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FERNDALE, NY — Hudson Valley Foie Gras (HVFG), which is the largest producer of foie gras in the country and is located in Ferndale, was the subject of a story in the New York Times on February 22, and the central question of the piece was whether or not activist Amber Canavan stole two of the large ducks that produce the foie gras, or fatty liver.

Sullivan foster care system discussed; $5 million spent on out-of-county care

There are various reasons a child may wind up in the Sullivan County Foster Care System. For instance, a parent may be incarcerated, or the child may have delinquency issues. Whatever the reason, when a child enters the system, he or she must sometimes be housed out of the county.  Read more

Seventeen-year cicadas return

REGION — The last time the group of cicadas know as Brood II appeared in the region was 1996. The insects in Brood II are 17-year-cicadas, not locusts as they are sometimes called, and if you do the math you’ll know that it’s time for them to emerge from their underground homes once again.  Read more

Yulan Fire Department gets funds

U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the Yulan Fire Department will receive $34,913 to purchase turnout gear. “With this funding, first responders in Yulan can focus on their important work knowing they have reliable new gear,” said Schumer. “This investment will help ensure that our local heroes from Yulan have the gear that will enable them to respond as effectively and safely as possible.”  Read more

UFO sighting reported in Honesdale

An anonymous poster to a site that tracks sightings of UFOs reported a sighting (tinyurl.com/d4xtwjm) in Honesdale on April 6. The post says, “My wife, daughter, and her friend had just got out of the car at WalMart in Honesdale around 10:10 p.m. They noticed flying orange lights coming from the south and watched them fly over towards the north. They first thought maybe airplanes, but there were no blinking lights or sounds. There were six objects, all colored orange, flying in a jagged line formation. The objects held this formation for the duration of the event until they lost sight of them, which was approximately five minutes.  Read more

Callicoon committee’s gas drilling mission defined

The task of an advisory committee was discussed at the Town of Callicoon town meeting on April 8, in Jeffersonville. Supervisor Tom Bose said the committee will be charged with advising the town board about whether it should change, delete or let stand language in the proposed comprehensive plan that suggests gas drilling may be part of the future of the town.  Read more

‘Gasland Part Two’; The return of the firewater

REGION — The movie “Gasland” is credited by some with shining a huge spotlight on the issue of hydraulic fracturing and changing the conversation about it from one that concerned only a handful of residents into a national and international debate about the future of energy and the environment of the planet.  Read more

PA officials nab heroin peddlers; Tracking cell phones leads to arrests

REGION — Officials working together across county lines have arrested six men in connection with heroin sales in Wayne and Pike counties. Altogether, 662 bags of heroin were seized along with $5,005 in cash. The five–month investigation resulted in the arrest of individuals from Paterson, NJ, Palmyra Township and Honesdale, PA.  Read more

The River Reporter to establish community advisory board

The River Reporter (TRR) is proud to be a locally focused community newspaper. For 35 years, we have worked hard to bring you the news that meets your needs, addresses your concerns, and piques your interest. You, our readers, are our neighbors, and because we are all in this same community together, we would like to know more about what you would like to see in our news and entertainment pages every week. We would like to know how to better serve you and our community both now and as we navigate the future together.  Read more

Making the Wayne chamber visible

President Todd Stevens, vice president Gary Bailman and executive director Donna LaBar presented the 2013 annual update of the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce Report to the Wayne County Commissioners at their meeting on March 28.  Read more

UDC letter to FERC discussed; Hancock compressor station at issue

The tone and depth of a letter regarding the proposed Hancock Compressor project was discussed at a meeting of the Project Review Committee of the Upper Delaware Council (UDC) on March 27.  Read more

‘FrackNation’ screening in Honesdale

The gas drilling debate continues as the documentary “FrackNation” will be screened at Cinema 6, 1199 Texas Palmyra Highway, in Honesdale. The free screenings will be on April 6 at 11:30 a.m., April 7 at 11:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Director Phelim McAleer will be at all the shows for a question-and-answer session following the screening.  Read more

Cooperative extension takes steep cut; Single-payer proposal supported

The lean times continue in Sullivan County as the legislature voted on March 21 to cut the amount of money it gives to the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Sullivan County (CCE) by 20% or roughly $83,000. Before the vote, members of the CCE board addressed county legislators in an attempt to persuade them not to approve the cut.  Read more

UDC to fete river valley honorees

UPPER DELAWARE VALLEY — The Upper Delaware Council, Inc. (UDC) will honor individuals and organizations that have enhanced the quality of life or protected the resources of the Upper Delaware River Valley at its 25th annual awards ceremony on Sunday, April 28. Reservations at $27 per person are due by April 19 for the banquet, which will take place at The Lackawaxen Inn, 188 Scenic Drive, Lackawaxen, PA. Seating is open.  Read more

Two men sentenced to state prison in Monticello robbery

Two Monticello men, Lance Tate Jr., 19, and Johnny B. Davis, Jr., 22, who is a reputed member of the Bloods street gang, were sentenced on March 28 to significant prison terms for participation in a violent robbery, during which they stole a lawfully possessed handgun from its registered owner.  Read more

Ten-digit dialing begins in 570 area code

HARRISBURG, PA — The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) announced on March 28 that the permissive dialing period has begun for residential and business customers within the existing 570 area code.  Read more

Monticello man arrested for welfare fraud

Ivan Martinez, 45, has been arrested for welfare fraud and other charges including grand larceny and misuse of food stamps. The charges, which were brought on March 29, come as the result of a joint investigation by the Sullivan County Department of Social Services Fraud Unit and the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office.  Read more

Investigator for social services; Police agencies back move

In a move that lawmaker Cindy Gieger has been pursuing for some time, a press conference was held at the government center on April 2 to announce the appointment of detective Gerald Dietz to the position of chief fraud investigator serving the Sullivan County Division of Family Services. There was also the announcement of the formation of Sullivan County’s first fraud investigation team, which includes not only Dietz, but all branches of law enforcement in the county.  Read more

Gabriel Road dam to be resurrected; Eight years of negotiations

The dam at the end of Gabriel Road has been washed out since 2005, when heavy flooding hit the area twice during the spring, and the road to repair has wended through a labyrinth of agencies and interests as the town board sought to repair the dam and let traffic flow across it once again.  Read more

Monticello sports star found dead; police suspect drug overdose

NEW YORK CITY, NY — Jessica Fingers, a former athletic star who attended Monticello High School, was found dead in a dorm room at Columbia University on March 31.  Read more

Sullivan issues detailed on Survey Monkey; potential advisory committee members polled

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — In an effort to create a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategic Plan, Sullivan County is seeking input from potential members of an advisory committee. The potential members were drawn from the list of residents who attended public meetings in September 2012 regarding the future of economic development in Sullivan County.  Read more