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REGION — According to the website www.project snowstorm.org, which is concerned with snowy owls, every few years, “for reasons that are not entirely understood,” a number of the raptors leave their winter ranges in southern Canada, and migrate down into the United States in an event known as an “irruption.”

Tusten bans gas drilling

The Town of Tusten joined a handful of municipalities in the state, and became the first town in Sullivan County to ban gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing when the town board voted on November 28 to adopt an updated zoning code.  Read more

Damascus opposes gas bill provision

Damascus Township supervisors approved sending a letter to all elected state officials opposing any inclusion in the House and Senate Marcellus Gas legislation of a provision that would preempt the locality’s ability to use local zoning to control some aspects of gas drilling.  Read more

DV to build new elementary school

WESTFALL, PA — After years of discussion in which past boards wavered despite an urgent need for a new elementary school, the current Delaware Valley School District Board voted to build the school at a meeting on November 10.  Read more

A road to a bluestone mine; without local zoning, what does compliance look like?

A bluestone mine being operated by Johnston and Rhodes is located in Manchester Township along a remote stretch of the Upper Delaware River.  Read more

Waste Management starts e-recycling

On January 1, Pennsylvania’s e-recycling law will require electronics manufacturers to recycle many consumer electronics in proportion to their market share in the Commonwealth.
Dan Card of Waste Management said devices like computers, printers, laptops and keyboards can’t be accepted at landfills, so the Beach Lake Transfer Station will expand its recycling program beginning December 1 to accept these materials from residents and businesses with fewer than 50 employees without charge.  Read more

Comment period set for Holbert Quarry

A public notice has been posted for the Holbert Quarry’s application for a Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) permit to conduct noncoal surface mining activities in Lackawaxen Township, as required by the Noncoal Surface Mining Conservation and Reclamation Act and the Clean Streams Law. The application includes a request for blasting.
The proposed permit area is 40 acres and is situated one mile north of the Lackawaxen River and one-half mile west of the Delaware River and is accessed from Masthope Plank Road (State Road 1014).  Read more

Capelli can’t rely on license

New York State’s Racing and Wagering Board has told Louis Cappelli, developer of the site of the Concord Hotel, that he can no longer cite the letter that the board had given him saying that he would be able to get a license for harness racing. Such permission is considered crucial for Cappelli to establish his planned racino, and he has been using it to help obtain financing.  Read more

Williams earns PA Farm Bureau award

Pennsylvania State Farm Bureau Board (PFB) Director David Williams was awarded the PFB Dedicated Service Award at the annual meeting for the organization in Hershey. Williams, a native of Honesdale, is the orginator of PA Farm Country Radio Network, the largest agricultural radio programming in Pennsylvania. His voice can be heard airing on over 30 radio channels throughout PA and New York as he brings the voice of agriculture to listeners’ ears.  Read more

Dimock residents ask: ‘What will we do for water?’

On November 30, residents of Dimock who had been receiving deliveries of water from Cabot Oil and Gas Corporation were scheduled to lose that source of fresh water in the latest round of a miserable situation that has left them to cope with contaminated water wells for nearly three years.  Read more

Losing a traffic light, gaining a business; Parksville adjusts to a moved highway

For decades the tiny hamlet of Parksville, some four miles north of the Village of Liberty, has been bisected by a four lane highway, Route 17. For the past 10 years or so, the only traffic light located on Route 17 in Sullivan County was right in the middle of Parksville.  Read more

Marian Community Hospital to close; employees to receive career assistance

The parent company of Marian Community Hospital announced plans to close the facility by February 23, 2012. Maxis Health System President and CEO Mary Theresa Vautrinot wrote in a press release that the Carbondale hospital has struggled to remain viable, sustaining multi-million dollar annual losses as the demand for services decreased.  Read more

ECS board hears good and bad

Before receiving more distressing news about the school budget, members of the Eldred Central School District’s (ECS) Board of Education received a special gift of music at their meeting on November 10. The spirited performance by ECS’s own “Key Elements,” an a cappella group comprised of students in grades 8-12, brought smiles all around, despite the fact that the music program may be one of those facing cuts in upcoming months.  Read more

Drilling hearing draws large crowd; passions running strong three years on

Wes Gillingham, program director of Catskill MountainKeeper, has a tone that is perceptively more strident than when he and many others began the campaign to educate the public about the realities of hydraulic fracturing.  Read more

Sullivan County Agricultural Summit

Cindy Geiger, fresh from an election victory and who will be joining the Sullivan County Legislature in January, noted that she and four other newly elected lawmakers are bringing fresh energy to the county.  Read more

Lumberland changes zoning hearing date

GLEN SPEY, NY - The Town of Lumberland has changed the date of its public hearing on its proposed zoning rewrite to Monday, December 12 at 7 p.m. The hearing will be held in the Town of Lumberland Town Hall, located at 1053 Proctor Rd. The date had previously been set for Wednesday, November 30.

The proposed zoning law, Local Law 4 of the Town of Lumberland for the year 2011, titled "Town of Lumberland Zoning Code," can be viewed by clicking here

Rally replaces protest in Trenton

TRENTON, NJ — A crowd estimated at nearly 1,000 people gathered at the Patriots Theater at the War Memorial in Trenton on November 21 to celebrate the postponement of the vote on the Delaware River Basin Commission’s proposed natural gas regulations—and to keep the pressure on.  Read more

Rally replaces protest in Trenton

A crowd estimated at nearly 1,000 people gathered at the Patriots Theater at the War Memorial in Trenton on November 21 to celebrate the postponement of the vote on the Delaware River Basin Commission’s proposed natural gas regulations—and to keep the pressure on.  Read more

Environmental groups claim victory; DRBC postponement clouds drilling future

REGION — Environmental groups claimed a huge victory on November 18, the day after the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) announced it had postponed the meeting to vote on the proposed new rules for hydraulic fracturing.  Read more

Report: cleaner energy could be cheaper as well

Americans would probably see lower, rather than higher, electricity costs by 2020 if the United States adopted a long-term strategy to replace coal-fired electricity with energy efficiency initiatives and renewable resources, according to a new report from Synapse Energy Economics commissioned by the nonprofit Civil Society Institute (CSI).  Read more

Cochecton budget approved

As the first order of business at the monthly meeting of the Town of Cochecton, the board unanimously voted to approve the 2012 budget. The budget includes a 1.65% increase over last year’s budget, which is under the New York State two percent property tax cap.  Read more