HARRISBURG, PA — Pennsylvania Rep. Todd Stephens on August 25 called on the legislature to act to correct what he called a weakness in the Crimes Code following a Pennsylvania Superior Court ruling that declared many of the state’s mandatory minimum sentencing provisions unconstitutional. Read more
ALBANY, NY — The current 2013-14 freshwater fishing regulations will extend through March 31, 2015, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens announced on August 25. New freshwater fishing regulations will take effect April 1, 2015 and a new regulations guide will be available from all license sale vendors at that time. Read more
HORTONVILLE, NY — A resident of the Town of Delaware claims that Councilperson Harold Roeder is believed to have sold his house in early July and moved to a home in Pennsylvania, but has yet to resign from the town board. Jerry Smith, a concerned resident, told The River Reporter that if Roeder holds off on a resignation, that will have an impact on who might hold the council seat through 2015. Read more
SMALLWOOD, NY — A group of mostly younger swimmers came to swim at the Toronto Reservoir’s east access point on Sunday, August 24, asserting what they say is their right to do so, although recently, the owner of the reservoir, Eagle Creek Renewable Energy, had filed a petition with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to reverse its earlier decision to allow swimming. Read more
It’s not unusual to see large numbers of people floating down the Upper Delaware River on a summer’s day, but some in the group that were floating through Skinner’s Falls on August 14 were clearly distressed. Read more
The Tusten town board voted four to one to commit to replacing the deck along Main Street, and as a result may receive a $106,000 grant from the state. Read more
The Tusten town board voted three to two to get a second legal opinion about whether it is advisable for the town to file an amicus brief to support the lawsuit brought by Brendan and Kathy Weiden and 12 other residents against the board of the Sullivan West Central School District, and also to determine if the town had any claim against the school board. Read more
While other issues were under discussion at the Shohola Township meeting on August 14, it was dominated by the issue that has been clouding the township all summer. A burglar has been targeting Shohola cars and homes all season. No one has been arrested yet, or identified as a person of interest. Police Chief Scott Carney was present at the meeting, but made no official statement, except for commenting that the burglaries were the subject of an ongoing investigation. Local police did not return calls related to this article. Read more
A U.S. Court of Appeals ruled on August 15 that the Millennium Pipeline Company had properly sited a large compressor station, and the company may continue to operate it, even though it is in the midst of a residential neighborhood. Read more
A Town of Delaware methane baseline study, measuring the levels of natural ambient methane in the town, will be unveiled at the Delaware Youth Center on Sunday, August 24, from 12 noon until 2 p.m. The report on the baseline study was completed earlier this year and the findings for the town are in. Read more
Recent storms and flooding dominated the Town of Delaware August 13 meeting. The town board authorized an emergency stream restoration and flood mitigation program and also a relief program for households that need help with replacing items damaged in the storms.
The council passed two resolutions to authorize the programs. Read more
“The Woodstock Festival that happened here had a lot of dreamers,” said Dar Williams, a Hudson Valley singer and songwriter, at the start of her educational program for kids about the importance of helping bees and other pollinators at Bethel Woods Conservatory on August 14, before the 45th Woodstock anniversary weekend. She continued that first-you-have-to-dream-and-then-make-it-happen philosophy, singing “Wake Up and Move Your Body Around” and getting the kids who were attending a summer camp up dancing. Read more
Zephyr Teachout, a law professor who is challenging Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic primary, has been endorsed by Mamakating supervisor Bill Herrmann, who said “I like Andrew Cuomo’s words, but I don’t like his actions.” The endorsement came at a campaign event on August 16 in Wurtsboro. Read more
Will you volunteer one Thursday evening to help out Wayne County neighbors in need ?
As the summer season continues, most of us are attending summer holiday celebrations, graduation parties and weddings; while others . are beginning to think about getting the kids ready to go back to school and planning back to school shopping trips.
Others are not doing as well. Read more