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REGION — The River Reporter’s editorial assistant Isabel Braverman and office dog Abby get the scoop on the best ice cream around. Summer in the Upper Delaware River Valley means river excursions, hiking, festivals, and of course, ice cream. To kick off Memorial Day weekend, go to page 22 for a list of ice cream places. To all of our readers, have a great summer!

Callicoon library to get a facelift

The Delaware Free Library on Main Street in Callicoon will be getting an upgrade starting later this month, thanks to a donation from a local patron and a New York State library construction grant, in addition to existing library funds. Work is expected to be completed sometime in 2013.  Read more

Renaissance judging imminent

Teams of experts from outside Sullivan County will spend August 9 to 12 visiting 25 Sullivan Renaissance projects before selecting winners in three beautification categories and honoring one project for the best overall showing of flowers. For the first year, judges will also recognize one of 11 long-time maintenance participants for the abundance of flowers in their community.  Read more

County conducts economic development survey

County Manager David Fanslau has announced the issuance of an Economic Development Survey as a first step in the development of a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategic Plan for Sullivan County. The survey has been sent out to employers in the county.  Read more

Women Who Make a Difference named

The SUNY Sullivan Foundation has announced its 2012 Women Who Make a Difference honorees. They will be honored during a ceremony and cocktail reception at the Club at Villa Roma on August 23 at 5:30 p.m.  Read more

A cornucopia of local pork;Pig Mountain Two features vegetables, too

“One of those things that people are drawn to, as we know in the food world, is pork. People who love pork love it with a certain level of love that only compares to, say, chocolate or beer. Those are the three things that, in the food world, we sort of know that, if there are events surrounding those things, it moves things. And there are pigs there, and vegetables.”  Read more

Workforce Wayne adds new training lab

One of the first things an employer looks at in considering moving into a new area or an existing business considers expanding into a new product, is the quality of the workforce. “Are the skills I need there?” is the question.
Knowing this to be true, the businesses that are on the board of Workforce Wayne are always looking for avenues or infrastructures that will develop such a workforce. A training lab is part of the answer.  Read more

Opponents of gas company loop frustrated; company has power of eminent domain

Frustration and anger were the dominant moods of both commissioners and residents who are opposed to the Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s plan to cut a 6.7-mile loop around Milford. The feelings all spilled out at the commissioners’ meeting on July 31.  Read more

NY drilling rules before Labor Day? Report projects limited drilling in 2013

An article by Albany Times Union columnist Fred Lebrun on August 5 said that the new rules regarding hydraulic fracturing (fracking) will be made public by Labor Day, and that plans by the Cuomo administration call for a limited number of wells, just 50, in 2013.  Read more

150th Wayne County Fair: as fun and informational as ever!

Jim Watson Jr. (Dunn’s Sawmill and Logging) and Brittany Schwartz (Timber Wolf Logging) power their way to first place during the Jack and Jill Crosscut competition in which a team including one male and one female make one complete cut in a 12-inch diameter pine log. The win occurred on August 4 during the 29th Woodsmen’s Competition at the Wayne County Fair in Honesdale.  Read more

Of scenic overlooks and river access spots; the Upper Delaware River Corridor could use a makeover

When driving through a tourist destination, one thing that clearly bugs consultant Ben Syden is when he is about to come upon a scenic overlook or river access point and there is no advance warning. He and other drivers are likely to blow right by the attraction and miss it altogether. Syden said he had several such experiences when driving along the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway, better known as Route 97.  Read more

Bids go out on slaughterhouse; mountain of dirt to be moved

Finding a place to build a slaughterhouse is not such an easy thing to do because most people and businesses prefer not to live next door to one. Therefore, the location that was ultimately settled on for the proposed Southern Catskills Red Meat Processing Facility was in the Village of Liberty on Willow Lane. It is a very rugged lot located across the lane from the sewer treatment plant and next door to a defunct poultry processing facility.  Read more

Police review panel approved; opposition from sheriff and towns

The Sullivan County Legislature changed the name of the proposed committee from a Police Commission to a Law Enforcement Review Panel, but the name change did not sway those who were opposed to it.  Read more

Jeffersonville native to run in Yankee Stadium

NEW YORK CITY — On August 12, thousands of avid runners, passionate baseball fans, cancer survivors and supporters from across the country will gather at the starting line for the Damon Runyon 5K at Yankee Stadium. Among them will be Cassandra Egan, a native of Jeffersonville and a cancer survivor. The 28-year-old mother of two and avid runner will participate alongside 4,000 others to raise money and awareness for cancer research.  Read more

Jeffersonville native to run in Yankee Stadium

NEW YORK CITY — On August 12, thousands of avid runners, passionate baseball fans, cancer survivors and supporters from across the country will gather at the starting line for the Damon Runyon 5K at Yankee Stadium. Among them will be Cassandra Egan, a native of Jeffersonville and a cancer survivor. The 28-year-old mother of two and avid runner will participate alongside 4,000 others to raise money and awareness for cancer research.  Read more

New Pike County Library under construction

The structure of the new Pike County Public Library is emerging on East Harford Street in Milford. The opening is set for late fall.  Read more

DEP fines EXCO Resources $47,500 for operating unpermitted transfer stations in Lycoming, Sullivan counties

Company improperly stored flowback water, waste sand from gas drilling sites

WILLIAMSPORT, PA -- The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has fined EXCO Resources LLC of Warrendale, Allegheny County, $47,500 for operating unpermitted residual waste transfer stations in Lycoming and Sullivan counties in 2011 and earlier this year, which violated the state’s Solid Waste Management Act.  Read more

Webinar offered on Act 13 decision

REGION — Penn State Extension will host a special webinar titled “A Blow to Act 13?: The Impact of the Commonwealth Court’s Decision on Local Zoning and Natural Gas Development in Pennsylvania” on Thursday, August 9 from 1 to 2 p.m. This webinar is free and open to the public, and will be of special interest to municipal officials and attorneys.  Read more

Casey bills would promote gas industry

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) has introduced the STATE Natural Gas Act, which would allow states to determine the best way to invest in the natural gas industry.  Read more

Open season for TAG grants

The Upper Delaware Council (UDC) is accepting applications for its Technical Assistance Grants (TAG) program. Applications from the UDC’s member municipalities must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, August 31.  Read more

Pond Eddy Bridge rally postponed

Friends of the Pond Eddy Bridge, which had been planning a “Save the Pond Eddy Bridge” rally on August 4, has postponed the planned demonstration. The postponement is due to developments at the June 27 meeting in Monticello between NYS Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald and local officials, arranged by NYS Senator John Bonacic with support from Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther (see “New York meeting regarding Pond Eddy Bridge, TRR July 12 issue).  Read more