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NARROWSBURG, NY — Celebrate the diverse artistic talents of the area at Riverfest, Narrowsburg’s 26th annual music, art, and environmental festival on Sunday, July 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

New invasive plant: Battling mile-a-minute vine

UPPER DELAWARE RIVER VALLEY — A new non-native plant species has arrived in the Upper Delaware River valley region—mile-a-minute vine (MAM). This plant is listed on the Pennsylvania Noxious Weed List because it can “directly or indirectly injure crops, other useful plants, livestock, poultry or other interests of agriculture, including irrigation, navigation, fish and wildlife resources, or the public health.” Early detection and rapid response is the best defense to the spread of this aggressive invader.  Read more

No swimming in Toronto Reservior?

TORONTO RESERVOIR — In May, 2013, it seemed as though the question about public access to the Toronto Reservoir had been settled once and for all. Back then, the appellate court upheld the ruling of a lower court saying the members of the public have the right to use a road in the Chapin Estate to reach a recreational access area on the reservoir.

The ruling came after a 10-year, off-and-on court battle, during which access to that spot on the reservoir was blocked by a stone wall, which was ultimately removed.  Read more

Fatalities on 17B spark concern

The death of Robert Schenk, 33, of Narrowsburg in a head-on collision on State Route 17B on August 2 sparked action on the part of Sullivan County Sheriff Mike Schiff, who vowed to step up police presence in an effort to curb the many accidents that occur on the busy highway.  Read more

Family services programs detailed

Representatives from the Sullivan County Division of Family Services (DFS) appeared at a meeting at the government center on August 7, and gave detailed reports about some of the division’s programs and operations.  Read more

Wayne’s youthful athletes efforts recognized

With her charges resplendent in their Wayne County Commissioners T-shirts, Kerri Miszler of Wayne County Parks & Recreation, at right in the photo above, recently presented 13 of the 20 athletes who qualified for the 2014 Hershey Track and Field program finals. They are pictured with commissioners Wendell Kay, Brian Smith and Jonathan Fritz.  Read more

Homelessness and prosperity in Honesdale

The August 11 Honesdale Borough Council meeting highlighted the apparent paradox of poverty and prosperity in rural America. Reports from the Greater Honesdale Partnership (GHP) on the resounding success of both Sidewalk Sales Days and the Wayne County Fair contrasted sharply with a letter from the Wayne County Human Services Department requesting assistance with data collection for a homeless census.  Read more

PA lawmakers unveil patient provider legislation

In July, a report came out titled “Bad Medicine: How a Political Agenda is Undermining Women’s Health Care.” The report said, “Abortion restrictions on the books in 33 states and in effect in 29 states, contradict evidence-based practices and undermine the high-quality, patient-centered care that health care providers strive to achieve.”  Read more

Growing NPS water safety involvement

The Upper Delaware shares a dire statistic with the rest of the more than 300 areas managed by the National Park Service (NPS): drowning is the primary cause of visitor fatalities, according to Upper Delaware NPS Chief Ranger Joe Hinkes.  Read more

Pike ground water study

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) in cooperation with the Pike County Conservation District, recently completed a study of residential groundwater wells in Pike County, PA. The results of the study were published in July 2014 in “USGS Scientific Investigations Report 2014-5117,” which can be viewed on the USGS website. Go to and type “SIR 2014-5117” in the search block.  Read more

Gunther proposes opioid legislation

Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther announced on August 8 that she would introduce legislation to help stem the tide of opiate addiction in New York State. The legislation will require the New York State Department of Health to notify prescribers annually of the number of prescriptions for opiates they have written and their ranking within the county they practice.  Read more

Teachout to stay on primary ballot

Zephyr Teachout, a law professor who is challenging Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic primary, will remain on the ballot. Cuomo’s campaign challenged Teachout’s residency in the state, but a judge ruled on August 11 that Cuomo’s team had not proved that she lived in another state.  Read more

Excerpts of casino projects

REGION — Executive summaries of the nine applications for the one or two casino licenses that will be awarded in the Catskills/Hudson Valley Region are posted at Below are excerpts from the various applications.  Read more

Noise, road closure prompt pipeline complaints

LACKAWAXEN, PA — One of the subjects of heated discussion at the Lackawaxen Township meeting on July 21 was the controversial Tennessee Gas Pipeline, which was approved by the federal government despite local opposition. The focus of complaint involved noise produced by a compressor on the pipeline, particularly when it starts up, and especially in the Fawn Lake Community. Neighbors said this noise is heard around the clock. During this time of year, the foliage blocks much of the noise; however, during the fall and winter, there is no muffling and the noise is considerably louder.  Read more

Narrowsburg man killed in auto accident; Head-on collision on Route 17B

TOWN OF BETHEL, NY — A 33-year-old Narrowsburg man was killed in a collision on the evening of August 2, when he was involved in a head-on collision on State Route 17B in the Town of Bethel.  Read more

Port Jervis revenue down

PORT JERVIS, NY — Mayor Kelly B. Decker had a tough message—but also words of hope—to the city residents in the recent town meeting. He said, “Our revenues are down as people are not paying their taxes and other fees, as well as our county sales tax share is down by an extreme number. That reduces our revenues, while our expenses stay the same. I have met with our department of public works and our police, and I want to assure people that they are staying well within their budget, right on their target; but we are going to come out with a deficit, unless something drastically changes with the county tax share.”  Read more

Insurance company to pay up on earthquake; Damage to building in Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — After arguing for three years that damage to the now-defunct Honesdale EMS ambulance building was not due to an earthquake, an insurance company has agreed to pay $250,000 to settle a claim in the matter.  Read more

Teachout visits Callicoon Center; Vows to stay on ballot

CALLICOON CENTER, NY — “If this room delivers the anti-fracking vote, you will change the election.” Zephyr Teachout, a candidate who would like to become the Democratic candidate to become governor of New York State in the primary election on September 9, made that statement to about 75 supporters at a private home in Callicoon Center on August 2.  Read more

Poll shows PA governor’s race tightening

HARRISBURG, PA — A recent poll has Republican Gov. Tom Corbett pulling within single digits of challenger Democrat Tom Wolf. The survey says Wolf would win the race, with 42% of the vote, while Corbett would gain 33%.  Read more

Park and ride at Wally Lake Fest

HAWLEY, PA — The fifth annual Wally Lake Fest takes place August 22 through 24. The festival gives people the opportunity to attend events both on the waters of Lake Wallenpaupack and on dry land.  Read more

Cuomo signs firefighter law

MONTICELLO, NY — Sen. John Bonacic announced on August 4 that Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed Senate Bill 1885-C sponsored by Bonacic, which would require prospective volunteer firefighters to authorize a background check for sex offense convictions upon the submission of their application.  Read more