HARRISBURG, PA — On January 28, members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives unanimously adopted a handful of so-called “noncontroversial” measures, which often get passed without much fanfare. This time, however, the measure that proclaimed 2012 as “The Year of the Bible” turned out to be a bit more controversial than the authors might have guessed. Read more
In the Orange County Town of Minisink, the prospect of a compressor station being built has galvanized the community to fight against it. The concerns of the residents are centered on safety, health and economic impacts. Most specifically, however, opponents object to the fact that it would be constructed at a site “surrounded by over 145 homes and residential lots within approximately a half mile,” according to information on the anti-station website www.stopmcs.org. Read more
DRYDEN, NY — A New York State judge has ruled in favor of the right of a municipality to adopt zoning that prohibits natural gas drilling within its borders.
In the case of Anschutz Exploration Corporation v. the Town of Dryden and the Town of Dryden Town Board, the Honorable Phillip R. Rumsay of the NYS Supreme Court in the County of Tomkins concluded that the town zoning ordinance is not pre-empted by the state Oil, Gas and Solution Mining Law. Read more
Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Terri Ward contacted the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office recently when she discovered some unclaimed funds listed on the State Comptroller’s website. The Sheriff submitted a brief application and several weeks later a check arrived in the mail. Read more
A resolution to transfer title to county-owned properties in and around the Apollo Plaza to the Sullivan County Funding Corporation (SCFC) remains tabled as newly elected lawmakers and residents have questions about the process. Read more
TOWN OF TUSTEN, NY -- One of this winter's few snowfalls put motorists in the Upper Delaware at considerable risk as the region received mixed precipitation ranging from rain to icy sleet to slushy snow on February 16. This accident occurred on Route 97 just above the confluence of the Delaware River and Ten Mile River. Crews were still working to clear the roadway when this picture was taken at approximately 4:45 p.m.
UPPER DELAWARE REGION — Two organizations with complimentary missions have announced they will combine forces, resulting in an even more effective achievement of each one’s long-term work to conserve the natural resources of the Upper Delaware region. The Delaware Highlands Conservancy (DHC) has embraced the opportunity to bring the Eagle Institute (EI) under its wings and into its nest, to the benefit of both highly successful organizations. Read more
WASHINGTON, DC — Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) and 110 other U.S. House members today called on Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe to institute a moratorium on United States Postal Service (USPS) discontinuance studies, which will determine if more than 3,600 post offices and other retail facilities should be closed. Read more
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is number 15 on Pollstar Magazine’s Top 100 Worldwide Amphitheaters for the 2011 season. The venue has climbed in its ranking each year since opening in 2006, and surpassed several major market venues in 2011 including Jones Beach, PNC Arts Center and Saratoga Performing Arts Center. Read more
On Monday, February 13 at the Honesdale Borough Council bi-monthly meeting, B. F. Monaghan, the president of the Honesdale Borough Council, reversed an action of the board taken at a recent meeting that condemned an allegedly improper removal of pieces of mail meant for two borough policemen that informed them that they would be laid off. Read more
At the Pike County Commissioners meeting on February 8, chairman Rich Caridi expressed surprise at the new state legislation establishing Marcellus Shale impact fees, which was passed last week by the legislature. Read more
With the price of gold soaring as the great recession lingers, and now beyond $1,700 per ounce, local businesses are joining the used jewelry business and buying up gold. The problem is a lot of that gold is ill-gotten gains that are easy to dispose of and hard to track, especially once the gold has been melted down. Read more
People who follow the beautification programs of Sullivan Renaissance are familiar with the “Golden Feather Award,” which is given out each year for projects done mostly by volunteers that “incorporate beautification as part of a long-term community-wide strategy.” Read more
Every year for the past four years, a representative from Bethel Motor Speedway shows up at a Town of Bethel meeting and requests a permit for the coming year. And every year, the board tries to fashion the permit in a way that will mollify a couple of residents who have perennial complaints about the operation. Read more
WAYNE AND PIKE COUNTIES, PA — New Manure Management Regulations and Erosion Control Regulations related to agriculture have been established in Pennsylvania requiring all owners of farm animals and livestock to develop a plan for the safe disposal of animal waste. The requirement is meant to protect Commonwealth waters. Fortunately for residents of Wayne and Pike counties, help is on the way with two upcoming workshops hosted by the Wayne Conservation District (WCD). Read more