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REGION — According to the website www.project snowstorm.org, which is concerned with snowy owls, every few years, “for reasons that are not entirely understood,” a number of the raptors leave their winter ranges in southern Canada, and migrate down into the United States in an event known as an “irruption.”

Pike County Library has powerful friends

The Friends of the Pike County Public Library, Mary Quilici, left, Joan Gerland, library director Ellen Schaffner, Gayle Schuster and Pat Cochran, are committed to raising several thousand dollars to complete the funding necessary to construct and open a new library that will be built in Milford. The money they raise will provide necessary equipment like tables, chairs and other items.  Read more

Pipeline crossing underway on Lackawaxen River

The Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company (TGP), a subsidiary of El Paso Corporation, has begun preparations to construct and maintain water obstructions and encroachments associated with the Pike County portion of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline 300 Project, Loop 323. Depicted above is the work underway at the location where a 30-inch diameter steel natural gas transmission line will cross the Lackawaxen River in Lackawaxen Township.  Read more

Pike County Humane Society may close; hard times affect animals, too

Barry Heim, director of the Pike County Humane Society, says the needs of the animal rescue society are extreme. “We need a steady stream of funding if we are to survive in this bad economy,” Heim said at the meeting of the Shohola Township board on July 14.  Read more

Homeowner battles persistent beavers

A pesky family of “very sly” beavers has caused headaches and heartache for a resident of Fosterdale.  Read more

Planning for ‘the perfect storm’

“The future of the school district will be decided on the second Thursday of every month between now and April,” said Eldred Central School (ECS) superintendent Robert Dufour during a recent interview exploring the long-term impacts of the contingency budget now in place at ECS. “The community’s attendance is crucial.”  Read more

News in brief

Dimock residents put up water billboard
DIMOCK, PA — Dimock residents who have been living with contaminated water wells have put up a billboard on Route 29 that reads “Three Years of Contaminated Water, Fix It!” In 2008 and 2009, a number of private water wells in Dimock went bad after Cabot Oil and Gas began extracting shale gas in the area.  Read more

Bethel moves to protect, encourage farmland

The Town of Bethel, which cares enough about the agricultural community to list the farms in the town on its website, will consider a number of changes to its zoning code intended to protect and encourage more agricultural activity in the town.  Read more

Hinchey, Marino take opposite sides on debt ceiling deal

Hinchey Statement on Debt Ceiling Deal
Monday, 01 August 2011 15:49
Washington, DC -- Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) today released the following statement in opposition to the debt ceiling deal.  Read more

Delaware drowning victim third this season

NARROWSBURG, NY — The search for 18-year-old volunteer boy scout leader, Daniel Rak, concluded on Thursday afternoon when divers from the Port Jervis Volunteer Fire Department located the young man’s body in the Delaware River in the vicinity of the Number 9 railroad bridge near the Ten Mile River Scout Camp in the Town of Tusten.  Read more

Two drown in the Upper Delaware

Adriano Pacheco, 41, who was visiting from Portugal, attempted to swim across the Upper Delaware River just North of Skinners Falls on July 30. Pacheco was not wearing a life jacket, nor was the unidentified friend who was with him.

Pacheco didn’t make it. According to release from the National Park Service, the Sullivan County dive team found his body at 6:12 p.m., less than two hours after he started the swim. His friend did reach the other side, but required treatment at a hospital for shortness of breath.  Read more

Letters to the Editor discussion (video)

Anne Willard, Assistant Editor at The River Reporter, talks about various types of effective letters and writing techniques.

DEP permit for asphalt plant called a ‘mistake’

A company was issued a building permit for an asphalt plant in a zone where it is not permitted. Damascus Township officials were surprised when they learned that Haines and Kibblehouse (H & K), a large quarry operator in the state and owner of the Bedrock Quarry in the township, was issued a building permit to open a hot asphalt plant next to its quarry on Oregon Turnpike.  Read more

Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale report released

It’s not clear if the legislature and the governor will embrace any of the 96 recommendations contained in a new report from the Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission, but if they do, there could be significant changes coming to the way gas drilling with high-volume hydraulic fracturing is conducted in Pennsylvania.  Read more

New federal sign law creates frenzy

he reaction from Damascus Township officials reflects what’s happening in towns nationwide over federal regulations setting new standards for reflective signs along streets and roads. Like a lot of federal and even state mandates, they are largely unfunded.  Read more

In brief

Surprise upset at Riverdogs on Parade

NARROWSBURG, NY — In a surprise upset at the Riverfest River Dogs on Parade, Rupert the cat took home the “Most Unique” prize. Presented by Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, Riverfest celebrated its 21st annual event this year on Narrowsburg’s Main Street.  Read more

Forestburgh parcel approved for ag district

Sullivan County lawmakers voted on July 21 to extend Agricultural District Four to include a 4.5-acre parcel owned by philanthropist and orchid maven Stuart Salenger. The acceptance into the district makes it more difficult for local officials to adopt zoning changes that would prevent Salenger from using the property for agricultural uses.  Read more

For the Forest’ coming to Upper Delaware

A unique event celebrating forests with a “harmonic convergence of natural and composed sound” has been slated for September 17 in the Town of Tusten.  Read more

Energy audits touted at town meetings

A statewide initiative to promote energy efficiency, cut energy consumption and costs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create green jobs is currently being promoted in Sullivan County.  Read more

Boy Scout beautifies Highland Lake’s new fire house

Troop 102 Boy Scout Peter Vorstadt, a sophomore at Eldred High School, recently completed his Eagle Scout project at the new Highland Lake Fire House at 144 Highland Lake Road. The effort put into the beautification and landscaping of the area surrounding the new firehouse was lauded as an outstanding accomplishment and has caught the community’s attention.  Read more

Guinness World Record™ set at Camp Simcha

It took more than a quarter of a mile of gold ribbon, but the girls of Camp Simcha, an area camp for children and teens with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses, created the longest awareness ribbon for children’s cancer and broke an existing Guinness World Record ™ on July 18.  Read more