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The death of Robert Schenk, 33, of Narrowsburg in a head-on collision on State Route 17B on August 2 sparked action on the part of Sullivan County Sheriff Mike Schiff, who vowed to step up police presence in an effort to curb the many accidents that occur on the busy highway.

Memorial Day remembrance in Honesdale regales the community

Despite displays of storms and thunder in the morning, the weather cooperated perfectly as the Honesdale community came out in big numbers on Memorial Day to honor its veterans and residents now serving in the military. Streams of spectators crowded every side of the route from the upper borough to
Central Park where a dedication ceremony was held.  Read more

Highland receives first WTC artifact

Sirens sounded in the Town of Highland on May 25, no doubt stirring memories of the sirens signaling the horrific events of September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center in New York City. This time, the crowd clustered at the town hall in Eldred awaited the arrival of the first World Trade Center artifact to be awarded in Sullivan County.  Read more

Phish tales at Bethel Woods

For months, some in the community worried that the three-day Phish event would bring traffic nightmares, vandalism and worse. But when the jam band finally appeared at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, the holiday weekend unfolded relatively smoothly.  Read more

Storm hammers region

A fierce storm ripped through the region on the night of May 26, downing trees, knocking out power to various areas and causing destruction.  Read more

Traffic turned away at Howard/Abramson Phish-fest venue

BETHEL, NY — On Thursday, May 19, the entrance to the property of Jeryl Abramson and Roy Howard on Route 17B in Bethel was barred and traffic was being turned away as the owners sought to comply with the Town of Bethel’s orders to desist from their plans of hosting a crowd of about 5,000 people for the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend. The planned event on the property was related to the Phish concert at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, scheduled to take place over all three days of the weekend.  Read more

News in brief

SCCC has another go at the windmills
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Gas at a glance

DRBC schedules new public hearing on proposed water withdrawal

Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) Executive Director Carol Collier has announced that a second hearing will be held on June 1 to give the public another opportunity to provide feedback on XTO Energy’s proposed water withdrawal draft docket.  Read more

World Trade Center artifact heads for Highland

A 380-pound piece of steel from the World Trade Center (WTC) is making its way from New York City to the Town of Highland. The artifact will be used to establish a WTC Memorial honoring all emergency service providers. Town of Highland Supervisor Andrew Boyar made the announcement at the town meeting in Eldred on May 10.  Read more

Pike County challenges pipeline “wet” crossing

The Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company (TGP) wants to cross the Lackawaxen River with a “wet crossing” of its pipeline at the height of the summer season. “No way,” say the Pike County Commissioners.  Read more

Price of the two percent tax cap

At the government center in Monticello two weeks ago, county manager David Fanslau went over the projected rise in the cost of state-mandated county-run programs in 2012. And the numbers are sobering. The cost of county Medicaid payment, for instance, will increase by $600,000. The cost of pension will increase by $2 million. All together, the total for nine separate state-mandated programs would be an increase of $3.1 million.  Read more

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