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REGION — There’s no question that last year’s winter was one for the record books, with temperature records falling all across the eastern United States and here in the Northeast, while most of the rest of the planet experienced above-normal temperatures. In fact, temperatures were so far above normal for most of the planet that by the end of August climate scientists were projecting that 2015 will be the warmest year since record taking began in 1880. Coming in right behind this year is 2014, which will then become the second warmest year on record.

Fireworks, flagpoles and firearms; Tusten gets closer to final decisions

While no resolution has been made concerning the Narrowsburg fireworks, steps have been taken to reach a final decision. At a town board meeting on February 12, councilman Anthony Ritter read a report from the fireworks committee detailing those steps.  Read more

Film to shoot in Sullivan County; Legislators discuss ‘horror’ film

Deputy county treasurer Nancy Buck said, “It’s not really a horror film.” That was after county chair Scott Samuelson said, “I’d like to see maybe a non-horror movie next time,” which prompted a round of laughter.  Read more

Relief for trout proposed

At a meeting of the Water Use and Resource Management Committee of the Upper Delaware Council (UDC) on February 19, Columbia Professor Emeretis Peter Kolesar of New York City and Eldred, and Jim Serio of Hancock presented a proposal to relieve thermal stress on trout in the coldwater fisheries of the Upper Delaware by releasing precisely targeted pulses from the reservoirs (see information box below for details).  Read more

Residents attempt to stop pipeline construction

It’s not clear if workers intended to work on Presidents’ Day on February 18, but two young people took steps to stop construction. Allison Petryk, of Vernon, NJ, and Alex Lotorto, of Milford, PA, chained themselves to a gate at the Delaware State Forest, part of which is being clear-cut to lay new pipe for the Tennessee Gas Pipeline (TGP) Northeast Upgrade.  Read more

Shohola may break with ambulance company

The Shohola Township Board of Supervisors is considering cutting ties with its ambulance provider, Pike County Advanced Life Support (ALS), due to “problems at scenes.” The news came as a shock to the ambulance service.  Read more

$42 million track expansion debated; Noise still an issue for the Monticello Motor Club

There is no doubt that Monticello’s upscale, private racing club has an impressive history in the county. Investing some $40 million in the facility, and creating 60 jobs, the Monticello Motor Club (MMC), which serves wealthy client s, has gained a national and international reputation in racing circles in a few short years.  Read more

Film festival moves to Middletown

The Hoboken International Film Festival (HIFF), which has grown in popularity over the past seven years of its existence, will be moving to Middletown this summer. An announcement about the move was made at a press conference with New York Senator Chuck Schumer, the head of the film festival Kenneth Del Vecchio on February 19. Middletown Mayor Joe DeStefano was also on hand.  Read more

Plans for dog sledding and snowmobile business withdrawn

A property owner near Hawley has withdrawn plans for a proposed dog sledding and snowmobile plan that neighbors had expressed concerns about. The Lackawaxen board of supervisors held a conditional use hearing about the project on January 22, during which several members spoke about negative impacts from noise.  Read more

Wayne resignations and new employment

The focus of the February 14 commissioners meeting was the acceptance of resignation from three former employees and the taking on of new staff in Wayne County. The Prompton Borough Tax Collector, Shelia Collins, resigned from her post effective February 7.  Read more

PA Republicans bash lottery decision

HARRISBURG, PA — Leaders of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives are speaking out against the decisions of the Democratic Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane to disapprove the contract between Governor Tom Corbett and the company Camelot Global Services to operate the state’s lottery.  Read more

Hawley nixes revitalization act

After months of discussion, group meetings and input from residents and businesses, the Hawley Borough Council, with one dissenting voice, shot down th e Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance Act (LERTA) on February 13 at its monthly meeting. That is not to say, however, that the board will not entertain a hybrid version of the concept.  Read more

Cochecton opposes new gun control legislation

By a four-to-one vote at its February 13 monthly meeting, the Town of Cochecton board passed a resolution opposing new gun control legislation enacted by the New York State Assembly and Senate. Larry Richardson cast the dissenting vote, stating that as a longtime gun owner and hunter himself, he did not find the new legislation unduly restrictive to sportsmen; his statement was the only discussion by board members prior to the resolution vote.  Read more

Eldred School Business Official arrested on three felony charges

Former Eldred School Business Official William Thornton was arrested on Friday, February 15 and charged with three felony counts related to the theft of $20,000 from district funds in November. He was arraigned later in the day in the Town of Highland Court on the following charges: two counts of grand larceny in the third degree (both class D felonies); and one count of falsifying business records in the first degree, a class E felony.  Read more

Sustainable street lighting; Coming to a street near you?

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Three towns in Sullivan County have signed the Climate Smart Community Pledge, a partnership between local and state governments with a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. They are Town of Tusten, Town of Lumberland and Town of Delaware. The Climate Action Plan (CAP) Advisory Board is a citizens’ advisory group formed by a Sullivan County legislative resolution. Its purpose is to generate a greenhouse gas inventory for the county and to make specific recommendations in the form of a Climate Action Plan to assist the county in reducing its greenhouse gas emissions.  Read more

Students seek alternative graduation space

A group of Sullivan West Secondary School seniors received a lesson in bureaucracy at the district board meeting on February 7.  Read more

Motor club seeks ambitious expansion; Some neighbors likely to oppose

Tony Cellini, the supervisor of the Town of Thompson, said, “We have a handful of naysayers; let’s not let the naysayers run our community.” He then urged the people in the crowded clubhouse to pack the public hearing of the Thompson Planning Board on February 13 and support the proposed expansion of the Monticello Motor Club (MMC).  Read more

Sullivan to upgrade emergency radio system; $11-million price tag for towers, frequencies

Legislators have not yet voted, but it seems likely that they will move forward with a plan to build nine new emergency communications towers and purchase new frequencies to aid in the communication among emergency responders.  Read more

Farmers will continue to receive newsprint; Old newspapers make for good livestock bedding

Legislator Cindy Gieger said that only three farmers regularly receive recycled newsprint from Sullivan County transfer stations, and a fourth receives it occasionally. The policy to allow farmers to receive recycled newsprint for no cost was established in 2003.  Read more

Fracking health study needs more time

ALBANY, NY — In a letter to Joe Martens, commissioner of the New York Department of Conservation (DEC), Dr. Nirav Shah, commissioner of the New York Department of Health (DOH), said his review of the health impacts of hydraulic fracturing would require a few more weeks to complete, which means that a deadline regarding the SGEIS will be pushed back.  Read more

Gun resolution draws pushback

Like other town boards across the state, the board of the Town of Callicoon considered and passed a resolution opposing the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013 (SAFE Act) passed by the state legislature and signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo in the wake of the killing of school children at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.  Read more