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REGION — As the chlorophyll in green leaves breaks down letting reds, yellows and oranges shine through, the autumn show begins.

This information from Environmental Learning Resources from SUNY: “As the fall colors appear, other changes are taking place. At the point where the stem of the leaf is attached to the tree, a special layer of cells develops and gradually severs the tissues that support the leaf. At the same time, the tree seals the cut, so that when the leaf is finally blown off by the wind or falls from its own weight, it leaves behind a leaf scar.

Training Sullivan mediators

MONTICELLO, NY — The Dispute Resolution Center (DRC) is looking for community-minded people to join its volunteer mediator panel to provide mediation services in local courts. Although no special degree or prior mediation experience is required, good communication skills and a desire to help others resolve their conflicts effectively and appropriately is a prerequisite.  Read more

Plans and ruins in Berlin Township

BEACH LAKE, PA — At its September 16 regular monthly meeting, the Berlin Township Board of Supervisors focused its attention on two matters on its own agenda and one directed to it by the public.  Read more

Upper Delaware residents join climate march

NEW YORK CITY, NY — Of the 400,000 or so people participating in the People’s Climate March on September 21, quite a few were from the Upper Delaware Valley. There were representatives from the Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy, Catskill Mountainkeeper, Damascus Citizens for Sustainability and the Delaware Riverkeeper Network. There was also a contingent of about 20 residents from The Weather Project, which was created by the NACL Theater in Highland Lake.  Read more

DV considers opposition to gas compressor expansion

DINGMAN, PA — Opponents of a proposed expansion of gas pipeline compressor station in Milford Township on September 19 asked for the support of the Delaware Valley School District.

They found some sympathetic responses among school board members, but the board’s statutory ability to get involved was an issue to be resolved.  Read more

Judge orders Buto to sign over Narrowsburg school

Judge Stephan Schick has ordered Joan Buto to sign over her contract to buy the Narrowsburg school to Brendan and Kathy Weiden as she had previously agreed to do. The hearing was held on September 22.  Read more

Company resolves PILOT issue; Large employer will stay in Port Jervis

PORT JERVIS, NY — Councilman Robert Ritchie, who is liaison to the Port Jervis Industrial Development Agency (IDA), agreed to a deal with the Future Home Technology Inc. over its delinquency with taxes, he reported during the Common Council’s September 8 meeting—provided the council agreed.  Read more

Block grant season underway

HONESDALE, PA — Some of the local governments seeking a share in Wayne County’s portion of the 2015 federal community development block grant (CDBG) pot came forward on September 4, for a first public hearing before the county commissioners.  Read more

As Pike ages, county transport gets more use

MILFORD, PA — More people are using Pike County’s transportation system.

Reporting to the county commissioners last week, transportation director Christine Obser said ridership in the past fiscal year (through June 30) is up.  Read more

Hortonville fire department on display at Big Eddy Film Festival

NARROWSBURG, NY — Over the last couple of years, Isaac Green Diebboll has been seen at numerous county and town meetings, shooting video of the meetings and posting them on the Internet to be viewed and used by the public, providing a service that is valued by those on both sides of any political debate.  Read more

Highland to begin budget planning

ELDRED, NY — Town of Highland officials will begin reviewing numbers in a preliminary 2015 budget next week.

At last Tuesday’s meeting of the town board, Supervisor Andrew Boyar said various department requests are being assembled and the first work session for the preliminary plan has been scheduled for September 22, at the town hall.  Read more

Mysteryland may return

WHITE LAKE, NY — Councilmember Vicky Simpson said a couple of interesting developments occurred at the latest planning board meeting. Speaking at the town board meeting on September 10, Simpson said representatives of Dunkin’ Donuts have initiated a conversation with the planning board about possibly opening a shop in the building that formerly housed the Bank of America branch.  Read more

Beefed up efforts in Shohola; String of burglaries continues

SHOHOLA, PA — Shohola Township is generally a very quiet, peaceful and safe place. While it covers over 46 square miles, its population is only about 2,100. Much of the land is state game land, and much of its actual area is covered by water. There is the Delaware River, and also countless creeks and lakes. The people who live here are largely working-class and live here year round. While there are seasonal dwellers, there are few communities that cater to that lifestyle. Everyone knows everyone, though people enjoy their privacy.  Read more

Hydroelectric at Cannonsville

NEW YORK CITY, NY — New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Emily Lloyd announced on September 16 that the department will build a new hydroelectric facility at the city’s Cannonsville Reservoir, located in Delaware County. She said the 14-megawatt facility will advance New York City’s goal of developing affordable, clean and renewable energy supplies that support economic growth while reducing the city’s overall carbon footprint.  Read more

Gibson holds strong lead over Eldridge

LOUDONVILLE, NY — Polls show Republican Rep. Chris Gibson with an early 24-point lead over Democrat Sean Eldridge. Gibson has the support of 57% of likely voters compared to 33% who support Eldridge, with 10% still undecided, according to a new Time Warner Cable News/Siena College poll of likely 19th Congressional District voters. The poll was released on September 12.  Read more

PA committee passes property tax reform bill

HARRISBURG, PA — The PA Senate Finance Committee on September 16 voted six to five to approve Senate Bill 76, which would reform the way schools generate revenue. The bill calls for eliminating property tax and raising money to pay for schools through amended sales and property tax programs.  Read more

Another lawsuit filed over Narrowsburg school

MONTICELLO, NY — Larry Wolinsky, one of the lawyers representing Brendan and Kathy Weiden in the matter of the sale of the Narrowsburg school, said on September 16 that he was working on a lawsuit that would be filed that day against Joan Buto. On September 12, Buto attended a meeting at which everyone believed she would sign over her contract with the Sullivan West School District to the Weidens.  Read more

Delaware councilmember’s residency questioned

HORTONVILLE, NY — Tempers flared at the Delaware town council meeting September 10 when Steve Lundgren, one of the residents and a former candidate to become town supervisor, spoke during the public comment period. “I want to address the matter of Councilman Roeder’s not being a resident in Hortonville anymore,” he said, and “I’m not questioning the legality of it, but is it ethical, moral, is it the right thing to do?”  Read more

Tailwaters Coalition holds inaugural conference

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.  Read more

Narrowsburg Beautification Group gives $25,000 to Main Street deck project

NARROWSBURG, NY — At the recent Tusten Town Board meeting on September 8, it was announced that the Narrowsburg Beautification Group is giving its Golden Feather Award of $25,000 to the rebuilding of the deck on Main Street. The committee received the award from Sullivan Renaissance in 2012.  Read more

Upper Delaware Tailwater Coalition seeks UDC support

Dean Frazier, Delaware County Commissioner of Watershed Affairs, left, and Sherri Resti, of the Friends of the Upper Delaware River, right, are pictured September 4 as they sought the support of the Upper Delaware Council for a new Upper Delaware Tailwaters Coalition, now in its formative stages. The coalition’s aims include regional marketing, getting transparency in New York City water-release management, and expanded and expedited flood damage protection for property owners. The UDC took no action on the proposal.  Read more