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December 20, 2014
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ALBANY, NY — During a cabinet meeting in Albany on December 17, Howard Zucker M.D., the Acting New York State Commissioner of Health, said that he could not recommend that hydraulic fracturing (fracking) should be allowed to go forward.

Hawley makes strides toward beautification

HAWLEY, PA — It was all basically positive news at May 14th’s Hawley Borough Council meeting. From rebuilding the park to planning for future events to making moves toward removing any unsightly and unsafe structures, steps are being taken to make the town an inviting and attractive place to live and visit.  Read more

Poconos: A hot spot for summer

HAWLEY, PA — The Pocono Mountains are a huge tourist destination in the summer, according to the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau (PMVB), which held a press conference on May 22 at which Carl Wilgus, its president and CEO, announced the schedule for the busy upcoming summer season. Events will include the Hospitality Scholarship Golf Tournament, Bike Train Weekend, NASCAR/IndyCar race, and summer concerts and festivals.  Read more

Supervisor for a day in Damascus; Students learn about governance

DAMASCUS, PA — Exhibiting a professionalism that raises the bar for public officials at all levels of government, four Wayne Highlands eighth-graders learned firsthand about government at the township level, by conducting the May 19 Damascus Board of Supervisors meeting. Leah Jay, Jon Kabonick, Julia Polt and Will Reiger spent part of the day as acting supervisors at the Damascus Community Hall. They left early to participate in mandatory school testing, but returned to direct the evening supervisors’ meeting, with only minimal coaching from the elected supervisors.  Read more

New York officials target microbeads; Tiny plastic bits in shampoo, toothpaste

REGION — Over the past three decades or so, manufacturers of personal care products such as soap and toothpaste have increasingly been adding tiny plastic microbeads to their products for their abrasive qualities.  Read more

Fire district’s budget accidentally omitted; Shortage of $15,000

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Narrowsburg Fire District lost out on $15,000 when their budget was omitted from the county tax roll due to a clerical error. Every year, the district prepares and presents a budget at a public hearing. The budget was approved and was supposed to be authorized by the town clerk and then sent to the county. However, somewhere along the line, it was lost and was therefore not included in the county tax roll.  Read more

Pike driver honored for lifesaving

MILFORD, PA — Commissioners Chair Rich Caridi said he was beginning the meeting on May 22 with a presentation for “a very important person.” That person was Pike County Transportation Department bus driver Antonio Biafora.  Read more

New facilities at the Sullivan nursing home

LIBERTY, NY — At a time when Orange County officials are locked in a legal battle over efforts to privatize their nursing homes and other counties have already moved to privatize their facilities, officials in Sullivan County are celebrating the renovation of the Sullivan County Adult Care Center.  Read more

Police seek armed robber

MATAMORAS, PA — Following a call on May 25 at approximately 10:15 p.m., the Eastern Pike Regional Police Department was dispatched to an armed robbery occurring on Pennsylvania Avenue between 2nd and 4th streets in Matamoras Borough. The victim described the suspect as a male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and grey shorts with a black handgun.  Read more

Deadline for Honesdale position

HONESDALE, PA —The Honesdale Borough Council accepted the resignation of Carolyn Lorent at its regular meeting on Monday, May 12. Lorent said that recent unexpected events prevented her from serving on the council.  Read more

Wayne commissioner loses barn

DAMASCUS TWP, PA — A barn belonging to Wayne County Commissioner Brian Smith was destroyed by fire on May 25, killing about 11 calves and a dog. The barn was part of the family business owned by Smith, his wife and his son.  Read more

Multiple arrests at Mysteryland Festival

TOWN OF BETHEL, NY — New York State Police made numerous arrests for drug possession and other violations over the Memorial Day weekend at the Mysteryland Festival at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.  Read more

New Jersey man presumed drowned in river

TOWN OF LUMBERLAND, NY — A 22-year-old man is presumed dead after removing his life jacket and diving into the waters of the Upper Delaware River on May 25. Friends say they did not know why Ukonne Uyobong removed his life jacket, and added that he did not know how to swim.  Read more

Sign moratorium declared in Berlin Township

BEACH LAKE, PA — “I’m declaring a six-month moratorium on sign installations, sign requests, sign permit applications, and anything else to do with signs,” said Chairman Paul Henry at the May 20 regular monthly meeting of the Berlin Township Board of Supervisors.  Read more

If you care, leave it there

RIVER VALLEY — It’s the season for spotting young wildlife, and the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) says, “Let it be.”  Read more

Hawley paints the town

HAWLEY, PA — Between now and early June, 21 separate buildings on Main Avenue in Hawley will be repainted, courtesy of a coordinated community effort and a public/private partnership that took off when the borough won a contest called “Main Street Matters.” Sponsored by Benjamin Moore, the paint manufacturing company, the contest will pay for painting the ground floor/street level of these downtown buildings. (Hawley was one of just 20 communities throughout the U.S. and Canada to win the contest.)  Read more

Mysteryland

That's right! Mysteryland is underway & already swimming in mud! The River Reporter will be on-site all day & night, snapping pics and recording it all for posterity. Fasten your seat belts!

Parking issue in Kauneonga Lake

KAUNEONGA LAKE, NY — There is a stretch of County Route 141 in Kauneonga Lake where the side of the road narrows so there is not sufficient room to park a car legally. Drivers do park there, but they are always doing so illegally because the vehicles are either intruding over the white line that separates the shoulder from the main part of the road, or are parked partially on the sidewalk.  Read more

Wayne County hit by identity theft

HONESDALE, PA — All the financial institutions providing direct deposit for Wayne County government employees have been notified that the county payroll processor’s computers were hacked two weeks ago and that their personal information may have been compromised.  Read more

Town of Callicoon meeting; Concerns about fracking remain

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — At the Callicoon town meeting on May 8, in a series of continuing presentations on the dangers of hydraulic fracturing, Shandelee resident and bio-chemist Linda Reik gave remarks highlighting the dangers of methane gas leakage. Most recently, in Harlem, methane leakage destroyed two buildings and killed two people. Methane is 100 times more damaging to the climate than carbon dioxide. Natural gas is composed 90% of methane and, Reik said, natural gas pipelines have a terrible history of leakage. Last week in a report the U.S. government said, “the most direct way to significantly reduce the magnitude of future global warming is to reduce the emissions of heat-trapping gases.” Reik exceeded her three-minute time limit for a presentation and was asked to stop after four minutes.  Read more

Lumberland highway employees seek union

GLEN SPEY, NY — “This was quite a surprise,” Supervisor Nadia Rajsz said on May 14 in prefacing a proposed resolution seeking town certification of union representation for Lumberland’s highway employees.  Read more