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TUSTEN, NY — This Delaware skipper, which was spotted during the 2014 Upper Delaware BioBlitz at Ten Mile River, is a rare find for Sullivan County. Skippers are known for their fast “skipping” flight.

Eisenhower’s last surviving wartime staff member honored

Noel Jacob Wiener of Newfoundland was honored for his wartime service in the United States Army at the Hawley Senior Center on October 23 and again by the Wayne County Commissioners the following day.  Read more

Signs of the season: Spirits, orange needles and clocks falling back

UPPER DELAWARE VALLEY — With the gales of November straining at the region from the north, there is change in the air. The memory of August tomatoes dims and thoughts of winter coats and snow shovels push their way into consciousness.  Read more

Divisions color elections in Western Sullivan

Since Hess Corporation and Newfield Appalachia cancelled their gas leases in Wayne County, PA this summer, much of the steam surrounding the gas drilling issue seems to have been lost. But the divisions it created in many communities, especially in western Sullivan County, are still very visible in municipal elections this year.  Read more

Cochecton summer residents voter registrations challenged

When Gary Mass, supervisor of the Town of Cochecton, heard that there were about six residents of a seasonal community who registered to vote in Sullivan County, he said he was not really concerned. But when that number rose to 24, a figure that represents about 5% of the voting population, he decided he should take action.  Read more

Kauneonga Lake man killed in Route 17B accident

On Wednesday, October 23, 2013, at approximately 12:45 p.m. the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 report of a head on collision on State Route 17B and Kitz Road in Monguap Valley.  Read more

CRMC’s Behavioral Health Unit renovation aims for patient safety

A complete renovation and name change has come to the former mental health unit of the Catskill Regional Medical Center (CRMC).  Read more

Damascus considers tower, budget

Verizon has submitted conditional-use applications for the installation of two broadband communications towers, one to be located on Jurgensen Road near Callicoon, NY and the other to be located on MacCubbins Road in Beach Lake. The announcement came from Damascus Township Board of Supervisors Chairman Jeffrey Dexter at the board’s October 21 monthly meeting.  Read more

What will happen to the TLDC?

The Tusten Town Council met on Tuesday, October 8. Councilman Ned Lang was not in attendance. During the division reports, Andrea Reynosa of the Tusten Local Development Corporation (TLDC) reported that they had recently met and discussed the audit of the TLDC. She said that there are no funds to cover the cost of the audit, and that if it cannot be done, the TLDC will dissolve by January. She also mentioned that a private citizen might pay for the cost. However, if the TLDC dissolves, the Tusten Community Garden will still function.  Read more

Pike child abuse program Saturday

A Child Abuse and Safety Symposium will take place on October 26 from 1 to 3 p.m., at the auditorium of the Dingman-Delaware Middle School on State Route 739.  Read more

Smallwood Forest Preserve unveiled; Positive ending to a long struggle

The 200 acres were once the center of a battle between a developer and a local pressure group. Now, about 137 of those acres are called the Smallwood Forest Preserve, and will remain forever wild under a conservation easement to be overseen by the Delaware Highlands Conservancy.
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Court appeal could send hospitalized Afghan vet to jail

A group of military veterans calling themselves “Tim’s Support Team” is sponsoring an October 27 spaghetti dinner from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Marsch-Kellogg American Legion Post in Milford. The $15 donations would go to raise funds to assist the family of Tim Flaherty, an Army combat veteran of the Afghanistan war with four-plus tours.  Read more

Proposed Sullivan County budget

Sullivan County Acting Manager Joshua Potosek recently issued a statement on the county budget. He wrote, “Sullivan County has faced extreme budgetary challenges through the financial crisis over the past five years. As we approach the conclusion of 2013, the county is slowly beginning to improve financially. This proposed budget is the first since the beginning of the recession that does not include drastic service cuts, layoffs, exorbitant tax increases, or the use of fund balance in the general fund, but instead maintains existing service levels and modestly builds capacity in a few key strategic areas.”  Read more

Victory for farmers

ALBANY, NY — Following months of hard work and advocacy by hundreds of its member farmers, the New York Farm Bureau (NYFB) has issued a press release applauding Governor Andrew Cuomo’s signing of a bill setting a 2% cap on agricultural land assessments.  Read more

Honesdale dealer sentenced

Nilsa Lebron, age 56, of Honesdale was sentenced by President Judge Raymond L. Hamill to one to four years in state prison for conspiracy to possess marijuana with the intent to deliver. The conviction was the result of an investigation by the Wayne County Drug Task Force (WCDTF).  Read more

Callicoon candidate irked by brief

TOWN OF CALLICOON, NY — Scott Gaebel, an incumbent member of the board of the Town of Callicoon, called The River Reporter to express dissatisfaction over a news brief about stolen election signs.  Read more

Highland OKs preliminary budget with minimal increase

The Highland Town Board last Tuesday approved a 2014 budget that would call for a tax levy of $1,636,202.64, or a 1.33% increase in the town’s share of property owners’ January tax bills.  Read more

A voice against proposition one

Ramsay Adams knows that a lot of important people in Sullivan County and beyond are in favor of gaming. They want people to vote “yes” on Proposition One in November and change the state constitution to allow up to seven casinos in the state. But Adams’ reluctant position is to oppose the proposition, because he believes casinos in Sullivan County will bring more harm than good.  Read more

Liberty town board accepts preliminary budget, sets public hearing

At their regularly scheduled monthly meeting on October 21, the Liberty Town Board accepted the preliminary budget for 2014 as presented to them by budgeting and accounting coordinator Cheryl Gerow.

A public hearing for the preliminary budget is scheduled for Monday, October 28 at 5:30 p.m. at the Town Hall, 120 North Main Street in Liberty.  Read more

Marino votes against re-opening government

Press release from Congressman Tom Marino:

Tonight, after continued refusals from the Senate to negotiate with House Republicans, the House passed legislation to reopen the federal government though January 15, 2014 and extend the Treasury Department’s borrowing authority through February 7, 2014.  Read more

Gibson announces support for bipartisan agreement

Washington, DC – Senate leaders this afternoon announced an agreement to raise the debt limit and end the partial federal government shutdown. The deal must be passed by members of the House. Congressman Chris Gibson released a statement in support of the agreement, which said:  Read more