ALBANY, NY — By labeling their e-cigarette flavors with names such as Cotton Candy and Gummy Bears, Sen. Chuck Schumer says the manufacturers are targeting teens and children and he wants to put an end to it. Read more
BEACH LAKE, PA — The April 21 meeting of the Berlin Township board of supervisors was mainly a postscript to the March 17 public hearing on a proposed nuisance abatement ordinance (NAO). Although the approximately 40 residents in attendance at the meeting were far fewer than the 200 who showed up at the hearing, their presence marked a radical change from board meetings of a few months ago. Back then, six was a crowd. Read more
NEW YORK CITY, NY — In the past two months, you’ve probably heard some mention of the name Robert Durst. The real estate millionaire and accused murderer was the subject of an HBO documentary miniseries called “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst.” Zac Stuart-Pontier, a local of Narrowsburg and the son of The River Reporter’s publisher Laurie Stuart, was the editor, co-producer and a writer of this riveting series. Read more
BEACH LAKE, PA — More than 100 people attended the April 26, afternoon banquet at the Central House Family Resort, marking the 27th annual Upper Delaware Council awards.
Keynote speaker Daniel A. Devlin detailed the history and role of the PA Bureau of Forestry since its inception in 1895. The bureau manages some 2.2 million acres of “Penn’s Woods” statewide, including 700,000 acres now under lease for natural gas development. Read more
MILFORD, PA — The Pennsylvania Superior Court has ordered that two bail companies, Seneca Insurance Company and Evergreen National Indemnity Company, must pay $125,000 to Pike County stemming from a murder conviction committed while a defendant was free on bail. Read more
MILFORD, PA — Pike County District Attorney Ray Tonkin has announced the year-end figures related to the Pike County Drug Task Force. The year 2014 brought a large number of arrests for drug offenses. The task force arrested a total of 37 people. The total number or arrests represents a substantial increase over the 21 persons arrested in 2013. Read more
ALBANY, NY —With more than 2,400 white-tailed deer tested in the 2014-15 big game season in New York State, none tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced. However, CWD continues to pose a potential threat to New York’s wild white-tailed deer herd. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — At a meeting at the government center on April 23, the Sullivan County legislature voted to pay LaBella Associates another $299,000 for an added design element to the proposed new Sullivan County Jail. The pursuit of a new jail has been underway for a very long time, and LaBella’s role in the process was firmed up with a contract signed in 2007 to provide architecture and engineering services. Read more
REGION — For some people in the area, seeing a painted turtle basking in the sun on this bit of log that pokes above the water in Little Lake Erie in Narrowsburg is a sure sign that warmer days are here.
According to Wikipedia, this cold-blooded turtle regulates its temperature by basking in the sun after having spent the winter hibernating, buried in the mud, probably at the bottom of the lake for months without breathing.
For another look at this amphibian turn to River Talk on page 32.
LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — The Sullivan West Central School District board of education voted unanimously at its April 16 meeting to extend the closing date of the Narrowsburg School building and grounds sale to Brendan and Kathleen Weiden. At the Weidens’ request, the new closing date will take place between July 1 and July 10. The extension became necessary when the due diligence period allowable by law ended recently. Renewed once already, the due diligence period has been used by the Weidens to conduct extensive inspections of the aging building’s structure, plumbing, heating, cooling, electrical and mechanical systems. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — Lawyers with expertise in social service benefits spoke at a meeting of the Sullivan County NAACP on April 16 at the Ted Stroebele Recreation Center, and explained some of the rights of people who apply for and/or receive benefits such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps,) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP.) Read more
PORT JERVIS, NY — The closing of the remote-control track RC Raceway in Port Jervis caused discussion at the monthly council meeting after the owner, John Fernandez, stood up during public comment and demanded the council retract what he said were untrue statements given to media. The city is declining to renew his contract. Read more
MILFORD, PA — Speaking near the conclusion of last week’s commissioners’ meeting, Pike District Attorney Raymond Tonkin asked if the salary board had a position on his request for a new investigator. Tonkin said he had not received any response to his December memorandum to the commissioners. Read more