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LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — “Lake Huntington looks like pea soup. In my lifetime, I can’t recall a six-week algae bloom like this one. Most last only a few days, at most. The Department of Environmental Control (DEC) has taken water samples and we’re awaiting test results.” With those remarks at the October 8 Cochecton Town Board meeting, Supervisor Gary Maas introduced a topic familiar but unpleasant to all who live, work or play near the lake. Asked if the DEC might impose a ban on recreational activities for the duration of the bloom, Maas said, “We’ll just have to wait and see what the DEC says.”

Two drown in the Upper Delaware

Adriano Pacheco, 41, who was visiting from Portugal, attempted to swim across the Upper Delaware River just North of Skinners Falls on July 30. Pacheco was not wearing a life jacket, nor was the unidentified friend who was with him.

Pacheco didn’t make it. According to release from the National Park Service, the Sullivan County dive team found his body at 6:12 p.m., less than two hours after he started the swim. His friend did reach the other side, but required treatment at a hospital for shortness of breath.  Read more

Letters to the Editor discussion (video)

Anne Willard, Assistant Editor at The River Reporter, talks about various types of effective letters and writing techniques.

DEP permit for asphalt plant called a ‘mistake’

A company was issued a building permit for an asphalt plant in a zone where it is not permitted. Damascus Township officials were surprised when they learned that Haines and Kibblehouse (H & K), a large quarry operator in the state and owner of the Bedrock Quarry in the township, was issued a building permit to open a hot asphalt plant next to its quarry on Oregon Turnpike.  Read more

Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale report released

It’s not clear if the legislature and the governor will embrace any of the 96 recommendations contained in a new report from the Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission, but if they do, there could be significant changes coming to the way gas drilling with high-volume hydraulic fracturing is conducted in Pennsylvania.  Read more

New federal sign law creates frenzy

he reaction from Damascus Township officials reflects what’s happening in towns nationwide over federal regulations setting new standards for reflective signs along streets and roads. Like a lot of federal and even state mandates, they are largely unfunded.  Read more

In brief

Surprise upset at Riverdogs on Parade

NARROWSBURG, NY — In a surprise upset at the Riverfest River Dogs on Parade, Rupert the cat took home the “Most Unique” prize. Presented by Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, Riverfest celebrated its 21st annual event this year on Narrowsburg’s Main Street.  Read more

Forestburgh parcel approved for ag district

Sullivan County lawmakers voted on July 21 to extend Agricultural District Four to include a 4.5-acre parcel owned by philanthropist and orchid maven Stuart Salenger. The acceptance into the district makes it more difficult for local officials to adopt zoning changes that would prevent Salenger from using the property for agricultural uses.  Read more

For the Forest’ coming to Upper Delaware

A unique event celebrating forests with a “harmonic convergence of natural and composed sound” has been slated for September 17 in the Town of Tusten.  Read more

Energy audits touted at town meetings

A statewide initiative to promote energy efficiency, cut energy consumption and costs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create green jobs is currently being promoted in Sullivan County.  Read more

Boy Scout beautifies Highland Lake’s new fire house

Troop 102 Boy Scout Peter Vorstadt, a sophomore at Eldred High School, recently completed his Eagle Scout project at the new Highland Lake Fire House at 144 Highland Lake Road. The effort put into the beautification and landscaping of the area surrounding the new firehouse was lauded as an outstanding accomplishment and has caught the community’s attention.  Read more

Guinness World Record™ set at Camp Simcha

It took more than a quarter of a mile of gold ribbon, but the girls of Camp Simcha, an area camp for children and teens with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses, created the longest awareness ribbon for children’s cancer and broke an existing Guinness World Record ™ on July 18.  Read more

Marino: Cut, Cap, and Balance Act Is What Americans Want

WASHINGTON (July 19, 2011) -- U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, PA-10, voted in favor of The Cut, Cap, and Balance Act Tuesday night and said he holds out hope that Senate Democrats will “do what the American people want.”  Read more

Hinchey Statement on Looming Default Crisis

Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) today released the following statement regarding the need to raise the debt ceiling in order to prevent the United States from defaulting on its obligations for the first time in American history.  Read more

News in brief

Arts grants awarded

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Eleven local cultural organizations received $11,375 in Sullivan County Arts & Heritage Grants for cultural programming in 2011. The grants are allocated to nonprofit organizations by the Sullivan County Legislators and administered by the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA).  Read more

Tie on Tusten bookkeeper vote

A tie has been declared in the public vote on whether the Tusten supervisor should maintain the sole authority to appoint the bookkeeper, or that authority should shift to the full town board.  Read more

Golf and rafting to celebrate David Curreri’s memory

A new tradition will be born this summer when David Curreri’s family and friends join together with strangers to set forth on what will become an annual rafting trip down the Delaware River on August 6. David was a lifelong resident of Narrowsburg who died in an ATV accident last year. He was 27 years old.  Read more

Gas at a glance

July 21 webinar to focus on natural gas pipelines
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Park service concerned over Holbert Quarry expansion

The supervisors of Lackawaxen Township approved the proposed expansion of the Holbert Brothers Bluestone Quarry at a meeting on July 20, but before doing so, township solicitor Tony Waldron read a list of 10 conditions that he recommended by attached to the approval, and the supervisors agreed to the conditions.  Read more

Lumberland sets info session on zoning rewrite

During its meeting on July 13, the town board of Lumberland took the next step in finalizing the rewrite of its existing zoning law by scheduling a public informational meeting on July 28 at 7 p.m. in the town hall in Glen Spey.  Read more