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RIVER VALLEY — As many people know by now, founding father Ben Franklin thought more highly of the American Turkey than the American Bald Eagle and wrote as much in a letter home from France in 1784.

Man sentenced in election fraud case

MILFORD, PA — Myron Cowher, 53, who with Dimitry Kupershmidt was previously found guilty on numerous charges related to a scheme to fix an election in the private community of Wild Acres Lakes in Delaware Township, has been sentenced to state prison by Judge Gregory H. Chelak. Cowher was sentenced to a term of 1.3 to 4 years in a state correctional facility and fined a total of $ 10,850. Cowher was previously convicted of 217 counts charged against him relating to forgery, identity theft, conspiracy and related charges.  Read more

Liberty voters approve library expansion

LIBERTY, NY — Voters in the Liberty School District on August 8 voted 264 to 45 to approve a $1.9 million bond to pay for an expansion of the library facility.  Read more

Hawley man arrested for marijuana, probation violation

HAWLEY, PA — A 19-year-old Hawley man has been arrested for violating his probation and possession of marijuana with intent to sell.  Read more

State OKs $5.4M Wayne child welfare budget

HONESDALE, PA — At a meeting on August 4, the Wayne County Commissioners received and completed a number of funding authorizations and approvals.  Read more

Liberty ponders solar moratorium

LIBERTY, NY — A public hearing regarding a moratorium on large solar projects in the Town of Liberty was held on August 15.  Read more

Town improvements see the light of day

NARROWSBURG, NY — At the recent Town of Tusten board meeting, it was announced that various long-awaited projects had been completed. One is the town solar panels and another is the basketball court in the park on the Flats.  Read more

Black Bear Film Festival gets new leadership

MILFORD, PA — The Black Bear Film Festival (BBFF) is now in its 17th year, but under new leadership. New director Will Voelkel talked to The River Reporter about what’s new in the coming festival that takes place October 14 to 16.  Read more

Two PA men arrested after chase

CHERRY RIDGE TWP, PA — Two men have been arrested in the wake of a vehicle and foot chase in Cherry Ridge Township. Wayne County District Attorney Janine Edwards said James Sullivan and Matt Delea were taken into custody on drug, weapons and related charges.  Read more

Sullivan West promotes community at ‘National Night Out’ block party

CALLICOON, NY — The Sullivan West Community Task Force hosted an August 2 block party with an underlying mission of strengthening public safety partnerships, promoting available health and social services resources and having fun in the process.  Read more

Bethel takes $100,000 prize; Sullivan Renaissance awards

BETHEL WOODS, NY — Officials and residents of the Town of Bethel have been working hard this year to clean up their town and make it shine. Those efforts paid off at the Sullivan Renaissance awards ceremony at Bethel Woods on August 8, as the town won the Golden Feather Award, which is worth $100,000.  Read more

In Honesdale, prosperity brings challenges

HONESDALE, PA — “Where is everybody?” asked Mayor Melody Robinson as she swept into the August 8 meeting of the Honesdale Borough Council.  Read more

No swimming at Toronto, again?

SMALLWOOD, NY — It seems the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) has once again put up signs prohibiting swimming at the Toronto Reservoir. The battle over the public access issue has been waged since at least 2003, when developer Steve Dubrovski said the public had no right to the public access on property he owned.  Read more

Drug bust in Equinunk discovers 400 marijuana plants

EQUINUNK, PA — George J. Shencavitz, 27, of Equinunk, has been arrested after police discovered that he was growing 400 marijuana plants in black plastic pots at an operation off Hancock Highway.  Read more

Activist may get chance to challenge Bonacic

ORANGE COUNTY, NY — An activist who has helped lead opposition to the Competitive Power Ventures electricity plant under construction in Wawayanda has petitioned to get on the ballot in November as a Democratic challenger for Republican state Sen. John Bonacic.  Read more

Underage drinking arrests at Bethel Woods

BETHEL, NY — On August 4, New York State Police members assigned to Troop F, Zone 1 in Sullivan County conducted an operation that targeted underage drinking at Bethel Woods. Uniformed and undercover state police members worked together to identify and arrest persons under the age of 21 who were found to be in possession of alcoholic beverages.  Read more

Drug death increase in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, PA — Pennsylvania State Coroners Association (PSCA) on August 8 release the 2015 Report on Overdose Deaths in the Commonwealth. All 67 counties have provided their data on the number of deaths and the drugs involved in those deaths.  Read more

Neighbors irked at herbicide in lake

GLEN SPEY, NY — “It’s outrageous that they can put poison in the lake and not notify the neighbors.” That was Mercedes Schneider’s reaction upon learning that a company called Solitude Lake Management working for Camp Simcha put a load of Sonar SRP into Lake Diana, which is about 75 feet from her water wells.  Read more

UDC siren call stings NYC; Recent letter deemed ‘too aggressive’

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Upper Delaware Council’s (UDC) July 7 resolution calling on New York City “and its safety partners” to explore supplemental dam failure early warning through the use of fire department sirens prompted an unusually prompt (two weeks) response from the city.  Read more

Solar race is on; Bethel business shut out for now

The race to install solar arrays in New York is clearly on, and in some cases, developers who want to install two-megawatt commercial systems are blocking out smaller customers who may want to install smaller systems at their businesses.  Read more

Damascus Citizens reviewing Pond Eddy Bridge permits, process [Updated]

POND EDDY, NY — The history of the proposal to replace the Pond Eddy Bridge is fraught with groups attempting to halt the project. The new bridge will come at an estimated cost of $17 million, and serve some 23 houses located in a secluded part of Pike County, which is located across the Upper Delaware River from Pond Eddy. Critics have long said the new bridge is not needed, is too expensive and the construction will play havoc with the environment.  Read more