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GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — Operations to halt the turbid flow below New York City’s Cannonsville Dam are proceeding faster than originally envisioned, according to Adam Bosch, director of public affairs at the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP). As of Monday, engineers working on the project believed that it might only take three or four relief wells to halt the turbid flow, instead of the eight originally projected, meaning that stage one of the repair plan could be complete as early as sometime this week.

Nationwide insurance: no fracking way

NATION — National Casualty (Insurance) Company, part of the Nationwide group of insurance companies, has announced that hydraulic fracturing operations are prohibited in relation to properties it insures.  Read more

Tusten goes for the gold

The Town of Tusten’s waterfront revitalization project, currently in the engineering study and design phase, is one of four included in a special Upper Delaware River Corridor Regional Collaboration, which also includes applications for the planned whitewater park in Port Jervis, a Pond Eddy access parking study for a new river access point and a project to purchase and improve a river access at Sparrowbush in Orange County.  Read more

River claims two lives

SPARROWBUSH & PORT JERVIS, NY — The rocky cliffs along the Delaware River near Sparrowbush are a popular place for kids to climb and jump, but a teenaged girl died after falling about 60 feet along a sloping rock surface and landing in the Delaware River at about 3 p.m. on July 5.  Read more

Smoking in state parks ok for now

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation announced with some fanfare in April that it was going to create smoke-free zones in some state parks, especially where large numbers of people congregate, such as pools and playgrounds.  Read more

Board shoots the messenger; fireworks ‘fiasco’ blamed on newspaper

Almost everyone seemed to accept that since about 2007 when the eagles first built their nest on a tree in the Flats, the fireworks in Narrowsburg have been carried out in violation of a federal law, which could have carried a $200,000 fine.  Read more

Multiple DUI offender sentenced; amputee and grandson still recovering

Fifty-year-old Ida Campfield of Lake Huntington, NY was sentenced to six to 15 years in prison for a drunk driving offence. Wayne County Judge Raymond Hamill handed down the sentence on July 5 on two felony charges of aggravated assault by a vehicle while driving under the influence (DUI).  Read more

He’s a winner!

Joe Giordano of Hawley, PA shows off his smile and the two tickets he won from The River Reporter. By buying a subscription to the paper, he won free tickets to the Doo Wap Shop Extravaganza at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on July 14.  Read more

Crime spree halted with gang arrests

Six men aged 16 to 19 have been arrested for taking part in a crime spree that hit Sullivan County in recent months. Sullivan County Sheriff Mike Schiff said that five of the men belonged to a gang called 2 Live Crew and had the name tattooed on their bodies. Schiff said that one suspect did not have the name tattooed on his body because he was not yet officially a member but was instead a “prospect who was trying out for full gang membership.”  Read more

Shed donated to flats

The baseball league that uses the ball field in the Flats has been looking for a shed for a few years in which to house equipment and from which to sell concessions, and on July 5, they got their wish. Kevin Freda, the owner of K&D construction, and his son Kyle formally donated a shed they built to the Town of Tusten.  Read more

Highland adopts Local Law 3; fourth Sullivan County town to ban gas drilling

The Town of Highland Town Board voted unanimously in favor of adopting Local Law 3 at its monthly meeting on July 10, which effectively bans gas drilling and other heavy industrial activity in the town. With that move, the Town of Highland became the fourth Sullivan County town to adopt similar zoning, creating an expanding block of bordering towns including Tusten, Lumberland and Bethel.  Read more

DRBC meeting to address TGP water withdrawals from Delaware and Lackawaxen rivers

The Delaware River Basin Commission will hold an informal conference followed by a public hearing on Wednesday, July 11. The hearing will be part of the Commission's regularly scheduled business meeting. Both are open to the public and will be held at 25 State Police Drive, West Trenton, NJ. The conference session will begin at 11 a.m. Subjects of the public hearing to be held during the 1:30 p.m. business meeting include draft dockets for the following project.  Read more

Fireworks display under discussion: alternatives being explored

The American ideal of community dialogue is helping to resolve an ongoing Independence Day dilemma over the co-existence of our national bird and Narrowsburg’s annual July 4th fireworks display.  Read more

PASA adopts policy statement on natural gas extraction

The Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) recently adopted a policy statement on unconventional natural gas extraction after considering comments from the organization’s members and supporters.  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

Pike commissioners seek help from DC law firm; Commissioners say an EIS is needed

The Pike County Commissioners aren’t giving up. They’ve enlisted a high-powered law firm from Washington, DC. whose principal focus is dealing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).  Read more

Drowning reported in Wayne County

REFLECTION LAKES, PA — The Pennsylvania State Police have reported a drowning in Reflection Lakes in Manchester Township. Hubert Iturres Jr., 22, of E. Elmhurst, NY, was at the lake with friends at 3 a.m.  Read more

County to address teen alcohol and drug issues

Sullivan County Legislator Cora Edwards, Chair of the Public Safety and Law Enforcement Committee, will hold a discussion of a proposed “Social Host” local law at the next meeting of the committee.  Read more

Truthland plays Beach Lake; 100 turn out for the anti-Gasland movie

The power of director Josh Fax’s movie Gasland is apparent in the publicity materials for its pro-drilling counter-part Truthland. That film, which had a screening at the Beach Lake Fire House on June 19, according to the movie’s website, owes its very existence to Gasland, and the questions it raised in the mind of would-be lease-holders everywhere.  Read more

Looking for a safe July 4 week

In anticipation of the safe July 4 week, the National Park Service (NPS) has posted Pennsylvania and New York river access signs with bi-lingual messages that warn swimmers and boaters of the Upper Delaware’s strong current, sudden drop-offs and hidden obstacles. These signs are part of a water safety campaign to encourage river users to wear lifejackets.  Read more

Traditional foods for better health

Two regional organizations that focus on promoting healthier diets while building community have organized a series of workshops to provide opportunities to learn more about traditional foods. The latest session focused on raw milk and the health benefits of cultured dairy such as yogurt, kefir and butter.  Read more