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REGION — Fireworks were seen as a fitting way of celebrating the signing of the Declaration of Independence even before the famous document was signed in 1776. As the document was being created, John Adams, who would go on to become the second President of the United States, wrote to his wife Abigail that the signing would live on in history.

Eldred lawsuit dropped, budget reviewed

ELDRED, NY — Superintendent Robert Dufour said during the Eldred Board of Education meeting on March 12 that all the charges brought against the school district regarding alleged bullying in December of 2013 have been dismissed by the Superior Court.  Read more

Lake Huntington campground proposal

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — Most of the wide-ranging issues that the Cochecton Town Board dealt with at its March 11 meeting were concerned with accommodating tourists and visitors, a Lake Huntington campground proposal foremost among them. Tom Ward, engineer for property owner Robert Stanzoni, presented a site map and building plans for the 15-acre parcel located between lakeside Route 52 (opposite the former Cochecton ambulance garage) and Mitchell Pond East Road.  Read more

NPS: Park collaboration is not merger

NARROWSBURG, NY — National Park Service (NPS) Superintendent Kris Heister of the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River recently spent some time trying to convince Upper Delaware Council (UDC) members that a new collaborative NPS law enforcement plan is not a forerunner of the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River (UPDE) being merged into the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (DEWA).

Even before Heister spoke on March 6, Upper Delaware Council chair Al Henry stated, “The Upper Delaware Council is strongly against a merger.”  Read more

Narrowsburg Cat Patrol on the prowl

NARROWSBURG, NY — At the recent Town of Tusten town board meeting on March 10, two residents asked the board for help with funding their citizen’s group, the Narrowsburg Cat Patrol. In recent years it has become apparent that Narrowsburg has a feral cat problem. The Narrowsburg Cat patrol was formed in October 2013 with the goal to trap/neuter/release (TNR) and vaccinate for rabies all stray cats in Narrowsburg. In 2014, they spayed and neutered over 50 cats. At the meeting, the members asked the board for $4,500 to help cover the costs.  Read more

Seeking expansion of youth program

GLEN SPEY, NY — After two years of a successful summer basketball camp he founded with joint support from the towns of Highland and Lumberland, Josh Santoro came before the two town boards at their meetings last week to ask some additional help.  Read more

Car meets rock

BARRYVILLE, NY — New York State Police Tuesday morning were investigating what happened when, at about 2:30 a.m., this car was driven up onto this rock on Mail Road, just off the County Road 21 intersection.

The unidentified driver said he was driving on the road when he felt ill and pulled into the car wash at the County Road 21 and Mail Road intersection. Later, driving through the car wash, he accelerated up its steep rear exit ramp to Mail Road, apparently turned right toward the county road too soon, and mounted the rock.  Read more

A paver or a truck, that’s the question

GLEN SPEY, NY — A quiet and comparatively short meeting of the Lumberland Town Board ended in controversy Wednesday as officials debated an equipment purchase.  Read more

Race and parade in Narrowburg

NARROWSBURG, NY — It was a very good showing for the First Annual Windy Kilt 5K marathon run through the streets of Narrowsburg on March 15. Ned Lang, a member of the town council and one of the organizers, said the event attracted some 80 runners to the rural hamlet.

That raised about $10,000, which was donated to the Narrowsburg Volunteer Ambulance Service and Sullivan County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). The course was about three miles long, and started at the Narrowsburg Inn and wound through the town, along the river and back to the inn.  Read more

Rock Hill woman killed in parade

ROCK HILL, NY — A Rock Hill woman was killed while participating as part of a St. Patrick’s Day parade on March 14. The New York State Police in Wurtsboro responded to the scene of a reported fatal motor vehicle accident in the parking lot of the Citgo gas station on Glenn Wild Road at about 1:20 p.m.  Read more

Peifer requests input on proposed budget

HARRISBURG, PA — Rep. Mike Peifer is requesting input on the proposed budget put forward by Gov. Tom Wolf. A press release from Peifer, who represents parts of Wayne, Pike and Monroe counties, said, “A 16% budget increase from last year, Wolf presented a $33.8 billion proposal that would take us to historic levels of spending, with nearly $4.7 billion in new spending alone. As proposed, Pennsylvania families would see a 21%increase in their personal income tax liabilities.  Read more

Bethany secretary honored

BETHANY, PA — Nina Martin, left, who served as borough secretary for 60 years in Bethany, receives a plaque honoring her for her service from Pennsylvania state senator Lisa Baker on March 10. As the ceremony continued, Martin also received plaques and special recognition from state representative Sandra Major and the Wayne County commissioners.

OK for Highland brewery, parking hearing in April

ELDRED, NY — Lumberland resident Bill Lenczuk’s craft brewery plan became legal in the Town of Highland last week, with the town board’s final approval vote on a local law to amend town zoning.  Read more

River ice begins to thaw

REGION — As the region begins to gradually warm, the ice in the Upper Delaware River is slowly melting and evaporating. This giant peace sign, which someone created in the Big Eddy, is fading quickly now.  Read more

Changes sought at Sullivan DFS

MONTICELLO, NY — In the wake of Randy Parker being placed on administrative leave from the Sullivan County Division of Health and Family Services (DHFS), the new acting commissioner, Joe Todora, and deputy commissioner, William Moon, said they are seeking to remove redundancies from the process of applying for services.  Read more

Developer tries again in White Lake

WHITE LAKE, NY — Developer Shaya Boymelgreen is back before the Bethel planning board for a subdivision on the peninsula that juts out into White Lake adjacent to the neighborhood known as the Beechwood.  Read more

Pennsylvania stolen valor law advances; Would criminalize false claims of being a veteran

HARRISBURG, PA — A bill that would make it a crime for Pennsylvania residents to claim to be military veterans unless they have actually served passed in the Senate on March 4 and has been sent to the House for consideration.  Read more

Concern over ice on the river

PORT JERVIS, NY — The recent weeks of extreme cold with and the build-up of snow and ice on the Delaware River near Port Jervis came up several times at the March 9 Common Council meeting.  Read more

Fight against Milford compressor moves to new phase; Segmentation, noise and air qualities are issues

MILFORD, PA — Activists fighting the expansion of the compressor station in Milford are moving in two tracks. Most recently they filed an appeal with the PA Environmental Hearing Board over the plans for the station on March 5.  Read more

River ice may be a problem

RIVER VALLEY — A Christmas tree, set up midstream, and surrounding snowmobile tracks last week illustrated the Delaware River ice thickness above the Barryville-Shohola Bridge. The National Weather Service at Binghamton, NY on March 5 reported an above-normal chance of ice-jam related flooding during a sudden thaw.

Pike drug abuse prevention effort scheduled

MILFORD, PA — Drug abuse and prevention continued to be a prevalent topic for the Pike County Commissioners last week.

Jill Gamboni, director of the annual Reality Tour program, appeared to promote public participation in the program, which uses a series of realistically staged scenarios to illustrate the evolution of abuse from its beginnings to arrest, emergency room overdose treatment, prison and a funeral scene.  Read more