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October 13, 2015
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UPPER DELAWARE VALLEY — The Upper Delaware Scenic Byway (UDSB), which runs parallel to the Upper Delaware River, took second place in the USA Today survey of scenic byways, as well as the contest in which supporters voted for the Best Scenic Autumn Drive.
The UDSB is 70 miles long and runs along NY State Route 97 between Port Jervis, NY and Hancock, NY, and along the way offers some majestic views of the river.

Port Jervis sewer increases discussed

PORT JERVIS, NY — New sewer fees once again came up in the Port Jervis Common Council meeting on April 27, when several residents spoke against them during the public comments. Wayne Kidney, a landlord, had prepared a statement about the amendment to the original resolution to establish sewer-use fees passed at a previous meeting.  Read more

Frein’s attorneys seek change of venue; Motion specifies DA’s campaign materials

MILFORD, PA — Lawyers for accused cop killer Eric Frein have petitioned the court to have the case moved out of Pike County, saying their client can’t get a fair trial there. The motion filed by Michael Weinstein and William Ruzzo says that on May 1, District Attorney Ray Tonkin mailed some 4,500 fliers to Republican voters, with a picture of Frein who appears “bruised and bloody.”  Read more

Three dead in Ellenville crash

ELLENVILLE, NY — There was a fatal motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Route 209 and Nevele Drive in the Town of Wawarsing on May 3. Seven occupants of a van, all members of a Seventh Day Adventist church in Brooklyn, had been attending a religious retreat at the Honors Haven Resort in Ellenville.  Read more

Cast for Cash at second annual Lake Wallenpaupack fishing contest

HAWLEY, PA — The Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management District and Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau has announced the second annual Cast for Cash fishing contest on Lake Wallenpaupack. The contest runs from May 1 through September 30.  Read more

Former pastor pleads guilty to incest

MILFORD, PA — Norman Theodore Faux, age 55, of Lake Ariel, pled guilty on April 30 to one count of incest and one count of corruption of a minor. The incidents occurred during the period of January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2012 at the defendant’s home in Lake Ariel. At the guilty plea hearing, Faux admitted to performing oral sex on the victim, who was less than 18 years old at the time. The defendant used to be a United Methodist pastor in Lake Ariel and before that was a pastor in Lackawanna County.  Read more

Liberty residents to vote again on school capital project

ALBANY, NY — After listening to residents’ concerns following a referendum vote on a capital project for the Liberty Central School District in October 2014, district officials returned to the drawing board and came up with a $9.6 million plan that reduces the scope and cost of Phase Two proposed renovations, but in their view still serves the needs of health, safety and education of the district.  Read more

PA has most Lyme

WASHINGTON, DC — Pennsylvania has reported the highest number of Lyme disease cases for the past five years in a row. In 2013, there were about 86 cases reported in Wayne County and 39 in Pike County; the black-legged ticks that carry the disease are now found in all 67 counties in the state.  Read more

What to do about too many deer

REGION — Anyone who drives the highways and byways of the Upper Delaware River Valley is surely familiar with the sight of a deer corpse on the side of the road, being gradually consumed by turkey vultures or other scavengers.  Read more

Narrowsburg School now an IDA project; Tusten residents in support

NARROWSBURG, NY — A public hearing was held for the Narrowsburg School today at 10 a.m. in the Tusten Town Hall. The hearing was regarding the school now being a project of the Sullivan County Industrial Development Agency (IDA).  Read more

Schumer calls for e-cigarette regs; Fruity flavors are lure for kinds

ALBANY, NY — By labeling their e-cigarette flavors with names such as Cotton Candy and Gummy Bears, Sen. Chuck Schumer says the manufacturers are targeting teens and children and he wants to put an end to it.  Read more

No highway contract settlement

GLEN SPEY, NY — A two-hour closed session meeting with the town’s negotiations consultant on April 22 yielded no resolution in a contract settlement for the town highway department.  Read more

Berlin Township’s nuisance law

BEACH LAKE, PA — The April 21 meeting of the Berlin Township board of supervisors was mainly a postscript to the March 17 public hearing on a proposed nuisance abatement ordinance (NAO). Although the approximately 40 residents in attendance at the meeting were far fewer than the 200 who showed up at the hearing, their presence marked a radical change from board meetings of a few months ago. Back then, six was a crowd.  Read more

A moment to go down in television history

NEW YORK CITY, NY — In the past two months, you’ve probably heard some mention of the name Robert Durst. The real estate millionaire and accused murderer was the subject of an HBO documentary miniseries called “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst.” Zac Stuart-Pontier, a local of Narrowsburg and the son of The River Reporter’s publisher Laurie Stuart, was the editor, co-producer and a writer of this riveting series.  Read more

Upper Delaware Council awards

BEACH LAKE, PA — More than 100 people attended the April 26, afternoon banquet at the Central House Family Resort, marking the 27th annual Upper Delaware Council awards.

Keynote speaker Daniel A. Devlin detailed the history and role of the PA Bureau of Forestry since its inception in 1895. The bureau manages some 2.2 million acres of “Penn’s Woods” statewide, including 700,000 acres now under lease for natural gas development.  Read more

Parking regs to wait another month

ELDRED, NY — Highland zoning regulation for parking, which nearly everyone has decided is overly stringent, will wait another month for a vote on revision.  Read more

Court orders bail companies to pay; Pike to collect on prisoners’ bail

MILFORD, PA — The Pennsylvania Superior Court has ordered that two bail companies, Seneca Insurance Company and Evergreen National Indemnity Company, must pay $125,000 to Pike County stemming from a murder conviction committed while a defendant was free on bail.  Read more

Pike drug arrests up, burglaries down

MILFORD, PA — Pike County District Attorney Ray Tonkin has announced the year-end figures related to the Pike County Drug Task Force. The year 2014 brought a large number of arrests for drug offenses. The task force arrested a total of 37 people. The total number or arrests represents a substantial increase over the 21 persons arrested in 2013.  Read more

No chronic wasting disease in NY

ALBANY, NY —With more than 2,400 white-tailed deer tested in the 2014-15 big game season in New York State, none tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced. However, CWD continues to pose a potential threat to New York’s wild white-tailed deer herd.  Read more

Casey opposed to TPP

WASHINGTON, DC —U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, released a statement following the release of an agreement on Trade Promotion Authority—or fast track authority—on the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement.  Read more

NY Assembly gets tablets

ALBANY, NY — Assemblyman Bob Oaks, who has long advocated for the electronic presentation of legislation to Assembly members, is celebrating the recent installation of computer tablets on desks in the legislative chamber.  Read more