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ELDRED, NY — Forty-five years ago this month, Woodstock descended on Max Yasgur’s farm in Bethel and Sullivan County has never been quite the same since.

Sullivan legislature calls for fracking health study

Critics of gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing in New York State have long been calling for a study on the possible impacts the process can have on human health. While there is some support for the idea among elected officials in Albany, so far state officials have not been willing to go in that direction.  Read more

Youngsville farm to host enzyme demonstration;event tied to climate awareness

For more than a year, a group of diverse people have been working to establish a farm at 229 Menges Road in Youngsville, while also establishing the Seon Wellbeing Academy at the same location. The academy fosters health and spiritual wellbeing. The organization’s website says, “We are an online academy that teaches one how to breathe, live fruitfully and how to prepare for the completion of one’s life.”  Read more

Historical Society plans dinner theater; play will recall last hanging at old jail

The spring gala of the Wayne County Historical Society planned for May 26 will center around a historic hanging in the county’s Old Stone Jail. It will feature a dinner-theater event recalling the historical trial of James McCabe, the last man to be hanged in Wayne County.  Read more

Monticello man admits killing, dismembering girlfriend; sentence of 25 years expected

A Monticello man has admitted to killing and then dismembering his girlfriend, Elizabeth Mucci, in April 2011. Ryder, who was 23 at the time, had argued with Mucci, 31, at their apartment on Fraser Road in the Town of Thompson, and the argument turned physical. Ryder punched Mucci in her throat, which caused her to stop breathing and eventually die.  Read more

Leeward will fix Honesdale pool

“We are totally committed to opening the pool this summer for our town’s youth.” Eric Linde, owner of the Leeward Company, got an enthusiastic reception when he said that at the meeting of the Honesdale Borough Council on April 23. He said that his company will do all the concrete work necessary at the site without charge.  Read more

Richard ‘Dick’ Rhodes: a river patrolman passes on his paddle

UPPER DELAWARE REGION – A true servant leader is now at rest after making the waters of the Delaware River a much safer place for the past 33 years. Until the day he died on April 17 following a battle with cancer, Richard “Dick” Rhodes was still preparing to save lives during the upcoming season by sending out an email message to fellow river patrol members about their upcoming training.  Read more

Clarence Foster House’s future in doubt

The Clarence Foster House, which stands north of the Wayne County Courthouse at 927 Court Street, may have to be taken down. The house, which has been vacant for a few years, will receive an independent review of structural findings and a hazmat analysis by CECO Associates, an engineering firm, according to the recommendation of Stephen J. Knash, county engineer.  Read more

Callicoon Democrats question comp plan;is it designed to attract drilling?

Some Democrats are charging that the Town of Callicoon Draft Comprehensive Plan is designed to facilitate gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing, despite the results of a town-wide survey that suggest the residents don’t want industrial activity in the town.  Read more

Bethel adopts drilling ban

The board of the Town of Bethel became the third in Sullivan County to change their zoning in a way that bans gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing. The vote at the town meeting on April 26 was five to zero.  Read more

Vote set on Bethel fracking ban

BETHEL, NY — The Town of Bethel Town Board is scheduled to vote on new zoning designed to ban high-impact industrial uses on Thursday, April 26. The ordinance would have the effect of outlawing horizontal hydrofracking for natural gas. The board is expected to approve the ordinance.  Read more

Former fire department officers sentenced for theft

MATAMORAS, PA — A former Matamoras Volunteer Fire Department chief, Kevin DeGroat, and his wife Teresa, former treasurer of the department, were sentenced on Friday, April 20 for theft, and sent to prison for a period of two months to two years.  Read more

‘Save the Pond Eddy Bridge’ meeting

GLEN SPEY, NY — There will be an organizing meeting to “Save the Pond Eddy Bridge” on Saturday, April 28 at 2 p.m. in the Lumberland Town Hall. Several organizations and individuals are planning to attend. Three items will be on the agenda: next-step strategies, planning for a rally on the bridge on Saturday, May 19, and the promotion of a new website, http://savethebridge.tumblr.com, and petition drive.

Liberty residents protest proposed impound lot

After speaking out at a planning board meeting about the matter, Pat Lubin took her concerns to the town board at a meeting on April 16. She said she represented the Loomis Road Neighborhood Watch, and the group’s main goal was to create and maintain a safe neighborhood.  Read more

More funds for Sullivan tourism; close vote tied to budget concerns

The Sullivan County Legislature voted five to three with one abstention in favor of granting an additional 7.5%of the county bed tax to the Sullivan County Visitors Association (SCVA), on top of the 85% of the bed tax already guaranteed to them by law, to pay for a local matching grants advertising program. The program, which was funded with 15% of the bed tax last year, subsidized tourism-related businesses in the county with money to advertise in local media outlets, including The River Reporter.  Read more

Ten Mile River access cleanup underway

TOWN OF TUSTEN, NY — National Park Service staff were spotted last week removing several diseased and dead trees at the Ten Mile River Access to the Delaware River on Crawford Road off Route 97. The work is part of an initiative to improve the popular site for better use by the public.

Wayne County Historical Society back in business; long list of events are planned

After being closed for the season since January 1, the Wayne County Historical Society building reopened on Saturday, April 21 with a flourish of events that will last through the summer and continue until the end of November.  Read more

VFW Post 6427 installs officers

The Tusten, Highland, Lumberland VFW Post #6427 installed its new officers for 2012-13 in a ceremony conducted on April 14 at the Highland Senior Center in Eldred. Sworn in by Past District II Commander VFW and Sullivan County Chaplain Al Etkin (left front), were Norman W. Sutherland, Surgeon (left rear), Robert H. Grab, Chaplain (left facing); Frederick Bosch, Senior Vice Commander; John Vonsteenburgh, Service Officer; Edward Boyer, Quartermaster; Phil Stropoli, Adjutant; Peter Barnes, Junior Vice Commander; and Peter D. Carmeci, Sr., Commander.  Read more

Drilling down to zoning;upping the ante on bans and local control

Attorney David Slottje, who with his wife, attorney Helen Slottje, has helped four towns in Sullivan County craft local zoning ordinances intended to ban gas drilling, spoke to a group of residents about whether elected officials who claim neutrality on the issue of gas drilling were acting in good faith.  Read more

County-owned farm to be sold

Sullivan County came into possession of the 84-acre property in Kenoza Lake because the owner fell behind on taxes. In 2009, county officials removed the property from the tax auction because they believed it would be a good site for a demonstration farm.  Read more

Clean-up Honesdale is a grand success; over 300 people spread out over borough streets

Long-time residents of the borough said they haven’t seen anything like it. The turn out at the first Honesdale Clean and Green event took the organizers totally by surprise.
The state-wide clean-up to celebrate Earth Day was called the Great American Clean-up in Pennsylvania.  Read more