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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 www.artsalliancesite.org.
For more information on Riverfest, turn to page 20.

Elton John sells out, locals left standing on line

According to a press release from Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Elton John sold out his September 3 concert here in record time. All 15,000 tickets were sold in 53 minutes to what the organization calls “the most anticipated concert event of the year at the Sullivan County Catskill’s venue.”  Read more

Prom talk: a sobering yet empowering message

High school proms typically result in the kind of memories that last a lifetime. The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office and Eldred Central School District (ECS) wanted to increase the likelihood that those memories will be good ones, and that those lifetimes won’t be shortened by bad decisions.  Read more

Calkins Creamery keeps growing, new pasteurizer is in place

For five years since its beginning, the Calkins Creamery has been steadily growing. Now, with the addition of a pasteurizer, it will grow even more.  Read more

County tax auction expands to two days due to an increase in foreclosures the

The still struggling economy is responsible for a high number of foreclosed properties in Sullivan County this year. There are about 410 lots and homes that are likely to be auctioned off, though that could change as owners take legal steps to halt the sale.  Read more

Artisan Fair to launch

Much like spring, the Town of Highland is bursting with fresh energy and new initiatives these days. The latest evidence is the Artisan Fair, a series of events featuring the work of local artists that will launch this weekend and continue on select dates throughout the summer and into October on Austin Road in the hamlet of Barryville.  Read more

Roscoe officially wins Ultimate Fishing Town contest

Roscoe was declared on June 6 the official winner of the World Fishing Network's Ultimate Fishing Town contest.  Read more

Governor signs Gunther’s Archery Bill

Assemblywoman Aileen M. Gunther announced that Governor Andrew Cuomo on May 19 signed her bill to reduce the required minimum age for obtaining a junior archery license into law . The new law will take effect in 90 days.  Read more

Phish chooses Catskill Mountainkeeper

Just about everyone in Sullivan County and the Upper Delaware Valley knows that the iconic jam band Phish is performing three shows over the Memorial Day Weekend at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. But the new development is that while in the area, Phish has chosen to link up with Catskill Mountainkeeper to promote the work Mountainkeeper has been doing to protect the environment.  Read more

Children ask DRBC to protect their water

The River Reporter received the following correspondence from 6-year-old Kate Cortright and her 10-year-old brother Chaz expressing their concerns about protecting water quality in the Upper Delaware region.  Read more

County lawmakers table college cut; would trigger massive state cuts

A $600,000 cut in funding from the county will trigger a massive cut in state funding, with the total reduction amounting to $2.6 million.

That was the message Johanna Duncan-Poitier, vice chancellor for community colleges for the State University of New York (SUNY) system, brought to Sullivan County lawmakers at the government center on May 19. Duncan-Poitier brought a handful of other SUNY officials to try to persuade lawmakers that the proposed cut in county funding to Sullivan County Community College will have devastating consequences.  Read more

Sullivan towns lead POW flag effort

Three Sullivan County towns are believed to be the first within the county to voluntarily agree to fly the POW/MIA Flag on a daily basis at town facilities. Leading the movement by passing a resolution to display the flag was the Town of Highland, followed soon thereafter by the towns of Lumberland and Tusten.  Read more

A line between neighborhoods; a developer plans to cross it

As promised, James Bacon, an attorney representing property owners in the neighborhood called Beechwood, produced a letter from a title company that said that a five-foot boundary created during a land dispute back in the 1930s cannot legally be breached.  Read more

Neighbor’s Helping Hand’ forms in Highland

Sometimes a helping hand comes along just when you need it most. For two children battling cancer in the Town of Highland, that time is now. To aid in their plight, a new community charity has formed, and the founders of Neighbor’s Helping Hand have begun organizing fundraisers that they plan to conduct on an annual basis to continue helping community members in need.  Read more

Locks of love

It is estimated that 80% of those who donate their locks/long hair to others in need of hair are children. That would certainly describe Jordan Patzuk, who at the age of four made the very mature decision to have twelve inches of her trailing locks lopped off.  Read more

Ten thousand bottles of sauce

Back in November 2009, Jill Padua closed her catering business in order to focus solely on producing Jill’s Kitchen Open Sesame Sauce, which had been a hit with her customers. The first bottling came in March of 2010, and about two weeks ago, bottle number 10,000 was purchased at Peck’s Market in Jeffersonville.  Read more

Susquehanna named Most Endangered River; commission responds

For the second year in a row, the most endangered river in the United States, accoriding to the conservation group American Rivers, is a victim of natural gas drilling and the environmental hazards associated with hydraulic fracturing, also known as “fracking.”  Read more

Sullivan college budget slashed; lawmakers suggest “change in leadership”

Over 80 supporters turned out to praise the college and ask lawmakers not to cut its budget.  Read more

Visitors Association annual tailgate party; Phish arrival anticipated

Dozens of tourist related businesses turned out to Sonoma Falls Cider Mill and Country Store in Livingston Manor on May 11, to exchange promotional literature in an annual event sponsored by the Sullivan County Visitors Association.  Read more

Kiamesha Lake man arrested for murder

The New York State Police at Liberty announced the arrest of Lars Ryder, age 22 of Fraser Road, Kiamesha Lake, NY, for Murder in the 2nd degree, as a result of the homicide of Elizabeth Mucci, 31 of Hankins, NY.  Read more

The town, the village and the Liberty cops

There was a general agreement that the village is facing dissolution at some point in the not too distant future. Richard Winters, mayor of the Village of Liberty, said, because Governor Andrew Cuomo is pushing for the consolidation of municipalities, and because the sour economy has pushed the village to the brink of insolvency, it seems that ultimately the village may cease to exist.  Read more