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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.

New cell tower for Shohola

SHOHOLA, PA — General housekeeping was the theme of the night for the outstanding issues facing Shohola Township at the municipal government meeting on September 11.  Read more

Sullivan West Central School District lockout

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — Sullivan West Central School District Superintendent Nancy P. Hackett said at the district’s September 18 board of education (BOE) meeting that, as of 8:47 a.m. that morning, both the Lake Huntington and Jeffersonville campuses of Sullivan West Central School District were in precautionary “lockout” mode, following notification by the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department that alleged PA sniper suspect Eric Matthew Frein is thought by law enforcement officials to be somewhere in the Delaware River corridor.  Read more

Wayne seeks state relief of waterway buffer regs

HONESDALE, PA — Saying state water-quality protection regulations are precluding private property development in the county, the Wayne County Commissioners have lent their support to legislation to amend those regulations.

The commissioners approved a letter supporting House Bill 1565 to the members of the state House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee last Thursday.  Read more

Bonacic’s casino comments

ALBANY, NY — As the New York State Gaming Commission held public hearings on the proposed casinos this week, Sen. John Bonacic stressed that economic benefit and job creation are important factors to consider as the commission determines which areas will get a casino, and which areas won’t.  Read more

Police continue search for gunman

BLOOMING GROVE, PA — At press time, the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) had not found and arrested Eric Matthew Frein, but said they are getting closer to him.

They are continuing their investigation into the shooting incident that occurred at the Blooming Grove station where two Pennsylvania State Police troopers were ambushed by Eric Matthew Frein.  Read more

PA taxpayer protection act

HARRISBURG, PA — The Senate Finance Committee has advanced legislation to limit the growth of state government spending in Pennsylvania, according to Sen. Joe Scarnati.  Read more

Training Sullivan mediators

MONTICELLO, NY — The Dispute Resolution Center (DRC) is looking for community-minded people to join its volunteer mediator panel to provide mediation services in local courts. Although no special degree or prior mediation experience is required, good communication skills and a desire to help others resolve their conflicts effectively and appropriately is a prerequisite.  Read more

Plans and ruins in Berlin Township

BEACH LAKE, PA — At its September 16 regular monthly meeting, the Berlin Township Board of Supervisors focused its attention on two matters on its own agenda and one directed to it by the public.  Read more

Upper Delaware residents join climate march

NEW YORK CITY, NY — Of the 400,000 or so people participating in the People’s Climate March on September 21, quite a few were from the Upper Delaware Valley. There were representatives from the Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy, Catskill Mountainkeeper, Damascus Citizens for Sustainability and the Delaware Riverkeeper Network. There was also a contingent of about 20 residents from The Weather Project, which was created by the NACL Theater in Highland Lake.  Read more

DV considers opposition to gas compressor expansion

DINGMAN, PA — Opponents of a proposed expansion of gas pipeline compressor station in Milford Township on September 19 asked for the support of the Delaware Valley School District.

They found some sympathetic responses among school board members, but the board’s statutory ability to get involved was an issue to be resolved.  Read more

Judge orders Buto to sign over Narrowsburg school

Judge Stephan Schick has ordered Joan Buto to sign over her contract to buy the Narrowsburg school to Brendan and Kathy Weiden as she had previously agreed to do. The hearing was held on September 22.  Read more

Company resolves PILOT issue; Large employer will stay in Port Jervis

PORT JERVIS, NY — Councilman Robert Ritchie, who is liaison to the Port Jervis Industrial Development Agency (IDA), agreed to a deal with the Future Home Technology Inc. over its delinquency with taxes, he reported during the Common Council’s September 8 meeting—provided the council agreed.  Read more

Block grant season underway

HONESDALE, PA — Some of the local governments seeking a share in Wayne County’s portion of the 2015 federal community development block grant (CDBG) pot came forward on September 4, for a first public hearing before the county commissioners.  Read more

As Pike ages, county transport gets more use

MILFORD, PA — More people are using Pike County’s transportation system.

Reporting to the county commissioners last week, transportation director Christine Obser said ridership in the past fiscal year (through June 30) is up.  Read more

Hortonville fire department on display at Big Eddy Film Festival

NARROWSBURG, NY — Over the last couple of years, Isaac Green Diebboll has been seen at numerous county and town meetings, shooting video of the meetings and posting them on the Internet to be viewed and used by the public, providing a service that is valued by those on both sides of any political debate.  Read more

Highland to begin budget planning

ELDRED, NY — Town of Highland officials will begin reviewing numbers in a preliminary 2015 budget next week.

At last Tuesday’s meeting of the town board, Supervisor Andrew Boyar said various department requests are being assembled and the first work session for the preliminary plan has been scheduled for September 22, at the town hall.  Read more

Mysteryland may return

WHITE LAKE, NY — Councilmember Vicky Simpson said a couple of interesting developments occurred at the latest planning board meeting. Speaking at the town board meeting on September 10, Simpson said representatives of Dunkin’ Donuts have initiated a conversation with the planning board about possibly opening a shop in the building that formerly housed the Bank of America branch.  Read more

Beefed up efforts in Shohola; String of burglaries continues

SHOHOLA, PA — Shohola Township is generally a very quiet, peaceful and safe place. While it covers over 46 square miles, its population is only about 2,100. Much of the land is state game land, and much of its actual area is covered by water. There is the Delaware River, and also countless creeks and lakes. The people who live here are largely working-class and live here year round. While there are seasonal dwellers, there are few communities that cater to that lifestyle. Everyone knows everyone, though people enjoy their privacy.  Read more

Hydroelectric at Cannonsville

NEW YORK CITY, NY — New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Emily Lloyd announced on September 16 that the department will build a new hydroelectric facility at the city’s Cannonsville Reservoir, located in Delaware County. She said the 14-megawatt facility will advance New York City’s goal of developing affordable, clean and renewable energy supplies that support economic growth while reducing the city’s overall carbon footprint.  Read more

Gibson holds strong lead over Eldridge

LOUDONVILLE, NY — Polls show Republican Rep. Chris Gibson with an early 24-point lead over Democrat Sean Eldridge. Gibson has the support of 57% of likely voters compared to 33% who support Eldridge, with 10% still undecided, according to a new Time Warner Cable News/Siena College poll of likely 19th Congressional District voters. The poll was released on September 12.  Read more