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HALE EDDY, NY — The first-ever meeting of the Upper Delaware River Tailwaters Coalition (UDRTC) was held at the West Branch Angler Resort on September 12, drawing about 70 people concerned with trout fishing, the reservoirs, flooding and other river issues. The rivers at the center of the discussion are the main stem of the Delaware River north of Callicoon, and the West Branch and East Branch, which flow from the Cannonsville Reservoir and Pepacton Reservoir respectively to meet the main stem at Hancock.

Town of Delaware targets storm damage

Recent storms and flooding dominated the Town of Delaware August 13 meeting. The town board authorized an emergency stream restoration and flood mitigation program and also a relief program for households that need help with replacing items damaged in the storms.

The council passed two resolutions to authorize the programs.  Read more

Dar Williams, pollinators and kids

“The Woodstock Festival that happened here had a lot of dreamers,” said Dar Williams, a Hudson Valley singer and songwriter, at the start of her educational program for kids about the importance of helping bees and other pollinators at Bethel Woods Conservatory on August 14, before the 45th Woodstock anniversary weekend. She continued that first-you-have-to-dream-and-then-make-it-happen philosophy, singing “Wake Up and Move Your Body Around” and getting the kids who were attending a summer camp up dancing.  Read more

Monticello mayor arrested again

Gordon Jenkins, the mayor of Monticello, was arrested on August 14, and charged with various crimes in connection with the controversial demolition of the village courthouse, which was begun back in October 2013.  Read more

Pennsylvania senior exploitation bill

Rep. Jesse Topper last week introduced a bill intended to increase cooperation between state departments in order to enhance protection from senior citizens in cases of unwanted telephone calls that lead to financial exploitation.  Read more

Boy perishes in Liberty bungalow fire

A three-year-old boy died in a fire in Liberty the evening of August 17. The fire broke out after 10 p.m. in a bungalow at Camp Mareh Yechezkel on Route 55.  Read more

Teachout endorsed by Sullivan supervisors

Zephyr Teachout, a law professor who is challenging Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic primary, has been endorsed by Mamakating supervisor Bill Herrmann, who said “I like Andrew Cuomo’s words, but I don’t like his actions.” The endorsement came at a campaign event on August 16 in Wurtsboro.  Read more

Volunteers sought for summer homeless count

Will you volunteer one Thursday evening to help out Wayne County neighbors in need ?

As the summer season continues, most of us are attending summer holiday celebrations, graduation parties and weddings; while others . are beginning to think about getting the kids ready to go back to school and planning back to school shopping trips.
Others are not doing as well.  Read more

New invasive plant: Battling mile-a-minute vine

UPPER DELAWARE RIVER VALLEY — A new non-native plant species has arrived in the Upper Delaware River valley region—mile-a-minute vine (MAM). This plant is listed on the Pennsylvania Noxious Weed List because it can “directly or indirectly injure crops, other useful plants, livestock, poultry or other interests of agriculture, including irrigation, navigation, fish and wildlife resources, or the public health.” Early detection and rapid response is the best defense to the spread of this aggressive invader.  Read more

No swimming in Toronto Reservior?

TORONTO RESERVOIR — In May, 2013, it seemed as though the question about public access to the Toronto Reservoir had been settled once and for all. Back then, the appellate court upheld the ruling of a lower court saying the members of the public have the right to use a road in the Chapin Estate to reach a recreational access area on the reservoir.

The ruling came after a 10-year, off-and-on court battle, during which access to that spot on the reservoir was blocked by a stone wall, which was ultimately removed.  Read more

Fatalities on 17B spark concern

The death of Robert Schenk, 33, of Narrowsburg in a head-on collision on State Route 17B on August 2 sparked action on the part of Sullivan County Sheriff Mike Schiff, who vowed to step up police presence in an effort to curb the many accidents that occur on the busy highway.  Read more

Family services programs detailed

Representatives from the Sullivan County Division of Family Services (DFS) appeared at a meeting at the government center on August 7, and gave detailed reports about some of the division’s programs and operations.  Read more

Wayne’s youthful athletes efforts recognized

With her charges resplendent in their Wayne County Commissioners T-shirts, Kerri Miszler of Wayne County Parks & Recreation, at right in the photo above, recently presented 13 of the 20 athletes who qualified for the 2014 Hershey Track and Field program finals. They are pictured with commissioners Wendell Kay, Brian Smith and Jonathan Fritz.  Read more

Homelessness and prosperity in Honesdale

The August 11 Honesdale Borough Council meeting highlighted the apparent paradox of poverty and prosperity in rural America. Reports from the Greater Honesdale Partnership (GHP) on the resounding success of both Sidewalk Sales Days and the Wayne County Fair contrasted sharply with a letter from the Wayne County Human Services Department requesting assistance with data collection for a homeless census.  Read more

PA lawmakers unveil patient provider legislation

In July, a report came out titled “Bad Medicine: How a Political Agenda is Undermining Women’s Health Care.” The report said, “Abortion restrictions on the books in 33 states and in effect in 29 states, contradict evidence-based practices and undermine the high-quality, patient-centered care that health care providers strive to achieve.”  Read more

Growing NPS water safety involvement

The Upper Delaware shares a dire statistic with the rest of the more than 300 areas managed by the National Park Service (NPS): drowning is the primary cause of visitor fatalities, according to Upper Delaware NPS Chief Ranger Joe Hinkes.  Read more

Pike ground water study

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) in cooperation with the Pike County Conservation District, recently completed a study of residential groundwater wells in Pike County, PA. The results of the study were published in July 2014 in “USGS Scientific Investigations Report 2014-5117,” which can be viewed on the USGS website. Go to www.usgs.gov and type “SIR 2014-5117” in the search block.  Read more

Gunther proposes opioid legislation

Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther announced on August 8 that she would introduce legislation to help stem the tide of opiate addiction in New York State. The legislation will require the New York State Department of Health to notify prescribers annually of the number of prescriptions for opiates they have written and their ranking within the county they practice.  Read more

Teachout to stay on primary ballot

Zephyr Teachout, a law professor who is challenging Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic primary, will remain on the ballot. Cuomo’s campaign challenged Teachout’s residency in the state, but a judge ruled on August 11 that Cuomo’s team had not proved that she lived in another state.  Read more

Excerpts of casino projects

REGION — Executive summaries of the nine applications for the one or two casino licenses that will be awarded in the Catskills/Hudson Valley Region are posted at www.gaming.ny.gov/gaming. Below are excerpts from the various applications.  Read more

Noise, road closure prompt pipeline complaints

LACKAWAXEN, PA — One of the subjects of heated discussion at the Lackawaxen Township meeting on July 21 was the controversial Tennessee Gas Pipeline, which was approved by the federal government despite local opposition. The focus of complaint involved noise produced by a compressor on the pipeline, particularly when it starts up, and especially in the Fawn Lake Community. Neighbors said this noise is heard around the clock. During this time of year, the foliage blocks much of the noise; however, during the fall and winter, there is no muffling and the noise is considerably louder.  Read more