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According to a source who has been reliable in the past, and is familiar with proposed sale of the Narrowsburg School, the deal fell through at the closing table either on September 12 or the previous day.

The source said the attorneys were at the closing table and Joan Buto, the person who wanted to buy the school and turn it into a drug and alcohol rehab facility, appeared at the closing and raised the price of the school from $751,000 to $1.5 million, doubling the asking price.

Tusten road use agreement; burdensome new regulations?

Eight towns in Sullivan County have been working with attorneys and engineers for nearly four years to come up with agreements to protect local roads should a high-impact activity, such as gas drilling, come to the region. At the Tusten Town Board meeting on October 3, there was a public hearing for Tusten’s version of the proposed law, and it sparked some objection.  Read more

Honesdale starts single-stream recycling

Recycling in Honesdale will be a whole lot simpler beginning October 15. That’s when the new policy of single-stream collection begins in the borough. And Honesdale residents will no longer have to separate recyclables into different bins for collection at the curb.  Read more

Pike well study sets important baseline

“The longer the record you have, the more powerful the data becomes,” said Lisa Senior of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Pennsylvania Water Science Center in Exton. Senior was updating members of the Pike County Conservation District (PCCD) board of directors on the Pike County Groundwater Level Network established in 2007.  Read more

Pike seniors to plant rain garden

Waters entering the Lackawaxen and Delaware rivers just below the Lackawaxen Township Fire Hall will be cleaner thanks to the efforts of the senior citizens who meet there for meals and social activities. Pike County Conservation District (PCCD) watershed specialist Lori Colgan has been providing educational programs related to water quality issues for the seniors. The group identified a clogged road pipe as the source of water contamination from stormwater runoff.  Read more

Bleak Sullivan healthcare landscape discussed; poverty aggravates bad health

In recent weeks, county legislator Kathy LaBuda has reminded the people who attend meetings at the government center that Sullivan County is the “second poorest county in the state.” At a community health improvement forum at the Ted Stroeble Community Center in Monticello on October 4, Carol Ryan, director of public health, reminded people that the same goes for health outcomes, where Sullivan is the second poorest in the state.  Read more

Local orgs receive grants to preserve region’s assets

Against an appropriate backdrop of tumbling waterfalls, dramatic rock outcroppings and flaming fall foliage, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) awarded 17 grants totaling $100,000 to representatives of communities and organizations assembled at Ledges Hotel in Hawley on October 3.  Read more

Catskill Edible Garden students to be honored; Slow Food fund-raising event scheduled

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — In the ongoing effort to enhance farming in Sullivan County and raise awareness about the importance of agriculture and growing food locally, the Catskill Edible Garden Project was created earlier this year.  Read more

Power line gets final approval from NPS

NEWARK, NJ — The Susquehanna-Roseland power line received final approval from the National Park Service when the agency issued a Record of Decision on October 1, affirming the route the utility preferred. According to supporters, in addition to boosting electric service reliability, the new line will create jobs, reduce electric bills for some customers and provide a significant economic stimulus to the region.  Read more

Settlement in housing meltdown

NEW YORK CITY — Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced a $7.8 million settlement with eAppraiseIT, formerly one of the nation’s largest real estate appraisal management companies, and its parent corporation, First American Corporation, for colluding with savings and loan giant Washington Mutual to inflate the values of homes. The settlement resolves charges that the corporation violated appraiser independence laws, which regulate the conduct of real estate appraisers.  Read more

Rubinstein to be remembered

A memorial service to celebrate the life and accomplishments of Lori Rubinstein will be held on Thursday, October 11 at 7 p.m. at the Monticello High School auditorium.  Read more

Mobile park owner fined $1.3 million

HARRISBURG NY — A mobile home park owner with dozens of properties in 17 Pennsylvania counties, including in Wayne County, has entered a $1.3 million consent decree with the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) over repeated violations of drinking water and wastewater standards. GSP Management Co., Frank T. Perano and related companies are further required to take necessary corrective measures.
The three Wayne County locations—Canal Mobile Park in White Mills, Sunrise Terrace Mobile Park in Honesdale and Pocono Mobile Manor in Gouldsboro—were all listed for drinking water violations.  Read more

Resident: enforce smoking ban; historical society presents an 1860 map of Wayne County

During the comment period of the monthly meeting of the Damascus Township Board, resident Barbara Davis Dexter urged the township council to pay heed to the provisions of the Pennsylvania Department of Health Clean Indoor Air Act, which she suggests the council has been ignoring.  Read more

VIP to apply for new funds

The Victims Intervention Program (VIP) is seeking funding from the federal government for its Services Training Officers Prosecutors (STOP) program. The organization hopes to receive $375,000 over three years from the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) which is mainly a federal program, and according to a formula from the funding source, victim services receive 41% of funding, prosecution gets 31% and 28% goes to law enforcement.  Read more

Photo ID proved hard to get

William Roos is 91 years old. A World War II veteran, he is also wheelchair-ridden due to his weakened condition.
His family was among the first to settle in Honesdale and established a business employing hundreds of Honesdale residents. He has voted in every general election since 1941, mostly as a Democrat.  Read more

Scollo criticizes Marino for allowing deep cuts to Tobyhanna

DINGMAN TOWNSHIP, PA — Businessman Phil Scollo, who is running against U.S. Representative Tom Marino to represent the 10th PA District in the House of Representatives, accuses Marino of voting against funding for the Tobyhanna Army Depot located in Monroe County.  Read more

U.S. Postal Service defaults on $5 billion; hours at dozens of local centers may be cut

RIVER VALLEY — The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) was supposed to send a check for $5.6 billion to the U.S. Treasury by September 30 to prefund the cost of health benefits for future retirees. But for the second month in a row, USPS could not make the payment because it didn’t have the money. The payment, however, is only part of the agency’s problem.  Read more

Bacon shortage debunked; but local dairy farmers see higher feed prices

Last week an obscure British organization called the National Pig Association launched a wave of stories here in the U.S. with a press release that said, “A world shortage of pork and bacon next year is now unavoidable.”  Read more

Eldred Key Elements releases CD

The title says it all: “We Made This Ourselves.” In a real-life, local version of the hit television show “Glee,” 23 Eldred Central School (ECS) students under the direction of their teacher, Justin Glodich, have completed their goal of producing their own CD.

The eighth- through 12th-grade students are members of the a cappella group the Eldred Key Elements. Last year, the group delivered a stirring performance for the ECS board of education.  Read more

Reinventing the family farm; corn maze and country story

The sign in front of the old family farmhouse said the farm was established in 1866. It’s been through a number of reincarnations, for instance when, according to the farm’s website, “Timothy Cunningham changed the farm to growing sweet corn to sell directly to consumers. There was a roadside stand out on Route 17B where customers could stop to pick up dinner. This was in the days when you could leave a can on the table and trust people to leave their money if the grandkids had gotten tired of sitting out by the table and wanted a break.”  Read more

PA judge partially blocks voter ID law

HARRISBURG, PA — A Pennsylvania judge has blocked part of the controversial new Voter ID Law, which would require all voters to produce a state-approved voter photo ID in order to vote.
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