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
The Town of Lumberland Zoning Rewrite Committee will hold a Public Informational Meeting on Saturday, February 25 at 10 a.m. at the Town Hall at 1052 Proctor Road in Glen Spey, NY for the review and clarification of the proposed amended zoning laws and for any public comment.
[UPDATED on February 14]: The Town of Lumberland Zoning Rewrite Committee will hold a Public Informational Meeting on Saturday, February 25 at 10 a.m. at the Town Hall in Glen Spey, NY for the review and clarification of the proposed amended zoning laws and for any public comment].
Tempers flared at the latest public hearing on the Town of Lumberland’s proposed zoning rewrite on February 6, where public comments were again received by the town board. While only nine individuals spoke, a large crowd packed the hall and repeatedly disrupted the process with outbursts. Read more
HARRISBURG -- The Department of Environmental Protection has fined Chesapeake Appalachia LLC a total of $565,000 in civil penalties and reimbursement costs for erosion and sediment control violations, wetland encroachment violations and an April 2011 well control incident.
“The governor and I expect the highest standards to be met and when they are not, we take strong enforcement action,” DEP Secretary Mike Krancer said. “We will continue to be vigilant on that front. The protection of the state’s water is paramount.”
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MONTICELLO, NY — A fire in an apartment at Monticello Gardens on Sunday, February 5 took the life of a six-year-old girl.
The fire started in the kitchen of Kimberly Freer. Kimberly escaped, along with five of her seven children, one of whom had to be dropped from a balcony to a neighbor, Leon Mealing. One child was not at home at the time. The seventh, Victoria, six years old, perished in the blaze. Kimberly suffered second-degree burns on her back and shoulder trying to rescue her.