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REGION — There’s no question that last year’s winter was one for the record books, with temperature records falling all across the eastern United States and here in the Northeast, while most of the rest of the planet experienced above-normal temperatures. In fact, temperatures were so far above normal for most of the planet that by the end of August climate scientists were projecting that 2015 will be the warmest year since record taking began in 1880. Coming in right behind this year is 2014, which will then become the second warmest year on record.

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

Cannonsville aftermath questions at UDC

NARROWSBURG, NY — A week after July 8 test bore drilling created a turbid release below the dam, New York City officials revealed the incident, and announced on July 15 that the Cannonsville Dam was not leaking. The New York Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP) press release stated that “a preliminary investigation indicated that the drilling released ground water.”

At the same time, “out of an abundance of caution,” the city gathered downstream regional emergency management officials at the Deposit Theater on July 16 to view a slideshow with details about what had occurred.  Read more

Keeping dairy alive in Wayne County

DAMASCUS, PA — If family dairy farms are to survive and prosper, they’ve got to receive more for their product than it costs to produce it, dairy farmer and Wayne County Commissioner Brian Smith told the audience in his barn.  Read more

Senior fair in Milford

MILFORD, PA — Reps. Rosemary Brown and Mike Peifer are inviting all area seniors and their families to attend a Senior Expo on Thursday, September 3. The annual event will give seniors the opportunity to learn more about services and activities in the area that can enhance their quality of life.

The expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Dingman Township Fire Hall, at 680 Log Tavern Rd. Admission is free, and no reservations are necessary.  Read more

No Confederate flags at fair

SYRACUSE, NY — The New York State Fair, which is held in Syracuse every year, has announced that vendors will not be able to sell items that bear the symbol of the Confederate flag this year, although they have been able to do so in the past.  Read more

Casey gets $200,000 for Lackawaxen Fire Commission

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Sen. Bob Casey on August 7 announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded $203,660 to the Lackawaxen Township Fire Commission in Pike County for hiring as part of the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Program.  Read more

Second stage of repairs begun at Cannonsville Reservoir

CANNONSVILLE RESERVOIR, NY — The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) provided an update on the repair and monitoring efforts downstream of Cannonsville Dam. On August 10, engineers and work crews began the second stage of repairs at the site. This stage focuses on sealing shut the original boreholes that led to the cloudy discharge downstream of the dam.  Read more

Fire at Milford compressor; Arson or accident?

MILFORD, PA — A fire that began near midnight on August 8 at the Milford Compressor Station is being investigated by the Pennsylvania State Police as a suspected arson. The fire resulted in an estimated $80,000 in damage to a turbine motor skid, but no one was injured.

The construction of the large compressor, owned by Columbia Pipeline Group, has been actively opposed by residents in the area and also by the group, Stop the Milford Compressor Station.  Read more

Grace Johansen departed

NARROWSBURG, NY — Grace Johansen, who had a long relationship with The River Reporter as an employee and columnist, passed away on August 8 at the age of 86.  Read more

Wrecking ball for Blue Victorian? Jeff residents speak out

The owner asked how many people in the audience would be willing to help save her building known as the Blue Victorian. About 35 of the 50 people in the room raised their hands.  Read more

Tom Kane passes

Tom Kane, a long-time reporter at The River Reporter and an author, has passed away according to sources familiar with the situation. Kane’s body was found in the Upper Delaware River on the afternoon of August 9, about 50 feet south of the Narrowsburg Bridge.  Read more

Farmers’ market directory available

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — A free, educational publication on local farmers’ market information is now available to the public. The Sullivan County Catskills Farmers’ Market Directory offers a listing of area markets that includes dates and times, location, contact information, and a description of what to expect. The directory highlights the importance of, and offers guidance for, supporting agriculture in our community, and eating fresh, healthy foods with your family.  Read more

Antique dealers donate to historical society

MILFORD AND HAWLEY, PA — Thanks to a successful annual antique show and sale last year, representatives from the Wayne, Pike (PA) and Sullivan County (NY) Antiques Dealer Association (WPSADA) recently presented a $500 donation to Lori Strelecki, the executive director of the Pike County Historical Society, to further its mission. The presentation took place at the society’s museum, the Columns. WPSADA President Lynn Valashinas said, “The Pike County organization was one of several selected to benefit from WPSADA’s 2014 event.  Read more

Monticello Elks hold golf tournament

LIBERTY, NY — Monticello Elks Lodge #1544 will hold its annual golf tournament at Grossingers Country Club on Sunday, August 16, with a shotgun start at 12 noon. It’s a scramble format, with dirty water dawgs and refreshments on the course. The cost of $100 includes refreshments, prizes and a steak dinner at the Lodge on North Street. The tournament benefits the Monticello Elks scholarship fund. Call Rich Hugel at 845/856-5341 or Paul Manz at 845/794-7907.

Tourism up in Sullivan

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — According to the board of the Sullivan County Visitors Association (SCVA), tourist spending for 2014 was up 2.5% over 2013, with the total reaching about $372 million.

Spending was increased across all sectors, including second homes, food and lodging. According to a press release from SCVA, “In Sullivan County alone, spending on second homes totaled $125.8 million, while spending on lodging totaled $143.4 million, up $4 million from 2013.”  Read more

Volunteers to the rescue

POND EDDY, NY — A tree fell across the road on State Route 97 on August 1, temporarily stopping the heavy weekend visitor traffic on the very hot afternoon. Locals Mark Arundel and Ron Schneider also stopped, and Arundel attached a metal chain from his truck to the tree, and pulled it off with the truck. Passersby helped push the tree to the side so traffic could pass on one side before police or fire department arrived.    Read more

Public airs concerns over Narrowsburg bridge

NARROWSBURG, NY — Strongly encouraged by some 400 petition signatures and local agency letters requesting an update on the fate of the Narrowsburg bridge, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) responded by holding a public meeting July 29 to field all questions.

The 1953 bridge has been reduced to a single lane controlled by traffic signals since emergency repairs were completed two years ago to address advanced deterioration of the deck, which had caused a weight limit down-posting to 15 tons on January 8, 2013.  Read more