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REGION — The River Reporter’s editorial assistant Isabel Braverman and office dog Abby get the scoop on the best ice cream around. Summer in the Upper Delaware River Valley means river excursions, hiking, festivals, and of course, ice cream. To kick off Memorial Day weekend, go to page 22 for a list of ice cream places. To all of our readers, have a great summer!

Elementary students learn about crops

They’re probably not going to be farmers, but they’ll learn in school what is involved in growing a crop. In this instance, the school is the Stourbridge Primary Center and the crop is lettuce.  Read more

Strange days in Bethel; Lumberland development has an entrance in neighboring town

Jennifer Teitelbaum, who lives in The Chapin Estate, said, “From the very beginning three members of the board felt it was not in the Town of Bethel’s interest to meddle in the Town of Lumberland. We weren’t asking you to speak at their meetings, all we wanted was some information … Something strange is going on.”  Read more

A sign of the times in Narrowsburg

The proposed esplanade, which would run behind the stores on Main Street and above the Upper Delaware River, continues to stir emotions. A group of residents have complained loudly because the town is spending about $154,000 for a design for the project, with about half of the money coming from a state grant and the rest coming from the town. Town officials committed to spending the money more than three years ago in order to receive the grant.  Read more

Clean water, healthy communities

PIKE AND WAYNE COUNTIES — A regional group of organizations and agencies has combined efforts to offer a series of programs focused on the value of water resources in the Upper Delaware region. As a bonus, those who attend the programs will have the opportunity to win a free rain barrel donated by the Honesdale Agway.

The Conservation Partnership, comprised of more than 20 members, has compiled the programs in order to raise awareness of the importance of balancing economic development in Pike and Wayne counties while maintaining water quality.  Read more

Bullying - a major concern for schools; Wayne Highlands confronts bullying by encouraging good behavior

Whenever the subject of schools comes up today, bullying is apt to be of intense concern, especially for parents of young children who are the targets of some mean kids.  Read more

Feral hogs in Bethel

WHITE LAKE, NY — The wild boar or feral hog problem in New York State is not nearly as dire as it is in states like Texas and Florida, where the explosion in the number of dangerous swine and the people who hunt them has led to the birth of the reality TV show “American Hogger.” Still, the problem does exist in New York and, specifically, it exists in the Town of Bethel.  Read more

Release and recovery; Narrowsburg family honored

When Brad Marchesin and his grandson Todd Bianchi announced on March 18 that they were going out for a Sunday afternoon motorcycle ride, Grandma Donna had Todd change into long pants, a leather jacket and boots. Little did she know that both her husband and her grandson would be critically injured moments later on Route 652, just over the Narrowsburg bridge.  Read more

Supermarket on track for Apollo;developer looks to attract national chains

Developer Butch Resnick said that if things go as planned, the Apollo Plaza will stick with the name it already has once he has rehabilitated the forlorn-looking mall.  Read more

Date for Tusten Republican meeting set

NARROWSBURG, NY - The Town of Tusten Republicans will be meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5 in the town hall on Bridge Street.

A calendar has been created for the town website that includes the dates of this and other meetings and events related to the Town of Tusten. Visit and click on "2012 Calendar."

Gas migration under investigation in Bradford County

BRADFORD COUNTY, PA — Several private water wells, in addition to a wetland and two tributaries are the subject of an investigation currently underway in Bradford County.

The Department of Environmental Protection and Chesapeake Energy are continuing to investigate the source or sources of methane gas that has been detected in the headspace of three private wells in Leroy Township.  Read more

Honesdale hires zoning and building replacements

HONESDALE, PA — The Honesdale Borough Council announced the hiring of Neil Zielinski as a part-time zoning officer, and the Northeast Inspection Consultants, who will handle all necessary inspections of buildings. The positions were filled after the dismissal of Wayne Earley, who conducted both functions for the borough.  Read more

Residents oppose ‘mega-developments’

HURLEYVILLE, NY — Alarmed by the proposal of densely populated developments affecting the Towns of Thompson and Fallsburg, concerned neighbors have formed a coalition. An organizational strategy meeting for area neighbors opposed to the proposed GanEden/Kelli Woods development, which a press release from the coalition terms a “mega-development,” has been scheduled for Wednesday, May 30 at 7 p.m. at the Hurleyville Firehouse.  Read more

Farm viability grants available

NEW YORK STATE — The New York Farm Viability Institute (NYFVI) is accepting proposals for grant funding for projects that assist New York farmers in improving profitability. Funding will be awarded to projects that help farmers improve profitability, offer models for other farms to follow, and meet farmer-prioritized needs and opportunities within New York State.  Read more

Rosenberger is Woman of Distinction

ALBANY, NY — Senator John Bonacic (R/C/I- Mt. Hope), left, last week honored Joanne Rosenberger of the Town of Delaware at the New York State Senate’s 15th annual Women of Distinction Celebration. Rosenberger has served as a Girl Scout leader for the past 20 years, and currently runs three troops to ensure all children who wish to participate have a place to do so.  Read more

Pike training center opens; other counties may use the facility

The $11 million Pike County Training Facility opened on the weekend of May 19 with a fanfare of county and state officials in evidence at the ceremony. The center is near the Pike County Correctional Facility on Route 739, off Interstate 84.  Read more

‘Your Three Words’ hits Central Park; popular ABC-TV program goes local

A steady stream of middle and senior high students descended on Central Park after school on May 18 to participate in a popular ABC-TV segment called “Your Three Words.”  Read more

Wetland worries: Riverkeeper raises concerns

PIKE COUNTY, PA — After visiting Pike County wetlands in Milford Township slated for restoration related to the Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s (TGP) 300 Line Project, the Delaware Riverkeeper Network (DRN) has charged associated regulatory agencies with negligence in protecting amphibian life.  Read more

State of Sullivan County; Great Recession looms large

Sullivan County chairman Scott Samuelson, near the top of his remarks, pointed squarely at the elephant in the room. He said, “It is impossible to start any dialogue about the state of Sullivan County without first addressing the continuing impacts of the global economic crises and the trickle-down effect it is having on all of us.” Still, he said, we must soldier on and work “toward economic recovery and sustainable growth.”  Read more

Beautification pots stolen from Veterans Park

The glazed ceramic pots were large, and had been planted with pansies for the past month. But on the evening of May 20, or early the next morning, someone stole the pots, flowers, dirt and all, and left a feeling of disappointment with the Narrowsburg Beautification Group, a group of volunteers of many ages who have planted trees, shrubs, perennials and flowers in Narrowsburg since 2001, with funding from grants through Sullivan Renaissance.  Read more

Fire at auto shop in Fosterdale

Six fire companies responded to a very smoky fire at Joe’s Auto Service Center on Route 17B.  Read more