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NARROWSBURG, NY — Music, art, and the environment take center stage at Riverfest on July 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Main Street in Narrowsburg, overlooking the Upper Delaware River.
At 12:30 p.m., festival-goers will have an opportunity to bid live on about five dozen original works of art created especially for the occasion at the Riverfest poster auction. The posters can be previewed at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) gallery on Main Street and online at www.artsalliancesite.org.
For more information on Riverfest, turn to page 20.

Towns ‘not happy’ about re-districting plan

ELDRED, NY — Former River Reporter editor Glenn Pontier used to commonly describe the river valley as “the last stop on everyone’s delivery route.” Sullivan County apparently would lend truth to that opinion with its proposed realignment of county legislative districts.  Read more

Sullivan West Board of Education asked to reconsider sale of Narrowsburg School

No sooner had the Sullivan West School District Board of Education convened its July 10 reorganization meeting, sworn in its newly elected and re-elected members (Mary Scheutzow, Kathleen Meckle and Trevor Peachey), elected and sworn in a president and vice president (Scheutzow and Rose Joyce-Turner, respectively) than it was confronted by over 100 representatives of the newly-formed Narrowsburg Organization for Responsible School Use (NORSU).  Read more

LaBuda honored as Korean War veteran

MIDDLETOWN, NY — On Sunday, June 22, the Korean War Veterans (KWVA), Chapter 202, in conjunction with the Korean American Foundation (KAF), USA, remembered and celebrated the sacrifices made by American and Korean veterans 64 years ago to preserve peace and democracy on the Korean peninsula.  Read more

DV wraps up the fiscal year

WESTFALL, PA — Meeting at a rescheduled session on June 26, the Delaware Valley Board of Education completed its fiscal year with the final approval of its $70,275,107 appropriations budget for the 2014-15 school year.  Read more

Thieves located by surveillance camera and iPad

MONTICELLO, NY — Monticello Police arrested Zaquarntri Legrand, 56, and Esaw Wise, 66, both of Monticello on July 4, on charges of stealing a woman’s pocketbook at a fast-food restaurant.  Read more

Feeding school kids in the summer; Monticello serves over 3,400 meals per day

MONTICELLO, NY — For some school-aged children, the best and perhaps only meal they will have all day is the one they get at school. The need is no less great in the summer when school is not in session. That’s why the Monticello School District has expanded its summer food service meal program, which from June 30 through August 15 will be available for free to any children in the district under 18 years of age.  Read more

Program helps fatten up Wayne’s deer herd

HONESDALE, PA — Wayne County’s white-tail deer herd is benefiting from a “no-till” seeding program being offered by the county’s conservation district.  Read more

Human trafficking law sent to PA governor

HARRISBURG, PA — The Pennsylvania legislature on June 30 approved legislation intended to combat human trafficking in the state. The legislation was then sent to Gov. Tom Corbett for his signature.  Read more

71-year-old charged with growing pot

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — A Cochection man has been arrested after deputies from the Sullivan County Sheriff’s office received an anonymous tip that he was growing marijuana outside of his residence.  Read more

Man arrested for pointing gun at driver

BRIDGEVILLE, NY — On Sunday, July 6 at approximately 1:40 p.m., Sullivan County 911 reported an erratic driver heading westbound at a high rate of speed on State Route 17 near exit 112. A short time later the vehicle, a black 2014 Dodge Charger, left the highway at exit 106, and it was reported that an occupant had pointed a gun at another driver.  Read more

NPS announces Summer Paddle and River Clean-up

RIVER VALLEY — The Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River is seeking people who would like to participate in a river clean-up. Everyone is invited to join National Park Service (NPS) rangers on Sunday, July 27 as they paddle down the river plucking litter from the shoreline as well as from the river bottom. The clean-up area will cover six miles and should last approximately five hours.  Read more

Wayne decides polling issue

HONESDALE, PA — Mt. Pleasant voters will not need to travel a mile down the road to a new polling place this fall. The decision came following a county election board hearing in the sparsely populated township last month and a new recommendation from the Wayne County Director of Elections Cindy Furman.  Read more

Flooding in Jeff, Youngsville again

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — The torrential rains came again to the Upper Delaware Valley, resulting in flooding, closed roads, evacuations and thousands of residents without power. But this time, there were no serious injuries.  Read more

Conviction of borough council members overturned

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Common Pleas Court, with the Honorable Gregory Chelak of Pike County specially presiding, on June 30 overturned the conviction of seven current and former members of the Honesdale Borough Council who had been found guilty of violating the rights of former acting Honesdale police chief Ronald Kominski.  Read more

Tusten in uproar over Narrowsburg School

NARROWSBURG, NY — At the Tusten Town Board meeting last night, about 100 citizens came to voice their opinion against the Narrowsburg School becoming a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center—and they did so loudly. Joan Buto, who won the bid for the school, made her first public appearance at the meeting, and she was met with many questions, criticisms and opposition.  Read more

Flooding in Jeffersonville, Youngsville

In an event that has become all too familiar in recent years, heavy rains pounded the region on the afternoon of July 2, causing Panther Rock Creek and Callicoon Creek to jump their banks and flood Jeffersonville and Youngsville.  Read more

Flash flooding along Route 52 in Western Sullivan

...This is an ACTUAL FLASH FLOOD STATEMENT ALERT...
Issued By: Sullivan County Emergency Management
Affected Jurisdictions: Sullivan County

Headline: Flash flooding is occurring in Sullivan County - Reminder to motorists not to drive over flooded roadways

Localized flash flooding is occurring in the north western part of Sullivan County. Specifically Route 52 from White Sulphur Springs to the Stone Arch Bridge is closed and should be avoided. Fire, Law Enforcement along with state, county and local highway crews are out tending to the situation.  Read more

Zephyr Teachout challenges Cuomo

ALBANY, NY — With a large campaign war chest and good poll numbers, it seems that Gov. Andrew Cuomo would be a tough candidate to beat in his effort to become the Democratic candidate for Governor of New York for the second time. But a law professor named Zephyr Teachout is going to try.  Read more

Scouts reach compromise with neighbors; Shotgun and rifle shooting continues at Ten Mile River camps

WHITE LAKE, NY — Another round of letters of complaint about the noise of gunshots at Ten Mile River Boy Scout Camps was read at the Bethel town meeting on June 26. Representatives from the Boy Scouts insisted again that the shooting program is essentially the same as the shooting program that has been in place for 80 years, while members and residents of the Indian Field Hunting and Fishing Club insisted just as strongly that something has changed, and the noise from the firing of shotguns has become unbearable for the past three summers.  Read more

Eldred’s class of 2014

ELDRED, NY — There was a sizable crowd as parents and members of the community turned out to witness the graduation of the 56 students of the class of 2014.  Read more