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STARLIGHT, PA — As numerous residents were asking for a postponement of the vote and offering critical comments on the project before the board, supervisors chairman Kurt Mueller figured he had heard enough and called for a vote. It was unanimously passed by the board. The exact nature of what the board had just agreed to, however, was the subject of dispute.

Wayne DA files identity theft charges

Criminal complaints were filed against Christa Strackbein, Jerry Strackbein and Debra Meszler, all of Honesdale, on March 19. Wayne County District Attorney Janine Edwards said the charges include numerous felony counts of identity theft and access device fraud. The three are accused of stealing identities to obtain credit cards and then fraudulently using said cards for purchases in Wayne and surrounding counties.  Read more

NY Senate passes bills to aid farmers

NEW YORK STATE — The New York State Senate passed two bills co-sponsored by Senator John J. Bonacic that are intended to provide economic relief and assistance to New York State farmers. The first bill, the “Repower New York Farms Act,” reduces energy costs for farmers to promote a generation of independent farms powered by renewable energy. The legislation lowers farmers’ utility bills and expands New York’s agricultural economy by reducing fees for farms that install renewable energy.  Read more

Lumberland constable recognized

At the March 13 Town of Lumberland meeting, constable Robert Maas was recognized by chief constable Pat Cahill and the town board for going above and beyond when performing his duties as a patrolman. Maas has been a lifelong resident of the Lumberland/Highland area and has been a Lumberland constable since February of 2010. He was instrumental in solving several local crimes in conjunction with the New York State Police and Sullivan County Sheriff’s patrol.  Read more

Homicide arrest in White Mills

A 30-year-old man is accused of killing his 34-year-old brother in a domestic dispute on Bucks Cove Road in Texas Township. According to Pennsylvania State Police, Benjamin Kiefer shot his brother Kenneth Kiefer multiple times with a handgun on March 23.  Read more

Berlin welcomes payments

The Berlin Township Board of Supervisors was notified at the March 18 meeting that it will receive $106,837 for its liquid fuels tax fund payment. The payment from the PA Department of Transportation will be made April 1.

“It’s slightly more than we got last year,” said board chairman Paul Henry.  Read more

Liberty to move zoning back three decades; Board members likely to reverse earlier decision

The supervisor of the Town of Liberty asked members of the public and the town board, the planning board and the zoning board to speak out on the question of whether they wanted to stick with the zoning that was adopted in 2011, or go back to the zoning that was implemented in 1987.  Read more

Sullivan votes to urge repeal of new gun law

Sullivan County legislators voted unanimously in favor of a resolution that urges lawmakers in Albany to repeal the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013 (NY SAFE ACT).  Read more

Cochecton adopts green initiatives plan

By unanimous vote, the Town of Cochecton Board adopted a Climate Smart Communities Pledge Resolution at its March 13 monthly meeting. The towns of Tusten, Lumberland, and Delaware have ratified similar resolutions, all of which were based on a draft resolution provided by the county. Following review by councilman Larry Richardson and supervisor Gary Maas, the draft agreement was edited to outline goals that the board considers realistic for Cochecton at this time.  Read more

Shohola ambulance decision postponed; Video of driver discussed

Pike County Advanced Life Support (ALS) will remain the primary provider for Shohola Township—for now—despite concerns by some officials about its professionalism and sustainability. Township supervisors, after a lengthy discussion at their March 14 meeting during which they considered going with a different provider, tabled the matter for a second straight month.  Read more

Lumberland subdivision okayed

In a unanimous vote, two “grandfathered” parcels of land were approved for development by the Lumberland Town Board on March 13.  Read more

Superintendent on state aid: ‘prognosis does not look good;’ Earth-moving machines in action

If Governor Andrew Cuomo keeps a vice-like grip on the purse strings in Albany for the next three years, it will prove to be disastrous. That’s what superintendent Robert Dufour told a packed house at the March 15 meeting of the board of the Eldred Central School District. Dufour said that the district has tapped into $700,000 of its reserve account in an attempt to compensate for paltry state aid out of Albany in recent years. If this pattern plays out for the next two years, reserves will be tapped out and the “prognosis would not look good.”  Read more

Sullivan to discuss ethics law

“Our number one priority should be the adoption of this ethics local law. I think it’s shameful that this law, which was written by three distinguished wise citizens, Judge Anthony Kane, Judge Burton Ledina and John Konefal, has not yet been adopted.”  Read more

Casey opposes electoral college change

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Senator Bob Casey on March 19 announced his opposition to a plan that would dramatically change how Pennsylvania’s electoral votes are allocated. In a letter to Pennsylvania Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi, Casey outlined his opposition to the bill SB-538.  Read more

Injunction against pipeline demonstrators; free speech protected

Pike County President Judge Joseph Kameen granted a special injunction on March 18, prohibiting civil disobedience in relation to the Tennessee Gas Pipeline (TGP) project in and around Milford. However, the judge also included special protections for free speech rights.  Read more

High NY bear harvest in 2012

ALBANY, NY — New York bear hunters took 1,337 black bears during the 2012 hunting seasons, making last year the state’s third highest bear harvest on record, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens announced on March 19. Only the 2003 harvest (1,864) and 2009 harvest (1,487) surpassed last year’s take.  Read more

Pot growing operation closed down in Swan Lake

According to the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office a marijuana growing operation neat Swan Lake has been shut down.

On March 8 at about 12 noon a Bethel constable was investigating suspicious footprints in the snow near an unoccupied seasonal dwelling in Swan Lake when he came upon a strong odor of marijuana emanating from a residence located at 108 Hurd and Parks Road.  Read more

Teddy bears to troops in Afghanistan

Their smiling, expectant faces in the photographs belie the nature of the danger faced by those who comprise the 101st Airborne Division in one of the most inhospitable countries that lies half way around the world—Afghanistan.

While President Obama may have re-defined the nature of the military’s role in Afghanistan, these young men know that they must remain vigilant, aware that if they let their guard down, they can be hurt or killed.  Read more

Late winter snow blankets region

UPPER DELAWARE RIVER VALLEY — While Mother Nature dumped several inches of snow on the region on March 19, the snowfall for the season was a bit less than normal, according to the National Weather Service. The weather service keeps records on the average amount of snowfall for select cities, and for Binghamton, NY, which is the closest such city to the Upper Delaware River Valley, the average snowfall for the months of December, January and February is 57.1 inches. For the same period this year, the total was 49.2 inches.  Read more

Bethel adopts highway use law; Significant changes to model law

As one of the towns looking at the adoption of a local law to protect town roads, the Town of Bethel adopted a Road Use and Preservation Law at the town meeting on March 13. The law, however, has some significant differences from the model law that emerged from the Multi-Municipal Task Force (MMTF), which is a group of eight towns that were working together with a law firm and engineering firm to come up with a plan to protect town roads.  Read more

Tusten opposes NY SAFE; Residents speak at public hearing

Many showed up to voice their opinion at the Town of Tusten Town Board public hearing regarding a resolution to oppose the NY SAFE Act, the new statewide gun law that puts limits on the sale of assault weapons and the size of magazine clips. Both sides were there. Of the 10 residents who spoke during the hearing, seven were for passing the resolution and three were against.  Read more