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CALLICOON CENTER, NY — Bryan Kent is a show-me kind of guy. Now, having been won over by the performance of his electric vehicle, a 2013 Nisson Leaf, he is driving it on an epic road trip covering more than 26,000 miles in about 100 days. Along the way, he plans to visit the capitals of the 48 contiguous U.S. states and plant 100 trees.

Whither the visitor center?

An account in The River Reporter of Town of Lumberland Supervisor Nadia Rajsz’ effort to acquire property for a visitor center provoked a lengthy exchange at the September 5 meeting of the Upper Delaware Council.

The question of which entity—the National Park Service (NPS) or the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway, or both—would be served by the center went unanswered, but decades of past failed visitor center efforts were part of the discussion.  Read more

9/11 remembered in Highland

Speaking at the Eldred Town Hall’s Heroes Park Tuesday evening Highland Supervisor Andrew Boyar addressed the audience at what he said was the first annual Highland Remembrance Service for those who died in the September 11, 2001 terror attacks. Boyar honored local police and emergency fire and medical services and called for a new national day of recognition. “Isn’t it time to honor the first responders who rise to the occasion every day?”

Primary results for Sullivan County, NY

Results are unofficial:

Town of Bethel, supervisor, vote for one
Daniel Sturm (DEM) 247
Judith Maidenbaum (DEM) 82  Read more

Wayne commissioners take the show on the road

In an effort to engage and educate the public the Wayne County Commissioners will make a series of “State of the County” road tours this month. The series of seven dates began September 10 in Damascus and will continue into the last week of the month.  Read more

Herons, blue and otherwise, spotted here

Herons are often seen in the Upper Delaware Valley. This great blue heron was snapped by Amanda Reed, the production manager for The River Reporter, on August 15. It had been stalking a meal in Little Lake Erie in Narrowsburg when it took flight and was caught on camera.
For more heron sightings in the region, see this week's River Talk.

Environmental groups target deepwater port again

REGION — Three environmental groups held a press conference to unveil what they said was more evidence that the proposed deepwater port off of New Jersey is actually intended to be used to export gas rather than import it.  Read more

ATVs: safety required

UPPER DELAWARE RIVER REGION — ATV riding can be a risky sport. Within a period of six weeks this summer, two young people died in ATV accidents in our area. An eight-year-old boy from Long Island, NY lost his life in an ATV accident in the Town of Callicoon, NY on August 24, and in July, a 24-year-old Narrowsburg woman died as a result of an accident in Beach Lake, PA.  Read more

Protecting bats, birds and fish; A legislative battle over endangered species

HARRISBURG, PA — Supporters say the proposed Endangered Species Coordination Act (ESCA) would merely standardize the state process for designating species of fish, wildlife or plants as threatened or endangered. Representative Jell Pyle, the prime sponsor of ESCA, has 67 co-sponsors in the house.  Read more

Reservoir plan irks Ulster residents; The issue is turbidity

UPSTATE, NY — In order to avoid paying up to $10 billion for a filtration system for the water that serves the residents of New York City (NYC), city officials must maintain a Filtration Avoidance Determination (FAD)that has been worked out with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the New York State Department of Health (DOH), and others groups.  Read more

Groups threaten suit over Act 41; Septic systems in Wayne/Pike watershed

NORTHEAST, PA — Elected officials at every level were supportive of Act 41, which Governor Tom Corbett signed on July 2. The act stipulated that properly designed septic systems are automatically in compliance with Pennsylvania’s anti-degradation requirements, which are mandated by federal law.  Read more

Jane Varcoe: hard work and dedication

It was Wayne County Commissioners’ Chair Brian Smith’s “extreme pleasure,” on August 29 to honor one of the county’s most active public servants and volunteers, Jane Varcoe. “The people of the county,” he said, “want to recognize you for all the hard work and dedication.”  Read more

Gillibrand: bike racks for Amtrak

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand on August 30 renewed her call for Amtrak to include bicycle racks in its plans to modernize the rolling stock used in train services between New York City and Buffalo.  Read more

Judge rules in favor of PPL line

ALLENTOWN, PA — PPL Electric Utilities called a federal judge’s decision to dismiss a lawsuit challenging federal permits for the Susquehanna-Roseland power line “the right decision for millions of people throughout the mid-Atlantic region who will have more reliable electric service because of this project.”  Read more

Monticello man arrested for heroin

Monticello police arrested Maceo Jones, 43, of Monticello, on August 29. Jones was charged with felony criminal possession of a controlled substance and violation trespass.  Read more

Accused shooter asked for police interview to be dismissed

Lawyers for a man accused of staging his wife’s death have asked that an interview conducted by police that lasted several hours not be shown to the jury. At a pretrial hearing on August 28, lawyers William Peters and Robert Buttner said police violated their client’s constitutional rights because, during the interview, the 72-year-old Robert Jufer was never read his Miranda Rights and was never told he was free to leave should he choose to do so.  Read more

STAR exemption registration

ALBANY, NY — Some 2.6 million homeowners in New York State receive the Basic STAR property tax exemption to help reduce the cost of school property taxes, and the average benefit per household is $700.  Read more

Lumberland Fire Department gets two-year contract

Firefighters got a new contract on August 28, but Lumberland Fire Department President Ann Schulte Steimle said that the first she’d heard its details was upon Supervisor Nadia Rajsz reading the document earlier that evening.  Read more

New York’s highest court to hear fracking, home rule case

The battle between those in favor of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and those against it in New York State will get one more hearing before a court of law. The New York State Court of Appeals announced on August 29, that it will hear the zoning and home rule cases regarding fracking bans in the towns of Middlefield and Dryden.  Read more

Primary vote September 10

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — There are a several primary races that will take place on September 10 in Sullivan County.

In the Town of Bethel, restaurateur Judith Maidenbaum is challenging incumbent suprivisor Dam Sturm for the slot on the Democratic ticket; three candidates, Timothy Colaianni, incumbent Lillian Hendrickson and Dawn Rider are vying for the Democratic nod for two seats on the town council.  Read more