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Panther Rock Creek and the Callicoon Creek, which converge in Youngsville, have flooded numerous times over the past decade, and now the state is moving to address the issue at Panther Rock.
At a public hearing on November 12, a representative from the NY State Department of Transportation (DOT) said the creek floods so often because the space below the bridge over the creek is too small. Root balls and trees get stuck in the opening and the water backs up and floods the surrounding buildings.

Foodstock a hit for WJFF

There were a total of 62 vendors at Foodstock this year, offering a wide array of locally produced culinary delights ranging from cheeses to produce to locally made wine and spirits. The offerings drew a crowd of over 500 people to the Villa Roma Resort and Conference Center in the Beechwoods.  Read more

‘Wayne Mountain Men’ win Envirothon

For 26 years, a local educational competition has been held which tests student knowledge, skills and problem-solving capabilities related to the earth’s natural resources. This year, the top prize for the Pike/Wayne Envirothon went to the Wayne Mountain Men from Western Wayne High School.  Read more

Live webcast of peregrine banding on May 9

Two peregrine chicks that hatched in a nest on the Rachel Carson State Office Building in Harrisburg, PA will be banded during a live webcast of the event at 1 p.m. on May 9, according to the PA Department of Environmental Protection, which hosts the webcam with which the nest has been monitored.

The nestlings will be weighed, examined and the sex will be determined before leg bands are attached. The bands will provide for an individual signature that identifies the birds when they fledge, disperse and seek out their own nesting territories.  Read more

Sentiment at Highland hearing favors anti-fracking law

ELDRED, NY - Public comments leaned almost three to one in favor of the Town of Highland's Local Law#3, a zoning amendment that would ban high-impact industrial uses including horizontal hydrofracking in the town, at a public hearing held at the Eldred Junior/Senior High School on Friday, May 4.  Read more

Illegal dumping of drilling mud in Bradford County State Game Lands

WILLIAMSPORT — The Department of Environmental Protection has fined RW Products LLC of Wheeling, WV, $21,029 for the illegal disposal of a reported 800 gallons of waste drilling mud on State Game Lands 219 in Warren Township, Bradford County, in December 2011.

“A driver for RW Products admitted that he intentionally dumped a load of oil-based waste drilling mud onto the ground,” North-central Waste Management Program Manager Patrick Brennan said. “This violated the Pennsylvania Solid Waste Management Act and the department’s penalty reflects this blatant disregard for the environment.”  Read more

Volunteer for Liberty zoning committees

The Town of Liberty is looking for volunteers for a variety of zoning-related committees. In January of 2008, the Town and Village of Liberty adopted a joint comprehensive plan (www.townoflib erty.org), a roadmap for community development.  Read more

Improved streamflow forecasts for DEP

NEW YORK CITY — The NYC Department of Environmental Protection (NYDEP) has announced a new agreement with the National Weather Service (NWS) in which DEP will provide the NWS with up to $1 million to help speed up the development of state-of-the-art forecasts of water flows throughout the watershed.  Read more

Foodstock set for Saturday

Foodstock, which has quickly become one of the most popular events in Sullivan County, is scheduled to take place on May 5, at the Villa Roma Resort’s Tennis Building in Callicoon, from 11 a.m. through 3 p.m. This year the event will feature more than 60 culinary vendors.  Read more

Sole assessor law to be considered

At a meeting of the Delaware Town Board on April 18, it was decided to propose a law that would move from the current system of three elected tax assessors to a sole assessor appointed by the board.  Read more

Sandy Beecher remembered

Sanford “Sandy” Beecher, a prominent attorney in Milford, was remembered by friends and family at a visitation at the Stroyan Funeral Home in Milford on April 30. Hundreds gathered at his memorial service on May 1. He passed away on April 23 after a battle with congestive heart failure at age 79.  Read more

Sullivan legislature calls for fracking health study

Critics of gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing in New York State have long been calling for a study on the possible impacts the process can have on human health. While there is some support for the idea among elected officials in Albany, so far state officials have not been willing to go in that direction.  Read more

Sullivan legislature calls for fracking health study

Critics of gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing in New York State have long been calling for a study on the possible impacts the process can have on human health. While there is some support for the idea among elected officials in Albany, so far state officials have not been willing to go in that direction.  Read more

Youngsville farm to host enzyme demonstration;event tied to climate awareness

For more than a year, a group of diverse people have been working to establish a farm at 229 Menges Road in Youngsville, while also establishing the Seon Wellbeing Academy at the same location. The academy fosters health and spiritual wellbeing. The organization’s website says, “We are an online academy that teaches one how to breathe, live fruitfully and how to prepare for the completion of one’s life.”  Read more

Historical Society plans dinner theater; play will recall last hanging at old jail

The spring gala of the Wayne County Historical Society planned for May 26 will center around a historic hanging in the county’s Old Stone Jail. It will feature a dinner-theater event recalling the historical trial of James McCabe, the last man to be hanged in Wayne County.  Read more

Monticello man admits killing, dismembering girlfriend; sentence of 25 years expected

A Monticello man has admitted to killing and then dismembering his girlfriend, Elizabeth Mucci, in April 2011. Ryder, who was 23 at the time, had argued with Mucci, 31, at their apartment on Fraser Road in the Town of Thompson, and the argument turned physical. Ryder punched Mucci in her throat, which caused her to stop breathing and eventually die.  Read more

Leeward will fix Honesdale pool

“We are totally committed to opening the pool this summer for our town’s youth.” Eric Linde, owner of the Leeward Company, got an enthusiastic reception when he said that at the meeting of the Honesdale Borough Council on April 23. He said that his company will do all the concrete work necessary at the site without charge.  Read more

Richard ‘Dick’ Rhodes: a river patrolman passes on his paddle

UPPER DELAWARE REGION – A true servant leader is now at rest after making the waters of the Delaware River a much safer place for the past 33 years. Until the day he died on April 17 following a battle with cancer, Richard “Dick” Rhodes was still preparing to save lives during the upcoming season by sending out an email message to fellow river patrol members about their upcoming training.  Read more

Clarence Foster House’s future in doubt

The Clarence Foster House, which stands north of the Wayne County Courthouse at 927 Court Street, may have to be taken down. The house, which has been vacant for a few years, will receive an independent review of structural findings and a hazmat analysis by CECO Associates, an engineering firm, according to the recommendation of Stephen J. Knash, county engineer.  Read more

Callicoon Democrats question comp plan;is it designed to attract drilling?

Some Democrats are charging that the Town of Callicoon Draft Comprehensive Plan is designed to facilitate gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing, despite the results of a town-wide survey that suggest the residents don’t want industrial activity in the town.  Read more

Bethel adopts drilling ban

The board of the Town of Bethel became the third in Sullivan County to change their zoning in a way that bans gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing. The vote at the town meeting on April 26 was five to zero.  Read more