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UPPER DELAWARE VALLEY — The Upper Delaware Scenic Byway (UDSB), which runs parallel to the Upper Delaware River, took second place in the USA Today survey of scenic byways, as well as the contest in which supporters voted for the Best Scenic Autumn Drive.
The UDSB is 70 miles long and runs along NY State Route 97 between Port Jervis, NY and Hancock, NY, and along the way offers some majestic views of the river.

DOT changes plan on Youngsville bridge

About 60 people turned out to the Youngsville fire hall on July 23 to get a look at revised plans to replace the bridge over Panther Rock Creek on State Route 52 in Youngsville.  Read more

New plan for bridge

YOUNGSVILLE, NY — Officials at the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) have changed their plan about how to mitigate flooding issues on State Route 52 in Youngsville. The road and two bridges there have been flooded numerous times over the past decade in the area of the confluence of the Panther Rock Creek and the Callicoon Creek.  Read more

Public hearing held on Tusten lighting district

NARROWSBURG, NY — A public hearing on the Town of Tusten lighting district was held before the regular town board meeting on Tuesday, July 14. The hearing was regarding the Tusten Energy Committee’s proposed changes to the street lights.  Read more

Sullivan legislators seek convention study grant

MONTICELLO, NY — Sullivan County legislators on July 16 approved an application for a state grant of $50,000 for a feasibility study on the establishment of a convention center in the county. The county’s share would be $2,500.  Read more

River Road residents cite amphibious invasion

ELDRED, NY — Residents of Barryville’s River Road on July 14 told the Highland Town Board that they were shocked earlier that day at the sight of the landing of hundreds of rafters at the former Spring House landing and various nearby private beaches along the road.  Read more

Parking area for overlook panned

GLEN SPEY, NY — Lumberland plans for a Pond Eddy parking lot serving a scenic river overlook apparently ended on July 8.

With at least one member not sold on the idea, the town board was considering a grant application to fund an appraisal for property adjoining the Mill Brook Inn, which could either be acquired in fee or under an easement.  Read more

River clean-up goes on

BARRYVILLE, NY — When Ruth and her son Dave Jones started the annual river clean-up in 1990, the Delaware River was full of garbage, some veteran cleanup crew members remember. Those days, environmental regulations were more lax. Statistics show that the number of tons of garbage found in the river has gone down from the ‘90s. Recently, 2012 had 19.68 tons, and last year 8.92 tons. Flooding is a big factor in the generation of debris in the water.  Read more

Wayne to battle tick-borne diseases

HONESDALE, PA — Following on Pike County’s recent action, the Wayne County Commissioners on July 16 approved a resolution creating a tick-borne diseases task force for Wayne.  Read more

PA Senate approves tax exemption for active duty military

HARRISBURG, PA — Active-duty military pay would again be exempt from local taxes if legislation sponsored by Sen. Lisa Baker (R-20) becomes law. The policy had been in place for 50 years, until changes intended to improve tax collection enforcement inadvertently ended the exemption in 2012.  Read more

Cliff jumper seriously injured at waterfall

BUSHKILL, PA — According to Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Superintendent John J. Donahue, park rangers and local emergency personnel responded to a report of a seriously injured person at the main waterfall on Adams Creek at approximately 5 p.m. on July 19. This is the fifth time since April that rangers have responded to rescue calls at Adams Creek.  Read more

Quiet month for Shohola

SHOHOLA, PA — There was a quick and easy meeting this month at Shohola Municipal Building during what is usually a busy time of year. The summer activity that had been planned by the park commission has actually been postponed, partially to avoid competition from another event in the area. The July 18 event, at which a movie is shown, has been postponed until the second week of September. Because dusk falls much earlier at that time, it will be possible to show the film much earlier. The movie to be shown is still in question.  Read more

New WiFi network available at Sullivan government center

MONTICELLO, NY — Sullivan County officials announced on July 20 that a new WiFi network is available to the public during normal business hours at the government center in Monticello, NY and the Adult Care Center (ACC) in Liberty, NY. Dubbed “SC Digital_Inclusion,” the WiFi network will provide a fast Internet connection from portable devices completely free of charge.  Read more

Toasting the casino

MONTICELLO, NY — On July 15, local business owners joined forces with state officials to celebrate the ongoing progress and growing enthusiasm surrounding the future of the Montreign Casino at the Adelaar resort being created in Sullivan County. A long list of dignitaries was on hand at an outdoor venue overlooking the Monster Golf Course where the Concord resort once stood, and raised a glass toasting the hurdles being checked off the long list of what once seemed insurmountable, but now glimmering in the Catskills.  Read more

Riverfest celebrates 25 years

NARROWSBURG, NY — Riverfest celebrates 25 years of existence this year, and as in years gone by, a centerpiece will be the auction of Riverfest posters. The one above is a painting of a great blue heron and its reflection, painted by Sullivan County artist Philip Jostrom. It’s one of 42 posters that will be up for auction at the event, which will be held in Narrowsburg on Sunday, July 26.
For more on the festivities and a look at some of the Riverfest celebrations of the past, turn to page 20.

NYDEP emptying Cannonsville pending repairs; Turbid seepage to be analyzed to diagnose potential problems

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) increased both drinking water diversions and downstream releases to maximum sustainable rates on July 15 after workers drilling for core samples near New York City’s Cannonsville Reservoir discovered turbidity in seepage coming from a rock embankment below the dam. The DEP envisions that it may be necessary to drain all the water in the reservoir, a process that would be complete sometime in September.  Read more

Drilling linked to reservoir leak

Press Release from NYCDEP:

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today (July 15,) increased drinking water diversions and downstream releases from Cannonsville Reservoir to facilitate necessary repairs in response to an ongoing turbid discharge from a rock embankment below Cannonsville Dam.  Read more

Bethel compromise on calcium chloride

WHITE LAKE, NY — The Bethel town board and the highway superintendent have come to a compromise on the use of calcium chloride on town roads. The highway superintendent, William Crumley, had had a tank installed on a town truck to allow the highway department to spread calcium chloride on dirt roads to keep the dust down, but when some board members learned Crumley also planned to use calcium chloride to melt snow, they declined to authorize payment for the tank.  Read more

Speed limits too low?

HONESDALE, PA — Honesdale businessman Paul Ludick has an ongoing interest in traffic flow in Wayne County.

Ludick is the owner of the Maude Alley shops on Main Street in Honesdale, where six boutique clothing, food and cheese, books and fine arts, frame restoration and beauty shops share spaces with the Wayne County Arts Alliance.  Read more

Delaware supports Ag Plan

HORTONVILLE, NY — The committee of the Agriculture and Farmland Protection Plan went to the Sullivan County Legislature meeting on Thursday to ask for help in funding a new position. One of the committee members, Tom Kappner, was at the Town of Delaware board meeting on July 8 to request the board to send a letter of support to the legislature in favor of funding the position.  Read more

Job creation and creativity; A new co-working space in Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — It was a full house at the open house for a new co-working space at The Stourbridge Project, where officials from federal, state and local economic development organizations attended. Government officials including Pennsylvania State Rep. Sandra Major and PA Sen. Lisa Baker were on hand to offer their congratulations to the ambitious project.  Read more