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SMALLWOOD, NY — Dozens of residents gathered at the recreation area of the Toronto Reservoir on August 20 for a demonstration in support of keeping the access area open to the public. The New York State Department of Health (DOH) said the area was a public beach and it was being operated without a permit.

Lackawaxen Farm Company names Joel Portice as general manager

HONESDALE, PA — Lackawaxen Farm Company recently named Joel Portice as its general manager. Portice will oversee a multi-farm Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) that provides fresh, sustainably-grown local food and other farm products to people and businesses in Pike, Wayne and Lackawanna counties in Pennsylvania, and in Sullivan County, NY.  Read more

Honesdale contractor charged

HONESDALE, PA — David and Betty Jane Bordsome have been charged with theft, false impression and home improvement fraud among other charges. The couple, who own Borsdam’s Inc. Plumbing and Electrical Services are accused by Pennsylvania State Police of committing fraud against an 81-year-old-victim who lives on Locust Street in Texas Township.  Read more

Gibson pens letter to FERC

REGION — Congressman Chris Gibson, who represents the Town of Highland where a compressor station is planned for the Millennium Pipeline, has written a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) urging that health experts be employed in the review of gas infrastructure such as compressor stations.  Read more

A sunny day on the ice

WHITE LAKE, NY — The King of the Ice contest, sponsored by the Sullivan County Conservation Club, had been scheduled for February 21 but was cancelled this year because authorities deemed the conditions to be too dangerous due to unstable areas, open areas and a period of unusually warm weather.

The conditions, however, did not deter a few ice-fishing enthusiasts from taking to the ice on February 20 to drop a line. The sun was out, the temperature was flirting with the 50 degree mark, and the ice was covered with large areas of water.  Read more

‘FERC represents industry interests’ Message from a fighting environmentalist

ELDRED, NY — There were four speakers at the February 20 forum at the Eldred Junior-Senior High School about the proposed compressor station on the Millennium Pipeline (MP), to be located a couple of miles up the road on Route 55.  Read more

Highland Compressor Station Forum set

Millennium Pipeline’s proposed compressor station in the Town of Highland will be the subject of an informational forum from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, February 20 at Eldred Central School (600 Route 55, Eldred, NY.)  Read more

New Port Jervis laws spark complaints

PORT JERVIS, NY — Six new laws were passed by the Port Jervis Common Council at its February 8 meeting, although many residents came to voice their objections and concerns over two of those? Some suspected they were just disguised first steps to raise the taxes, or to cut the water to any house built before 1970s, when the new certificate-of-occupancy regulations went into effect. Others expressed fears the new laws could also be used inhumanely to evict people who had nowhere to go from their rental units.  Read more

Cold weather, warm hearts

HONESDALE, PA — Valentine’s Day has become part of Wayne County’s two-week, February 14 to 28 recognition of Cardiac Rehabilitation Week.  Read more

EPIC program for Cooke school; Tie-in with Black History Month

MONTICELLO, NY — According to its website, the Every Person Influences Children (EPIC) organization “is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping families, schools, and communities raise children to become responsible and capable adults.”  Read more

Teachout returns to Sullivan

MONTICELLO, NY — Zephyr Teachout, the Democratic law professor who ran a surprisingly strong primary against Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2014 and won convincingly in Sullivan County and many other upstate communities, was back in the county on February 15, meeting and listening to voters. She’s running for the seat in New York’s 19th Congressional District, which is currently held by Republican Chris Gibson, who has opted not to run for another term.  Read more

Backlash against Highland Compressor Station; County joins towns in opposing gas infrastructure

MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County Legislature will consider a resolution opposing a natural gas compressor station in the Town of Highland at a meeting on February 18. Judging from the discussion at a meeting of the Health and Family Services Committee on February 11, it seems possible the resolution will pass. The legislature, however, did issue a statement on February 12 saying “The Sullivan County Legislature has not taken a position either in support or against the proposed compressor station at this time.”  Read more

PA lawmakers consider licenses for plumbers

HARRISBURG, PA — In what they say is an effort to ensure safety of public water supplies and increase consumer protection, the House Professional Licensure Committee heard testimony on February 12 from Pennsylvania plumbers on the importance of a state licensing program for the trade, said Rep. Jim Christiana, author of a bill to establish such a program.  Read more

Lumberland fire destroys home in freezing temps

LUMBERLAND, NY — The temperature was minus two degrees when firefighters from the Lumberland Fire Department responded to a call in the Town of Lumberland on February 13.  Read more

Grover Hermann Hospital closed due to cold

CALLICOON, NY — Due to the extremely frigid weather on February 12, a pipe ruptured at the Grover M. Hermann hospital in Callicoon, and patients and staff were evacuated. The incident resulted in a number of leaks in the building.  Read more

Petition calls for repair of Skinners Falls Bridge

SKINNERS FALLS, PA — The bridge between New York and Pennsylvania at Skinners Falls was closed indefinitely by PennDOT in December 2015, with no plan yet in place about how it will be reopened. James May, a spokesman for the agency said at the time, “The public has to understand that this is not going to be a matter of days or weeks; it’s an indefinite closure.”

Now, residents in the area have started an online petition ( calling on PennDot and others to repair and reopen the 114-year-old span.  Read more

Neutering fee remains in place

GLEN SPEY, NY — A much debated plan for a town program to spay and neuter cats in Lumberland is still up in the air, as the Lumberland Town Board voted down a motion to reduce the program fee.  Read more

Solar farms in Cochecton?

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — The Cochecton town board was well on the way to setting an all-time record for brevity at its February 10 meeting, when code enforcement officer Greg Semenetz walked in. He told the four board members present (Anna Story was absent) that a town property owner has signed a lease agreement for a 10-plus acre solar array, and that a solar farm permit application will soon be submitted to the town’s planning board.  Read more

Compressor opposition forming ranks

ELDRED, NY — As it did successfully with the natural gas industry’s fracking efforts, the Town of Highland is preparing to take on Goliath again.  Read more

Fire at Cochecton Mills

Multiple fire companies from New York and Pennsylvania responded to a fire at Cochecton Mill in Cochecton on the afternoon of February 16. Cochecton Supervisor Gary Maas said at that point the fire may have been caused by fork lift that caught fire.  Read more

Obituary for William "Bill" Ernest Douglass

William "Bill" Ernest Douglass, 66, of Honesdale, died Saturday at home. He is survived by his wife of 33 years, the former Mary Ellen Kelly, R.N. The couple married on July 17, 1982.

Born on April 17, 1949, in Johnson City, NY, he was the son of the late Kenneth L. and Eleanor Ruth Daniels Douglass. Bill graduated from Vestal High School and studied at Hastings Boys' High School in New Zealand in a student exchange program. In 1971, he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in geology.  Read more