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REGION — According to the website www.project snowstorm.org, which is concerned with snowy owls, every few years, “for reasons that are not entirely understood,” a number of the raptors leave their winter ranges in southern Canada, and migrate down into the United States in an event known as an “irruption.”

Pike training center opens; other counties may use the facility

The $11 million Pike County Training Facility opened on the weekend of May 19 with a fanfare of county and state officials in evidence at the ceremony. The center is near the Pike County Correctional Facility on Route 739, off Interstate 84.  Read more

‘Your Three Words’ hits Central Park; popular ABC-TV program goes local

A steady stream of middle and senior high students descended on Central Park after school on May 18 to participate in a popular ABC-TV segment called “Your Three Words.”  Read more

Wetland worries: Riverkeeper raises concerns

PIKE COUNTY, PA — After visiting Pike County wetlands in Milford Township slated for restoration related to the Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s (TGP) 300 Line Project, the Delaware Riverkeeper Network (DRN) has charged associated regulatory agencies with negligence in protecting amphibian life.  Read more

State of Sullivan County; Great Recession looms large

Sullivan County chairman Scott Samuelson, near the top of his remarks, pointed squarely at the elephant in the room. He said, “It is impossible to start any dialogue about the state of Sullivan County without first addressing the continuing impacts of the global economic crises and the trickle-down effect it is having on all of us.” Still, he said, we must soldier on and work “toward economic recovery and sustainable growth.”  Read more

Beautification pots stolen from Veterans Park

The glazed ceramic pots were large, and had been planted with pansies for the past month. But on the evening of May 20, or early the next morning, someone stole the pots, flowers, dirt and all, and left a feeling of disappointment with the Narrowsburg Beautification Group, a group of volunteers of many ages who have planted trees, shrubs, perennials and flowers in Narrowsburg since 2001, with funding from grants through Sullivan Renaissance.  Read more

Fire at auto shop in Fosterdale

Six fire companies responded to a very smoky fire at Joe’s Auto Service Center on Route 17B.  Read more

Groundswell to save the bridge; veterans, politicians, environmentalists unite

Transportation officials have been saying for years that the only possible course of action regarding the Pond Eddy Bridge is to tear down the old one and put up a new one. But a growing number of people are rejecting that assertion.  Read more

Cooperage building opens with gala celebration; space dedicated to the community

The old Cooperage building at 1030 Main Street, which was built in 1861, will get a new lease on life with plans to make the historic facility a common space for community activities.
The kick-off celebration will be held on Saturday, June 2 with two sessions: one from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and one from 8 p.m. to afterhours.  Read more

Compressor station planned for Hungry Hill; 15,000 horsepower compressor featured

The Millennium Pipeline Company, LLC plans to build a compressor station on 10 acres located in the Town of Hancock in Delaware County. According to information on the company’s website, www.millenniumpipeline.com/hancock_compressor.html, the compressor will be located on Hungry Hill Road about 3000 feet from the seasonal and weekend community located on the shores of Lake Delaware.  Read more

Three men plead guilty in Western Sullivan County burglary spree

Sullivan County District Attorney Jim Farrell announced today that Nicholas Simon, 18, of Jeffersonville, NY, Vandaryle Malone, 18, of Bethel, NY and Kyle Freda, 18, of Narrowsburg, NY have all entered pleas of guilty in connection with a spree of burglaries and two arsons that occurred in the Towns of Bethel, Callicoon, Delaware and Cochecton in 2011.  Read more

A wreath for the Pond Eddy Bridge

About 50 people gathered at the Pond Eddy Bridge on May 19, to bear witness as members of the Tusten, Highland, Lumberland VFW Post #6427 marched onto the bridge, which is also named All Veterans Bridge, to drop a wreath from the historic structure into the waters of the Upper Delaware River below.

The movement to save the span, which was built in 1904, is gaining momentum, as officials in New York are questioning the wisdom of spending nearly $5 million for a new super-highway-like bridge that will serve only about 12 families on the Pennsylvania side of the river.  Read more

Community dinner to raise funds for domestic violence centers

YULAN, NY — The Knights of Columbus in Yulan will hold a pasta dinner at St. Anthony's Parish Hall at 25 Beaverbrook Road in Yulan on Sunday, June 3 from 4 to 7 p.m. to raise funds to aid victims of domestic violence. Proceeds from the event will be given to Sullivan County Safe Passages and Safe Homes of Orange County. The pasta and meatball dinner will include salad, bread, dessert and beverages. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children. For tickets, call Pat Newman at 845/856-6277 or Bill Cole at 845/798-6219.

Tusten Heritage garden gets going

Following a search for a home that included the old school field on Kirk Road and the firemen’s field, the Tusten Heritage Community Garden has successfully found a spot behind the Tusten-Cochecton branch building of the library, with the unanimous approval of the library board. Crops will also be grown at SkyDog Farm on Route 23, co-owned by Kevin Vertrees and Andrea Reynosa, and at Fort Delaware. Reynosa, who is also a town council member, is spearheading the project independent of her town duties.  Read more

Bill offers universal health care to New Yorkers

ALBANY, NY —All New York residents would receive comprehensive health coverage under “New York Health,” a universal health care bill introduced on May 8 by Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard N. Gottfried and Senate Health Committee Ranker Thomas K. Duane. The legislation is co-sponsored by 69 other legislators. The legislators were joined by dozens of health professionals and health care advocates for their annual lobby day.  Read more

Catskill Edible Garden Project launched

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Catskill Mountainkeeper and partnering organizations Cornell Cooperative Extension, Center for Workforce Development, Green Village Initiative and Sullivan Renaissance have launched a project called “Catskill Edible Garden Project – Growing the Next Generation of Food Entrepreneurs.”  Read more

Finally, a sole assessor in Delaware

At a public hearing on a local law that would change the current system for selecting assessors in the Town of Delaware from the election of three assessors to the appointment of one assessor by the town board, comments were heavily in favor of the new law. Fifteen people signed up to speak.

The first, Rich Ferber, was the only one to speak against it. One comment was a letter endorsing Linda Schwartz. The remaining 13 commenters spoke up for the law, including three former town assessors (Bob White, Frank Fulton and Renee Ozomek) and Virginia Andkjar (one of the current assessors).  Read more

Earley exonerated by DA of crimes; Honesdale council member apologized to former zoning officer

In a letter to Honesdale Borough Council President F. J. Monaghan, Janine Edwards, Wayne County District Attorney, exonerated former borough zoning officer Wayne Earley from any wrongdoing in a number of alleged incidents surrounding Earley and his office in the borough building.  Read more

Wetland mapping stirs UDC discussion

“People have to be put above frogs and lizards and snakes,” said David Dean, Town of Deerpark representative to the Upper Delaware Council (UDC) during a discussion about wetland mapping at the UDC’s monthly meeting on May 3. “This is going to devastate private property rights, private property values and municipalities’ ability to assess,” he continued.  Read more

Highland hears more on Local Law 3

David Jones, left, owner of Kittatinny Canoes, addressed the Highland Town Board during its monthly meeting on May 8. The Pike County, PA resident spoke regarding the proposed Local Law 3, which would ban heavy industrial uses such as gas drilling within the town.  Read more

Honesdale to get national retail store; old Salvation Army building to be torn down

A real estate developer appeared before the Borough of Honesdale Planning Commission on May 2, seeking a site-plan approval and answering questions from planning commission members.  Read more