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REGION — According to the website www.project snowstorm.org, which is concerned with snowy owls, every few years, “for reasons that are not entirely understood,” a number of the raptors leave their winter ranges in southern Canada, and migrate down into the United States in an event known as an “irruption.”

Children ask DRBC to protect their water

The River Reporter received the following correspondence from 6-year-old Kate Cortright and her 10-year-old brother Chaz expressing their concerns about protecting water quality in the Upper Delaware region.  Read more

County lawmakers table college cut; would trigger massive state cuts

A $600,000 cut in funding from the county will trigger a massive cut in state funding, with the total reduction amounting to $2.6 million.

That was the message Johanna Duncan-Poitier, vice chancellor for community colleges for the State University of New York (SUNY) system, brought to Sullivan County lawmakers at the government center on May 19. Duncan-Poitier brought a handful of other SUNY officials to try to persuade lawmakers that the proposed cut in county funding to Sullivan County Community College will have devastating consequences.  Read more

Sullivan towns lead POW flag effort

Three Sullivan County towns are believed to be the first within the county to voluntarily agree to fly the POW/MIA Flag on a daily basis at town facilities. Leading the movement by passing a resolution to display the flag was the Town of Highland, followed soon thereafter by the towns of Lumberland and Tusten.  Read more

A line between neighborhoods; a developer plans to cross it

As promised, James Bacon, an attorney representing property owners in the neighborhood called Beechwood, produced a letter from a title company that said that a five-foot boundary created during a land dispute back in the 1930s cannot legally be breached.  Read more

Neighbor’s Helping Hand’ forms in Highland

Sometimes a helping hand comes along just when you need it most. For two children battling cancer in the Town of Highland, that time is now. To aid in their plight, a new community charity has formed, and the founders of Neighbor’s Helping Hand have begun organizing fundraisers that they plan to conduct on an annual basis to continue helping community members in need.  Read more

Locks of love

It is estimated that 80% of those who donate their locks/long hair to others in need of hair are children. That would certainly describe Jordan Patzuk, who at the age of four made the very mature decision to have twelve inches of her trailing locks lopped off.  Read more

Ten thousand bottles of sauce

Back in November 2009, Jill Padua closed her catering business in order to focus solely on producing Jill’s Kitchen Open Sesame Sauce, which had been a hit with her customers. The first bottling came in March of 2010, and about two weeks ago, bottle number 10,000 was purchased at Peck’s Market in Jeffersonville.  Read more

Susquehanna named Most Endangered River; commission responds

For the second year in a row, the most endangered river in the United States, accoriding to the conservation group American Rivers, is a victim of natural gas drilling and the environmental hazards associated with hydraulic fracturing, also known as “fracking.”  Read more

Sullivan college budget slashed; lawmakers suggest “change in leadership”

Over 80 supporters turned out to praise the college and ask lawmakers not to cut its budget.  Read more

Visitors Association annual tailgate party; Phish arrival anticipated

Dozens of tourist related businesses turned out to Sonoma Falls Cider Mill and Country Store in Livingston Manor on May 11, to exchange promotional literature in an annual event sponsored by the Sullivan County Visitors Association.  Read more

Kiamesha Lake man arrested for murder

The New York State Police at Liberty announced the arrest of Lars Ryder, age 22 of Fraser Road, Kiamesha Lake, NY, for Murder in the 2nd degree, as a result of the homicide of Elizabeth Mucci, 31 of Hankins, NY.  Read more

The town, the village and the Liberty cops

There was a general agreement that the village is facing dissolution at some point in the not too distant future. Richard Winters, mayor of the Village of Liberty, said, because Governor Andrew Cuomo is pushing for the consolidation of municipalities, and because the sour economy has pushed the village to the brink of insolvency, it seems that ultimately the village may cease to exist.  Read more

Fanslau: Another chance to vote for Roscoe

Sullivan County Manager David Fanslau is urging all Sullivan County residents and visitors to support the county's tourism and economy by voting in an online contest to have Roscoe, New York named as the Ultimate Fishing Town. The contest is sponsored by the World Fishing Network, and the first place prize is $25,000 for the community and a half-hour cable television show.

The final voting round began at 12:00 noon on May 10 and continues through May 31. The following link may be used to vote for Roscoe: http://www.wfnfishingtown.com/town/roscoe-ny  Read more

Shohola candidates’ night without supervisor Hoeper

It was like a birthday party where the birthday boy didn’t show up.  Read more

News briefs

Bemused intruder found in town hall

GLEN SPEY, NY — Officials in the Town of Lumberland found an intruder sleeping in the meeting room of the town hall when they opened it up at around 8 a.m. on Monday, May 9. They called the sheriff's patrol, which responded and took 31-year-old Joseph Zonca of Sussex, NJ into custody.  Read more

Clearing underway for TGP 300 Line

The owners of this property across from the Wayne County Fairgrounds on Route 191 will have a front-row view of the activities associated with expansion of Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s 300 Line Project. Last weekend, right-of-way clearing activities took place just adjacent to the home depicted here.

The line is being expanded to transport natural gas which is being extracted from the Marcellus Shale further west in Pennsylvania.

Steep reduction proposed in college funding

The board of Sullivan County Community College (SCCC) turned out to a special meeting of the county legislature to discuss how much money the county will give the college for the 2011-2012 fiscal year.  Read more

Cappelli gets a new Concord partner, old partner growls

The forlorn-looking footings out at the sight of the old Concord Hotel may yet be put to use if the latest plans by developer Louis Cappelli bear fruit.  Read more

Calkins Baptist Church organizes Alabama relief effort

“Where do you begin?” That’s the question that Josh Sheard and his wife, Lori, found themselves pondering as they learned of the devastation wrought by tornadoes and severe storms that ravaged Alabama in late April. “How can we just continue to go on with our everyday lives?” the couple wondered, in the wake of the deaths and destruction.  Read more

Richardson elected to chair UDC

Larry H. Richardson, who has represented the Town of Cochecton, NY on the Upper Delaware Council (UDC) for the past 22 years, was unanimously elected on May 5 as chairperson for the balance of 2011. A vacancy in the position was created on March 21, when the Damascus Township Board of Supervisors voted to remove Dolores A. Keesler as its representative to the UDC.  Read more