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GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — Operations to halt the turbid flow below New York City’s Cannonsville Dam are proceeding faster than originally envisioned, according to Adam Bosch, director of public affairs at the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP). As of Monday, engineers working on the project believed that it might only take three or four relief wells to halt the turbid flow, instead of the eight originally projected, meaning that stage one of the repair plan could be complete as early as sometime this week.

Photographer honored

HONESDALE, PA — Honesdale resident Stanton “Stan” Pratt and his spouse, Barbara Pratt (standing), listen to commissioners read and approve a certificate of recognition honoring Pratt’s service and work as an army combat photographer during the Vietnam War. Many of Pratt’s photos are included in “Vietnam, 50 Years Looking Back,” a new Wayne Historical Society Exhibit. Visit www.riverreporter.com for a further look at his work. The commissioners shown are Wendell Kay, left, Brian Smith and Jonathan Fritz.

Sullivan West budget passed, new high school principal named

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — By a vote of 382 to 140 on May 19, the Sullivan West Central School District 2015-2016 budget passed. Board of education incumbents Lucas Arzilli and Rachel Brey, both running unopposed, were re-elected. Arzilli received 360 votes and Brey received 399 votes. The seat of incumbent Kevin Murphy, who did not seek re-election, went to Mark Huggler, whose 271 votes overtook Cathy Armstrong’s 202 votes. The new board will be instated in July.  Read more

Local officials laud Mysteryland

WHITE LAKE, NY — The Mysteryland Music Festival, which was held over the Memorial Day Weekend at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, was the subject of positive review at the town meeting on May 27.  Read more

Lackawaxen supervisor to sign checks

LACKAWAXEN, PA — At the May 20 board of supervisors meeting in Lackawaxen Township, Supervisor Mike Mancino was approved by the board to be an authorized signer for all township bank accounts held at The Dime Bank and the Honesdale National Bank. Because of the Shawn Roe controversy, in which former secretary Roe is accused of stealing $220,000 from the township over a 10-year period, all three supervisors must now sign all outgoing checks for the township, and all checks are signed in public, during the course of the meetings.  Read more

Ripple effect of Livingston Manor overdose; Heroin worth $5 million seized

REGION — Police officials on May 28 arrested five people in New York City involved in a drug ring operation that stretched from Long Island to Livingston Manor. Officials seized $5 million worth of heroin (over 26 pounds) and $115,000 in cash and two guns.

The operation was sparked by an overdose death in Livingston Manor two years ago, which prompted Sullivan County Sheriff Mike Schiff to track down the dealer with the help of multiple agencies and officials.  Read more

No swimming in Port Jervis

PORT JERVIS, NY — Port Jervis residents will be without access to public swimming this summer. Mayor Kelly Decker reported West End Beach will only open for river access for boating this season, and the riverside can be used for picnics, or general enjoyment, but no swimming will be allowed. In addition, West End Beach will be renamed West End Park and Recreation Area.  Read more

Income inequality study proposed for Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, PA — State Reps. Peter Schweyer and Mike Schlossberg have introduced a resolution that would examine the imbalance of income and the factors that contribute to it in Pennsylvania.  Read more

NY Assembly passes breastfeeding bill

ALBANY, NY — Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther announced unanimous passage of legislation amending the Breastfeeding Mothers’ Bill of Rights on June 1. The legislation that originally created the Breastfeeding Mothers’ Bill of Rights, also carried by Gunther, was signed into law in 2009.  Read more

House unanimously says ‘no’ to Wolf budget

HARRISBURG, PA — The House voted unanimously on June 1 in favor of an amendment that rejected Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal, which would raise income and sales taxes and reduce property taxes. Rep. Seth Grove, who authored the amendment, said, “The tax increases proposed by the new governor earlier this year are so unpopular that every member present voted against it today. With increases proposed for the income tax and the sales tax on a host of other products and services, Pennsylvanians cannot afford another $12.7 billion in new taxes over the next two years.”  Read more

Peifer, and Brown announce grants for Pike County projects

HARRISBURG, PA — Reps. Mike Peifer and Rosemary M. Brown announced this week that five area projects in Pike County have been chosen to receive state grants through the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Finance Authority’s (CFA) Local Share Account (LSA) program.  Read more

Family seeks hit- and-run driver; Incident from 2013 resulted in death

CALLICOON, NY — Judy Feldman, who owned a home in Long Eddy, was struck by a hit-and-run driver on Bridge Street on July 29, 2013 at about 4:15 p.m. She suffered a traumatic brain injury and died five-and-a-half months later from her injuries. Feldman had been a journalist for Money Magazine.  Read more

Cowboy Challenge at Stone Wall Farms

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Some 50 riders competed in the Cowboy Challenge held on May 23 in Jeffersonville at Stone Wall Farms, opened to the public by Ed and Barbara Moran in 1993. The event is a chance for riders to show off their skills working with their horse as a team to overcome obstacles and in some cases complete certain tasks.  Read more

Farm groups criticize water rule; EPA says farming is exempt

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on May 27 formally adopted the final rule on the definition of “Waters of the United States” that are protected by the Clean Water Act (CWA).  Read more

Truck fire in Tusten

Firefighters from the Narrowsburg and Lava fire companies battled a truck fire on Route 97 near Grassy Swamp Road on June 2 in the afternoon. Traffic was rerouted around the accident for a while, and at least one man was injured are removed from the scene by the Narrowsburg Volunteer Ambulance.

Damascus sets cell tower hearing, seeks local litter ordinance

DAMASCUS, PA — At its May 18 meeting, the Damascus board of supervisors dealt with a number of long-standing issues, including multiple PennDOT bridge replacement projects; amendment of the township’s cell tower ordinance; a proposed conditional-use cell tower; and a proposed nuisance-abatement ordinance. By happy coincidence, it was also the annual Supervisor for a Day education event in Damascus Township. That meant that Wayne Highlands Damascus eighth-grade social studies students Jacob Adams (son of supervisor Steve Adams), Thor Crozakian, Brandon Lawson and Garrett Quick would preside at the town board meeting.  Read more

Tusten moves forward with Main Street deck

NARROWSBURG, NY — At the Tusten Town meeting on May 12, the town board voted to put the bid out for the rebuilding of the Main Street deck. However, before the vote there was more discussion about the design and cost of the deck, with many points being rehashed, such as whether or not the foundation needs to be rebuilt.  Read more

Keeping the Wayne court dry

HONESDALE, PA — “We don’t want rain dripping down on the judge,” Wayne County Commissioner and attorney Wendell Kay said last week.  Read more

Humane Society seeks donations, adoptions

MILFORD, PA — The many abandoned animals in the area at the Pike County Humane Society once more face the threat of losing their shelter. It’s in danger of having to close, unless enough money can be raised by the end of the month to pay the bills, and no new animals are being accepted at this time. Barry Heim, the center’s director, said at the pet adoption drive in Milford’s Community House grounds next to Chant Realty, that it costs close to $28,000 a month to run the shelter. The money goes to take care of the animals, to help pay for food, medical costs, shots and upkeep of the grounds.  Read more

Pike takes on tick-borne diseases

MILFORD, PA — Pike County is fighting back against tick-borne diseases.

By their May 20 proclamation creating a new task force to foster awareness, treatment and prevention, the Pike County Commissioners recognized an epidemic of debilitating tick-borne diseases is prevalent in Northeastern PA.  Read more

Facelift at Eldred’s Sunshine Hall

ELDRED, NY — Workers from William Daw Construction are pictured at Eldred’s Sunshine Hall Library last week. The $45,000 exterior project, funded by a combination of grant money and donations, includes insulation, vinyl siding, window framing and entrance work. Daw said he expected to finish the project later this month. The vinyl replaces the largely original 1920 stucco exterior. The library, originally housed next door at Sunshine Hall, will celebrate its 100th anniversary next year.  Read more