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NARROWSBURG, NY — Music, art, and the environment take center stage at Riverfest on July 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Main Street in Narrowsburg, overlooking the Upper Delaware River.
At 12:30 p.m., festival-goers will have an opportunity to bid live on about five dozen original works of art created especially for the occasion at the Riverfest poster auction. The posters can be previewed at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) gallery on Main Street and online at www.artsalliancesite.org.
For more information on Riverfest, turn to page 20.

Terraced river walk envisioned for Narrowsburg

If the proposed waterfront design goes forward the way the designers have envisioned, it would feature several overlooks, and a terraced walk on the property behind the stores on Main Street—but not entry to the Main Street stores from the back as had previously been envisioned.  Read more

PA state police investigate attempted arson

Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) at Honesdale are investigating an attempted arson that took place in Breezewood Acres in Lehigh Township.  Read more

Congrats to Eldred’s Class of 2012

ELDRED, NY — It was sunny, the kind of sunny morning that left a warm glow on all the faces of the 61 eager graduates. Not a single cloud adorned the sky as the members of one of Eldred Central High School’s (ECS) largest graduating classes proceded to the outdoor stage, led by Caitlin and Kelly Hallock. Other than the traditional opening of Pomp and Circumstance, the remainder of the graduation ceremony was anything but conventional.  Read more

Grads told ‘hard work can get you far’

ELDRED, NY — “Time heals all wounds” was the message proclaimed by guest speaker Roger Bisland as he stood before the crowd that had assembled on the front lawn of Eldred Central School (ECS) on June 23rd, 2012. The junior senior high school was about to present its newest graduates, the phenomenal seniors, to a realistic world in which graduation is only a milestone and the opportunity to graduate is a continual life process.  Read more

Hawley website worth more than toilet paper

At its monthly meeting on June 13, the Hawley Borough Council approved financing for a new website for the borough. In the discussion leading up to the vote, council member Mary Sanders argued the cost for the website would be no more than a year’s supply of toilet paper and paper towels for the borough building, and won over the members of the council by stating, “A website’s got to be worth more than toilet paper!”  Read more

Legislature approves invasive species bill

ALBANY, NY — Both New York State legislative houses have approved legislation that will ban the sale and possession of ecologically altering invasive species throughout New York. The law was sponsored by Senator Betty Little (R-C-I, Queensbury).  Read more

EMS funding deadline approaches

WASHINGTON, DC — Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) urges fire and EMS organizations to apply for a new round of federal grants through the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program. The deadline is July 6.  Read more

Microenterprise grants awarded

A total of $165,000 in grant funding has been awarded to 11 Sullivan County businesses under the county’s Microenterprise Assistance Program (MAP). The program targets Main Street businesses that are located within downtown areas and provide goods and services, and “Agri-business” enterprises, including farms, agriculture support businesses and businesses that process farm products.  Read more

Activists ask for legislative support; the push to counter Citizens United

The bar to pass a constitutional amendment in the United States is very high; the amendment must be approved by a two-thirds majority in the House and the Senate, and must be adopted by 38 of the 50 states.

There is a movement to pass a constitutional amendment to counter the impacts of the 2010 Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court, which allows corporations to spend nearly unlimited amounts of money to influence the outcomes of national and local elections.  Read more

Berlin Township septage company fined

The PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has fined a Berlin Township company for violating the Clean Streams Law and the Solid Waste Management Law. The fine came to light at the township supervisors meeting on June 19.  Read more

Driver rams cop car twice; camp worker arrested for DWI

A 23-year-old man is accused of ramming a Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office patrol car twice before the deputy in the car could bring the driver under control.  Read more

Mill Market targets food from the region

Members of the press and local officials were recently treated to a sneak preview of the enticing products at the new Mill Market in the historic Hawley Silk Mill during Media Day. Defining the focus of the new market is an emphasis on high quality foods and goods primarily from within a 200-mile radius of the Lake Wallenpaupack region.  Read more

New cemetery brochure a model for others

Locating the final resting place of a loved one in the Town of Lumberland soon will be easier with the release of the town’s new cemetery brochure. The eight-page, full-color publication is the result of a 20-year labor of love, which town historian Frank Schwarz proposed and brought to fruition with the assistance of designer Christine Smetaniuk and proofreader Sophia Martynec.  Read more

Honesdale Borough Pool opens with a splash; many sponsors made it possible

Six months ago, it looked as if this might never happen.“It looked pretty bleak back then since there was no money in the budget to open this pool,” said Michael Slish, Honesdale Borough parks and recreation chairman.  Read more

Sojourners sweep the Big Eddy

Participants in the 18th annual Delaware River Sojourn wave while approaching the Narrowsburg bridge and the deepest and narrowest section of the river on June 25, the second day of the river trip. The paddlers proceeded through the Big Eddy and concluded the day at the Ten Mile River access in the Town of Tusten. The seven-day paddle began on June 24 at Callicoon and will conclude in New Jersey on June 30. Learn more at www.delawareriversojourn.org.

Sullivan West grads say goodbye

Hundreds of relatives, friends and faculty members packed into the gym at Sullivan West Central High School (SW) to celebrate the accomplishments of the 100-plus graduates who successfully completed the final year of their high school careers. The Class of 2012 Commencement Ceremony was a very successful event on that flowed smoothly and had some pleasant surprises along the way.  Read more

Memories made at Eldred graduation

Someone once wrote, “Life is a series of memories we make.” The same can be said about the Eldred Central School’s (ECS) Senior Graduation Ceremony, as it is yet another memorable link on the chain of life.  Read more

Narrowsburg fireworks display cancelled

Update

NARROWSBURG, NY – Following an investigation conducted by the US Fish and Wildlife Service as cited in the story below, the Lava Fire Department, sponsor of the fireworks, has cancelled the 2012 fireworks display. Sources told The River Reporter the decision came after the department learned it could face penalties and fines if negative impacts occurred to the American bald eagle family, including two adults and three young, which nests in the Narrowsburg flats.

Federal regulations specify in the National Bald Eagle Management Guidelines that Class B explosives, which include fireworks, should not be detonated within a half-mile of an active roost, or within one mile in the case of an open area such as the Delaware River.

Original story
An Independence Day dilemma; American icons at issue

A difficult discussion about the fate of two iconic American symbols is underway in the Town of Tusten. The dialogue is not new; in fact, various Tusten boards and at least three supervisors have weighed the issue of discharging Independence Day fireworks in proximity to an eagle nest built in the Narrowsburg flats, and all have continued to approve the practice by granting permission to the sponsoring parties.  Read more

Delaware board resolution affirms right to lease

Following a heated and frequently loud exchange between residents of the Town of Delaware and Delaware town board members at the regular monthly board meeting on Wednesday night, the board passed a resolution affirming the right of landowners within the town's borders to determine how they exercise any mineral rights they own "in accordance with the laws of the State of New York and the United States of America."  Read more

Late blight found in PA

PENNSYLVANIA — Late blight has been found in at least four Pennsylvania counties, mainly on potatoes and tomatoes. Area growers are encouraged to scout their fields/high tunnels/backyard gardens for possible late blight problems.  Read more