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September 2013

Running for Tusten Town Justice

Hello, my name is Charles “Chuck” Hoffman, and I am running for one of the two Town of Tusten Justice seats up for election this year. I’d like to take a moment of your time and tell you a little about my background and why I am asking for your vote in this upcoming primary election. I am a long-term, fulltime, resident of 29+ years, and own a home on Lackawaxen Road in the Town of Tusten. I am veteran who served in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged.  Read more

Building bridges

How did it get to be this bad?

Pennsylvania has earned the nationwide distinction for having the largest number of bridges that have been left to fall into disrepair. Twenty-six percent of more than 31,000 bridges are deemed structurally deficient. While the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) hastens to point out that “structurally deficient” (SD) bridges are still safe to travel, the term nevertheless means there is deterioration to one or more of its major components.  Read more

Herons, blue and otherwise, spotted here

Herons are often seen in the Upper Delaware Valley. This great blue heron was snapped by Amanda Reed, the production manager for The River Reporter, on August 15. It had been stalking a meal in Little Lake Erie in Narrowsburg when it took flight and was caught on camera.
For more heron sightings in the region, see this week's River Talk.

Environmental groups target deepwater port again

REGION — Three environmental groups held a press conference to unveil what they said was more evidence that the proposed deepwater port off of New Jersey is actually intended to be used to export gas rather than import it.  Read more

ATVs: safety required

UPPER DELAWARE RIVER REGION — ATV riding can be a risky sport. Within a period of six weeks this summer, two young people died in ATV accidents in our area. An eight-year-old boy from Long Island, NY lost his life in an ATV accident in the Town of Callicoon, NY on August 24, and in July, a 24-year-old Narrowsburg woman died as a result of an accident in Beach Lake, PA.  Read more

Protecting bats, birds and fish; A legislative battle over endangered species

HARRISBURG, PA — Supporters say the proposed Endangered Species Coordination Act (ESCA) would merely standardize the state process for designating species of fish, wildlife or plants as threatened or endangered. Representative Jell Pyle, the prime sponsor of ESCA, has 67 co-sponsors in the house.  Read more

Reservoir plan irks Ulster residents; The issue is turbidity

UPSTATE, NY — In order to avoid paying up to $10 billion for a filtration system for the water that serves the residents of New York City (NYC), city officials must maintain a Filtration Avoidance Determination (FAD)that has been worked out with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the New York State Department of Health (DOH), and others groups.  Read more

Groups threaten suit over Act 41; Septic systems in Wayne/Pike watershed

NORTHEAST, PA — Elected officials at every level were supportive of Act 41, which Governor Tom Corbett signed on July 2. The act stipulated that properly designed septic systems are automatically in compliance with Pennsylvania’s anti-degradation requirements, which are mandated by federal law.  Read more

Jane Varcoe: hard work and dedication

It was Wayne County Commissioners’ Chair Brian Smith’s “extreme pleasure,” on August 29 to honor one of the county’s most active public servants and volunteers, Jane Varcoe. “The people of the county,” he said, “want to recognize you for all the hard work and dedication.”  Read more

Gillibrand: bike racks for Amtrak

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand on August 30 renewed her call for Amtrak to include bicycle racks in its plans to modernize the rolling stock used in train services between New York City and Buffalo.  Read more