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April 2012

Former fire department officers sentenced for theft

MATAMORAS, PA — A former Matamoras Volunteer Fire Department chief, Kevin DeGroat, and his wife Teresa, former treasurer of the department, were sentenced on Friday, April 20 for theft, and sent to prison for a period of two months to two years.  Read more

‘Save the Pond Eddy Bridge’ meeting

GLEN SPEY, NY — There will be an organizing meeting to “Save the Pond Eddy Bridge” on Saturday, April 28 at 2 p.m. in the Lumberland Town Hall. Several organizations and individuals are planning to attend. Three items will be on the agenda: next-step strategies, planning for a rally on the bridge on Saturday, May 19, and the promotion of a new website, http://savethebridge.tumblr.com, and petition drive.

Liberty residents protest proposed impound lot

After speaking out at a planning board meeting about the matter, Pat Lubin took her concerns to the town board at a meeting on April 16. She said she represented the Loomis Road Neighborhood Watch, and the group’s main goal was to create and maintain a safe neighborhood.  Read more

Can we save the bridge?

A few weeks ago my dad sent me a link to an article about how he had resigned from the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway board. The article said that Glenn Pontier had “resigned over the controversy concerning construction of a new Pond Eddy Bridge.”

I was immediately intrigued and I called him to get the inside scoop. Our conversations all start out the same.

Me: “Hey Dad.”

Him: “Hey Zac.”

Me: “How’s it going?”

Him: (Chuckle) It’s going well.

Me: “What’s going on with the Pond Eddy Bridge?”  Read more

Marketing maple: Tours, training and an unusually warm season

UPPER DELAWARE REGION — Anyone who has ever thought that pure maple syrup is too expensive need only visit a local sugar bush to gain a good perspective on what it takes to make the delicious product that sweetens our lives in so many ways.

For starters, producing one gallon of the syrupy stuff requires harvesting 40 gallons of tree sap using a variety of practices involving taps, buckets, tubing and more. Next is the fairly grueling process of boiling that sap down to concentrate the sugars over an intense period of time.  Read more

More funds for Sullivan tourism; close vote tied to budget concerns

The Sullivan County Legislature voted five to three with one abstention in favor of granting an additional 7.5%of the county bed tax to the Sullivan County Visitors Association (SCVA), on top of the 85% of the bed tax already guaranteed to them by law, to pay for a local matching grants advertising program. The program, which was funded with 15% of the bed tax last year, subsidized tourism-related businesses in the county with money to advertise in local media outlets, including The River Reporter.  Read more

On the brink

Recently, my husband and I indulged in a spate of Masterpiece Theater and BBC mini-series (I call them high-class soap operas), spurred on by our earlier delight with “Cranford” and “Downton Abbey.” We’ve since hunkered down for marathon sessions of Dickens’ “Bleak House” and “Little Dorrit,” as well as the 2002 version of “The Forsythe Saga.”  Read more

Ten Mile River access cleanup underway

TOWN OF TUSTEN, NY — National Park Service staff were spotted last week removing several diseased and dead trees at the Ten Mile River Access to the Delaware River on Crawford Road off Route 97. The work is part of an initiative to improve the popular site for better use by the public.

Wayne County Historical Society back in business; long list of events are planned

After being closed for the season since January 1, the Wayne County Historical Society building reopened on Saturday, April 21 with a flourish of events that will last through the summer and continue until the end of November.  Read more

VFW Post 6427 installs officers

The Tusten, Highland, Lumberland VFW Post #6427 installed its new officers for 2012-13 in a ceremony conducted on April 14 at the Highland Senior Center in Eldred. Sworn in by Past District II Commander VFW and Sullivan County Chaplain Al Etkin (left front), were Norman W. Sutherland, Surgeon (left rear), Robert H. Grab, Chaplain (left facing); Frederick Bosch, Senior Vice Commander; John Vonsteenburgh, Service Officer; Edward Boyer, Quartermaster; Phil Stropoli, Adjutant; Peter Barnes, Junior Vice Commander; and Peter D. Carmeci, Sr., Commander.  Read more