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LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — “Lake Huntington looks like pea soup. In my lifetime, I can’t recall a six-week algae bloom like this one. Most last only a few days, at most. The Department of Environmental Control (DEC) has taken water samples and we’re awaiting test results.” With those remarks at the October 8 Cochecton Town Board meeting, Supervisor Gary Maas introduced a topic familiar but unpleasant to all who live, work or play near the lake. Asked if the DEC might impose a ban on recreational activities for the duration of the bloom, Maas said, “We’ll just have to wait and see what the DEC says.”

Memories made at Eldred graduation

Someone once wrote, “Life is a series of memories we make.” The same can be said about the Eldred Central School’s (ECS) Senior Graduation Ceremony, as it is yet another memorable link on the chain of life.  Read more

Narrowsburg fireworks display cancelled

Update

NARROWSBURG, NY – Following an investigation conducted by the US Fish and Wildlife Service as cited in the story below, the Lava Fire Department, sponsor of the fireworks, has cancelled the 2012 fireworks display. Sources told The River Reporter the decision came after the department learned it could face penalties and fines if negative impacts occurred to the American bald eagle family, including two adults and three young, which nests in the Narrowsburg flats.

Federal regulations specify in the National Bald Eagle Management Guidelines that Class B explosives, which include fireworks, should not be detonated within a half-mile of an active roost, or within one mile in the case of an open area such as the Delaware River.

Original story
An Independence Day dilemma; American icons at issue

A difficult discussion about the fate of two iconic American symbols is underway in the Town of Tusten. The dialogue is not new; in fact, various Tusten boards and at least three supervisors have weighed the issue of discharging Independence Day fireworks in proximity to an eagle nest built in the Narrowsburg flats, and all have continued to approve the practice by granting permission to the sponsoring parties.  Read more

Delaware board resolution affirms right to lease

Following a heated and frequently loud exchange between residents of the Town of Delaware and Delaware town board members at the regular monthly board meeting on Wednesday night, the board passed a resolution affirming the right of landowners within the town's borders to determine how they exercise any mineral rights they own "in accordance with the laws of the State of New York and the United States of America."  Read more

Late blight found in PA

PENNSYLVANIA — Late blight has been found in at least four Pennsylvania counties, mainly on potatoes and tomatoes. Area growers are encouraged to scout their fields/high tunnels/backyard gardens for possible late blight problems.  Read more

HEAL grant to help nursing home

The New York State Department of Health has awarded Sullivan County $1.1 million for improvements to the county nursing home located in Liberty. The county had applied for this funding in February, through a competitive grant process.  Read more

Baseline water testing to be offered

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Chris Talbott, a Sullivan County homeowner, and the Community Science Institute (CSI) are set to launch an area-wide initiative to test groundwater in the area. The CSI project will create a public database reporting test results for area water supplies, providing a baseline measurement that could be used in the case that fracking activities are conducted in the future to help diagnose contamination.  Read more

Resolution to reverse Citizens United

MONTICELLO, NY — Members of the Sullivan County branch of the grassroots organization MoveOn will introduce a draft resolution to the Sullivan County Legislature’s public session on Thursday, June 21 at 2 p.m. in the County Administration building to nullify the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision known as “Citizens United,” which, combined with other recent Supreme Court rulings, has resulted in unlimited anonymous funding to political campaigns. Similar resolutions have already been introduced in a number of states, counties and municipalities. Call 845/292-4895.  Read more

Earley wins unemployment compensation; borough loses appeal

Wayne Earley, Honesdale Borough’s former zoning officer who was fired by the borough council on March 12, applied for unemployment compensation and got it. The borough council did not support his application and appealed the decision.  Read more

Charges against Walls withdrawn; Nelia resigns as supervisor; Wall's statement

All of the charges against Donald and Nelia Wall have been withdrawn. The outcome came following a year and a half grand jury investigation of charges brought by Shohola resident/attorney Mark Hamill and other residents of Shohola Township.

In a statement issued by the Walls, they said the agreement reached with Pike County District Attorney Raymond Tonkin was not a plea bargain, and they did not admit to any wrongdoing. Part of the agreement called for the couple to pay $7,500 to Shohola Township as “restitution,” and that Nelia resign from her position as township supervisor.  Read more

Tyner and Schreibman vie for Hinchey’s seat; both claim they follow his progressive lead

NINETEENTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, NY — In the race for endorsements, Julian Schreibman, a former federal prosecutor, has picked up far more Democratic committees than rival Joel Tyner, a five-time Dutchess County legislator. But Tyner thinks his hard-line stand on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, will help him win the day.  Read more

Zombies, wounds and horror movies;Kelly Smith makes magic out of makeup

Zombies recently invaded Eldred Central High School (ECS), not long after a gory car crash and its lacerated victims were treated by emergency personnel in the school parking lot. The zombies never made the news, and the prom crash won’t appear in any police reports. That’s because both were staged events, with ultra-realistic special effects executed by a gifted ECS high school senior who appears to have found her calling.  Read more

Local Law 3 nears completion in Highland

In ongoing efforts to receive feedback from all concerned parties, the Town of Highland Town Board has scheduled two more opportunities to have questions answered and to offer public comment on proposed Local Law 3, which would ban high-impact industrial activity such as that associated with natural gas drilling, and recent revisions made to the draft.  Read more

Local Law 3 nears completion in Highland

In ongoing efforts to receive feedback from all concerned parties, the Town of Highland Town Board has scheduled two more opportunities to have questions answered and to offer public comment on proposed Local Law 3, which would ban high-impact industrial activity such as that associated with natural gas drilling, and recent revisions made to the draft.  Read more

A tip of the hat

Colorful headwear was the order of the day at a fundraiser at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) in Youngsville on June 17. The winners of the hat contest were Ramona Jan, left, Siena Klaber, Morgan Hamilton and Lucy Jan-Turan.  Read more

Good flower news, and bad

The good news is that the community was very generous and the large ceramic planters that had been stolen, with plants and all, from Veterans’ Park on May 20 have been replaced.  Read more

Community reserve may not be pierced; court sides with Beechwood over developer

Judge Mark Meddaugh was straightforward in his decision. He wrote, “The Boymelgreens are completely mistaken when they assert that they have an express easement to cross over Beechwood’s lands. The Boymelgreens have failed to present either express language or circumstances supporting their claims to unfettered access to and through Beechwood. The Boymelgreens are also mistaken in claiming that there is any ambiguity in the descriptions of the property and/or the rights of way that were transferred to them that would work in favor of their claims of greater access to Beechwood.”  Read more

Motion to renew in Middlefield case denied

WAMPSFIELD, NY -- The Supreme Court of the State of New York in the County of Otsego has denied a motion to renew by the plaintiff in the Middlefield home rule case, in which the town's zoning, banning natural gas drilling, is being challenged by Cooperstown Holstein Corporation. In its first ruling, the court affirmed the right of the town to zone drilling. The denial leaves that finding standing.

The motion to renew is separate from the appeal of the original ruling, and will not affect the progress of the appeal.  Read more

Lawmakers feel the squeeze; move to override tax cap

There are a couple of figures that sum up the reality facing Sullivan County lawmakers. One figure is $900,000; that’s the amount of tax revenue increase that will be generated by the Albany-mandated 2% property tax increase.  Read more

Veterans program correction

WAYNE COUNTY, PA - In the news brief "Veterans get discount program" in the June 7 paper, describing a program allowing veterans to obtain ID cards from the Veterans Affairs office to obtain discounts from participating merchants, the address of the office was incorrect. The correct address is 314 10th St., Honesdale, PA.

Is Monticello Wal-Mart the worst?

When it became known that the Wal-Mart located on Anawana Lake Road in Kiamesha Lake had, on June 8, failed its fifth inspection since September of 2011, Sullivan County Manager David Fanslau become involved and wrote a letter to an executive at Wal-Mart Realty Management, urging that someone with the appropriate authority immediately take action to remedy the situation.  Read more