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September 04, 2015
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REGION — There’s no question that last year’s winter was one for the record books, with temperature records falling all across the eastern United States and here in the Northeast, while most of the rest of the planet experienced above-normal temperatures. In fact, temperatures were so far above normal for most of the planet that by the end of August climate scientists were projecting that 2015 will be the warmest year since record taking began in 1880. Coming in right behind this year is 2014, which will then become the second warmest year on record.

ATVs: safety required

UPPER DELAWARE RIVER REGION — ATV riding can be a risky sport. Within a period of six weeks this summer, two young people died in ATV accidents in our area. An eight-year-old boy from Long Island, NY lost his life in an ATV accident in the Town of Callicoon, NY on August 24, and in July, a 24-year-old Narrowsburg woman died as a result of an accident in Beach Lake, PA.  Read more

Protecting bats, birds and fish; A legislative battle over endangered species

HARRISBURG, PA — Supporters say the proposed Endangered Species Coordination Act (ESCA) would merely standardize the state process for designating species of fish, wildlife or plants as threatened or endangered. Representative Jell Pyle, the prime sponsor of ESCA, has 67 co-sponsors in the house.  Read more

Reservoir plan irks Ulster residents; The issue is turbidity

UPSTATE, NY — In order to avoid paying up to $10 billion for a filtration system for the water that serves the residents of New York City (NYC), city officials must maintain a Filtration Avoidance Determination (FAD)that has been worked out with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the New York State Department of Health (DOH), and others groups.  Read more

Groups threaten suit over Act 41; Septic systems in Wayne/Pike watershed

NORTHEAST, PA — Elected officials at every level were supportive of Act 41, which Governor Tom Corbett signed on July 2. The act stipulated that properly designed septic systems are automatically in compliance with Pennsylvania’s anti-degradation requirements, which are mandated by federal law.  Read more

Jane Varcoe: hard work and dedication

It was Wayne County Commissioners’ Chair Brian Smith’s “extreme pleasure,” on August 29 to honor one of the county’s most active public servants and volunteers, Jane Varcoe. “The people of the county,” he said, “want to recognize you for all the hard work and dedication.”  Read more

Gillibrand: bike racks for Amtrak

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand on August 30 renewed her call for Amtrak to include bicycle racks in its plans to modernize the rolling stock used in train services between New York City and Buffalo.  Read more

Judge rules in favor of PPL line

ALLENTOWN, PA — PPL Electric Utilities called a federal judge’s decision to dismiss a lawsuit challenging federal permits for the Susquehanna-Roseland power line “the right decision for millions of people throughout the mid-Atlantic region who will have more reliable electric service because of this project.”  Read more

Monticello man arrested for heroin

Monticello police arrested Maceo Jones, 43, of Monticello, on August 29. Jones was charged with felony criminal possession of a controlled substance and violation trespass.  Read more

Accused shooter asked for police interview to be dismissed

Lawyers for a man accused of staging his wife’s death have asked that an interview conducted by police that lasted several hours not be shown to the jury. At a pretrial hearing on August 28, lawyers William Peters and Robert Buttner said police violated their client’s constitutional rights because, during the interview, the 72-year-old Robert Jufer was never read his Miranda Rights and was never told he was free to leave should he choose to do so.  Read more

STAR exemption registration

ALBANY, NY — Some 2.6 million homeowners in New York State receive the Basic STAR property tax exemption to help reduce the cost of school property taxes, and the average benefit per household is $700.  Read more

Lumberland Fire Department gets two-year contract

Firefighters got a new contract on August 28, but Lumberland Fire Department President Ann Schulte Steimle said that the first she’d heard its details was upon Supervisor Nadia Rajsz reading the document earlier that evening.  Read more

New York’s highest court to hear fracking, home rule case

The battle between those in favor of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and those against it in New York State will get one more hearing before a court of law. The New York State Court of Appeals announced on August 29, that it will hear the zoning and home rule cases regarding fracking bans in the towns of Middlefield and Dryden.  Read more

Primary vote September 10

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — There are a several primary races that will take place on September 10 in Sullivan County.

In the Town of Bethel, restaurateur Judith Maidenbaum is challenging incumbent suprivisor Dam Sturm for the slot on the Democratic ticket; three candidates, Timothy Colaianni, incumbent Lillian Hendrickson and Dawn Rider are vying for the Democratic nod for two seats on the town council.  Read more

Voter reliability honored in Wayne

The best business of the day at the August 22 meeting of the Wayne County Commissioners came after the conclusion of the their regular agenda.  Read more

Gun manufacturer gets conditional use hearing

A conditional use hearing is scheduled for September 16 at 5:30 p.m. for Kahr Firearms Group, which is looking to establish a manufacturing plant and corporate headquarters at the Pike County Business Park. The meeting will be held at the municipal building before the Blooming Grove Township board of supervisors.  Read more

PA bridges repair on hold; Worst in the nation

HARRISBURG, PA — Barry J. Schoch, the secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDot), announced on August 23 that the department will implement or expand weight restrictions to about 1,000 structurally deficient bridges statewide to ensure bridge safety and preserve the aging bridge system.  Read more

Building up the business community

A lengthy project came to a successful conclusion on August 19, when the township supervisors gave final approval to Ordinance 97, which updated several areas of Lackawaxen’s zoning ordinance.  Read more

Highland issues consumer alert

After one or more seniors reported a paving contractor who was said to have offered a bargain price on asphalt left over from another job, and then charged thousands of dollars more than anticipated, the Highland Town Board issued a consumer alert last week.  Read more

Groups file lawsuit against PPL line

REGION — The New Jersey Sierra Club (NJSC) joined other national and local environmental and citizen groups in filing for a preliminary injunction to stop construction of the Susquehanna-Roseland transmission line in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and two adjacent national park units. PSEG and PPL are scheduled to begin work in the parks on September 3.  Read more