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It’s not unusual to see large numbers of people floating down the Upper Delaware River on a summer’s day, but some in the group that were floating through Skinner’s Falls on August 14 were clearly distressed.

Holbert defends bluestone quarry, lawyer ups the ante

“None of my detractors have ever been harmed in any way by me or my business; two of my biggest detractors are trying to sell their over-priced riverfront homes.” That was from Wayne Holbert who spoke at a meeting of the Upper Delaware Council (UDC) on August 4, about the Holbert Bluestone Quarry in Lackawaxen, PA.  Read more

News in brief

Shots fired outside Monticello housing complex
MONTICELLO, NY — Monticello police are investigating a shots-fired incident that occurred at approximately 9:40 p.m. on Tuesday, August 2 at the Evergreen Drive housing complex in the village of Monticello. A 2005 Dodge caravan being operated by a 28-year-old Monticello woman was struck twice by gunfire as she was driving out of the complex. Also in the vehicle were the woman’s four children (two sets of twins ages two and eight).  Read more

Another referendum on Tusten bookkeeper coming; temporary position is created

An audio recording of the meeting of the town board on August 8 reveals a heated exchange of words and accusations that eventually led to the board voting in favor of another referendum of the bookkeeper position.  Read more

Voices from the Narrowsburg Food Pantry

The food pantry had only been open for 15 minutes on July 28, when there was a line out the door. Adults waited with their children to receive rationed food from the ecumenical food pantry in Narrowsburg.  Read more

Lumberland learns more about zoning rewrite

The Town of Lumberland recently conducted an informational meeting to answer questions on the proposed rewrite of its existing zoning law, a process prompted by the earlier update of the town’s Comprehensive Plan and performed by the Zoning Rewrite Committee over the past two years.  Read more

Callicoon takes the Golden Feather

The top award of the night went to the Callicoon Business Association for the project they pursued. The project included the installation of window boxes, planters and historic panels at the Callicoon Train Station, enhancement of the entrance to Callicoon with freshly painted murals and flowers, and the installation of a new nature and fitness trail at the Delaware Valley Youth Center. The group received the Golden Feather Award, which is worth $25,000.  Read more

Hawk’s Nest project plows along

Work is underway at the Hawk’s Nest area of Route 97, where drainage improvements and other masonry repairs, including restoration of mortar-laid stone along the cliff’s edge, is being completed by RVS Construction Corporation of Astoria.  Read more

Groups file lawsuit against DRBC, Damascus Citizens files separately

Three groups have filed a lawsuit against the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over the issue of hydraulic fracturing. The groups are the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) the Delaware RiverKeeper Network and the Columbia Environmental Law Clinic.  Read more

Police chase ends in crash in Ellenville

On August 5, 2011, State Police in Wurtsboro attempted to pull over a vehicle in the Village of Wurtsboro for a Vehicle and Traffic Violation. The operator, Joseph Boraski, a 34 year old Port Chester resident, refused to pull over and led troopers in a pursuit that terminated in Ellenville when he struck a utility pole.  Read more

Delaware claims fifth drowning victim

SKINNERS FALLS, NY — The third person to drown in the Upper Delaware River in just over a week, and the fifth so far this season, was recovered by divers just before dusk on August 4.

Search and rescue crews located the body of 19-year-old Najee Powell from Ridgefield Park, NJ below the Skinners Falls Rapids where the young man had been swimming with a group of 11 friends between the ages of 17 and 21.

According to National Park Service Chief Ranger Joe Hinkes,the group attempted to swim across the river from the New York side. None were wearing lifejackets.  Read more

Info sought on puppies dumped near Walmart

HONESDALE, PA — Humane Society police officer Marlene Metzger, along with Pennsylvania dog warden, James Rickert are seeking information regarding the abandonment of eight small, mixed breed puppies. The pups were left in a cardboard box and dumped off in a parking lot at the intersection of Route 6 and the road up to Walmart.

A passerby found the box of pups on August 2 at approximately 7:30 am. The person contacted Dessin Animal Shelter and brought the pups in.  Read more

EPA proposes fracking air pollution rules

WASHINGTON, DC — Critics have long claimed that gas drilling using high-volume hydraulic fracturing (fracking) not only poses a danger to water, it also is a threat to the air.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is prevented from regulating the water aspects of fracking because of a clause in the 2005 Energy Policy Act, but the agency is now taking steps that will impose federal regulations on fracking and drilling as the two activities relate to possible air pollution.  Read more

Wurtsboro Troopers arrest Monticello women following domestic incident

Wurtsboro Troopers arrested a Monticello woman following domestic incident. Linda Curless, a 39 year old resident of Monticello, was charged with Criminal Mischief 4th degree on July 30. Investigation revealed that Curless did damage a 1989 GMC truck during the domestic incident. Curless was transported to the Barracks in Wurtsboro, NY and processed. Curless was issued an appearance ticket to return to the Town of Thompson on August 8, 2011.

Donations grow for Federation for the Homeless

The soup kitchen in Monticello, formally known as the Sullivan County Federation for the Homeless, probably won’t have to close its doors. At the beginning of July, Steve White, the director of the facility, announced that the organization would not receive the $120,000 it receives each year from the NYS Department of Health and, therefore, would be forced to shut down.  Read more

Court rules in favor of peace rally; Town of Blooming Grove must pay

A federal appeals court ruled on July 28 that the Town of Blooming Grove in Orange County must pay $200 to a resident and $42,000 to her lawyer for the way it handled an application to hold a peace rally in the fall of 2006.  Read more

Mansion to be restored to former grandeur; wellness center for private and public users

After years of neglect and nearly 20 years with no occupant, the grand old mansion on Noble Road built by Mrs. Hortense Miller, a renowned Wayne County benefactor, will be renovated and opened as a wellness center and bed and breakfast.  Read more

Pike County Library has powerful friends

The Friends of the Pike County Public Library, Mary Quilici, left, Joan Gerland, library director Ellen Schaffner, Gayle Schuster and Pat Cochran, are committed to raising several thousand dollars to complete the funding necessary to construct and open a new library that will be built in Milford. The money they raise will provide necessary equipment like tables, chairs and other items.  Read more

Pipeline crossing underway on Lackawaxen River

The Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company (TGP), a subsidiary of El Paso Corporation, has begun preparations to construct and maintain water obstructions and encroachments associated with the Pike County portion of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline 300 Project, Loop 323. Depicted above is the work underway at the location where a 30-inch diameter steel natural gas transmission line will cross the Lackawaxen River in Lackawaxen Township.  Read more

Pike County Humane Society may close; hard times affect animals, too

Barry Heim, director of the Pike County Humane Society, says the needs of the animal rescue society are extreme. “We need a steady stream of funding if we are to survive in this bad economy,” Heim said at the meeting of the Shohola Township board on July 14.  Read more