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TRR photo by Jonathan Fox

NARROWSBURG, NY — The stilt walkers from NACL Theater, representing the two-year long Weather Project, were some of the sights on display at Riverfest on July 27. Riverfest was one of several summer events that unfolded in the Upper Delaware Valley over the weekend.

For a closer look at the celebration of the river, the celebration of Callicoon and the largest concert crowd of the season at Bethel Woods turn to Jonathan Fox’s column on page 18.

Judge strikes down Pennsylvania Voter ID Law

HARRISBURG, PA — A Pennsylvania judge has permanently blocked the Commonwealth's controversial Voter ID Law, which had previously been blocked by courts from being enforced in the 2012 and 2013 elections.

Opponents of the law, which included most of the Democrats in the state legislature, maintained from its inception that the law was intended to suppress voter turnout, especially among minorities and seniors.  Read more

Tax freeze, casino schedule and tourism

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — After Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave his State of the State Address on January 8, he sent emissaries across the state to have his message delivered personally to interested parties and to receive comments from them.  Read more

Blooming Grove organizes

LORDS VALLEY, PA — The Blooming Grove Township supervisors held their annual reorganizational meeting on January 6. Randy Schmalzle was unanimously re-appointed president and Nicholas Mazza vice president. Helen Yale is the third supervisor.  Read more

Hawley officials sworn in

HAWLEY, PA — Two new borough council members took their seats during Hawley’s annual reorganizational meeting on January 6.  Read more

Sullivan West looks to future with review of past and present; Advanced Placement and PEP programs examined

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — As Sullivan West Central School District (SWCS) readies to prepare its budget for the upcoming school year, administrators and school board members began the process of program review at the board’s January 9 meeting. Presentations by recent alumni and Dr. Lynda Bracken of the physical education department were intended to aid the board in its assessment of the effectiveness of the Advanced Placement (AP) program and the physical education program (PEP).  Read more

Superintendent questioned; Lawsuits on embezzlement and bullying

ELDRED, NY — During the public comment section at the January meeting of the Eldred Central School (ESC) Board of Education meeting, local resident Joanne Boehm questioned the board about the recent bullying lawsuit filed by the parents of a student against the district, as well as the embezzlement lawsuit brought against its former business manager.  Read more

Wayne renews victim’s alerts

HONESDALE, PA — Pennsylvania and Wayne County have a system to help victims of crime, who often retain fears about the person convicted for it.  Read more

Neighborly efforts and litigation

GLEN SPEY, NY — Once upon another time, the highway superintendents in rural Sullivan County decided that, given limited budgets and equipment, they could mutually save time and money by helping one another with their larger road repair projects.  Read more

Police department is focus of new borough council

HONESDALE, PA — It’s not often that an organization fails to approve minutes of its own previous meetings, but that’s what happened at the January 13 monthly meeting of the Honesdale Borough Council. In front of a room packed to capacity with media representatives, supporters of police sergeant Ron Kominski and curious citizenry, newly-elected Councilperson Tiffany Kominski voiced objection to the minutes of the January 3 emergency meeting.  Read more

Hoax draws dozens of police to fake standoff

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — Between 20 and 30 police officers reportedly surrounded a home in Dyberry Township near Honesdale on Friday night after an anonymous call reporting a violent incident at a home on Watts Hill Road, possibily involving a hostage situation. The tip turned out to be a hoax, something law enforcement officers refer to as “swatting,” in which emergency officers respond to a prank 911 call.  Read more

Glen Spey marijuana grow house raided

GLEN SPEY, NY — On Wednesday, January 8, the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at 144 Knight Road in Glen Spey.  Read more

PA Dems question choice for lottery

HARRISBURG, PA — The House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody, Democratic Whip Mike Hanna and Appropriations Committee Democratic Chairman Joe Markosek are disappointed by Gov. Tom Corbett’s selection of a Harrisburg insider for the crucial post of Pennsylvania Lottery executive director.  Read more

Brabenec picks up endorsements

HUGUENOT, NY — Three local Republican committees endorsed Town of Deerpark Supervisor Karl A. Brabenec for the New York State Assembly 98th district. The Republican town committees of Deerpark and Minisink and the City of Port Jervis Republican Committee voted to endorse Brabenec’s candidacy at their recent monthly meetings. Brabenec is running for the seat vacated by Annie Rabbit, who won an election to become the Orange County Clerk.  Read more

A Cochecton winter

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — At its first regular monthly meeting of 2014 on January 8, the Cochecton Town Board unanimously adopted two resolutions. The first authorized annual rent payment to Dog Control Officer Rosemary Barile for the use of her property as a kennel. The second indemnified all town board members, employees, clerks, and officers who handle public funds in the discharge of their official duties. And then the board turned its attention to the winter of discontent.  Read more

Forward motion on new Sullivan County Jail; competing plan sketched out

Can the proposed new Sullivan County Jail be built for less than $75 or $80 million? According to Lawrence Goldberg, president of Goldberg Group Architects, the answer is “yes.”  Read more

Local unemployment picture

UPPER DELAWARE RIVER VALLEY — For the first time since 2009, the unemployment rate in Pike County has dropped below 10%. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, as of November 2013, employment was up in Pike County, causing the unemployment rate to drop from 10.2% to 8.8%.  Read more

Wayne begins new year

HONESDALE, PA — Meeting for the first time in 2014 on January 3, the Wayne County commissioners prepared for 2014 expenses until new tax revenues appear.  Read more

Samuelson voted in for another term as Sullivan chairman

MONTICELLO, NY — At a meeting of the Sullivan County Legislature on January 2, Scott Samuelson was voted in by the legislature for another two-year term as chairman.  Read more

Informational meetings set for PA tavern gaming licenses

HARRISBURG, PA — The owners of liquor licenses in Pennsylvania will be able to apply for new tavern gaming licenses beginning on January 27. The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, acting with other relevant agencies has set up informational meetings across the state to explain the particulars of the licenses to those who may want to apply.  Read more

2014 Town of Cochecton reorganization

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — Newly re-elected Supervisor Gary Maas welcomed newly elected Councilperson Sean Nearing (who replaces Richard Schulman) to the board and newly re-elected Councilperson Edwin Grund back to the board at the Cochecton Town Board’s January 3 reorganization meeting. Councilpersons Anna Story and Larry Richardson complete the current board.  Read more