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CALLICOON CENTER, NY — Bryan Kent is a show-me kind of guy. Now, having been won over by the performance of his electric vehicle, a 2013 Nisson Leaf, he is driving it on an epic road trip covering more than 26,000 miles in about 100 days. Along the way, he plans to visit the capitals of the 48 contiguous U.S. states and plant 100 trees.

Low flows in upper river system impact tourism

UPPER DELAWARE VALLEY — Record-breaking low flows into the upper river system of the Upper Delaware River are having a negative impact on the local economy. “The low water has negatively affected my business in an enormous way, and the season has only just started. Over the past few days my customer base virtually disappeared. The people are not coming,” said Theresa Allen, owner and operator of the Hancock Liquor Store based in the village of Hancock, NY.  Read more

Richard Castellano passes

QUEENS, NY — “I don’t want to be looked upon as [having] a legacy of ex-mobster, ‘that guy was no good, he hurt people,’ No. Anybody I hurt I never meant it, and I’m sorry if I did. We’re talking about psychologically, mentally. You know, I did punch a few guys in the face, kicked their a** because I was tough with my hands, I was a boxer. But my goal today is to make it, and not to have a bad legacy.”  Read more

One bug for Friends of the Upper Delaware

Darren Rist, seated center, was one of 20 fishing guides who participated in Friends of the Upper Delaware’s (FUDR’s) One Bug fishing competition over the weekend of May 1 to 3. A challenge to anglers to fish all weekend with only one fly, the event is FUDR’s major fundraiser. Sam (Patricia) Decker won the award for top guide, with the four anglers who fished with her over the weekend (two each day) amassing the highest number of points for the largest trout.  Read more

County to tear down Liberty building; Nobody wants it

LIBERTY, NY — When a foreclosure occurs in Sullivan County, the county often ends up taking title to the building or property, but in some cases, the county delays taking title—for instance, in the case of a property that may harbor an environmental problem, such as a gas station. That way, the county avoids making taxpayers bear the cost of fixing the problem that exists.  Read more

The problem with ‘zestimates’; Sullivan properties ill-served by Zillow

NARROWSBURG, NY — Search for news stories about “zestimates” and it’s easy to find a bunch of them. What is a zesitmate? It’s an estimate of the value of a home listed for sale, and shown on the website Zillow. And for Klaus Diestal, who has owned a home on Cackletown Road in Narrowsburg for about 10 years, the zestimate for his house isn’t worth the bandwidth it’s delivered on.  Read more

Fixing Wayne roads this summer

HONESDALE, PA — Combine Congressional hand wringing that the National Highway Trust Fund is running out of money with recent years’ similar complaints of funding shortfalls from PennDOT, and you get a lean 2015 summer highway repair program.  Read more

Damascus supervisor explains proposed road; A couple of residents don’t want new road

DAMASCUS TOWNSHIP, PA — Jurgenson Road off River Road in Damascus Township is a steep, narrow dirt road, with a sharp drop-off at one point. Steven Adams, vice chairman of the board of supervisors, wants to build a new road, and the five homeowners who live on it would be able to access their homes that way.  Read more

Fire on Shawangunk Ridge

SUMMITVILLE, NY — Firefighters from Orange and Sullivan counties battled a blaze on Shawangunk Ridge near the small hamlet of Summitville in Sullivan County on May 3.

About 30 acres of forest had been destroyed by Sunday evening, and the fire had grown to be nearly a mile long. A helicopter from the New York State Police was used to drop water on the flames.

Officials believe that the fire was started by a resident who was burning rubbish on his property in violation of a burn ban in place from March 16 through May 14.

Earth Day in Hawley

HAWLEY, PA — The Downtown Hawley Partnership and The Pike/Wayne Conservation Partnership organized the second annual Hawley Earth Fest on the Earth Day weekend April 24 to 26. The main activities took place in Bingham Park on Saturday, where visitors came dressed up in their favorite animal or plant costumes to take place in the Species Parade. Sunday was reserved for visitors to explore the many trails in the area on their own.  Read more

Madame Fortuna opens on Main Street

NARROWSBURG, NY — Allison Ward is like your cool older sister whose closet you constantly want to raid; and now, that’s exactly what you can do. Ward recently opened her studio and showroom, Madame Fortuna, at 25 Main St. (in the mews).  Read more

Port Jervis sewer increases discussed

PORT JERVIS, NY — New sewer fees once again came up in the Port Jervis Common Council meeting on April 27, when several residents spoke against them during the public comments. Wayne Kidney, a landlord, had prepared a statement about the amendment to the original resolution to establish sewer-use fees passed at a previous meeting.  Read more

Frein’s attorneys seek change of venue; Motion specifies DA’s campaign materials

MILFORD, PA — Lawyers for accused cop killer Eric Frein have petitioned the court to have the case moved out of Pike County, saying their client can’t get a fair trial there. The motion filed by Michael Weinstein and William Ruzzo says that on May 1, District Attorney Ray Tonkin mailed some 4,500 fliers to Republican voters, with a picture of Frein who appears “bruised and bloody.”  Read more

Three dead in Ellenville crash

ELLENVILLE, NY — There was a fatal motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Route 209 and Nevele Drive in the Town of Wawarsing on May 3. Seven occupants of a van, all members of a Seventh Day Adventist church in Brooklyn, had been attending a religious retreat at the Honors Haven Resort in Ellenville.  Read more

Cast for Cash at second annual Lake Wallenpaupack fishing contest

HAWLEY, PA — The Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management District and Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau has announced the second annual Cast for Cash fishing contest on Lake Wallenpaupack. The contest runs from May 1 through September 30.  Read more

Former pastor pleads guilty to incest

MILFORD, PA — Norman Theodore Faux, age 55, of Lake Ariel, pled guilty on April 30 to one count of incest and one count of corruption of a minor. The incidents occurred during the period of January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2012 at the defendant’s home in Lake Ariel. At the guilty plea hearing, Faux admitted to performing oral sex on the victim, who was less than 18 years old at the time. The defendant used to be a United Methodist pastor in Lake Ariel and before that was a pastor in Lackawanna County.  Read more

Liberty residents to vote again on school capital project

ALBANY, NY — After listening to residents’ concerns following a referendum vote on a capital project for the Liberty Central School District in October 2014, district officials returned to the drawing board and came up with a $9.6 million plan that reduces the scope and cost of Phase Two proposed renovations, but in their view still serves the needs of health, safety and education of the district.  Read more

PA has most Lyme

WASHINGTON, DC — Pennsylvania has reported the highest number of Lyme disease cases for the past five years in a row. In 2013, there were about 86 cases reported in Wayne County and 39 in Pike County; the black-legged ticks that carry the disease are now found in all 67 counties in the state.  Read more

What to do about too many deer

REGION — Anyone who drives the highways and byways of the Upper Delaware River Valley is surely familiar with the sight of a deer corpse on the side of the road, being gradually consumed by turkey vultures or other scavengers.  Read more

Narrowsburg School now an IDA project; Tusten residents in support

NARROWSBURG, NY — A public hearing was held for the Narrowsburg School today at 10 a.m. in the Tusten Town Hall. The hearing was regarding the school now being a project of the Sullivan County Industrial Development Agency (IDA).  Read more

Schumer calls for e-cigarette regs; Fruity flavors are lure for kinds

ALBANY, NY — By labeling their e-cigarette flavors with names such as Cotton Candy and Gummy Bears, Sen. Chuck Schumer says the manufacturers are targeting teens and children and he wants to put an end to it.  Read more