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REGION — They were so committed, active and numerous that a new name had to be created to describe them—fractivists, or activists opposed to high-volume hydraulic fracturing.

Scott Krebs on small-town rural education; ECS high school principal reflects

“We haven’t had a car on the roof yet,” joked Eldred Central School (ECS) District high school principal Scott Krebs as he gestured toward a poster displayed on the wall of his office.  Read more

Wyland mobile water unit visits region

“Did you say Martians?” exclaimed one wide-eyed sixth-grader as Nick Spinelli, executive director of the Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management District, discussed the many benefits of wetlands during a regional visit last week from the Wyland Clean Water Mobile Learning Experience (MLE).  Read more

Lackawaxen boat launch controversy; Kittatinny Canoes:‘The law is on our side’

Thirty-one miles of the Lackawaxen River flow peacefully through the Pennsylvania valleys of Pike and Wayne counties, but there is a small section of shoreline along the river in the Township of Lackawaxen where the waters are a little turbulent.  Read more

Both parties’ Honesdale headquarters now open

The Wayne County Democratic Party opened its Honesdale election headquarters on Thursday, September 20. The office, which will be open daily from 10 a.m. to late night hours, is located at 533 Main Street, the former site of Quality Printing.  Read more

Gibson leads Schreibman in poll; medicare is a big issue

19TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, NY — A Siena College poll shows Republican Congressman Chris Gibson with a commanding lead over his opponent Democrat Julian Schreibman. The two candidates are competing for the newly formed 19th Congressional district, which includes Sullivan, Ulster and Delaware counties.  Read more

Thieves break into Narrowsburg church; four other buildings also hit

“I’m upset, but I’m glad that no one was in the office at the time this happened,” said the Rev. Phyllis Haynes, pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Narrowsburg, NY.  Read more

Livingston Manor digs out from flooding again

The hamlet that has been hit by repeated flooding over the past decade was hit again on September 18, as torrential rains moved through the area. This time it was Cattail Creek coming down from Shandelee mountain that caused the problems. Two homes in Livingston Manor were rendered unlivable, and others were seriously damaged.

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Gas at a glance

Health impacts of Marcellus Shale drilling to be studied in PA  Read more

Cochecten anti-drilling petition

On the issue of fracking, where agreements about facts are scarce, there is never a shortage of passion and emotion.  Read more

Hawley zombie attacker faces charges

A man who, according to a police report, “gnawed” on a woman’s head while naked and covered with blood, was released from a Scranton hospital on September 16, and charged with various crimes including assault and indecent exposure. He was being held on $100,000 bail as of the next day.  Read more

PA voter ID law punted back to lower court

HARRISBURG, PA — In a four-to-two decision, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on September 17 threw the case against the Voter ID law back to the lower court, and told the judge, Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson, that in order for the law, which is also known as Act 18, to be implemented, the court must make a couple of determinations.  Read more

Gas well fees to be distributed in block grants

PENNSYLVANIA — Block grant distribution of the funds from Pennsylvania’s gas well fees will be implemented by the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission around December 1 to county conservation districts, according to Peter Tarby of the Department of Environmental Protection Water Management Program.  Read more

New speed zones in Port

The Port Jervis Police Department and Port Jervis School District have implemented a new 20 mph school zone near the entrance to the schools located on Route 209, to help provide safer routes for children who walk to school.

The new school speed zone consists entirely of lower Hamilton Street from the city line, located at Cold Brook (entrance to high school property) at the base of Hamilton Street, to the traffic signal located on Hamilton Street at the Kingston Avenue intersection.  Read more

School lunch nutrition to improve

New national lunch standards this year require schools to offer fruits and vegetables every school day, only fat-free and low-fat milk options, and more whole grains. Calorie limits for students will also be set based on grade level.  Read more

PCCD questions new permit process; haste, prioritization and politics at issue

A new Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) permit review process and the draft policy for implementing it met with criticism at the September 17 board of directors meeting of the Pike County Conservation District (PCCD) in Blooming Grove. Specific concerns were cited about the hasty process involved and the potential for “politicizing” the prioritization of permits.  Read more

New face for a county landmark; The Sullivan debuts as boutique hotel in Rock Hill

Some of the top political and business leaders in the county turned out for the ribbon-cutting ceremony at The Sullivan, a facility that was purchased and renovated by developer Butch Resnick and is billed as the county’s only “boutique hotel.”  Read more

Sullilvan legislature passes tax cap override; sustainable energy project in doubt

The Sullivan County Legislature voted on September 20 to approve an override of the 2% property tax increase imposed by Albany. The vote was six to three, a supermajority of the legislature, which is necessary for the override to go forward.  Read more

Opponents to gas line hold another demonstration; emergency meeting cancelled

Opponents to the 6.1-mile loop pipeline around Milford, which is being pursued by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline (TGP) Company to deliver Marcellus gas to markets in New York and New Jersey, held a demonstration on Saturday, September 15. The protest is the latest in a series of demonstrations by residents and friends of the Cummins Hill Road community, where the pipe line will cut through the area.  Read more

Echoes of 9/11 in Highland

The events of September 11, 2001 echoed in the Town of Highland Town Hall in two disparate ways at its September meeting, which this year fell on that date’s exact 11th anniversary. On a positive note was a discussion of the Heroes Park, a public space centered around a mounted fragment of the World Trade Center dedicated to all veterans and public safety providers. A more dubious legacy was some controversy regarding the maintenance and upgrading of emergency communications equipment around the county, generated by a national Homeland Security Department that may not be sufficiently sensitive to real local needs.  Read more

Bandolero confab pitched for Bethel; young racers are welcomed at the track

A Bandolero is a small race car that is meant to be raced by drivers as young as eight years old and up to 16. The cars and the drivers are an important part of the seasonal racing program at Bethel Motor Speedway, and INEX, the organization that sets the rules for Bandolero races, as well as for cars in other classifications, has asked the operators of the Bethel track if they would be interested in hosting a national Bandolero event next summer.  Read more