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September 28, 2016
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REGION — Forecasters generally agree that the strong El Niño that was in place last fall was responsible for bringing very warm temperatures to the region last winter. They also agree that El Niño—an area of warmer-than-usual water in the Pacific Ocean—faded months ago. El Niño is often soon replaced by La Niña, which brings colder temperatures to the Northeast United States.

A portrait of the air in Delaware; ‘Before’ picture sets the stage for assessing drilling impacts

CALLICOON, NY — Does horizontal hydrofracking for natural gas cause methane to migrate from geological substrates into the surrounding air? The only way to know for sure is to test areas potentially subject to natural gas development before such activity happens, so there is a basis for comparison afterward—and that’s just what Damascus Citizens for Sustainability (DCS) is undertaking to do in our area. The results of its latest baseline test for ambient methane, in the Town of Delaware, were unveiled in a meeting on Sunday, August 24 at the Delaware Youth Center.  Read more

Sullivan West Board of Education: no comment

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — If anyone who attended the August 21 meeting of the Sullivan West Central School District Board of Education expected the board to make a public statement about its decision to sell the unused Narrowsburg School building and the related lawsuit that has been filed by disgruntled residents, they were disappointed. A considerable number of Narrowsburg Organized for Responsible School Usage (NORSU) members and other school district residents were present, and made their interest in the issue clear during the public comment period—but the answers consisted largely of “no comment.”  Read more

Hawley stop signs and classic cars

HAWLEY, PA — After a summer full of activity, the Hawley Borough was able to settle down to general business and housekeeping, with stop signs being one topic at the August 18 meeting. Stop-sign replacements have been designated within the township in multiple areas. The repainting of all the crosswalks has been completed. Discussion on meter usage was debated as well, with some individuals questioning the free parking after 5 p.m. that is the current standard. No final decision has been made as yet as to whether this will change, but the financial impact of such a change was discussed.  Read more

No mutual aid deal for Lumberland highways

GLEN SPEY, NY — Revisiting a thorny discussion from earlier this year, the Lumberland Town Board on August 13 considered a resolution to allow mutual aid agreements between various town highway departments.  Read more

Woodloch Pines drenched with record rainfall; Still open for business

HAWLEY, PA — Woodloch Pines Resort, the largest employer in Wayne and Pike counties, is still open for business and full of families despite suffering flooding of epic proportions on August 22.  Read more

Report slams Narrowsburg school sale

NARROWSBURG, NY — “There is no justification for variances on established town use laws and its legally adopted 2007 Comprehensive Plan and 2013 Narrowsburg Master Plan to accommodate [a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center] at the Narrowsburg school building when it could be situated elsewhere in the town.”  Read more

Fix sought for PA minimum sentences

HARRISBURG, PA — Pennsylvania Rep. Todd Stephens on August 25 called on the legislature to act to correct what he called a weakness in the Crimes Code following a Pennsylvania Superior Court ruling that declared many of the state’s mandatory minimum sentencing provisions unconstitutional.  Read more

Current NY fishing regs extended

ALBANY, NY — The current 2013-14 freshwater fishing regulations will extend through March 31, 2015, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens announced on August 25. New freshwater fishing regulations will take effect April 1, 2015 and a new regulations guide will be available from all license sale vendors at that time.  Read more

Delaware councilman moved to PA?

HORTONVILLE, NY — A resident of the Town of Delaware claims that Councilperson Harold Roeder is believed to have sold his house in early July and moved to a home in Pennsylvania, but has yet to resign from the town board. Jerry Smith, a concerned resident, told The River Reporter that if Roeder holds off on a resignation, that will have an impact on who might hold the council seat through 2015.  Read more

Swim-in at Toronto

SMALLWOOD, NY — A group of mostly younger swimmers came to swim at the Toronto Reservoir’s east access point on Sunday, August 24, asserting what they say is their right to do so, although recently, the owner of the reservoir, Eagle Creek Renewable Energy, had filed a petition with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to reverse its earlier decision to allow swimming.  Read more

No Woodstock experience for Highland

ELDRED, NY — Forty-five years ago this month, Woodstock descended on Max Yasgur’s farm in Bethel and Sullivan County has never been quite the same since.  Read more

IDA announces casinos tax breaks

MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) on August 25 announced that proposed agreements had been reached with each of the two organizations seeking to open casinos in the Town of Thompson.  Read more

Tube riders picked up from river; resident wonders ‘Where’s the adult supervision?’

It’s not unusual to see large numbers of people floating down the Upper Delaware River on a summer’s day, but some in the group that were floating through Skinner’s Falls on August 14 were clearly distressed.  Read more

Narrowsburg deck needs replacing; board votes to move forward

The Tusten town board voted four to one to commit to replacing the deck along Main Street, and as a result may receive a $106,000 grant from the state.  Read more

Tusten officials weigh action; seek second legal opinion in Narrowsburg school matter

The Tusten town board voted three to two to get a second legal opinion about whether it is advisable for the town to file an amicus brief to support the lawsuit brought by Brendan and Kathy Weiden and 12 other residents against the board of the Sullivan West Central School District, and also to determine if the town had any claim against the school board.  Read more

Shohola summer marred by burglaries

While other issues were under discussion at the Shohola Township meeting on August 14, it was dominated by the issue that has been clouding the township all summer. A burglar has been targeting Shohola cars and homes all season. No one has been arrested yet, or identified as a person of interest. Police Chief Scott Carney was present at the meeting, but made no official statement, except for commenting that the burglaries were the subject of an ongoing investigation. Local police did not return calls related to this article.  Read more

Port Jervis Police lauded

The role of Port Jervis police officers in the recent arrest of Frank McBride, 27, of Scranton, PA, by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was praised by Councilman Carl Hendrick, who presented the police report at the August 11 meeting.  Read more

Court rules in favor of Minisink compressor station

A U.S. Court of Appeals ruled on August 15 that the Millennium Pipeline Company had properly sited a large compressor station, and the company may continue to operate it, even though it is in the midst of a residential neighborhood.  Read more

Town of Delaware baseline water study

A Town of Delaware methane baseline study, measuring the levels of natural ambient methane in the town, will be unveiled at the Delaware Youth Center on Sunday, August 24, from 12 noon until 2 p.m. The report on the baseline study was completed earlier this year and the findings for the town are in.  Read more

Town of Delaware targets storm damage

Recent storms and flooding dominated the Town of Delaware August 13 meeting. The town board authorized an emergency stream restoration and flood mitigation program and also a relief program for households that need help with replacing items damaged in the storms.

The council passed two resolutions to authorize the programs.  Read more