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December 03, 2016
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RIVER VALLEY — As many people know by now, founding father Ben Franklin thought more highly of the American Turkey than the American Bald Eagle and wrote as much in a letter home from France in 1784.

Taking up the challenge of kindness

HONESDALE, PA — There was a lot of orange among an unusual standing-room-only crowd at the October 30 weekly Wayne County Commissioners’ meeting, and it had nothing to do with Halloween.  Read more

Top guns in Wayne

HONESDALE, PA — Sharpshooters on Wayne County’s payroll were recognized on October 30. Sheriff’s department deputies competed at the recent Pennsylvania Deputy Sheriff’s Association 2014 Top Gun firearms match. A four-man team finished first in the marksman competition and Deputy Michael Botjer finished in first place in the male expert competition. Deputies provide security at the county courthouse, where Commissioner Brian Smith recalled that there was once a shooting incident. “This is not overkill… They keep us safe,” he said.  Read more

Tusten passes budget with one dissent

NARROWSBURG, NY — There was a public hearing preceding the Tusten Town Board meeting on Monday night to discuss the town’s proposed 2015 budget. The half-hour public comment period did not have any public comment. The board presented the 2015 budget and explained that there would be a 1.5% tax increase. In the past two years, there had been no increase. “You can’t always go with a zero; I try to go low,” Supervisor Carol Wingert said.  Read more

Funding a community—online

REGION — A national trend that has gained popularity has come to the area: online crowdfunding. Using websites like Indie GoGo and Kickstarter, non-profit organizations, businesses and individuals can raise money to fund projects. The campaigns can cover a range of topics, interests and ideas—anything from theatre to science, from technology to music. Local organizations have been successful in this new form of online fundraising, such as NACL Theatre, BÀ & ME and North School Studio, and some are in the process right now, like the Delaware Highlands Conservancy’s campaign to create a river access in Long Eddy, NY.  Read more

Indoor farmers market at Cooperage to start again

HONESDALE, PA — On Saturday, November 8, the fourth season of the winter Cooperage Farmers’ Market will kick off inside The Cooperage at 1030 Main St. Consumers are encouraged to visit local farmers and artisans, stock up on local goods and grab brunch from The Market Café. The Cooperage Farmers’ Market will be on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Read more

PA home heating assistance now available

HARRISBURG, PA — State Sen. Rob Teplitz announced on November 3 that residents in need of home heating assistance can now apply for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).  Read more

Sullivan Public Health Services issues Ebola information

LIBERTY, NY — The Sullivan County Public Health Services has issued a press release saying the organization “has been very busy over the past month focused on keeping the community and its health care and emergency response planning partners informed about preparedness efforts in response to concerns about Ebola.  Read more

Public hearing for Youngsville bridge replacement

YOUNGSVILLE, NY — There will be a public hearing held by the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) on Wednesday, November 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Youngsville Firehouse regarding a proposed replacement bridge to be constructed on State Route 52 over the Panther Rock Creek in Youngsville.  Read more

New parking and sewer fees: Getting around the property tax cap

PORT JERVIS, NY — New sewer and parking fees came up again and again at the October 28 council meeting in Port Jervis. Residents got up to speak during the public comment sections at the beginning and end of the meeting to protest that they simply couldn’t afford to pay more fees, and many said they were looking to move out of town. The council passed a law to allow for sewer-use fees in order to pay for state-mandated repair of the ancient system, to the tune of $38 million. The fees have not put into place yet, but are being considered for next year’s budget. Due to the state-mandated 2% property tax cap, the money won’t be raised from taxes.  Read more

The controversy on Pelnor Hollow Road: A bridge comes between neighbors

ROSCOE, NY — Robert Plumstead and his wife have been traveling to their seasonal cabin on 50 acres on Polner Hollow Road, on the private part of the road, since 1977. But in the last two years, they have not been able to visit it very much, because it can’t be accessed by vehicle. The cabin is more than a mile away from a small bridge that was damaged in Superstorm Sandy in 2012. The delay in repairing the road has been caused by a dispute between neighbors.  Read more

Unofficial election results

New York contested races

New York 19th Congressional District
Chris Gibson Rep, Con, Ind 112,293
Sean Eldridge Dem, Wor 60,982  Read more

White Sulphur Springs man arrested for robbery

The New York State Police at Wurtsboro announce the arrest of James Lethohic age 31, of White Sulphur Springs for Robbery 1st, a felony as well as several other felonies and misdemeanors.

The arrest was the culmination of a four month investigation into a reported armed robbery of a 79 year old man in the Town of Mamakating. The victim had placed an ad in a local newspaper seeking to buy stamps and had been contacted by Lethohic who indicated that he had a stamp collection for sale.  Read more

The future of Green; Howie Hawkins makes gains for the party

In the 2014 gubernatorial race in New York, the Green Party is in sixth place on the ballot, after Democrat, Republican, Conservative, Working Families Party and Independence.

But in the run up to the election the Green Candidate, Howie Hawkins, was polling at 9%, and higher in some places. If he maintains that lead through Election Day, he stands a good chance of taking the third-place slot on the ballot away from the Conservative Party and moving Green into the slot right after Republican. “This,” Hawkins told a crowd at a stump speech, “would be a calling card for the next election.”  Read more

New details in Frein shootings; affidavit of probable cause lays out the crime

The affidavit of probable cause in the arrest of accused cop-killer Eric Matthew Frein, lays out more details about the night of September 12, when Frein reportedly lay in wait for his human targets to appear at the front of the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) Blooming Grove Barracks.  Read more

Lackawaxen hears from community foundation

LACKAWAXEN, PA — October 20th’s meeting of the Lackawaxen Township Board of Supervisors hosted a special guest in the person of Becky Ryman. Ryman was there as a representative of the Greater Pike Community Foundation. The foundation has existed for two years and is a philanthropic organization, donating funds to worthwhile causes in Pike County.

This foundation was started by the Ryman family. They are longtime residents of the county and owners of LP Cylinder located in Shohola Township. The foundation is headed by a 10-member board of directors, the chair of which is Jim  Read more

Drug arrests in Port Jervis

PORT JERVIS, NY — In an effort to curb violent crime and property break-ins as well as cut down the illicit narcotics traffic fueling them, Port Jervis Police Department successfully investigated and arrested six persons within the city in the beginning of October as part of an Orange County-wide sweep coordinated by the District Attorney’s Office. A few days later, two more were arrested in Sparrowbush.  Read more

PA 10th candidates square off

PENNSYLVANIA 10TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT — There are three candidates in the race for the 10th Congressional district in Pennsylvania this year. The candidate running as an independent was forced to collect three times as many signatures to get on the ballot as the candidates running for the two major political parties. In a wide-ranging interview, independent candidate Nick Troiano addressed that fact, campaign contributions and redistricting.  Read more

2015 Dollar General grand opening in Beach Lake

BEACH LAKE, PA — There was nothing slipshod about Berlin Township’s review of the construction and landscaping plans for a Dollar General (DG) store to be located adjacent to Joe’s Ranch House on Route 652 in Beach Lake. Represented by solicitor Jeff Treat, supervisors Paul Henry, Cathy Hunt and Charlie Gries, and planning board chairman Bailie Rutherford, the township negotiated modifications to DG’s original construction plan at its October 21 monthly Board of Supervisors (BOS) meeting and prior public hearing.  Read more

Narrowsburg school powers up

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — Sullivan West Central School District Superintendent Nancy P. Hackett’s remarks were brief and to the point at the October 23 meeting of the school board. Introducing a resolution to extend the due diligence period in the Narrowsburg School sale, Hackett said that powering up the various school building systems shut off years ago to conserve water, power and fuel is a complex and time-consuming process.  Read more

Balloon used in search for Frein; Search for accused cop killer rolls on

UPDATE: Frein has been captured. Read more about it here: http://www.riverreporter.com/content/14/2014/10/30/accused-cop-killer-fr...

BLOOMING GROVE, PA — As the search for accused cop killer Eric Frein heads toward week seven, the Pennsylvania State Police have employed a new piece of equipment to aid in the search—a large balloon, which they have borrowed from the Ohio Department of Transportation.  Read more