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REGION — The River Reporter’s editorial assistant Isabel Braverman and office dog Abby get the scoop on the best ice cream around. Summer in the Upper Delaware River Valley means river excursions, hiking, festivals, and of course, ice cream. To kick off Memorial Day weekend, go to page 22 for a list of ice cream places. To all of our readers, have a great summer!

High NY bear harvest in 2012

ALBANY, NY — New York bear hunters took 1,337 black bears during the 2012 hunting seasons, making last year the state’s third highest bear harvest on record, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens announced on March 19. Only the 2003 harvest (1,864) and 2009 harvest (1,487) surpassed last year’s take.  Read more

Pot growing operation closed down in Swan Lake

According to the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office a marijuana growing operation neat Swan Lake has been shut down.

On March 8 at about 12 noon a Bethel constable was investigating suspicious footprints in the snow near an unoccupied seasonal dwelling in Swan Lake when he came upon a strong odor of marijuana emanating from a residence located at 108 Hurd and Parks Road.  Read more

Teddy bears to troops in Afghanistan

Their smiling, expectant faces in the photographs belie the nature of the danger faced by those who comprise the 101st Airborne Division in one of the most inhospitable countries that lies half way around the world—Afghanistan.

While President Obama may have re-defined the nature of the military’s role in Afghanistan, these young men know that they must remain vigilant, aware that if they let their guard down, they can be hurt or killed.  Read more

Late winter snow blankets region

UPPER DELAWARE RIVER VALLEY — While Mother Nature dumped several inches of snow on the region on March 19, the snowfall for the season was a bit less than normal, according to the National Weather Service. The weather service keeps records on the average amount of snowfall for select cities, and for Binghamton, NY, which is the closest such city to the Upper Delaware River Valley, the average snowfall for the months of December, January and February is 57.1 inches. For the same period this year, the total was 49.2 inches.  Read more

Bethel adopts highway use law; Significant changes to model law

As one of the towns looking at the adoption of a local law to protect town roads, the Town of Bethel adopted a Road Use and Preservation Law at the town meeting on March 13. The law, however, has some significant differences from the model law that emerged from the Multi-Municipal Task Force (MMTF), which is a group of eight towns that were working together with a law firm and engineering firm to come up with a plan to protect town roads.  Read more

Tusten opposes NY SAFE; Residents speak at public hearing

Many showed up to voice their opinion at the Town of Tusten Town Board public hearing regarding a resolution to oppose the NY SAFE Act, the new statewide gun law that puts limits on the sale of assault weapons and the size of magazine clips. Both sides were there. Of the 10 residents who spoke during the hearing, seven were for passing the resolution and three were against.  Read more

Sullivan Renaissance conference and expo

The annual winter conference of Sullivan Renaissance was held at the CVI building in Ferndale on March 9, and was once again a magnet for the movers and shakers of the county and the region. Mingling among the crowd before the opening keynote speech were State Senator John Bonacic, Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther, Congressman Chris Gibson and a host of elected officials from Sullivan County.  Read more

First-place winners at Sullivan West; BOE continues to hear about plans for graduation

The Odyssey of the Mind team at Sullivan West Elementary School was recognized at the March 7 school board meeting for taking first place in its division at a recent regional competition in Goshen. The team advances to the state contest on March 23 in Binghamton.  Read more

Pike county bans smoking; County-owned facilities smoke-free

“Pike County is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace and campus to promote the health and well being of its employees and constituents and visitors,” and that was one of the reasons that, at the meeting on March 7, the Pike County Commissioners voted to ban smoking and the use of all tobacco products in all county-owned facilities effective immediately.  Read more

Health study outlined in fracking moratorium; Proposed senate legislation also highlights health

ALBANY, NY — The two-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing that was passed by the New York State Assembly on March 7 calls for a health study of the process to be undertaken by a school of public health within the State University of New York following a model recommended by the Centers for Disease Control.  Read more

Callicoon will not adopt comprehensive plan as written

There was tension and restraint about how to proceed regarding the town’s proposed comprehensive plan during the public comment period of the Town of Callicoon meeting on March 11. There was anxiety about language in the plan that suggests the town board is preparing for and inviting hydraulic fracturing.  Read more

Sheriff and DA to run again

Sullivan County Sheriff Mike Schiff and District Attorney Jim Farrell announced that they will again run for office this year. It will be the third term for Schiff and the second for Farrell.  Read more

Death called suspicious; New Jersey woman found at bottom of ravine

SHOHOLA FALLS, PA — Pennsylvania State Police at Blooming Grove have labeled the death of a New Jersey woman “suspicious,” and are seeking information from the public about it.  Read more

Legislature to vote on condemning gun law; Opposition in Sullivan is strong

Legislator Gene Benson said he has received 300 emails opposing the New York Secure Ammunitions and Firearms Enforcement Act (NY SAFE), which puts limits on the sale of assault weapons and the size of magazine clips. Legislator Kathy LaBuda said she received about 200 emails and only one was in favor of the law.  Read more

Fanslau meets with village officials

The former Sullivan County manager, David Fanslau, has reportedly met with the board of trustees of the Village of Monticello to discuss the possibility of serving temporarily as the manager of the village.  Read more

Bill would prevent leasing in state forests

HARRISBURG, PA — Representative Greg Vitali, the minority chair of the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, on March 8 introduced a law that would permanently ban the leasing of additional state forest land for Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling.  Read more

Man accused of killing prison guard identified

CANAAN, PA — The man accused of killing corrections officer Eric Williams at the U.S. Penitentiary at Canaan in Wayne County on February 25 has been identified. Officials say the suspect is Jessie Con-ui, who had previously been convicted of killing a rival gang member in Arizona.  Read more

Minisink compressor court battle continues

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit on March 8 denied a motion to dismiss a lawsuit against Millennium Pipeline regarding the construction of the controversial compressor station in the Town of Minisink. The lawsuit was brought by the group Stop the Minisink Compression Station (StopMCS) whose members live in the suburban community surrounding the site of the proposed station.  Read more

Protestors disrupt DRBC meeting

WEST TRENTON, NJ — A meeting of the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) was disrupted by a large group of protestors who sang and chanted and refused for a time to let the regular business of the commission take place. The protestors represented various environmental groups and said their number at the meeting was about 140.  Read more

Legislator drills down into prisoner releases; Is Sullivan a homeless destination?

There are state regulations regarding where state prisoners go when they are released from prison and have no home to go to. If the prisoner is prosecuted in Sullivan County and is homeless upon release, then the prisoner enters the county’s Department of Community Services system.  Read more