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December 18, 2014
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ALBANY, NY — During a cabinet meeting in Albany on December 17, Howard Zucker M.D., the Acting New York State Commissioner of Health, said that he could not recommend that hydraulic fracturing (fracking) should be allowed to go forward.

News in brief

Dimock residents put up water billboard
DIMOCK, PA — Dimock residents who have been living with contaminated water wells have put up a billboard on Route 29 that reads “Three Years of Contaminated Water, Fix It!” In 2008 and 2009, a number of private water wells in Dimock went bad after Cabot Oil and Gas began extracting shale gas in the area.  Read more

Bethel moves to protect, encourage farmland

The Town of Bethel, which cares enough about the agricultural community to list the farms in the town on its website, will consider a number of changes to its zoning code intended to protect and encourage more agricultural activity in the town.  Read more

Hinchey, Marino take opposite sides on debt ceiling deal

Hinchey Statement on Debt Ceiling Deal
Monday, 01 August 2011 15:49
Washington, DC -- Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) today released the following statement in opposition to the debt ceiling deal.  Read more

Delaware drowning victim third this season

NARROWSBURG, NY — The search for 18-year-old volunteer boy scout leader, Daniel Rak, concluded on Thursday afternoon when divers from the Port Jervis Volunteer Fire Department located the young man’s body in the Delaware River in the vicinity of the Number 9 railroad bridge near the Ten Mile River Scout Camp in the Town of Tusten.  Read more

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