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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.

Proposed regs provoke impassioned responses

As the new deadline to comment on the Delaware River Basin Commission’s Draft Natural Gas Development Regulations approaches on April 15, responses are arriving in droves and few are supportive.  Read more

Marino back from Afghanistan

Congressman Tom Marino returned from a week-long trip to Afghanistan on March 25, saying that U.S. troops are still needed there. Marino, who ran as a fiscal conservative and defeated Chris Carney in the election last November, said that the U.S. dollars that are flowing into the country are well-spent.  Read more

News in brief

Coalition supports revised flow management
UPPER DELAWARE RIVER VALLEY — A coalition of key conservation groups has joined to back one of the proposals being considered by the Delaware River Basin Commission to replace the current Flexible Flow Management Plan (FFMP) for managing flows in the river.  Read more

Former Shohola official investigated by Grand Jury

The former Shohola Township Zoning Officer is being investigated by a grand jury in Harrisburg. Donald Wall, who is the township’s current fire chief, was removed from office in March 2010 by supervisor George Fluhr.

Wall’s wife, Nelia, was also removed from her position as the township secretary and treasurer. She is also one of the township’s supervisors and can only be removed from that office by the voters.  Read more

Damascus axes Keesler

Damascus supervisor Joe Canfield wanted to remove resident Dolores Keesler as the Damascus representative on the Upper Delaware Council (UDC). The other two supervisors agreed and they voted for her ouster at the Damascus Township meeting on March 21.  Read more

Tusten Comptroller Considered

Tusten supervisor Peg Harrison has been performing the bookkeeping duties of the town since the board voted on January 5 to eliminate the position. At the town meeting on March 14, Harrison said it is a “conflict” for her to continue to act as the bookkeeper, and asked the board to re-establish the position of town bookkeeper so that she could move to define the job and fill it. She said the job would not require more than 15 hours of work per week.  Read more

Firewood business, hot neighbors

Whether the New York Firewood Company violated town code, and whether town officials must do anything about it, is a matter of interpretation of the rules.

Early last spring, Forbes March began constructing what was ultimately to become an operation that imports logs from outside of the property, cuts the logs up and dries the wood in a kiln. The wood is then bundled and trucked off to be sold at retail outlets.  Read more

Six vie for Wayne commissioner slot

The list of Wayne County candidates for commissioner has three Democrats and three Republicans running in the primary election in May, and the four winners will run for three seats in the November election.  Read more

News Briefs

Happy 1000th kilowatt
MILANVILLE, PA — The River Reporter has been following the tribulations of our solar panels during a long winter [at Barbara Yeaman’s house on River Road; see “Solar in winter,” February 10, and news brief, “Back in business,” February 1], so I’m happy to report that on March 3—following a run of sunny days—our solar meter recorded its 1000th kilowatt hour of electricity.  Read more

Highland makes headway on gas protections

In ongoing efforts to protect the Town of Highland from the potential impacts of gas drilling, the town board approved several motions related to the issue at its meeting on March 15.  Read more

Crematorium planned for Pike

A crematorium, having a section for humans and one for pets, has been approved as a land development project by Milford Township.  Read more

Pipe yard prepped for 300 Line Project

Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company (TGP), a subsidiary of El Paso Corporation, has begun preparing a new pipe yard, referred to as the 321-15 Yard, in support of plans to increase the capacity of its natural gas 300 Line.  Read more

Turkey vultures return to Narrowsburg

It doesn’t sound quite as charming as the swallows that return to Capistrano, CA every year in March, but a similar avian homecoming takes place in Narrowsburg. For at least the past seven years, and perhaps quite a bit longer, a flock of turkey vultures returns to Narrowsburg each spring after spending the winter in warmer surroundings.  Read more

Bethel to adopt cell tower law

Bethel lawmakers had intended to take a vote on a new cell tower ordinance two weeks ago. But after a resident brought up examples of other cell tower laws, the board agreed to put the vote off to consider changes to the proposed ordinance.  Read more

Hinchey visits value added farm in Bethel

At a time when dairy farms are closing down at a record pace, Bob Franklin, who owns Pelleh Farm on Happy Avenue in the Town of Bethel, is expanding his dairy operation. He recently installed a small bottling plant and now sells up to 500 gallons of organic, kosher milk every week. He sells to grocery stores in the region, and to the people who stop by the farm to get their supply. He’s aiming to sell about 1,200 bottles per week, and to expand into other products, such as yogurt and cheese.  Read more

Free speech or violation of town code?

The red, white and blue sign that says “Let’s get frackin,’ Just pass the GAS!” is an obvious reference to the gas drilling debate that has raged through the region for the past three years. According to comments made at the Tusten Town Board meeting on March 14, the owner of the building, Ned Lang, considers it a matter of free speech.  Read more

Gillibrand: dairy farms need help now

U. S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand from New York doesn’t want to wait. She wants it now.

Gillibrand announced a comprehensive plan to provide immediate support for New York dairy farmers who are facing an imminent crisis, not next year, not tomorrow but today.  Read more

News Briefs

2010 census shows mix of growth, decline for Wayne and Pike
HONESDALE, PA — The 2010 Census data has been released in Pennsylvania, and Wayne County Director of Planning Ed Coar informed the Wayne County Commissioners commissioners of the results.  Read more

Phish fears in the land of peace and love

Many of the business and community leaders are welcoming the coming of Phish. The jam band is scheduled to perform three nights in a row over Memorial Day Weekend beginning on May 27 at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. Hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts and camps in the area are being flooded with reservations, according to Roberta Byron Lockwood, president of the Sullivan County Visitors Association, and the concerts might well get the summer season started with a bang.  Read more

Un-paving paper highways

Sullivan County has long been thought of as a vacation spot for tourists from New York City. That was true way back in 1852, when a group of investors bought land now known as The Flats and Irish Hill in Narrowsburg with the idea that they would sell 200 lots, sized 50 feet by 100 feet, to city dwellers who could ride the Erie Railroad, which ran through the development, to reach their modest country properties.  Read more