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UPPER DELAWARE VALLEY — The warm weather of the past few days has left Ten Mile River mostly free of ice, and the ice on many of the lakes in the region looks like it might not be thick enough to walk on.

Putting an electric vehicle to the test

CALLICOON CENTER, NY — Bryan Kent is a show-me kind of guy. Now, having been won over by the performance of his electric vehicle, a 2013 Nisson Leaf, he is driving it on an epic road trip covering more than 26,000 miles in about 100 days. Along the way, he plans to visit the capitals of the 48 contiguous U.S. states and plant 100 trees.  Read more

Shohola and Pike humane society find common ground

SHOHOLA, PA — The Pike County Humane Society (PCHS) has lately been under tremendous pressure on several fronts: it is in serious need of funds; the shelter is always or nearly always full; and there have been questions regarding their handling of finances, which at one point left Shohola believing that over $120,000 was missing from the shelter’s books.  Read more

Bethel board denies lakeside septic waiver

WHITE LAKE, NY — Developer Shaya Boymelgreen suffered a setback this week as the Bethel town board voted to deny the septic waiver he had sought. He has been trying for several years to create a four-lot subdivision and build a 12,000-square-foot home on one of the lots.  Read more

Traffic problems shifted downstream

ELDRED, NY — Highland officials are hoping that moving the landing of river boating traffic further downstream in Barryville will alleviate traffic problems raised in last month’s complaints from River Road residents.  Read more

Staffing levels at nursing home questioned

MONTICELLO, NY — Staffing levels at the Sullivan County Adult Care Center (ACC) and the quality of some of the new hires at the facility were among the topics touched on at a wide-ranging discussion of the facility at a meeting of the Health and Family Services Committee at the government center on August 13.  Read more

Asian longhorned beetle month

HARRISBURG, PA — Gov. Tom Wolf proclaimed August Asian Longhorned Beetle Awareness Month in recognition of the danger the beetles pose for multiple Pennsylvania hardwood species.  Read more

Boyar to nominate Haas for supervisor

ELDRED, NY — Highland Supervisor and Democrat, Andrew Boyar confirmed Tuesday that he would not seek re-election, and planned to nominate councilman Donald “Jeff” Haas, a Republican, as his successor at the August 18, Highland Democratic Party caucus.

Boyar, who served close to two decades in two separate incumbencies, said he is now dealing with serious health issues. “I love the area and plan to stay involved, but I don’t want to spend so much time in meetings anymore,” he said.  Read more

Household hazardous waste event

MONTICELLO, NY — The second Household Hazardous Waste Event will take place in Sullivan County from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, August 30, at the Monticello Transfer Station, located at 91 Landfill Dr.  Read more

Meetings to be held on finished Cannonsville repairs

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — As of Tuesday, August 18, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYDEP) expected final repairs downstream of the Cannonsville dam to be complete. It has announced a series of public meetings to provide residents of the Delaware River Valley with an update on the successful repairs. The public meetings will take place at the following dates, times and locations:

• Tuesday, Aug. 25 at 6 p.m. at the State Theater, 148 Front St., Deposit, NY.

• Thursday, August 27 at 6 p.m. at the Upper Delaware Council office, 211 Bridge St., Narrowsburg, NY  Read more

Triathlon in Port Jervis

PORT JERVIS, NY — Fifty participants from four states came to take part in the first annual Tri-State Triathlon on Sunday, August 16. The event was organized jointly by the City of Port Jervis and the Town of Deerpark in order to promote the area profile, and to encourage more tourists to visit the area.  Read more

DHC invites town input for Long Eddy access

It was standing room only at the Town of Fremont Town Hall on Wednesday, August 12, as concerned townspeople met for a regular town meeting at which the proposed Long Eddy river access improvement project was on the agenda.  Read more

Inside the film selection process for Big Eddy

NARROWSBURG, NY — The fourth annual Big Eddy Film Festival will kick off this year on Friday, September 18 at the Tusten Theatre. About 20 to 30 films will be screened including feature films, documentaries, shorts and films for kids and made by kids. But how do all of those films end up at the Big Eddy Film Festival? Festival program director Tina Spangler explained the selection process.  Read more

River drowning in Town of Highland

On Friday, August 14th, a 48 year old man from Flushing, NY drowned while swimming in the Delaware River near the Ascalona Campground in the Town of Highland, NY. A group of kayakers saw the victim go under after struggling in the middle of the river. He was not wearing a life jacket.  Read more

Public asks questions about Main Street deck; Opinion split, but more so in favor

NARROWSBURG, NY — Imagine you want to do a major home improvement project. Say, building a deck. You have to decide what kind of deck, you have to find an engineer and an architect and a contractor, you have to take both safety (first) and aesthetic into consideration, and, of course, the cost. Now imagine you are going through this process with the opinions of your neighbors weighing in. It’s bound to get messy.  Read more

Tributes to Tom Kane

Tom Kane, a longtime River Reporter writer who died over this past weekend, was a man with a fine capacity for moral indignation, tempered by a singular sweetness of character. It is an unusual combination, and an ideal one to find in a colleague working on a newspaper. Tom’s instincts for justice informed a pen he wielded in defense of all he considered to be vulnerable or downtrodden, from our beleaguered farmers to the land, wildlife and people he thought to be threatened by horizontal hydrofracking.  Read more

Kane arraigned on violating grand jury secrecy laws

NORRISTOWN, PA — Kathleen Kane, the Democratic Pennsylvania attorney general, who was once seen as a rising political star in the state, appeared before a judge via video link on August 8, and pleaded not guilty to charges leveled by a grand jury. The charges said that Kane violated secrecy laws dealing with another grand jury case that involved the investigation of Whyatt Mondesire, the former head of the NAACP chapter in Philadelphia.  Read more

Sullivan Renaissance awards bestowed; A slight change in tone

BETHEL WOODS, NY — The annual Sullivan Renaissance awards were handed out to various volunteers and groups at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on August 10, and this year marked a bit of a change on the part of Sandra Gerry, the driving force behind the much-lauded county-wide beautification program.  Read more

Wayne okays children & youth report

HONESDALE, PA — Wayne County spent $3.1 million on Children & Youth Services costs in the past fiscal quarter, Human Services Director Andrea Whyte reported on July 30.  Read more

DV to shed old school site

WESTFALL, PA — Safety concerns about a gas pipeline kept the Delaware Valley School District from building a new elementary school on a U.S. Route 6/209 tract and now the district is close to selling the property.  Read more

Historic Luxton Lake comes back to life

NARROWSBURG, NY — Members of the Luxton Lake Property Owners Association are giving back to their community by constructing a pavilion in the park. The pavilion went up this past weekend, and will soon be host to jazz concerts and many more events.  Read more