The question of whether traffic on Main Street and Church Street in the borough should be two way or one way is heating up again. The spark this time is a study done by the Honesdale traffic engineer, and paid for by the council, which found that since the traffic pattern changed in 2009, traffic accidents have increased by 30%. Read more
One of the most frustrating issues confronting Sullivan County legislators is the construction of the proposed county jail. The decision had been pushed back over the past several years because of the tough economic climate, but now lawmakers are slowly moving forward again. Read more
The Town of Bethel has become the latest municipality in Sullivan County to adopt the Climate Smart Communities Pledge. At the town meeting on November 13, the board voted unanimously to adopt the pledge, which is promoted by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). Read more
Finding the wherewithal to maintain, repair and rebuild its 116 miles of paved and unpaved roads is nothing new to Damascus Township. It’s been a challenge for as long as the roads have been there. But in the wake of hurricanes Irene and Sandy, a recession that now looks suspiciously like a lifestyle, and unparalleled fiscal constraints in Washington, Harrisburg and Wayne County, road upkeep seems to be an impossible dream. Read more
At the Tusten Town Council meeting in November, the council members discussed the possibility of the town buying the abandoned Narrowsburg School and its 14-acre lot. The school closed and was boarded up in 2005, and is being sold by John Hector Realty. Read more
At a ceremony on November 20, Superintendent Dr. Nancy Hackett handed out heavy pieces of slate of the type used to repair the roof at the Jeffersonville School. Among those honored with their very own bit of history were former superintendent Dr. Ken Hilton and the first superintendent of the Sullivan West Central School District, Mike Johndrow. Read more
After a long wait, Roscoe Beer Company has announced the approval of its brewer’s permit, along with plans for expansion. The company can now begin to plan to build a larger brewery either at its 145 Rockland Rd. location or another location in Roscoe. The company also plans new brews with input from members of their home brewers club. Read more
HARRISBURG, PA — Legislation that would classify attacks related to violent “games,” such as “the knockout game” or “slap cam,” as aggravated assault is being introduced in the state House of Representatives, said Rep. Kevin Haggerty, a Democrat and prime sponsor of the bill. The offense would be graded as a first-degree misdemeanor. Read more
REGION — Santa Claus helped mark the beginning of the holiday season in the Upper Delaware River Valley with an appearance at the 19th annual James Dworetsky Holiday Parade in Jeffersonville on November 27.
It was just one of many holiday-themed events that occurred over the past week in the area. For a look at the many emerging sights of Christmas and Chanukah go to Jonathan Fox’s column and see our events calendar.
NARROWSBURG, NY — Once upon a time, wood and pellet stoves were essentially quaint space heaters. Cozy and romantic, maybe, but not very practical, given their limited range and the need for constant care and feeding. But things have changed, as became apparent at a forum on pellet boilers on Sunday, November 17 at the Tusten Theatre, sponsored by Damascus Citizens for Sustainability and The Solution Project, attended by about 100 people. Read more
WESTFALL, PA — Delaware Valley School District officials on November 21 were hoping the third time would be the charm, as they approved the $1.35 million purchase of some 50 acres of land in Matamoras Borough. Closing the deal was made contingent upon the property meeting all the needed permitting and construction requirements. Read more
LACKAWAXEN, PA — The township supervisors on November 15 approved a letter to the Pike County Commissioners asking “proportionate allocations” of library funds to the Wayne County libraries in Hawley and Newfoundland, which are heavily patronized by western Pike residents. Read more