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NARROWSBURG, NY — Celebrate the diverse artistic talents of the area at Riverfest, Narrowsburg’s 26th annual music, art, and environmental festival on Sunday, July 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Railroad cars damaged

On July 23, The Honesdale Lackawaxen Shipping Association reported to the Honesdale Borough Police that a railroad car sustained damage sometime within the past few weeks. Upon inspection it appeared as though one or more unknown actors attempted to forcibly open two of the rail car doors causing minor damage. Anyone with information is urged to contact the police department at 570/253-1900.

Brooklyn man drowns in Delaware River Scenic Byway visitors center

BUSHKILL, PA — Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Superintendent John J. Donahue announced that a 51-year-old Brooklyn man drowned in the Delaware River on July 20 near Kittatinny Point on the New Jersey side of the park. This is the second drowning in the Delaware River within the recreation area in 12 days.  Read more

Special Delaware meeting planned

HORTONVILLE, NY — A special meeting has been scheduled for the Town of Delaware for Wednesday, July 31 at 7 p.m. at the town hall. The board will be considering proposed zoning changes. The change that has received the most attention at recent meetings concerns changing the zoning for parcels in the River Corridor, which would expand the number of special uses that might be created on those parcels.

Callicoon Democratic caucus attracts record crowd

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — An overflow crowd of 110 registered Democrats attended the Town of Callicoon caucus on July 21 in the Jeffersonville town hall, and enthusiastically endorsed Nancy Lee for supervisor, and Ken Hilton and Van Morrow for town council. Republican Kris Scullion, the incumbent highway superintendent, was cross-endorsed by the Democrats.  Read more

Results of Cochecton Democratic caucus

The Cochecton Democratic Caucus was held on July 18 at the town hall. Hollye Schulman, the incumbent town clerk, was nominated to run again for the position. Eileen Hennessy, the incumbent tax collector, was nominated again; Steven Sauer and Craig Fine, both incumbent judges, were also re-nominated. Dr. Paul Salzberg and Joan Glase were nominated to run for seats on the town board.  Read more

Environmental groups on gas leases; Did groups prevent drilling in the Upper Delaware Valley?

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — Now that Newfield Appalachia PA LLC and Hess Corporation have pulled out of their gas leases in Wayne County, it seems unlikely that there will be gas drilling in the county—or for that matter in the Upper Delaware River Valley—at any time in the near future.  Read more

UDC offers support for DRBC

The Upper Delaware Council should be supporting its friends, Tusten’s representative told the UDC last Thursday.  Read more

Highland’s home rule battle continues

Town of Highland officials on July 9 renewed efforts to keep decisions about local land use in the hands of local residents. The town board approved a resolution to join in a “friends of the court” (amicus curiae) action in support of two upstate towns where proponents of natural gas drilling have challenged local zoning ordinances that ban it.  Read more

Cornell Cooperative kicks off centennial; New scholarship for agricultural students announced

Staff and supporters of the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Sullivan County (CCE) gathered at the facility’s building in Liberty on July 12 to kick off the celebration of 100 years of service to the agricultural and wider community in the county.  Read more

Tusten backs Narrowsburg School project; Votes against DRBC issue

The Tusten Town Board voted three to two to support the Solution Project and their attempt to purchase the mothballed Narrowsburg School building, and turn it into a food innovation center. Andrea Reynosa, who is spearheading the project, said it will be an education and innovation center in a partnership with SUNY Sullivan.  Read more

Hawley assesses storm damage

Borough officials are calculating costs incurred during torrential rain in late June that damaged streets, businesses and residences. The storm dumped about four inches of rain there, overwhelming storm drains and catch basins. A state of emergency was declared, and the council hopes to receive financial assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  Read more

PA groups to Baker: support the moratorium; Keep ‘Independence from Fracking’

A week after July Fourth celebrations, Pennsylvanians rallied for independence from fracking across the state on July 11, in events organized by Food and Water Watch.  Read more

Landlines going the way of the dodo?

Politicians and emergency workers gathered at the Sullivan County 911 Center on July 10 to sound the alarm about Voice Link, a wireless product being offered to some customers of Verizon. Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther led the charge against Voice Link, and pointed out that it does not work with fax machines, credit card processing devices, medical alert systems and high speed Internet service.  Read more

Health and safety first in Honesdale

One-way or two-way traffic? That is the question. Begun three years ago, the current one-way traffic pattern on Main and Church Streets in Honesdale has split residents and visitors alike into two unbending camps. Each is convinced that nothing less than the safety and prosperity of the borough is at stake. A perennial topic at Honesdale Borough Council meetings, it re-surfaced at the July 8 meeting of the council, this time in connection with safety concerns centered on the 89 reported vehicular accidents on Main and Church streets during the last three years.  Read more

Pike Senior Centers open extra hours through heat emergency

All senior centers in Pike County, which are air-conditioned, are open as follows:  Read more

Scenic Byway visitors center dead

The visitors center, which initially was planned to be installed at the Cochecton Train Station, and was later planned to be installed at the Fort Delaware property, is now apparently dead. In an email to the Upper Delaware Council, Scott Samuelson, chairman of the Sullivan County Legislature, wrote, “It appears that there are just too many questions regarding the stakeholders, funding, ongoing commitment, etc. to continue the quest for the visitors center at Fort Delaware at this time.  Read more

Monticello residents arrested for heroin

Monticello police arrested Stacey Cruz, 25, and Jamil Fasenntao, 27, both of Monticello on July 13. They were charged with drug possession related charges.  Read more

Hess, Newfield pull out of Wayne leases

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — For the past week or more, residents in Wayne County have been receiving letters that begin this way: “Newfield Appalacha PA LLC writes to you on behalf of itself and Hess Corporation with respect to the above referenced lease, Newfield and Hess have elected to release your lease, thus your lease will not be continued to the development phase.”  Read more

River zoning changes debated

Proposed zoning changes to parcels in the river corridor were discussed at the Delaware Town Board meeting on July 10, with some disagreement regarding the regulations that will govern the parcels. Gerald Euker, chairman of the planning board, said the changes were proposed because some of the parcels in the corridor were split between two districts: the Delaware River District (DR) and the Rural District (RU). Several of them are to be rezoned so that they will now exist entirely in the RU.  Read more

Public art for Liberty?

The 14-foot-tall statue called Ed was temporarily installed in front of the Stray Cat Gallery on Route 17B in Bethel. Now, supporters of sculptor Zac Shavrick would like to have the sculpture displayed for a time at a prominent location on Main Street in the Town of Liberty.  Read more