Almost everyone seemed to accept that since about 2007 when the eagles first built their nest on a tree in the Flats, the fireworks in Narrowsburg have been carried out in violation of a federal law, which could have carried a $200,000 fine. Read more
The baseball league that uses the ball field in the Flats has been looking for a shed for a few years in which to house equipment and from which to sell concessions, and on July 5, they got their wish. Kevin Freda, the owner of K&D construction, and his son Kyle formally donated a shed they built to the Town of Tusten. Read more
Archaeologist & educator John Kraft presents a program about the region's first inhabitants at Fort Delaware, 10am. Fort admission applies. 845/252-6660.
Festival of music, art & ecology on Main St., 10am-5pm, free. Dog parade begins 10am, Riverfest poster auction 12:30pm. 845/252-7576.
If the proposed waterfront design goes forward the way the designers have envisioned, it would feature several overlooks, and a terraced walk on the property behind the stores on Main Street—but not entry to the Main Street stores from the back as had previously been envisioned. Read more
Ages 3-7 learn about the Delaware River & its animals, insects, plants & trees at the library through 7/25, Wed., 1pm, free. 845/252-3360.
Tusten Community Hall, 8am-noon, adults $7, under age 12 $5. Tickets at door. 845/252-3864.
Participants in the 18th annual Delaware River Sojourn wave while approaching the Narrowsburg bridge and the deepest and narrowest section of the river on June 25, the second day of the river trip. The paddlers proceeded through the Big Eddy and concluded the day at the Ten Mile River access in the Town of Tusten. The seven-day paddle began on June 24 at Callicoon and will conclude in New Jersey on June 30. Learn more at www.delawareriversojourn.org.
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