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February 09, 2016
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UPPER DELAWARE VALLEY — The warm weather of the past few days has left Ten Mile River mostly free of ice, and the ice on many of the lakes in the region looks like it might not be thick enough to walk on.

Some New Yorkers scramble for new coverage; Healthcare rug pulled out from under thousands

ALBANY, NY — Some of the most affordable health insurance plans to emerge in New York State after the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, became law were those created by Health Republic Insurance of New York (HRINY). People signed up with HRINY in large numbers, but now, the agencies that control the health insurance market are telling thousands of HRINY’s customers, including several at The River Reporter, that they must immediately find new coverage because their existing policies will be terminated at the end of November.  Read more

Unofficial Election results for 2016

Sullivan County
County Coroner
Patrick Harrison Dem, Wor 6017
Albee Bockman Rep, Con, Ref 6675

Legislator District Two
Kathleen M LaBuda Dem, Con, Ind 789
Nadia Rajsz Rep, Wor, Ref 952  Read more

Grain truck on its side in Narrowsburg

Narrowsburg, NY - Earlier this morning, a truck carrying a load of corn tipped over in Narrowsburg.

The driver, who was not injured had never been to Narrowsburg Feed & Grain. He parked the truck and went inside the building to ask where he should unload. As he was inside the building, the truck began to roll down the hill.

In an attempt to stop the truck, the driver ran out the door and hopped into the cab. He applied the brakes to no avail. The truck went over an embankment, and according to the driver, rolled slowly on its side.  Read more

Last weekend to visit Reaper’s Revenge, America’s Best Haunted Attraction

SCRANTON, PA — You board a haunted hay ride and journey into the woods when you have to depart the wagon and enter a sideshow freak circus, then you enter a pitch-black maze, completely robbed of your sight. But that’s not all, if you survive the maze you come upon a zombie wasteland. These are all part of Reaper’s Revenge four attractions: Haunted Hayride, Lost Carnival, Pitch Black, and Sector 13.  Read more

Newcomers vie for Honesdale Mayor’s position

HONESDALE, PA — Many of the races in Wayne County are uncontested this year; the county commissioners, for instance, are running unopposed. But the story is different in the race to become the next mayor of Honesdale: two women who have not run for the office before are competing for the spot.

Republican Sarah Canfield, 30, was born in the borough and lives here with her husband and two children. According to her bio, she is employed at Ellen Memorial Health Care Center in Honesdale as a Certified Nurse Aid.  Read more

An eagle feasts in Northern Wayne

NORTHERN WAYNE COUNTY, PA — Fran Kerwin reports that she and her husband were driving home on their road, Butternut Flats, on October 23, and, “We spotted a pair of bald eagles feeding on a carcass on the lawn of a neighbor about a quarter mile from our house. Naturally, we didn’t have a camera with us!  Read more

Rajsz challenges LaBuda

SULLIVAN COUNTY DISTRICT TWO — Democrat Kathy LaBuda is the longest-serving legislator in office, and as majority leader of the Democrats, who enjoyed a seven-to-two advantage over Republicans for the past four years, she wielded considerable power. But her reign is being challenged by Nadia Rajsz, the current supervisor of the Town of Lumblerland, who is also a registered Democrat.  Read more

Democratic and Republican candidates debate in Pike

DINGMAN, PA — Two current Pike County Commissioners debated with two candidates who would like to take their place at a forum hosted by the League of Women Voters at the Dingman-Delaware Middle School on October 19. The debate brought hundreds of residents to the auditorium to hear the candidates’ views.

Incumbent Republicans Rich Caridi and Matt Osterberg were joined on stage by Democrats Dave Ruby and Steven Guccini.  Read more

Good shooting in Wayne

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Commissioners on October 22 recognized the marksmanship of the county’s sheriff’s department. Wayne Sheriff Mark Steelman and Deputy Michael Botjer, displaying their awards, are pictured with Wayne Commissioners, from the left, Jonathan Fritz, Brian Smith and Wendell Kay. Steelman and Botjer competed at the tactical handgun competition on October 10, at the Pennsylvania Deputy Sheriffs Association competition in Philadelphia. Amid about 100 competitors, Steelman placed third in the sharpshooter category, while Botjer was second in the marksman category.  Read more

Highland adopts moratorium

ELDRED, NY — Following a brief public hearing and the approval of a no-impact environmental declaration, the Highland Town Board on October 12 approved a six-month building moratorium on all multiple-dwelling projects.  Read more

State health care act support

GLEN SPEY, NY — Town of Tusten community activist Star Hesse appeared before the Lumberland Town Board on October 14 to urge local support for the New York Health Act.  Read more

Halloween tips at Port Jervis meeting

PORT JERVIS, NY — At the Port Jervis Common Council meeting on October 25, many councilmembers praised the 69th annual Halloween Parade that took place on Sunday, October 25. Recreation Chair Bob Waligroski said, “Three hundred or more attended the event.”

The parade started from Hammond Street in front of City Hall, and ended at Farnum Park and the Farnum haunted house, where apple cider and doughnuts were served.  Read more

Ribbons of kindness

HONESDALE, PA — All that orange you might have seen around Honesdale last week probably wasn’t related to Halloween.  Read more

New plan for electing judges in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, PA — Legislation to replace the current process of voting for politically backed appellate judges in Pennsylvania with a merit-selection system was approved by the House Judiciary Committee on October 23, said state Rep. Pamela DeLissio, an early co-sponsor of the bill.  Read more

Bonacic hails women’s bill signing

MIDDLETOWN, NY — Sen. John J. Bonacic announced that the Women’s Equality Agenda, a top priority of the Senate Republican Conference, was signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on October 23. The measures include efforts to fight human trafficking, require equal pay for equal work, combat sexual harassment in the workplace and stop gender discrimination in employment and housing decisions. Other pieces of legislation include improvements in workplace accommodations for pregnant women and improving existing laws that deal with domestic violence victims.  Read more

Pond Eddy Bridge remains closed

POND EDDY, PA — The Pond Eddy Bridge remained closed on October 27 while a consultant analyzes what steps will be needed to repair the bridge.  Read more

Training to protect victims of sexual violence and intimidation

HONESDALE, PA — Janine Edwards, Wayne County District Attorney, announced on October 26 that the Wayne County Anti-Violence Task Force is presenting training for law enforcement, social workers and counselors and others on the Protection for Victims of Sexual Violence and Intimidation Act at the Wayne County Emergency Management Operations Center.  Read more

Cuomo to promote Catskill tourism

ALBANY, NY — The administration of Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on October 23 that it will make a significant effort to promote tourism in the Catskills region next summer. Cuomo announced the first-ever Catskill Challenge, to be modeled after his Adirondack Challenge this year, which received a great deal of publicity.  Read more

Halloween decorations and costumes

UPPER DELAWARE VALLEY — It’s Halloween time in the region, and if the people here are like those in the rest of the country, we will be spending a frightening amount of money on the holiday. Total spending in the U.S. on candy, costumes and other items related to Halloween is expected to reach nearly $7 billion, with individuals spending an average of nearly $75 each, according to projection from the National Retail Federation.  Read more

Election law throws Mamakating a curve; Candidates won’t appear on line that endorsed them

TOWN OF MAMAKATING, NY — New York State is famous for making it easy to vote on various lines. For instance, this year Lillian Hendrickson is running for town supervisor on the Bring Back Bethel line against incumbent Dan Sturm who is running on the Democratic, Conservative and Independence party lines.  Read more