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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.

Sommers, Fedun get partnership awards

The Sullivan County Partnership for Economic Development has named Josh Sommers, president and CEO of Focus Media, Inc., as the 2012 recipient of the Walter A. Rhulen Award. The Partnership also recognized Darlene Fedun, CEO, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, as Distinguished Service Award winner.
Both Sommers and Fedun will be honored at the Partnership’s annual meeting on October 4 at The Sullivan in Rock Hill.  Read more

Sinkhole at the high school; no interest in mothballed buildings

It’s usually not a good sign when Noel van Swol says, “I almost feel like saying, ‘I told you so.’” And that’s what the board member said at a meeting of the Sullivan West Central School District at the high school on August 23.

Speaking as the chairman of the Facilities Needs Committee, van Swol informed his colleagues that a sinkhole had been discovered at the high school, and the estimated cost to repair it was $3,000 to $8,000.  Read more

Greeley Fire Department to quit association

Volunteer firefighter and supervisor Brian Stuart wasn’t trained in fire school to fight this type of fire. Sparks flew at the August 20 Lackawaxen Township meeting between one of the Lackawaxen Fire Commission departments, Greeley, and representatives from the fire commission, whose mission is to pool resources from the four fire departments in the township.  Read more

Earley sues Wayne Independent; O’Day says Earley did nothing wrong

Wayne Earley, the former zoning officer of the Borough of Honesdale, has filed a lawsuit against The Wayne Independent (TWI) newspaper for defamation of character and other matters.  Read more

Resurrected mansion to focus on health stays; sewer extension considered for 17B establishment

The rebuilding of the White Lake Mansion on Route 17B has been in the planning phase for at least three years. It has now progressed to the point where the town board is considering an extension of the Kauneonga Lake Sewer District to accommodate the project.  Read more

Many hands make light work of cleanup

UPPER DELAWARE REGION — “When I arrived at the site and looked down the bank, I thought, ‘this is going to take all day’,” said Town of Highland Supervisor Andrew Boyar, an avid fisherman involved with regional fishing organizations. Boyar was pleasantly proven wrong as more than 30 volunteers showed up to contribute their efforts to a riverbank cleanup organized by longtime river advocate Lee Hartman on August 11.  Read more

Did killer have relationship with victim’s mother?

According to people familiar with the situation, 56-year-old Rodney Ezrapour, who according to Wayne County District Attorney Janine Edwards, shot and killed Kristina Sue Adams before turning the gun on himself, at one point had a relationship with the victim’s mother, Cindy Adams. This has not been confirmed by Edwards or state police.  Read more

CCC celebrated at Promised Land State Park; New GPS tour launched, featuring CCC sites

Three hearty seniors, whose sense of humor hasn’t diminished with time, recently attended the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Festival at Promised Land State Park (PLSP) in Greentown. The former “CCC boys” wasted no time in being useful once again as they grabbed shovels and got to work planting a commemorative serviceberry tree near the Masker Museum, which houses an interesting display of CCC artifacts and historical information.  Read more

Cardinal comes to 150th anniversary; St. Francis Xavier Parish celebrates

If you attended the celebration of the 150th-year anniversary of St. Francis Xavier Parish on the Landers Campground on August 26, you would have had difficulty identifying the Archbishop of New York, Timothy Cardinal Dolan.  Read more

Corbett visits Promised Land State Park

Governor Tom Corbett, left, received two white pine saplings and other gifts during his visit to Promised Land State Park in Greentown, PA on August 23.

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Governor Corbett kayaks down the Delaware; Protestors line both sides of the river

THE DELAWARE RIVER – Gas drilling protestors occupied several sites along both sides of the Delaware River on Thursday, August 23 to greet PA governor Tom Corbett with anti-drilling signs and shouting anti-drilling slogans.  Read more

Monticello man sentenced to 11 years in prison

Sullivan County District Attorney Jim Farrell announced today that Ian Atkins, 43, of Monticello, N.Y. was sentenced in Sullivan County Court to 11 years in state prison and 5 years of post release supervision for the daytime burglary of a home in Fallsburg.  Read more

Act 13 injunction upheld

HARRISBURG, PA — The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court ruled on August 15 that municipalities are not required to obey Act 13 while the Robinson Township decision, which struck down the “pre-emption clause” of Act 13, is appealed to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. That clause would have had the effect of superseding municipalities’ ordinances local zoning laws, bans and moratoria on gas drilling.  Read more

Commissioners protest drastic cuts to victim programs

The Wayne County commissioners have decried the cutting of 50% of the funding for the county victim/witness program and juvenile victim assistance program. Last year, the program received about $50,000 for the two programs.  Read more

Gas drilling petition in Cochecton

A group called “Keep Cochecton Green” has put up a petition online at www.cochecton.org regarding horizontal hydrofracking for natural gas, and is passing around a circular requesting that residents of the Town of Cochecton sign it.  Read more

Pike cancels recycling program; costs are prohibitive

Shocking many residents, the Pike County Commissioners voted, at their meeting on August 15, to stop the countywide recycling program, effective October 1, 2012.  Read more

Residents say ‘don’t do it’; spotlight on overriding the tax cap

Resident Tom Manza said, “Actually, I’m here to ask for a 20% tax reduction,” which drew laughter from the legislature because, with the budget situation as bad as it is, a cut is out of the question and a double-digit increase seems likely.  Read more

Highland to consider climate pledge

The Town of Highland town board heard two special presentations at its recent monthly meeting on August 14.  Read more

Anti-gas drilling TV commercial unveiled

NEW YORK STATE — Television commercials touting the benefits of natural gas have become commonplace over the past couple of years with energy companies like Exxon and Chesapeake and industry lobbying groups like American Petroleum Institute and American Natural Gas Alliance spending millions on slick productions that paint drilling as an activity that will bring jobs and prosperity.  Read more

New arts and cultural center opens; international artists featured

If you happen to be driving on Route 6 in White Mills and wonder about a sign in front of the old mill that says “PaPA,” you should drive into the parking lot of the building and stop in.  Read more