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NARROWSBURG, NY — Some 20 tanker cars have been stationed on the railroad tracks running under Bridge Street in Narrowsburg for more than a week. Some residents of the community have expressed concern because the cars are marked as carrying “Liquefied Petroleum Gas,” which is also known as propane.

A dispatcher with the New York, Susquehanna and Western Railway, which owns the tracks, said in a phone call on September 19 that the cars are empty. He said the cars are there for “storage” because there was no other place to put them.

Sheriff warns of IRS scam

MONTICELLO, NY — With tax season in full swing, Sheriff Mike Schiff is warning county residents of a continuing telephone scam. Citizens across Sullivan County have received phone calls from scammers pretending to be IRS agents. The callers are aggressive and threaten to arrest their victims in order to get them to make a payment on a non-existent tax bill. The callers sometimes “spoof” the telephone number of the sheriff’s office or other law enforcement agency, which appears on the victim’s caller ID.  Read more

No hunting hunters with drones

HARRISBURG, PA — State Rep. Gerald Mullery on March 15 introduced legislation that would prohibit individuals and organizations from using drones to interfere with lawful hunting, fishing and boating activities.  Read more

SEEDS wins environmental award

HARRISBURG, PA — Gov. Tom Wolf on March 21 announced that 17 organizations involved in 14 projects from across the Commonwealth will receive the prestigious Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence. These award winners represent the best in using innovation, collaboration and public service to improve and protect Pennsylvania’s environment.  Read more

FERC says ‘no’; Delaware Riverkeeper Network takes note

COOS BAY, OR — The Delaware Riverkeeper Network (DRN) often describes the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) as a rogue federal agency that always sides with industry and since the 1980s has never rejected an application for a pipeline project. DRN will now have to alter that claim just a bit, because on March 11, FERC finally did deny an application for a project, and it was quite a large one.  Read more

Labor conflict at Murray’s Chickens

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — There was a brief demonstration outside of Murray’s Chickens on the morning of March 22. Employees from the facility, many of whom are Hispanic, protested and held up signs to passersby along Route 42 in South Fallsburg.  Read more

Past, present and future meet in Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — As Honesdale prepares to boldly go where it has never gone before, preparation to celebrate what has gone before met with resistance and constraints.  Read more

Edwards voted in five to four; Alvarez casts deciding vote

In one of the more dramatic votes at the government center in Monticello in recent months, Luis Alvarez, chair of the Sullivan County Legislature, cast the deciding vote which approved the appointment of Cora Edwards to the post of Democratic Election Commissioner on the county’s Board of Election.  Read more

Vandals strike Cochecton

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — It was where it should be on Saturday evening, March 5, gone the next morning. Witnesses present at the March 9 Cochecton Town Board meeting, Supervisor Gary Maas and Highway Superintendent Kevin Esselman among them, testified to that. Said Scenic Byway liaison Larry Richardson, “It had vandalism-proof bolts designed to make it immovable. Someone had to work hard to steal it.”  Read more

Supervisor eyes the prize; Bethel competes for $100,000 grant

WHITE LAKE, NY — The beautification group Sullivan Renaissance announced this year that, come August, five municipalities will be in the running for a $100,000 grant secured by Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther. The five competitors are the towns of Liberty, Fallsburg, Bethel, Thompson and the Village of Monticello.  Read more

Hanson is paying it forward

GLEN SPEY, NY — When he was little and complaining about not feeling good—perhaps to get out of school—J.J. Hanson said that his dad, who worked on the railroad, used to tell him, “You can’t hurt steel” to get him moving.  Read more

Health study for compressor; County applies for inclusion in NIH study

MONTICELLO, NY — The proposed construction of a compressor station along the Millennium Pipeline in the Town of Highland has sparked health concerns among residents in the area. As the shale-gas boom has lead to multiple new gas lines and compressor stations in the region, the concern about possible negative health impacts have emerged in many communities.  Read more

Wayne formalizes welfare funding complaint

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Commissioners on March 10 approved a resolution opposing the state’s pay-you-later decision to withhold 15% of approved human services funding.

In January, the state Department of Public Welfare notified the county that its fiscal 2015-16 budget amount of $5.62 million was approved—kind of.

Gov. Tom Wolf on December 29 signed Act 92 into law, which allowed fiscally strapped PA to roll forward about 15% of the 2015-2016 state child welfare budget, $171.3 million, into the 2016-17 budget.  Read more

Sullivan drug ring taken down

MONTICELLO, NY — Some 27 people were arrested as local, state and federal authorities apprehended subjects who are accused of distributing heroin and cocaine and other drugs in Sullivan County.  Read more

Highland approves anti-compressor resolution

ELDRED, NY — By a 4-0-1 vote, the Highland Town Board on March 8 approved a strong resolution in opposition to Millennium Gas Pipeline’s planned construction of a 22,000-horsepower compressor station near the town’s northern border.  Read more

World Water Day

HAWLEY, PA & BETHEL, NY — March 22 will be World Water Day, an opportunity for people around the world to take action to protect water, our most vital natural resource.  Read more

Computer fraud spreads; Narrowsburg woman scammed

NARROWSBURG, NY — Mary Amato, who uses her computer to run a small business on eBay, was recently scammed by a man who claimed to be from Microsoft. Amato was using Windows Mail when she experienced a bit of trouble. She then got a call from a man that sounded to be Indian, who said he was from Microsoft tech support. He said he was there to help and prompted her through a set of instructions, and before long had remote control of her keyboard.  Read more

Peregrine falcon workshop scheduled

HARRISBURG, PA — The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) invites teachers, non-formal educators, homeschoolers and youth group and scout leaders to attend a free Peregrine Falcon Educator’s Workshop, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5 in the second floor auditorium of the Rachel Carson State Office Building. The workshop is sponsored by DEP and the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) in cooperation with ZooAmerica–North American Wildlife Park and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.  Read more

OSHA fines Ideal Snacks

LIBERTY, NY — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has completed its investigation of Sullivan County snack manufacturer Ideal Snacks. The investigation was the result of a July 2015 complaint about dangerous working conditions submitted by the Committee for Justice at Ideal Snacks, a group representing approximately 200 workers who were fired last May.  Read more

Big bust in Port Jervis

PORT JERVIS, NY — Port Jervis Police Department made a huge drug bust on the morning of March 14, as Mayor Kelly Decker and Police Committee Chair Bob Ritchie reported that night at the Common Council meeting.  Read more

Seeking greater tax incentives; Four counties left out of tax-break scheme

HURLEYVILLE, NY — To encourage film and television producers to create programming in upstate New York counties, two years ago the state expanded the New York State (NYS) Film Tax Credit Program. The expansion allows for productions that have budgets of $500,000 or more to receive an additional 10% for certain expenses related to film and television production on top of other incentives for the industry.  Read more