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REGION — Fireworks were seen as a fitting way of celebrating the signing of the Declaration of Independence even before the famous document was signed in 1776. As the document was being created, John Adams, who would go on to become the second President of the United States, wrote to his wife Abigail that the signing would live on in history.

Farmers will continue to receive newsprint; Old newspapers make for good livestock bedding

Legislator Cindy Gieger said that only three farmers regularly receive recycled newsprint from Sullivan County transfer stations, and a fourth receives it occasionally. The policy to allow farmers to receive recycled newsprint for no cost was established in 2003.  Read more

Fracking health study needs more time

ALBANY, NY — In a letter to Joe Martens, commissioner of the New York Department of Conservation (DEC), Dr. Nirav Shah, commissioner of the New York Department of Health (DOH), said his review of the health impacts of hydraulic fracturing would require a few more weeks to complete, which means that a deadline regarding the SGEIS will be pushed back.  Read more

Gun resolution draws pushback

Like other town boards across the state, the board of the Town of Callicoon considered and passed a resolution opposing the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013 (SAFE Act) passed by the state legislature and signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo in the wake of the killing of school children at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.  Read more

Pennsylvania Attorney General closes Florida gun loophole

HARRISBRUG, PA — Pennsylvania residents who carry a concealed weapon using a non-resident concealed-carry permit from the state of Florida will have to apply to receive a permit from the Keystone State if they wish to continue to carry concealed weapons. Existing permits from Florida will become invalid on June 8.  Read more

Honesdale man killed in snowmobile accident

Kevin Mulligan, who was 45, was killed in a snowmobile accident while riding on Beach Lake on the evening of February 9. According to the Pennsylvania State Police, Mulligan was driving a 2005 Polaris snowmobile across the lake, when he possibly became disoriented and rode off the lake and into a stack of aluminum docks located along the shoreline. Upon impact, Mulligan was thrown from the snowmobile and into the docks.  Read more

Presentation on reservoir releases scheduled

A presentation on a proposal to relieve thermal stress on the cold-water fisheries of the Upper Delaware will be made at the Tuesday, February 19 meeting of the Upper Delaware Council’s (UDC) Water Use and Resource Management Committee (WURM), 7 p.m. at 211 Bridge St. The public is welcome.  Read more

Fracking health survey needs more time

In a letter to Joe Martens, commissioner of the NY Department of Conservation (DEC), Dr. Nirav Shah, commissioner of the NY Department of Health (DOH), said his review of the health impacts of hydraulic fracturing would require a few more weeks to complete, which means a deadline regarding the SGEIS will be pushed back.  Read more

Silent majority in Town of Callicoon? In rare move, Sullivan County denies approval of town plan

President Richard Nixon famously appealed to the “silent majority” in 1969 to support his efforts in waging the war in Vietnam, while the supposedly vocal minority took to the streets in opposition to the war.

The silent majority was invoked at a public hearing in Jeffersonville on February 6, as residents sounded off about the proposed comprehensive plan, which, in the eyes of critics, invites gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing into the town.  Read more

Local shop targeted in statewide search; Jamaica Junction in Port Jervis

A local smoke shop was targeted as New York State Police launched a series of statewide searches to determine if so-called bath salts or synthetic marijuana are being sold illegally. Clyde Beach, the owner of the Jamaica Junction Smoke and Gift Shop in Port Jervis, said that his store was searched, but he has not broken any laws because his establishment voluntarily stopped selling synthetic marijuana when the state outlawed it back in August 2012.  Read more

Narrowsburg Bridge single lane through 2015; Emergency repairs to begin soon

The weight limit for the bridge that spans the Upper Delaware River at Narrowsburg has been lowered in the wake of an inspection that was carried out in November 2012.  Read more

Kudos for Wayne professional

The Wayne County Commissioners at their meeting on January 31 recognized contributions made by Juliann Doyle. The Pennsylvania Counties Risk Pool (PCoRP) honored Doyle for her notable work in the Human Service Department, for “reporting and information gathering for property and liability incidents.” Upon acceptance of the award, she acknowledged the work of all the staff who contribute to the making of a successful department. “Doyle is a ray of sunshine and a wonderful example of what the county has to offer,” said commissioner Jonathan Fritz.  Read more

Economic impact of public lands; Study shows reservoirs are helpful

REGION — The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is touting the beneficial impacts of its reservoirs and other holdings on the Catskills, which are highlighted in a new study commissioned by the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development (CCCD), Catskill Mountainkeeper (CMK), and Catskill Heritage Alliance (CHA).  Read more

Sullivan County fills 50 vacant positions

The Sullivan County Legislature, at a meeting on February 1, gave department heads permission to fill about 50 vacant positions that are considered critical for the smooth functioning of county government. The legislature changed the hiring policy because of the recession so that every new hire had to be approved by the legislature.  Read more

Time to get PA out of alcohol business? Governor Corbett unveils a plan

HARRISBURG, PA — For decades governors of the Keystone State have dreamed of selling off the state liquor store system to the private sector, and now Governor Tom Corbett has presented a detailed plan about how to move forward with it.  Read more

Rapist sentenced to 14 years; Family Violence Response Team credited

Dennis DeGroat, 39, of Bloomingburg, will be spending 13 years in prison with 10 years of post-release supervision for the rape of a girl who was 13 years old.  Read more

Burglary ring members sentenced for break-ins in four towns

The final two members of a burglary ring have been sentenced. Elliot Hernandez, 19, of Monticello, was sentenced to seven years in state prison and five years of post-release supervision for his role in four burglaries of homes in the Towns of Forestburgh and Thompson.  Read more

Shohola man arrested for burglary of Barryville diner

Daniel Hipsman, 21, of Shohola, PA was arrested on February 2 on petit larceny and criminal mischief charges by Sullivan County Sheriff’s Deputies. Hipsman admitted to breaking into the Towne Diner in Barryville on January 23, and stealing approximately $40 dollars in cash.  Read more

More gun resolutions in the pipeline

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — At least two more local towns are considering resolutions opposing national gun control legislation proposed in the wake of the Newtown, CT shootings.

The Town of Fremont will vote on such a resolution at the town board’s next regular meeting on Wednesday, February 13 at 7 p.m.  Read more

DRBC to review two pipelines

NORTHEAST, PA — In a reversal of a decision made in July 2012, the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) has determined that it will review two pipelines that go through Wayne and Pike counties. The review will be done “after the fact,” as the pipeline shave already been completed.

The Delaware Riverkeeper Network (DNR) had been urging the DRBC to take that action because the rules that govern the DRBC require it, and DNR would like the agency to compel the pipeline owners to take additional restoration action along the path of the lines.  Read more

TGP court challenge redux; Cummins Hill appeal rejected by FERC

WASHINGTON, DC — When the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) came down on the side of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline (TGP), rejecting the appeal by the Pike County Cummins Hill protest group and other groups for further public hearings, TGP was smacked with another challenge, this time in federal court.  Read more