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July 2011

Delaware drowning victim third this season

NARROWSBURG, NY — The search for 18-year-old volunteer boy scout leader, Daniel Rak, concluded on Thursday afternoon when divers from the Port Jervis Volunteer Fire Department located the young man’s body in the Delaware River in the vicinity of the Number 9 railroad bridge near the Ten Mile River Scout Camp in the Town of Tusten.  Read more

Two drown in the Upper Delaware

Adriano Pacheco, 41, who was visiting from Portugal, attempted to swim across the Upper Delaware River just North of Skinners Falls on July 30. Pacheco was not wearing a life jacket, nor was the unidentified friend who was with him.

Pacheco didn’t make it. According to release from the National Park Service, the Sullivan County dive team found his body at 6:12 p.m., less than two hours after he started the swim. His friend did reach the other side, but required treatment at a hospital for shortness of breath.  Read more

What am I, chopped liver?

As much as I delight in sharing my life with Dharma (the wonder dog), as of late I’m beginning to wonder—is it me, or the dog? It was only a month or two ago, that Dharma received an invitation to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony of a new gift shoppe in Jeffersonville, NY (you know who you are.) Since the dog is unable to use a keyboard, I responded for her and asked if I could tag along.  Read more

Letters to the Editor discussion (video)

Anne Willard, Assistant Editor at The River Reporter, talks about various types of effective letters and writing techniques.

DEP permit for asphalt plant called a ‘mistake’

A company was issued a building permit for an asphalt plant in a zone where it is not permitted. Damascus Township officials were surprised when they learned that Haines and Kibblehouse (H & K), a large quarry operator in the state and owner of the Bedrock Quarry in the township, was issued a building permit to open a hot asphalt plant next to its quarry on Oregon Turnpike.  Read more

Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale report released

It’s not clear if the legislature and the governor will embrace any of the 96 recommendations contained in a new report from the Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission, but if they do, there could be significant changes coming to the way gas drilling with high-volume hydraulic fracturing is conducted in Pennsylvania.  Read more

New federal sign law creates frenzy

he reaction from Damascus Township officials reflects what’s happening in towns nationwide over federal regulations setting new standards for reflective signs along streets and roads. Like a lot of federal and even state mandates, they are largely unfunded.  Read more

In brief

Surprise upset at Riverdogs on Parade

NARROWSBURG, NY — In a surprise upset at the Riverfest River Dogs on Parade, Rupert the cat took home the “Most Unique” prize. Presented by Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, Riverfest celebrated its 21st annual event this year on Narrowsburg’s Main Street.  Read more

Forestburgh parcel approved for ag district

Sullivan County lawmakers voted on July 21 to extend Agricultural District Four to include a 4.5-acre parcel owned by philanthropist and orchid maven Stuart Salenger. The acceptance into the district makes it more difficult for local officials to adopt zoning changes that would prevent Salenger from using the property for agricultural uses.  Read more

For the Forest’ coming to Upper Delaware

A unique event celebrating forests with a “harmonic convergence of natural and composed sound” has been slated for September 17 in the Town of Tusten.  Read more