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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.

Public art for Liberty?

The 14-foot-tall statue called Ed was temporarily installed in front of the Stray Cat Gallery on Route 17B in Bethel. Now, supporters of sculptor Zac Shavrick would like to have the sculpture displayed for a time at a prominent location on Main Street in the Town of Liberty.  Read more

Hawley wins paint job

Hawley has been named one of 20 communities throughout the United States and Canada to win a contest to have its downtown Main Avenue storefronts repainted—for free. The contest, called “Main Street Matters,” was sponsored by paint manufacturer Benjamin Moore. The contest involved having people vote online. Among the list of 100 towns nominated was Narrowsburg, NY.  Read more

Callicoon Flea Market closing its doors

The Callicoon Flea Market was jumping on the Fourth of July weekend, full of weekenders and visitors browsing through Life magazines, antique furniture, musical instruments and all kinds of merchandise.  Read more

Regional people are turtle lovers

UPPER DELAWARE VALLEY — It turns out that many people who read The River Reporter’s posts on Facebook like turtles enough to help them safely on their way when they see them facing danger in the middle of a road. TRR columnist Jonathan Fox helped a snapper off the road recently, and it sparked quite a few comments on Facebook. The question was: “When you see this guy in the road... do you stop & help him cross safely?”  Read more

It was all or nothing; Women got nothing

ALBANY, NY — Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Woman’s Equality Act (WEA) contained 10 planks of legislation, which included strengthening laws regarding equal pay for equal work, sexual harassment and discrimination and human trafficking. One of the planks regarded abortions, and that plank brought the whole act down.  Read more

PA Senators flip-flop on Medicaid expansion; House pulls the plug on health insurance for 500,000

HARRISBURG, PA — If Pennsylvania politicians were to accept Medicaid expansion as part of the national Affordable Care Act, which is also known as Obamacare, more than half a million Pennsylvania residents who currently have no health insurance would receive it, and according to the Independent Fiscal Office, the state would save $154 million each year.  Read more

Blooming Grove firearms plan moves forward

BLOOMING GROVE TOWNSHIP, PA — Township supervisors have approved revisions to subdivision maps submitted by Kahr Firearms Group, which is looking to set up corporate offices and a manufacturing plant in the dormant Pike County Business Park.  Read more

Nine-year-old boy drowns in Middle Delaware

BUSHKILL, PA — Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Superintendent John J. Donahue announced that a 9-year-old boy from Bushkill drowned in the Delaware River late in the afternoon of July 8. The boy was fishing along the shoreline just downstream from Bushkill Access with family members when he lost his footing and slipped into the current. Attempts to rescue the boy by family members and a boater who was passing by were unsuccessful.  Read more

DRBC once again target of lawsuit; ‘Taking’ of minerals is charged

UPPER DELAWARE RIVER VALLEY — Wayne County landowners with signed gas leases have threatened the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) with a lawsuit if the commission does not vote to end its moratorium on gas drilling in the basin at meetings scheduled for July 9 and 10, or at least set a date for when its members will vote on the issue before the end of the year.  Read more

Wayne County man faces environmental charges

MOSCOW, PA — Attorney General Kathleen Kane announced on July 8 that a Wayne County man has been arrested and charged with diverting raw sewage directly into a stream. William E. Neville, 85, owner of the Neville Trailer Park located at 377 Neville Rd., Moscow, faces three charges: unlawful conduct regarding the Clean Streams Law, violating a prohibition against other pollution and pollution of waters.  Read more

Narrowsburg man arrested for grand larceny

Francis Owens, 64, of Narrowsburg, has been arrested by the New York State police at Liberty on charges of grand larceny and offering a false instrument.  Read more

Peifer: fairer tax appeals process coming

HARRISBURG, PA — Legislation to bring fairness and efficiency to Pennsylvania’s tax appeals process is on its way to becoming law, said Representative Mike Peifer.  Read more

Fatal accident in Lumberland

The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a one-car fatal accident that occurred on July 6 in the Town of Lumberland. At approximately 4:30 p.m., a 1996 Honda Civic driven by Joshua Crespo, 18, of Port Jervis, was traveling northbound on County Route 31 near Glen Spey, when it ran off the road and struck a utility pole.  Read more

New emergency plan adopted in Highland

Completing five months of work on June 11, the town board adopted a new update of the Town of Highland’s Emergency Plan.  Read more

Pike government joins Facebook

Commissioners’ chair Rich Caridi said the board was taking advice from the media on July 3 when Pike County’s leaders voted to move their primary outlet for public emergency information to the Internet social network Facebook.  Read more

Liberty to apply for sewer grant

A public hearing was held prior to the regular Liberty town board meeting on June 17 regarding a Community Development Block Grant.  Read more

NPS looking for river volunteers

The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking volunteers to help spruce up the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreation River.  Read more

Grants for Wayne County

Grants, both accepted and applied for, were the primary business of the day for the Wayne County Commissioners as they met on June 27.  Read more

Center for Discovery expansion plans; High risk assessment clinic

The Center for Discovery is well known as one of the most important success stories in Sullivan County, and president and CEO Patrick Dollard said he intends to expand on that success in the coming years and beyond.  Read more

Liberty man arrested on DWI

MONTICELLO, NY — Monticello police arrested Michael Towt, 23, on June 29, and charged him with driving while intoxicated, a felony and aggravated driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor.  Read more