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The Sullivan County Legislature on July 17 considered new election districts during two lengthy meetings and a public hearing. With little time to make a decision, Legislator Cindy Gieger asked, “With one public hearing and then a vote, at what time do we consider constituents' concerns?”

DVAA accepting grant applications

Administered by Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA), the Sullivan County Arts & Heritage Grants Program (SCAHGP) is accepting applications for 2012 funding for nonprofits to present or produce cultural programming in Sullivan County.  Read more

Advisory members sought for UDC water committee

The Upper Delaware Council’s Water Use/Resource Management (WURM) Committee seeks to recruit non-voting, advisory members to provide guidance on issues that regularly come before it.  Read more

Western Sullivan Library gets budget approved, new director and trustees

The Western Sullivan Public Library’s 2012-2013 budget has been approved by the voters. Also on the ballot were three board of trustees positions. All three candidates were approved. They are returning board member Pam Reinhardt and two new members, Sui-Ling Ruiz and Barbara Winfield. All three will serve five-year terms.  Read more

Pike does not adopt impact fee legislation; Commissioners will wait for a well to appear

At the commissioners’ meeting on May 2, Pike County Commissioner Karl Wagner clarified the county’s decision not to sign the drilling impact fee legislation, called Act 13.

When he attended the recent convention of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP), he spoke to Pamela Witmer, a member of the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission (PUC), asking if the county should approve the impact fee legislation, even though there are no drilled gas wells in the county.

It’s the PUC’s job to implement aspects of the Impact Fee Legislation, he said.  Read more

After you frack, tell us what you used; banned in Vermont; can frack fluid migrate?

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The federal government has proposed a new rule related to hydraulic fracturing that would require the disclosure of the ingredients of fracking fluids used on public and Indian lands. The rule has raised criticism from some because the disclosure would come after the fracking has already taken place.  Read more

Making history in Wayne County; three-way collaboration on

For the first time in recent memory, three neighboring Wayne County municipalities are making plans together to improve parks and recreation programs in the region.  Read more

Farm youth work directive reversed; opponents say decision is bad for young migrant workers

CAMP HILL, PA — The Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB) joined other state farm bureaus in a campaign that successfully reversed a U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) directive that would have placed limits on the ability of youth to work on family farms. The DOL regulation would have also jeopardized the role of parents in teaching their children the value of on-the-farm work, PFB officials said.  Read more

Leeward workers begin repairs to the Honesdale municipal pool

Workers from the Leeward Company are doing repair work at the Honesdale pool free of charge. “We want to see the pool open for the community so we are donating all the concrete work at the site,” said Eric Linde, owner of the company. Some other businesses have joined the effort and Linde encourages more to come on board.

No going to the YMCA in Monticello, for now; Carbon Harvest project at closed landfill is still a go

Ira Besdanski, CEO of YMCA Middletown, which includes facilities in Monroe and Monticello, made an appearance at the Sullivan County Government Center on May 3 to help lawmakers get a clearer picture of the nature of the organization.  Read more

Barbara Yeaman garners statewide award; Conservancy founder honored for lifetime achievement

POCONO MANOR, PA — “She’s the stealth bomber of conservation causes,” declared Delaware Highlands Conservancy (DHC) board president Greg Belcamino as he invited DHC founder Barbara Yeaman to the podium at the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association’s (PALTA) annual conference on May 4. Before a large crowd, Yeaman was presented with the organization’s Lifetime Conservation Leadership Award.  Read more

Foreclosure mobile visits Monticello

Four years into the Great Recession, the outlook for homeowners facing foreclosure has not improved. In fact, according to a report from the Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project (NEDAP), “In 2011, more than 345,000 mortgages were in default or delinquent in New York State. This staggering number is based on 90-day pre-foreclosure notices that New York now requires servicers to send to homeowners.”  Read more

Foodstock a hit for WJFF

There were a total of 62 vendors at Foodstock this year, offering a wide array of locally produced culinary delights ranging from cheeses to produce to locally made wine and spirits. The offerings drew a crowd of over 500 people to the Villa Roma Resort and Conference Center in the Beechwoods.  Read more

‘Wayne Mountain Men’ win Envirothon

For 26 years, a local educational competition has been held which tests student knowledge, skills and problem-solving capabilities related to the earth’s natural resources. This year, the top prize for the Pike/Wayne Envirothon went to the Wayne Mountain Men from Western Wayne High School.  Read more

Live webcast of peregrine banding on May 9

Two peregrine chicks that hatched in a nest on the Rachel Carson State Office Building in Harrisburg, PA will be banded during a live webcast of the event at 1 p.m. on May 9, according to the PA Department of Environmental Protection, which hosts the webcam with which the nest has been monitored.

The nestlings will be weighed, examined and the sex will be determined before leg bands are attached. The bands will provide for an individual signature that identifies the birds when they fledge, disperse and seek out their own nesting territories.  Read more

Sentiment at Highland hearing favors anti-fracking law

ELDRED, NY - Public comments leaned almost three to one in favor of the Town of Highland's Local Law#3, a zoning amendment that would ban high-impact industrial uses including horizontal hydrofracking in the town, at a public hearing held at the Eldred Junior/Senior High School on Friday, May 4.  Read more

Illegal dumping of drilling mud in Bradford County State Game Lands

WILLIAMSPORT — The Department of Environmental Protection has fined RW Products LLC of Wheeling, WV, $21,029 for the illegal disposal of a reported 800 gallons of waste drilling mud on State Game Lands 219 in Warren Township, Bradford County, in December 2011.

“A driver for RW Products admitted that he intentionally dumped a load of oil-based waste drilling mud onto the ground,” North-central Waste Management Program Manager Patrick Brennan said. “This violated the Pennsylvania Solid Waste Management Act and the department’s penalty reflects this blatant disregard for the environment.”  Read more

Volunteer for Liberty zoning committees

The Town of Liberty is looking for volunteers for a variety of zoning-related committees. In January of 2008, the Town and Village of Liberty adopted a joint comprehensive plan (www.townoflib erty.org), a roadmap for community development.  Read more

Improved streamflow forecasts for DEP

NEW YORK CITY — The NYC Department of Environmental Protection (NYDEP) has announced a new agreement with the National Weather Service (NWS) in which DEP will provide the NWS with up to $1 million to help speed up the development of state-of-the-art forecasts of water flows throughout the watershed.  Read more

Foodstock set for Saturday

Foodstock, which has quickly become one of the most popular events in Sullivan County, is scheduled to take place on May 5, at the Villa Roma Resort’s Tennis Building in Callicoon, from 11 a.m. through 3 p.m. This year the event will feature more than 60 culinary vendors.  Read more

Sole assessor law to be considered

At a meeting of the Delaware Town Board on April 18, it was decided to propose a law that would move from the current system of three elected tax assessors to a sole assessor appointed by the board.  Read more