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REGION — Forecasters generally agree that the strong El Niño that was in place last fall was responsible for bringing very warm temperatures to the region last winter. They also agree that El Niño—an area of warmer-than-usual water in the Pacific Ocean—faded months ago. El Niño is often soon replaced by La Niña, which brings colder temperatures to the Northeast United States.

River panel debates PA water rule

NARROWSBURG, NY — Issues related to natural gas drilling so deeply divided the Upper Delaware Council last week that at one point they gave up trying to comment on proposed changes to Pennsylvania’s proposed 25 PA Code Chapter 78 regulations.  Read more

Salt used up; auto show coming

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — At Callicoon’s regular town board meeting in February, Town of Callicoon Supervisor Tom Bose commended the highway superintendent and his team for handling the roads this winter. With frequent snows and plowing, the town’s annual salt supply is stretched. The team is making every effort to keep the roads appropriately salted while conserving salt.  Read more

Vets get a VA clinic in Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — Concluding a seven-year effort, county, state and federal officials came together at the March 6 meeting of the Wayne County Commissioners to celebrate the upcoming opening of a Veterans’ Administration (VA) clinic in the Stourbridge Mall satellite of Wayne Memorial Hospital.  Read more

Melody Lake water takeover; The town steps in when private operators fail

MONTICELLO, NY — According to town attorney Michael Mednick, the Town of Thompson is 90% complete with the process of taking over a private water company for the Melody Lake subdivision, which the town has been operating since February, 2013.  Read more

River access input sought; Six New York access points considered

UPPER DELAWARE RIVER VALLEY, NY — Sullivan County officials have been working for a couple of years on a project to enhance and upgrade six access points to the Upper Delaware River. There is one access point in each of the river towns. The broad outlines of the projects are posted on the county website, and can be viewed at tinyurl.com/n8gldml.  Read more

Ithaca mayor impresses and entertains; Turning around a city

FERNDALE, NY — If the goal of Sullivan Renaissance is to help communities improve, then Svante Myrick was an inspired choice to deliver the keynote speech at the Sullivan Renaissance annual Conference, Expo and Local Market on March 8 at the CVI Building in Ferndale.  Read more

Tusten highway superintendent resigns

NARROWSBURG, NY — Glenn Swendsen, the highway superintendent for the Town of Tusten, has announced his resignation.  Read more

Gillibrand wants lower-cost child care

WASHINGTON, DC — With the rising cost of child care across New York, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on March 11 unveiled what she said was her plan to make child care more affordable and accessible for working parents.  Read more

Honoring those who help others

HONESDALE, PA — It is estimated that between 500 and 1,500 people in Wayne County have developmental disabilities, and the coordinated services of many people and agencies are needed to aid them in “finding usefulness in their lives,” as noted by Wayne County Commissioners Chair Brian Smith on March 6. He was speaking at an event at which representatives of the county office of Behavioral and Development Programs and Early Intervention and the many service providers who work with them were honored, as the Wayne County Commissioners proclaimed March “Developmental Disabilities Month.”  Read more

Honesdale Council approves police contract

HONESDALE, PA — The Honesdale Borough Council approved a contract for the Honesdale Police Department that stretches over seven years, at its meeting on March 10. For the first two years, the pay increase is 3.0%, then it rises to 3.25% and after five years increases to 3.5%. The contract must now be approved by the union.  Read more

More Sullivan solar proposed

MONTICELLO, NY — The buildings, vehicles and transport needs of Sullivan County results in the county releasing 8,674 metric tons of carbon equivalent into the atmosphere every year, expressed as 8,647MTCO2e.  Read more

Sullivan wants two casinos; Initiatives to sway the gaming commission

MONTICELLO, NY — With two different groups expressing interest in building a casino in Orange County, and with the proposed project in Ellenville in Ulster County seen as a serious proposal, officials in Sullivan County are moving to maximize the chance of getting at least one and perhaps two casinos in Sullivan.  Read more

Lake Ariel Oil Spill

Officials from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are trying to determine exactly how some heating oil spilled into Lake Ariel. The spill occurred last weekend and was contained with oil booms by by hazmat workers.  Read more

Court addition debate continues

MILFORD, PA — The debate about Pike County’s plans for a courthouse addition continued and are not likely to end any time soon, Commissioners Chair Rich Caridi said after the morning session.  Read more

Wayne searches for homeless residents

HONESDALE, PA — During the night of a cold January 29, some 53 local volunteers scoured areas throughout Wayne County looking for homeless people sheltering in cars, barns or other unmanaged places of last resort.  Read more

New calls for reservoir flood mitigation

TRENTON, NJ — With a mounting number of Pennsylvania and New Jersey counties seeking Delaware River flooding relief, a new spotlight has come onto four-state/New York City negotiations to extend existing management agreements.  Read more

Duggan School reconsidered

WHITE LAKE, NY — When the board of the Monticello Central School District began to consider the closure of the Dr. Cornelius Duggan Elementary School back in 2009, there was a big reaction from members of the community connected to the school in Bethel to try to keep it open. Some said at the time that it would not be long before the district would need more classroom space and might regret the closure. It turns out they might have been right.  Read more

Bonacic pushes Jobs for Heroes

ALBANY, NY — At the State of the State Address this year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo suggested that 5% of state contracts be awarded to veterans. In his budget address a bit later, however, Cuomo said the state should study the proposition.  Read more

Legal snarl possible for Bloomingburg election; Court challenges playing out

BLOOMINBURG, NY — In the last mayoral election in Bloomingburg, 24 people turned out to vote. This time around, the turn-out is likely to be quite a bit higher, but the outcome may not be known for some time because of challenges to petitions and voter registrations.  Read more

Paula’s Law would protect the most vulnerable; A brother campaigns for his late sister

SWAN LAKE, NY — Bill Liblick, a local columnist and media personality who is active in Democratic politics, is once again pushing for the passage of Paula’s Law, now that the state legislature is again in session.  Read more