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BINGHAMTON,NY — The New York-Pennsylvania Joint Interstate Bridge Commission approved $37.5 million worth of replacement and repair costs targeting five Upper Delaware River bridges at its May 18 annual meeting, while agreeing to hold a public meeting locally to discuss the overall coordination of bridge projects.

Police seek armed robber

MATAMORAS, PA — Following a call on May 25 at approximately 10:15 p.m., the Eastern Pike Regional Police Department was dispatched to an armed robbery occurring on Pennsylvania Avenue between 2nd and 4th streets in Matamoras Borough. The victim described the suspect as a male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and grey shorts with a black handgun.  Read more

Deadline for Honesdale position

HONESDALE, PA —The Honesdale Borough Council accepted the resignation of Carolyn Lorent at its regular meeting on Monday, May 12. Lorent said that recent unexpected events prevented her from serving on the council.  Read more

Wayne commissioner loses barn

DAMASCUS TWP, PA — A barn belonging to Wayne County Commissioner Brian Smith was destroyed by fire on May 25, killing about 11 calves and a dog. The barn was part of the family business owned by Smith, his wife and his son.  Read more

Multiple arrests at Mysteryland Festival

TOWN OF BETHEL, NY — New York State Police made numerous arrests for drug possession and other violations over the Memorial Day weekend at the Mysteryland Festival at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.  Read more

New Jersey man presumed drowned in river

TOWN OF LUMBERLAND, NY — A 22-year-old man is presumed dead after removing his life jacket and diving into the waters of the Upper Delaware River on May 25. Friends say they did not know why Ukonne Uyobong removed his life jacket, and added that he did not know how to swim.  Read more

Sign moratorium declared in Berlin Township

BEACH LAKE, PA — “I’m declaring a six-month moratorium on sign installations, sign requests, sign permit applications, and anything else to do with signs,” said Chairman Paul Henry at the May 20 regular monthly meeting of the Berlin Township Board of Supervisors.  Read more

If you care, leave it there

RIVER VALLEY — It’s the season for spotting young wildlife, and the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) says, “Let it be.”  Read more

Hawley paints the town

HAWLEY, PA — Between now and early June, 21 separate buildings on Main Avenue in Hawley will be repainted, courtesy of a coordinated community effort and a public/private partnership that took off when the borough won a contest called “Main Street Matters.” Sponsored by Benjamin Moore, the paint manufacturing company, the contest will pay for painting the ground floor/street level of these downtown buildings. (Hawley was one of just 20 communities throughout the U.S. and Canada to win the contest.)  Read more

Mysteryland

That's right! Mysteryland is underway & already swimming in mud! The River Reporter will be on-site all day & night, snapping pics and recording it all for posterity. Fasten your seat belts!

Parking issue in Kauneonga Lake

KAUNEONGA LAKE, NY — There is a stretch of County Route 141 in Kauneonga Lake where the side of the road narrows so there is not sufficient room to park a car legally. Drivers do park there, but they are always doing so illegally because the vehicles are either intruding over the white line that separates the shoulder from the main part of the road, or are parked partially on the sidewalk.  Read more

Wayne County hit by identity theft

HONESDALE, PA — All the financial institutions providing direct deposit for Wayne County government employees have been notified that the county payroll processor’s computers were hacked two weeks ago and that their personal information may have been compromised.  Read more

Town of Callicoon meeting; Concerns about fracking remain

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — At the Callicoon town meeting on May 8, in a series of continuing presentations on the dangers of hydraulic fracturing, Shandelee resident and bio-chemist Linda Reik gave remarks highlighting the dangers of methane gas leakage. Most recently, in Harlem, methane leakage destroyed two buildings and killed two people. Methane is 100 times more damaging to the climate than carbon dioxide. Natural gas is composed 90% of methane and, Reik said, natural gas pipelines have a terrible history of leakage. Last week in a report the U.S. government said, “the most direct way to significantly reduce the magnitude of future global warming is to reduce the emissions of heat-trapping gases.” Reik exceeded her three-minute time limit for a presentation and was asked to stop after four minutes.  Read more

Lumberland highway employees seek union

GLEN SPEY, NY — “This was quite a surprise,” Supervisor Nadia Rajsz said on May 14 in prefacing a proposed resolution seeking town certification of union representation for Lumberland’s highway employees.  Read more

New digs for Catskill Mountainkeeper

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The environmental advocacy group Catskill Mountainkeeper held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 16 in front of its new office in Livingston Manor. The organization, which started with two staff members in 2006, has grown to a staff of nine now, and needed more room to function effectively. The new office is located on Main Street, which is known for being submerged beneath floodwaters from time to time; therefore care has been taken to flood-proof the property as much as possible.  Read more

Causeway in the river’s future

POND EDDY, NY — Though the project to replace the Pond Eddy Bridge does not begin for another two years, at least one river activist is raising alarm bells about the possibility of a temporary causeway being created across the river. Pat Carullo created the image, and in his view any causeway will have a significant negative impact on the environment, wildlife and tourism near the Pond Eddy Bridge.  Read more

Replacement project for Pond Eddy Bridge to begin in two years

Press release from Upper Delaware Council

BINGHAMTON, NY — The contract to build a new bridge to connect the New York and Pennsylvania communities of Pond Eddy over the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River is expected to be awarded in April 2016, with construction taking place in 2017 and possibly extending into 2018, at a total estimated cost of $11.9 million.  Read more

Second PA hearing on medical marijuana

HARRISBURG, PA — Following a hearing in February regarding legislation to legalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, the senate Law and Justice Committee will hold a second public hearing on the issue on June 10.  Read more

Short Line service to Jeffersonville

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — The ShortLine Bus Company has initiated service from Jeffersonville to New York City on a daily basis. There are two departures each day, leaving at 9:30 am and 11:30 a.m., and two arrivals at 11:20 a.m. and 7 p.m. The bus departure point is across the street from the post office on Main Street.  Read more

State acquires 590 more acres in the Catskill Park

SHANDAKAN, NY — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced on May 20 that New York State has acquired 590 acres of land on the upper slopes of Balsam Mountain in the Catskill Park, which will help to preserve critical habitats and expand outdoor recreation opportunities for visitors. According to the governor’s office, this effort supports the goals of the governor’s 2014 Tourism Summit as well as the state’s weeklong celebration of the beginning of the summer travel season, which features various outdoor recreational opportunities.  Read more

Suspect identified in hit and run

BUCKINGHAM TOWNSHIP, PA — A suspect has been identified in a hit-and-run incident that killed 19-year-old Zachary Passemato of Hancock, NY. Television station WNEP reported that Jason Day is being investigated as being the driver of a pick-up truck that killed Passemato in the accident, which occurred on May 16 at about 8:30 p.m. at State Route 191 at Winterdale Road, in Buckingham Township, Wayne County.  Read more