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NARROWSBURG, NY — Amid a bit of finger-pointing, members of the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway, Inc. (UDSB) voted unanimously on July 25 to seek funding via the New York Department of Transportation (DOT) to fund a visitors’ center at Fort Delaware. Plans for the center were drawn up in 2011 with a $25,000 grant the UDSB obtained for a feasibility study of the project.

Detour to where?

NARROWSBURG, NY — Ongoing and planned bridge closures and construction have prompted some confusion over the many orange detour signs redirecting traffic around the Skinners Falls and Narrowsburg bridges, National Park Service (NPS) Superintendent Chris Heister said on May 5.  Read more

Tentrr announces comprehensive waste policy

NARROWSBURG, NY — In light of recent Town of Tusten board meetings regarding a new camping zoning law, conversations about waste removal have come up. These conversations in part centered on the new company Tentrr and how it removes waste from camping sites.  Read more

Anti-drug poster program not universally supported

MILFORD, PA — Despite the commissioners’ efforts to combat heroin and other drug abuse in the county, Chairman Matt Osterberg said last week that he continues to hear regularly of new overdose cases.  Read more

DRBC to propose changes to fee structure

WEST TRENTON, NJ — The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) on May 9 announced a proposal to make several changes to its project-review fee structure and to adjust its water-supply charges annually for inflation.  Read more

Preston Township postpones vote on pipeline easement

PRESTON TOWNSHIP, PA — The supervisors in Preston Township decided to postpone a decision on whether or not to sell an easement to Linden Energy Services to allow that company to build a pipeline. The line would run about 12 miles, mostly along old railroad easements that are now owned by Preston and neighboring Buckingham Township. But the project has sparked a backlash among residents, many of whom do not welcome the construction of a pipeline, and also object to the fact that the project will probably include a compressor station.  Read more

Pennsylvania girl still missing

BLOOMING GROVE, PA — The Pennsylvania State Police in Blooming Grove are still attempting to locate Leanna Walker, a 17-year-old white female. Walker left her residence in Milford on April 18 at approximately 1 p.m. She was last seen with her boyfriend, Sky McDonald, who was arrested on April 26 on burglary and other charges.  Read more

Backlash for NYC plastic bag fee

NEW YORK CITY, NY — The New York City Council voted on May 5 to charge a $.05 fee for every plastic and paper bag used in retail stores. The plan goes into effect on October 1, but won’t be strictly enforced until April 2017.  Read more

The world will know our river wild

NARROWSBURG, NY — A year ago James Dion wasn’t sure exactly where the Delaware River was. He didn’t know that it’s the last major undammed river in the Northeast. And he certainly had no idea of the beauty, history and culture of its upper region. That says a lot about one of America’s best-kept secrets. As director of tourism programs for National Geographic Maps, Dion is no slouch when it comes to geography.  Read more

Suspicious package near Route 17

MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a staffer of the New York Department of Transportation on April 28. The caller said he had found a suspicious black box on the Route 17 overpass by Route 42 in Monticello.  Read more

THE ADDICT NEXT DOOR: Begin the begin

[Part 1 of this series, “The big reveal,” printed in our April 21 issue, described the incident in which author Vera Moret first confronted and admitted to herself and others that she had developed an addiction to the prescription drug tramadol. The series, printed on an ad hoc basis, will continue to relate her first-person experiences of becoming an addict and eventually entering recovery.]  Read more

LuxRd. rocks the Tusten

NARROWSBURG, NY — The musical duo LuxRd. performed at the Tusten Theatre on Saturday night to a full house. David Driver, aka Driver, and Peter Kiesewalter, aka Butzi, took the audience on a multi-media journey with their theatrical song cycle “Welcome to My Haus.” The pair brought their strong musical credentials— Driver was an original cast member of “Rent” and Kiesewalter founded the East Village Opera Company— to the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance spring concert series “Musical Progressions.”  Read more

New initiative brings ‘poverty to prosperity’

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — A new initiative has been undertaken by the Sullivan County Human Rights Commission. The aim of DIALOGUE2CHANGE is to create a community dialogue with the goal of bringing citizens out of poverty, partnering with 20 community organizations.  Read more

Progress reported in Pike

MILFORD, PA — Evidence of county efforts on the economy, the environment and public safety were apparent at the April 20 meeting of the Pike County Commissioners.  Read more

Solar and sewer in Cochecton

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — The April 27 Cochecton Town Board meeting was held to discuss the possibility of a community solar installation on property located opposite the old town hall.  Read more

DV budget picture still blurry

WESTFALL, PA — With state funding for the current year still undetermined, Delaware Valley School District Business Manager Bill Hessling last week hesitantly set forth a proposed $78.03 million expense budget for the 2016-17 school fiscal year, to begin in July. His proposal called for a .68% tax increase, bringing the millage rate to 108.93.  Read more

Regional Republicans want Trump; Democrats favor Sanders in Wayne, Sullivan

REGION — The presidential primaries have now swept through the region, and in Pennsylvania, as just about everyone predicted, Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton were the big winners. In the voting on April 26, Pennsylvania Republicans overwhelmingly chose businessman and reality show star Donald Trump as the person they would like to see in the White House.  Read more

‘In God We Trust’ bill passed

HARRISBURG, PA — The House on May 3 passed legislation, House Bill 1640, that would permit school districts in the Commonwealth to display “In God We Trust” in all public school buildings, along with the Bill of Rights. The measure passed by a wide bipartisan vote of 179-20 and now advances to the Senate for further consideration.  Read more

Gibson to retire from politics

ALBANY, NY — Congressman Chris Gibson, who represents Sullivan, Ulster and several other New York counties, told newspapers this week he will not consider a run to become governor of New York in 2018. Gibson said more than a year ago that he would not seek another term in Congress once this term ends at the end of this year. He had, however, formed a committee to explore a campaign for governor. He became a vocal critic of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and was considered by analysts to be one of the stronger candidates who could run against the governor.  Read more

Upper Delaware Council hires resource specialist

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Upper Delaware Council, Inc. has hired Pete J. Golod of Milanville, PA as its resource specialist effective April 23, 2016.  Read more

Liberty gets $50,000 for Town Hall

LIBERTY, NY — Sen. John J. Bonacic has secured a $50,000 grant for the Town of Liberty, to use toward several remediation projects at town hall. The grant was secured through the state municipal grant program, money for which was appropriated in the 2015-2016 state budget. Part of the grant money will go toward constructing a drain system around town hall to prevent groundwater from entering the basement. Remaining funds will be used to install gutters and downspouts and remove and replace any flooring and wall paneling in the basement and courtroom areas.  Read more