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December 18, 2014
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ALBANY, NY — During a cabinet meeting in Albany on December 17, Howard Zucker M.D., the Acting New York State Commissioner of Health, said that he could not recommend that hydraulic fracturing (fracking) should be allowed to go forward.

New arts and cultural center opens; international artists featured

If you happen to be driving on Route 6 in White Mills and wonder about a sign in front of the old mill that says “PaPA,” you should drive into the parking lot of the building and stop in.  Read more

Susan Beecher to retire from PCCD; concerns over pipeline impacts discussed

Susan Beecher, a well-respected guardian of Pike County’s natural resources will retire from her post as executive director of the Pike County Conservation District (PCCD) on December 31, concluding 23 years of service. The news was announced at the monthly meeting of the PCCD Board of Directors on August 20.  Read more

Pageant winners at the government center

Title holders from the Sullivan County International Pageant visited the government center on August 16 to receive certificates of recognition from the legislature. Lawmaker Kathy LaBuda said that, this year, the pageant would be donating a portion of the proceeds to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.  Read more

ECS board sets tax levy and more

The Eldred Central School District Board of Education (ECS BOE) met on August 9 and passed several resolutions intended to enable the district to prepare for future budgetary constraints.  Read more

105 years young: Carl Hentschel

Covering Carl Hentschel’s 100th birthday celebration five years ago was a special treat for this reporter, but seeing Hentschel still going strong at the age of 105 was truly icing on the cake.

A crowd of family, friends, veterans and dignitaries turned out at the Lumberland Senior Center in Glen Spey on August 15 to celebrate with Hentschel. Awards and recognitions were presented by various officials, including Town of Lumberland supervisor Nadia Rajsz and Town of Highland supervisor Andrew Boyar.  Read more

Judge upholds PA voter ID law

PENNSYLVANIA – A Pennsylvania judge rejected a challenge to the state’s controversial new voter ID law today. Lawyers for the groups bringing the suit, the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia (PILCOP), the Advancement Project, the ACLU of Pennsylvania, and the Washington, DC, law firm of Arnold & Porter, had argued that the law puts up unconstitutional barriers to the fundamental right to vote and threatens to disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of people without valid ID. The groups plan to appeal the judge’s decision to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.  Read more

Going after synthetic cannabinoids

RIVER VALLEY — The producers of bath salts, which also are know as synthetic drugs or synthetic cannabinoids, have been able to stay a step ahead of the drug laws by frequently changing the chemical makeup of their products ever so slightly so that the products did not match exactly any substances that were banned. Now, new laws at the state and federal level make it a crime to sell the stuff, and in Sullivan County, a local law has been proposed that would make the sale of bath salts punishable by a year in prison.  Read more

Pattern for Progress recruits fellows

NEWBURGH, NY — Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress is recruiting leaders from across the region to join the next class of its regional fellows program. The Pattern Fellows Program is designed to expand the horizons of those already acknowledged as leaders in their communities and disciplines by helping them explore regional approaches to their work.  Read more

Workforce development grants available

SUNY Sullivan’s 2012-2013 Workforce Development grant funds are now available. The maximum award available is $50,000.
Funding criteria give first priority to businesses that are newly relocated to New York State, business start-ups, businesses that are expanding their operations, and/or employers creating new jobs.  Read more

Climate change advisory panel convened

As the next step in Sullivan County’s fulfillment of the Climate Smart Pledge it signed as part of the NYS Department of Conservation’s Climate Smart Communities Program, a Climate Action Plan (CAP) citizens’ advisory panel has been formed, and met for the first time on Thursday, August 9.  Read more

Petition says: ‘You Don’t Speak for Me’

Following a town board resolution in the Town of Delaware that supports the right of residents to lease their land for gas drilling, Delaware Concerned Citizens has sent a petition to approximately 1,300 taxpayers titled “You Don’t Speak for Me!”  Read more

Historic canal house and property to be restored

The old historic Delaware and Hudson Canal (D&H) lock house that sits on Route 6 between Hawley and Honesdale—a replica of a former age now gone—will have the facelift it’s been needing for a long time.  Read more

Lumberland looks at volunteer retirement, rejects road rally

The Lumberland Town Board announced at its monthly meeting on August 8 that it will be considering a proposal to establish a Service Award Program for active volunteer members in the Lumberland Fire Department. According to the town’s website, the Length of Service Award Program (LOSAP) is a simple type of retirement program intended to help the town recruit and retain volunteers.  Read more

UDC not a joiner—for now

After considerable debate, the Upper Delaware Council (UDC) rejected an opportunity to join the steering committee of the Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed (CDRW) at its monthly meeting on August 2. It did, however, authorize UDC executive director Laurie Ramie to participate in conference calls as an observer for a trial period of six months.  Read more

DeVrieze appointed to boro council

Business owner Harry DeVrieze was appointed to fill the vacancy on the Honesdale Borough Council created by the resignation of Nick Slish. He assumed his position at the borough meeting on August 13.  Read more

District attorney gets 27% raise; state law gives legislature no choice

Sullivan County District Attorney Jim Farrell presented the legislature with a resolution that would raise his salary some 27% over three years, lifting it from $127,000 to $161,700 in 2014.  Read more

Shohola Township sued for infraction of Sunshine Law; township attorney acknowledges error

It’s never dull if you regularly attend the monthly meeting of the Shohola Township Supervisors. This time, the township is being sued by resident Carrie Thomas, who is a stickler for correct procedures and who challenges the supervisors regularly. This time, she caught the council red-handed for an infraction of the Sunshine Law.  Read more

Road use law unveiled in Cochecton

For some in the town of Cochecton, the Road Use Law, which was listed under the title of new business, is anything but new.  Read more

Blowback in Fremont; gas drilling resolution sparks admonishments

FREMONT CENTER, NY — There are normally just a couple of members of the public at the Town of Fremont meetings, but at the one held on August 8, the number jumped to more than 70, with residents packed through both doorways and peered in through the windows into the small chamber.  Read more

Narrowsburg takes the Golden Feather; $25,000 prize for beautification group

The Category C Projects in are the most ambitious and complex of all the projects, and this year there were four competing for the top prize at the Sullivan Renaissance Awards Ceremony at Sullivan County Community College. The top prize is the Golden Feather Award, worth $25,000, and given out each year by Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther.

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