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SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — The torrential rains came again to the Upper Delaware Valley, resulting in flooding, closed roads, evacuations and thousands of residents without power. But this time, there were no serious injuries.

Microenterprise grants available

Sullivan County has initiated a Microenterprise Assistance Program (MAP) will provide grants of between $5,000 and $35,000 for small businesses with five or fewer employees. The program is a collaboration between the Sullivan County Division of Planning, the Center for Workforce Development, Sullivan Renaissance, the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce and Liberty Community Development Corporation.  Read more

Environmental awards offered

HARRISBURG, PA — The Department of Environmental Protection is encouraging environmentally-conscious businesses and organizations to apply for the 2012 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award.  Read more

Lumberland installs new officials

The Town of Lumberland conducted a swearing in ceremony of its 2012 elected officials at its year-end meeting on December 29, 2011. Pictured from left are, Judge Charles Fallon, Court Justice William McKerrell, Councilman Joseph Carr, Councilman Ron Thiele and highway superintendent Donald Hunt, Jr. Absent from photo is tax collector, Heather Worzel.

Breathable caffeine due to hit stores,Schumer says not so fast

NEW YORK STATE — With coffee being the delivery vehicle of choice for millions, or perhaps billions, of people seeking a caffeine fax, and with it also being available in tea and soda, it’s not clear how much of a market there is for an inhaler that delivers a dose of caffeine in a powder.  Read more

Land trust sets gas guidelines; a milestone true to its mission

UPPER DELAWARE REGION — Just before the new year arrived, members of the Delaware Highlands Conservancy (DHC) received word that the non-profit accredited land trust had established guidelines concerning development of natural gas on DHC-protected lands in the Upper Delaware River region. The new guidelines govern amendment of its existing conservation easements as well as new easement donations.  Read more

Toward a more open government

As I leave office, I’d like to relay a few thoughts and suggestions about the process of local government. There is almost a brand new slate of legislators, who may find it comparatively easy to break with the status quo and move on to more open methods of government.  Read more

‘We’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet, for auld lang syne’

The words for the most commonly sung song for English-speakers on New Year’s eve, “Auld Lang Syne,” come from an old Scottish ditty that was first published by the poet Robert Burns in 1796. Burns transcribed it (and made some refinements to the lyrics) after he heard it sung by an old man from the Ayrshire area of Scotland, Burns’s homeland. According to www.infoplease.com, “Auld Lang Syne,” which asks whether old friends and times will be remembered, is “one of the most popular songs that nobody knows the lyrics to."  Read more

Birds, stand up and be counted!

Bird counts give an idea of how many migrant and resident geese may be in a particular area.  Read more

Locally shot film to be screened for CineArt

The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance CineArt feature for January is “Martha Marcy May Marlene” (R), a movie about a cult that was filmed and edited in Sullivan County in the summer of 2010. Screenings will be held at the Callicoon Theater, 30 Upper Main Street, from Friday, January 6 through Tuesday, January 10. Screenings are at 7:30 daily with additional 2 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday.  Read more

Ten-year-old DWI plea reversed; local resident files own appeal

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — John Kearney fought a drinking and driving charge for 10 years. His efforts finally paid off in August 2011 when a jury declared that he was not guilty of Felony Driving While Intoxicated (DWI). But it took the highly unusual step of seeking and winning his own appeal of earlier court action.  Read more

Funds flow to FEMA for disaster aid

WASHINGTON, DC — Senator Robert Casey of Pennsylvania has announced that a recently passed year-end funding bill contains $6.4 billion that could help Pennsylvania municipalities recover from the harm done by Hurricane Irene and Storm Lee.  Read more

Cochecton Zoning Advisory Committee update

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — Members of the Cochecton Zoning Advisory Committee, formed to examine the issue of zoning related to natural gas drilling in the Town of Cochecton, gave comments to the town board at the meeting on December 14.  Read more

Barryville teen charged with vehicular homicide

GLEN SPEY, NY — Charles Wolff, 18, of Barryville, has been charged with vehicular homicide after a crash that killed his cousin and seriously injured two other passengers.  Read more

Conservation stewardship assistance available

PENNSYLVANIA — The cutoff date for farmers to apply to participate in the 2012 sign-up for the Natural Resources Conservation Service Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is January 13.  Read more

Gas at a glance

Natural gas pipeline safety bill signed into law

PA Gov. Tom Corbett has signed into law House Bill 344 (Baker-R-Tioga) establishing regulatory oversight of natural gas pipelines to the Public Utility Commission (PUC), as reported in PA Environment Digest.  Read more

Municipal agencies oppose gas fee legislation

HARRISBURG, PA — The major municipal agencies in Pennsylvania are on record opposing gas drilling legislation presented by Governor Tom Corbett and the Republican majorities in both state houses.  Read more

It’s thin ice for now

UPPER DELAWARE VALLEY—Two years ago, many of the smaller lakes and ponds in the region had frozen over by Thanksgiving. But this year, it’s nearly January and the smaller lakes, such as Little Lake Erie in Narrowsburg, are just beginning to form a very thin layer of ice.  Read more

Western Sullivan burglary ring busted, homes and businesses targeted

The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office says they have broken up a burglary ring that has been breaking into homes and businesses in the western part of the county for much of the past year.  Read more

2011 Milestones by the Month - April, May, June

APRIL

PA Governor Corbett nominates Richard J. Allan as secretary of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR)

Sullivan County’s largest pot-growing operation busted in towns of Highland, Lumberland and Mamakating, NY.  Read more

2011 Milestones by the Month - January, February, March

JANUARY

Delaware named Pennsylvania River of the Year for 2011.

Sullivan farmers consider micro dairies.  Read more