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NARROWSBURG, NY — Music, art, and the environment take center stage at Riverfest on July 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Main Street in Narrowsburg, overlooking the Upper Delaware River.
At 12:30 p.m., festival-goers will have an opportunity to bid live on about five dozen original works of art created especially for the occasion at the Riverfest poster auction. The posters can be previewed at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) gallery on Main Street and online at www.artsalliancesite.org.
For more information on Riverfest, turn to page 20.

DV OKs proposed budget

WESTFALL, PA — Meeting in a brief special session, the Delaware Valley (DV) Board of Education last Thursday approved a proposed final 2014-15 budget. The proposal will now be available for public review for 30 days, prior to final approval in June.  Read more

Highland honors eagles with hair

ELDRED, NY — Bald eagles get lots of attention locally, but it was five new Eagle Scouts’ turn on May 13, as the Town of Highland presented each of them with a certificate of recognition.  Read more

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat commissioner’s terms shortened

HONESDALE, PA — A bill that reduces the term length of Pennsylvania Fish and Boat commissioners was signed by Gov. Tom Corbett on June 2.  Read more

Sullivan County casino tax breaks still unresolved

MONTICELLO, NY — The question of whether a proposed casino or two would be granted tax abatements from the Sullivan County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) seems to be an ongoing topic of discussion among Sullivan County legislators.  Read more

Biologists seek help finding bats in Upper Delaware Valley

RIVER VALLEY — Biologists from the National Park Service and East Stroudsburg University are requesting help from the public in identifying summer roosting bat colonies in houses, barns and other buildings within the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River corridor. If you know of a bat colony that is currently roosting in a building on your property, and you are willing to allow biologists to conduct at least two to three emergence counts of these bats over the course of the summer, please contact the National Park Service’s Milanville office at 570/729-7842, or don_hamilton@nps.gov.  Read more

Body of New Jersey man found

POND EDDY, NY — The body of 22-year-old Ukonne Uyobong was found on May 30 some five miles downriver from where he was last seen five days earlier.  Read more

Pennsylvania becomes newest same-sex marriage state

HARRISBURG, PA — With Gov. Tom Corbett saying he will not defend the Pennsylvania’s law that bans same-sex marriage, Pennsylvania becomes the 19th state to effectively recognize same sex marriage.  Read more

Wind turbine at BOCES

LIBERTY, NY — “In order to be citizens of this world coming up… you have to be able to think critically and work with a team and be innovative and yet have good stewardship of the environment.” Those were the words of Deborah Theysohn, principal of the Career and Technical Education Center at Sullivan County BOCES, as a wind turbine that was created by the students was unveiled on May 29.  Read more

Backlash over Mysteryland ‘noise’; businesses fared well

The meeting of the Town of Bethel on May 28 attracted more people than usual as a number of residents came to voice their displeasure over the volume of the amplified music that pulsed over the hills surrounding Bethel Woods Center for the Arts until 2 a.m. over the Memorial Day Weekend.  Read more

National Park to welcome new superintendent to Upper Delaware

UPPER DELAWARE RIVER REGION — The National Park Service (NPS) has named Kris Heister as the new superintendent of Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River to succeed acting superintendent Malcolm Wilbur and former superintendent Sean McGuinness who retired earlier this year. Heister is a 22-year veteran of the NPS. She will begin her new position in mid-July. Heister has been the chief of natural resources for the NPS in the Northeast Region.  Read more

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