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June 2012

Sullivan West grads say goodbye

Hundreds of relatives, friends and faculty members packed into the gym at Sullivan West Central High School (SW) to celebrate the accomplishments of the 100-plus graduates who successfully completed the final year of their high school careers. The Class of 2012 Commencement Ceremony was a very successful event on that flowed smoothly and had some pleasant surprises along the way.  Read more

Memories made at Eldred graduation

Someone once wrote, “Life is a series of memories we make.” The same can be said about the Eldred Central School’s (ECS) Senior Graduation Ceremony, as it is yet another memorable link on the chain of life.  Read more

Narrowsburg fireworks display cancelled

Update

NARROWSBURG, NY – Following an investigation conducted by the US Fish and Wildlife Service as cited in the story below, the Lava Fire Department, sponsor of the fireworks, has cancelled the 2012 fireworks display. Sources told The River Reporter the decision came after the department learned it could face penalties and fines if negative impacts occurred to the American bald eagle family, including two adults and three young, which nests in the Narrowsburg flats.

Federal regulations specify in the National Bald Eagle Management Guidelines that Class B explosives, which include fireworks, should not be detonated within a half-mile of an active roost, or within one mile in the case of an open area such as the Delaware River.

Original story
An Independence Day dilemma; American icons at issue

A difficult discussion about the fate of two iconic American symbols is underway in the Town of Tusten. The dialogue is not new; in fact, various Tusten boards and at least three supervisors have weighed the issue of discharging Independence Day fireworks in proximity to an eagle nest built in the Narrowsburg flats, and all have continued to approve the practice by granting permission to the sponsoring parties.  Read more

Stamp auction

July 8, 2012

Held by Sullivan County Philatelic Society at Ted Stroebele Recreation Center, 1pm. 845/794-2586.

FARMSTOCK working farm tour

July 8, 2012

Tour Gorzynski Ornery Farm, noon-3pm, adults $6, ages 5-12 $4. sullivancountyfarmnetwork.org.

June 21, 2012 - June 28, 2012

GERTRUDE ‘TRUDIE’ BUSH
Gertrude “Trudie” Bush, formerly of Damascus, PA, passed away June 19, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana where she resided. She was 85.
Funeral services were held on Monday, June 25 at Hessling Funeral Home, Inc. in Honesdale, PA, Burial followed at Hillside Cemetery in Damascus. Condolences: www.hesslingfuneralhome.com.

JOSEPH JOHN LEO MARROTTE
Joseph John Leo Marrotte of Callicoon, NY, died Friday, June 22, 2012 at the Julia Ribaudo Health Care Center in Lake Ariel, Pa. He was 90.  Read more

Independence Day history at the Fort

NARROWSBURG, NY — Fort Delaware Museum of Colonial History will expand its regular weekend schedule to participate in Narrowsburg’s annual Fourth of July celebration. At 12 noon, General George Washington (as portrayed by re-enactor Paul Brennan) will offer a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence to the costumed interpreters of the the Cushetunk settlers, the first Europeans in Western Sullivan County.
At 12:30 p.m., Sullivan County Historian John Conway will give a talk, “The Declaration of Independence and the Upper Delaware River Valley.”  Read more

Revolution in the Upper Delaware

MINISINK, NY — There will be an opportunity to learn about the Revolutionary history of our own backyard the weekend after Independence Day at the Minisink Battleground Park. At 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 7, you can take a guided walk through the park with Ranger Tim Oset, who will inform participants about the Battle of Minisink, the only Revolutionary War battle to be fought in the Upper Delaware.  Read more

Natural beauty in Wurtsboro

WURTSBORO, NY — This area’s natural beauty, charm and wildlife provide inspiration to a group of local artists whose works can be seen at the Wurtsboro Art Alliance Gallery through July 22.

Among those featured is Gene Weinstein, a member of the alliance whose photographs of bald eagles will be on display. Another featured artist is Linda Lou Bartle, a resident of Yankee Lake. Bartle, who is also a member of the Wallkill River School, works from sketches and her own photography.  Read more

Poetry reading and book signing

NARROWSBURG, NY — Tracey Gass Ranze will read from “Storm Farmer – Collected Poems,” on Saturday, June 30, 4 p.m., in the Krause Recital Hall, Delaware Arts Center, 37 Main St. The recently published book is a compilation of selections from her writing over 30 years.

An itinerant teacher of the visually impaired and designer/printer of silkscreen artwear, Ranze is a member of the Upper Delaware Writers Collective and the Milanville Poets, UnLtd. Ranze has also read on several public radio programs, at the Wayne County Arts Alliance, and in venues from San Francisco to New York City.