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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.

Gillibrand, local officials address childhood hunger

TOWN OF THOMPSON, NY — Childhood hunger is a personal thing for Monticello Central School District Food Service Director Andy Yeomans. Each Monday through Friday during the summer, he and his food-service staff prepare breakfast and lunch for 850 to 875 children at 12 different locations in the Monticello Central School District. Another location will be added in August.  Read more

Orange casino discussed in Port Jervis

Port Jervis, NY — After the Town of Tuxedo council released a statement expressing its support for a proposed casino in Tuxedo in Orange County, one Port Jervis resident took issue, speaking at the July 14 meeting during the public comment period.  Read more

Sullivan jail redesign: $440,000

MONTICELLO, NY — A sharply divided Sullivan County legislature deliberated giving LaBella Associates an additional $440,000 for another redesign of the proposed new county jail.  Read more

Sullivan DFS battle intensifies

MONTICELLO, NY — The battle that has been brewing for nearly two years in the Sullivan County Department of Family Services (DFS) boiled into the open on July 22, with a lawyer for DFS commissioner Randy Parker issuing a press release that harshly criticizes an investigation that targeted Parker.  Read more

Ruffalo’s new film to screen in Callicoon

CALLICOON, NY — The newest film from actor Mark Ruffalo, “Begin Again”, will have a special screening at the Callicoon Movie Theater running from Friday, July 25 through Thursday July 31.  Read more

Hanson fundraiser, ‘great event’

YULAN, NY — Neighbors and friends from around the river valley turned out for the July 5 Community Day, which was organized to provide financial support Town of Highland native James “J.J.” Hanson, who is fighting cancer.  Read more

Manslaughter charges in Dyberry death

PLEASANT MOUNT, PA — Involuntary manslaughter charges have been brought against two men in the death of a Waymart man. Ryan Clemo, 31, died at Wayne Memorial Hospital on March 29 after drinking heavily.  Read more

Port Jervis, pharmacy and ambulance discussed

PORT JERVIS, NY — The new Rite Aid store in Port Jervis opened its doors on July 21, bringing with it some new traffic issues for the town.  Read more

Celebrating the river

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
For more information on Riverfest, turn to page 20.

Liberty skate park supported by county; Sullivan legislature approves $36,000

MONTICELLO, NY — It was a vote that would probably not have happened a year or two ago, but with the economy slowly improving, Sullivan legislators voted five to four to give $36,000 to the Liberty Community Development Corporation (CDC) to help complete the funding for the construction of a skate park that has been on the drawing board for 10 years.  Read more

Turmoil in Sullivan Family Services; legal battle escalates

The battle that has been brewing for nearly two years in the Sullivan County Department of Family Services (DFS) boiled into the open on July 22, with a lawyer for DFS commissioner Randy Parker issuing a press release that harshly criticizes an investigation that targeted Parker.

The legislature in June passed a resolution to spend $175,000 to pay for an investigation into various complaints within DFS.  Read more

Sullivan redistricting plan adopted; criticism leveled over transparency

The Sullivan County Legislature on July 17 considered new election districts during two lengthy meetings and a public hearing. With little time to make a decision, Legislator Cindy Gieger asked, “With one public hearing and then a vote, at what time do we consider constituents' concerns?”  Read more

Flooding compounds drainage problems in Liberty

LIBERTY, NY — During the highway department report at the Town of Liberty department head meeting on July 7, Pat Lubin, a member of the Loomis Committee, reported on ongoing drainage and culvert problems on Old Loomis Road that have been exacerbated by recent storms. “With all due respect,” said Lubin, “I certainly understand this latest rainfall and the damage we’ve suffered… but we have been going over and over and over and over this… the situation we have on our road with the drainage and the ditches. The drainage has to be fixed and addressed. Our whole culvert and ditch area is clogged and that has been going on for years.”  Read more

Honesdale opposes proposed pension funding legislation

HONESDALE, PA — At its July 14 monthly meeting, Honesdale Borough Council grappled with one issue that it shares with municipalities nationwide and several that are peculiar to Honesdale.  Read more

Cochecton debates highway superintendent term change

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — How long does it take to master the highway superintendent’s job, put a personal stamp on the position and demonstrate competency to voters? Those were the questions at issue during the July 9 public hearing before the Cochecton Town Board as it considers changing the Cochecton highway superintendent’s term of office from two years to four years.  Read more

Honoring a public health nurse

MONTICELLO, NY — By all accounts, the late Gladys Olmsted was a force at the center of the creation of the Sullivan County Public Health Services, which lists a dozen programs to promote the health of county residents.  Read more

Tornado warning in Sullivan County

Town of Bethel, NY — The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for a large swath of Sullivan County on the afternoon of July 13.

While no tornado was officially declared, strong winds in the area of suspected tornadic activity took down a number of mature trees at a property on Jim Stephenson Road a few miles north of Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.  Read more

Get rid of eyesore for $68,500; Town seeks new bids

SMALLWOOD, NY — Bethel supervisor Dan Sturm says the owner of a destroyed house on Taconic Trail in Smallwood has been “uncooperative” regarding taking care of the property in the wake of a fire; therefore the town has been taking steps to remedy the situation.  Read more

Beach Lake man killed in crash

BEACH LAKE, PA — Charles Gabriel, 62, of Beach Lake, was killed on July 11 near 12 midnight in a two-car collision on Route 652. Garbiel was in a 1988 Ford pickup driving east, and according to Pennsylvania State Police he failed to negotiate a curve and headed into the path of an oncoming vehicle.  Read more

Location of Audubon Arts & Crafts Festival moved

HAWLEY, PA — The location of the Audubon Arts & Crafts Festival, scheduled for July 19 and 20, has been changed. The festival was to have been held at the Wallenpaupack School Complex on Route 6 in Hawley; it will now be held instead at the Wallenpaupack North Intermediate School and Wallenpaupack North Primary School Complex at 187 Atlantic Ave., Hawley.  Read more