subject of a lengthy discussion at the Town of Liberty department head meeting on Monday, August 5.  Read more

River panel okays basin commission funding support

After a debate and narrow passage at the Upper Delaware Council’s (UDC) operations committee in July, a letter to area congressmen in support of renewed federal funding of the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) was approved without opposition by the full council on August 1.  Read more

Boehner visit sparks protest at campaign event for Chris Gibson

A visit by U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner to a campaign event for Congressman Chris Gibson sparked a protest by about 75 demonstrators on August 6, across from the entrance of the CVI Building in Ferndale.  Read more

Town of Delaware adopts zoning changes; overrides changes suggested by county

The board of the Town of Delaware voted unanimously to adopt amendments to the town’s zoning code at a special meeting on July 31.  Read more

Rabid fox in Bethel

The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office is alerting citizens that a rabid fox was captured in the northeast section of the Town of Bethel last week.  Read more

Cuomo signs Upstate NY Gaming Economic Development Act

Press Release: Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed the Upstate NY Gaming Economic Development Act, a comprehensive new law that, pending approval of a referendum this fall, will establish four destination gaming resorts in Upstate New York and boost tourism and economic development in communities across the region. Under the casino gaming plan outlined in the new law, all localities in the state will share in increased education aid, or lower property taxes, no matter where the casinos are located.  Read more