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REGION — The River Reporter’s editorial assistant Isabel Braverman and office dog Abby get the scoop on the best ice cream around. Summer in the Upper Delaware River Valley means river excursions, hiking, festivals, and of course, ice cream. To kick off Memorial Day weekend, go to page 22 for a list of ice cream places. To all of our readers, have a great summer!

Delaware River Sojourn sets a record

UPPER DELAWARE VALLEY — On June 24, which was day three of the 19th annual Delaware River Sojourn, after a day full of paddling on the river, Aiden Drusedum took the opportunity to broaden his skill set. Surrounded by four members of the National Park Service interpretive staff, Drusedum several times leaned his body over the side, upended his kayak and was turned upside down with his head underwater.  Read more

Eldred graduation: Class of 2013

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” were the words of Franklin D. Roosevelt, and were quoted by valedictorian Mikaela Balsano at the Eldred High School graduation ceremony. The 48 graduates of the Eldred Central School District walked fearlessly to receive their diplomas at the commencement ceremony on Saturday, June 22. The ceremony was held at the high school, outside on the front lawn in the bright early-morning sunshine.  Read more

Sullivan West Class of 2013 Graduates; Legacy of honors, achievement and memories

Arrayed in their caps and gowns, beaming with pride and savoring the moment, 93 Sullivan West graduates experienced a rite of passage through touching speeches, lovely music and finally the awarding of their well-deserved diplomas at the 2013 Sullivan West commencement ceremonies on June 22.  Read more

Lackawaxen zoning change would widen commercial areas

Mike Mancino’s plan for a commercial stable is awaiting the completion of the township’s amendment of its zoning ordinance. Lackawaxen is resolving several zoning issues in an amendment.  Read more

Voters to decide on casinos; Close call, especially in NYC

ALBANY, NY — The last time it seemed that a casino would open in Sullivan County, the hurdle standing in the way was the Bureau of Indian Affairs within the Department of the Interior. This time around, the potential hurdle is the voters of New York State.  Read more

Family burglary ring arrested

On June 20, Sullivan County Sheriff’s deputies charged a family burglary team consisting of a father, mother and son with breaking into several homes in the Jeffersonville/Kenoza Lake area.  Read more

Police warn drivers to drive sober this Fourth of July

Americans love to celebrate the Fourth of July with family, friends, food and fireworks, but too often alcohol turns the party into a tragedy, making this iconic holiday one of the most deadly days of the year on the nation’s roads.  Read more

Officer killed responding to accident

SALEM TOWNSHIP, PA — PA State Police at Honesdale say Daniel Lomax of Factoryville was killed when he stopped at the scene of a one-car accident to render assistance. A press release says the 55-year-old off-duty officer and volunteer firefighter “came into contact with downed power lines which instantly caused his death.” The incident occurred on Sawmill Road on the morning of June 22.

Wayne County Coroner Edward Howell arrived on the scene and pronounced Lomax dead at 5:49 a.m.  Read more

Fishing tops lightning death activities

WASHINGTON, DC — The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has discovered that 64% of lightning deaths since 2006 occurred while people were participating in leisure activities, with fishing topping the list at 26 deaths. John Jensenius, a lightning safety specialist with the NOAA’s National Weather Service, conducted the study by examining demographic information for 238 deaths attributed to lightning over the last seven years.  Read more

Delaware Valley okays tax increase

WESTFALL, PA — A final debate did not change any of the numbers and the Delaware Valley Board of Education, by a five to three vote with one member absent, gave its final approval for a $70.6 million budget for the 2013-14 school year.  Read more

I scream, you scream, we all scream

By proclamation of its elected leaders on June 20, July was officially proclaimed as Ice Cream Month in Wayne County.  Read more

Driver of tractor-trailer killed in Town of Thompson

On June 24, New York State Police at Liberty responded to a report of a commercial Motor vehicle accident on State Route 42, south of Fraser Rd in the Town of Thompson.  Read more

Sullivan DFS commissioner's legal battles in Ohio

When Dr. David Sager filed a lawsuit against Randy Parker, the commissioner of the Sullivan County Department of Family Services, on June 11, for allegedly firing Sager because Sager was looking into mishandled cases of sexual child abuse, it was not the first time Parker was named in a lawsuit.  Read more

Ribbon cutting for Prohibition Distillery in Roscoe

High spirits were on display at the ribbon cutting ceremony for Prohibition Distillery in Roscoe on June 21. The establishment is selling its first product, which is called a super-premium vodka named Bootlegger 21 New York Vodka.  Read more

Schumer, Gillibrand announce $200,000 for Sullivan County food hub

Press Release from Schumer and Gillibrand

Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $213,400 for the Sullivan County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) to launch a satellite Food Distribution Hub Project, providing Sullivan Country farmers an effective distribution line to move their goods to local and regional markets, an effort that is expected to create up to 19 new local jobs. The federal funding is allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Business Enterprise Grant Program.  Read more

Bonacic: casinos issue is "up to the people"

State Senator John J. Bonacic and Assemblyman Gary Pretlow last night introduced legislation (S.5883/A.8101) that is expected to pass the Senate and Assembly this week to authorize up to four casinos across three regions, including the Catskills, if voters approve the plan this November.  Read more

Bark park aims to expand; Neighbors raise questions about noise

The purpose of the park is “to attract happy, friendly dogs and happy, friendly dog owners, and we evaluate every dog that comes to the park, and if that dog has a poor disposition, we don’t want that dog, we don’t want that person.”  Read more

Eldred to allow use of cell phones

Superintendent Robert Dufour said that beginning in the fall, Eldred Central School District (ECSD) will allow the use of cell phones and other electronic devices, “on a limited and controlled basis.”  Read more

DEC critical of Cochecton’s Climate Action Plan

At the June 12 monthly meeting of the Cochecton Town Board, the cursory review of correspondence directed to supervisor Gary Maas was unusually remarkable. A letter from Mark DePaul Lowery, Climate Policy Analyst with the Office of Climate Change at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, was openly critical of Town of Cochecton Resolution 29, Climate Smart Community Pledge.  Read more

Lumberland takes on Rio Dam operator

Town officials say the operators of the Rio Dam are working on an upgrade to the dam’s generators, running heavy equipment over dam approach roads without making permit applications or any notification to Lumberland or the neighboring Town of Deerpark.  Read more