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December 03, 2016
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RIVER VALLEY — As many people know by now, founding father Ben Franklin thought more highly of the American Turkey than the American Bald Eagle and wrote as much in a letter home from France in 1784.

Tusten backs Narrowsburg School project; Votes against DRBC issue

The Tusten Town Board voted three to two to support the Solution Project and their attempt to purchase the mothballed Narrowsburg School building, and turn it into a food innovation center. Andrea Reynosa, who is spearheading the project, said it will be an education and innovation center in a partnership with SUNY Sullivan.  Read more

Hawley assesses storm damage

Borough officials are calculating costs incurred during torrential rain in late June that damaged streets, businesses and residences. The storm dumped about four inches of rain there, overwhelming storm drains and catch basins. A state of emergency was declared, and the council hopes to receive financial assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  Read more

PA groups to Baker: support the moratorium; Keep ‘Independence from Fracking’

A week after July Fourth celebrations, Pennsylvanians rallied for independence from fracking across the state on July 11, in events organized by Food and Water Watch.  Read more

Landlines going the way of the dodo?

Politicians and emergency workers gathered at the Sullivan County 911 Center on July 10 to sound the alarm about Voice Link, a wireless product being offered to some customers of Verizon. Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther led the charge against Voice Link, and pointed out that it does not work with fax machines, credit card processing devices, medical alert systems and high speed Internet service.  Read more

Health and safety first in Honesdale

One-way or two-way traffic? That is the question. Begun three years ago, the current one-way traffic pattern on Main and Church Streets in Honesdale has split residents and visitors alike into two unbending camps. Each is convinced that nothing less than the safety and prosperity of the borough is at stake. A perennial topic at Honesdale Borough Council meetings, it re-surfaced at the July 8 meeting of the council, this time in connection with safety concerns centered on the 89 reported vehicular accidents on Main and Church streets during the last three years.  Read more

Pike Senior Centers open extra hours through heat emergency

All senior centers in Pike County, which are air-conditioned, are open as follows:  Read more

Scenic Byway visitors center dead

The visitors center, which initially was planned to be installed at the Cochecton Train Station, and was later planned to be installed at the Fort Delaware property, is now apparently dead. In an email to the Upper Delaware Council, Scott Samuelson, chairman of the Sullivan County Legislature, wrote, “It appears that there are just too many questions regarding the stakeholders, funding, ongoing commitment, etc. to continue the quest for the visitors center at Fort Delaware at this time.  Read more

Monticello residents arrested for heroin

Monticello police arrested Stacey Cruz, 25, and Jamil Fasenntao, 27, both of Monticello on July 13. They were charged with drug possession related charges.  Read more

Hess, Newfield pull out of Wayne leases

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — For the past week or more, residents in Wayne County have been receiving letters that begin this way: “Newfield Appalacha PA LLC writes to you on behalf of itself and Hess Corporation with respect to the above referenced lease, Newfield and Hess have elected to release your lease, thus your lease will not be continued to the development phase.”  Read more

River zoning changes debated

Proposed zoning changes to parcels in the river corridor were discussed at the Delaware Town Board meeting on July 10, with some disagreement regarding the regulations that will govern the parcels. Gerald Euker, chairman of the planning board, said the changes were proposed because some of the parcels in the corridor were split between two districts: the Delaware River District (DR) and the Rural District (RU). Several of them are to be rezoned so that they will now exist entirely in the RU.  Read more

Public art for Liberty?

The 14-foot-tall statue called Ed was temporarily installed in front of the Stray Cat Gallery on Route 17B in Bethel. Now, supporters of sculptor Zac Shavrick would like to have the sculpture displayed for a time at a prominent location on Main Street in the Town of Liberty.  Read more

Hawley wins paint job

Hawley has been named one of 20 communities throughout the United States and Canada to win a contest to have its downtown Main Avenue storefronts repainted—for free. The contest, called “Main Street Matters,” was sponsored by paint manufacturer Benjamin Moore. The contest involved having people vote online. Among the list of 100 towns nominated was Narrowsburg, NY.  Read more

Callicoon Flea Market closing its doors

The Callicoon Flea Market was jumping on the Fourth of July weekend, full of weekenders and visitors browsing through Life magazines, antique furniture, musical instruments and all kinds of merchandise.  Read more

Regional people are turtle lovers

UPPER DELAWARE VALLEY — It turns out that many people who read The River Reporter’s posts on Facebook like turtles enough to help them safely on their way when they see them facing danger in the middle of a road. TRR columnist Jonathan Fox helped a snapper off the road recently, and it sparked quite a few comments on Facebook. The question was: “When you see this guy in the road... do you stop & help him cross safely?”  Read more

It was all or nothing; Women got nothing

ALBANY, NY — Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Woman’s Equality Act (WEA) contained 10 planks of legislation, which included strengthening laws regarding equal pay for equal work, sexual harassment and discrimination and human trafficking. One of the planks regarded abortions, and that plank brought the whole act down.  Read more

PA Senators flip-flop on Medicaid expansion; House pulls the plug on health insurance for 500,000

HARRISBURG, PA — If Pennsylvania politicians were to accept Medicaid expansion as part of the national Affordable Care Act, which is also known as Obamacare, more than half a million Pennsylvania residents who currently have no health insurance would receive it, and according to the Independent Fiscal Office, the state would save $154 million each year.  Read more

Blooming Grove firearms plan moves forward

BLOOMING GROVE TOWNSHIP, PA — Township supervisors have approved revisions to subdivision maps submitted by Kahr Firearms Group, which is looking to set up corporate offices and a manufacturing plant in the dormant Pike County Business Park.  Read more

Nine-year-old boy drowns in Middle Delaware

BUSHKILL, PA — Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Superintendent John J. Donahue announced that a 9-year-old boy from Bushkill drowned in the Delaware River late in the afternoon of July 8. The boy was fishing along the shoreline just downstream from Bushkill Access with family members when he lost his footing and slipped into the current. Attempts to rescue the boy by family members and a boater who was passing by were unsuccessful.  Read more

DRBC once again target of lawsuit; ‘Taking’ of minerals is charged

UPPER DELAWARE RIVER VALLEY — Wayne County landowners with signed gas leases have threatened the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) with a lawsuit if the commission does not vote to end its moratorium on gas drilling in the basin at meetings scheduled for July 9 and 10, or at least set a date for when its members will vote on the issue before the end of the year.  Read more

Wayne County man faces environmental charges

MOSCOW, PA — Attorney General Kathleen Kane announced on July 8 that a Wayne County man has been arrested and charged with diverting raw sewage directly into a stream. William E. Neville, 85, owner of the Neville Trailer Park located at 377 Neville Rd., Moscow, faces three charges: unlawful conduct regarding the Clean Streams Law, violating a prohibition against other pollution and pollution of waters.  Read more