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HALE EDDY, NY — The first-ever meeting of the Upper Delaware River Tailwaters Coalition (UDRTC) was held at the West Branch Angler Resort on September 12, drawing about 70 people concerned with trout fishing, the reservoirs, flooding and other river issues. The rivers at the center of the discussion are the main stem of the Delaware River north of Callicoon, and the West Branch and East Branch, which flow from the Cannonsville Reservoir and Pepacton Reservoir respectively to meet the main stem at Hancock.

Highland to hold hearing on proposed law

Alarmed at a process they perceive to be moving too swiftly, representatives of several hunting and fishing clubs in the Town of Highland turned out to raise concerns about a proposed zoning rewrite targeting industrial uses such as gas drilling at the town’s monthly meeting on April 10. The board listened to many of the remarks, but reminded speakers that the session was not a public hearing where comments are received. That hearing has been scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on May 4 in the Junior/Senior High School in Eldred.  Read more

Condominium that burned had multiple violations; many residents lost everything

As many as 100 residents of Grandview Palace in Loch Sheldrake were made homeless when a blaze broke out on April 14 and raced through the aging campus. According to Michael De Vulpillieres, a spokesman for the Red Cross, about 80 of those people took temporary shelter at the Paul Gerry Field house at Sullivan County Community College.  Read more

DRBC faces serious funding shortfall

“We are pulling out drought management plans,” Carol Collier, executive director of the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) told members of the Upper Delaware Council (UDC) at their meeting on April 5. “We’ve received six inches of precipitation across the basin this year, which is about 4 inches below what it should be at this time.”  Read more

Large subdivision approved for dairy farmers; site of former farmland village that never was

Lawrence O’Reilly, a retired dairy farmer from St. Joseph, and his son Thomas, received approval for a large subdivision of 1030 acres in Tyler Hill. Lawrence appeared before the supervisors on April 16, without his son, who is a dairy farmer, and could not attend due to farming duties.  Read more

Brush fire burns at Ten Mile River Scout Camps

When the call went out at approximately 1:50 p.m. on April 16, the Lava and the Narrowsburg fire departments were directed to 351 Grassy Swamp Road, seven miles south of Narrowsburg on the river side of Route 97. The fire, according to Narrowsburg chief Dave Casey, who was the first to drive down the steep one-lane dirt road, had been spotted from Pennsylvania and the coordinates were not confirmed.  Read more

Peregrine eggs begin to hatch

Updated on April 18
PA DEP announces: "Yesterday afternoon, two of the chicks began to pip out of their egg shells. By early this morning, two hatchlings appeared from under the brooding female. They have been fed and appear to be active and healthy. From this point on, the adults will no longer be bored, incubating 24-7. Instead, they will be actively hunting most of the day to provide for the rapidly growing eyases."

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From CSA to CSArts; NACL deepens its roots by reaching out

A tried and true practice that has sustained many farms and the communities they serve is being creatively applied to a respected regional theatre. Having experienced the transformative power of community through the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program at Willow Wisp Farm in Damascus, PA, Tannis Kowalchuk, who assists husband Greg Swartz in operating the farm, began to see possibilities for a similar initiative at NACL Theatre in Highland Lake, where co-founder Kowalchuk is artistic director.  Read more

DEP to discuss Lathrop Compressor Station explosion

WILKES-BARRE -- The Department of Environmental Protection announced today that it will hold a public briefing on Tuesday April 17 to discuss the circumstances surrounding the Lathrop compressor station explosion that occurred March 29 in Springville Township, Susquehanna County.

The 6-8 pm briefing is at Montrose High School, 75 Meteor Way, in Montrose. Representatives from DEP and Williams Partners, LLC, the owners of Lathrop, will be on hand.  Read more

PA court rules local fracking bans can stand for now

HARRISBURG, PA – Today, a Pennsylvania court issued a preliminary injunction (PDF) <earthjustice.org/documents/legal-document/pdf/act-13-challenge-order> against a portion of a controversial state law – Act 13 – that sought to override local zoning laws related to the controversial process of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” The court ruled these local laws can remain on the books and in effect until they are challenged and found invalid.  Read more

Chamber honors 19 at Pride awards

CALLICOON, NY — The Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce will present its 21st annual Pride Awards Gala on Sunday, May 6 at the Villa Roma Resort, honoring 19 individuals throughout Sullivan County. Town Pride Award winners this year are Carol Malek, Malek Properties (Bethel); Joseph and Mary Nosek, Community Service (Callicoon); Eileen Hennessy, writer (Cochecton); Tom Freda, Freda Real Estate (Delaware); Sally J.  Read more

Who is the master developer?

MONTICELLO, NY — The next step in the development of the erstwhile Concord Hotel property may be determined by which party, Entertainment Properties Trust (EPT) or Louis Cappelli’s Concord Associates, is considered to be the “master developer” of the project.  Read more

Pike drug take-back day announced

MILFORD, PA — Pike County Sheriff Phil Beuki announced that there would be a prescription drug take-back day on Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the sheriff’s building. No questions will be asked, according to Beuki. No illegal drugs will be accepted.  Read more

Sullivan population inches down

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Estimates just released from the Census Bureau for the 2011 census indicate a slight loss in population for Sullivan County over the last year.  Read more

Chamber honors 19 at Pride awards

The Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce will present its 21st annual Pride Awards Gala on Sunday, May 6 at the Villa Roma Resort, honoring 19 individuals throughout Sullivan County.  Read more

Sullivan County nearly most unhealthy; Pike and Wayne fare better on nationwide health ratings

UPPER DELAWARE VALLEY — In the latest County Health Ratings issued by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, Sullivan County in New York came in as nearly the least healthiest in New York, ranking 61 out of 62 in terms of health outcomes.
Across the river in Pennsylvania, Wayne County had a slightly better position, coming in at 54 out of 67 counties; and Pike County had the best ranking of the three, with a ranking of 12 out of 67.  Read more

Callicoon draft Comprehensive Plan unveiled; gas drilling cited; public work session scheduled

Unlike the Towns of Bethel, Highland, Tusten and Lumberland, officials in the Town of Callicoon think there may be a place for industrial activity and gas drilling in the town’s future.  Read more

NPS tackles emergency response in river valley

National Park Service (NPS) officials have taken on the important task of improved coordination of emergency response throughout the river valley, following a series of drownings and other incidents last year that highlighted the need for better communications.  Read more

Baker bill requires lawyers for juveniles

HARRISBURG, PA — The Pennsylvania Senate last week unanimously passed Bill 815, which was sponsored by Senator Lisa Baker. The bill has been sent to Governor Tom Corbett, who signed it on April 9.  Read more

Commissioner Smith returns to the barn; the return will support the next generation of dairy farmers

Unexpectedly, Brain Smith, chairman of the Wayne County Commissioners, announced that he was returning to the barn and the milking of cows. The announcement came at the commissioners meeting on March 29.  Read more

Hawk’s Nest repairs resume

Those who breathed a sigh of relief when repair work concluded last fall on the snakelike stretch of NYS Route 97 known as the Hawk’s Nest, must now hold their breath to see when the recently resumed activities will conclude.  Read more