Update as of March 21: According to Friends of Toronto co-chair Mary Ann Burke, a judge has dismissed a requiest for an injunction to keep the public off of The Chapin Estate easement that leads to the reservoir, and Alliance has promised to remove the rock wall as sooon as possible. Read more
Expert orchardist Roger Hill will lead a hands-on workshop about the fine art of pruning apple trees on March 24, from 2 to 4 p.m. at O’Neill’s Orchard, 417 Upper Woods Road, Honesdale, PA.
Hill has been transitioning the orchard from traditional growing practices to organic. Participants will also be able to tour a geodesic greenhouse. Learn more about Hill’s work at the O’Neill orchard at www.riverreporteronline.com/feature/16/2011/06/02/going-organic-roger-hi.... Read more
The Sullivan County legislators voted unanimously on March 15 to pass a resolution that transfers parcels at and around the Apollo Plaza to the Sullivan County Funding Corporation for the purpose of attracting a big box store and other retail outlets. Read more
Developer Louis Cappelli’s Concord Associates has filed a federal lawsuit against Empire Resorts and Entertainment Properties Trust (EPT), alleging that the latter broke anti-trust laws in collaborating to block his racino plans for the site of the old Concord Hotel. The suit seeks $1.5 billion in damages.
Cappelli still owns about 116 acres of the hotel site, but Empire Resorts and Entertainment Properties Trust now own the balance of the 1600 acres once belonging to the hotel. The transfer of property was part of a 2010 settlement of a legal dispute, in which both sides sued each other. Read more
MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Transportation Department’s fleet of buses will soon carry ads on the vehicles’ sides, which will add some new revenue to the county’s coffers.
There are between 18 and 20 vehicles in the fleet. The ads will be marketed by KKPP Company, which does a similar service for other counties, including Monroe. Read more
There will be a demonstration on Saturday, March 17 at 12:30 p.m. at the entrance to the Toronto Reservoir at Pine Grove Rd. and Town Rd. 62 to demand that the developer of Chapin Estates, Steve Dubrovsky, obey the recent Supreme Court decision to open the access immediately.
In his January 3 ruling, Judge Michael H. Melkonian of the State of New York Supreme Court admonished The Chapin Estate for interfering with public access, and affirmed the public’s right to free access to the property.
As of press time, a stone wall still blocked access.
The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP) will open the Neversink Reservoir to canoes, kayaks and sailboats beginning Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day weekend this year for the first time. This program is the result of a similar pilot program conducted at the Cannonsville Reservoir in Delaware County for the past three years. Read more
Nominations for the Upper Delaware Council (UDC) annual awards are due by March 19. The ceremony will be held on April 22 at The Carriage House in Barryville.
Nine award categories are available, in addition to the Oaken Gavel Award traditionally given by the Council to the past year’s chairperson. Nomination forms are available at www.upperdelawarecouncil.org or by calling 845/252-3022. Read more
The Sullivan county Legislature on March 13 decided to move forward with the project at the Apollo Mall, and will eventually sell the land to Chancelor Livingston who will try to work out a deal to lure a big-box store to the site. Read more
MILFORD & HONESDALE, PA — County commissioners in both Wayne and Pike counties have not decided if they will participate in the enactment of the recently adopted Gas Drilling Impact Fee Law, which has been passed by the PA Legislature and signed by Governor Tom Corbett. Read more
Wayne Earley, the Honesdale Borough zoning officer whose licensure has been under the scrutiny of The Wayne Independent for weeks, was dismissed by the borough council with a vote of six in favor and one abstention. No member voted against it. Read more
Following many months of ruthless cuts aimed at creating an austere budget, Eldred Central School District (ECS) officials presented highlights of the near-final proposed 2012-13 budget. Despite a substantial increase of 5% in health insurance and a 30% rise in employee retirement, the proposed budget represents a decrease from the 2011-12 budget of 4.55%, resulting in a total budget of $15,778,153. Read more
The Sullivan Renaissance Annual Conference & Expo was held at the CVI Building on March 10 and unofficially kicked off the gardening and beautification season.
The new Sullivan County Legislative Chairman Scott Samuelson started the program with an a cappella rendition of America the Beautiful. Can he sing? Senator John Bonacic thought so, and said Samuelson was in the wrong business, meaning he should be a professional singer. Read more
The transfer of more than $38 million from the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund to the General Fund, as proposed by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett for the 2012-13 state budget, is not expected to be a one-time event.
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Richard Allan has confirmed that the measure is proposed to be permanent. Read more
The Town of Liberty Planning Board has granted a Special Use Permit to Camp Agudah on Upper Ferndale Road, to allow the camp to build a 100 by 200 foot building to house two indoor basketball courts. Read more
After three days of testimony at a preliminary hearing, Pike County Judge Joseph Kameen ruled that a trial of Donald and Eleanor “Nelia” Wall, husband and wife, should be held to investigate whether they are guilty of the charges brought forth from a two-year grand jury investigation. Read more
WESTFALL, PA — Local tourism officials have asked the Delaware Valley School District to consider delaying the opening of school next fall until after Labor Day in order to support the local economy and give high school students and teachers an extra week of work. Read more
ALBANY, NY — In order to comply with the results of the 2010 census, New York State must drop from 29 congressional districts to 27, and the deadline for deciding how the districts will look is approaching quickly. The new lines must be decided by March 12 so congressional candidates can start collecting signatures for the primary election in June. Read more