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REGION — According to the website www.project snowstorm.org, which is concerned with snowy owls, every few years, “for reasons that are not entirely understood,” a number of the raptors leave their winter ranges in southern Canada, and migrate down into the United States in an event known as an “irruption.”

DPW applies for ‘Golden Feather’ grant

People who follow the beautification programs of Sullivan Renaissance are familiar with the “Golden Feather Award,” which is given out each year for projects done mostly by volunteers that “incorporate beautification as part of a long-term community-wide strategy.”  Read more

Bethel Motor Speedway seeks permit; supporters turn out, criticism muted

Every year for the past four years, a representative from Bethel Motor Speedway shows up at a Town of Bethel meeting and requests a permit for the coming year. And every year, the board tries to fashion the permit in a way that will mollify a couple of residents who have perennial complaints about the operation.  Read more

Help on the horizon for new regs; Got just one horse or chicken? Get a plan.

WAYNE AND PIKE COUNTIES, PA — New Manure Management Regulations and Erosion Control Regulations related to agriculture have been established in Pennsylvania requiring all owners of farm animals and livestock to develop a plan for the safe disposal of animal waste. The requirement is meant to protect Commonwealth waters. Fortunately for residents of Wayne and Pike counties, help is on the way with two upcoming workshops hosted by the Wayne Conservation District (WCD).  Read more

Lumberland schedules informational meeting on proposed zoning laws

The Town of Lumberland Zoning Rewrite Committee will hold a Public Informational Meeting on Saturday, February 25 at 10 a.m. at the Town Hall at 1052 Proctor Road in Glen Spey, NY for the review and clarification of the proposed amended zoning laws and for any public comment.

‘Anonymous’ letter and ‘misinformation’ alarm Lumberland residents

[UPDATED on February 14]: The Town of Lumberland Zoning Rewrite Committee will hold a Public Informational Meeting on Saturday, February 25 at 10 a.m. at the Town Hall in Glen Spey, NY for the review and clarification of the proposed amended zoning laws and for any public comment].

Tempers flared at the latest public hearing on the Town of Lumberland’s proposed zoning rewrite on February 6, where public comments were again received by the town board. While only nine individuals spoke, a large crowd packed the hall and repeatedly disrupted the process with outbursts.  Read more

DEP Fines Chesapeake Appalachia $565,000 for Multiple Violations

HARRISBURG -- The Department of Environmental Protection has fined Chesapeake Appalachia LLC a total of $565,000 in civil penalties and reimbursement costs for erosion and sediment control violations, wetland encroachment violations and an April 2011 well control incident.

“The governor and I expect the highest standards to be met and when they are not, we take strong enforcement action,” DEP Secretary Mike Krancer said. “We will continue to be vigilant on that front. The protection of the state’s water is paramount.”

West Branch Township, Potter County
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Pike open space initiatives

The Pike County Commissioners heard several announcements about open space programs, farms and farmer’s markets at their meeting on February 1.  Read more

Forest Service rules would weaken protection

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Forest Service today released a new proposal for the nation’s 193-million-acre national forest system that will weaken rules protecting fish and wildlife from logging, livestock grazing, mining and off-road vehicles.  Read more

Monticello fire kills six-year-old

MONTICELLO, NY — A fire in an apartment at Monticello Gardens on Sunday, February 5 took the life of a six-year-old girl.
The fire started in the kitchen of Kimberly Freer. Kimberly escaped, along with five of her seven children, one of whom had to be dropped from a balcony to a neighbor, Leon Mealing. One child was not at home at the time. The seventh, Victoria, six years old, perished in the blaze. Kimberly suffered second-degree burns on her back and shoulder trying to rescue her.

Training facility finds equipment in U.S.

The danger that a necessary piece of equipment being shipped from the nation of Jordan was going to delay the opening of the proposed Pike County training center has been averted.  Read more

Upper Delaware Council officers take oaths

Upper Delaware Council (UDC) 2012 officers took their oaths of office at the organization’s February 2 monthly meeting. Seated from left are secretary-treasurer John B. Niflot (Town of Fremont, NY); chairperson Nadia Rajsz (Town of Lumberland, NY) and vice-chairperson Jeffrey R. Dexter (Damascus Township, PA).  Read more

Pond Eddy bridge debated at UDC

Agreeing to change the start time of the Upper Delaware Council’s monthly meeting from 7:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. came easily with a unanimous vote from members present at the February 2 meeting in Narrowsburg. Approving a comment letter on the Pond Eddy bridge project, however, brought yet another lengthy discussion after which the UDC sent the letter back to committee for revision.  Read more

The humane slaughterhouse; discussion of the proposed red meat facility

When you log in to the website of Temple Grandin at www.grandin.com you enter a world with which most people are probably not very familiar: it’s all about the correct processing of cattle and other animals.  Read more

A new bidding war looming? Renewed interest in the Narrowsburg School

NARROWSBURG, NY — With the heating system now shut down and the pipes drained, the school itself has never been colder. But interest in the publicly owned building is heating up.  Read more

‘Anonymous’ letter and ‘misinformation’ alarm Lumberland residents

Tempers flared at the latest public hearing on the Town of Lumberland’s proposed zoning rewrite on February 6, where public comments were again received by the town board. While only nine individuals spoke, a large crowd packed the hall and repeatedly disrupted the process with outbursts.  Read more

Fox finds irony in his bust; committee bashes EPA report on fracking

WASHINGTON, DC — There are a couple of different videos circulating on the Internet showing the arrest of filmmaker Josh Fox. He took a camera crew to a hearing of the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Energy and Environment on February 1. The hearing concerned a draft report, issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), regarding hydraulic fracturing.  Read more

Gathering the waters above Honesdale; first phase of five-phase storm water project is funded

Honesdale’s 50-year-old storm water problem could be solved soon. The borough has just received word from the PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) that an application for $431,095 to install a retention pond in one of three descending streams, the first phase of a storm water management system, has been approved.  Read more

Legislature revises tourism plan

“The resolution came about because the legislators heard the public and they wanted to respond.” That was how lawmaker Ira Steingart, chair of the Community and Economic Development Committee introduced a resolution dealing with the Sullivan County Visitors Association (SVCA) on February 2. The resolution supersedes another resolution passed the previous week, which called for immediately issuing a request for proposals (RFP) from interested nonprofit organizations to promote tourism in the county.  Read more

DRBC unveils new website

WEST TRENTON, N.J. (Feb. 1) - The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) is pleased to announce that it has recently updated its web site, www.drbc.net, with a new look and organizational layout.

“We are extremely excited about the new web site,” DRBC Executive Director Carol R. Collier said. “The commission’s old site housed copious amounts of information, but navigating it was sometimes a challenge. The goal of this redesign was to continue to be a great resource for the public, but with a fresh look and enhanced functionality,” she continued.  Read more

Gas news at a glance

Brockovich, Gibbs investigate bizarre teen behavior for environmental link
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