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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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