Perhaps the most interesting comment of the evening at a public hearing on the Liberty junkyard was that the original junkyard, which has been inactive for several years, might be contaminated with toxic material buried at the site. It’s unclear if town officials will require that the site be examined and determined to be free of toxic materials before allowing a new vehicle-recycling operation, which the neighbors are calling a junkyard, to open. Read more
Four staff members of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) put in an appearance at the Tusten Town meeting on July 16, which, given that there are only six field agents in the entire state of New York, represents a significant dedication of resources to the matter. Read more
At a recent meeting on the proposed update for the Town of Callicoon Comprehensive Plan, resident Alvin Shoop agreed with the plan committee that the survey regarding gas drilling taken in 2010 was vague and not a good way to measure support for hydraulic fracturing among town residents. Read more
UPPER DELAWARE VALLEY — It’s becoming fairly clear that local zoning laws are going to play a role in whether gas drilling is going to occur in any given town or village. Read more
In an editorial in its Tuesday, July 10 edition, The Wayne Independent criticized the Wayne County commissioners for withholding information from the county coroner as to the cause of death of former Texas supervisor Jack McDonald, who died last week. The editorial called the commissioners’ action hypocritical, saying it deliberately intended to withhold information from the public, which has a right to know. Read more
Sometime in the early morning hours of July 16, a vandal—or perhaps more than one—knocked out a number of the spindles attached to the railings of the gazebo in Veterans Park, and knoked over one of the stone benches. A New York State trooper was summoned to take a report of the damage. Read more
Family-friendly, free, fun and educational, the eighth annual Festival of Wood will be held on August 4 and 5 at Grey Towers National Historic Site in Milford, PA. The popular event offers a variety of activities that demonstrate the many ways wood is used and enjoyed in our everyday lives. Activities, exhibits and programs are intended to heighten awareness of the many uses of this natural resource and of how sustainably managed forests can provide wood today while ensuring forests for the future. Read more
The Eldred Central School District (ECS) board of education conducted its monthly meeting on July 12, during which it elected and swore in its slate of officers. From left, first row, is vice president Amador Laput and board member Carol Bliefernich. In the second row is president Douglas Reiser and board member James Burns. Absent from the photo was board member Linda Bohs. The board also approved a Concussion Management Policy to support the proper evaluation and management of head injuries. ECS recently rescheduled its monthly meetings to begin at 7 p.m.
NARROWSBURG, NY — Three things that characterize what makes the Upper Delaware River region so special—music, art and the environment—will be celebrated on Narrowsburg’s Main Street during the 22nd annual RiverFest, held this Sunday, July 22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., overlooking the Delaware River. Read more
MILANVILLE, PA - The Skinners Falls Bridge, which has been out of commission since April, is now back in service. The bridge was closed while repairs were undertaken, with a few days added to the closing at the end due to repair of the railroad crossing.
The Liberty Town Board is once again considering a law that would give the planning board the authority to sidestep a site plan review for some projects that now require it, and that would also mean that the planning board would have the authority to cancel public hearings. Read more
A motion by Town of Delaware representative Harold Roeder to declare the towns of Tusten and Lumberland non-conforming with respect to the River Management Plan (RMP) due to their natural gas drilling bans was voted down at the July 5 Upper Delaware Council (UDC) meeting. Read more
The Town of Tusten’s waterfront revitalization project, currently in the engineering study and design phase, is one of four included in a special Upper Delaware River Corridor Regional Collaboration, which also includes applications for the planned whitewater park in Port Jervis, a Pond Eddy access parking study for a new river access point and a project to purchase and improve a river access at Sparrowbush in Orange County. Read more
SPARROWBUSH & PORT JERVIS, NY — The rocky cliffs along the Delaware River near Sparrowbush are a popular place for kids to climb and jump, but a teenaged girl died after falling about 60 feet along a sloping rock surface and landing in the Delaware River at about 3 p.m. on July 5. Read more
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation announced with some fanfare in April that it was going to create smoke-free zones in some state parks, especially where large numbers of people congregate, such as pools and playgrounds. Read more
Almost everyone seemed to accept that since about 2007 when the eagles first built their nest on a tree in the Flats, the fireworks in Narrowsburg have been carried out in violation of a federal law, which could have carried a $200,000 fine. Read more