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July 12, 2014
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SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — The torrential rains came again to the Upper Delaware Valley, resulting in flooding, closed roads, evacuations and thousands of residents without power. But this time, there were no serious injuries.

Jeffersonville native to run in Yankee Stadium

NEW YORK CITY — On August 12, thousands of avid runners, passionate baseball fans, cancer survivors and supporters from across the country will gather at the starting line for the Damon Runyon 5K at Yankee Stadium. Among them will be Cassandra Egan, a native of Jeffersonville and a cancer survivor. The 28-year-old mother of two and avid runner will participate alongside 4,000 others to raise money and awareness for cancer research.  Read more

New Pike County Library under construction

The structure of the new Pike County Public Library is emerging on East Harford Street in Milford. The opening is set for late fall.  Read more

DEP fines EXCO Resources $47,500 for operating unpermitted transfer stations in Lycoming, Sullivan counties

Company improperly stored flowback water, waste sand from gas drilling sites

WILLIAMSPORT, PA -- The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has fined EXCO Resources LLC of Warrendale, Allegheny County, $47,500 for operating unpermitted residual waste transfer stations in Lycoming and Sullivan counties in 2011 and earlier this year, which violated the state’s Solid Waste Management Act.  Read more

Webinar offered on Act 13 decision

REGION — Penn State Extension will host a special webinar titled “A Blow to Act 13?: The Impact of the Commonwealth Court’s Decision on Local Zoning and Natural Gas Development in Pennsylvania” on Thursday, August 9 from 1 to 2 p.m. This webinar is free and open to the public, and will be of special interest to municipal officials and attorneys.  Read more

Casey bills would promote gas industry

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) has introduced the STATE Natural Gas Act, which would allow states to determine the best way to invest in the natural gas industry.  Read more

Open season for TAG grants

The Upper Delaware Council (UDC) is accepting applications for its Technical Assistance Grants (TAG) program. Applications from the UDC’s member municipalities must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, August 31.  Read more

Pond Eddy Bridge rally postponed

Friends of the Pond Eddy Bridge, which had been planning a “Save the Pond Eddy Bridge” rally on August 4, has postponed the planned demonstration. The postponement is due to developments at the June 27 meeting in Monticello between NYS Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald and local officials, arranged by NYS Senator John Bonacic with support from Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther (see “New York meeting regarding Pond Eddy Bridge, TRR July 12 issue).  Read more

Effect of drought on local dairy farms is slight but western drought is coming

PENNSYLVANIA & NEW YORK — According to agriculture officials, nearly one third of the counties in the United Sates have been declared disaster areas due to the severest drought since the Dust Bowl days in the 1930s.  Read more

Swingers headed to Crystal Lake Road

TOWN OF TUSTEN, NY — Although the organization is called Erotic Bethel, according to the website, www.eroticbethel.com, the actual location of the camp for adults only is on Crystal Lake Road in the Town of Tusten, which puts it in an area with other camps.  Read more

Delaware meetings to be aired on TV; group seeks to foster

From now on, town council meetings for the Town of Delaware, which are held at the town hall building in Hortonville, will be video recorded and aired on Time Warner Cable channel 23 on Mondays from 8 to 10 p.m.  Read more

One tale of bullying; a Honesdale survivor

According to the American Justice Department, one out of every four kids is bullied, and 14% of those who were bullied said that they experienced severe reactions to the abuse. There are two types of bullying: physical and verbal. Parents should be asking themselves: “Are my kids being bullied? And if so, what can I do to help?”  Read more

Hinchey and Medicare feted

Congressman Maurice Hinchey noted that everyone at some point needs healthcare, and without it, he would have died from the colon cancer he suffered with. Fortunately, two operations to address the problem last summer were successful, and though he will be retiring at the end of the year, he plans to remain active in matters that have long interested him. One of those is the strengthening of Medicare, which turned 47 years old on July 30.  Read more

Gillibrand asks for expedited pesticide review; the cause of Colony Collapse Disorder?

UPPER DELAWARE VALLEY — There is a study of the pesticide clothianidin that was set to conclude in 2018. But because the pesticide has been linked to Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), which has been decimating honey bee colonies over the past six years, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on July 26 urging that the study be concluded by the end of next year.  Read more

Barryville man sentenced for vehicular manslaughter

When 19-year-old Charles Wolf lost control of the vehicle he was driving on Haring Road in the Town of Lumberland in December 2011, the resulting accident cost the life of his cousin, Kyle MacKechnie.  Read more

Get on a bike and ride—with Hawley BikeShare

Those who happen to be in Hawley and would like a set of wheels to see the town, can now borrow a bicycle—free of charge—and visit a variety of shops, restaurants and more, thanks to the new Hawley BikeShare program.  Read more

Launching lanterns of hope for child victims of violence

“Never underestimate the power of a mother,” said Lackawanna County assistant district attorney Eugene Talerico Jr. of April Loposky, as cheers erupted from a large crowd assembled at the Wallenpaupack Visitors Center during the first “Light the Night for Marley’s Mission” on July 29 in Hawley.  Read more

Town of Delaware meeting to be aired July 30

HORTONVILLE, NY - A video of the Town of Delaware meeting that took place on Wednesday, July 18 will be broadcast on Monday, July 30 on Channel 23 at 8 p.m.. It will be aired every Monday night at until it is replaced by the video of the next meeting, which will take place on August 15.

Act 13 declared unconstitutional on four counts

HARRISBURG, PA — A Pennsylvania court has sustained four counts in the suit against the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania challenging the constitutionality of Act 13, a law that would supersede local municipalities’ abilities to zone oil and gas drilling operations, among other provisions.

Petitioners have been granted summary relief on Counts I, II, III and VIII of their suit.These court actions have the effect of invalidating the portions of the law pertaining to statewide zoning standards.

The Commonwealth’s objections to the other counts have been sustained.  Read more

Dessin receives 12 dogs from Benton hoarder case

HONESDALE, PA — More than 200 Chihuahuas removed from the home of Albert and Thomas Ambrosia on Ridge Road in Jackson Township, Columbia County, PA on July 19 are being transported to shelters across the state in order to find new homes for the small dogs. Twelve of the dogs are now at Dessin Animal Shelter being cleaned up and cared for in preparation for adoption.  Read more

Honesdale may lose liquor store

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PA LCB) has plans to relocate the retail state liquor store which has been on Main Street since the state stores were first established, to the Route 6 Plaza in Texas Township.  Read more