A statement from the publisher; reporting community stories
TRR acknowledges that it is quite possible that if we had not asked questions or written about this conflict between the Narrowsburg firework display and the federal regulations on how close Class B explosives can be detonated to active eagles nests, that the fireworks would have taken place this year. However, it is absolutely true that if TRR had not informed everyone of this debate and had an eagle been harmed, the Lava Fire Department could have been subject to a $200,000 fine.
Further, we understand that, while the paper is not responsible for the determination of the FWS, the delayed communication about the conflict of the law and the blast site within the town board and the Lava Fire Department or that a suitable site further away from the nest was not secured, visitors did not come back into Narrowsburg at dusk for fireworks.
Additionally, we are heartened that Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther has indicated that a previously unclaimed $5000 grant that can be used for firefighting equipment may be forthcoming to the Lava Fire Department, so that the $3200 that was spent on the firework deposit will not take away their ability to provide emergency services for our community.
Most importantly, the sequence of events has touched many people’s sense of patriotism and community. And while misplaced sentiments of the newspaper’s sole culpability have been conveniently lodged, it has also reassured us that the vigor of community engagement continues to course through our small communities. This proves, we believe, that the heart of America thrives on something more than the grandeur of fireworks or the majesty of our national bird—although these beloved symbols are certainly awe-inspiring reminders.
The heart of America is its people—like those in the Upper Delaware region—who, despite any multitude of obstacles and divisions, are willing to come to the table, roll up their sleeves and work elbow to elbow on challenging situations in order to create a place in which we all are proud to live.
Indeed, the heart and the soul of our community rest in our ability to combine our challenges with our strengths and forge a future together.
We look forward to reporting that story.