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HALE EDDY, NY — The first-ever meeting of the Upper Delaware River Tailwaters Coalition (UDRTC) was held at the West Branch Angler Resort on September 12, drawing about 70 people concerned with trout fishing, the reservoirs, flooding and other river issues. The rivers at the center of the discussion are the main stem of the Delaware River north of Callicoon, and the West Branch and East Branch, which flow from the Cannonsville Reservoir and Pepacton Reservoir respectively to meet the main stem at Hancock.

Waynepeace to address Voter ID Law

The deadline for voter registration in Pennsylvania is October 9, and a significant controversy concerning Pennsylvania’s new Voter ID Law has been drawing national attention for several weeks. Waynepeace will host a discussion of this law and its implications at the Wayne County Public Library on Tuesday, October 2, beginning at 5:30 p.m.  Read more

Beekeeping bill approved in committee

HARRISBURG, PA — Legislation authored by Rep. Sandra Major to allow Pennsylvania beekeepers to sell their product from the site where it is processed without the need to pay registration and licensing fees was unanimously passed by the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee on September 24 and sent to the full House for a vote.  Read more

Schick nominated for county judge slot

ALBANY, NY — The Democratic Judicial Nominating Convention for the New York State Third Judicial District was held on September 21, at the Albany Court House. Stephan Schick, an attorney from Sullivan County, was nominated as one of the two candidates for NYS Supreme Court Justice, for the district which consists of the counties of Sullivan, Ulster, Greene, Schoharie, Albany, Rensselaer and Columbia. Schick’s name will appear on the ballot on the Democratic line for the November 2012 general election along with a Columbia County attorney Richard Mott. There are two positions to be filled starting in January 2013.  Read more

Talking about talk in Delaware

The issue of communications—from town residents to the town board, and from town board to residents—was front and center at the Town of Delaware Town Board meeting on Wednesday, September 20. Both sides apparently think there is room for improvement.  Read more

Arrests in Narrowsburg break-ins

Two men were arrested in connection with three break-ins in Narrowsburg last week. On September 24, New York State Police arrested Michael Wilson, 18, of Callicoon, and Joseph Flora, 19, of Beach Lake, PA, and charged them each with three counts of burglary.  Read more

Scott Krebs on small-town rural education; ECS high school principal reflects

“We haven’t had a car on the roof yet,” joked Eldred Central School (ECS) District high school principal Scott Krebs as he gestured toward a poster displayed on the wall of his office.  Read more

Wyland mobile water unit visits region

“Did you say Martians?” exclaimed one wide-eyed sixth-grader as Nick Spinelli, executive director of the Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management District, discussed the many benefits of wetlands during a regional visit last week from the Wyland Clean Water Mobile Learning Experience (MLE).  Read more

Lackawaxen boat launch controversy; Kittatinny Canoes:‘The law is on our side’

Thirty-one miles of the Lackawaxen River flow peacefully through the Pennsylvania valleys of Pike and Wayne counties, but there is a small section of shoreline along the river in the Township of Lackawaxen where the waters are a little turbulent.  Read more

Both parties’ Honesdale headquarters now open

The Wayne County Democratic Party opened its Honesdale election headquarters on Thursday, September 20. The office, which will be open daily from 10 a.m. to late night hours, is located at 533 Main Street, the former site of Quality Printing.  Read more

Gibson leads Schreibman in poll; medicare is a big issue

19TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, NY — A Siena College poll shows Republican Congressman Chris Gibson with a commanding lead over his opponent Democrat Julian Schreibman. The two candidates are competing for the newly formed 19th Congressional district, which includes Sullivan, Ulster and Delaware counties.  Read more

Thieves break into Narrowsburg church; four other buildings also hit

“I’m upset, but I’m glad that no one was in the office at the time this happened,” said the Rev. Phyllis Haynes, pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Narrowsburg, NY.  Read more

Livingston Manor digs out from flooding again

The hamlet that has been hit by repeated flooding over the past decade was hit again on September 18, as torrential rains moved through the area. This time it was Cattail Creek coming down from Shandelee mountain that caused the problems. Two homes in Livingston Manor were rendered unlivable, and others were seriously damaged.

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Gas at a glance

Health impacts of Marcellus Shale drilling to be studied in PA  Read more

Cochecten anti-drilling petition

On the issue of fracking, where agreements about facts are scarce, there is never a shortage of passion and emotion.  Read more

Hawley zombie attacker faces charges

A man who, according to a police report, “gnawed” on a woman’s head while naked and covered with blood, was released from a Scranton hospital on September 16, and charged with various crimes including assault and indecent exposure. He was being held on $100,000 bail as of the next day.  Read more

PA voter ID law punted back to lower court

HARRISBURG, PA — In a four-to-two decision, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on September 17 threw the case against the Voter ID law back to the lower court, and told the judge, Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson, that in order for the law, which is also known as Act 18, to be implemented, the court must make a couple of determinations.  Read more

Gas well fees to be distributed in block grants

PENNSYLVANIA — Block grant distribution of the funds from Pennsylvania’s gas well fees will be implemented by the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission around December 1 to county conservation districts, according to Peter Tarby of the Department of Environmental Protection Water Management Program.  Read more

New speed zones in Port

The Port Jervis Police Department and Port Jervis School District have implemented a new 20 mph school zone near the entrance to the schools located on Route 209, to help provide safer routes for children who walk to school.

The new school speed zone consists entirely of lower Hamilton Street from the city line, located at Cold Brook (entrance to high school property) at the base of Hamilton Street, to the traffic signal located on Hamilton Street at the Kingston Avenue intersection.  Read more

School lunch nutrition to improve

New national lunch standards this year require schools to offer fruits and vegetables every school day, only fat-free and low-fat milk options, and more whole grains. Calorie limits for students will also be set based on grade level.  Read more

PCCD questions new permit process; haste, prioritization and politics at issue

A new Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) permit review process and the draft policy for implementing it met with criticism at the September 17 board of directors meeting of the Pike County Conservation District (PCCD) in Blooming Grove. Specific concerns were cited about the hasty process involved and the potential for “politicizing” the prioritization of permits.  Read more