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REGION — Forecasters generally agree that the strong El Niño that was in place last fall was responsible for bringing very warm temperatures to the region last winter. They also agree that El Niño—an area of warmer-than-usual water in the Pacific Ocean—faded months ago. El Niño is often soon replaced by La Niña, which brings colder temperatures to the Northeast United States.

STAR exemption registration

ALBANY, NY — Some 2.6 million homeowners in New York State receive the Basic STAR property tax exemption to help reduce the cost of school property taxes, and the average benefit per household is $700.  Read more

Lumberland Fire Department gets two-year contract

Firefighters got a new contract on August 28, but Lumberland Fire Department President Ann Schulte Steimle said that the first she’d heard its details was upon Supervisor Nadia Rajsz reading the document earlier that evening.  Read more

New York’s highest court to hear fracking, home rule case

The battle between those in favor of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and those against it in New York State will get one more hearing before a court of law. The New York State Court of Appeals announced on August 29, that it will hear the zoning and home rule cases regarding fracking bans in the towns of Middlefield and Dryden.  Read more

Primary vote September 10

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — There are a several primary races that will take place on September 10 in Sullivan County.

In the Town of Bethel, restaurateur Judith Maidenbaum is challenging incumbent suprivisor Dam Sturm for the slot on the Democratic ticket; three candidates, Timothy Colaianni, incumbent Lillian Hendrickson and Dawn Rider are vying for the Democratic nod for two seats on the town council.  Read more

Voter reliability honored in Wayne

The best business of the day at the August 22 meeting of the Wayne County Commissioners came after the conclusion of the their regular agenda.  Read more

Gun manufacturer gets conditional use hearing

A conditional use hearing is scheduled for September 16 at 5:30 p.m. for Kahr Firearms Group, which is looking to establish a manufacturing plant and corporate headquarters at the Pike County Business Park. The meeting will be held at the municipal building before the Blooming Grove Township board of supervisors.  Read more

PA bridges repair on hold; Worst in the nation

HARRISBURG, PA — Barry J. Schoch, the secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDot), announced on August 23 that the department will implement or expand weight restrictions to about 1,000 structurally deficient bridges statewide to ensure bridge safety and preserve the aging bridge system.  Read more

Building up the business community

A lengthy project came to a successful conclusion on August 19, when the township supervisors gave final approval to Ordinance 97, which updated several areas of Lackawaxen’s zoning ordinance.  Read more

Highland issues consumer alert

After one or more seniors reported a paving contractor who was said to have offered a bargain price on asphalt left over from another job, and then charged thousands of dollars more than anticipated, the Highland Town Board issued a consumer alert last week.  Read more

Groups file lawsuit against PPL line

REGION — The New Jersey Sierra Club (NJSC) joined other national and local environmental and citizen groups in filing for a preliminary injunction to stop construction of the Susquehanna-Roseland transmission line in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and two adjacent national park units. PSEG and PPL are scheduled to begin work in the parks on September 3.  Read more

Boy killed in Cochecton ATV accident

An eight-year-old boy was killed in an all-terrain-vehicle (ATV) accident on New Turnpike Road in the Town of Cochecton on August 24. New York State Police issued a press release that said they were called to the scene at about 5:30 p.m.  Read more

DEP energy education program

HARRISBURG, PA — The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced on August 26 the creation of the Keystone Energy Education Program (KEEP) to teach and track energy efficiency in school buildings and homes.  Read more

No dog ordinance for Berlin Township

The supervisors in Berlin Township have decided not to adopt a dog ordinance at the present time. They had been considering adopting one because of complaints about a specific barking dog, but the issue has subsided.  Read more

Armed officers for Wallenpaupack

PALMYRA TOWNSHIP, PA — Four recently hired school resource officers were introduced at the Wallenpaupack Area School District meeting on August 19.  Read more

New building done, library takes on networking

With a new building finally finished and ready for occupancy, the Pike County Public Library (PCLP) will be moving into a new phase of expansion, according to its director.  Read more

When some are more equal than others

Wayne County’s 2005 update of its tax assessment rolls provided more realistic values for county property owners than had previously obtained, but may be costing Lehigh Township property owners in school taxes.  Read more

Bagel Festival declared a hit

An estimated 5,000 people turned out to the first-ever Bagel Festival in Monticello on August 17 and 18. Jeffrey Siegel, owner of the Spencer Daniels Agency, which produced the festival, said, “The only way it could have been more fabulous would be maybe if President Obama stopped by. It was just great.”  Read more

Tusten becomes ‘friend of the court’ to Dryden and Middlefield

TUSTEN, NY — At the Tusten town board meeting on Tuesday, August 13, the board members discussed and voted on becoming an amicus curiae, or friend of the court, in actions involving municipal home rule in the court of appeals of the State of New York.  Read more

Cochecton endorses Class III gaming

The Town of Cochecton board passed two resolutions at its August 14 regular monthly meeting aimed at making Sullivan County more attractive and prosperous. One resolution endorsed pending New York State legislation designed to permit a limited number of Class III gaming facilities within the mid-Hudson region, defined to include Sullivan and Ulster counties. Another set hearing dates for review and determination of further action on decaying properties containing unsafe structures.  Read more