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, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 (www.ipetitions.com/petition/the-repair-re-open-of-the-skinners-falls-bridge) calling on PennDot and others to repair and reopen the 114-year-old span. Read more
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
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