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July 28, 2014
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NARROWSBURG, NY — Music, art, and the environment take center stage at Riverfest on July 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Main Street in Narrowsburg, overlooking the Upper Delaware River.
At 12:30 p.m., festival-goers will have an opportunity to bid live on about five dozen original works of art created especially for the occasion at the Riverfest poster auction. The posters can be previewed at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) gallery on Main Street and online at www.artsalliancesite.org.
For more information on Riverfest, turn to page 20.

New federal sign law creates frenzy

he reaction from Damascus Township officials reflects what’s happening in towns nationwide over federal regulations setting new standards for reflective signs along streets and roads. Like a lot of federal and even state mandates, they are largely unfunded.  Read more

In brief

Surprise upset at Riverdogs on Parade

NARROWSBURG, NY — In a surprise upset at the Riverfest River Dogs on Parade, Rupert the cat took home the “Most Unique” prize. Presented by Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, Riverfest celebrated its 21st annual event this year on Narrowsburg’s Main Street.  Read more

Forestburgh parcel approved for ag district

Sullivan County lawmakers voted on July 21 to extend Agricultural District Four to include a 4.5-acre parcel owned by philanthropist and orchid maven Stuart Salenger. The acceptance into the district makes it more difficult for local officials to adopt zoning changes that would prevent Salenger from using the property for agricultural uses.  Read more

For the Forest’ coming to Upper Delaware

A unique event celebrating forests with a “harmonic convergence of natural and composed sound” has been slated for September 17 in the Town of Tusten.  Read more

Energy audits touted at town meetings

A statewide initiative to promote energy efficiency, cut energy consumption and costs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create green jobs is currently being promoted in Sullivan County.  Read more

Boy Scout beautifies Highland Lake’s new fire house

Troop 102 Boy Scout Peter Vorstadt, a sophomore at Eldred High School, recently completed his Eagle Scout project at the new Highland Lake Fire House at 144 Highland Lake Road. The effort put into the beautification and landscaping of the area surrounding the new firehouse was lauded as an outstanding accomplishment and has caught the community’s attention.  Read more

Guinness World Record™ set at Camp Simcha

It took more than a quarter of a mile of gold ribbon, but the girls of Camp Simcha, an area camp for children and teens with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses, created the longest awareness ribbon for children’s cancer and broke an existing Guinness World Record ™ on July 18.  Read more

Marino: Cut, Cap, and Balance Act Is What Americans Want

WASHINGTON (July 19, 2011) -- U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, PA-10, voted in favor of The Cut, Cap, and Balance Act Tuesday night and said he holds out hope that Senate Democrats will “do what the American people want.”  Read more

Hinchey Statement on Looming Default Crisis

Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) today released the following statement regarding the need to raise the debt ceiling in order to prevent the United States from defaulting on its obligations for the first time in American history.  Read more

News in brief

Arts grants awarded

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Eleven local cultural organizations received $11,375 in Sullivan County Arts & Heritage Grants for cultural programming in 2011. The grants are allocated to nonprofit organizations by the Sullivan County Legislators and administered by the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA).  Read more

Tie on Tusten bookkeeper vote

A tie has been declared in the public vote on whether the Tusten supervisor should maintain the sole authority to appoint the bookkeeper, or that authority should shift to the full town board.  Read more

Golf and rafting to celebrate David Curreri’s memory

A new tradition will be born this summer when David Curreri’s family and friends join together with strangers to set forth on what will become an annual rafting trip down the Delaware River on August 6. David was a lifelong resident of Narrowsburg who died in an ATV accident last year. He was 27 years old.  Read more

Gas at a glance

July 21 webinar to focus on natural gas pipelines
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Park service concerned over Holbert Quarry expansion

The supervisors of Lackawaxen Township approved the proposed expansion of the Holbert Brothers Bluestone Quarry at a meeting on July 20, but before doing so, township solicitor Tony Waldron read a list of 10 conditions that he recommended by attached to the approval, and the supervisors agreed to the conditions.  Read more

Lumberland sets info session on zoning rewrite

During its meeting on July 13, the town board of Lumberland took the next step in finalizing the rewrite of its existing zoning law by scheduling a public informational meeting on July 28 at 7 p.m. in the town hall in Glen Spey.  Read more

The Grammy Museum at Bethel Woods

It’s an exhibit called, in part, Strange, Kozmic Experience. Devotees of the music of what was then called the counter-culture in the 1960s will associate those words with Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix.

They were three superstar performers who all died within a few months of each other, and were all 27 years old at the time.  Read more

Sullivan County ethics code considered

Three of the five members of the Sullivan County Board of Ethics have sent letters of resignation to county manager David Fanslau within the past couple of weeks.  Read more

Crematorium appeal dismissed, neighbors take objections to Pike’s county court

The Milford Township Zoning Hearing Board dismissed an appeal by the neighbors of a proposed crematorium to stop the project.  Read more

Kang’s intentions discussed, future of two buildings at stake

Looking at a serious budget crunch for next year, members of the board would very much like to sell the two extra school buildings the district owns. But the missed deadline on the closing of the purchase of the sports field in Narrowsburg has thrown the $3 million sale of the buildings into doubt.  Read more