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December 11, 2016
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RIVER VALLEY — As many people know by now, founding father Ben Franklin thought more highly of the American Turkey than the American Bald Eagle and wrote as much in a letter home from France in 1784.

Lawsuit against Malick tossed

State Supreme Court Judge Gerald W. Connolly on October 18 dismissed a lawsuit brought against Democratic candidate Pramilla Malick, who is running against incumbent Republican Senator John Bonacic for the state senate district that includes Sullivan County and parts of Orange, Ulster and Delaware.  Read more

Warren endorses Teachout

MILFORD, PA — Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has endorsed Democrat Zephyr Teachout in her race against Republican John Faso for Rep. Chris Gibson’s congressional seat.  Read more

Bushkill man sentenced for shooting daughter with BB gun

MILFORD, PA — Sean Franklin Brown, 41 of Bushkill, was sentenced to state prison for up to six years for assaulting his 14-year-old daughter.  Read more

Man arrested in Wallkill shooting

TOWN OF WALLKILL, NY — New York State Police have arrested Jaylin Smith, 18, for being involved in an incident on August 31 in which he and another man allegedly robbed five people at gunpoint.  Read more

Highland budget approved

ELDRED, NY — After pertinent public hearings, the Highland Town Board at a rescheduled October 13 meeting approved a local law to exceed the state budget cap, and also approved the 2017 budget and a zoning amendment that incorporated a state model-permit application for small (12kw) solar-power units.  Read more

Down in the dumps; Fate of Cochecton transfer station uncertain

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — Before recycling centers, there were landfills. And before landfills, there were old-fashioned town dumps. At one time or another, 433 Mitchell Pond East Rd. has been all of these. Currently a trash and recycling station is operated there by Sullivan County Department of Public Works (SCDPW); its future is uncertain.  Read more

Autumn drifts by

REGION — As the chlorophyll in green leaves breaks down letting reds, yellows and oranges shine through, the autumn show begins.

This information from Environmental Learning Resources from SUNY: “As the fall colors appear, other changes are taking place. At the point where the stem of the leaf is attached to the tree, a special layer of cells develops and gradually severs the tissues that support the leaf. At the same time, the tree seals the cut, so that when the leaf is finally blown off by the wind or falls from its own weight, it leaves behind a leaf scar.  Read more

Roebling Bridge under repair

Loren Goering, National Park Service Upper Delaware chief of facility management, is pictured detailing ongoing rehabilitation work at the Roebling Delaware Aqueduct. Leaking storm-drain conduits under the ramps and paving of the drive ramps themselves were completed last week. The aqueduct’s surface only required re-sealing. Some work remains to be completed by November 8. The aqueduct remains closed to traffic weekdays from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Phase two of the project, involving below-water repairs to the ice breakers, will be completed next year, pending approval of project funding.  Read more

Solar complications for the river; Are solar arrays power plants?

NARROWSBURG, NY — After a second debate on October 6, the National Park Service (NPS) was asked for a legal position about the authority behind an Upper Delaware Council (UDC) position paper/memorandum querying members about solar power development in the river valley.  Read more

Toronto Reservoir ‘tribunal’ scheduled

MONTICELLO, NY — The New York State Department of Health’s (DOH) move to close a section of shore area at the Toronto East public access of the Toronto Reservoir once again received a large amount of attention at the Bethel town meeting on September 28.  Read more

Highlighting those who make things

HONESDALE, PA — Economic development and issues related to southern Wayne County were on the commissioners’ docket as they met on September 29.  Read more

Graphic artist wants mannequin returned [Updated]

Update: The mannequin has been found.

CALLICOON, NY — A mannequin that stands more than six feet tall and was helping to point the way to an art event disappeared on October 8, the date of the Callicoon Art Walk. Graphic artist Alexis Siroc said the mannequin was one of three that were on display, but the other two were placed in more discreet positions.  Read more

Lake Huntington campground proposal on hold

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — At its September 29 monthly meeting, the Town of Cochecton Planning Board addressed three of the most contested topics to come before it in recent years: the Stanzoni Lake Huntington campground proposal; the six-month moratorium on commercial solar installations; and follow-up on Cochecton Self Storage, LLC.  Read more

Gun association targets Port Jervis

PORT JERVIS, NY — Tom King, president of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, went to the Port Jervis Common Council meeting on October 3 to present his case for holding the association’s annual meeting next spring in Port Jervis.  Read more

UDC Technical Assistance Grants awarded

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Upper Delaware Council (UDC) voted October 6 to award $36,280 in fiscal year 2017 Technical Assistance Grants (TAG) for seven projects that help fulfill goals of the River Management Plan for the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River.  Read more

Texting penalties increased; County clerk reports

MONTICELLO, NY — At a meeting of the Sullivan County General Services Committee on October 5, county clerk Dan Briggs told legislators that penalties for using electronic devices while driving have increased substantially.  Read more

Pennsylvania Senate race a dead heat

PENNSYLVANIA — The race between Republican incumbent Pat Toomey and Democratic challenger Katie McGinty is tied, with each getting 42% of the vote according to a poll released on October 8 by CBS/YouGov.  Read more

Baker’s office a Toys for Tots collection site

HAWLEY, PA — Sen. Lisa Baker has announced that her Lake Wallenpaupack Office is a collection site for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program.  Read more

Child pornography sentence

MONTICELLO, NY — Michael Eason, 34, of Monticello, was sentenced on October 7 in Sullivan County Court to a total of five to 10 years in state prison by County Judge Michael McGuire for the use of a child in a sexual performance and related felonies.  Read more

Scenic Byway Visitor Center funding denied

ALBANY, NY — The New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) has informed the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway (UDSB) that funding for the proposed visitors center in Narrowsburg has been denied.

Ron Epstein, an assistant commissioner with DOT, wrote in a October 11 email, “While this project is meritorious and will contribute to revitalizing and transforming your community, unfortunately this project was not advanced under this particular funding opportunity.”  Read more