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October 21, 2014
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LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — “Lake Huntington looks like pea soup. In my lifetime, I can’t recall a six-week algae bloom like this one. Most last only a few days, at most. The Department of Environmental Control (DEC) has taken water samples and we’re awaiting test results.” With those remarks at the October 8 Cochecton Town Board meeting, Supervisor Gary Maas introduced a topic familiar but unpleasant to all who live, work or play near the lake. Asked if the DEC might impose a ban on recreational activities for the duration of the bloom, Maas said, “We’ll just have to wait and see what the DEC says.”

Gibson won’t re-sign tax pledge; Republican open to ‘bipartisan compromise’

WASHINGTON, DC — Congressman Chris Gibson said he won’t re-sign a pledge not to raise taxes. Formally called the Tax Payer Protection Pledge, it was formulated by conservative lobbyist and operative Grover Norquist. Those who sign it promise to “oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and to oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.”  Read more

Increased penalties for assaulting PA conservation officials

HARRISBURG, PA — A new law, which takes effect on Dec. 23, increases the maximum penalty for anyone convicted of assaulting a Wildlife Conservation Officer (WCO) or Deputy WCO to a first-degree felony, punishable by up to 40 years in prison.  Read more

Toys for Tots program

The River Reporter is an official drop-off spot for Toys for Tots for the Narrowsburg and Cochecton area. There will be Toys for Tots Christmas parties on Thursday, December 6 from 6 p.m. to midnight at the Narrowsburg Inn on Bridge Street in Narrowsburg, with dessert courtesy of the Catskill Hudson Bank. There will also be a party on Friday, December 7, at 6 p.m. at Tony’s on the Lake, Route 52, Lake Huntington. Admission at both events is a new, unwrapped toy. There will be free buffets and music, and Santa will be there, so kids are welcome.

Livingston Manor woman was arrested for leaving children unattended

A Livingston Manor woman was arrested for leaving her three young children unattended in a vehicle while she went shopping. On the afternoon of November 26, deputies from the Sullivan County Sheriff’s office on patrol in Livingston Manor spotted the three children in a vehicle in the parking lot of the Peck’s supermarket.  Read more

Pennsylvania considers British company to run state lottery

HARRISBURG, PA — The administration of Governor Tom Corbett has been seeking companies interested in taking over the management of the state’s lottery, the proceeds of which are used to fund programs for the elderly.  Read more

The New York State Police embrace social media

ALBANY, NY — New York residents can now “like” the state police on Facebook and “follow” NYSP on Twitter.  Read more

Lackawaxen parcel approved as boat launch

There will be no booze, no parking, no trespassing. Those are some of the public safety issues addressed in the Lackawaxen township board’s proposal regarding use of a parcel of land on the Lackawaxen River owned by Kittatinny Canoes (KC). Whether it can be used as a commercial launch for watercraft had been previously answered by the property’s history.  Read more

Sullivan tax-exempt initiative moves forward

Sullivan County officials plan to seek the support of the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) in attempting to amend the law that covers tax-exempt properties in the state.  Read more

Sullivan approves fraud investigator; is it easier to get benefits in Sullivan

For years, the wisdom of the street said that it’s easier to sign up for benefits like food stamps in Sullivan County than it is in other locations. At a meeting of the county legislature on November 15, Randy Parker, the newly installed commissioner of the Department of Family Services (DFS), indicated that the perception of ease among potential applicants is, in fact, true.  Read more

Fracking health review deadline

ALBANY, NY — The three health experts who have been tasked with reviewing the state’s assessment of the health impacts of hydraulic fracturing have been asked to complete the review soon. That’s according to Lynn Goldman, dean of George Washington University’s School of Public Health. Goldman told several news organizations that the review completion date is December 3, but her agreement with the state runs through mid-February 2013.  Read more

Damascus passes its 2013 budget

The Damascus Board of Supervisors passed the township’s 2013 budget at its meeting on November 19. Budgets in Pennsylvania must be passed by December 31. There will be no cuts in services or cuts in personnel in this budget, as happened last year.  Read more

Local residents stuff a truck for victims of Sandy

Residents of the Honesdale area outdid themselves and sent a giant truck full of emergency supplies to the victims of Hurricane Sandy in Staten Island.  Read more

Peck’s stores will match customers’ donations to local food pantries

RIVER VALLEY COMMUNITIES — Up until December 15, the Peck’s markets in five towns will match any items contributed to local food pantries by shoppers. Collection bins are set up in Peck’s stores in Narrowsburg, Callicoon, Eldred, Jeffersonville and Livingston Manor in New York. All food items will be distributed by the stores to the pantries in their communities.  Read more

$5,000 nonprofit award unveiled; new element to nonprofit summit

From Bethel Woods Center for the Arts to the Discovery Center, nonprofit organizations play a large role in Sullivan County, and all of the nonprofits were invited to the first annual Sullivan Nonprofit Summit in March 2011.  Read more

Future of Livingston Manor landmark unclear

The Hoos Building, which was destroyed by a raging fire on November 20, was located right next to Little Beaver Kill Creek. Charlie Irace, the code enforcement officer for the Town of Rockland, said that as of November 26 the owner of the building, Barry Foster, has not yet settled with the insurance company and does not know if he is going to rebuild the structure, which dates to 1903. If Foster decides to rebuild, it will have to be done through the planning process.  Read more

The holiday season is here

With the arrival of Santa Claus in various locales throughout the region, including the James Dworetsky Holiday Parade in Jeffersonville, NY on November 23 and the Santa Parade in Honesdale, PA on the same night, the holiday season has officially arrived in the Upper Delaware Valley.  Read more

Eldred business official resigns; financial investigation underway

Statement by Robert M. Dufour, Superintendent of Eldred Central School District:

On Monday, Nov. 19, the Eldred Central School District Board of Education requested and accepted the unconditional resignation of School Business Official William Thornton, effective immediately.

The board asked for Thornton’s resignation after allegations of financial improprieties in the district came to light over the weekend.  Read more

Fire destroys four businesses in Livingston Manor

A huge blaze broke out in the Hoos Building in Livingston Manor at about 3:30 p.m on November 20. The building housed the popular eatery The Lazy Beagle, as well as the businesses Willow and Brown, Moose be Morning and Hot Corner Collectibles.  Read more

New Jersey man arrested for scamming elderly woman

On November 16, 2012, the New York State Police in Kingston announce the arrest of Rasheem O. Eccleston, 20, from East Orange, NJ for Grand Larceny in the third degree.  Read more

Honesdale weapon arrest

Brian Merritt, 34, of Honesdale was arrested for allegedly pointing a gun at a woman he had been living with.  Read more