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“Sarah Hale portrait” painted by James Reid Lambdin (1807-1889) — Richard’s Free Library, Newport, NH

REGION — Most Americans know that the first Thanksgiving was celebrated by the Pilgrims in the fall of 1621, with a feast that was shared with many members of the Wampanoag Tribe of Native Americans. What’s not as well known is that it did not become a national holiday celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November until many years later.

Honesdale woman found dead in car in pond

Divers found the body of Jessica Daniels, 31, of Honesdale in her car in a pond along State Road 296. According to the Pennsylvania Highway Patrol, sometime early in the morning of Sunday, October 28, Daniels drove her 2009 Honda Civic along South Smith Road through a stop sign. She travelled through the intersection, up an embankment and into the pond.

Her body was discovered by divers at about 9:30 a.m. on Sunday morning, and the Wayne County coroner pronounced her dead at the scene.  Read more

Robert Redford fracking ads hit the airwaves

Academy Award winning director and actor Robert Redford hopes that more people will turn more of their attention to one of the most contentious environmental issues of our time – hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Fracking is the process of injecting millions of gallons of chemically laced fluids into underground rock formations to release natural gas or oil. This summer he taped a series of ads on the issue.  Read more

Gibson’s lead over Schreibman cut

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 19, NY — Republican Representative Chris Gibson’s large 16-point lead in September, 52% to 36%, has now become a narrow five-point lead, 48% to 43%, over Democratic challenger, Julian Schreibman, according to a new Siena College Research Institute poll of likely voters released on October  Read more

Monticello man arrested on rape charge

A Monticello man has been arrested on rape charges. Michael Burnett, 31, was arrested on October 26 after the alleged victim alerted police about the incident. According to a press release, the victim had recently become acquainted with Burnett, and asked him for a ride to residence on Liberty Street. Burnett allegedly drove into a parking lot where he choked the victim before allegedly assaulting her.  Read more

Sierra Club sues NPS approval over powerline 10 organizations throw case into court

PENNSYLVANIA & NEW JERSEY — The New Jersey Sierra Club joined several local environmental and citizen groups and filed a challenge in federal court of the National Park Service’s (NPS) approval of the Susquehanna-Roseland Transmission line.
The two companies that are constructing the line are PPL Corporation (PPL) in Pennsylvania and Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSEG) in New Jersey.  Read more

It’s the weather … It’s the climate

REGION — Scientists have been predicting for years that as our world heats up, we can expect more intense weather phenomena more frequently. So can we blame climate change for Hurricane Sandy?  Read more

Gunther versus Linton in Sullivan

ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 100, NY — Go to Gary Linton’s website and click on the “About Gary” link, and the first sentence to appear is, “Born and raised as a registered Republican in Warwick, New York, I graduated from Orange County Community College with an AAS Degree in Social Science.”  Read more

Help for a helper: weathering Hurricane Sandy with the support of friends, family and strangers

When she’s not providing care for the three rescued poodles who live with Jennifer Maurizzio and her husband, Joe, one can often track Jennifer down at the Narrowsburg Ecumenical Food Pantry where she helps others in her role as president. But following Hurricane Sandy’s visit to the region, the couple found themselves receiving help after a massive white pine tree nearly cleaved their home in half.  Read more

Hurricane Sandy slices through the region

REGION — The remnants of Hurricane Sandy blew through the Upper Delaware Valley on October 29 and 30, snapping trees, downing power lines and wreaking havoc with winds that gusted over 60 miles per hour. By the morning of October 30 in Sullivan County, NY, 24,300 NYSEG customers were without power. In Wayne County, PA, PPL reported that 20,078 were out, and in Pike County, PA, the number was 13,705.  Read more

Mort Malkin walks his talk

UPPER DELAWARE REGION — With the general election looming, Milanville, PA resident Mort Malkin has taken to the streets to draw attention to the fact that voters have more than two candidates to choose from when casting their vote for the nation’s next president on November 6.  Read more

Minisink compressor fight continues; earth-moving machines in action

TOWN OF MINISINK, NY — Neighborhood children lined up in front of a prosperous-looking home on a street with acres of manicured lawn and echoed the chants of their parents. “Who are we?” the young girl shouted. “Minisink,” her friends responded. “What do we want?” “Justice.”  Read more

Victory over weight problem; local couple sheds 260 pounds

The decision that Matthew Brown would have to undergo bariatric surgery to deal with his weight problem had been made. At about 500 pounds, it was decided this was necessary for his health.
But first he and his wife, Donna Reid Brown, decided to go on a anniversary vacation to the British Virgin Islands.  Read more

Town of Lumberland Town Board candidates talk

Two candidates—David Leamon and Martha Tully—will vie for one seat on the Lumberland Town Board. The River Reporter posed the same questions to the candidates. Learn their positions in the interviews presented here.  Read more

Sullivan travel restrictions lifted

Sullivan County Manager David Fanslau issued the following statement: "Sullivan County remains under a State of Emergency, with several County Roads closed and others minimally passable. The travel restictions that were issued Monday night are hereby rescinded. However, a Travel Advisory is issued to the public that many roads continue to be closed or are minimally passable. Town and Village Roads throughout the County may also be closed. The public must obey all baricades and closed roads. Do not drive around baricaes or travel on a road that is posted as closed. Dangerous and hazardous conditions remain on many roads, with wires and trees down. The traveling publis should use caution when traveling throughout the County.  Read more

PPL Electric Utilities Tackling Hurricane Outages Affecting More Than 400,000 Customers

As the remnants of Hurricane Sandy move away today and winds subside, PPL Electric Utilities is working in full force, assessing damage from the devastating storm and making repairs at hundreds of locations across its service territory.  Read more

NYSEG Dry Ice & Bottled Water Distribution

UPDATED 10/31/2012 9:45 AM

NYSEG Customers can obtain dry ice and bottled water at the following locations (first come-first serve):

Big Indian, Oliverea Fire Department
8 Firehouse Road
Available after 5 p.m.

NYSEG Service Center
1 Electric Parkway, Horseheads
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Wednesday, October 31 ONLY

Liberty Police Department
159 North Main Street
Rear of building, Noon to 7 p.m.

Lebanon Valley Fire Station
523 Route 20  Read more

PPL Ice and Water Locations

PPL is providing customers with water and ice. You may receive up to three (3) 10-pound bags of ice and three (3) gallons of water daily. Just identify yourself as a PPL Electric Utilities customer at the time of purchase.

A full updated list with all locations beyond Wayne and Pike counties can be found here: http://rvrptr.ws/Ru666P


Joe's Kwik Mart
Route 345 & 307
Gouldsboro, PA 18414

Joe's Kwik Mart
Route 590
Hamlin, PA 18427

Weis Market
Village Shopping Center
Route 590
Hamlin, PA 18427

Weis Market
Route 6 Plaza  Read more

Sullivan County roads closed

From Sullivan County Manage David Fanslau:

Sullivan County travel restrictions that were issued at 9:00 PM Monday night remain in place. There are numerous roads that are blocked with fallen trees and wires, and public works crews will be addressing road closures throughout the day. In many cases, public work crews will need to work jointly with utilities crews to ensure power is off to wires down with trees.

About 30,000 locations throughout Sullivan County remain without power. Prolonged power outages will last several days.  Read more

Closed roads and travel advisory in Wayne and Pike counties

**I-84 East Rest Area - Site 61, Promised Land, Pike County, closed until further notice

**I-84 West Rest Area - Site 62, Promised Land, Pike County, closed until further notice

**I-84 West Rest Area - Site K, Matamoras, Pike County, closed until further notice

**SR 209 is closed in both directions between Federal Road and the end of SR 209 in Milford due to downed utilities. Anticipated reopening, Tuesday, 12 p.m.  Read more

American Red Cross Shelters

Here are the available American Red Cross shelters in our area:

Monroe County
East Strousburg High School South
279 N Courtland St
East Stroudsburg, PA 18301

Orange County
Grace Community Church
2839 Route 94
Washingtonville, NY 10992

Newburgh Armory Unity Center
321 S. William Street
Newburgh, NY 12550

Port Jervis High School
10 Route 209
Port Jervis, NY 12771

Washingtonville High School
54 West Main Street
Washingtonville, NY 10992

Sullivan County
SUNY Sullivan - Field House
112 College Road
Loch Sheldrake, NY 12759