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October 01, 2014
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NORTHEAST U.S. — In some years, the displays of autumn leaves are brighter than others. The following explanation as to why comes from the Forest Service of the United States Department of Agriculture.

Community: the heart of health

A renowned pioneer of the holistic health movement, and author of such classics as “Radical Healing” and “Diet and Nutrition,” returned to Honesdale on August 30 to share a hopeful and helpful message centered around the importance of community.  Read more

Building supply truck overturns

Two tow trucks strained to right a building supply tractor trailer that overturned when the driver failed to negotiate the turn onto Route 112 toward Lake Huntington. The truck was from Mariotti Building Products in Old Forge, PA. The Lake Huntington Fire Department and the New York State Police got the call at about 7:30 a.m. on the morning of September 4. The driver, who was not immediately indentified, suffered minor injuries and was taken to Catskill Regional Medical Center’s Grover M. Hermann Hospital Division  Read more

Groundwater study underway in Upper Delaware

UPPER DELAWARE RIVER — An effort to better understand the magnitude and significance of groundwater discharge (GWD) to the hydrology and ecology of the upper reaches of the Delaware River is underway.  Read more

Progress on the Whitewater Park; river bottom being studied

Three years ago, when Port Jervis officials were looking for a way to revitalize the waterfront in the city, Adam Hubbard, a kayaking enthusiast, also known as a paddler, suggested that the city follow the lead of Boulder, CO and construct a whitewater park in the river. City officials investigated the idea, and quickly adopted it as a goal. Hubbard became chairman of the Port Jervis Whitewater Committee, and the project is moving forward.  Read more

Man sentenced in Jeff Bank robbery

John Armbruster, 52, of Monticello, has been sentenced in Sullivan County Court to one and two-thirds to five years in state prison for the daytime robbery of the Eldred branch of the First National Bank of Jeffersonville.  Read more

Newfield to plug Wayne test wells

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — Newfield Exploration Co. is plugging its test wells in Damascus and Manchester townships. According to the company, the move is being made to satisfy regulations, and has no implications for the ultimate viability of the wells.  Read more

Another step for the Apollo site

There has been another step forward in the on-again, off-again progress of the redevelopment of the Apollo Mall site. The Monticello Village board has voted to agree to annex a piece of land adjacent to the mall site, a strip along Rose Valley Road, into the village. The property is important to the plans of Butch Resnick, the Rock Hill developer chosen to handle the project, and the move will make it easier for him to handle the needed paperwork, as he will be able to deal just with the Village of Monticello, rather than the village and the Town of Thompson.  Read more

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