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July 28, 2014
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NARROWSBURG, NY — Music, art, and the environment take center stage at Riverfest on July 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Main Street in Narrowsburg, overlooking the Upper Delaware River.
At 12:30 p.m., festival-goers will have an opportunity to bid live on about five dozen original works of art created especially for the occasion at the Riverfest poster auction. The posters can be previewed at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) gallery on Main Street and online at www.artsalliancesite.org.
For more information on Riverfest, turn to page 20.

Scollo criticizes Marino for allowing deep cuts to Tobyhanna

DINGMAN TOWNSHIP, PA — Businessman Phil Scollo, who is running against U.S. Representative Tom Marino to represent the 10th PA District in the House of Representatives, accuses Marino of voting against funding for the Tobyhanna Army Depot located in Monroe County.  Read more

U.S. Postal Service defaults on $5 billion; hours at dozens of local centers may be cut

RIVER VALLEY — The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) was supposed to send a check for $5.6 billion to the U.S. Treasury by September 30 to prefund the cost of health benefits for future retirees. But for the second month in a row, USPS could not make the payment because it didn’t have the money. The payment, however, is only part of the agency’s problem.  Read more

Bacon shortage debunked; but local dairy farmers see higher feed prices

Last week an obscure British organization called the National Pig Association launched a wave of stories here in the U.S. with a press release that said, “A world shortage of pork and bacon next year is now unavoidable.”  Read more

Eldred Key Elements releases CD

The title says it all: “We Made This Ourselves.” In a real-life, local version of the hit television show “Glee,” 23 Eldred Central School (ECS) students under the direction of their teacher, Justin Glodich, have completed their goal of producing their own CD.

The eighth- through 12th-grade students are members of the a cappella group the Eldred Key Elements. Last year, the group delivered a stirring performance for the ECS board of education.  Read more

Reinventing the family farm; corn maze and country story

The sign in front of the old family farmhouse said the farm was established in 1866. It’s been through a number of reincarnations, for instance when, according to the farm’s website, “Timothy Cunningham changed the farm to growing sweet corn to sell directly to consumers. There was a roadside stand out on Route 17B where customers could stop to pick up dinner. This was in the days when you could leave a can on the table and trust people to leave their money if the grandkids had gotten tired of sitting out by the table and wanted a break.”  Read more

PA judge partially blocks voter ID law

HARRISBURG, PA — A Pennsylvania judge has blocked part of the controversial new Voter ID Law, which would require all voters to produce a state-approved voter photo ID in order to vote.
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Felony burglary arrest in Honesdale

On July 23rd, 2012 the Honesdale Borough Police Department investigated a burglary of a garage located on Overlook Ave. The victims reported that unknown actors entered their garage overnight and stole a large sum of various coins and currency.  Read more

Two men charged in death of Narrowsburg woman

Two men have been charged in the death of a woman whose body was found in a burned out home in Lava after a fire destroyed the house on December 13, 2008.  Read more

Gas at a glance

“Learn About Shale” launched by Marcellus Shale Coalition  Read more

DEC promises gas drilling health study; mixed reaction from environmentalists

ALBANY, NY — A press release with the headline, “Commissioner Joseph Martens Rejects Call For ‘Independent’ Health Study of High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing,” from the commissioner of the NY Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced that “NYS Health Commissioner Nirav Shah has agreed to assess the department's health impact analysis,” regarding gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing, garnering advice from the most qualified “outside experts.”  Read more

Pike County Commissioners insulted; New Jersey senator asks FERC to continue hearings

The chairman of the Pike County Commissioners said he was disappointed and insulted that so many federal, state and corporate officials ignored an invitation to a meeting for September 18 that was called to address the Tennessee Gas Pipeline (TGP) plan to cut a 6.1-mile loop around the borough.  Read more

Interest in shuttered schools discussed

One party wants to use the empty Delaware Valley School building to open a private school for Chinese students, another party might like to use the Narrowsburg School building as a water testing facility. But nothing is certain.  Read more

Federal judge dismisses fracking lawsuit

NEW YORK, NY — A federal judge threw out a lawsuit brought by the NY State Attorney General against the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) and various federal agencies regarding hydraulic fracturing. Schneiderman had argued that the DRBC was compelled to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act in creating a set of rules for fracking in the Delaware River Basin, which would require the completion of an environmental impact statement.  Read more

Waynepeace to address Voter ID Law

The deadline for voter registration in Pennsylvania is October 9, and a significant controversy concerning Pennsylvania’s new Voter ID Law has been drawing national attention for several weeks. Waynepeace will host a discussion of this law and its implications at the Wayne County Public Library on Tuesday, October 2, beginning at 5:30 p.m.  Read more

Beekeeping bill approved in committee

HARRISBURG, PA — Legislation authored by Rep. Sandra Major to allow Pennsylvania beekeepers to sell their product from the site where it is processed without the need to pay registration and licensing fees was unanimously passed by the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee on September 24 and sent to the full House for a vote.  Read more

Schick nominated for county judge slot

ALBANY, NY — The Democratic Judicial Nominating Convention for the New York State Third Judicial District was held on September 21, at the Albany Court House. Stephan Schick, an attorney from Sullivan County, was nominated as one of the two candidates for NYS Supreme Court Justice, for the district which consists of the counties of Sullivan, Ulster, Greene, Schoharie, Albany, Rensselaer and Columbia. Schick’s name will appear on the ballot on the Democratic line for the November 2012 general election along with a Columbia County attorney Richard Mott. There are two positions to be filled starting in January 2013.  Read more

Talking about talk in Delaware

The issue of communications—from town residents to the town board, and from town board to residents—was front and center at the Town of Delaware Town Board meeting on Wednesday, September 20. Both sides apparently think there is room for improvement.  Read more

Arrests in Narrowsburg break-ins

Two men were arrested in connection with three break-ins in Narrowsburg last week. On September 24, New York State Police arrested Michael Wilson, 18, of Callicoon, and Joseph Flora, 19, of Beach Lake, PA, and charged them each with three counts of burglary.  Read more

Scott Krebs on small-town rural education; ECS high school principal reflects

“We haven’t had a car on the roof yet,” joked Eldred Central School (ECS) District high school principal Scott Krebs as he gestured toward a poster displayed on the wall of his office.  Read more

Wyland mobile water unit visits region

“Did you say Martians?” exclaimed one wide-eyed sixth-grader as Nick Spinelli, executive director of the Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management District, discussed the many benefits of wetlands during a regional visit last week from the Wyland Clean Water Mobile Learning Experience (MLE).  Read more