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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.

Tusten bookkeeper battle rolls on

The power struggle over who will appoint the town bookkeeper moved into a new phase on April 11, when the board rejected the idea of changing the position from that of a bookkeeper to that of a comptroller.  Read more

New CVS pharmacy planned for Main Street

Things are suddenly looking up for lower Main Street. With several large buildings empty over the last few years, the outlook for growth had seemed bleak.  Read more

News briefs

Deerpark to perform code review

HUGUENOT, NY — Deerpark Town Supervisor Karl A. Brabenec has assigned councilman David M. Hoovler and town attorney William Bavoso to do a comprehensive review of a majority of the town codes within the next few months. The purpose of the review is to identify any local laws and ordinances that have not been updated and recommend changes that would benefit the residents of the community. The review would include all of Deerpark’s local code, except for the zoning code, which will be addressed at a later date.  Read more

Open Space Institute issues report on development

While development in the Catskills is often controversial, a new report from the Open Space Institute (OSI) says there is room for substantial development in the region without causing negative impacts to the environment.  Read more

Millennium money management; debate continues on pipeline corporation’s tax breaks

Back in 2006, when officials decided to grant tax abatements to the Millennium Pipeline Company, the company agreed that as a way to help the affected communities it would commit $100,000 a year for 10 years to spur economic development.  Read more

A water walk for awareness

A beautiful vessel holding water from Buttermilk Falls in New York’s Catskill Mountains will be borne by five women on a 90-mile trek beginning at the Neversink Reservoir near Liberty, NY and concluding at Salt Springs State Park in Susquehanna County, PA. The women will walk 15 miles daily to accomplish their mission to raise awareness of the sacredness of the water and the land upon which life depends.  Read more

Supervisors react to proposed change of government

If in November voters were asked to decide whether to stay with the current form of legislative government or to return to the Sullivan County Board of Supervisors approach, voters might vote to go back. At least that’s the opinion of Dan Sturm, supervisor of the Town of Bethel, because, with the many serious challenges facing the county, voters might jump for any kind of change.  Read more

Gas at a glance

New study: hydraulic fracturing ‘worse than coal on climate’
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Superior site for Sullivan’s first Habitat ‘Passive House’

Michael Chojnicki, left, Stephen Stuart and Dick Riseling consult a Solar Pathfinder to assess the solar qualities of the site where Sullivan County’s third Habitat for Humanity (HFH) house will be built in Fallsburg.  Read more

UDC nominates new chair; Keesler praised despite controversy

“We’ve had a few changes,” said Nadia Rajsz, as she opened the April 7 meeting of the Upper Delaware Council (UDC). Rajsz, who is the UDC vice chair, was referring to the vacancy created in the position of chairman that resulted when the Damascus Township supervisors abruptly removed Dolores Keesler from her post as the township’s UDC representative at their meeting on March 21.  Read more

Break-in at pot house

On April 9, three suspects were apprehended exiting one of the seven locations raided by the DEA and sheriff’s deputies on March 30 as part of a marijuana seizure.  Read more

Preservationists lose Hessinger Building battle

It was not a good day for Palline Plum. She has been fighting, on and off, with officials from the Town of Callicoon for 12 years about the fate of the Hessinger Building.  Read more

Phish talk at the government center

The three Phish concerts scheduled at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts were discussed at the government center in Monticello on April 7, with officials generally looking forward to the event, and predicting an economic boost to Sullivan County as the legions of Phish fans spend money locally over the three-day weekend.  Read more

Second hearing on drilling zoning amendment

Of the 20 citizens who spoke at the second public hearing on proposed amendments to the township’s zoning ordinance affecting gas drilling, only two spoke in favor of the changes.  Read more

Gas battle gets personal

“This has to stop,” said local filmmaker Josh Fox, whose highly publicized efforts to enhance awareness of the impacts of natural gas extraction have drawn the attention of detractors, increasing character attacks and escalating incidents of vandalism at his family property in Milanville.  Read more

Narrowsburg gas drilling sign: It’s not the message, it’s the size

Members of the appeals board repeated several times that it was not the content that was being objected to, but rather the size of the sign, which clearly is larger than the four square feet allowed by town code.  Read more

DEP ‘clarifies’ drilling inspections

A memo leaked on March 30 seemed pretty clear. Notices of violation (NOV) could not be issued by gas drilling inspectors without first getting approval from headquarters.  Read more

Nursing students sue college

A group of nursing students, who were dropped from the nursing program at Sullivan County Community College (SCCC) after inadequate performance on “skillings,” have brought a lawsuit against the college seeking re-admittance to the program.  Read more

Nursing students sue college

A group of nursing students, who were dropped from the nursing program at Sullivan County Community College (SCCC) after inadequate performance on “skillings,” have brought a lawsuit against the college seeking re-admittance to the program.  Read more

First cast at Junction Pool

For many who pursue the sport, fly-fishing is as much about quietly communing with nature as it is about landing the big one.  Read more