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NARROWSBURG, NY — Celebrate the diverse artistic talents of the area at Riverfest, Narrowsburg’s 26th annual music, art, and environmental festival on Sunday, July 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

New Sullivan jail inches forward; Possible 5% property tax hike coming

After more than 30 years of discussion, it seems the proposed new Sullivan County jail may soon become a reality. At a meeting at the government center on May 12, the county manager, Josh Potosek, outlined three resolutions that would allow for the jail project to go out to bid and for construction to begin if approved by the county legislature.  Read more

May is Older Americans Month

Director Jacqui Sturgis, seated second from the left, and members of her staff at the Wayne County Area Agency on Aging are pictured on May 5, with county commissioners Wendell Kay, Brian Smith and Jonathan Fritz after the commissioners proclaimed May as Older Americans Month in Wayne County. The agency, which operates centers in Honesdale, Hawley and Hamlin is celebrating the month with its “Blaze a Trail” program promoting activities, inclusion and wellness for older Americans.  Read more

Wayne joins dairy pricing protest

HONESDALE, PA — Dairy farmers are finding it increasingly difficult to remain in business because of federal milk pricing policies, and 11 northeastern PA counties are seeking relief.  Read more

Programs in Pike County Correctional Facility; Preparing to move on in life

HAWLEY, PA — Pike County Correctional Facility (PCCF) is considered a model facility of its kind. The scope of programs that are offered is so large and all-encompassing that other jails request copies of their well organized booklets, in which the staff has carefully named and described each program and specified at whom it is aimed and its desired outcome.  Read more

Bad neighbors in Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — You could hear a pin drop during testimony at the May 9 Honesdale Borough Council meeting about a problem so universal that almost everyone has experienced it: bad neighbors.  Read more

The Western Hotel to be reborn; Indiegogo campaign provides a kick-start

CALLICOON, NY — The historic Western Hotel, in the bucolic hamlet of Callicoon, is preparing to change hands for the first time in almost 50 years. The iconic 19th century building has been a hotel, restaurant and gathering space for this Delaware River community. Like many anchor properties in rural towns, it has lain dormant for some time. But recently Irene Nikolai, with her commercial real estate background, saw the possibilities in the property. In the ballroom, for instance, she envisions arts programming, film screenings, performances, dance classes and much more.  Read more

Large debris pile won't be removed

The National Park Service (NPS) has decided that a collection of trees, limbs and other debris that have collected on a sand bar south of the PA Darbytown Fishing Access is a natural formation and will not be removed. Superintendent Chris Heister was asked for a ruling about the debris by the Upper Delaware Council and delivered a two-page opinion, following an NPS inspection of the debris, which rangers termed “LWD,” large woody debris. Council members expressed concern that the debris might create a navigation hazard for boaters or an attractive nuisance, which could prompt injuries.  Read more

Detour to where?

NARROWSBURG, NY — Ongoing and planned bridge closures and construction have prompted some confusion over the many orange detour signs redirecting traffic around the Skinners Falls and Narrowsburg bridges, National Park Service (NPS) Superintendent Chris Heister said on May 5.  Read more

Tentrr announces comprehensive waste policy

NARROWSBURG, NY — In light of recent Town of Tusten board meetings regarding a new camping zoning law, conversations about waste removal have come up. These conversations in part centered on the new company Tentrr and how it removes waste from camping sites.  Read more

Anti-drug poster program not universally supported

MILFORD, PA — Despite the commissioners’ efforts to combat heroin and other drug abuse in the county, Chairman Matt Osterberg said last week that he continues to hear regularly of new overdose cases.  Read more

DRBC to propose changes to fee structure

WEST TRENTON, NJ — The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) on May 9 announced a proposal to make several changes to its project-review fee structure and to adjust its water-supply charges annually for inflation.  Read more

Preston Township postpones vote on pipeline easement

PRESTON TOWNSHIP, PA — The supervisors in Preston Township decided to postpone a decision on whether or not to sell an easement to Linden Energy Services to allow that company to build a pipeline. The line would run about 12 miles, mostly along old railroad easements that are now owned by Preston and neighboring Buckingham Township. But the project has sparked a backlash among residents, many of whom do not welcome the construction of a pipeline, and also object to the fact that the project will probably include a compressor station.  Read more

Pennsylvania girl still missing

BLOOMING GROVE, PA — The Pennsylvania State Police in Blooming Grove are still attempting to locate Leanna Walker, a 17-year-old white female. Walker left her residence in Milford on April 18 at approximately 1 p.m. She was last seen with her boyfriend, Sky McDonald, who was arrested on April 26 on burglary and other charges.  Read more

Backlash for NYC plastic bag fee

NEW YORK CITY, NY — The New York City Council voted on May 5 to charge a $.05 fee for every plastic and paper bag used in retail stores. The plan goes into effect on October 1, but won’t be strictly enforced until April 2017.  Read more

The world will know our river wild

NARROWSBURG, NY — A year ago James Dion wasn’t sure exactly where the Delaware River was. He didn’t know that it’s the last major undammed river in the Northeast. And he certainly had no idea of the beauty, history and culture of its upper region. That says a lot about one of America’s best-kept secrets. As director of tourism programs for National Geographic Maps, Dion is no slouch when it comes to geography.  Read more

Suspicious package near Route 17

MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a staffer of the New York Department of Transportation on April 28. The caller said he had found a suspicious black box on the Route 17 overpass by Route 42 in Monticello.  Read more

THE ADDICT NEXT DOOR: Begin the begin

[Part 1 of this series, “The big reveal,” printed in our April 21 issue, described the incident in which author Vera Moret first confronted and admitted to herself and others that she had developed an addiction to the prescription drug tramadol. The series, printed on an ad hoc basis, will continue to relate her first-person experiences of becoming an addict and eventually entering recovery.]  Read more

LuxRd. rocks the Tusten

NARROWSBURG, NY — The musical duo LuxRd. performed at the Tusten Theatre on Saturday night to a full house. David Driver, aka Driver, and Peter Kiesewalter, aka Butzi, took the audience on a multi-media journey with their theatrical song cycle “Welcome to My Haus.” The pair brought their strong musical credentials— Driver was an original cast member of “Rent” and Kiesewalter founded the East Village Opera Company— to the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance spring concert series “Musical Progressions.”  Read more

New initiative brings ‘poverty to prosperity’

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — A new initiative has been undertaken by the Sullivan County Human Rights Commission. The aim of DIALOGUE2CHANGE is to create a community dialogue with the goal of bringing citizens out of poverty, partnering with 20 community organizations.  Read more

Progress reported in Pike

MILFORD, PA — Evidence of county efforts on the economy, the environment and public safety were apparent at the April 20 meeting of the Pike County Commissioners.  Read more