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REGION — There’s no question that last year’s winter was one for the record books, with temperature records falling all across the eastern United States and here in the Northeast, while most of the rest of the planet experienced above-normal temperatures. In fact, temperatures were so far above normal for most of the planet that by the end of August climate scientists were projecting that 2015 will be the warmest year since record taking began in 1880. Coming in right behind this year is 2014, which will then become the second warmest year on record.

Wayne commissioner endorse Route 6 update

The Wayne County Commissioners have endorsed PennDOT construction plans for the widening and upgrading of a commercial strip of U.S. Route 6 in Texas Township.  Read more

10th Annual Livingston Manor Trout Parade

The 10th Annual Livingston Manor Trout Parade took place Saturday, June 8th, in Livingston Manor. The River Reporter was in attendance at this spectacular community event. Check out the video below for a fun recap of the parade and events.

Former deputy commissioner sues Sullivan County; retaliatory firing charged

High-profile attorney Michael Sussman said Dr. David Sager has filed a lawsuit against Sullivan County for what he called retaliatory firing. Speaking at a packed news conference at the government center in Monticello on June 12, Sussman said that Sager, who was serving as a deputy commissioner in the Sullivan County Division of Family Services (DFS) was fired in retaliation for looking into a number of cases that were mishandled.  Read more

Support for deputy commissioner

The meeting of the Sullivan County Health and Family Services was packed with onlookers at the government center on June 6, with many people coming to show support for Dr. David Sager, who had been fired from his job as deputy commissioner of the Sullivan County Division of Family Services (DFS).  Read more

Pike awaiting sewage relief legislation

Pike County officials are hoping that new legislation proposed in Harrisburg will divert “a lot of expense” for homeowners who would have to modify waterfront on-lot sewage systems under new PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) policy.  Read more

Blooming Grove approves tax incentives; Breaks for new and expanding businesses

Township supervisors have unanimously approved a five-year tax-abatement program they hope will attract businesses and assist current ones.  Read more

Locally shot movie screened in Liberty

According to the International Movie Database (www.imdb.com), the story line of the feature film “Contest” is: “A bullied high school student is suddenly befriended by his chief tormentor and together they face challenges that will change their lives forever.” One of the challenges they face is that they must win a cooking contest.  Read more

Republicans oppose immigration bill

HARRISBURG, PA — Representative Daryl Metcal fe, founder of State Legislators for Legal Immigration (SLLI), and 56 other state lawmakers, sent letters on June 11 urging members of the U.S. Senate to reject S.744, “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.”  Read more

Fatal crash in Liberty

A motor vehicle accident on June 7 at approximately 9 a.m. at State Route 55 and Ferndale-Loomis Road in the Town of Liberty resulted in the death of Kim Gessner, 46, of Rock Hill.  Read more

Pete Seeger at Air Soil Water benefit concert

MILFORD, PA — More than 300 people turned out for the sold-out Pete Seeger concert on June 8 during the Milford Music Fest. People came from as far away as Ottawa, Canada, North Carolina, West Virginia and Maryland to see the 94-year-old perform along with RJ Storm and Old School, and the opening band Spirit Family Reunion.  Read more

Assembly passes legislation to create ALS research and education fund

ALBANY, NY —The New York State Assembly has passed legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther to establish the New York State ALS Research and Education Fund and provides, on corporate finance and personal income tax returns, a check-off for gifts to the fund.  Read more

PA budget and expanded Medicaid

HARRISBURG, PA — The Pennsylvania budget for the next fiscal year is due to be complete by June 30. The Pennsylvania House Appropriations Committee last week approved a $28.3 billion budget, which was similar to the one proposed by Tom Corbett in February but spends $100 million less than Corbett. The house budget would increase spending over last year by 2.1%. Education spending would be increased by $100 million. But neither budget mentions additional revenue that the state could gain by accepting and expanded Medicaid program as part of the Affordable Care Act.  Read more

Spokesman: city not solely responsible for the upper river’s health

NARROWSBURG, NY — Even though he arrived 20 minutes late, Thomas Murphy Jr. got a warm welcome Thursday evening from Upper Delaware Council (UDC) chair Jeffrey Dexter, who said, “We’ve been waiting 30 years for you.”  Read more

FrackNation draws 35

The stand-out scene in the anti-fracking documentary “Gasland” where a homeowner’s water is set afire is sensational but misleading, said Phelim McAleer, director of the pro-fracking documentary “FrackNation,” which was screened Saturday at Sidetracks Bar & Lounge.  Read more

‘Gasland Part II’ screens to hundreds in Callicoon

“Gasland Part II” played to a packed house in the Callicoon Theatre on Saturday, June 8. The documentary about hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, by director and Milanville, PA resident Josh Fox picks up where it left off in the 2010 release of Academy Award nominated “Gasland.” Fox said Callicoon is his favorite theatre, and that they hadn’t had that many people there since “Titanic.”  Read more

Sullivan West bus tires deflated

The tires on some buses that serve students that go to the Sullivan West Central School District were deflated sometime before school began on June 7.  Read more

Support for fired deputy commissioner; homeless housing down, arrests up

The meeting of the Sullivan County Health and Family Services Meeting was packed with onlookers at the government center on June 6, with many people coming to show support for Dr. David Sager, who had recently been fired from his job as deputy commissioner of the Division of Family Services (DFS).  Read more

Pike awaiting sewage relief legislation

Pike County officials are hoping that new legislation proposed in Harrisburg will divert “a lot of expense” for homeowners who would have to modify waterfront on-lot sewage systems under new PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) policy.

Pike Commissioners’ Chair Rich Caridi said at the meeting on June 6 that area Assembly and state Senate members have proposed legislation to mitigate the new policy.  Read more

Accident fells seven drivers in race at Monticello Raceway

Seven drivers were involved in a racing accident at Monticello Raceway on Monday afternoon, June 4. Only one of the eight trotters in the race finished, and the race was declared a non contest by the judges and all wagers were refunded.  Read more

Arrests in connection with Sullivan County burglaries

Three people have been arrested in connection with a rash of burglaries in Sullivan County. The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office announced that on May 28 deputies investigated a break-in at a home on Sackett Lake Road in the Town of Forestburgh and an attempted break-in on East Glen Wild Road in the Town of Thompson.  Read more