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ELDRED, NY — Forty-five years ago this month, Woodstock descended on Max Yasgur’s farm in Bethel and Sullivan County has never been quite the same since.

A partnership for posterity: Delaware Highlands Conservancy and Eagle Institute take wing

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

Sullivan legislature nixes steering committee

The Sullivan County Legislature voted on Thursday to do away with the steering committee that met once a week to go over policy matters. The committee was made up of three of the nine elected legislators and the county manager.  Read more

Hinchey leads charge against PO closures

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

Community garden open for applicants

The Transition Community Garden, located on the grounds at Ellen Memorial Health Care Center on Golf Hill Road, invites gardeners to join for the 2012 growing season.  Read more

Bethel Woods in top 15 worldwide

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

Borough council reverses itself; status of Earley’s job altered

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

NPS to review Roseland alternatives

Two electric companies are so willing to get the National Park Service (NPS) permit process moving forward that they are willing to offer $30 million in order to mitigate any loss that the NPS feels that it may experience.  Read more

Wayne gets $40k grant for trails at county park

The first phase of a property-wide trail system at the county park will be started in the spring, according to Mike Wood of Woodland Design, a local design company.  Read more

Caridi reacts to impact fee legislation; new Pike visitors guide has digital focus

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

Forget the laptops, go for the gold

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

DPW applies for ‘Golden Feather’ grant

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

Bethel Motor Speedway seeks permit; supporters turn out, criticism muted

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

Help on the horizon for new regs; Got just one horse or chicken? Get a plan.

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

Lumberland schedules informational meeting on proposed zoning laws

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.

‘Anonymous’ letter and ‘misinformation’ alarm Lumberland residents

[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

DEP Fines Chesapeake Appalachia $565,000 for Multiple Violations

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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Pike open space initiatives

The Pike County Commissioners heard several announcements about open space programs, farms and farmer’s markets at their meeting on February 1.  Read more

Forest Service rules would weaken protection

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Forest Service today released a new proposal for the nation’s 193-million-acre national forest system that will weaken rules protecting fish and wildlife from logging, livestock grazing, mining and off-road vehicles.  Read more

Monticello fire kills six-year-old

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.

Training facility finds equipment in U.S.

The danger that a necessary piece of equipment being shipped from the nation of Jordan was going to delay the opening of the proposed Pike County training center has been averted.  Read more