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December 21, 2014
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ALBANY, NY — During a cabinet meeting in Albany on December 17, Howard Zucker M.D., the Acting New York State Commissioner of Health, said that he could not recommend that hydraulic fracturing (fracking) should be allowed to go forward.

Pike commissioners seek help from DC law firm; Commissioners say an EIS is needed

The Pike County Commissioners aren’t giving up. They’ve enlisted a high-powered law firm from Washington, DC. whose principal focus is dealing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).  Read more

Drowning reported in Wayne County

REFLECTION LAKES, PA — The Pennsylvania State Police have reported a drowning in Reflection Lakes in Manchester Township. Hubert Iturres Jr., 22, of E. Elmhurst, NY, was at the lake with friends at 3 a.m.  Read more

County to address teen alcohol and drug issues

Sullivan County Legislator Cora Edwards, Chair of the Public Safety and Law Enforcement Committee, will hold a discussion of a proposed “Social Host” local law at the next meeting of the committee.  Read more

Truthland plays Beach Lake; 100 turn out for the anti-Gasland movie

The power of director Josh Fax’s movie Gasland is apparent in the publicity materials for its pro-drilling counter-part Truthland. That film, which had a screening at the Beach Lake Fire House on June 19, according to the movie’s website, owes its very existence to Gasland, and the questions it raised in the mind of would-be lease-holders everywhere.  Read more

Looking for a safe July 4 week

In anticipation of the safe July 4 week, the National Park Service (NPS) has posted Pennsylvania and New York river access signs with bi-lingual messages that warn swimmers and boaters of the Upper Delaware’s strong current, sudden drop-offs and hidden obstacles. These signs are part of a water safety campaign to encourage river users to wear lifejackets.  Read more

Traditional foods for better health

Two regional organizations that focus on promoting healthier diets while building community have organized a series of workshops to provide opportunities to learn more about traditional foods. The latest session focused on raw milk and the health benefits of cultured dairy such as yogurt, kefir and butter.  Read more

Mansion at Noble Lane opens; grandeur of a former age with contemporary touches

Anyone who was familiar with the old mansion outside of Bethany in former years and who came to the formal opening last weekend was likely astonished by the makeover accomplished by its new owner, Monique Greenwood and her husband Glenn Pogue.  Read more

Court to decide junkyard fate; neighbors sue the town for zoning change

The question of whether board members in the Town of Liberty acted improperly when they changed the zoning from residential to industrial commercial will be settled by a judge. The land in question is about 39 acres, comprised of four parcels that are now a heavily forested mountain that sits on the border between the Town of Liberty and the Village of Liberty on Route 17.  Read more

Does the majority oppose drilling? In Callicoon is there any way to find out?

It has been the stated position of the Comprehensive Plan Committee of the Town of Callicoon that the survey taken three years ago does not provide enough information to determine whether the majority of the town is opposed to or in favor of gas drilling.  Read more

Terraced river walk envisioned for Narrowsburg

If the proposed waterfront design goes forward the way the designers have envisioned, it would feature several overlooks, and a terraced walk on the property behind the stores on Main Street—but not entry to the Main Street stores from the back as had previously been envisioned.  Read more

PA state police investigate attempted arson

Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) at Honesdale are investigating an attempted arson that took place in Breezewood Acres in Lehigh Township.  Read more

Congrats to Eldred’s Class of 2012

ELDRED, NY — It was sunny, the kind of sunny morning that left a warm glow on all the faces of the 61 eager graduates. Not a single cloud adorned the sky as the members of one of Eldred Central High School’s (ECS) largest graduating classes proceded to the outdoor stage, led by Caitlin and Kelly Hallock. Other than the traditional opening of Pomp and Circumstance, the remainder of the graduation ceremony was anything but conventional.  Read more

Grads told ‘hard work can get you far’

ELDRED, NY — “Time heals all wounds” was the message proclaimed by guest speaker Roger Bisland as he stood before the crowd that had assembled on the front lawn of Eldred Central School (ECS) on June 23rd, 2012. The junior senior high school was about to present its newest graduates, the phenomenal seniors, to a realistic world in which graduation is only a milestone and the opportunity to graduate is a continual life process.  Read more

Hawley website worth more than toilet paper

At its monthly meeting on June 13, the Hawley Borough Council approved financing for a new website for the borough. In the discussion leading up to the vote, council member Mary Sanders argued the cost for the website would be no more than a year’s supply of toilet paper and paper towels for the borough building, and won over the members of the council by stating, “A website’s got to be worth more than toilet paper!”  Read more

Legislature approves invasive species bill

ALBANY, NY — Both New York State legislative houses have approved legislation that will ban the sale and possession of ecologically altering invasive species throughout New York. The law was sponsored by Senator Betty Little (R-C-I, Queensbury).  Read more

EMS funding deadline approaches

WASHINGTON, DC — Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) urges fire and EMS organizations to apply for a new round of federal grants through the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program. The deadline is July 6.  Read more

Microenterprise grants awarded

A total of $165,000 in grant funding has been awarded to 11 Sullivan County businesses under the county’s Microenterprise Assistance Program (MAP). The program targets Main Street businesses that are located within downtown areas and provide goods and services, and “Agri-business” enterprises, including farms, agriculture support businesses and businesses that process farm products.  Read more

Activists ask for legislative support; the push to counter Citizens United

The bar to pass a constitutional amendment in the United States is very high; the amendment must be approved by a two-thirds majority in the House and the Senate, and must be adopted by 38 of the 50 states.

There is a movement to pass a constitutional amendment to counter the impacts of the 2010 Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court, which allows corporations to spend nearly unlimited amounts of money to influence the outcomes of national and local elections.  Read more

Berlin Township septage company fined

The PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has fined a Berlin Township company for violating the Clean Streams Law and the Solid Waste Management Law. The fine came to light at the township supervisors meeting on June 19.  Read more

Driver rams cop car twice; camp worker arrested for DWI

A 23-year-old man is accused of ramming a Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office patrol car twice before the deputy in the car could bring the driver under control.  Read more