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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.

Shohola candidates’ night without supervisor Hoeper

It was like a birthday party where the birthday boy didn’t show up.  Read more

News briefs

Bemused intruder found in town hall

GLEN SPEY, NY — Officials in the Town of Lumberland found an intruder sleeping in the meeting room of the town hall when they opened it up at around 8 a.m. on Monday, May 9. They called the sheriff's patrol, which responded and took 31-year-old Joseph Zonca of Sussex, NJ into custody.  Read more

Clearing underway for TGP 300 Line

The owners of this property across from the Wayne County Fairgrounds on Route 191 will have a front-row view of the activities associated with expansion of Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s 300 Line Project. Last weekend, right-of-way clearing activities took place just adjacent to the home depicted here.

The line is being expanded to transport natural gas which is being extracted from the Marcellus Shale further west in Pennsylvania.

Steep reduction proposed in college funding

The board of Sullivan County Community College (SCCC) turned out to a special meeting of the county legislature to discuss how much money the county will give the college for the 2011-2012 fiscal year.  Read more

Cappelli gets a new Concord partner, old partner growls

The forlorn-looking footings out at the sight of the old Concord Hotel may yet be put to use if the latest plans by developer Louis Cappelli bear fruit.  Read more

Calkins Baptist Church organizes Alabama relief effort

“Where do you begin?” That’s the question that Josh Sheard and his wife, Lori, found themselves pondering as they learned of the devastation wrought by tornadoes and severe storms that ravaged Alabama in late April. “How can we just continue to go on with our everyday lives?” the couple wondered, in the wake of the deaths and destruction.  Read more

Richardson elected to chair UDC

Larry H. Richardson, who has represented the Town of Cochecton, NY on the Upper Delaware Council (UDC) for the past 22 years, was unanimously elected on May 5 as chairperson for the balance of 2011. A vacancy in the position was created on March 21, when the Damascus Township Board of Supervisors voted to remove Dolores A. Keesler as its representative to the UDC.  Read more

Dolores seeks Damascus seat

When Dolores Keesler was unexpectedly removed from her appointment as Damascus Township’s representative to the Upper Delaware Council (UDC), where she had been serving as chair following her election in January 2011, she was stunned.  Read more

Liberty residents protest camp violations

Highview Acres Road is a dead-end street full of tidy ranch houses. At the end of the road is a newly built construction road cut into the woods to allow the owners of Hasc Summer Camp to access a remote portion of the property to build two large dormitories, 52 feet by 90 feet in size, and a single-family house.  Read more

Honesdale community garden in bloom

Come and get your hands dirty in the cool, rich earth and start to grow your own food.

That’s the motto of a group called Transition Honesdale (TH) that has constructed a fenced-in garden of approximately 110’ x 50’ with 25 raised beds at the Ellen Memorial Health Care Center on Golf Hill Road in Honesdale.

The other motto of the group is “building community.”  Read more

20th annual Kite Festival at the college

The 20th Annual Sullivan County Community College Kite Festival was held on May 7, with lots of activities including kite sales, craft sales, food, and all those inflatable slides and bouncy things for the kiddies.  Read more

Sullivan County committee supports Marriage Equality Act

The Sullivan County Human Rights Commission, the members of which are appointed by the Sullivan County Legislature, issued a press release on May 9, saying the commissions supports Governor Andrew Cuomo and other s who are pressing for passage of the Marriage Equality act. The act would legalize same-sex marriage.  Read more

Concord Associates announces deal with Mohegan Sun, Empire Resorts vows to fight it

Concord Associates announced on May 5 that it has reached a deal with Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority (MTGA) to develop the long-delayed Concord Resort in Kiamesha Lake NY.  Read more

Protester drills spokesman at gas hearing

Here's a remarkable piece of tape from a hearing of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett's Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission last week, which media reports have noted is well-stocked with campaign contributors from the energy industry.
(Oringal post can bee seen at  Read more

It doesn't work

It was announced with much enthusiasm back in 2007. Don Perry, then the vice president of the Sullivan County Partnership of Economic Development, told lawmakers that a Japanese company called Environmental Technologies, Inc. (ETI) would build a brand new experimental type of windmill, one with a vertical axis, and erect it on the campus of Sullivan County Community College (SCCC).  Read more

Facing Phish facts

The list of businesses that have already benefitted from the scheduled Phish concerts include Creekside Cabins in Roscoe, Days Inn in Liberty and the Sat Nam Inn-Bed & Breakfast in Hurleyville, all of which are listed as sold out for Memorial Day weekend.

Some rooms and camp sites, however, are still available. Many are listed in the Phish Guide at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts website,  Read more

Tusten voters to decide bookkeeper issue

It’s an issue that has centered on trust and control. Some members of the board don’t trust the supervisor to hire a bookkeeper who will serve the best interests of the town. The supervisor, as the elected official who is responsible for the town’s finances, says she needs to have control over the hiring of the bookkeeper so she can hire someone who will cooperate with her.  Read more

Fire chief, president suspended

In the latest wave of animosity and dissention that holds sway in Shohola Township these days comes a new tsunami to inundate the town. On Monday evening, April 26, the vice president of the Shohola Township Volunteer Fire and Rescue (STVF&R) squad, Alan Cue, surprisingly and summarily suspended fire chief Don Wall and fire company president Ken Yeaw.  Read more

Gabriel Road dam repair progressing

The project to repair the dam on Gabriel Road in the Town of Bethel has seen numerous obstacles since it washed out in 2005. The latest cropped up at the town meeting on April 28.  Read more

Pipeline project to expand expansion

Another pipeline expansion is approaching the region, with the recent filing of Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s (TGP) application to FERC for its certificate of public convenience and necessity to modify pipeline and compressor facilities in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  Read more