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September 19, 2014
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HALE EDDY, NY — The first-ever meeting of the Upper Delaware River Tailwaters Coalition (UDRTC) was held at the West Branch Angler Resort on September 12, drawing about 70 people concerned with trout fishing, the reservoirs, flooding and other river issues. The rivers at the center of the discussion are the main stem of the Delaware River north of Callicoon, and the West Branch and East Branch, which flow from the Cannonsville Reservoir and Pepacton Reservoir respectively to meet the main stem at Hancock.

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

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