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GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — Operations to halt the turbid flow below New York City’s Cannonsville Dam are proceeding faster than originally envisioned, according to Adam Bosch, director of public affairs at the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP). As of Monday, engineers working on the project believed that it might only take three or four relief wells to halt the turbid flow, instead of the eight originally projected, meaning that stage one of the repair plan could be complete as early as sometime this week.

UDC letter to FERC discussed; Hancock compressor station at issue

The tone and depth of a letter regarding the proposed Hancock Compressor project was discussed at a meeting of the Project Review Committee of the Upper Delaware Council (UDC) on March 27.  Read more

‘FrackNation’ screening in Honesdale

The gas drilling debate continues as the documentary “FrackNation” will be screened at Cinema 6, 1199 Texas Palmyra Highway, in Honesdale. The free screenings will be on April 6 at 11:30 a.m., April 7 at 11:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Director Phelim McAleer will be at all the shows for a question-and-answer session following the screening.  Read more

Cooperative extension takes steep cut; Single-payer proposal supported

The lean times continue in Sullivan County as the legislature voted on March 21 to cut the amount of money it gives to the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Sullivan County (CCE) by 20% or roughly $83,000. Before the vote, members of the CCE board addressed county legislators in an attempt to persuade them not to approve the cut.  Read more

UDC to fete river valley honorees

UPPER DELAWARE VALLEY — The Upper Delaware Council, Inc. (UDC) will honor individuals and organizations that have enhanced the quality of life or protected the resources of the Upper Delaware River Valley at its 25th annual awards ceremony on Sunday, April 28. Reservations at $27 per person are due by April 19 for the banquet, which will take place at The Lackawaxen Inn, 188 Scenic Drive, Lackawaxen, PA. Seating is open.  Read more

Two men sentenced to state prison in Monticello robbery

Two Monticello men, Lance Tate Jr., 19, and Johnny B. Davis, Jr., 22, who is a reputed member of the Bloods street gang, were sentenced on March 28 to significant prison terms for participation in a violent robbery, during which they stole a lawfully possessed handgun from its registered owner.  Read more

Ten-digit dialing begins in 570 area code

HARRISBURG, PA — The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) announced on March 28 that the permissive dialing period has begun for residential and business customers within the existing 570 area code.  Read more

Monticello man arrested for welfare fraud

Ivan Martinez, 45, has been arrested for welfare fraud and other charges including grand larceny and misuse of food stamps. The charges, which were brought on March 29, come as the result of a joint investigation by the Sullivan County Department of Social Services Fraud Unit and the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office.  Read more

Investigator for social services; Police agencies back move

In a move that lawmaker Cindy Gieger has been pursuing for some time, a press conference was held at the government center on April 2 to announce the appointment of detective Gerald Dietz to the position of chief fraud investigator serving the Sullivan County Division of Family Services. There was also the announcement of the formation of Sullivan County’s first fraud investigation team, which includes not only Dietz, but all branches of law enforcement in the county.  Read more

Gabriel Road dam to be resurrected; Eight years of negotiations

The dam at the end of Gabriel Road has been washed out since 2005, when heavy flooding hit the area twice during the spring, and the road to repair has wended through a labyrinth of agencies and interests as the town board sought to repair the dam and let traffic flow across it once again.  Read more

Monticello sports star found dead; police suspect drug overdose

NEW YORK CITY, NY — Jessica Fingers, a former athletic star who attended Monticello High School, was found dead in a dorm room at Columbia University on March 31.  Read more

Sullivan issues detailed on Survey Monkey; potential advisory committee members polled

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — In an effort to create a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategic Plan, Sullivan County is seeking input from potential members of an advisory committee. The potential members were drawn from the list of residents who attended public meetings in September 2012 regarding the future of economic development in Sullivan County.  Read more

Delaware resolution supports job corps

The U.S. Department of Labor is considering closing one of Callicoon’s greatest economic resources—the Delaware Valley Job Corps (DVJC). According to a resolution written by town clerk Tess McBeath, DVJC employs more than 145 local residents, serves approximately 500 students per year and injects $10.2 million into the local economy. The DVJC is also responsible for the paint job that rejuvenated the Callicoon Railway station. McBeath wrote, “The Delaware Valley Job Corps Center has become a valued member of our community....  Read more

Tragic death leads to good works; Kristina KARES announces fundraiser, blood drive

REGION — A Pennsylvania State Police investigation determined that on August 20, 2012, Kristina Adams, 29, was shot and killed by Rodney Ezrapour, 56, who also shot 37-year-old Tobias Johannes, and then turned the gun on himself. The incident occurred on Cemetery Road in Damascus Township, PA.  Read more

Order in Wayne

The Honorable Judge Raymond L. Hamill presided at the Wayne County Commissioners’ Meeting and presented the 2012 State of the Court Report.  Read more

Honesdale events, traffic and lock boxes

At its monthly meeting on March 11, the Honesdale Borough Council and borough officials reviewed announcements and requests from local business and community groups with regard to upcoming events.  Read more

New DEP septic policy derided; ‘No nitrate problem’ in Wayne, Pike

State officials are taking public comment on a new policy that would amend the rules for the installation of new septic systems. Under the proposed rules, in areas with exceptional value and high quality waters, such as Wayne and Pike counties, septic systems could not be placed closer than 150 feet from a body of water or 30 feet from a stream.  Read more

PA House passes historic liquor bill; Senate may be tougher to convince

HARRISBURG, PA — The Pennsylvania House on March 22 passed what Governor Tom Corbett called historic legislation that would privatize the state owned system of wine and liquor stores. He said it was the first time either chamber of the government has passed such legislation since the end of the Prohibition era 80 years ago.

The bill would ultimately give total control of the issuance of permits to sell alcoholic beverages and enforcement of the liquor laws to the state, but the retail sale of all beer, wine and liquor would be handled by the private sector.  Read more

Sullivan legislature opposes gun law; Hundreds gather for rally

The New York affiliate of the National Rifle Association filed a lawsuit on March 21 in federal court against the recently passed gun law in New York State. Court papers say the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act (NY SAFE), runs afoul of the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which affords citizens the right to own “commonly possessed” guns for defense purposes.

On the same day, hundreds of people gathered for a rally against NY SAFE, which is primarily aimed at the sale of assault weapons.  Read more

PA law would allow seniors to volunteer in schools and receive lower taxes

HARRISBURG, PA — A committee in the House of Representatives in Harrisburg has passed the Senior Citizen Property Tax Reduction Exchange Program. The bill would allow senior citizens to volunteer in a school district, and under a program set up by the district, the senior citizen would be eligible for a property tax break in exchange for service.  Read more

Wayne DA files identity theft charges

Criminal complaints were filed against Christa Strackbein, Jerry Strackbein and Debra Meszler, all of Honesdale, on March 19. Wayne County District Attorney Janine Edwards said the charges include numerous felony counts of identity theft and access device fraud. The three are accused of stealing identities to obtain credit cards and then fraudulently using said cards for purchases in Wayne and surrounding counties.  Read more