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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.

Delaware Valley officials fume over lottery diversions

WESTFALL, PA –Feelings of a perceived state government prejudice against Pennsylvania’s public schools arose once again the October 22 meeting of the Delaware Valley Board of Education.

Speaking during board reporting from its legislative committee, Board President Zachary Pearce reported that the PA School Boards Association PSBA had joined in an Oct. 21 lawsuit against the state – which while in the midst of a budget crisis impacting all agencies, municipalities and districts, “unilaterally released lottery money to the charter schools.”  Read more

Political season in the Upper Delaware Valley

REGION — In Sullivan County, all nine legislators are up for election on November 3, and only one, county chair Scott Samuelson is unopposed this time around. Across the river in Pike County, two established Republican commissioners are being challenged by two Democrats with strong ties to the community. In Honesdale, two female candidates are vying to become the next mayor of the borough.  Read more

The history and relevance of write-in candidates

REGION — Election season is under way in our area, and while it is not entirely uncommon for write-in candidates to enter the race, it seems worth mentioning that two people are doing just that in this election. They are Shirley Masuo, running for supervisor in Shohola, and Klu Padu, running for council in Town of Tusten.

The policy of writing in a candidate is almost totally confined to the United States. Locally, this year legislator Gene Benson won the Democratic line on the ballot because supporters wrote in his name.  Read more

Bloomingburg looms in legislative election

TOWN OF MAMAKATING, NY — The issue of the 396-unit development in the Village of Bloomingburg, with a population of about 400, has upended the political landscape in recent elections. Two past mayors of the village supported developer Shalom Lamm’s project and personally benefitted from Lamm’s actions, according to court documents, while the new mayor was elected with an anti-development stance.  Read more

Silver Feather goes to Narrowsburg Beautification; Sullivan Renaissance changes outlined

NARROWSBURG, NY — Helen Budrock, the Community Planner for Sullivan Renaissance, was at the recent Tusten Town Board meeting to present the Narrowsburg Beautification Group with the Category C Silver Feather Award of $10,000. She joked that they must be tired of her presenting them with awards, as they have won multiple in previous years, including the highest honor the Golden Feather Award in 2012.  Read more

New library opens in Monticello

MONTICELLO, NY — More than 200 people braved the cold temps and flurries on October to participate in the ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the new Ethelbert B. Crawford Library building. Lining Broadway, folks passed books from the old building, which opened in 1936, to the new one at 479 Broadway in a “Book Brigade” symbolizing the more than 30,000 books that made the journey from one building to the other. During the opening ceremony the new library logo, designed by recent Monticello High School graduate Jonathan Fox, was unveiled by Library Director Mary Paige Lang-Clouse.  Read more

Halloween curfew and holiday plans in Port Jervis

PORT JERVIS, NY — At the meeting on October 13, the common council passed the customary resolution for Halloween curfew in the interest of public safety. It runs from October 19 through November 9 from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. for everyone under the age of 17 years, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian, or attending an educational establishment.  Read more

DVAA recognized for 40th

MONTICELLO, NY — Elaine Giguere, who can usually be found in the Western part of the county where she serves as executive director of the Narrowsburg-based Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA), travelled to the county seat on October 15 to pick up accolades and a commemorative plaque from the chair of the county legislature, Scott Samuelson.

Samuelson read a proclamation enumerating the works of the DVAA from RiverFest to the Big Eddy Film Festival and the exhibits at the gallery on Main Street.  Read more

Eldred and the state counseling program

ELDRED, NY — The impact of outside influences on academic performance was the dominant topic at the October 14 meeting of the Eldred Central School District, as board members and administrators discussed the new K-12 Comprehensive Counseling Plan and possible drug testing.  Read more

Litterer caught in Cochecton

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — At the town meeting on October 14, the town council discussed garbage left on the roads after Keep Cochecton Green (KCG) committee’s Jerold Yavarkovsky, a member of the committee, raised concerns over medical waste being left mainly on and around Route 17B.  Read more

Sullivan West to vote on $3.3 million spending plan

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — Voters in the Sullivan West Central School District will be asked to decide the fate of $3,308,419 worth of construction, repairs, and renovations in a referendum vote set for Tuesday, October 27.  Read more

Acclaimed children’s author Vera Williams passes

NARROWSBURG, NY — Vera B. Williams, an acclaimed artist and author of books for children, passed away on October 16, as her work was being shown and celebrated at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance in Narrowsburg.  Read more

Bill would raise smoking age in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, PA — A bill recently introduced in the house would raise the legal age to purchase tobacco products in Pennsylvania to 21 from 18. State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown, who sponsored the legislation said, “Studies show that the vast majority of those who smoke daily began before the age of 19. Restricting access to tobacco products until age 21 should lower the smoking rate in the commonwealth.”  Read more

Disability Awareness Month

HARRISBURG, PA — A resolution sponsored by Rep. Tom Murt urging employers to consider those with special needs has passed the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. House Resolution 453 designates October “National Disability Employment Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania.  Read more

Federal court upholds gun laws

ALBANY, NY — A federal appeals court has upheld gun laws in Connecticut and New York that were passed in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre, but also ruled that one element of the NY SAFE Act was unconstitutional.  Read more

Sullivan native to fight doctor-assisted suicide

ALBANY, NY — J.J. Hanson, who grew up in the Town of Highland and served in the administrations of former governors Elliot Spitzer and David Patterson, is now spearheading the fight to prevent the legalization of doctor-assisted suicide in New York State.  Read more

Bethel tax cap

WHITE LAKE, NY — At the Town of Bethel meeting on October 14, there was a public hearing about raising the local property tax above the tax cap imposed on municipalities (and school districts) by Albany and Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Under New York law, local governments can’t raise taxes more than 2% or the rate of inflation—whichever is lower—without passing a local law with a super-majority voting in favor.  Read more

Wayne announces budget cut plans; Dam breaches prompt official outrage

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Commissioners on October 19 formalized the budget reduction plans they warned about earlier this month.  Read more

Update on Little Lake Erie bridge: down to one lane

NARROWSBURG, NY — The town bridge over Little Lake Erie was recently reported to need repairs. Town of Tusten Highway Department will be making the repairs. Yesterday they closed the bridge to one lane. A sign was put up and temporary barriers were placed until Jersey barriers arrive.  Read more

Election signs for Charles Petersheim found burning

YULAN, NY — Candidate for Town of Highland Supervisor Charles Petersheim received news at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, October 13 that his campaign signs were found on fire. Petersheim said he got a call from Town of Highland Chief Constable Michael Walton that five of his campaign signs were on fire on the side of Mail Road, a small and deserted road in Yulan. Walton was not available when The River Reporter called, and as of press time on Tuesday, October 20 we had not been able to get in touch with him.  Read more