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MONTICELLO, NY — The last commission to examine the Sullivan County Charter was convened in 2005. It met twice a month for two years and ultimately recommended changes to the county.

This process is scheduled to occur every 10 years, so the county legislature is beginning the process of forming a new commission, and the co-chair of the previous commission, Robert Green, met with the legislature to give his input on how the process might play out.

Homeland security vehicles on hold

Sheriff Mike Schiff would like to be able to purchase three more all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) with a grant of $40,000 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). He needs the approval of the Sullivan County Legislature, but at a meeting on June 7, lawmakers put the matter on hold while they looked into whether or not there would be unforeseen expenses related to the acceptance of the grant.  Read more

Reaction to Hungry Hill compressor station; are other sites more suitable?

The 10.8-acre site on Hungry Hill Road, on which the Millennium Pipeline Company would like to build a compressor station, reportedly came into the company’s possession after the company caused serious damage to the home on the property.  Read more

Upper Delaware Council hires Ramie as executive director

The Upper Delaware Council, Inc. (UDC) promoted Laurie Ramie of Hortonville as executive director of the non-profit conservation organization, effective June 9.  Read more

Trout or tractors: take your pick!

LIVINGSTON MANOR AND CALLICOON, NY — This past weekend was a perfect example of why life is so rich in the Upper Delaware River region. In addition to endless opportunities for high quality outdoor recreation, the full slate of entertainment offerings makes it difficult to plan the day. The variety of people who visit or live here, as well as the spectrum of lifestyles and interests they represent, leads to the kind of cultural array that occurred last weekend.  Read more

Hot off the press: youth-led Manor Ink

Anyone who thinks that today’s young people are apathetic hasn’t met the pack that recently produced the inaugural issue of Manor Ink. In fact, covering issues that youth care about is precisely the point of the new publication, according to Tyler Young, 17, one of several young editors involved in the effort.  Read more

FERC approves pipeline loop around Milford;indignation is expressed toward NPS superintendent Donahue

There were a lot of angry, concerned people who gathered at the meeting of the Pike County Commissioners on June 6. At issue was the recent approval by the Federal Energy Regulation Commission (FERC) to allow the Tennessee Pipeline Company (TPC) to construct a 6.5-mile loop around Milford in order to avoid the Delaware Water Gap National Recreational Area (DWGNRA), a nearly 70,000-acre expanse along the Delaware River that is operated by the National Park Service (NPS).  Read more

New Chapin development lauded; emergency services a concern

About 50 people turned out to a public hearing for a new development in The Chapin Estate; unlike the previous ones created in the Town of Bethel, this one would be located in the Town of Lumberland.  Read more

Police halt fracking demonstration

MIDDLETOWN, NY — May 30 was a perfect day for a protest: sunny and bright with a light breeze. Among the first to show up was Tannis Kowalchuk, who came dressed in a doctor’s uniform with an oversized stethoscope and who stood tall on stilts. The outfit dovetailed nicely with the message of the day, which was to call for a health impact assessment regarding hydraulic fracturing.  Read more

For natural gas drilling, most NYS residents say risk outweighs revenue

The below is a press release from Cornell University

ITHACA, N.Y. — More than half of New York state residents believe that the environmental risks of natural gas drilling outweigh the revenues produced by such activity, according to the latest Empire State Poll conducted by Cornell’s Survey Research Institute.  Read more

Transit of Venus from Shohola

Our River Talk columnist Scott Rando sent us this photograph the morning of Wednesday, June 6, along with the following note:

“I gave up on seeing the transit of Venus due to the cloud cover and went to run errands and go to a meeting in NY. The meeting ended and as I reached home around sunset, there was a sliver of sun... just a sliver!  Read more

Gunther gets new chief of staff

Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther’s chief of staff/legislative director, Steven Wilkinson, will leave her office at the end of June. Wilkinson will move to the New York State Department of Labor, serving as Deputy Director of Business Services in the Division of Employment and Workforce Solutions.  Read more

WMHS closes Delaware Manor

BEACH LAKE, PA — The Wayne Memorial Health System (WMHS) will close Wayne Delaware Manor, a personal care residence located close to the Pennsylvania side of the Narrowsburg bridge, on July 31. The decision was made due to ongoing financial losses.  Read more

Veterans get discount program

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — Wayne County residents who are veterans can bring their Honorable Discharges to the Wayne County Veterans Affairs Office on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 12 noon for an application for the Wayne County discount program.  Read more

First river rescue of the season

The National Canoe Safety Patrol performed its first river rescue on Saturday, May 26 at Skinners Falls. Erika Poston rescued Danilo Carvajal, 59, a visiting Queens resident, on her first day of service on the patrol.  Read more

Tusten calendar goes online

The Town of Tusten now has an online calendar that shows the dates not only of the main town council and board meetings, but also meetings of committees like the zoning rewrite committee and design committee. Other events of importance to the town, like last weekend’s plant swap and the July 22 RiverFest, are also included. To see the calendar, go to www.tusten.org and click on “2012 calendar.” If you have an event you think should be listed, email tony.ritter@gmail.com.

Current flow management plan renewed

MILFORD, PA — New York State, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and the City of New York (NYC) announced last week that they have unanimously agreed to a one-year extension of the current Flexible Flow Management Program (FFMP) intended to meet water supply demands, protect fisheries habitat downstream of the NYC-Delaware Basin reservoirs, enhance flood mitigation and repel the upstream movement of salt water in the Delaware Estuary.  Read more

Current flow management plan renewed

MILFORD, PA — New York State, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and the City of New York (NYC) announced last week that they have unanimously agreed to a one-year extension of the current Flexible Flow Management Program (FFMP) intended to meet water supply demands, protect fisheries habitat downstream of the NYC-Delaware Basin reservoirs, enhance flood mitigation and repel the upstream movement of salt water in the Delaware Estuary.  Read more

DEP moves ahead with natural gas vehicle development

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has announced the launch of a Natural Gas Vehicle (NGV) website and a plan to help municipal and commercial fleet owners make informed decisions about converting their fleets to compressed natural gas and liquefied natural gas, in advance of a related grant program and workshops scheduled for the fall.  Read more

Wayne approves $7.2 million municipal bond

At their meeting on May 31, the Wayne County Commissioners took advantage of two things: a recent upgrade in the county’s Standard and Poor’s rating to A minus and a record-low interest rate.

Based on these two advantages, the commissioners approved a sale of county municipal bonds worth $7.2 million that will be used to pay for capital improvements. The funds will help pay for the county’s recently constructed $13.6 million county prison in Indian Orchard and the construction of the county’s $2.5 million emergency center in Beach Lake.  Read more

Will the farm bill save dairy farms?

WASHINGTON, DC — Dairy farmers across New York and Pennsylvania are once again looking for some leadership in addressing the structural problems facing the waning dairy industry here. But will they get it?  Read more