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REGION — Forecasters generally agree that the strong El Niño that was in place last fall was responsible for bringing very warm temperatures to the region last winter. They also agree that El Niño—an area of warmer-than-usual water in the Pacific Ocean—faded months ago. El Niño is often soon replaced by La Niña, which brings colder temperatures to the Northeast United States.

Wallenpaupack hires concussion specialist

WALLENPAUPACK, PA — The board of the Wallenpaupack Area School District has voted to hire a physician to deal with situations where a student might suffer a concussion.  Read more

New Jersey man arrested for drugs in Monticello

MONTICELLO, NY — On Sunday, April 10, deputies from the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office went to a residence in Melody Lake Estate in the Town of Thompson following a report about a subject who was wanted as a fugitive from justice in the state of New Jersey.  Read more

Tusten mulls over camping law; What to do with waste?

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Tusten Town Board continued its discussion on the Camping Local Law at its recent meeting on April 12. A public hearing was held at the last meeting, but it was not properly advertised, so another public hearing was held this month prior to the regular meeting.  Read more

It’s turtle season again

NARROWSBURG, NY — A line of turtles basking in the sun is a sure sign that spring is in full swing. This group of turtles took advantage of the warm temperatures on Monday to climb up out of Little Lake Erie in Narrowsburg onto logs where they warmed themselves.

These are Eastern painted turtles, and they require the warmth of the sun to raise their body temperatures high enough—above 63 degrees Fahrenheit—that they can become active and feed.  Read more

Sullivan legislator blasts FERC; Says county needs to support towns

MONTICELLO, NY — Sullivan County Legislator Nadia Rajsz began the meeting of the Health and Family Services Committee on April 14 by asking her follow lawmakers to pass a resolution supporting four towns in the county that oppose the proposed compressor station near Eldred.  Read more

Smoking gun in Bloomingburg? Documents lay out plan for Hasidic community

Documents unsealed by a federal judge and obtained by The River Reporter on April 19, indicate that Shalom Lamm, the developer of the controversial project called Villages at Chestnut Ridge, knew at least from 2006 that the project was intended to house a Hasidic community. Further, the document shows that the tiny Village of Bloomingburg was an attractive place to build the development because the local government could be taken over by newcomers.  Read more

Keeping lunch nonprofit

MONTICELLO, NY — Larry Houman, who has been operating the lunch place at the Sullivan County Government Center, will soon be retiring for the second time. Houman, who was not in his usual place on this particular day, has been operating the breakfast and lunch food place for nearly 20 years.  Read more

Penny-farthing stolen from Lumberland porch

GLEN SPEY, NY — A custom-made old-fashioned bicycle called a penny-farthing, belonging to the late Bill Schneider Sr., had been happily sitting on a porch in Glen Spey for 22 years, since Schneider’s passing, Then sometime on or around March 28, a thief or thieves made off with the bike when no one was home.  Read more

Herbicides in Lake Simcha again

GLEN SPEY, NY — The owners of Camp Simcha are once again applying to the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) for a permit to allow them to put the herbicide Sonar SRP (Slow Release Pellets) into a five-acre area of Camp Simcha Lake to control the growth of aquatic vegetation in the lake.  Read more

Dental costs for county jail: $35,000

MONTICELLO, NY — Due to the fact that six of the nine Sullivan County legislators are still rather new to the task, sometimes questions arise because county obligations and the relationship between the county and the state may come as a surprise to some legislators.  Read more

Budget brings big change to STAR Rebate program

ALBANY, NY — As part of the budget deal passed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state legislature on April 2, the School Tax Relief (STAR) Rebate Program will undergo a significant change this year. For new homeowners or for homeowners moving from one house to another, instead of getting the rebate up front when paying property taxes, residents will instead receive a tax credit to deduct from their state income tax payments.  Read more

Pike Job Fair gets the word out

Michael Sullivan, executive director of the Pike County Economic Development Authority (EDA) and Cindy DeFebo, director of Pike County Workforce Development, appeared at the county commissioners’ April 6 meeting to announce that the 65 slots available for employers at the upcoming April 15 “Working Pike” job fair have been filled.

“We have concentrated on getting employers and now we have to concentrate on getting the word out to the unemployed and under-employed,” Sullivan said.  Read more

Pike seeks heroin solutions; How to search your kid’s room

MILFORD, PA — Catholic Social Services last week reported that of 244 drug and alcohol treatment episodes it dealt with in Pike County last year, the largest segment, 87 (36%) of them, were related to heroin use. Incidents involving beer (23%) and marijuana (20%) ranked second and third.  Read more

River panel okays NYC hydro support

NARROWSBURG, NY — Fred Peckham offered grudging support on April 7 as the Upper Delaware Council (UDC) approved a letter of support to Congress, backing New York City’s effort to extend its permit to build a hydroelectric generator at the Cannonsville Dam.  Read more

Decree Party Principals listen, but audience questions comprehension

HAWLEY, PA — When the next document to govern flows from New York City’s Delaware Basin Reservoir System is unveiled on June 1, “expect it to look much the same as 2015,” Delaware River Master Robert Mason Jr. told a crowd of 130 who had largely turned out to advocate for meaningful changes.  Read more

Bill would prohibit pay for officials serving on boards

HARRISBURG, PA — State Rep. Ryan A. Bizzarro introduced legislation on April 11 that would remove perceived conflicts of interest for public officials and employees serving on corporate or non-profit boards outside of government service, by prohibiting them from receiving any salary or compensation for serving on such boards. The official or employee still would be permitted to receive reimbursement for actual expenses that are provided to other board members.  Read more

Sullivan Pride Awards announced

MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce is celebrating 25 years of honoring individuals as the pride of their community. The 25th Anniversary Pride Awards Gala, to be held on Sunday, May 15 at the Villa Roma Resort, will honor five individuals from throughout Sullivan County for their community involvement and their contributions to the economic development in the county.  Read more

Delaware Water Gap gets trail grant

BUSHKILL, PA — The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (DWG) was awarded $20,625 from the 2016 Active Trails grant program. The grant will be used to conduct the “Active Adventures: Find your Path to Wellness” program in 2016. The program will be carried out by the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) in Dingmans Ferry.  Read more

Gunther cosponsors GMO law

MONTICELLO, NY — Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther has cosponsored legislation that would require labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in New York State. “Assembly member Gunther showed real leadership by standing up for the right of New Yorkers to know whether the food we feed our families is genetically engineered,” said Alex Beauchamp, Northeast Region director at Food & Water Watch (FWW) on April 8. “It’s time for her colleagues in the Assembly and the Senate to follow suit and pass GMO labeling into law now.”  Read more

Another push for single payer

MONTICELLO, NY — It’s been widely reported that Sullivan County has the second least healthy population in the state, and part of the cause is a lack of access to affordable healthcare. While Obamacare has improved the situation somewhat, there are still too many people who can’t afford premiums or co-pays.  Read more