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REGION — Fireworks were seen as a fitting way of celebrating the signing of the Declaration of Independence even before the famous document was signed in 1776. As the document was being created, John Adams, who would go on to become the second President of the United States, wrote to his wife Abigail that the signing would live on in history.

Summer begins in the Upper Delaware

REGION — The River Reporter’s editorial assistant Isabel Braverman and office dog Abby get the scoop on the best ice cream around. Summer in the Upper Delaware River Valley means river excursions, hiking, festivals, and of course, ice cream. To kick off Memorial Day weekend, go to page 22 for a list of ice cream places. To all of our readers, have a great summer!

Work planned for four Upper Delaware River bridges

DUNMORE, PA — The pending replacement of the 1904 Pond Eddy Bridge and major rehabilitations for Upper Delaware River crossings in Narrowsburg, Cochecton and Skinners Falls dominated the reports at the New York-Pennsylvania Joint Interstate Bridge Commission’s annual meeting held May 13 at the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) District 4-0 headquarters.  Read more

Two dead in Cochecton motorcycle accident

On Saturday May 16, 2015 at about 4:00 PM the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office was called to the scene of a motorcycle accident on State Route 97 near County Route 114 in the Town of Cochecton.  Read more

A march against Ideal Snacks

About 115 people from the community and beyond marched on May 8 in support of workers who were laid off two weeks ago from Ideal Snacks. All of the workers were reported to be undocumented immigrants, some of whom had worked for the company for ten years.

The marching route was overseen by police officers from Village of Liberty Police, the Sullivan County Sheriff's office and the New York State Police. The marchers included Sullivan County Legislator Cora Edwards, Sandy Shaddock of Teamsters Local 447, other Teamsters members, church groups, human rights advocates and others.  Read more

Arrest in two-year-old murder; Husband accused of pushing woman from cliff


SHOHOLA FALLS, PA — Pennsylvania State Police have made an arrest in the death of a woman who fell into a ravine at Shohola Falls in March 2013.

The body of Gail Dews of Wayne, NJ, 56, was recovered on March 11, after dozens of firefighters and emergency responders worked for more than eight hours to recover her body from the bottom of a ravine beneath a bridge on Route 6 near Shohola Falls.  Read more

Press release from laid off Ideal Snacks employees

This is a press release from the Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation AFL-CIO.

Workers and allies will rally on Monday May 18th in support of the hundreds of workers who were recently laid-off without notice by Ideal Snacks.  Read more

Bethel resident takes 5k

BETHEL, NY — For the second consecutive year, Bethel resident Vincent Reilly (leading the pack) was the first to cross the finish line at the fourth annual Allyson Whitney 5k run/walk at Kauneonga Lake. One of 910 registrants participating in the event, Reilly said, “If you’ve got to pick a race to enter and a cause to support—this is the one!” after his record-time win of 18:09.  Read more

Teen arrested for threatening BOCES

LIBERTY, NY — A 14-year-old student was arrested in connection with a telephone threat that triggered a lockout and subsequent early dismissal at Sullivan County BOCES on May 8.  Read more

Pike working with GPS tourism

MILFORD, PA — Pike County is combining its traditional preservation and tourism efforts with popular technology.  Read more

Which boundary is the right boundary?

NARROWSBURG, NY — Different maps in the Upper Delaware River Management Plan show different boundaries for the same area.  Read more

Another sudden council vacancy in Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — President James Brennan read aloud at the May 11 meeting of the Honesdale borough council a brief April 15 email from Harry DeVrieze announcing his resignation from the council, effective April 13, 2015. Although no reason was given for the sudden resignation, the council voted unanimously to accept it, Brennan and Bill Canfield adding “with regret” as their votes were cast.  Read more

Sullivan West election

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — There were plenty of empty seats at the May 7 public hearing on Sullivan West Central School District’s 2015-2016 proposed budget. Taxpayers stayed home in droves, apparently uninterested in the largest budget in district history. At $336,136,227, the proposed budget is $1,196,492 larger than the current school year budget and represents a $156,395 (0.90%) tax levy increase.  Read more

Large layoffs at Ideal Snacks; Undocumented immigrants lose jobs

LIBERTY, NY — When about 200 people lose their jobs, it has a big impact in a village such as Liberty, which has a population of a little more than 4,000. That’s what happened last week when Ideal Snacks, which is located in the heart of the town, laid off most of its production workers.  Read more

Eldred budget presented; Stays below the property tax cap

ELDRED, NY — The proposed budget for the next school year was presented at a meeting of the board of the Eldred Central School District on May 7. The increase in the budget amounts to a hike of .81%, with an increase in the tax levy of 2.88%. Because some expenses are exempt from the tax, this increase remains inside of the 2% property tax cap mandated by Albany.  Read more

UDC awards river clean-up grants

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Upper Delaware Council, Inc. (UDC) approved $4,072 to support river and shoreline clean-up projects during its May 7 monthly meeting. The individual award amounts based on applications submitted by five of the UDC’s member municipalities are: Damascus Township, $1,000; Town of Tusten, $900; Town of Lumberland, $775; Lackawaxen Township, $736; Town of Highland, $661.  Read more

Hawley man sentenced for DUI

MILFORD, PA — Norman Johnathan Charles Miller, 50, of Hawley, PA, was sentenced to 18 months to five years in a state correctional facility, fined $4,500 and had his driver’s license suspended for five years for the crimes of two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) and two counts of driving while operating privilege is suspended or revoked.  Read more

FERC rejects swimming prohibition at Toronto Reservoir

SMALLWOOD, NY — The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on May 5 issued an order rejecting a requested amendment by Eagle Creek that would have eliminated the possibility of swimming at the Toronto Recreation Area Site by changing a final order issued in March 2014.  Read more

Low flows in upper river system impact tourism

UPPER DELAWARE VALLEY — Record-breaking low flows into the upper river system of the Upper Delaware River are having a negative impact on the local economy. “The low water has negatively affected my business in an enormous way, and the season has only just started. Over the past few days my customer base virtually disappeared. The people are not coming,” said Theresa Allen, owner and operator of the Hancock Liquor Store based in the village of Hancock, NY.  Read more

Richard Castellano passes

QUEENS, NY — “I don’t want to be looked upon as [having] a legacy of ex-mobster, ‘that guy was no good, he hurt people,’ No. Anybody I hurt I never meant it, and I’m sorry if I did. We’re talking about psychologically, mentally. You know, I did punch a few guys in the face, kicked their a** because I was tough with my hands, I was a boxer. But my goal today is to make it, and not to have a bad legacy.”  Read more

One bug for Friends of the Upper Delaware

Darren Rist, seated center, was one of 20 fishing guides who participated in Friends of the Upper Delaware’s (FUDR’s) One Bug fishing competition over the weekend of May 1 to 3. A challenge to anglers to fish all weekend with only one fly, the event is FUDR’s major fundraiser. Sam (Patricia) Decker won the award for top guide, with the four anglers who fished with her over the weekend (two each day) amassing the highest number of points for the largest trout.  Read more