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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!

Anti-compressor appeals continue

MILFORD, PA — A Pike resident opposed to an upgraded Columbia gas pipeline compressor station on Fire Tower Road came to the county commissioners Wednesday, looking for county help in continuing efforts to stop the project.  Read more

DFS commissioner at center of new storm; Legislature may again clash

MONTICELLO, NY — Dr. Randy Parker, the commissioner of the Sullivan County Department of Family Services (DFS) who was put on administrative leave on January 29, is once again at the center of legal maneuvering and differences of opinion at the Sullivan County legislature.  Read more

Lumberland house burns down twice

GLEN SPEY, NY — Colin Dickerman, who lives in New York City but has been spending weekends in Yulan for 15 years, decided he would build a new home in the Black Forest Community in Glen Spey. He hired a contractor and the house was well on its way to being habitable when it burned down in May 2014.  Read more

Medical marijuana bill re-introduced

HARRISBURG, PA — Senators Mike Folmer and Daylin Leach have reintroduced legislation that would allow physicians to provide medical cannabis to patients in Pennsylvania. The medical cannabis legislation is Senate Bill 3 for the 2015-16 legislative session, and has been reintroduced as passed by the full Senate last session 43-7. The bill has 25 co-sponsors with bipartisan support (11 Republicans and 14 Democrats).  Read more

Loch Sheldrake man arrested for Walmart incident

MONTICELLO, NY — On January 28, sheriff’s deputies arrested Michael C. Carson, 30, of Loch Sheldrake, after a foot pursuit that brought a large police response to the Monticello area.  Read more

Liberty man arrested for violating parole

MONTICELLO, NY — Michael Chase, 43, of Liberty, was arrested on January 31 by deputies from the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office. Chase was wanted on two bench warrants, one charging violation of probation, a felony, the other charging possession of a controlled substance and evidence tampering.  Read more

Honesdale man convicted of burglary, sex abuse; Jury hung on rape charge

ITHACA, NY — A 23-year-old Honesdale, PA man has been convicted on burglary and sex abuse charges, but the jury deadlocked on the most serious charge: first-degree rape. The district attorney who prosecuted the case has not yet determined if he will re-try on the rape charge.  Read more

Snow and more snow

REGION — The National Weather Service says the Upper Delaware Valley received about 15 inches of snow in the seven-day period ending on February 3, but some areas seem to have received quite a bit more.

The precipitation caused an accident involving a school bus in the Livingston Manor school district, resulting in injuries to several school children, but otherwise the area survived the snowstorm dubbed “Linus” without too much trouble.

For the rest of the snow season, the service predicts there is an equal chance for precipitation to be either above average or below average.

Road rage in Town of Bethel; The value of salt debated

WHITE LAKE, NY — A heated debate broke out at the Town of Bethel meeting on January 27 over the snow removal practices of the highway supervisor William Crumley. Board member Lillian Hendrickson addressed rapidly rising cost of snow removal and asked Crumley, “Who’s going to pay for it?”  Read more

A bear on thin ice

WURTSBORO, NY — The morning of New Year’s Day, I went to the Bashakill to try to spot some New Year birds. I hiked to a couple of spots before heading to the Birch Trail, heading east from the main boat launch. I spoke with a couple of women at the launch, and then headed out on the trail.  Read more

How to spend $5 billion; New York State budget surplus discussed

ALBANY, NY — Going into the 2015/16 budget year, the state is looking at a $5 billion budget surplus, mostly due to some one-time settlements with banks and insurance companies.  Read more

Third Bagel Festival announced

ROCK HILL, NY — Monticello businessman Jeff Siegel, the driving force behind the Monticello Bagel Festival, said that the event drew 5,000 people in the first year, 12,000 in the next, and he hopes 15,000 to 20,000 will turn out in 2015.  Read more

Proposed Berlin nuisance abatement ordinance draws fire

BEACH LAKE, PA — A large January 20 public hearing turnout put the Berlin Township Board of Supervisors—Paul Henry, Cathy Hunt and Charlie Gries—on the hot seat, along with township solicitor Jeff Treat. The purpose of the hearing was to invite public questions about a proposed township nuisance abatement ordinance, designed to provide legal redress of blighted and unsafe properties as well as noise complaints.  Read more

High school students start literary arts magazine

HONESDALE, PA — When students at Honesdale High School displayed interest in starting a literary arts magazine, English teacher Jason Macey jumped at the opportunity to begin a creative writing class with a curriculum that includes creating a journal.  Read more

Short and sweet in Wayne

HONESDALE, PA — Meeting on January 15, the Wayne County Commissioners accepted $125,000, recognized some new local officials, appointed a new employee and offered support for a local project—and wrapped it all up in about 17 minutes.  Read more

Many friends honor Chuck Myers

Scores of friends, colleagues in his many civic functions and family filled the Eldred Congregational Church on the afternoon of January 11 attending a memorial service for Charles H. “Chuck” Myers, 88, who died on December 31. The emotionally charged service featured eulogies from Chuck’s granddaughter, Wendy Myers, neighbor and Town of Highland Supervisor Andrew Boyar, emergency services colleague and Town of Highland Justice Anthony LaRuffa, and Sullivan County Commissioner of Public Safety Richard Martinkovic. As Myers had wished, private funeral arrangements were completed earlier.

Cuomo irks educators; Bonacic weighs in

ALBANY, NY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo said, “The good news is we have teacher evaluation systems for every district in the system. The bad news is they are baloney.” The remark came as he addressed education in the state at his State of the Union and Budget Address on January 21. He went on to say, “38% of high school seniors are prepared for college—38%; 98.7% of high school teachers are rated effective. How can that be?”  Read more

Retiring Hawley police officer honored

HAWLEY, PA — The January 14 meeting of the Hawley Borough Council saw the board reluctantly accept the resignation of patrol officer Jane Varcoe after over a decade of service. Mayor Kevin Hawk and Chief Daniel Drake both spoke highly of Varcoe and her years of service. Her grant-writing skills had proven especially useful to the borough. She was honored with a plaque, flowers, a cake and several rounds of applause.  Read more

Pine Bush man arrested for graffiti

SPRING GLEN, NY — The New York State Police in Ellenville and Wurtsboro arrested Richard C. Hage Jr., 42, of Pine Bush, for burglary and criminal mischief.  Read more

Project will fix bridges, save money

WAYNE & PIKE, PA — With the passage of Act 88 of 2012, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives authorized the creation of the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. The project uses public-private partnerships to fix bridges, with the intention of saving taxpayer dollars, providing jobs and encouraging business investment in the state. According to PennDOT, construction will begin this summer to replace 558 bridges across the state. The following bridges are scheduled to be replaced in Pike and Wayne counties:

Shohola: State Route 1007, over Twin Lakes Creek  Read more