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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
For more information on Riverfest, turn to page 20.

Lumberland duo recognized for high-risk rescue

For 15 years, they’ve been at it as a team, dealing with natural disasters, putting out fires and rescuing victims on land and water. But an especially heroic rescue has garnered two fearless Town of Lumberland firefighters some well-deserved recognition.  Read more

Federal, state, local cops target sex offenders

Sex offenders in New York State and in most states are required to register with authorities wherever they live and whenever they move. But sometimes, they move without informing anyone, and that prevents law officials from knowing where they live.  Read more

Students round up river trash

Area students earned eight community service hours for participating in the third annual river cleanup sponsored by the National Park Service on June 11.  Read more

Who’s in those NPS kiosks?

The National Park Service has hired 16 seasonal employees this summer at the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River to aid in implementing the importance of park safety.  Read more

Residents want road blocked

Back in November 2009, the Hawley Borough Council agreed to close a portion of Wellwood Avenue that ran in front of the Hawley Silk Mill building when Lackawanna College was considering opening up operations in the large renovated building.  Read more

Monticello steps and sounds

After spending countless hours throughout the school year preparing their pieces, students from Monticello Central School’s (MCS) music department showcased their talents at “Steps and Sounds of Different Cultures” on the evening on June 13, at the Eugene D. Nesin Theatre in Monticello.  Read more

Gunther and Cellini attend rally against "war on workers"

Workers from across Sullivan County and the Hudson Valley took part in a Flag Day rally for American workers in Monticello, New York.  Read more

OSI acquires Rail Trail along historic O&W Railroad bed in Mamakating

MAMAKATING, NY — The Open Space Institute (OSI) has announced the acquisition of three miles of rail trail along the old O&W rail bed in the Sullivan County town of Mamakating.

The Open Space Conservancy, a land affiliate of OSI, acquired the trail, which runs north from Sullivan Street in the village of Wurtsboro to Route 209 and the D&H Canal Linear Park. Hikers, walkers, bikers and other recreation users will be able to use a nearly 8-mile-long loop.  Read more

High speed chase and crash, second time around

On Monday June 6, 2011, at about 9:30 PM, a deputy with the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office was on patrol, en route to his post, when he spotted a white Honda Civic on Raceway Road fishtail as it turned onto Jefferson Street near the Beanbag ice cream stand in Monticello.  Read more

WEDCO to widen broadband in Wayne

Now that its efforts to build the new business park are launched in Sterling Township, the Wayne Economic Development Corporation (WEDCO) is now able to focus on another major business advantage: establishing broadband Internet service.  Read more

News in brief

New water plan will provide higher flows, reservoir voids

REGION — New York State, New York City, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware have signed a one-year agreement to establish a new flow management plan for the Upper Delaware River. The plan modifies the existing FFMP to include higher releases during normal and wet conditions and voids in the reservoirs during certain periods of the year that will help mitigate flooding.  Read more

Pike needs a bigger court house

Did you know that the Borough of Milford and Milford Township have no central sewer system? And what does that have to do with anything, you may ask?  Read more

Diggin’ the plants in Eldred

Lou Monteleone has created the Corner Community Garden in Eldred because he says he would like there to be a peaceful place where people can socialize. Monteleone is the president of Eldred’s Lion’s Club, and he owns the land on which the garden is located. He says the idea of the garden originated from a community garden in Liberty.  Read more

Health study of natural gas proposed for region

The Upper Delaware Council (UDC) learned last week that a study of the potential health impacts of gas drilling has been proposed for the Delaware River Basin. The Health Impact Assessment (HIA) is believed to be only the third of its kind in the nation and, if approved, the UDC would be invited to become a stakeholder in the process.  Read more

New Salvation Army location

The Salvation Army store has moved to a new location – the former Ashley Chevrolet car dealership on Willow Avenue.  Read more

EAB traps come to town

While it wouldn’t be too surprising to learn that the bright purple objects draped from trees in the Town of Tusten are an expression of a local artist’s creative vision, the truth is they are traps targeting the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), a bad-news beetle that has been closing in on the Upper Delaware Region.  Read more

Sullivan County's Miss Teen New York International visits Albany

Miss Teen New York International, Kayla Rivera of Sullivan County, visited the Capitol on June 6.  Read more

NY Assembly passes new fracking moratorium

NY Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver posted the following message on his website on June 7: "I have good news: The Assembly has passed a bill that would protect New York’s drinking water by prohibiting the issuance of new permits for the controversial gas drilling practice known as hydraulic fracturing for another year.  Read more

Marino supports limiting involvment in Libya

Congressman Tom Marino, PA-10, issued this statement following his vote on June 3 in support of a House Resolution that limits U.S. military involvement in Libya:  Read more

Bonacic lauds ethics agreement; time will tell if it works

State Senator John J. Bonacic said on June 6 he would vote for the ethics reform legislation announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. The legislation is named the “The Clean Up Albany Act of 2011.”  Read more