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SMALLWOOD, NY — Dozens of residents gathered at the recreation area of the Toronto Reservoir on August 20 for a demonstration in support of keeping the access area open to the public. The New York State Department of Health (DOH) said the area was a public beach and it was being operated without a permit.

County honors its overseers

HONESDALE, PA — “Trust, but verify,” President Reagan once said of then Soviet-American relations. In our courts, the verification of all monitored releases of those convicted of crimes is overseen by probation and parole officers.  Read more

The Addict Next Door: Aftermath, part two

I have more good days than bad now. Depression is an illness. It can be managed, but it is not curable. I have bad days. I have days when I miss doctor’s appointments and run out of my meds and go through withdrawal. I have days where I don’t get out of bed.  Read more

Health groups set top priorities; Outlining the Community Health Needs Assessment

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — In the wake of the announcement of county health rankings in New York State, in which Sullivan County came in next to last, local groups and individuals related to the health sector are rallying together to improve that standing. Among them are health providers—e.g. doctors, hospitals, mental health practitioners, nurses and the like. One such key provider to the area is Catskill Regional Medical Center (CRMC), a non-profit acute-care facility that serves all 44 municipalities in the county.  Read more

3D printing at a library near you

CALLLICOON, NY – Nine tweens stand crowded around a gadget that looks like something out of a 1950s sci-fi movie. Smaller than a breadbox and quiet as a mouse, the three-dimensional (3D) printer is constructing a tiny plastic dragon, perfect for this July 21 Teen Tech Time class at the Delaware Free Branch of the Western Sullivan Public Library.  Read more

Bread and water; and art, too: Callicoon’s weigh station gets upgrade

CALLICOON, NY — When Isaac Green Diebboll bought the historic weigh station and silos on Main Street, he had big plans for them. Part of that plan is coming to fruition, as Green Diebboll and partner Thomas Bosket bring water to the building and host drawing and community potluck nights.  Read more

Bethel continues campaign against unsafe structures

WHITE LAKE, NY — The Bethel Town Board continued its campaign against unsafe and unsightly structures in the town, taking action on six separate properties.  Read more

Solarize Sullivan shoots for the sun

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Ramsay Adams, the executive director of Catskill Mountainkeeper, likes to say that the Catskill Brewery is the greenest—or one the greenest—breweries in the country. It’s a fitting place then to kick off a campaign meant to help people develop solar installations for their homes or businesses.  Read more

PA ignition interlock law takes effect next year

HARRISBURG PA — Pennsylvania state senators John Rafferty and Sean D. Wiley hosted a news conference with local officials and advocacy groups on July 28 to show their support for Pennsylvania’s new ignition interlock law, saying it will save lives and prevent repeat drunk-driving attempts.  Read more

Sullivan County celebrates National Farmers Market Week

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Farmers’ markets in Sullivan County have formed a collective with the Sullivan County Planning Department, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Sullivan County and other community stakeholders with a shared goal: to promote and improve local farmers’ markets. During National Farmers Market Week, August 7 to 13, the public is invited to take a first look—or closer look—at their local farmers’ market. All markets are featuring special events and a scavenger hunt. Every participant will receive a free tote bag, temporary tattoo, or large sticker.  Read more

Weekend rains close Honesdale road

HONESDALE, PA — The rainy weekend in the region resulted in flooding along Route Six in Texas Township and in the closing of the highway on Sunday afternoon.  Read more

Loch Sheldrake man sentenced to 10 years for burglary

MONTICELLO, NY — Philip Bellows, 29, of Loch Sheldrake, was sentenced on Wednesday, July 27, to 10 years in prison and five years of post-release supervision by Sullivan County Court Judge Frank J. Labuda for his role in the burglary of a Fallsburg home and possession of a handgun stolen from that home.  Read more

Yasgur Farm plan bogged down

WHITE LAKE, NY — The effort to open a campground at the famed Yasgur Farm on Route 17 in Bethel was once again up for review at a meeting of the Bethel Planning Board on August 1.  Read more

Hummingbirds and damselflies

REGION — Hummingbirds take nectar from the plentiful orange jewelweed. Another plant that attracts hummingbirds and that is present in wetlands is the cardinal flower, a plant that blooms in mid- to late summer with a deep red tubular flower that relies heavily on the hummingbirds’ long bill for pollination.

Pond Eddy Bridge project begins

POND EDDY, NY — The construction of the new Pond Eddy Bridge, slated to open sometime in 2018, is underway. Heavy equipment is lining Route 97 near the existing bridge, and a new short access road is leading to the river landing. Both are constructed from large blocks of rock.  Read more

Addict Next Door: Aftermath, part one

[This is Part VIII of this series, printed on an ad hoc basis, which follows author Vera Moret’s journey into addiction and depression, and her subsequent entry into the ongoing process of recovery.]  Read more

Literary festival planned for Milford

MILFORD, PA — A new festival celebrating Milford’s rich history and current population of writers—and readers—is coming to town in the last weekend of September/beginning of October this year. Working with area writers and volunteers, its aim is to connect readers and local and/or aspiring writers with already established literary figures for inspiration and enjoyment, Amy Ferris, one of the board members explained.  Read more

Fly fishing center celebration scheduled; Casting competition, market & pig roast

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Glenn Pontier, the newly installed executive director of the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum (CFFCM), invited The River Reporter to the facility to look over the various exhibits and displays.  Read more

Sullivan recognizes lifesaver

GLEN SPEY, NY — Luis Alvarez, chairman of the Sullivan County Legislature, is pictured at the July 13 meeting of the Lumberland Town Board as he presented a certificate of special recognition to highway superintendent and volunteer firefighter, Don Hunt Jr., for his “quick assistance in rescuing and saving two lives in the Delaware River on May 8, 2016.”

Highland plans zoning do-over

ELDRED, NY — Highland officials say the town’s zoning ordinance is so far out of synch with current issues that piecemeal revisions no longer work and a comprehensive update is needed.  Read more

Wayne dumps cleaned up

BEACH LAKE, PA — At the July 19 Berlin Township Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Cathy Hunt read an open letter dated July 7 from the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC). Summarizing the results to date of a four-year illegal dumpsite cleanup program, the letter stated that five Wayne County sites had been cleaned up in 2015 and six during spring 2016.  Read more