Clear sky
Clear sky
30.2 °F
November 29, 2015
River Reporter Facebook pageTRR TwitterRSS Search

“Sarah Hale portrait” painted by James Reid Lambdin (1807-1889) — Richard’s Free Library, Newport, NH

REGION — Most Americans know that the first Thanksgiving was celebrated by the Pilgrims in the fall of 1621, with a feast that was shared with many members of the Wampanoag Tribe of Native Americans. What’s not as well known is that it did not become a national holiday celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November until many years later.

The war on Japanese Knotweed

A battle is being waged against an invader that has taken over river banks, riparian zones and roadsides in the Upper Delaware region, and the public is being educated on the most effective means of controlling Japanese knotweed.  Read more

Pushing for more sunlight; legislator campaigns against caucus system

As a general rule, when making decisions about matters that will impact the public, elected officials in New York State are required to deliberate in public. But one important exception to the rule is the political caucus. When members of the same political party get together, they are allowed to discuss county business, and just about anything else they want to discuss, with no fear of running afoul of the state’s Open Meetings Law.  Read more

Delaware Highlands Conservancy to hold Open House and Volunteer Meet and Greet

BETHEL, NY – Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy (DHC) on Saturday, July 28 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. for an Open House and Volunteer Meet and Greet/Training Day in the Bethel office.  Read more

Delaware may get gas drilling commission

A virtually unprecedented crowd of more than 75 people jostled into the tiny, sweltering Town of Delaware Town Hall on Wednesday night in the expectation of hearing some talk about a resolution passed, apparently on the spur of the moment, during the public comment period of the last regular town meeting. The resolution supports residents disposing of their mineral rights as they wish, and is viewed by many as being an open invitation to gas drilling within the town's borders.  Read more

Plans for the Mansion House—again

New plans to turn the White Lake Mansion House into a paying property have emerged, according to supervisor Dan Sturm, who has informed the town board that a company named Globe Developers wants to replace the building, a historic landmark site, with a look-alike building with 72 rooms and underground parking.  Read more

NACL gets Our Town grant

NACL Theatre is one of the grantees The National Endowment for the Arts’ (NEA) 80 Our Town grant awards totaling $4.995 million. It will receive $50,000 to create “The Weather Project,” a community-based theatre, visual arts and education project about the weather and energy. The Town of Highland is the partnering local government entity.  Read more

Proposed Mamakating zoning draws protests

Proposed zoning changes discussed last Tuesday at the Town of Mamakating Town Board meeting would expand the type of commercial activities allowed in four Planned Office Zoning Districts (POs). Although new uses would be allowed, any developers would have to go before the town’s planning board to get a special use permit.  Read more

Proposed law enforcement commission draws fire

A proposed law enforcement commission that would report to the Sullivan County Legislature sparked criticism from some quarters when it was proposed last week.  Read more

Hearing for Liberty ‘junkyard’; some want it to move elsewhere

Perhaps the most interesting comment of the evening at a public hearing on the Liberty junkyard was that the original junkyard, which has been inactive for several years, might be contaminated with toxic material buried at the site. It’s unclear if town officials will require that the site be examined and determined to be free of toxic materials before allowing a new vehicle-recycling operation, which the neighbors are calling a junkyard, to open.  Read more

U.S. Fish and Wildlife pays a visit; further discussion of eagles and fireworks

Four staff members of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) put in an appearance at the Tusten Town meeting on July 16, which, given that there are only six field agents in the entire state of New York, represents a significant dedication of resources to the matter.  Read more

Couple arranges Callicoon gas survey

At a recent meeting on the proposed update for the Town of Callicoon Comprehensive Plan, resident Alvin Shoop agreed with the plan committee that the survey regarding gas drilling taken in 2010 was vague and not a good way to measure support for hydraulic fracturing among town residents.  Read more

Towns pass pro-drilling resolutions; expert weighs in on open meetings laws compliance

UPPER DELAWARE VALLEY — It’s becoming fairly clear that local zoning laws are going to play a role in whether gas drilling is going to occur in any given town or village.  Read more

Shohola chooses Raser; replaces Nelia Wall

After a brief search, the Shohola Township Board appointed long-time resident Keith Raser to fill the position of township supervisor vacated by the resignation of Nelia Wall.  Read more

Commissioners answer critical editorial; it’s a statewide policy

In an editorial in its Tuesday, July 10 edition, The Wayne Independent criticized the Wayne County commissioners for withholding information from the county coroner as to the cause of death of former Texas supervisor Jack McDonald, who died last week. The editorial called the commissioners’ action hypocritical, saying it deliberately intended to withhold information from the public, which has a right to know.  Read more

Vandalism streak continues in Narrowsburg

Sometime in the early morning hours of July 16, a vandal—or perhaps more than one—knocked out a number of the spindles attached to the railings of the gazebo in Veterans Park, and knoked over one of the stone benches. A New York State trooper was summoned to take a report of the damage.  Read more

‘Goods from the Woods’ at Grey Towers; chestnut restoration project featured

Family-friendly, free, fun and educational, the eighth annual Festival of Wood will be held on August 4 and 5 at Grey Towers National Historic Site in Milford, PA. The popular event offers a variety of activities that demonstrate the many ways wood is used and enjoyed in our everyday lives. Activities, exhibits and programs are intended to heighten awareness of the many uses of this natural resource and of how sustainably managed forests can provide wood today while ensuring forests for the future.  Read more

ECS board elects officers

The Eldred Central School District (ECS) board of education conducted its monthly meeting on July 12, during which it elected and swore in its slate of officers. From left, first row, is vice president Amador Laput and board member Carol Bliefernich. In the second row is president Douglas Reiser and board member James Burns. Absent from the photo was board member Linda Bohs. The board also approved a Concussion Management Policy to support the proper evaluation and management of head injuries. ECS recently rescheduled its monthly meetings to begin at 7 p.m.

22nd annual RiverFest, July 22

NARROWSBURG, NY — Three things that characterize what makes the Upper Delaware River region so special—music, art and the environment—will be celebrated on Narrowsburg’s Main Street during the 22nd annual RiverFest, held this Sunday, July 22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., overlooking the Delaware River.  Read more

Skinners Falls Bridge back in commission

MILANVILLE, PA - The Skinners Falls Bridge, which has been out of commission since April, is now back in service. The bridge was closed while repairs were undertaken, with a few days added to the closing at the end due to repair of the railroad crossing.

Liberty to consider law that might limit public hearings

The Liberty Town Board is once again considering a law that would give the planning board the authority to sidestep a site plan review for some projects that now require it, and that would also mean that the planning board would have the authority to cancel public hearings.  Read more