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ELDRED, NY — Forty-five years ago this month, Woodstock descended on Max Yasgur’s farm in Bethel and Sullivan County has never been quite the same since.

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

From exotic animals to accessory apartments

The Town of Tusten zoning rewrite committee plugged away on a list of unresolved items at its latest meeting on Monday, July 23.Probably the most hotly argued issue concerned the use of accessory buildings to house family members like aged parents.  Read more

Nominations sought for Partnership award

MONTICELLO, NY — Each year the Sullivan County Partnership bestows its most prestigious award on a Sullivan County citizen who reflects the best of Sullivan County business, community and charitable leadership. The award will be presented at its annual meeting and celebration, to be held on Thursday, October 4. The award is intended to recognize the fine ideals that were personified by the late Walter A. Rhulen.  Read more

Conservancy launches Green Lodging

This past July 4th holiday, the Delaware Highlands Conservancy (DHC) along with three participating hotels—Ledges, the Settlers Inn and Woodloch Resorts—launched the Green Lodging Partnership program. For participants in the program, with every reservation, guests contribute a $2 donation directly to the DHC. Guests may opt out, but the successful launch of the program shows that very few have.  Read more

Wide-ranging SCCC budget hearing; proposed increase in tuition, salaries

Nick Speranza, chairman of the board of Sullivan County Community College (SCCC), ticked off a list of accomplishments the college has achieved during the past year. Perhaps chief among them was that the college retained accreditation by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. He said that college officials were “very concerned about a visit from the accreditation team” because of past problems, but the visit went well. The team, however, said the college should make a few changes, such as the creation of a strategic plan, which the college did not have.  Read more

PA Voter ID hearing begins; fraud is not an issue

HARRISBURG, PA — One thing Commonwealth lawyers will not be arguing as the hearing for the Voter ID Law unfolds this week is that the law was necessary to combat existing voter fraud.  Read more

Dairy farmers oppose the new Farm Bill; ignores plight of dairies

WASHINGTON, DC — Dairy farmers across Pennsylvania, New York, Wisconsin and California—the biggest milk-producing states—are opposing the new Farm Bill as miserably inadequate in addressing the pressing dairy farm crisis.  Read more

Free home energy assessments available in Wayne/Pike

Local Pennsylvania homeowners can save energy and money with free home energy assessments this summer. The Energy Awareness Action Movement (TEAAM) is sponsored by Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support (SEEDS).  Read more

Honesdale Little Leaguers win state championship

The members of the Honesdale Little Baseball Association’s 11-year-old team won five of their six games this year, to become state champs and win the Cal Ripken crown. The winning game came on July 18, and now the team moves on to the regional tournament, which is set to begin on August 3 in Monroe, NJ. The team was honored with a parade through town on July 21.

Locavore learning

Buying and eating local foods—it’s a win-win strategy that supports the local economy and neighboring farmers, keeps land in agriculture, improves overall health and builds stronger communities. So why do we need a movement to restore a practice that used to be part of our everyday lives?  Read more

The war on Japanese Knotweed

A battle is being waged against an invader that has taken over river banks, riparian zones and roadsides in the Upper Delaware region, and the public is being educated on the most effective means of controlling Japanese knotweed.  Read more

Pushing for more sunlight; legislator campaigns against caucus system

As a general rule, when making decisions about matters that will impact the public, elected officials in New York State are required to deliberate in public. But one important exception to the rule is the political caucus. When members of the same political party get together, they are allowed to discuss county business, and just about anything else they want to discuss, with no fear of running afoul of the state’s Open Meetings Law.  Read more