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REGION — The sides of the roads are filled with pink and white blooms as mountain laurel is blooming in the shade of the forests that cover the hills here. Mountain laurel is the state flower of Pennsylvania and Connecticut, and its range runs from southern Maine to northern Florida.

Sullivan drug ring taken down

MONTICELLO, NY — Some 27 people were arrested as local, state and federal authorities apprehended subjects who are accused of distributing heroin and cocaine and other drugs in Sullivan County.  Read more

Highland approves anti-compressor resolution

ELDRED, NY — By a 4-0-1 vote, the Highland Town Board on March 8 approved a strong resolution in opposition to Millennium Gas Pipeline’s planned construction of a 22,000-horsepower compressor station near the town’s northern border.  Read more

World Water Day

HAWLEY, PA & BETHEL, NY — March 22 will be World Water Day, an opportunity for people around the world to take action to protect water, our most vital natural resource.  Read more

Computer fraud spreads; Narrowsburg woman scammed

NARROWSBURG, NY — Mary Amato, who uses her computer to run a small business on eBay, was recently scammed by a man who claimed to be from Microsoft. Amato was using Windows Mail when she experienced a bit of trouble. She then got a call from a man that sounded to be Indian, who said he was from Microsoft tech support. He said he was there to help and prompted her through a set of instructions, and before long had remote control of her keyboard.  Read more

Peregrine falcon workshop scheduled

HARRISBURG, PA — The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) invites teachers, non-formal educators, homeschoolers and youth group and scout leaders to attend a free Peregrine Falcon Educator’s Workshop, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5 in the second floor auditorium of the Rachel Carson State Office Building. The workshop is sponsored by DEP and the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) in cooperation with ZooAmerica–North American Wildlife Park and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.  Read more

OSHA fines Ideal Snacks

LIBERTY, NY — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has completed its investigation of Sullivan County snack manufacturer Ideal Snacks. The investigation was the result of a July 2015 complaint about dangerous working conditions submitted by the Committee for Justice at Ideal Snacks, a group representing approximately 200 workers who were fired last May.  Read more

Big bust in Port Jervis

PORT JERVIS, NY — Port Jervis Police Department made a huge drug bust on the morning of March 14, as Mayor Kelly Decker and Police Committee Chair Bob Ritchie reported that night at the Common Council meeting.  Read more

Seeking greater tax incentives; Four counties left out of tax-break scheme

HURLEYVILLE, NY — To encourage film and television producers to create programming in upstate New York counties, two years ago the state expanded the New York State (NYS) Film Tax Credit Program. The expansion allows for productions that have budgets of $500,000 or more to receive an additional 10% for certain expenses related to film and television production on top of other incentives for the industry.  Read more

Honesdale after dark: public safety in question

HONESDALE, PA — The Honesdale Borough Council faced three pressing issues at its March 14 meeting. None was new, but all had new urgency.  Read more

Wayne Bank to merge with NBDC Bank in Walton

Norwood Financial Corp., the holding company for Wayne Bank, Honesdale, Pennsylvania and Delaware Bancshares, Inc., the holding company for NBDC Bank, Walton, New York, jointly announced on March 10 the signing of a definitive merger agreement pursuant to which Norwood Financial Corp. will acquire Delaware Bancshares, Inc. in a stock and cash transaction.  Read more

Facts about solar arrays

A recent story in The River Reporter about a town’s questions regarding a potential application for a permit to build a large-scale solar array prompts this fact sheet. Note first that the type of solar array intended to be built is called a solar “farm,” but it is not a farm. “Farm” is defined as an area of land used for growing crops or animals. What this article addresses is, in reality, a utility-scale solar array engineered, designed and built to sell power via the electric grid to prescribed customers.  Read more

Liberty man arrested for parole warrant

TOWN OF THOMPSON, NY — On March 5 at approximately 6 p.m., the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Patrol responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle in a driveway on Dillon Farm Road in the Town of Thompson. Deputy Joseph Calvello located and stopped the vehicle just after it left the scene.

A passenger who was riding in the car, Charles Shortridge, 52, of Liberty, gave a false name. He was observed trying to throw his ID away when the deputy approached the car. Further investigation revealed that Shortridge was wanted on a parole warrant.  Read more

Fritz seeking PA Assembly seat

HONESDALE, PA — Wayne County Commissioner Jonathan Fritz is seeking the Republican nomination for vacant 111th District seat in the April 26 primary election.  Read more

Mysteryland’s parent files chapter seven

BETHEL, NY — The Mysteryland weekend is still on this year and scheduled to take place on June 10 to 13, even though the parent company of the organization—SFX Entertainment—has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.  Read more

Port Jervis sidewalks addressed

PORT JERVIS, NY — A Safe Sidewalk project prompted discussion at the Port Jervis Common Council meeting on February 22, bringing back to life the old debate about the city’s bluestone paving, and who’s responsible—and liable—for maintenance and accidents.  Read more

NYC seeking river panel’s hydro plan support

NARROWSBURG, NY — Two representatives of New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) last week came before the monthly meeting of the Upper Delaware Council looking for help.  Read more

Sending free-range kids down the goat path; Sullivan Renaissance tackles county health woes

BETHEL, NY — “We’ve unwalked ourselves as a species,” said the fast-talking, race-walking guy with the un-American ideas, biting wit and moustache from a previous century. Mark Fenton (, former host of the PBS television series “America’s Walking” and keynote speaker at the March 5 Sullivan Renaissance Conference & Expo at Bethel Woods, was explaining why Sullivan County is a model for all that is wrong with modern life.

According to Fenton, American life now revolves around cars and their operating requirements, not people and their needs.  Read more

DEC reminds ice anglers to remove fishing shanties by March 15

ALBANY, NY — All ice fishing shanties must be removed from ice on water bodies by March 15, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) reminded ice anglers on March 7. Due to the warm winter and the forecast early arrival of spring-like conditions, owners are advised to remove ice fishing shanties early.  Read more

DRBC to meet in Hawley

HAWLEY, PA — The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) Regulated Flow Advisory Committee (RFAC) will meet on Tuesday, April 5 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Lake Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center, 126 PPL Dr.  Read more

Bonacic bill protects correction officers

ALBANY, NY — Sen. John J. Bonacic issued the following statement on the passage of his legislation, S.1900, which would protect correctional employees by enhancing penalties when inmates intentionally expectorate on correction officers. The bill would provide that such behavior would be classified as aggravated harassment of an employee, a Class E felony. A previous version of this legislation passed the Senate in 2014 and 2015.  Read more