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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.

Reclaiming the roads and bridges of Damascus Township

DAMASCUS, PA — At the Damascus Township June 16 Board of Supervisors meeting, Operations Supervisor Steve Adams presented a detailed report of long-awaited road and bridge rebuilding projects currently underway. River Road, Chicopee Road, Plank Road, Hopkins Road Bridge and Boyce Road were among those mentioned.  Read more

Residents speak out against rehab at school; supervisor: the law will be followed

The largest crowd in years gathered at the Tusten Town Hall for the meeting on June 23, drawn by word that the vacant Narrowsburg school building, in the center of the tiny hamlet, will be sold to a couple that plans to open a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in it. Joan and Robert Buto own and operate a rehab facility in Florida called Changes Treatment Center.  Read more

Statements from Narrowsburg School bidders

This is a June 23 statement from Changes Treatment Center regarding their purchase of the Narrowsburg School.

First, Changes would like to thank the Sullivan West Central School Board for all of their
hard work and time spent, it was no easy task knowing how people felt to make this decision.

Secondly, we would like to clear up some of the confusion and misconception that we have been reading about:  Read more

Narrowsburg School sold to highest bidder; Sullivan West Board of Education accepts Buto offer of $751,000

A special meeting of the Sullivan West Board of Education was called to order at 6:00 p.m. on June 19. Immediately after reciting the pledge of allegiance, the board convened an executive session, to discuss two purchase offers for the unused Narrowsburg School, one from Brendan Weiden for a multi-use community center and one from Joan Buto for a substance abuse rehabilitation center.  Read more

Boy Scout gunshots irk neighbors

WHITE LAKE, NY — Officials from the Boy Scouts say they have been conducting rifle shooting at the Ten Mile River Boy Scout facility for 80 years. Neighbors say something has changed in the past few years and now noise from the shooting, especially the shotgun blasts, is making life unbearable.  Read more

Public hearing for Cochecton highway superintendent term change

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — Citing the demands of campaigning when weather conditions often require job overtime, Highway Superintendent Kevin Esselman last month petitioned the Cochecton Town Board to change the town highway superintendent’s office term from its current two years to four years. At its June 11 meeting, the board passed a resolution to start the process.  Read more

Port Jervis ups abandoned building fees

PORT JERVIS, NY — There are some 155 vacant or abandoned buildings in Port Jervis, which represents about one out of every 15 buildings in the city. To combat the problem, in May the Port Jervis Common Council passed a new law that requires the owners or mortgagees of buildings that become vacant or abandoned to take a number of steps.  Read more

Foxwoods out and other casino notes

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Muss Development and Foxwoods Resort Casino have abandoned plans to build a casino at the site of the former Grossingers Hotel in Liberty. In an open letter to the residents of the county, the two organizations spelled out in detail their reasons for doing so.  Read more

Community supporting stricken family

ELDRED, NY — Residents in the Town of Highland are rallying behind one of their favorite sons.

James “J.J.” Hanson Jr., 33, a Yulan native and current Florida resident, was recently diagnosed with grade-4 glioblastoma, an aggressive type of brain tumor.  Read more

A call to take back the streets; A victim’s mother organizes

MONTICELLO, NY — The Village of Monticello does not have the highest crime rate in the region—according to, that distinction goes to the Village of Liberty. Still, crime in Monticello is higher than it should be.  Read more

Petition against Narrowsburg rehab

NARROWSBURG, NY — An online petition against the opening of a drug and alcohol rehab facility is circulating. The petition was emailed to The River Reporter on June 16 and it says, “We, the concerned citizens, home and business owners of the Town of Tusten, hereby express unanimous objection to the Sullivan West School Board’s consideration of the possible sale of the now empty Narrowsburg School to Changes Rehabilitation Center of Florida.  Read more

Delaware plans stronger dog laws

HORTONVILLE, NY — At the Delaware Town meeting on June 12, the board discussed a plan to modify its laws, and specifically the town’s dog control laws. The town clerk, Tess McBeath, acknowledged this was going to be a big task.  Read more

Baker sponsors photo/calendar contest for district

HARRISBURG, PA — Pennsylvania’s 20th senatorial district spans from the Delaware River and Pocono Mountains in the east to the Susquehanna River and Endless Mountains in the west, with unique communities dotting the landscape in between.  Read more

Former Monticello mayor and Thompson supervisor dies

MONTICELLO, NY — Longtime Town of Thompson supervisor and former mayor and trustee of the Village of Monticello David Kaufman passed away at his home on June 16.  Read more

Tusten considers buying building

NARROWSBURG, NY — For the past two meetings, the Tusten Town Board has discussed purchasing the building next to the fire department. Councilman Tony Ritter brought up the proposition, saying that now would be the right time to buy.  Read more

Couple perishes in explosion; Riverside house entirely demolished

DAMASCUS TOWNSHIP, PA — The couple who owned and operated the Callicoon Flea Market for 35 years perished in an explosion that ripped apart their riverside home on River Road on the evening of June 15. The home was located in Damascus Township, just across the river from the hamlet of Callicoon, NY.  Read more

Competitors for the Narrowsburg School speak

NARROWSBURG, NY — This week The River Reporter received press releases from both parties that have placed bids to purchase the old Narrowsburg Central School from the Sullivan West School District. We print these statements here for your perusal.

Press Release from Changes Treatment and Recovery, Inc. (6/16/14)  Read more

Victims found in River Road blast

Two bodies were found in the wreckage of a home on River Road in Damascus Township, just across the Upper Delaware River from the hamlet of Callicoon, NY.  Read more

Casino Notes

Sullivan County and the Town of Wawarsing in Ulster County are in a federally designated Rural Economic Area Partnership (REAP) zone, which helps projects in the zone to obtain grants or loans from the United States Department of Agriculture. The board of the REAP Zone held a news conference on June 11 to announce their support for the remaining three proposed casino projects in the zone.  Read more

Narrowsburg Central School: going, going... Sullivan West Board of Education considers bids from two buyers

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — There was standing room only in the high school library for area residents, many of them from Narrowsburg, who attended the June 12 meeting of the Sullivan West Central School District Board of Education. They were there to influence the board’s pending decision on sale of the Narrowsburg Central School building and grounds, which have been unused by the district for nine years. As of the meeting’s start, Tuesday, June 17, was the deadline for a sale decision.  Read more