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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.

Celebrations in the Upper Delaware Valley

NARROWSBURG, NY — The stilt walkers from NACL Theater, representing the two-year long Weather Project, were some of the sights on display at Riverfest on July 27. Riverfest was one of several summer events that unfolded in the Upper Delaware Valley over the weekend.

For a closer look at the celebration of the river, the celebration of Callicoon and the largest concert crowd of the season at Bethel Woods turn to Jonathan Fox’s column on page 18.

Three hundred letters to state comptroller; Community organizes to oppose school sale

NARROWSBURG, NY — According to Tony Staffieri, the coalescing of the community around the sale of the Narrowsburg School is similar to the public reaction to the threats of high-voltage power lines and hydraulic fracturing coming to the Upper Delaware Valley: many members of the community don’t want the school to become a drug rehab center, and they have organized to oppose it.  Read more

Legislators vote to halt investigation; more arrests in department to come?

The Sullivan County Legislators voted five to three on July 24 to rescind a resolution that authorized county manager Josh Potosek to spend up to $175,000 on an investigation.  Read more

Wayne honors and appoints

HONESDALE, PA — Dyllon Fillebrown on July 17 was recognized by the Wayne County Commissioners for his first-place finish in the recent qualification meet for the state-wide Hershey Track and Field competition. The 14-year-old Wayne Highlands freshman ran a 5:18.03 mile to qualify for the state competition among 13- and 14-year-olds. Dyllon is the son of Melissa and David Fillebrown.  Read more

Carr returns to board

GLEN SPEY, NY — Lumberland Councilman Joe Carr, who is continuing his recovery from a lengthy illness, returned to his duties at the town’s July 9 board meeting. Upon his return, Supervisor Nadia Rajsz presented him with congressional and state senate certificates of recognition for his having been named earlier this year as Lumberland’s 2014 Senior of the Year in the county’s Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP).

New direction for Gasland filmmaker

UPPER DELAWARE VALLEY — Josh Fox, the director of “Gasland” and “Gasland II,” is unveiling a new performance event at the Delaware Youth Center in Callicoon on July 27 called the “Solutions Grassroots Tour.” The website for the performance, www.solutionsgrassroots.com, says it is, “A groundbreaking and interactive theatre, film and concert event that inspires communities and gives them the tools and resources to build renewable energy.”  Read more

Gillibrand, local officials address childhood hunger

TOWN OF THOMPSON, NY — Childhood hunger is a personal thing for Monticello Central School District Food Service Director Andy Yeomans. Each Monday through Friday during the summer, he and his food-service staff prepare breakfast and lunch for 850 to 875 children at 12 different locations in the Monticello Central School District. Another location will be added in August.  Read more

Orange casino discussed in Port Jervis

Port Jervis, NY — After the Town of Tuxedo council released a statement expressing its support for a proposed casino in Tuxedo in Orange County, one Port Jervis resident took issue, speaking at the July 14 meeting during the public comment period.  Read more

Sullivan jail redesign: $440,000

MONTICELLO, NY — A sharply divided Sullivan County legislature deliberated giving LaBella Associates an additional $440,000 for another redesign of the proposed new county jail.  Read more

Sullivan DFS battle intensifies

MONTICELLO, NY — The battle that has been brewing for nearly two years in the Sullivan County Department of Family Services (DFS) boiled into the open on July 22, with a lawyer for DFS commissioner Randy Parker issuing a press release that harshly criticizes an investigation that targeted Parker.  Read more

Ruffalo’s new film to screen in Callicoon

CALLICOON, NY — The newest film from actor Mark Ruffalo, “Begin Again”, will have a special screening at the Callicoon Movie Theater running from Friday, July 25 through Thursday July 31.  Read more

Hanson fundraiser, ‘great event’

YULAN, NY — Neighbors and friends from around the river valley turned out for the July 5 Community Day, which was organized to provide financial support Town of Highland native James “J.J.” Hanson, who is fighting cancer.  Read more

Manslaughter charges in Dyberry death

PLEASANT MOUNT, PA — Involuntary manslaughter charges have been brought against two men in the death of a Waymart man. Ryan Clemo, 31, died at Wayne Memorial Hospital on March 29 after drinking heavily.  Read more

Port Jervis, pharmacy and ambulance discussed

PORT JERVIS, NY — The new Rite Aid store in Port Jervis opened its doors on July 21, bringing with it some new traffic issues for the town.  Read more

Celebrating the river

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.

Liberty skate park supported by county; Sullivan legislature approves $36,000

MONTICELLO, NY — It was a vote that would probably not have happened a year or two ago, but with the economy slowly improving, Sullivan legislators voted five to four to give $36,000 to the Liberty Community Development Corporation (CDC) to help complete the funding for the construction of a skate park that has been on the drawing board for 10 years.  Read more

Turmoil in Sullivan Family Services; legal battle escalates

The battle that has been brewing for nearly two years in the Sullivan County Department of Family Services (DFS) boiled into the open on July 22, with a lawyer for DFS commissioner Randy Parker issuing a press release that harshly criticizes an investigation that targeted Parker.

The legislature in June passed a resolution to spend $175,000 to pay for an investigation into various complaints within DFS.  Read more

Sullivan redistricting plan adopted; criticism leveled over transparency

The Sullivan County Legislature on July 17 considered new election districts during two lengthy meetings and a public hearing. With little time to make a decision, Legislator Cindy Gieger asked, “With one public hearing and then a vote, at what time do we consider constituents' concerns?”  Read more

Flooding compounds drainage problems in Liberty

LIBERTY, NY — During the highway department report at the Town of Liberty department head meeting on July 7, Pat Lubin, a member of the Loomis Committee, reported on ongoing drainage and culvert problems on Old Loomis Road that have been exacerbated by recent storms. “With all due respect,” said Lubin, “I certainly understand this latest rainfall and the damage we’ve suffered… but we have been going over and over and over and over this… the situation we have on our road with the drainage and the ditches. The drainage has to be fixed and addressed. Our whole culvert and ditch area is clogged and that has been going on for years.”  Read more

Honesdale opposes proposed pension funding legislation

HONESDALE, PA — At its July 14 monthly meeting, Honesdale Borough Council grappled with one issue that it shares with municipalities nationwide and several that are peculiar to Honesdale.  Read more