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.
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
Tracey Gass Ranze reads from "Storm Farmer—Collected Poems" at Delaware Arts Center, 4pm. Refreshments. 845/252-7576.
Fort Delaware Museum of Colonial History: Paul Brennan as George Washington offers a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence to costumed interpreters of Cushetunk settlers, noon; John Conway speaks on the Declaration of Independence & the Upper Delaware river valley, 12:30pm; candle making, blacksmithing, spinning, weaving, musketry & gardening demonstrations, 2pm. Holiday hours: 10am-5pm. 845/252-6660.
NARROWSBURG, NY - A new store opened in Narrowsburg on June 2, By Delaine, featuring a variety of art and crafts created by American artists locally and from across the country.
The owners are Douglas and Judy Knight. Among the items for sale are handmade scarves and wraps made by Judy. Ten dollars from the sale of each of these goes to to RISE.
The opening was attended by, among others, Tusten town superintendent Carol Wingert and New York State Assembleywoman Aileen Gunther.
DVO presents Giuseppe Verdi's Otello based on William Shakespear's tragedy at Tusten Theatre, 8pm. 845/252-7272.
Group show on display at Loft Gallery, Delaware Arts Center, through 8/4. 845/252-7576.
Parade lineup 2pm, start 3pm, chicken BBQ 4:30-6:30pm, $9, fireworks at dusk. Floats wanted: float judged as best receives: trophy, Delaware River raft trip for 4, 911 address sign, a River Reporter subscription, & a kitchen fire extinguisher. firstname.lastname@example.org or 845/701-9126.
Collage by Fran Cox on display at Alliance Gallery, Delaware Arts Center, through 8/4. 845/252-7576.
Upper Delaware Council office, 7pm. Public welcome. 845/252-3022.
See a working blacksmith, candle maker, spinner, weaver, colonial schoolroom,& get a Blast from the Past from the cannon at Fort Delaware, Fri., Sat. & Mon. 10am-5pm; Sun. noon-5pm. Scouts (must be in uniform) $3, chaperones (must be 21) $3. 845/252-6660.